(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kid-Friendly Speech and Occupational Therapy Materials

There are many items here. I am interested in the Echo microphone because my son tends to mumble a bit and it's a bit on the annoying side. It irritates him when I say words the way that he says them so I know that he understands how they should sound. If he hears himself enough, I hope that he corrects his speech on his own and with the microphone, he surely will have fun, InshaALLAH. Also, since they are so inexpensive, I had better get some for the others as well, lol.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tiny Thumbnails Full of Ideas

Go to Preschool Fun and click on the pictures. They are self-explanatory and it looks like some of them can be used for older children as well, InshaALLAH.

There are more on this page with explanations. Just click to enlarge.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Have You Been To Islamic Playground?

You can find it here. Do you know of any other fun spots? Add them to the comments and I will add them to the side, InshaALLAH.

Okay, Nevermind

Scholar's Choice has them for a cheaper price - now I just have to wait for them to be in stock again, InshaALLAH.

Canadians Who Need School Furniture

I haven't purchased anything from them and I didn't look at the prices (yet but InshaALLAH I am going to)...School Furniture of Canada. I am interested because as much as I like it, the dining table is just taking up too much room and besides, we already have a desk for one kid but the others need them too. I don't know, InshaALLAH we will see.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Imam Zaid's Advice on Teaching Children

Disclaimer: I don't always see eye to eye with Imam Zaid but what he has written here is something that I can endorse.

What We Should Be Teaching Our Children

SubhanALLAH I Had To Try It Myself

Once again I was reading Confessions of a Homeschooler and I ran off to try it myself. I was in such awe that it worked that I woke up my husband, lol and I took pictures. This was at about 5 A.M.

Broom Balance I

A few minutes ago, I used a different broom and my sister also got hers to work. SubhanALLAH.

Broom Balance II

*Edited to add: Ahem, too much time on my hands.*

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Letter Dd

I was reading Confessions of a Homeschooler the other day and sumbled across her PreK Letter D post.

She has quite a few ideas for various letters of the alphabet to supplement your lessons, InshaALLAH.

Dino Puzzle


Fill In the Blanks

Count to 10

Numerical Order

You can see that the children were responsive to the different activities and the two year old even sat still long enough to participate!

Sorting Capital and Lowercase D

Later on, the excitement of the day got to them and I found them slumbering, lol.

Homeschool Makes You Tired.

Homeschool Makes You Tired.

The Islamic World to 1600

Have you seen this site?

Take a look.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

LOL sorry for the music

I don't know how the Mario Bros. video game music got onto my playlist but I can't get it off! I have to redo it and then I might put it back on the blog. How come nobody told me?! I never have the audio on so I had no idea. :p

Saturday, November 14, 2009

From a Reader - Remember Italian Muslims in Your Du'a

Mujahida says:

As salamu aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

I'm an italian revert sister, please share it and support your brothers and sisters in Italy. Barak'Allahu fikum.

Italian MP Calls Prophet "A Paedophile"

Words of Encouragement for Sr. Mujahid, InshaALLAH:

Abu Qabeel said: "We were with `Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`Aas and he was asked which city would be conquered first, Constantinople or Rome? So `Abdullah called for a sealed trunk, and he said, “Take the book out from it.” Then `Abdullah said, “While we were with the Messenger of Allah writing, The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked, “Which city will be conquered first, Constantinople or Rome?” So Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The city of Heracilius will be conquered first,” meaning Constantinople.” (Ahmad, Ad-Daaramee, and Al-Haakim)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Muslim Facebook

I'm on Madina if you would like to add me as a contact. The link to the site is Madina.com.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Whole Words

A couple of years ago, I purchased some flashcards from Staples to help make reading more fun. I never used them though. My daughter preferred to read words off the whiteboard and never really used flashcards that much, so I tucked them away to be used later on by one of the other children.

Now that I am the only one home with four children, they are an integral part of making things run smoothly and keeping folks from getting into mischief as I help out the other little folks.

My son seemed to like the cards because the pictures are very colorful on one side (the back has other words and it's in black and white).

Three Letter Words Split

Three Letter Words

This is what my oldest was reading at three:

our daily words

Yikes, I've been taking it easy on the boy! I didn't realize she was so far ahead at that time. I started homeschooling her three months before her fourth birthday and he started a month before his fourth birthday. This reminds me that all children are different but I should also push them beyond what I think they are capable of doing so that I don't hold them back.

Don't worry, InshaALLAH, he gets his fair share of words too. He hasn't learned all of the sounds of the alphabet yet, but he knows enough to read these words. I like to mix it up and add a few here and there so that we can get started reading sentences right away. It's empowering to them and it's so nice to see them picking up books on their own.

Find The Word Game

Read The Word

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Reading and Writing

We have a calendar in the classroom which I purchased from Staples some time ago. It's bright and colorful and comes with lots of goodies. But I don't have the time or patience to keep up with it when the time comes to change it. It's just not a priority but it's embarrassing when it still says September on the first of November, lol. My husband brought home a nice solution:

New Calendar for the Classroom

It's so much easier to keep up with this one! I still have the weather graphs and the other accessories up but this will save a lot of time, InshaALLAH. I also need to add the Hindi numerals so that they can practice their Arabic counting as well.

My son is doing well with his reading, MashaALLAH and learning new words by the day. We are still doing the alphabet folders and should have the next couple finished soon, InshaALLAH.

Today, we played around with the Scrabble letter tiles. I asked him to put them in alphabetical order and he used the mini chalkboard as a guide. He knows how to sing them in order but I didn't allow him to sing the ABC song as he went along. This frustrated him but I made him finish.

Alphabetical Order

Tomorrow, InshaALLAH, I think we will work with some whole words (three letters) and see how many he can figure out....

In other news, the illegible handwriting issue is being resolved, InshaALLAH. We are doing a unit study on the animal kingdom and classification and it has some nice copywork pages for my daughter.

I made her go over it several times to correct the punctuation mistakes and saw her using this:

For Kids Who Like to Erase

What a funny kid!