What brought you to Homeschooling?
Maisha Khalfani accidentally discovered homeschooling while surfing the Internet back in 1998 when pregnant with daughter
Safiya. However, it was not something the family considered for themselves until son Dakari was born. After reading Countering
the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu, it was decided that the children would be taught at home.
What is the greatest reward of homeschooling?
Maisha highlights the joy of spending time with her children and watching them grow on a daily basis. "I know what they like
and don't like."
What is the greatest challenge to homeschooling and how do you address it?
Teaching both a 4 year old and a 5 year old at the same time can be quite challenging, as they are at different stages and
have different interests, which sometimes leads to bickering and sibling rivalry. Maisha's approach to the age differences
is to work within each childs timeframe. She teaches what they are ready to handle and lets the rest go until later. As
far as sibling rivalry, she finds that to be an ongoing process of parenting and plans to use sports as an outlet for the
children to spend time with others and develop individual interests.
How do you avoid burnout for yourself and your children?
"Take a day off!"
What are the most surprising changes to your family life because of homeschooling?
"How much you learn about your weaknesses as a parent!" Maisha says that as a full-time role model and educator to your children,
all eyes actually are on you and you realize you have a lot to learn.