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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back to School II

I have completed our schedule (except a few things and the inclusion of some novels and a couple of books to be read) and it seems to be flowing smoothly. We open the day with Suratul Fatiha and then my daughter recites whatever surah she is working on with her father from the night before. Then, she has a 10 minute speed drill for UCMAS (we're taking a break from classes until September)so that she doesn't lose her rhythm.

Up next is phonics. We're using Pathway Readers, a program that was developed for Amish schoolchildren. It is very thorough and comes with its own grammar books, chapter books and workbooks. The stories are about the happenings between the children of families living within a small farming community.

We are in the second of the three chapter books and it has mentioned that the children got ready for church twice. I changed it to mosque long before she ever got to the pages and there's been no issues since. I don't have a problem with her knowing that some people go to church because they do; However, I want her to forge her Muslim identity and make learning relevant to her world.

On Mondays, we do short spelling lessons from Spelling Grade 3

Tuesdays, we have Islamic Studies from Stories of the World by Safia Iqbal. The whole set costs about $50 with shipping to Canada and overall, I am pleased. The first few chapters cover the creation of the world, early man and The First Man (Adam,alayhi salaam). From there, we have early cultures (Indus Valley, Sumerians,Mesopotamians,etc).

Stories of the World

Today we read about the creation of the world and tied it in to Surah ad-Dukhan (The Smoke). We burned a candle under a glass until it burned out and filled with smoke in order to simulate a nebula, AlhamduLILLAH.


Nebula Simulation/Smoky Glass

Tuesdays and Thursdays are for Science. We are using the free resource that I posted a while back.

Germination


Wednesdays, we also have Islamic Studies but that is from Susan Douglass' Islamic Books series. We are currently using the grade 2 books.

Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are for Rosetta Stone's Arabic program. She's doing well with this and once she calmed down and followed the cues, she got through the program without any help.

Banaat / Girls

Fridays are also for art and nature walks. I got a few ideas from That Artist Woman's blog for a couple of weeks and I'm not sure what we'll do after that. I may get a few ideas from this book - I put it on hold at the library so I don't know how good the projects are.

I still haven't added math to the schedule. We are right at the end of the first section of Singapore Math 2. Also, we are doing math copywork for math facts. I have the worksheets ready for this too but I haven't put them on the schedule. It seems like every time I make a schedule I forget about the math. What does that mean? LOL.

I also have several books that I would like her to read (Canadian history with a focus on First Nations People/50 states study)and I need to figure out how and when we will add these.

And of course, I need to add some type stories of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa salaam) and Al Khilafah ar-Rashidun. Also, I finally put the leaves on the tree so it's ready to go.

Prophet's(SAWS) Family Tree

Prophet's(SAWS) Family Tree

Everything is still a work in progress, but it's a start.

Next: my son's schedule, InshaALLAH.

8 comments:

Sarah Plain And Short said...

Salam aleikom sister,

MashAllah I love the schedule and ressource you have used! You are very creative mashAllah, InshaAllah you're children are benifitting. Jazakallah khair for sharing these techniques (Since I myself dont know where I will be starting inshaAllah). Sometimes I wish I was homeschooled ! Looks like fun + lots of work

ummrashid said...

Salaam,
JazakAllahkhair for posting this. I find other folk's plans so interesting! I've learnt so much this way.

Nakia said...

As salaamu 'alaikum Sisters, glad that you could stop by. May ALLAH increase you in sustenance and make things easy for you (AMEEN).

Sister Sarah: It is a lot of work but InshaALLAH it's worth it. There's nothing like teaching your child to read.

Umm Rashid: Wa iyyaki, I like to see what people are doing as well. It really helps me stay on track and usually it helps me to be creative and crafty (things I often neglect).

Take care,
wa salaam,
Nakia

Umm Tafari said...

As salaam alaikum,

That tree sure looks like it was a lot work, masha Allah. May Allah reward you for your perseverance. Ameen.

Nakia said...

wa 'alaikum as salaam Sis,

It was a lot but I put it together in spurts.

JazakILLAH Khairin for your kindness and the same to you, AMEEN.

take care,
wa salaam,
Nakia

Umm Tafari said...

As salaam alaikum,

Just curious- do you do projects like that when your children are awake and/or at home with you? Or, do you do this when they are asleep or out of the house? All I can barely manage to plan is our weekly schedule, insha Allah b/c they need to constantly be entertained/policed/kept busy, etc., or they are getting into stuff and/or fighting, subhanllah.

Nakia said...

Wa 'alaikum as salaam, Umm Tafari,

I try to plan only when they go to bed. Mine are the same way with the fighting and getting into stuff, subhanALLAH, especially the two year old. I also carry around paper to write down ideas or I'll forget.

I try to plan three months at a time at least. Usually, I over-plan.

Take care,
wa salaam,
Nakia

Anonymous said...

Assalaamualykum dear sister Nakia

MashaAllah that is exactly the kind of routine / programme we'd like to follow. May Allah reward you fo sharing!

Wasalaam
Ayesha