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Saturday, 3 January 2009

Sitting Bull and Quraish


Assalamu alaykum,

just an update about our progress.
In the last week we have been busy with few new themes including a new PC CD-ROM game called Quraish and 2 new Lapbooks!



In Maths A. has been learning how to regroup and adding and regrouping and subtracting. He found it hard to understand at first what regrouping means. So I allowed him to use colourful blocks to help him understand how to regroup in tens and ones and to trade tens for ones.




In English we reviewed words ending in -ture and -tion and made sentences with them. Also we study nouns and pronouns. The composition for this week was about 'My best friend'. A. decided to talk about a friend he met at the madrassa and they used to get along very well and still meeting every week till now.


He also started a new lapbook called 'All About Top Gear Cars!' It is a collection of colourful drawings, obviously cars and information about how the engine works, the history of cars, the speediest model, and all about his favourite cars.



He also started to write down a presentation about safety on the road, namely safety when crossing, for ASDAN. He made a poster to go with it and worked on some worksheets we downloaded from the Renault website. He then rehearsed his presentation in front of me and dh and he is now ready to make his presentation in front of his friends. Insh'Allah will invite them over for a coffee.


In History A. study about Custer's land Stand 1870. One thing will stay with him, the fact that Sitting Bull killed a bull when he was only 10 years old. :)


In Islamic History we read about the Year of the Elephant and Quraish mainly due to the fact that I bought this new software CD-ROM game called 'Quraish' and A asked so many questions about the actual historical period.



Qur'an and Arabic, we carried on reading and memorizing Qur'an everyday for 30 minutes and also with the tutor.


Now for S.


S. is carried on learning how to read with the Oxford Tree books and the adventure of Kipper and Floppy. I dusted the Jolly Phonics workbook (we did not use this book since A was 6!). I photocopied lots of pages for him to work on. We started with the sounds -ch, -sh, -ar and -an.


I also helped him compile his first lapbook about Phonics.


In Maths S practiced more on subtracting and adding. Also we started to regroup in tens and ones.


We done some Science too and talked about living things and non and the parts of a plant.


In the afternoon I allocated 30 minutes per each child to work on their own favourite educational CD-ROM. While A chose Quraish, S opted for Learning Ladder 5-7 years old.



So this is our week update. Just to keep me in track with our progress.


Incl. in the pics: kids decorating their bedrooms with rockets, stars and planets!


x wa alaykum assalam












7 comments:

Naimah Umm Khadijah said...

Assalamu 'alaykum sis,

Masha'Allaah love the decorations, my kids would love those. nice update masha'Allaah, you've all been busy, alhamdulillaah.

ummrashid said...

Assalamualaykum,
Sis, I also bought the Quraish game, but couldn't get it to install properly on the PC (vista.) You can watch the demo, but it closes when you try to play. Did you experience any problems with your copy, if yes, how did you solve them?
Jazakallahkhair. My sons are so frustrated about it not working!

muslimah trying to home edu said...

Assalamu alaykum, take two. I tried to reply earlier but my connection has been so bad tonight.
Sis Naima Umm Khadijah, the kids really enjoyed decorating their bedroom and it looks nice and colourful now. If I had a laminator I would have probably laminated all the decorations as they can last longer. A bit more costly but in the long term is the better solution. Hamdulillah.

Sis ummrashid. Yes we have had same prolems. I then realized that there is a support Group online. you need to register with the support Group and once log in you will need to download a patch to your pc. It will fix the problems when running the game.
The support Group is at http://www.quraishgame.com/phpBB2/index.php or just visit their website and try the download section at http://www.quraishgame.com/quraish_download.htm I prefer the forum as there is a step by=step guide. Whatever you choose hope it helps.
x

ummrashid said...

Jazakallahkhair, will get hubby to get the patch at the weekend, inshAllah.

ummrashid said...

Assalamualaykum, Just wanted to let you know that we got the game working after following your advice. JazakAllahkhair.

muslimah trying to home edu said...

Wa alaykum assalam, wa yaki.
Excellent sis!The game is really nice and very real. You will see, the child needs to think everytime it moves any soldiers etc.
It is more a game where tactics are used.
Hope your kids will enjoy it.
x

Riaz said...

I have the Quraish game. It is very enjoyable and captures the atmosphere of the time. I'm not a big games player but I have a liking for certain historical games. Back in 1990 I had the original Prince of Persia for the Amstrad.

Keep me updated on how your kids get on with Quraish.