If I had this much time, lol...
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I have small children very close in age and I am starting to use textbooks for their Arabic lessons. I have a set of books for one child and can't decide whether to scan them (tedious) or buy extras (expensive).
What do you do?
By the way, the laptop is no more, SubhanALLAH, so I've moved to the desktop. It's annoying after using a laptop for so long, but at least I have it. Fortunately, everything that I had on the other computer is on here as well, so I've not really lost anything except the odd file here and there, AlhamduLILLAH.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Now that I have all the little ones in the classroom and three of the four will be participating full-time, I need to reorganize a tiny bit. I feel like I am not utilizing the space properly so I have to think it over a bit. I'm not planning anything fancy but I have been trying to organize some learning centers for the kids and make specific spaces for each subject.
We used to have a space for the calendar but I took it down to move it elsewhere (never got around to that, lol). I would really like to have a space dedicated to math, one for science, language arts and Islamic Studies. I have a space for geography and Arabic is next to the computer.
Do you have learning centers or bulletin boards? I like to visit Islamic Bulletin Boardsfor inspiration from time to time but I haven't printed the materials just yet.
I was searching for free materials for teachers and there are tons out there if you have the time (and mostly if you're in the States). I received a free poster from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Genomic Science Program, (lol, such a long name). It's a poster of human genome landmarks.
Yes, it's geeky and my kids won't know what it means but that doesn't mean that you can't get yours for your high school learners. I have others on the way, InshaALLAH but this was the first to arrive. If you're interested, go the website.
Our penpals were once again gracious enough to think about us and send us lovely letters once again. Hopefully, everyone will receive ours soon, InshaALLAH.
Monday, June 14, 2010
It seems that we have finally started to wrap up some loose ends around here. My laptop is still at the shop and InshaALLAH the hardware will be saved and I can continue blogging on a regular basis.
We are still completing our unit on classification but we are just about done. I ordered the unit study from CurrClick a long time ago and we've picked it up sporadically throughout the year. Last week, we briefly covered invertebrates so the children were delighted to get some hands on time with some starfish fossils and various shells that I've collected throughout the year.
After finishing the Treaty of Hudaiybiyah (copywork), we added it to our Islamic Studies notebook.
InshaALLAH we are starting the 99 Names and Attributes of ALLAH, using The Names and Attributes of ALLAH by Shaikh 'Umar Sulaiman Al-Ashqar, and we are learning about the Mothers of the Believers too, AlhamduLILLAH. We will learn nine names at a time, InshaALLAH.
I've also finally gotten around to teaching the kids to count in Arabic. I've added some visual aids to the whiteboard and we use them to count each day. I downloaded them from Yemen Links so long ago, SubhanALLAH but I've only just now put them up. Sometimes I find lots of resources but I don't have the time to implement them right away.
The good news, AlhamduLILLAH, is that my husband and daughter have picked up where they left off and she is back on track with learning Suratul Fajr. Do you remember when I said that we were sending them to the Islamic school down the street? AlhamduLILLAH for the sisters there. They work so hard at running the school but I found it too difficult to juggle outside homework with their homeschool work. They had so much homework from one class that it took most of the day and evening to finish. This would be fine if we weren't homeschooling, but SubhanALLAH it was making them quite unhappy. They are happy to have new friends from the masjid though and now they also have Muslim neighbors so I see the whole experience as a win.