(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

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

From Cornel at Ape to Zebra

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How cool is that?!

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.