As a secular or Christian homeschooler, it’s easy to find curriculum to meet your needs. As a Muslim? Not as easy. As we are entering our 8th year of homeschooling, I’m starting to see a few resources come up, so has the story changed? Can you now find Islamic homeschooling curriculum?
As of this year, I’ve come across a couple virtual schools and full curriculum options. I’m hesitant to endorse any virtual school in its first years because it’s quite a large project to start a virtual school, and if I’m just getting started in my homeschooling, personally, I don’t want to also use a virtual school that’s also just getting started. I’ll have my own bumps in the road and don’t need additional ones as they go through growing pains. Still, that’s just me. Please check them out and see if it works for your family.
Islamic virtual schools
As of right now, the Muslim virtual schools available are:
- Gateway Virtual Academy
- Arqam Virtual School
- Grades 5-11
- Offers an Islamic Studies singular component
Currently, I only know of one full Islamic homeschool curriculum available, Taqwa curriculum, for PreK – Grade 1 (or Reception to Year 2). If I used a boxed curriculum, this is what I would choose. It looks fun and engaging rather than rigorous and rigid, like some boxed curriculums can seem.
Another option is Open Islamic Curriculum, which is a list resource you can use in each stage of homeschooling, spanning across many subject areas. There is no lesson plan laid out, but it is a concise list of resources to use in your homeschooling curriculum.
What most people do is use a secular curriculum and add in an Islamic studies unit to their work. Currently, some of the most established Islamic curriculums are:
We have used Ad-Duha for most of our homeschooling journey and I’ve loved how thorough it is, though I’m now looking for a more hands-on way to teach Arabic as I’m using the curriculum for a younger age than I was the first time around.
I Love Islam is a great grab-and-go workbook and textbook. Many people love it, and it’s well supported through the publisher with an accompanying audio CD.
Iqra is used widely in weekend schools, and has the school-type structure that some families really like.
All three are well regarded in being authentic, from the Qur’an and sunnah. It really is a matter of personal preference, and what works best for your own child.
Islamic weekend school
Last, but not least, is the option to focus on secular studies throughout the week, and then use an Islamic school on the weekend to teach Islamic studies. There are various arguments for or against weekend school, and ultimately it’s a personal family choice. Alhamdulilah for all the various options we have in our day and age.