Spring has sprung here in the Cape

The flowers are blooming and the girls are sooo excited for summer to hit because that means strawberry picking, cherry picking, beach, picnics and generally being outside all day long 🙂

Alhamdulllah we have a peach tree which we have been observing though Autumn, Winter and now Spring where they have been following the life cycle. the blooming phase was so beautiful and now we can see the tree bearing fruit.

The girls are manic tree climbers and love being outside 🙂

See if you can spot the little monkey?

Alhamdulillah it is a real blessing to be able to enjoy safe, halaal, outdoor fun within our own space because as beautiful as Cape Town is… the fitan that comes with Summer is truly unbearable! We have to be so selective of where we take the girls so as to lessen the exposure to the nakedness! Yaa Allah protect us from the fitnah of summer, everywhere you turn u see ‘auwra!

We have a few select spots where we can take them where we know not many people go like the nature reserves where you have to pay entry fee and they limit the amount of people so you can enjoy the space without it getting overcrowded.

But then we need to be careful we don’t crowd the inhabitants! 🙂

Kirstenbosch botanical gardens are also a favorite place for us to visit.

But I have yet to find a place where I can swim in the ocean!! Insha Allah one day 🙂

Getting back to normal?

Assalaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi waBarakaatu

I hope and pray everyone is finding it easy getting back into gear insha Allah.

I took a longer blogging break than I anticipated as just before Eid my father’s sister got very sick. My aunt and my paternal grandmother lived with us in the house and I grew up with her being right there. She had always suffered from mental illness but this time her hospitalization was due to a brain hemorrhage and stroke. It was very hard on my 84 year old grandmother who looked after her her whole life. She died in hospital early Tuesday morning and her Janaaza was Wednesday. We are all satisfied with Allah’s decree and we ask that Allah grant her Jannah.

It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “To Allaah belongs that which He has taken and that which He gives, and with Him everything has an appointed end, so be patient and seek reward.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Janaa’iz, 1204) 

It became a priority for me to learn about Ghuzl and Janaaza. Its not something that I spent much time on but subhanAllah there is much to learn.

Alhamdulillah in all states.

So here we are on the other side of Ramadaan, Eid and the janaaza trying to get the momentum going.

We did some fun things to ease them into it which I would like to share. I will try to get back into posting insha Allah.

Where we are at…

We have a verrry informal way of homeschooling 🙂 I mainly follow what the girls are interested in while keeping literacy maths, and  Islamic studies constant. I use Lapbooks to address the changing topics they are interested in and I have a few Montessori resources which I have used for letter recognition, phonics and word building with Imaan and which I am currently using for Zahra.This is her pictured below.

Imaan was very interested in literacy and we would spend ages doing phonics activities and writing practice, but now she is much more interested in doing Lapbooks, learning about different animal life cycles, weather, and other science related topics.

This is what I love about homeschooling, we do a bit of everything but we follow the tides of a child’s interests that way ensuring they are 100% engaged.

Numeracy with Zahra I used one to one correspondence using things found around the house.

This is Zahra’s activity above.

With Imaan we are learning word sums and have just started using the number line to help her calculate. She was doing it using her fingers to add up but I read a suggestion on the maths thread of the IHSAN forums that its better to get them to use a number line.

We love doing arts and crafts, life sciences, nature exploration and generally learning about anything and everything that takes their fancy.

We are currently not using any curriculum as there is a wealth of resources available online if you have a printer it’s a real goldmine. I am exploring the possibility of getting a maths curriculum for next year as I would like to have more things prepared in advance. It’s not one of my fav subjects so I need to learn the best way to convey the different concepts.

OK 🙂 that is a very broad overview of some of the days’ activities I will try to pin down more specific activities in later posts insha Allah.

Insha Allah in my next post I hope to share their butterflies Lapbook which they are just about finished with.

Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem

Assalaamu alaikum 🙂

Insha Allaah this is a blog to record our journey into homeschooling.

At the time of starting this blog Imaan is 5 years old, Zahra is 3 years old and Sakeenah is 5 months old. Masha Allaah.

I have been moved to create a blog not only to record our journey but to be able to share what we have learned and acquired as we have benefited so much from the amazing blogging sisters out there who have selflessly shared all their hard work. Insha Allah  I hope to do the same for the sake of Allah.

Follow along on our homeschooling adventures and please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions 🙂