Friday, October 15, 2010
And you want to add in a creative element, "Tales from the Bay: True Stories from the Archives of the Hudson's Bay Company" can be ordered from HBC. It is free for teachers. You have to order about 30 copies. I think I'll drop a bunch off at the Islamic school across the street because I know that they follow the Ontario curriculum.
I quickly set up a bulletin board so that we could appreciate the heroes who helped shape Islam along the way. I of course, have been inspired by the recent course that I took and feel this is a nice additiion to the homeschool. It's nothing fancy for now, but this is our "HEROES" cork board:
Up first, is a piece on Shaybah ibn Hashim, better known as Abdul Muttalib, grandfather of the Prophet, Peace be Upon Him.
We also discussed Suratul Fil and made an illustrated notebooking page for it.
My daughter really enjoyed the notebooking page, so I will have to plan something similar for next time, InshaALLAH. I downloaded a bunch of free and purchased bundle sets of notebooking pages from www.notebookingpages.com a while back and this was one of the plain sheets in the back of the medieval set. I have tons of them for geography and so on that were free at one time from currclick.
It's nice to find creative ways to learn but sometimes it's a lot of work. It does keep us from burning out though.
AlhamduLILLAH I was able to attend the Western Sunrise Course (Islamic History in Africa, Al-Andalus, and the Americas) at Al Maghrib Institute. The course was taught by Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick and I must say JazakALLAH Khairin to all of you who made du'a for me to go.
There were extensive notes provided in a bound, spiral notebook and we were able to ask lots of intense, discussion-worthy questions to the Shaykh which he graciously answered. As a homeschooling mom, I must urge you to attend if possible. This was the first time in seven years that I have spent so much time alone, away from my kids (giving birth at the hospital doesn't count, lol).
The Shaykh urged us to share what we've learned (otherwise, what's the point, right?) so I plan to do just that, InshaALLAH. I will be studying for the exam (on the 31st) but in the meantime, I will organize my notes and thoughts in order to share them with you, InshaALLAH.
InshaALLAH, you will see why we as an Ummah, need to stop being sucked into the cultural and racial centric ideals and start being "Makkah-centric". Why there needs to be an Islamic revival and we need to learn our history as well as document the present for future generations. For instance, did you know that the Muslims entered the Americas long before Christopher Columbus ever dreamed of reaching it (which he never did)? Qayrawaan, Marrakech, Cordoba, Toledo, Seville, Fez, Timbuktu and countless other Islamic cities were great centres of learning? Did you know that the country Portugal gets its name from the Arabic "burtuqaal", which means orange? About 30% of all slaves taken to the Americas were Muslim. Traditionally, Muslims always drew their maps, this way. I could go on and on, but you'll have to wait :)
Monday, October 11, 2010
Umm Abdul Basir was the one who roused me out of my state of procrastination, lol. Forgive me for any mistakes, InshaALLAH. My kids colored some of them but the others are rewritten in black and white, (they were too dark for the words to be seen).
Clothing in Arabic with Transliteration.