Archives for 2011

“Mommies are nocturnal”

Assalaamu alaikum

Zahra asked “Mommy why don’t you have your pajamas on?”

I answered and said “I am not going to bed right now.”

She asked “Why?”

Imaan answered ” Because Mommies are nocturnal.”

Well said Imaan! LOL! Yes this mommy has been pretty nocturnal of late alhamdulillah. I am trying out a new strategy which includes some planned curriculum bits and bobs lapbooks researched and printed and at least a 6 week chunk of work and unit studies prepared insha Allah. Its been an uphill climb with a teething 10 month old who just loves to “touch” my laptop. But insha Allah it will be worth it to not be flying by the seat of my pants!

So we have been taking a homeschool break and the kids have enjoyed playing outside in the garden making mud pies…in the trees…in the blow up pool. We have plans for cherry picking, swimming, braaing (BBQ), picnicking, and generally having a full on summer holiday and coming back to school with a new  plan and new energy insha Allah.

Please make duah that Allah grants us success 🙂

Fee Amaanillah

Umm Imaan

Learning about Muharram

Assalaamu alaikum sisters 🙂

Here’s a peep into what we have been up to for Muharram. Masha Allah the unit study that dear sister Umm Ibraheem over at Talibideen Jr. created for Muharram was perfect. Some parts were for a higher level and we just read and discussed but Imaan completed most of it masha Allah.

I was busy facilitating most of the time and I didn’t really want to interrupt the flow too much so there isn’t pics of everything. Here are a few pics I managed to take.

Muharram

Assalaamu alaikum Akhwaat 🙂

I thought I would point you to a lovely resource that the wonderful Umm Ibraheem over at Talibideen Jr. created for the blessed month of Muharram.

Here it is:

The Month of Muharram

Masha Allah it is a great Learning Unit and Lapbook Starter kit.I hope to use it in the next few days insha Allah.

May Allah reward her in dunya and aakhira and grant her Jannah, Ameen.

Fee Amaanullah

Umm Imaan

 

Some of Zahra’s Activities

Bismilahi Rahmaani Raheem

Assalaamu alaikum

Zahra’s activities always used to be ways to keep her occupied while I am busy with Imaan. She is three so I never really considered it necessary to “teach” her but she is showing more and more inclination to do what Imaan is doing 🙂 She has mastered most of the activities I used to put out for her…she knows all her letter and numbers and cutting sorting puzzles are all old hat to her so I will need to search for more activities for her. Time! I wish I had more time! May Allah place more Barakah in our time, ameen.

Here are a few snaps of what Zahra does. Most of these activities are on the shelves in the school room. She may ask for an activity but usually I suggest something to her while I am trying to do more quiet work with Imaan. Most of the activities are self correcting, independent work, but very often she still wants me to sit with her and watch/praise her 🙂

If you have any questions on how to make any of the materials you see then let me know and I will write more insha Allah.

*NOTE*

Here is a link to the curved and straight line printable, check out the rest of the site for very good quality Montessori printables.

Here is a link to the pom pom numeracy sheet.

Here is a link to the farm tot book.

What we have been up to

Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem

Assalaamu alaikum

So I have been thinking of what to blog about…trying to see if there is anything in our day which could be of benefit. I was looking back over the past few weeks reviewing our “moments” and I was struck by how “unschooly” we are. We have bits of structure in that we are consistently learning all day but it does not follow much of a schedule nor do we use a standard curriculum.

The more I dwell on it the more I realize I have been doing this even before we decided to homeschool. I always followed the girls interests, making sure to suggest things along the lines of what currently has their minds whirring…but then I thought about how I use a bit of Montessori methodology as well, by presenting or making available age appropriate activities to spark an interest, but never forcing it. Surrounding them with shelves of interesting activities which they can get involved with if it interests them.  There is so much out there why be limited to just one?

Alhamdulillah none of these methodologies tie us in. First and foremost we are Muslim and that is where the structure, consistency, schedule and guidelines are. We are trying our best to stay on the Siraat al Mustaqeem and that is more important than anything what so ever! Making sure we have no Shirk, no Bid’ah, no disrespect, no dishonesty, etc… in that we have pretty strict boundaries. Alhamdulillah.

While they are still young I  hope to continue with a free flowing “structure”. I have been inspired by Umm Raiyaan who also writes about her family’s inadvertent exploration of unschooling. During the summer months I would also like to try to apply more of the Chalotte Mason approach by encouraging outside play and nature study insha Allah. Have you read her writing? It’s a very interesting way to enrich your homeschool experience. This site has some very interesting free e-books where you can read more, insha Allah.

For now I will continue scouring the internet for ways to keep the education of my children a joyful experience for both them and me, insha Allah.

 

Eid Mubarak


Fun with craft sticks

Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu

I wanted to share a cute activity using craft sticks. I saw it online (Searched for it but can’t find it now.) and it was pretty easy to do once I got my stash of craft sticks. There are so many ideas with crafts sticks 🙂 I have a few in the pipeline 🙂

You will need:

Steps:

  • Pick number card
  • Choose that number of craft sticks
  • Create a design/pattern
  • Choose same colour pencils as the craft sticks
  • Draw the design/pattern on a piece of paper

Imaan wrote the number after she completed drawing the design.

The girls both enjoyed it, I helped Zahra(3) choose lower numbers as reproducing the design was harder the larger the number.

All in all great activity to have on the shelves. I love finding things that they can do together 🙂

I hope you find benefit in it too insha Allah.

Have you seen Pinterest?

Assalaamu alaikum sisters

I wanted to share this really great resource for finding resources:

I use it to search for ideas, save ideas and post ideas. By typing your search term into the Pinterest search you get taken to a page chock full of other peoples pictures (which they have pinned) relating to that topic!

OK reading that makes me wonder if I should just use Pinterest’s description of what they do:

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.

Our Mission

Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.

I have added a link to my side bar and if you click it it will take you to my pinboards which you can follow to see things which I have found, loved and re pinned.

Just this afternoon I was looking for ideas to use with my stash of popsicle sticks, I had some ideas but wanted to see what math related posts was out there. I found some great ideas alhamdulillah. I have searched for:

Kindergarden math

Word family games

Phonetic blends activities etc!

It really is very helpful when thinking up creative way to make teaching fun.

May you have a beneficial “pinning” experience insha Allah 🙂

Have you played Boggle?

I bough this Boggle game off Gumtree a couple of months ago and we love it!

I can use it with both the girls, they can play it with me or on their own which is great considering they are 3 and 5 years.

There are two ways of playing, with Imaan she will keep the flap up leaving the word covered, she will look at the picture and choose the letters and build the word.

With Zahra we will leave the word uncovered and she will search for the correct letters and build the word and sound it out.

She is growing in confidence though and pretty soon we she will also want the word covered like her sister (Insha Allah).

There are harder words as well.

I think they really benefit from it, Masha Allah.

Disclaimer regarding links I share

While I do provide links to other sites I do not endorse their beliefs. While I was browsing through  the printables and resources provided by the site 1+1+1=1, I was going to pay for access to the ad-free section to their site, when I read this:

“Why an Ad-Free Section?

For you and for me!  I know many people will want access to the printable units for this program before I release them for free on my blog.  This is a way for you to get them earlier than the public, AND also support our mission work!  We are faith-supported missionaries and use this extra income to keep our support needs to a minimum.  You also get the joy of a clear ad-free page to download your files from at anytime! I am always thinking of new ideas also, and will only be including any new add-ons to the program in the ad-free section!”- 1+1+1=1
Alhamdulillah I didn’t buy it!
I wanted to give you a heads up too. I do not support or endorse any missionary work a’oothubillah! It’s a minefield out there!