For the last few months I’ve been tossing ideas around about where to go with the blog since my main focus, homeschooling high school, has morphed into supporting a college student, which there just isn’t as much to talk about.
I’ll continue posting about teens and supporting an older student, but the blog reflects how I use my time, and there’s just a lot less time spent in that arena now.
My younger set of kids are not yet in the official homeschooling years, though in sha Allah we’ll be starting Kindergarten with Aamina this upcoming fall. Still, I’ve been thinking about where the blog is going compared with my own goals in daily life.
You don’t come here just to hear my random ramblings, after all. I don’t want to waste your time.
I want Middle Way Mom to be a resource for your parenting and homeschooling career, in sha Allah. So, what’s coming up in 2016?
If you’ve been around here for quite a while, you might remember I used to focus on green living topics from time to time. Then Amatullah was born, and then we bought a new house, and soon after Salihah was born. Convenience took precedence for a period of time.
One of my personal goals in 2016 is to get back to a more DIY kitchen and start making some staples myself instead of buying everything. Maple sugaring is one fun project we have ahead, and in sha Allah I’ll experiment with some recipes from a few key books I have on hand:
- The Homemade Pantry
- Little House Living
- I just bought the supplies to make the lotion bar recipe!
- The DIY Pantry
In sha Allah I’ll share some of my adventures with you all and you can test out some new all-natural recipes with me!
Building an Islamic identity
I’m not yet sure how this will manifest on the blog, but it is a goal for my kids, in sha Allah. I plan to continue sharing Islamic resources we’ve found valuable, and I have some ideas for supplements to use with the Ad-Duha curriculum, but we’ll see how far I get with that. I still have a toddler and a teething baby in the house, after all!
I want my kids to be confident Muslims, especially in this age where we are constantly having to defend ourselves and our values. I have Aamina on a waiting list for a group similar to Muslim girl scouts, so we just make du’a that her name comes up sooner rather than later. At home, we continue to build confidence in our faith in many ways.
With Kindergarten around the corner, I hope to be more diligent with nature study (basically just nature walks and backyard nature study), and memorizing du’a and suwar.
Really though, if I never got to any of those things, I could live with myself. What is the utmost priority in our house at this stage is raising book lovers. I hope to share some book lists with you that we have grown to love, and books that enrich our human experience.
Time and time again you hear veteran homeschoolers say that when life is so crazy you can’t get to your lesson plans, just keep reading and you’ll continue making steps forward. So, as I’m finding balance between fitness, green living, homeschooling, and self care, I just keep reading, even if math hasn’t been done in a few months.