Homeschool Talk

December onwards we will start our Homeschool Talk for Parents.


Next week, two days before Aidiladha we will share our homeschooling experience with Pusat Rawatan Islam Az-Zahrah medical and staff team.

It will be a 2-hour sharing session on alternative ways to educate your children – beyond schooling.

This in-house program is part of Az-Zahrah training and development programs for their staff.


This TUESDAY 24 November 2009, we  will attend a half-day workshop on e-learning and business.  I’m sure my readers are aware that we have been using Score A program as part of our homeschooling module.

If you are curious and interested to know more, I’d be happy to take you along.  Come join us (Ridz & Sha) this Tuesday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, Bandar Tasik Selatan.  Only RM30 per person.

To book your seat, sms Coach Sha at 012 201 7353.


A super short story by Maryam Ridzuan


The story was written by Maryam in her own words and spelling.  Since I found it a bit challenging to ‘decipher’ some of the words, she gladly read it out loud for me.  Here it is (in the politically correct spelling):

A Story about Red

Red is sleeping.  Suddenly there was a big rat and the big rat was sad and the rat was bad too and the mom see the big rat and the rat was sad.  Finish.

Well, see you real soon.  Bye, from Maryam.

* notice she wrote “good job” at the bottom in cursive.  She commented her own work!

p.s:  I did not have the heart to ask if Red and Rat refer to the same character.  I was too happy she used a big word “Suddenly” and the three-sentence story rhymes too!

“HIE: Hafazan is Easy” – 13 seats booked so far!

Assalamu’alaikum parents, parents-to-be, educators, Muslim brothers and sisters:

Have you always wanted to memorize the Quran (or at least some Surah from the Quran)?

Do you want your kids to be a hafiz or hafizah?

Do you desire to appreciate the Quran better and have it ‘stored’ in your mind and heart?

If you answer “Absolutely!”, then we’d like to invite you to take part in a homeschool talk at Coaching Zone, Equine Park, Seri Kembangan.

HIE:  Hafazan is Easy, with Ustaz Wan Zikri

Date:  15 December 2009 (Tuesday)

Time:  8 pm – 10 pm

Venue:  Coaching Zone, Equine Park in Seri Kembangan, Selangor


Last Tuesday, Ridz and I flew to Besut for English Program at Imtiaz, School of Excellence.  Ustaz Wan Zikri (former CEO of Imtiaz) on behalf of Pusat Minda Besut invited us to conduct a one-day workshop for Imtiazians.

MashaAllah, we were impressed with the hafiz/hafizah (they have memorized 30 juzuk by by the age of 15) and at the same time have the potentials to speak English with style!  Seriously, we experimented with different accents and they sounded so natural.

After all, one who recites the Quran regularly has conditioned his/her vocal chords to make any sound a human can produce.

Once back in Bangi, we met Ustaz Wan again over a cup of tea.

He asked about our homeschooling module and when we mentioned our aspiration to train Muhammad and Musa to memorize the Quran, Ustaz Wan got us excited with the 3T module that they use at Imtiaz.

Good things must be shared, right?

Hence, we’ll have our first homeschool talk this December InshaAllah.  If you are not a homeschooling parent, you are most welcome to join the session as well.

E-mail me: (re: HIE)

Imtiaz Besut TeamPhoto:  (L-R), Mr. Fakru, Ustaz Wan, Ridz, me and Mdm Suhaila


Assalamu’alaikum, ahlan wa sahlan, bienvenido!

I’m taking a break in between work.  Kerja sendiri memang tiada istilah working hours.  All hours are working hours!  No, I’m not complaining, I’m having the time of my life, Alhamdulillah.  I get to bring my kids to the office.  Even if I don’t sit and seriously ‘teach’ them something, I’m happy because I get to be with the kiddos.

Today, Muhammad bought me lunch because I was too occupied to leave my workspace.  He told me he chose his favourite lauk for me! How nice, Alhamdulillah.  I gave him upah 50 sen.  He’s happy, my tummy’s happy, Alhamdulillah.

These past months have been really hectic, in a good sense.  Our family have a new addition (edition?), sorry, two extra members now.  I have six kids, Alhamdulillah.

No pregnancy took place…hahaha..

We have Muhammad, Musa, Maryam, Sarah, Sakinah and Ahmad.

We are babysitting our niece and nephew.  Their parents flew to Mekkah to be the guest of Allah.  MashaAllah.

Our homeschooling activities continue as usual.  I must say that my significant other handles most of the ‘lessons’ with the boys and Maryam.  Normal routine – Kawashima in the morning, then Score A, reading, writing, playing computer games in between.  After lunch, mostly playtime!!!  Yee haa!!!  Then maybe (hahah maybe) another round of Score A.

Note:  It’s not the ‘A’ that we are after.  No-sir-ree.  We subscribe to Score A because it is easier to keep track and record the kids’ progress through e-learning program.  The funny thing is, to register for Score A, we have to put the school name.  So, guess what?  We just typed – HOMESCHOOL.

The kids can ‘jump’ and advance according to their own pace.  Musa, 7 claims that the Year 1 exercises and tests are “boring” so we upgraded him to year 2 and 3.

Anyway, our h-s syllabus is very simple:  reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic, and recitation of the Quran plus running ’round and play.

IMG_3238Photo:  Jungle-trekking with the kids minus Sarah.