One of the things that makes homeschooling a lot easier is having the help and support of family and community. A strong support team can help you get through difficult patches, provide encouragement, and give invaluable advice. Co-ops and playgroups provide opportunities to socialize for both parents and students. Children get to learn and play with their peers. Parents get a chance to hang out with other adults, bounce ideas off each other, share triumphs and challenges, and share new found resources and curriculum. If you feel like you are all alone on your journey, I encourage you to venture out and try to find like minded homeshoolers in your area. If you can’t find any Islamic homeschool groups, you may want to join a secular, non-religious group, that is “Muslim friendly”. Below is a comprehensive list of 40+ Islamic co-ops and online support groups.
Imtiaz Atlanta Homeschool Co-op is an Islamic homeschool alliance focused on meeting the Islamic, academic and social needs of Muslim children in the Atlanta area.
Crescent Moon Waldorf-based Muslim Homeschool- “A group of Muslim moms with children (currently) ages 2-6 years, who meet weekly in a friendly Waldorf-inspired environment for circle time of verses and finger play, crafts and lunch. We incorporate the Muslim’s daily prayers, recitation of Quran and Islamic calendar events into our Waldorf lessons. We meet in Tysons Corner, VA.” Contact Nicole Correri atclarityskr @yahoo.com
Al Mustaqbal, an Islamic Home School Co-operative in Windsor Locks, CT.
Ilm Tree in Lafayette, CA
MA Salam Homeschoolers URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MASalamHSers/
Contact: Nadia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Area primarily served: New England
Muslim Community Center: Bloomington, MN
Interested in starting your own co-op? Below are some links to articles, books and videos with tips on how to get started.
If you know of any other groups please add to our list in the comments below.
Do you belong to a homeschool co-op or playgroup? What kinds of activities do you all do together?
Jamila Alqarnain- “The Muslim Family Guide to Successful Homeschooling”