So what do you do with your littlest tot?

Assalaamu alaikum 🙂

Our littlest tot : Sakeenah didn’t have as great a presence when we were schooling before the holidays, she took two long naps in the day so I had ample time to do what needs doing. Now however she is everywhere!

What do I do?

The schoolroom is the place to be as far as she is concerned. If I leave her anywhere to crawl freely that is the first place she will crawl to! It has lots of math manipulative, craft supplies and it is all accessible to the older girls. Now I am either going to have to change the whole lay out of the room or keep her out.

I love that everything is there for the girls to see and choose from, but I don’t like keeping Sakeenah confined to a stroller or the passage as I had been doing previously.

She seems pretty contented in the space I have here but this plan wont last much longer as she is starting to climb over the barricade!

Then what?

Do you have any ideas?

What do you do with your littlest tot?

“Mommies are nocturnal”

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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

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.

 

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 🙂