WHY ISN'T KINZA ACADEMY A STATE ACCREDITED PROGRAM?
One of the hallmarks of homeschooling is the idea of reclaiming the right and responsibility to educate your child from the state. Since the states have failed in their efforts to educate their citizens, we cannot find a need for accreditation by them anymore than we would seek financial advice from a failed bank. There is no intelligent reason, other than for a false sense of security, to work with a program simply because it has been given approval by the state. Having said this, the Kinza academy curriculum does exceed all state educational requirements. A parent would have to be very negligent for their child to fall below state standards while using our program.
IS THE KINZA PROGRAM EASY TO USE?
I was told your program requires too much time from the parent and that other programs are easier to use. Is this true?
While our program is user friendly, it does require time from the parent. Any program that does not require much time or work from the parent is probably not worth using. Ultimately, what you put into your teaching experience with your child is what you will get out of it. If you are looking for a quick, public school “education” at home, we agree, you will not find this using our program. However, if you desire to give your child the best education possible, and are committed to sacrificing your time for your child’s sake, than you will find the Kinza Academy curriculum more than sufficient.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFORMAL AND FORMAL EDUCATION?
Children are learning from the day they are born and we are their teachers. When we teach them to hold a spoon, crawl, take their first step, and say their first word we are engaged in “informal” education. We are always teaching our children. Formal education is very different, and according to the Islamic tradition should not be introduced until the age of seven. Formal education means that the child is required to attend classes whether inside or outside the home in the major academic subjects. Requiring a child to study reading, writing, and math five days a week is formal education. Teaching a child to count while peeling potatoes or sorting laundry would be considered “informal” education.
THE FIRST SEVEN YEARS OF A CHILD
The first seven years of a child’s life are focused on building a solid emotional foundation upon which they will base the rest of their life. The quality of the emotional foundation will determine the moral state of the individual. When formal education is introduced before the age of seven it is introduced at the expense of a healthy emotional development. According to Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, a sound emotional foundation is much more important in determining the success of a person’s life than intellectual intelligence. The idea of “success” does not necessarily mean how well one does financially, but more important how well one does in their interpersonal and spiritual life.
WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND CHILDREN DO BEFORE THE AGE OF SEVEN?
After all, isn’t playing just a waste of time?
Playing is one of the major means by which children develop their humanity, their ability to get along in the world, and develop a foundation for higher thought forms. This is a lengthy topic and we have recommendations in our bookstore if you are interested in understanding the importance of play.
The most important environment for young children is one in which they feel safe, in which they feel loved, where they are able to play freely and be played with and ideally, where they are surrounded by lots of great books and tales which are read to them on a daily basis. Technology in all forms including television should be avoided, modern toys especially of a violent or unworldly nature should be avoided, and a natural play environment should be created for the children. Seven years is a very short time and children should not be deprived of this unique world of imagination: a world where reality and fantasy are blended into one. Children are naturally in the “flow.” It is a precious time and should be honored for what it is: childhood.
READ THE PUBLISHED ARTICLE "WHEN PLAY IS WORK"
BY NABILA HANSON
Why isn't your curriculum posted for everyone to see and why do you charge for it?
The Kinza Academy curriculum has been comprised after many, many hours of research, trial and error, and invaluable investment of personal time and energy. The Academy is working diligently to create lesson plans, course books (high quality), and to provide products and services to put homeschooling within anyone's reach. We are trying to create a network, a homeschooling family, and our goal is to keep cost low and quality high. But, this requires funding and without any charge the endeavor cannot survive.
Yes, there is lots of free information online, free downloads, free talks, free bits of advise here and there and that's great for anyone who has time to sort through it all and make sense of it. If you have that time on your hands and the skill to judge what is academically sound and what isn't then great, you really don't need us. But, the majority of us don't have that kind of time or even skill to know what is worthy of our attention and what should be avoided.
Kinza Academy has taken this burden off of the parent by doing the work for you and providing a time-tested program that is offered at a very low price. Our program is unique from all other programs as we offer quality books at discount rates and we remove the additional fees that other companies charge because we DO want even the lowest of income families to be able to afford to homeschool with Kinza Academy.
When you purchase a Kinza Academy curriculum, you are purchasing a service which includes use of the design of our curriculum which we make available to you through Amazon.com,(you decide what books you want to order and can view them at Amazon before placing your order) inclusion in our Kinza Academy Yahoo Group, (which provides you with the support you need to homeschool), and any additional offerings we make available throughout the year.
The Christian homeschooling movement got where it is today because of lots of support from the Christian community and lots of funding. We, too, need your support.