(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

SubhanALLAH it's Cold Over Here

We've been working diligently over the last week or so but we haven't had any heat! SubhanALLAH we had a carbon monoxide leak and they shut down the furnace last week. We have some space heaters, AlhamduLILLAH,but it really killed my motivation to blog or do any special projects. We're having our regular school sessions while we huddle together in one room upstairs, AlhamduLILLAH. Still, it's good training and helps us to remember our brothers and sisters who always live with less. So, anyway, the furnace is supposed to be replaced tomorrow, InshaALLAH and I hope that we will be back to normal.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Surah Takathur is finished, AlhamduLILLAH

SubhanALLAH it has been nothing but busy times around here lately. My husband was on vacation the past few weeks so this is our first real week without him here during the day. Twice a week I have the Women Scholars course and I need to devote time for it daily. Also, I've stepped up my own memorization - something that I've been neglecting, and I'm trying to fit in a tajweed course as well.

On a personal note, I mentioned some time ago that I have been tracing my family tree. AlhamduLILLAH a cousin that I didn't know before has been tracing our tree for about ten years or so! He has so much information that I don't have time to enter all the information into the database. I've been obsessing over it for about a week (and so has my mom and a couple of uncles, lol).

We had a power outage for most of the day and it got so cold! SubhanALLAH, it's 20F here (-7C). My daughter managed to learn Surah Takathur on her own this evening after the power returned (using Qur'an Explorer), so I think that we will be adding Q.E. to our morning routine from now on, InshaALLAH.

Since we grew grass a few weeks ago, my daughter has the gardening bug. This is her bulb of garlic, see the sprout? I hope that we can really keep it alive. We have a history of getting them going and then they die! Any advice?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

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.