Assalamu Alaikum, and Welcome!
Motherhood is nothing short of life-changing. It is equally humbling as it is uplifting, frustrating as it is rewarding, and invigorating as it is exhausting. I never knew I could feel two seemingly conflicting feelings, both, at the same time.
They told me life would be different. I would be different. Everything would change. And they were right. The birth of my daughter, Laylah, has forever changed me. My outlook on life, my goals, my dreams, and my desires are not the same. Every decision I make is now for two. My day’s work is spent nurturing this small, impressionable human being. My day’s worries revolve around the well-being of my child. Am I doing this right? Am I enough? What can I be doing better?
These thoughts don’t fall short in regards to education. My husband and I had tossed around the idea of homeschooling for quite some time. My decision to pursue it didn’t solidify until my daughter was born, and I realized (like every mother does) all I want is the best for her in this life and the next. I didn’t want her distracted by the fitnah of our public school system, and I didn’t want her exploration, growth, and creativity hindered by the standard institutionalized education of private school. This is by no means undermining either, but as most homeschoolers will profess—this is what works for our family, and this is what we feel will be best for our children.
The more I prepared resources and information for our lifelong journey of learning, the more disappointed I became. Disappointed in the overwhelming lack of quality Islam-based curriculum and educational material. I had no trouble finding materials to cover Islamic studies, however, every other academic subject had few to no deen-centric options. I may be partial to the subject of science as it comprises my entire educational background and workforce experience, but this especially rang true of science material.
I found myself asking: why do I have to choose? Why do I have to choose between secular resources potentially littered with fallacies (i.e. the theory of evolution) or just Islamic studies? Why should any Muslim homeschooler have to choose? Why can’t we have science curriculum from an Islamic perspective?
Laylah’s Classroom was born as a solution to the void of quality children’s curriculum and educational resources that blend secular subjects with Islamic viewpoints. My husband and I have since been striving to provide homeschoolers with elementary science curriculum that is supported by the Qur’an and Sunnah. Islamic homeschool should cultivate remembrance of Allah (SWT) while imparting beneficial knowledge.
Along our journey, the dream continues to exponentially grow. With the help of Allah (SWT), our mission is to provide curriculum and educational resources to the ummah for every academic subject and every grade level. Consider it your one-stop shop for material that inspires love of the deen, and prepares our children to be well-rounded and well-educated professionals, citizens, and human beings. And it doesn’t end there. We’d love to coordinate Islamic homeschool conventions, provide homeschool organization tips, and offer lifestyle and wellness advice for moms juggling multiple roles.
Embark upon this journey with us. Help us grow. And help us change the world, one little muslim at a time.