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Maisha Khalfani shares her family's homeschooling experiences with S. Courtney Walton. Jabari and Maisha Khalfani and their children--five year old Safiya, four year old Dakari and one year old Khalid--live in our nation's capitol, Washington, D.C.

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.

The Khalfani family has found the following resources to be helpful:

Countering
                                    the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys
Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys

Morning
                                    by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League
Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League

In Their
                                    Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences
In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences

Maisha Khalfani is the founder of the Capitol Area Homeschooling Community, an inclusive community that exists to support homeschoolers of color in and around the District of Columbia.

Capitol Area Homeschool Community

Maisha also serves as the National Homeschool Director for Mocha Moms.

Mocha Moms

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