Do you know what it is? It runs out very fast and it does not have legs? Have you guessed it yet? You can spend it and it does not cost you any money. Well, if you do not know the answer to some of these questions, the answer is:
Time is a precious commodity. It is an important item in the life of a Muslim. The passing of time quickly is a sign of the Judgment Day. How a Muslim spends his time is also significant to his outcome. As you can see from this hadith we will be questioned about it.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: No one will be permitted to turn his two feet away on the Day of Resurrection until he is questioned about four matters: about his life, how he spent it; his youth, how he employed it; his work, what he did with it; and his wealth, how he earned it and spent it. [Sunan al-Tirmidh®]
Homeschooling requires an organization of your time. It is essential to schedule time slots for everything. Schedule a time for the classes you will teach, and every break that you may have. Once you have created this schedule, try your best to stick to it. Granted there are unexpected things that arise(like my three year old and my 15 month old). However, sticking close to it will ensure you the progress of finishing your work for the day.
A handy tool that is a must have and can save time is a timer. When you want to give them a 15 min. break, you need to time it with the timer. If not ,that 15 min. can turn into 45 mins in a blink of the eye. When you give an assignment that should only take 20mins, time your child or they will waste time and take an hour.
Expect homeschooling to take almost all of your day. My children wake at around 7:00am and we start at 8:00am . With all our breaks and all the interruptions from my little ones we finish between 4:00pm and 5:00pm. It took me along time not to get frustrated with the "Time"issue. It does take a great deal of time to homeschool, but remember your reasons for doing it. For the sake of Allah and the hopes He is pleased with your efforts.