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.



“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

one month pause (1) – hafazan project

chaotic raya pose


Salam Aidilfitri!  Ramadhan has been a very fulfilling month for the whole family.  Alhamdulillah, Muhammad and Musa have started their Juzu’ Amma memorization project.  Way to go, kids.

Of course, this project is ongoing because memorization is not one-off kind of thing.  They must be able to recite or continue the ayat (verses) from any surah (‘chapter’ of The Quran) at any given time.  This makes the process challenging – and funny too.

Kadang-kadang start ayat surah lain, tamat surah lain pula.

One case in point:  Surah al-‘Asr.

Subhanallah, this surah is so short but this was what happened to Muhammad:

“Wal-‘asr.  Wa layaalin ‘ashr.” – Oops..astaghfirullah.  Ter-confused dengan surah al-Fajr daaa…

Both were so caught up with the longer surah (like Al-Inshiqaq, Al-Mutaffifin, An-Nazi’aat) that after they got these in their heads, they even forgot the verses in shorter surah.

Lesson here:  Repetition is key to mastery.

This is the ‘bling-bling’ of homeschooling.  It’s up to the parents to decide the syllabus for the kids.  What’s more practical – knowing the term PHOTOSYNTHESIS and knows who ALFONSO d’ALBUQUERQUE was

or being able to make use of the ‘longer’ surah in solat?

Usually, when asked “What type of syllabus” do we use in homeschooling, we’d repeat this:

“By the end of the day (not literally of course), what do you want your kids to be?  To have?  To do?”

You decide!