Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I've slowed down a bit due to the advancing pregnancy (and the fasting), but I'm still knitting when I can.
I hope to have a little more of the classroom in order this weekend because it's a mess (I need to add some shelves to get things out of the reach of my youngest). Hopefully, I will get some pictures of our new books up soon. Until then, stay strong and enjoy your Ramadan.
By the way, the pattern can be found here.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
We went to a yard sale a few months ago and one of the items we purchased was an Easy Bake Oven for $3CDN.
It sat in a lonely corner of the kitchen and my daughter would mention it from time to time but I never took the initiative to open the box. I did manage to purchase the baking mix for it and it also sat alongside the box.
So today, since we had a free calendar and the other two children were sleeping, we opened the box.
She anxiously waited as the oven preheated for fifteen minutes. She mixed the batter and filled the pans.
Then, I made the mistake of trying to photograph the finished product while a four year old practiced patience, lol.
So the three of them hastily enjoyed an afternoon treat (the other two woke up as soon as we finished. Of course, they ate it so fast that I couldn't photograph it.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
This week has been so busy for me! We got a few new book shipments in for the next school year and some things for the classroom (more on this later, InshaALLAH), including a couple of surprises thrown in from the husband (what a nice guy).
It was also confirmed that there is no gestational diabetes this pregnancy (woohoo!)so I thank you tremendously for your du'a. I spent about two and a half hours downtown at the hospital waiting to get my Rho(D) immune globulin injection so I couldn't fast that day. I hardly ate anything though. Once you get into the fasting mode, the appetite comes back a lot slower than one expects. I have to get these injections every pregnancy since I am Rh negative.
Here is our Cave of Hira.
It should be good with one more coat of paint. I am using it as practice for my daughter's Qur'an recitations. Each time she has to recite a different surah to get some goodies for herself and her brother and sister. So far there has been a bit of candy and an assortment of dollar store treasures. They are pretty excited about the whole thing so I am glad that we did it. Now I need to find a moment to finish painting it!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
I was wondering what to do as a daily activity (with treats of course)and AlhamduLILLAH, I think this is it. I scrapped the advent idea (you know, the one with the countdown calendar)because I am just too pregnant to be creative right now (and really feeling lazy).
This is perfect and there is still plenty of time, (InshaALLAH) to do this.
JazakILLAH Khair Ukhti!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
We received a call on Saturday afternoon for a Sunday afternoon meeting with UCMAS Canada. I am so glad that it's only a few minutes away. After discussing the program and seeing what my daughter should be able to accomplish - we signed her up.
There were a couple of students there for a make-up class (it started on Friday) so we left her there to start immediately. She was so excited, she was practically pushing us out the door (no need to worry about separation anxiety, lol). She stayed for about an hour and we were told that they were impressed with her ability, AlhamduLILLAH. I hope that she can keep up with the others because they are six years old and I don't know what kind of training they have had thus far.
I am glad that we decided to go with Singapore Math - I think the style of UCMAS and Singapore will complement one another.
Each week, she is scheduled to attend a two-hour session and complete homework (no more than twelve minutes) each day. The initial sign-up fee included her abacus, backpack and workbooks.
There are ten levels in the program, each lasting about three months, as long as the student passes the assessment with an average of 70% or higher.
After a few levels, no abacus is used; the students must picture the abacus and mentally perform a variety of math functions, i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication or division in a limited amount of time. InshaALLAH she does well - although I am already proud of her for trying.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
If there are two blocks in one time slot, it is because both children will be doing different activities. I would also like to add a weekly art session with another sister but we will have to work out the times and see how it works, InshaALLAH. Click on the links to enlarge.