(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Oldest and Youngest

Oldest/Youngest V

I just love that bald head, MashaALLAH.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Tips for successful kids chores/e book

Free e book at CurrClick

It has tips for chores by age and adjusting poor attitudes, etc.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Going Home Photos

We came home yesterday and it is taking some time to get used to being immobile. We are still doing little bits of school here and there - nothing major, I'm too full of medication for that. Just alphabet things with the younger two and keeping up with abacus homework for the oldest.

Here are some more (blurry) pics of the baby and one of the staples that they removed, can you tell that I was bored? It's funny because I used the point and shoot camera for these so they shouldn't be blurry but they are.

I started off with Demerol, then the epidural, morphine, Percocet, and now Oxycodone. Medication perhaps? LOL. I only have a limited amount and so far, I seem to be naturally weaning myself, Masha'ALLAH. I was so scared during the cesarean all I could do was make du'a. I could feel every pull and tug and cut but without the pain of course. I was freezing cold and shaking and felt like I had so much pressure on my chest. My shoulders and neck hurt afterward and I needed a massage and a heat pack. My last birth was natural so this was certainly a test and SubhanALLAH what a test it was!

Some of my staples



Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Free Book Log for Girls

Go here to CurrClick You will have to register for free to get it (I think).

Monday, December 15, 2008

Khadijah is here, Masha'ALLAH

8lb 2oz Saturday at 4AM. She was a c-section! I dilated all the way to 8cm but her little head would not drop down into the birth canal. I'm tired and sore so I'll post more later, InshaALLAH.

Trying to eat her sleeves

Monday, December 8, 2008

EID/'ID Mubarak!

Baby is still not coming so I get to enjoy a little of this:

'Id Mubarak

Take care!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

False Start?

Still here. Just running here and there, getting ultrasounds and walking in the mall..... I spent the afternoon counting regular contractions that aren't getting stronger and figuring out what the children need/want for Eid, InshaALLAH. I'm almost finished with the quilt (AlhamduLILLAH), the binding is taking all the fun out of it, lol.

I fell asleep in the homeschool while the kids were working on various things, (AlhamduLILLAH they weren't painting, lol). I was really snoring and everything. I guess that means it's time to take a break. I feel like things are getting close and now, we'll have to wait and see. Make du'a that everything goes well - I will try to keep you posted. Take care and Eid Mubarak if I don't post anything before then.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tying up Loose Ends

This whole week has been long and tiring for me. I am playing the waiting game with the baby and trying to keep the other kids entertained. I am especially impatient because the last two were born between 38 and 39 weeks and now I feel entitled to give birth before the 40 week mark, lol. Not that I'm ready. Well, the clothes are washed and the house is clean (sort of) but I'm not in the mood to go through labor! LOL that sounds funny but my labors are always long.

To keep busy (we're taking another homeschool break except for her math homework for the abacus class), I am making my first quilt and it's not so bad. It's the "Tied Scrap Crib Quilt" from a book called Quilting for the First Time by Donna Kooler.

Patchwork Baby Quilt Top

I am further along than the picture shows, really all that is left is a few ties and to finish the binding.

It's not perfect but I like it. It's made from cotton napkins, a curtain, and an apron. I bought them on clearance from the Sears Outlet for about $1-2 each so the quilt is costing about $12, including the batting. Of course, now the other kids want one too, lol.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Putting the Leaves on the Tree

Today, the children and I finally put up the Big Realistic Tree.

Indoor Tree II

It took a little while to punch out all the pieces - there are 69 leaves in there! Eventually, I would like to laminate the tree, but in the meantime, I will have to do the leaves and cut them out (yikes).

Putting the Leaves Back on the Tree

What I would like to do is study the Prophet's (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)family tree and use it to study the prophets of Islam. First, I think we might discuss in general what a family tree is and use our immediate family so that they get the idea behind it.

I also put the green felt on the wall so that the kids can use it any time they want instead of waiting for me to get out that heavy board.

Felt board three bears

I think I might make a felt set of Arabic letters soon InshaALLAH so that they can play around with those. There is a template here that can be used.

My older daughter is anxious for the arrival of the new baby and has been extensively studying her calendar and counting how many days are left for the due date. I told her that only ALLAH knows the sure date but she's still calculating, lol.

Yesterday was Monday

She's been working hard on her Arabic with her dad in the evenings and her abacus work is getting tougher so they've been putting in some extra time on that as well.

Arabic Learning

Then, they did a little coloring

Scribbling the Sky

and a little pillow-fort building

Pillow Fort

and I did a mountain of laundry (including the soon to be newborn's, InshaALLAH) and I've finished knitting a few more things including the Sheepy sack

Sheepy Sack I

the Perfect Baby Bib

Perfect Baby Bib

and another Ottobre Soaker

Another Ottobre.

Now that I am tired, I have to go finish cleaning because my midwife scheduled my home visit for the morning.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Learning to Read/1st Grade Kit

Before We Read

This is the kit for my son's phonics/reading lessons.

This takes an approach similar to that of the Calvert School Kindergarten by giving the child pictures and allowing them to "read pictures" and to cut, paste and color.

Let's Read Pictures II

Before We Read II

Let's Read Pictures III.

One thing I do to build strength in their hands is let them color, draw and use clay or Playdoh. This will help when the time comes to use scissors and pencils, InshaALLAH.

InshaALLAH, I plan to supplement this with alphabet flashcards (leftover from the Calvert program) and the 100 Easy Lessons book (about $5 used) and supplements from Donna Young's website.

Right now, we are using various alphabet books to recognize the letters (by sound, not name).

Grade 2 Language Arts Kit

Okay, so this is the grade 2 kit for my daughter:

Most of the Second Grade Pathway Readers

More Pathway Reader Books.

So far, I like the way it looks because there is plenty for her to read on her own, the phonics rules are still emphasized as are morals and etiquette.

Wilma Waits for Help

We haven't started yet but she is very eager. I am editing our school schedule because I am the only one here during the day with the children now and each has their separate needs that need to be addressed throughout the day. It's hard and tiring but we still manage to do our fair share of work, AlhamduLILLAH.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

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Monday, November 3, 2008

If you like educational toys...in Ontario

There's a place that I just found online. It's called Ape to Zebra. I haven't ordered anything but I am always on the lookout for affordable educational items (especially with Eid coming up).

You can choose Canadian or U.S. currency.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Still here

It has been a few days since my last post, hasn't it? We're still hanging in there and we are getting ready for the baby, InshaALLAH. It's getting harder for me these days with the frequency of midwifery appointments and keeping the kids entertained and learning. I am the only one at home with the kids these days (mother-in-law is gone during the day), so the little one is really giving me work to do!

I am keeping my oldest busy with math worksheets and copywork pages from Worksheet works on those days when it seems that nothing can be accomplished.

Keeping the 4yr old Skills Sharp

It's funny how I still find time to knit though. Usually, it takes me forever to get something made, but I've been really productive lately.

DSCThe 1932 Soaker Pattern II

These little wool soakers are nice and snugly for the new baby and they take no time at all to knit. This one is "The 1932 Soaker Pattern".

This one is the Ottobre Design Pattern. It took about four hours to make.

Newborn Soaker #3/Ottobre Design Soaker I

I received our new phonics/reading programs some time ago, by the way. I will have to give you some feedback soon, InshaALLAH. Just a warning, they stick some non-Islamic dawah in the box as a "courtesy",so if you order from them, don't be surprised.

Take care!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

88 Ways/Poverty

Tropical Fruit

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Save yourself from hellfire by giving even half a date-fruit in charity." - Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 498

This is a most excellent link from Sister Farhana.

Our Break is Almost Over

Just Open The Door

Well, we've been taking a break from classes (except for her UCMAS abacus homework) since Eid. We hadn't really taken a formal break the whole school year so I felt it was due.

spring tree in fall

The kids are trying to get outside as much as possible before it gets super cold here - the leaves are falling and changing colors,they have been for some time actually, so I didn't do anything productive. It's time for me to focus, especially Arabic lesson planning,InshaALLAH.

We have plenty of materials,AlhamduLILLAH, so now I need to organize and scan copies of the lessons for everyone.

Fun books for vocabulary

My daughter knows the Arabic alphabet and my son knows everything except 8 letters, so I think the first thing we need to do is make sure that she can write them all and that he can recognize them all.

I think he needs coloring pages for each letter and I will give her copywork pages.

Then, comes the recognition of the different forms of the letters (for her). We will take it slow for the first couple of letters - maybe one at a time and then I will see if we can do more. With her, I find that if we go slowly, she gets bored. The goal is to build her vocabulary so that she can use the Arabic readers. The Rosetta Stone Arabic should also help with her vocabulary.

There is a blog that I used to read (I think it hasn't been active for some time but it's still there),written by an Arabic student.There is some beneficial information there, you might want to check it out.

Also, here is how the Arabic Alphabet is mapped out on the keyboard. We have little stickers on ours to make it easier - you can get them on Ebay for about ninety-nine cents (US). Even with the stickers, I usually forget where the harakat keys are. Here is a list compiled by a participant in this forum:

shift + ~ --> ّ (shaddah)

shift + Q -->َ (fathah)

shift + A -->ِ (kasrah)

shift + E --> ُ (dammah)

shift + W -->ً (tanween - fathah)

shift + S --> ٍ (tanween - kasrah)

shift + R --> ٌ (tanween - dammah)

shift + X --> ْ (sukoon)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Went to the Zoo Again


We decided to give the kids one more chance to see the animals before the cold weather kicks in. We were able to get a few more shots of the animals and enjoy a nice Saturday afternoon, AlhamduLILLAH.

Dude and His Lady

Vivid Against the Fall Leaves

Now, I'm off to take care of my aching back! :p

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Ok, here's my attempt

My first crocheted sweater. It's Kelly's Sweater, by Kelly Kearney. It was a nice pattern for a beginner and very quick too.

First Crochet Sweater II

First Crochet Sweater I

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sneaky Eid

Gifts, that is. We were fortunate enough, AlhamduLILLAH that my husband got us a few homeschool items that we didn't expect.

Remember these? And these?

I hope that the readers will make us stronger in our Arabic, InshaALLAH. A word of caution: one of the books is called The Magic Bunny. We will omit it.

Scholastic Makes Arabic Readers

The other books look like they will be perfect for our Islamic social studies, InshaALLAH.

My Muslim Village

P.S. I know that there have been some blurry photos lately. I have a hard time holding still with this belly in the way sometimes and I am using manual focus most of the time, lol.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Rearranged the Classroom - Again

I needed a solution to our cramped space, so we bought a banquet table from Staples and now I use the black table as my desk.

Classroom Rearrange II

The wall now has some shelving so that I can keep our other art supplies, books and math manipulatives off the main table.

Classroom Rearrange IV

I also got a new calendar from Staples because my homemade calendar was a bit too big. We still use the numbers from the homemade calendar for counting (with my son).

Classroom Rearrange V

Now, everyone has plenty of room at the table and I can keep my huge teacher's manuals and planners out of their way! I also moved the bookshelf to the front of the room.
Classroom Rearrange I

We also have another playpen for downstairs since my youngest "visits" the classroom from time to time. It is next to a small table which folds if we need to use the carpet. This is for painting and playing with clay - as you can see from the bits on the carpet!

The Painting Table

Busy Eid!

We had such a busy and fun time during Eid, AlhamduLILLAH. My husband was up with me until about three A.M. blowing up balloons with my mother-in-law.

Ready for Eid

Then, we had to decide where to go for the Eid prayer. There was a celebration in the local area so we went there and let me tell you, on the way there was much rain, thunder and lightning! SubhanALLAH. It stopped before we had to go outside again and the day cleared. We quickly grabbed some lunch,took naps and wrapped up the remaining gifts before giving them to the kids.

Bigger than her

Islamic Nature Books

Islamic Storybooks

Quran Stories Coloring Books

Afterward, we headed to the Fantasy Fair at the mall and mashaALLAH there were so many Muslims everywhere!

Busy Celebrating

I thought for a second that my daughter was dozing off on the train
Empty Train

Fantasy Fair Train

but they really woke up when they got to the planes.

Time to Fly

We finished up the festivities with the lovely ice cream cake that said 'Id Mubarak. Overall, we had a great but tiring holiday and we look forward to it again in a couple of months, along with the new addition to our family, InshaALLAH.