The two elder kids, Danyal (soon 12) and Maryam (14), have been chilling out for a few months now. After their fairly intense few months of doing Mathematics we’re encouraging them to spend more time with friends, bring them back up to speed with their languages, and let them get on with coding in Python.
Yesterday, I started thinking they’ve been chilling long enough, so I came up with the idea that they might as well start a tech startup now, rather than in a few years as previously planned. I explained to them that they’d enjoy it, will learn tons on the way, and if it does well it could sort them out financially for life – possibly by their mid-teens – which is a little hard for a soon-to-be 12 year old to quite grasp!
But both were immediately sold on the idea.
We agree they will try to do all the coding for this app themselves. They’ve learned Mathematics A-level themselves, I told them, so they can do this.
So, since we came to that decision yesterday morning the kids have indeed been coding with much higher levels of intensively – I guess that purpose for coding is now there.
I’ve suggested they build an attendance app for schools, as I know there is a pretty big demand for that kind of product, and their social media presence will help with publicity (Maryam has 7k followers on Quora), and they’re up for it. It’s just an idea, we’ll explore others ideas.
So, Maryam will be the CEO, Danyal the CTO, each will own half the equity.
Their studies are over. But their education is getting going.
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Hi Mr. Qureshi,
Loved your blog and Quora! I am an education entrepreneur from India (teaching coding to kids!) and this homeschooling perspective is so refreshing. I was in KL a few week ago and dropped you a message on LinkedIn. But, given 8 companies 🙂 Almost seriously contemplating homeschool for my children when I have them!
Sneha, good luck, and sorry I didn’t respond. I do get a lot of messages on LinkedIn.
I really enjoy reading your blog and Quora posting.It was really inspiring.Apart from teaching your kids Maths, Biology, Physics, languages do you expose your kids to art,music, religious study？Do you think they need to have these in their early days to have some balance in life？
They have plenty of balance in life, don’t worry.
Hey Asim, I really loved your blog and your methods of homeschooling your kids. Ive been following your blog and quora for a while and I wanted to ask whether your kids are into religious studies like namaaz and quran or they just follow the western education?
You shouldn’t call it Western education as it’s pretty global. But yes, my kids have memorised about 3 juz of Quran and the elder two pray.
I just prefer not to write about that to not alienate other readers.
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If my daughters have some level of shyness “but not too much” do you advise to start homeschooling with them or complete their journeys at school?
It depends. If they are being bullied at school, homeschool would probably improve their confidence. But I think it’s important for homeschool kids to meet other kids regularly.
Thanks for sharing your family journey with homeschooling. It is very inspiring.
Could you please explain more about “ not sending your kids to university “ Do you mean not sending them at all ? Or postponing this till they are older ?