We Interviewed Sania Omer, who lives in Sweden and is a Software Engineer by profession but now a stay-at-home mommy of two boys. Sania has been home-schooling them since the beginning. Let’s see what she has to say about her experience
1. How has corona affected you and your children’s daily lives?
As you all know Corona has become a nightmare since the last 3 months. I am consumed by this pressing question how we will survive another day stuck indoors with the kids? I am so afraid to let my children go outside even for a little while where no one knows how long it will last. The streets and parks are almost empty and we are not sure whether these are risk-free for kids. school across the country have closed in response to the new coronavirus
2. How do you divide the day during Quarantine?
I am a homeschooling mom of two boys 3.4 years old and 4 months old. these days my husband also working from home.
So this is my daily routine during Quarantine
7:00-8:30 —-Wake Up/brush teeth/ Get dressed
9:00 -10:30—Free Playtime with toys
10:30 to 11:00 –Snack time
1:00-2:30— Nap time/Quite time
2:30 to 4:00—free Playtime
4:00 to 5:30 –Educational Activities.
5:30-7:00 —screen time E-book reading, educational game
7:00 to 7:30—dinner
7:30 to 8:00—changing clothes, brushing teeth and reading book
8:00 to 8:30—sleeps
3. Did you Recreate you’re your Child school schedule to be successful at home?
No, I didn’t as my son wasn’t going to school before. I homeschooled him so we are already following a schedule.
4. Do you think homeschooling has a positive impact on your children?
Yes, Homeschooling makes kids work for knowledge instead of grades. It provides a safe learning environment with no peer pressure and bullying. We spend more time together and I am more aware of what my son is learning, what his interests are and on which area I should focus more. He is more confident now and always look to learn something new.
5. What non-screening activities have you planned for your boys?
I always look for something new for my son as they get bored very soon. So I plan a different activity for him daily, like addition and subtraction learning through board games, pictionary, painting, pattern making, play dough with playdough mats, math games, stem activities. I once made tunnels city with a paper
6. How long 5 years old study home?
I think if you make them study with fun activities, they can spend more time without getting bored and exhausted. Four hours are enough for them at this age.
7. Give ammis few tips for homeschooling.
I want to tell all ammis do not limit your child with bookish knowledge, they need social and mental development too so you all know no one is a better teacher then mother in the regard. Use this quarantine time for the benefit of your child, talk to them about different topic let them share what they know, play board games and mind games together, share what you are thinking , guide them, because You are their Mother, Teacher and Friend.
8. What online Resource do you Like and use
I am running a homeschool group with the name of ‘Homeschooling mommy’ to help all the mothers who want help keep their kids busy in productive activities. I use UK based Website Twinkl.co.uk and totschooling as Resources.
9. How should ammis who are not used to homeschooling use the corona time well?
I think mothers who are not homeschooling just guide their children with their home works, plan activities, like STEM experiments, painting, crafting, play different board games, discussion on a different topic, ask their kids about their likes and dislikes, cook together.
Family that Plays Together, Stays Together!
10. Are there any resources you would recommend for teaching Urdu?
Unfortunately, resources for Urdu are not that much available but some Urdu workbooks are available online and I am working on it.
You can join ‘homeschoolingmomy’ group to get more tips.