(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Town Moves Against Islamic School

Don't you hate it when people say "We're (insert nationality here) you Muslims don't belong here."

Keeping busy

Today we got quite a bit of work done.

Free writing II


This is a free-writing exercise about spring and how it affects our surroundings. She was supposed to write something without any help.This is a part of the Saxon Math program.

3D fruits

We made 3D fruits(a watermelon and an apple courtesy of enchanted learning) today and yesterday and made a mini-mobile with them. Do you know how hard it was for me to find a wire hanger in the house?! We had one. Makes me think of this.

We're also exploring the different phases of the day, such as morning and afternoon.

Morning/Afternoon

Once noon comes in my daughter switches the clock. This is actually part of the Saxon Math program but we are also using it to talk about other parts of the day and night in relation to prayer times and the rising and setting of the sun.

Since the baby is on it's way, InshaALLAH, I've also got to keep busy studying Arabic in the evenings. I've taken three courses online through Shariah Program and Sunni Path. I have most of what I need to keep going on my own, InshaALLAH but I need to strengthen my vocabulary and focus on the ten forms of verbs. Arabic is not easy and takes lots of endurance.

I've also been busy getting sweaters, blankets and booties ready. I made this sweater using a pattern by Lorraine Major Quick Mystery Baby Sweater

and I started the Vintage Stripe Blanket via Bella Dia
by chaining 150 but it might still be a wee bit too big. It is made with odds and ends of yarns that I have. Oh well, this will be a warm baby, InshaALLAH.

Vintage Stripe Blanket

You can also check it out on ravelry and I shall also need to make Saartje's Bootees to go along with the sweater.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Studying the Night Skies

Risky


I apologize for my absence it has been a little while. I've suffered from iron deficiency anemia in all of my previous pregnancies and this one is no exception. I am tired quite often and usually succumb to a nap in the late afternoon.

So we've been going right along with our school work as usual and everything is going fine. We had a bit of a mysterious disappearance the other day. We planted our sunflower seeds in some empty egg cartons and the next day, they were gone! My daughter was very disappointed so I guess we will have to try it again.

One observation that I made about my daughter is that she hates to fail. She hasn't failed anything yet but she did miss a few questions on one of her assessments and I thought she was going to have a fit. She has to learn sight words and for a while she had particular trouble with the word "where". We went over it and over it but she could not recall it. She missed it on the assessment and her eyes quickly filled with tears. Needless to say, she remembers it now! She's doing very well and we are working on building sentences and compound words.

I Can't Go Swimming In the Cold

She's also reading aloud in her Grade 1 Science book(which I think is excellent because there are words in there that we haven't covered yet, like words that end in "ght"). We are studying the phases of the moon and the night sky so I think it's time to invest in this:
We talked about using the moon for the sake of calendars and to determine Ramadan and both Eid days. Who knows? We might get a lap book out of this!

We've also been talking about akhlaaq and ironically my husband "discovered" this book which we are already using.

Akhlaaq

AlhamduLILLAH that he makes an effort to supply the children with Islamic knowledge.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Valuable Link

I went to a blog called sketched soul and there was a great link to Islamic School Textbooks.

Has anyone ever tried them? I will have to keep it on the sidebar for future reference, InshaALLAH.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Saturday Homeschool is More Fun

We had class on Saturday and had lots of fun. Sometimes if the phonics or math lesson runs long or if the week is hectic (or I am super nauseous) we have a weekend class. To them, the weekend just means that Daddy is not going to work, so it's no big deal.

We did some crafts to pass the time as well. We made a rain forest vine showing the variety of animals that depend on its resources.


Vine of the Rainforest


We took out the eyes with the hole punch or colored the faces in. The animals were provided by the worksheets at Enchanted Learning.





We also put together an owl. My daughter named him "Qamar"(which is moon in Arabic) because he sleeps all day.


Qamar the Owl

Friday, May 2, 2008

Questions from a reader

Happy Face said...

"I'm curious about homeschooling, and I was wondering a few things.

1. Do you need a license to homeschool your children?
2. Do you make up your own curriculum?
3. Are the hours of learning the same as most kids in school?

Thanks :)

I'm a little curious here, but are your kids half-Desi?"

1. In Ontario, no license is needed to homeschool. This varies by state, region, country, etc. Before homeschooling, you MUST research your local laws and weigh your options.

2. I do make up my own curriculum but I mostly stick with proven programs such as Calvert School and Saxon Phonics, Saxon Math. For the other subjects, I follow the Ontario Ministry of Education's guidelines loosely. I use textbooks for all subjects, including the teacher's manuals, this includes Islamic Studies and Arabic.

3. Because it is one on one, there has never been a need to sit for six hours straight with my children and instruct them. A public school teacher has twenty plus students and it can take time to make sure all of those children are up to speed on each lesson as well as coordinating activities for them all. This also includes recess and lunch. When school is finished, my children play all day so recess is not a part of our school time.

My husband's parents are Canadians from Hyderabad, India. My husband was born in Canada and I am a Black American. So I guess the answer to this is yes, although my husband and I both stress that they are Muslims first, everything else is neither here nor there.