(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

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.

Math Help

First in Math

Saturday, October 4, 2008