WHO AM I?
MY STORY :
The day I gave birth was the best day of my life!
I discovered an even greater love than I imagined.
The delivery and breastfeeding went very well and were nothing but happiness for me; everything came naturally, by pure maternal instinct.
But when my son turned 1 and started running and exploring, everything got more complicated. I wanted him to be well-behaved, but also happy and fulfilled. However, to achieve this, it is necessary to be a caring parent and this does not pass through a traditional education based on force, punishment and fear.
I thus began to read, to document myself well and to train myself. Indeed, positive parenting is learned.
After a few years, my son’s needs became more important. The attachment to my child has also grown. I wanted him to take advantage of his early years to play in nature. During this period, my thoughts and beliefs about the idea of »growing up freely » fell into place.
When my son was 4 years old, we started learning to read. It was then that I understood that the path would be too long and complicated.
At first, we managed to teach him the alphabet in both languages; because we are indeed a bilingual family, French-Arabic. But then, I quickly realized that my studies, my experience and all this work done upstream, would not be enough.
It was a chaotic year: it was difficult to manage school at home, the arrival of a second baby, the house etc.
So I started to read many books and that’s where I discovered Maria Montessori’s pedagogy which I put into practice with my two children, using her teaching materials.
This has changed the way we do school at home: learning has become a real joy, natural too.
Little by little, I studied other positive pedagogies, and that’s when I discovered Charlotte Mason’s pedagogy thanks to which I adopted with my two children because I find that she is very close to our values.
WHY THIS BLOG?
« Growing up freely » has been our path for years. But it’s only been a year since I decided to translate our journey through this blog.
My first objective is above all to share, to exchange with you around education, whether you are IEF parents or not. I also want to tell there what we are going to live and keep a trace of these wonderful moments, like a notebook of life that I can then open with my children when they grow up. I also want to help new moms in the adventure of homeschooling.
Similarly, I have noticed during my journey in Arabic and religion, a great lack of resources and tools in Arabic for Muslim families. This is a point that encouraged me to share with you my creations based on Montessori pedagogy.
THANKS FOR DROPPING BY...
I hope that visiting my Blog will give you the opportunity to leave happy and confident in this precious role of teaching your children.
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