(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wrapping Up Earlier Than Expected

Without intentionally planning to, we've almost finished our school work for the year, AlhamduLILLAH. My daughter has finished her math book and is just about done with language arts. Science will be continued throughout the summer, InshaALLAH and Islamic Studies is ongoing as well. This has given us some extra time and she has finally learned to crochet, AlhamduLILLAH.



She still has eight books left to read from her list of fifty, but she says that she's run out of reading materials. I checked her shelf and saw that there are quite a few books left, but I think that they may be a little too advanced for her, so I might have to run over to the library soon, InshaALLAH.

I am planning to give her a gift for completing the list of 50 books - she started in August and was given a full year to finish, so I figured that I had lots more time to think of something. She's 6 and pretty easy to please but I want something inexpensive and just for her. Any ideas?

I Waited All Month To Shoot The Moon

The full moon is on the 28th of April, InshaALLAH. I have been waiting all month to get outside in the dark and attempt to get pictures of it. I am terrible with night shots but I was determined to get out there and try. This is manual focus with no tripod. I have one but found it was better to just hold the camera and deal with the shakes. I was pleased and I might try it again. :)



Here, you can see how cloudy it was. This is one of the mistake pictures - the moon is way too bright, but it was the only way to get the clouds.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Curriculum Planning

I'm planning next year's curriculum and need to figure out what materials I have and what must be purchased, which is probably not a lot, InshaALLAH. My daughter is about 40 pages shy of finishing her grade 2 math (we finally got through multiplication and she breezed through fractions like she learned it years ago). I think the biggest need will be math and possibly something for science and geography.

I like Singapore Math a lot, AlhamduLILLAH. It's not for everyone but it is a good fit for us. I'd like to once and for all figure out what I'm trying to teach in science, lol. We are pretty eclectic for now.

I'm thinking about using Singapore's Science and Art books but I will have to think about it, InshaALLAH.

The younger kids are easy because I have built the foundation of curriculum with the oldest, AlhamduLILLAH.

For Islamic studies, InshaALLAH, we will cover the 10 people promised Jannah next, InshaALLAH.

I would also like to focus on reading Arabic a little more. We still have to get through the Arabic books from Scholastic that my husband purchased and we are working steadily on Rosetta Stone as well, so we definitely don't need anything for Arabic.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

And The Winners Are....

The names written, du'a said....



The bag....



Choosing #1....


Choosing #2 - by the way, eyes were closed....


Choosing #3....the toddler managed to stay dressed long enough!

Choosing #4....Even the chocolate and ketchup covered baby chose - don't ask.


AlhamduLILLAH, Zawjna, Emma, C and Shameema! Mabrook Sisters! Email me with your addresses and InshaALLAH we will get those books out to you.

JazakILLAH Khairin to all of the sisters who participated. InshaALLAH we can do this again some time in the near future and have even more participants.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Spelling

I go to the thrift shop once in a while and look for things like old Scrabble games so that we can use the letter tiles.

If I really need to focus on my oldest for a few minutes, I have my son make words with the letter tiles. It usually takes him a while to sort through the pile of letters to find the right one so it's a good way to keep him busy, yet productive.


Busy Box for the Older Toddler




I think I forgot to show this earlier. This is a plastic box filled with aquarium gravel that I sometimes bring out for the three-year-old. She likes to feel as if she is having school alongside her older siblings but she can't sit still long enough when we are having a little one-on-one time. We've used ocean animals, cars, and plastic cups so far and she's very focused and quiet when she plays with it.

Sometimes, the older kids tell me that she needs "help" and that she's "not doing it right" and that's why you see the extra hands, lol.

Last Day to Have Your Name Included for the Giveaway

Okay, so this is the last day InshaALLAH for you to post to the Giveaway post or the Socialization post - a number of you commented on either so I'm including all the names from those two highlighted posts.

Here is everyone that I have. Let me know if you don't see your name or leave a comment on either of the above posts. You have until midnight.


Shameema of Homeschooling With an Islamic Twist

Umm Tafari

of River City Homeschoolers --she graciously declined so that gives you sisters less competition. ;)

Sarah Plain and Short of SOS~Save Our Sunnah

Umm Ibraheem of Footprints in the Sand

Lubna of Finding Truth

Umm Omar of Just Another Day

Muslim Family (no blog)

C of The Old Woman in the Shoe

Zawjna of An Honoured Muslim Woman

Emma Apple of Gifted Muslim

Renee of Simply Me - I'll add you since you thought it was over, lol.

Muneera of From the Perspective of a New Muslim

Umm Raiyaan of Ummi Homeschools Me





Since this is my first Giveaway, remember that I have no idea what I am doing, lol. I feel sad that I don't have enough books for everyone!


The winners will be chosen and announced tomorrow, InshaALLAH.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Publish Your Books for Children

"How to Publish a Children’s Book with StoryJumper".

I know that a lot of you write/have written books for children, so InshaALLAH you find this helpful.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Have You Heard of Treasure Baskets?

I stumbled across Treasure Baskets while reading a blog and thought it was a good way to keep my little one busy.


I added a sachet pillow; three walnuts; a paper bag; two wooden peg dolls; a ribbon; some rainbow colored felts; a rock; a stick; foil; a leather coaster; toilet paper roll; a piece of green wool yarn; a spice jar full of buttons and tiny paper flowers; wax paper; and I just added some cotton balls. It's like a sensory table in a basket. To keep it interesting, I only give it to her once in a while and I will probably have to change out the items soon, InshaALLAH.

Check out these posts on A Muslim Child is Born and Chasing Cheerios
.


Apparently, this works with older kids too. ;)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Giveaway!

I'm so excited, lol. My first ever giveaway....

If you leave or have left comments on the blog post from Friday, you are/will be automatically entered in a drawing for one of these four books.


The book is Understanding Islam, by Fanar, the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center.





To be eligible, the comments must be in by midnight on Friday, April 9, 2010, PST., InshaALLAH.

The names will be randomly chosen by the children, on Saturday, April 10, 2010, InshaALLAH.

Springtime Calls for...Bubbles!

Since it was so nice on Thursday, we spent the majority of the day outside blowing bubbles.




We did get in a little nature study though.




The kids got a kick out of exploring the pine trees in the neighborhood. I can't wait for everything else to start blossoming, InshaALLAH.










Friday, April 2, 2010

Socialization Question

Umm Fatima said...
Assalaamu alaykum I'm a mother of one living in the US and I am seriously considering homeschooling... my girl is still an infant but every time I remember my public school experiences I cringe and swear I could never subject my daughter to that. I am concerned about socialization, though. How do you get your kids to play and learn with other children their ages when you live in a non-Muslim country and are so selective about their playmates (they have to be Muslim, good adab, etc)? I have no question that the quality of education would be better, but what about the socialization factor? jazaku Allah khayr



Wa 'alaikum as salaam, Sis.
May ALLAH make things easy for you and your family, AMEEN.

 
For me, socialization is really not an issue. Because we get out and about in the world, my children understand how to converse with their elders, they feel comfortable around various ages and they are more inclined to play with any aged child, (they love babies and sometimes don't realize that they are not as old as the older kids, lol.


One of the things that I hear often is how well behaved my children are, AlhamduLILLAH. That is because they are learning how to socialize from me, other family members, friends and their children, etc. I've heard this from Muslims and non-Muslims alike - even at the Islamic school.



We recently went to the doctor's office and they quietly waited for me. A woman in the waiting room remarked that they were extremely well-behaved.

One of the things that public school children learn is socialization... from their peers. They learn to socialize from each other. They learn what is proper behavior, language and values from their friends, e.g. swearing, bullying, fighting. They learn to value clothing labels and choose pop icons as their role models. What about when they get older? Will they retain their fitrah in a non-segregated environment? Will they go to school dances, date or feel that you've cheated them at their chance at happiness and social acceptance when you won't let them go? They will learn to socialize from their peers, five days a week for eight hours a day, ten months of the year.

If you're concerned about socializing, find a play group, a preschool group, a small program through the zoo, local park, library, homeschool co-op, take them to the houses of like-minded friends, relatives, etc. 

As far as being in a non-Muslim country, I understand your concerns but it does not mean that you have to cut off all interaction with non-Muslims. For example, our kids do go to the playground (supervised) and I will let them play with non-Muslim children. My side of the family is non-Muslim and their cousin comes to visit in the summer. If he does or says something that they know is naughty, they gently correct him ;)

He goes to public school and I can tell. He's an intelligent, straight A kid but his mother is dealing with some behavior issues. He likes to be the center of attention and he likes to please the crowd.

He knows the consequences and yet it is his peers that he is trying to please, not his family.

MashaALLAH that you are willing to pursue homeschooling and I hope that ALLAH makes things easy for you, AMEEN.