Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The past week or so, we've been covering Mesopotamia and the land of the two rivers. With some difficulty and a little help, my daughter managed to construct a tiny ziggurat (we were out of glue so we improvised with tiny slivers of packing tape, lol).
Then, we discussed the story of Ibrahim (alayhi salaam) while she colored a picture of a Sumerian city-state. Next, we read from a book called Ali Mitgutsch's World on Wheels (Rolling Along from Ancient to Modern Times. It has some interesting history from the beginnings of the humble wheel to the automobile. It is written in a way to capture the attention of young readers with some humor.
We're a little behind on our geography pages (still have to finish Pakistan, Iraq and Iran). Since we were ill for so long, we mostly focused on math and read a lot.
Oh, and we have/had grass! My daughter was really taking care of it and watching over it night and day until we got sick and then she sort of forgot. But, for a while, we had some grass, lol.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
مشمشنا مش مشمشكم ومشمشكم مش مشمشنا، لما مشمش مشمشكم، ما كان مشمش مشمشنا
[Mishmishna mish mishmishkom w mishmishkom mish mishmishna, lamma mashmash mishmishkon, ma kan mashmash mishmishna.]
Our apricots are not the same as your apricots, and your apricots are not the same as our apricots. When your apricots were ripe, our apricots were not ripe yet.
lol, found here.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
AlhamduLILLAH, it's nice that people check up on us and make sure that everything is all right. We've actually been really productive lately and getting up earlier - (if you know me, you know that I'm a night owl). Since my daughter started praying, we've been starting school right after fajr and I must say, the days are certainly longer but we seem to get more work done. The flip side is that in the evening, I have trouble staying awake, lol. I suppose a nap is in order after Dhuhr?
Over the last few days, we've covered the prophets Nuh (alayhi salaam), Hud (alayhi salaam) and Saleh (alayhi salaam).
The wicked people of the Prophet Saleh's (alayhi salaam) time were destroyed via earthquake, so we took the opportunity to make a 3D earthquake to go along with the story.
My eldest daughter is writing mini biographies for each prophet that we cover,(a paragraph), and the younger children take turns narrating the stories to me. We are also writing biographies for the wives of the Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alayhi wa sallam). For this, I am using The Fragile Vessels as a guide.
Arabic is getting tougher but we're still hanging in there, AlhamduLILLAH. I am trying to find ways to make the vocabulary stick in our minds without always having to act it out or constantly drill, but those are necessary tasks right now. We read from our scholastic Arabic books and illustrated the story. This week's book was On a Boat.
My daughter did a quick sketch and wrote the vocabulary words on the side. She also completed some copywork on the left.
After completing math and all the other odds and ends, the kids completed puzzles, planted a rock garden and did a bit of weaving.