'O Allah increase me in knowledge,

Monday, 24 November 2008

A long weekend!

Assalamu alaykum,

back to schooling, finally I have put all my strenght together and took the books out. A has been asking to do the Reading Work Pages all the week. This is an exercise book that goes together with the Reading Book called 'Adventures' from Calvert.
S was not too bothered about not studying but he asked me if we could read books together and wanted me to spell words using phonics. So we played the phonics game with some flash cards. It is a puzzle like and it works by adding letters (sounds) together to form a word e.g. C-A-T = cat. It comes with letters and pictures. A very nice colourful game to teach him to read. His reading is progressing slowly due to my loss of motivation for the last 7 days or more.

Again lots of colouring and play-doh. GEO MAX took over A imagination and he started to build some very nice shapes. Also Dominoes has been a hit around here. Both games were gifts from an ex-homeschooling sister. Her child is now old enough to play GEO Max or indeed Dominoes!

This past week has been the week of changing. I have finally removed my boys from madrassa. It was becoming too much to travel every night back and forth! Also other issues were starting to emerge with the madrassa they were attending. I am happy to say that our days are much more relaxed and I have so much more time to look after not just the boys but also the house and I am on top of my chores! That's a relief!

I have found a teacher for my boys, three times a week. We haven't started it yet, insh'Allah from next week.

I am also reviewing our schedule and feel the urge to add so much art and craft and lots of Islamic Studies in English as my boys have been studying the Aqidah in Arabic.

It has been a very long weekend for some of us. A entered his first wrestling competitions and travelled to Manchester with his team! He enjoyed so much the experience and came back home with lots of memories. Not medals but trophies for most of the wrestlers! Well done all!

Me and the small twos were left home, waiting to hear the news. A. fought all Sunday morning and afternoon, the competitors were really strong! I am just watching the video of his fights, little brave heart! Mash'Allah, tabarak'Allah!

This morning we started with a new fresh mood and positive again about using Calvert. I have to say thanks to the sisters that have emailed me and left nice comments and also to the Calvert support Group. Above all I have to thank Allah for His Mercy and for accepting my dua'as. May Allah increase me and my kids in knowledge and accept our efforts to be closer to Him. Amin

For now, I leave you with some pics, enjoy!! I cannot upload the video of Sunday morning snow. I will try again later...

wa alaykum assalam