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HomeWorks is a quarterly publication by the Pakistan Home Education community
HomeWorks is a quarterly publication by the Pakistan Home Education community

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where living is learning
 Jan/Feb/March 2011Volume 1 Issue 1Pakistan Home Education Quarterly 
home works
Homeschooling families aretaking learning to new levels.Find out how, on page 4.
Introductory PricePKR 70 AED 5
I was schooled, but why aren’t my children?What is homeeducation?How childrenlearn
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All byhimself 
Horseback riding
Homeschoolers watch at
how mufns are
made with organicingredients...15
Learning redefned
Learning has always been a misunderstood term. Often, the only time it gets used isjust before exams, when we have to cram tons of information, which is ‘supposed’ tohelp us prepare for the real lives ahead!Have you ever wondered, how were great Muslims of the past able to master so many sciences, conquer lands, read and write numerous books by their teens? Perhaps late,but better than never, we should realize that learning is about living life from the very beginning with eyes wide open and minds working. It is not about wasting a quarterof our lifespan, before becoming productive, nor it is about blindly following a cur-riculum, meant to feed the material world only. Education founded on materialism iseducation anchored in falsehood – it drives us away from living the Quran and emulat-ing our role models: the Prophet and his companions .If children can master walking and talking on their own, why do we assume that laterthey will no longer be able to learn without a curriculum? We welcome you to read
through the rst issue of 
– a Pakistan home education quarterly – andget acquainted with our local homeschooling community. We hope and pray that ourexperiences will show that children arecapable of learning on their own at allages, if they are allowed to follow theircuriosity within a supportive and stimu-lating environment.
Umm Sofya
 What we need to learn todo, we learn by doing.
Visit to the bull yardGoat careHorseback riding
Editorial Team
Umm SofyaLaila BrenceUmm Musa
Design & Layout
Umm Muaz
What is home education?How home worksI was schooled, but why aren’tmy children?The ride of a lifetimeBook shopping
Home surng
How children learn3468891012141415181819
Mentoring success
 Mums & TotsBookworms Book Club
Trip to N’eco’s
The TeamGet in Touch
 Join our online community
 Write to us
Coming soon
Permission is granted to freely print or copy any part of this magazine, with the sourcecredited. We take pride in the unedited works of ourhome educated children- their innate self-correcting mechanism will eventually work  wonders in the future.
 Ahsan Memorial Library 
All by himself 
Meet Uzair,our featuredhome-schooler...16Exciting adventuresof younhorse ridersin Islama-bad...19
 Assalam o Alaikum.
to religious or parenting style reasons.Home education can also be a choice when living abroad or in isolated areas. Just like the reasons for choosing homeeducation, the methods of homeschool-ing are many and in some countries
even dened by the local laws. Parents
may choose to use a correspondenceschool, which provides them with acomplete curriculum and books/sup-plies to be used. Such approach is oftencalled school-at-home and stands on thestricter end in the spectrum of educa-tion philosophy parents can adopt.On the other side of the same spec-trum are those families, which opt forunschooling or natural learning – an ap-proach that focuses on learning-on-de-mand, where children pursue knowledgebased on their own interests and parentstake active part in facilitating their learn-ing. Natural learning philosophy doesnot rely heavily on textbooks; instead,it focuses on experiences conductive tolearning that children naturally encoun-ter throughout their daily activities. Be-tween the two mentioned approaches isa wide range of others, some of whichare: classical education, Charlotte Masoneducation, Montessori method, Waldorf education, a Thomas Jefferson educa-tion, theory of multiple intelligencesand unit studies.It is not uncommon for families, de-pending on the needs of their children,to merge several methods of home-schooling. For example, a family may follow a local school-based curriculumin math and English, opt for classicalapproach in history studies and use unitstudies for science, merging in the learn-ing process of chosen topics the scien-
tic with the religious knowledge.
  Although in the West home educationhas been around for several decades andis nowadays steadily gaining popularity,in Pakistan, it is relatively new and un-heard of. Over the past few years, thenumber of homeschooling families inPakistan has grown to a few handfuls, which are mainly concentrated in Ka-rachi. If you would like to know moreabout home education, join the on-linecommunity of home educating fami-lies in Pakistan at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pakistan-home-education/
The author is a homeschooling mother of two, senior editor of Hiba Magazine(www.hibamagagzine.com) and a freelance writer.
omeschooling, alsocalled home educationor home learning, is theeducation of childrenathome, rather than informal settings of public or privateschools. In a typical homeschooling situ-ation, parents assume the responsibility for educating their children. Althoughtraditionally, before the introduction of compulsory schooling systems, children were educated at home or within a com-munity, homeschooling in its modernsense is an alternative to private or pub-lic educational institutions. The reasons, for which parents choosehome education, are numerous. Many 
parents are dissatised with the stand
-ards of education in local schools, theexpenses of the private institutions orhave objections to the social environ-ment within schools. Others feeltheir children will achieve bet-ter academic results and willdevelop better moralsand character by be-ing taught at home. Yet others optfor homeschool-ing due
 What is home education?
Laila Brence 
delvesinto the varying facets of thisrapidly-growing movement.

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