There are lots of yummy things happening over at My Halal Kitchen. Check it out. She's a revert who is also a chef.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
It seems like so much time has passed since Eid. I forgot to show you some of the birds that we saw during the bird show last week. There were hawks (which are surprisingly loud), a barn owl, and an American Eagle.
Not sure if I got a picture of the hawk....We got back into our routine but everyone was still distracted.
My husband and I humored the kids a bit and took them to their favorite playground.
They would spend the whole day there if they could!
My oldest is now starting multiplication and MashaALLAH she's doing well. InshaALLAH in the coming weeks I will have her complete copywork pages for it so that she can memorize the multiplication table.
I found a chart for multiplication at Montessori Materials. There is a control chart as well as a blank chart for her to fill in. She can use a dry erase marker and then compare her answers when she is finished. I think that I will have her complete this and then next week start timing her, InshaALLAH.
The younger two are learning shapes and colors so we used the math bears for counting and sorting and the geoboards to stretch their minds a bit, lol (I'm terrible at jokes).
Oh, and I managed to finally finish an Eid gift (from last year, SubhanALLAH) for my son.
I just kept procrastinating and the pregnancy was tough and so on. I finished the back piece (the easy part, lol) in between other projects over six months or so and the rest I did in the past eight days!
AlhamduLILLAH he likes it and it still fits.
It's the Child's Aran Pullover from Caron International. It's still a bit big because it's a size six. Now, the oldest wants one "tomorrow", lol.
Monday, September 21, 2009
InshaALLAH you all had a safe and happy Eid and were able to spend it with those whom ALLAH has given to you to love and cherish. Remember those with hardship in your du'a, and want for them what you want for yourselves.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I got a little compass a few weeks ago so that we can learn about directions and how to find our way.
This led us to discussing the Qibla and where it is in our home.
My daughter and I posted index cards with the cardinal directions and of course I realized that I forgot to put the Arabic directions up before taking a picture.
My mind is not what it used to be and fasting is hard this time! It somehow escaped me that Eid is coming InshaALLAH!
I kept thinking it was at the end of next week, lol. After panicking for a few minutes, lol, I made a checklist of a few things and things were okay, alhamduLILLAH.
This year, I've decided to make my daughter's play kitchen new again by making some play food for my two year old and getting her some new pots and pans.
My dad bought the play kitchen for my oldest when she was about two (you can see how small she and my son were in the photo, lol).
I got the crochet patterns from ravelry and etsy if you are interested.
We've been working hard this week and accomplished most of what I planned.
I've really been using Starfall a lot this week, as well as Rosetta Stone. The Rosetta Stone is really helping, MashaALLAH, we're using more Arabic all the time and my daughter has naturally picked up sentence structure and verb conjugation through the program, AlhamduLILLAH.
It seems to be easier to rotate the older two to the computer for language lessons so that I can give them individual attention without interruption.
I might set up other stations as well if I can stop procrastinating, InshaALLAH. An Arabic station would be nice. I keep coming across such helpful things like this Arabic letter position flip book at Talibiddeen Jr.
I printed it on green cardstock and then laminated it and punched two holes in the top (ouch, my hand - the three hole punch wouldn't line up correctly, so I used the hand-held one). I used 1"loose leaf rings (100 for $7.99 on EBay) and I didn't cut between the individual letters (to keep it simple).
I also printed out the Arabic Numbers Practice Book from YemenLinks.
This page is from Talibiddeen Jr.
Instead of letting my daughter color the pages and forget all about them, I borrowed the idea from Chasing Cheerios to print the pages and put them in protective sheets. We added them to her binder and now she can write on them with the dry erase markers.
Reusable workbooks, MashaALLAH. It saves paper, she can do them again as needed, and when she's done, her brother can use them, InshaALLAH.
We've been going strong in our Islamic Studies, starting with the family tree of the Prophet Muhammad salallahu,alayhi wa salaam.I read a bit from our new books and added some of the more vibrant details from the Sealed Nectar as well as Stories of the World by Safia Iqbal.
We finally put a few names on the tree and in our notebooks.
Instead of doing traditional coloring pages, we colored the most vital elements and added them to our notebooks.
My daughter is doing well with her vocabulary and spelling, but we really need to work on spacing! The words run together quite a bit but I think daily copywork will fix this problem, InshaALLAH.
I find notebooking fun and less stressful than lapbooking. MashaALLAH, there are some beautiful lapbooks out there but I think I need a tutorial, lol. Not about how a lapbook is put together, I know how they look, but who does most of the work and how many days does it take?
Here is are some pages from our notebook. We were learning about the dangers of idol worship and also about the Prophet Adam (AS), Habeel and Qabeel, and how the community grew.
The opportunities to study geography are abundant, so we started with Makkah and Medina and Jeddah.
I've been wanting to do this for a while and I would like to continue with some key elements of geography (continents, bodies of water and land forms, ie peninsula, island, etc) as well. I have all the necessary items for this but I would love to get a large world map, InshaALLAH.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I removed the last post concerning the women of hell because I didn't see and could not find a reference for it. I could have written about it in the comments but I know that not everyone reads the comments. Forgive my haste and naivete - I should never have linked to something with no reference - the mistake is mine.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
JazakILLAH Khairin for your du'a sisters, I'm getting better, AlhamduLILLAH.
The kids needed a reminder of their table manners so we did a quick paint craft.
I can't remember which sister's blog I got this from! I am searching for it so let me know. It's a lovely idea and the original was much better than this one and I'd like to link to it.
My daughter's second cousin went back to Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago and before leaving,she gave her the Story of Muhammad in Madinah(Peace be upon Him).
I decided to purchased the others from IslamicBookstore.com to supplement our Islamic Studies, InshaALLAH.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Having several children to teach at once is a challenge! I often find that they need individual attention at the same time and they get frustrated as they have to wait for me to finish with their siblings.
I thought about purchasing the Preschool Activities in a Bag ebook at Currclick but I need something to occupy each of them and they are all at different levels, so I made some file folders instead.
This was my first time and while it is a simple concept, it takes a while to cut, tape (or laminate with packing tape), and add Velcro to everything. I know that's also because I'm trying to make several of them for three children so I'm driving myself crazy, lol.
I found most, if not all of these from Preschool Printables and Crafty Chic.
Note: There was a picture on the Noah's Ark file for the Prophet Nuh, Alayhi Salaam, so I discarded it and just used the animals.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
To the sisters who attended Iftar last Saturday and for being so kind to the children in my absence. MashaALLAH they really had a good time and were so excited when they came home and insisted that we go back there the next day, lol.
Since my daughter wouldn't stop talking about it, I decided that iftar would be the topic of the day in our composition book. The coloring page is from Umm Abdul Basir; I just folded it accordion style and glued the back to the bottom of the page.