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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Finishing Mesopotamia and Explode the Code 1/1/2

AlhamduLILLAH we have finally finished our work on Mesopotamia. It was really dragging out. I purchased the Ancient Civilizations History Pocket to supplement our lessons and my daughter seemed to like it. This was the first time that I used something like this but I think it was worthwhile. It gave her some nice visuals to work with instead of just hearing me talk or reading from the book and trying to picture everything. The history pocket comes with several activities including definitions, mini-projects and a little pop-up activity. All of this is being added to her binder.






Meanwhile, little brother is making his own progress, mashaALLAH. He is working steadily and is about three pages shy of completing his second Explode the Code workbook this year. He only started learning to read last August (right before he turned 5) and for a while, it was a struggle to get him to understand how to sound out words and his handwriting was abysmal, lol. AlhamduLILLAH he was diligent and pushed forward. These are the types of sentences that he is reading now:


 I plan to push forward, InshaALLAH and once he finishes the next workbook and gets about halfway through his Saxon Phonics 1, we will begin using the grade 2 Pathway Reader set that I used with his sister. I can't seem to make it all the way through a Saxon book, but I've also found that we haven't needed to.

He is about halfway done with his Saxon Math 1.



After he completes the math, InshaALLAH I will switch him to Singapore Math 2. I always start with Saxon because it was the first book that I purchased for math, but I have Singapore Math starting with grade 2 up to grade 4 and plan to stick with it, InshaALLAH. I find it to be less tedious and the lessons are brief.

Also, ukhti number 2 is turning 4 in a couple of weeks, InshaALLAH and she most desperately wants to start school with the older kids. So it looks like I will be fitting her into the schedule (officially) very soon, InshaALLAH. 

I've been slow with the 99 Names of ALLAH. We're only on number 35 but we do review them frequently. Also, we finally finished Surah Fajr! AlhamduLILLAH. It was taking so long, SubhanALLAH.

About two (three?) weeks ago, I signed up for Return of the Woman Scholar course with Sh. Abu Taubah via www.thefiks.org. Registration has been re-opened and I most sincerely encourage you to sign up. It's a year-long commitment and it is intense. It's twice a week (Thursday and Sunday) and there is homework, so it's keeping me busy. Please make du'a that ALLAH gives me the strength and courage to excel.

MashaALLAH, I attended the Aqeedah of Imam Al-Bukhari at Masjid Khalid Bin Al-Walid this past weekend with the Sheikh (he was in town) and was able to meet him in person. He sat with all of the women of the masjid and gave us the chance to ask him questions.

 I really benefited from the whole experience because not only were our concerns addressed by the Sheikh, but I met some homeschoolers that I haven't seen in over a year and some new ones, some of whom are in my class. I also met some sisters that are taking a tajweed and memorization course via Al Huda Institute full time Mon-Fri 9AM-1PM and homeschooling. Yup. I felt a little lazy, lol. That was my wake-up call and I can see how much time I waste.

InshaALLAH our family will become more productive and we'll start to see the fruits of our labor, AMEEN.

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