We are a group of families living in Qatar and learning at home who come together to celebrate our diverse world.

Back to School…Hard at Work

Sometimes, home schoolers are asked the question, “What do you DO all day?

 

Hard at work home schooling

Hard at work home schooling

 

Glad you asked!

We study, as any other students do. Sometimes that’s traditionally. Sometimes it’s not – like when we’re reading on the couch, or wandering through a museum, or writing thoughts while sitting outside.

We take notes and do labs. Or we create artwork or plays.Or we read aloud. Or we work through a computer. Or we do a mix of all of these things, depending on the subject and how far into it we’re getting.

 

Butch in chair

There is not “right” or “wrong” way to home school. It is all about finding what works for your child.

Sometimes folks who are new to home schooling are worried about what they are doing. Really, as long as what you are doing is motivating your child to learn and discover, you’re doing fine.

To all of our home schoolers who have gotten started on their new year this month, Happy Home Schooling.

A Winning School

It was a great way to end the year at the beginning of summer. DHE students were recognized for their contributions to Mathaf’s Black and White exhibition. By allowing our network to enter as a “school”, we were given the opportunity to show how home educated children can and do shine.

DHE is proud of the students in our network who participated! Enjoy a sample of their work!

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NO socialization worries here!

NO socialization worries here!

A common first question from new home schoolers is always, “But how do they make friends?” At DHE, we have no such worries.

Our network recently hosted a learning cooperative for a hundred children. That’s larger than some schools in Qatar. A recent swim day brought dozens of children to the pool together, and dozens more will be attending museum and Aquapark trips together this month.

Being involved with a network can give many opportunities for social time. But it’s not the only way our children are “socialized.” Strong families, sports, religious organizations, and other clubs in the community also allow home schooled children to flourish in social settings.

If there is one aspect of considering home schooling that should NOT worry you, it’s the ability for your child to make friends.

Spring Co-op Is On!

It’s the biggest cooperative in DHE history! And we’re just getting started!

 

DHE students meet once a week during our co-op to learn together, as well as have fun together. The classes are voluntary, run by parents, and enjoyed by all. As a network, we strive to make our communal time fun for everyone!

DHE got to explore Qatar's new UNESCO heritage site last month.

DHE got to explore Qatar’s new UNESCO heritage site last month.

In February, DHE students and their families got to explore Al Zubarah Fort & Townsite, recently designated as Qatar’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. We were treated to a tour of the new visitors center in the Fort, as well as the townsite still under excavation, but open toi the public as an archeological park.

We can’t say enough good things about it! In spite of weather issues (which, Al Zubarah assures us we’re welcome back, in spite of bringing the rains!) a great time was had by all, and our students (and parents!) enjoyed learning about Qatar’s fascinating past.

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As more and more people come into Doha and are unable to find school places, they are finding that home schooling – even for a season – is the answer for their family. If you are one of those folks, please browse our links and check out of Facebook page! Many initial answers can be found there. Still have questions? COme join us for a newcomers/inquirers’ event – such as the one we’re having 12 February at 7PM. (Directions available upon request.)

The best way to learn about home schooling is to ask whose who do it! Hope to see you at an event soon!

Our registration for Autumn Co-op 2013 has just opened, with a whopping 18 class offerings! This is our biggest offering ever to our network. Split between network led and professionally offered classes, the co-op this autumn has something for everyone. All home schooled children ages 4-16 are eligible, with classes beginning next week. If you’re not on our forum and you have children of these ages who are home schooled, email us today for more information!

 

Autumn pond

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