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Thursday, 25 June 2009

Summer is here!

Assalamu alaykum, summer is here!!! Such a special time of the year and this year is even more special!! Ramadan will be starting soon. Here the kids cannot wait...they are looking forward to the atmosphere and peace of such a blessed Month!!!
I am too getting ready for it, I know it's late, not really an example taken from our predecessors...Ya Allah!
We have the summer all sorted, insh'Allah and Allah is the Best Planner!! A. will be attending summer schools and learn some more literacy and numeracy, ICT and Maths and finally gardening. Insh'Allah. S. will be at a summer play scheme in the local leisure centre. Both kids will then join the local leisure centres for some fencing and archery. I cannot wait!! And the best bit? It's all for free!!! Mash'Allah.

Back to our past week.
We have been homeschooling 4 days, mash'Allah. Trying our out most to finish Calvert on time. Mindsprinting and Calvert will be put down by the end of July so I hope by then to have the kids completed all the required lessons. Insh'Allah.
So what have we been up to?
Art and Craft was on. We painted glass jars with the same paint-markers we used for the tiles. Kids painted two big jars for the biscuits. And three glasses that we now use as candle holders.
Also this week S. brought back home his clay pieces he made 2 weeks ago at the Art and Craft Club. Mash'Allah he was so happy with himself and showed the pieces around to his friends!

Qur'an and Arabic was on. The tajweed is getting along mash'Allah and the tutor seems happy with the boys. They are now approaching the last few verses of Juzz 'Amma.
Although they already know all the 30th part of the Qur'an by heart, mash'Allah, this time around they are more confident because they know their Tajweed rules and can actually reading the surahs rather than repeating them.Mash'Allah tabarak'Allah! It's a long process to teach kids tajweed rules, but I felt it is for the best as only Hifdh cannot replace reading Qur'anic Arabic.

Also to implement their understanding of Qur'an,we carried on using the tafseer booklets from the ad-Duha institute, hamdulillah. I find that kids can benefit much more by understanding the stories behind each surah.
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What's more?
-Lots of picnics and visits to the park. One more visit to 'Discover' but opted to stay outdoors in their front garden.
-Saturday Supplementary school for A.;
-Gardening and eating 'al fresco'!

wa alaykum assalam
happy weekend and a very good home education week to all!


UmSuhayb b David said...

Asalamolaeykum, how will you be preparing for Ramadhan? I'm thinking about it's imminent approach and looking forward to it. The kids start school just as Ramadhan starts which makes thing a bit tough but alhamdullilah

muslimah trying to home edu said...

wa alaykum assalam sister Um Suhayb
jazakillah for stopping by.
I am hoping to get into a more regular routine with spiritual activities. Also I'd like to fast at least 15 days prior the starting of Ramadan. As well as getting ready the kids and specially A. for his second year fasting, mash'Allah.
I am re-learning the duas to say when fasting and re-reading some very nice books about Ramadan. Kids are too! I won't be homeschooling in Ramadan and just concentrate on lots of Qur'an reading, writing and memorizing with the kids. Insh'Allah.
Wa Allahu Alim.
Pray Allah will make me live to see this year Ramadan, amin.