The Baldwin Speller is available here for free.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I think A Concise Children's Encyclopedia of Islam would be good to use along with our other Islamic Studies books. I also would like to implement some biographies since her reading and writing are coming along. Marvelous Stories from the Life of Muhammad (SAWS) looks interesting (check out the sample);I found one on Salaheddin and the Basra librarian Aria Muhammad Baker- there are two books about her and one of them has an Arabic version.
We still need to use our books on different countries - I sort of got off track last year due to the pregnancy.
Monday, June 29, 2009
See how far you can get on this word list. My daughter was able to read the grade 5 and 6 list pretty easily which means that maybe I should step it up some more. Of course, that means more work for me but it also reminds me not to go too easy on her.
I've been thinking about going towards the Charlotte Mason approach via an altered Ambleside Online approach. I don't know yet. She's doing so well but I feel as if I am not challenging her enough. My biggest fear in homeschooling has always been that I would not recognize her talents and nurture them sufficiently and at the same time be hands-on and creative without burning out or overwhelming her. Any thoughts? Has Ambleside worked for you?
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
My husband went to one of those big warehouse sales (Everything Must Go! Lowest Prices in Town, One Weekend Only, blah,blah) and bought some lesson planner software for $3.
It looks pretty good because it has a grade keeper and two extra discs with school fonts (you can use these for handwriting practice, etc.)
The best part is that it was marked down from $116.43!
It's available used on Amazon for $2.97 US if you want one too. It's compatible with Windows and Mac.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Well, I have to say that it's always a pleasure to see my mom and the reaction of the children when she arrives.They really went all out - we blew up balloons and put up the welcome sign, literally seconds before they arrived, lol. It's always last minute around here.
We were very busy this time, and we took advantage of the nice weather and took the ferry to Centre Island.
My mother-in-law, husband's cousin and her family and brother-in-law's family also came.
Just about everyone that my children love were there all at once - a real novelty for them.
My daughter took this one!
The best part for me is always the pier overlooking Lake Ontario.
The weather was gorgeous all day but as soon as we got back to the van the sky opened up and my whole backside got soaked in an instant!
It's a good thing we didn't wait for a later ferry.
My husband even convinced me to go to the Ontario Science Centre (he's the king of free passes, lol).
This time, the bottom floor had snakes and lizards as the main display.
The kids were very sad to see her go and there were tears rolling down cheeks as they said their goodbyes at the airport.
She's not that far away and they talk nearly everyday but there's nothing like having your granny snuggle in the bed with you!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
As we're getting more involved with math, my daughter needs more practice. Singapore Math's workbooks are excellent because she gets lots of practice doing the same thing time and time again.
I like that she can do some of the pages and check her answers by herself.
However, she still needs loads of practice, so I've taken note of her weaknesses and generated worksheets from SuperKids Math with only the problems that she hasn't memorized. I feel that she should be doing this much faster and the solution is just drills, drills, drills.
She's doing well with her Islamic Studies. We're still in book one of Muhammad Rasulullah The Last Prophet(Sallalahu alayhi wa salaam).
She thinks it's fun and she's learning a bit of vocabulary here and there.
Phonics is mostly good. She's practicing her sentence writing and for some reason, she's being a bit lazy about capital letters and her penmanship could use a bit of work, so I might have to get her to do a bit of copywork - probably from a book.
She's also working hard on her Qur'an with my husband, mashaALLAH. He's gotten her halfway through Ayatul Kursi.