'O Allah increase me in knowledge,

Monday, 23 November 2009

A new member in the family

Assalamu alaykum all,

this past few days have been really rewarding for me. The kids have been very good in sticking with our new routine: fajr-school-after school clubs-homework-Qur'an and Arabic.
I would have preferred Qur'an and Arabic early in the morning, and we do so on Saturdays and Sundays but because of the school and other commitments of the teacher, we have to wait for it until late afternoon.
Hamdulillah so far the boys are happy with this new routine and kept busy with worksheets at home. Mash'Allah wa hamdulillah.
Qur'an have been the most rewarding of all, mash'Allah. A. is well on the way to finish a new Juz and I am so proud of him mash'Allah, may Allah always keep him and us in the straight Path.Amin. May Allah increase us in knowledge.Amin.
So what have we worked on?
A. finished his lapbook about slavery for the Black Month History. He also has been working on division and multiplication, verbs and contractions. In Science he completed a research about a reptile, Komodo dragon.
S. is learning timetables x2,x5,x10 and at school they do always lots of reading and text comprehension. In Science he is learning about natural things (Allah's creation) and man-made things.
We have also been talking about Hajj and the importance of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijah.
I am looking again for a valid Islamic Curriculum. I might buy the one from Ad-Duha institute insh'Allah. In the past years I resorted to use books from Islamic shops specially from Darussalam.
Swimming and wrestling has been on as usual. We are almost at the end of the last term for this year and I am so looking forward to know if A. will make to the advanced level in swimming. Insh'Allah.
And now for our new little member:
my love for the animals have brought me to choose for my kids, and for me lol, a dwarf Russian hamster.
And here it is!!! I love the idea that the kids will take on a bit of the responsibility of looking after such a tiny pet making sure he gets all he needs during the day. Mash'Allah.
Looking after a pet and prior to that researching about the pet ones wants to look after is really very educational not just for the kids! :)
Also this week...
Kids decorated their bedroom with this wall stickers,
a super road for the rally cars
inside the lapbbok about slavery

playing snap in a 'healthy' way!!
some more on Lego world! I don't think my boys will never grow out
of this one.

S. is doing his school work

Our little Hammy

Monday, 16 November 2009

So much to learn!!

Assalamu alaykum

mash'Allah there is so much I can still do at home with my boys and I am enjoying benefiting fully from the school experience. It is a great support for me now that i cannot educate my kids 100% as I used to. It's a little bit like I 'rely' on school for implement concepts and study activities. Also socialization and free sport activities. But the best part of the day when my kids are at home, after school and learn with me.
We try to sit down everyday if possible, some days is difficult due to other commitments such as swimming, Qur'an classes, wrestling, after school clubs ...mash'Allah wa hamdulillah.
So what have I been teaching my kids?
S. is currently learning timetables and I am starting him off with division. Insh'Allah. In English he is learning contractions, looking again at the phonics, lots of reading and parts of a sentence.Mash'Allah. In Science we are working about 'Autumn' theme and all related to it such as acorns, apples, falling leaves...
We have started little French as he is already doing it in school. Just learning the colours and numbers. Mash'Allah.
A. has been busy with the 'Black history Month' and as part of the curriculum the class visited the Docklands Museum. I am integrating the teaching done at school and at the Museum with various reading about Slavery, Martin Luther King and history in general from the Caribbean.
In Math A. is doing division and revising timetables up to by 12.
In Science we started to learn about reptiles and mainly crocodiles and and alligators.
In English I need to work harder with A. because he doesn't really like grammar and find it hard to understand the verbs and parts of a sentence. I am also thinking to revise phonics. Phonics area vital part of a child speech and writing.
So far we have stick to our routine and trying to get the best out of the school.
Insh'Allah all will work for the best.
for now
wa alaykum assalam

Friday, 13 November 2009

Homeschooling while schooling! :)

Assalamu alaykum,

now that my kids are at school and I feel fully supported, hamdulillah, I can now look into integrate some more work at home and help my boys with their homework insh'Allah.
In the last week, I have made sure that homework was done on time and I also integrate some more at home specially English and Maths.
I have registered with Teacher File Box and I can now look the homeschooling experience in a different light. I don't feel guilty if one day I cannot teach the kids because I am not well. But I still have the possibility to teach when I can and enjoy seeing them learning.
A. teacher is really impressed with him. She said: 'The child is very communicative and loves taking part in every activity. He asks lots of questions and he wants to know more about what we do'. Mash'Allah tabarak'Allah!! Those are the effects of homeschooling and I am so happy for my boys.Hamdulillah.

I have also realized that schools can't never and I mean never replace in any way the hard work that parents should do at home!! Homeschooling still the very best option no doubt about that.
So dear homeschoolers out there, all I am going to say is KEEP IT UP!!! You are doing a great work and your kids will indeed benefit immensely from homeschooling.

Just a brief update and thoughts I needed to share.
Wa alaykum assalam

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

School days

Assalamu alaykum all my dearest readers!

another update about the school experience so far.
Kids have started. S. has been at school now for about 2 weeks while A. just started last Monday.
So far we have no encounter major issues a part from A. being fussy over the school dinner!
They are enjoying so far the school experience and learning a lot on the way. In fact learning is coming tick and fast! S. is progressing in Maths really fast and only in the past 3 days has been coming home telling me all about capacity, measure, and weight! Mash'Allah!
I had my first parent evening in S.'school. The teacher, a caring Muslim sister, said she is really impressed with S. reading skills and phonics! Mash'Allah. She said he is enjoying the socialization aspects and he likes to take part in all the activities except music!! Ya Allah! She said it is not a major problem if he doesn't want to take part in music. Hamdulillah.
A. is enjoying the socialization side too and finding working with his friends really fun and rewarding. He said he can now have friends of his age, mash'Allah. He used to work with his little brother at home.
On the downside now :( Boys are attending two different schools and it makes it so hard for me to drop them and pick them up as I have to be in both places at the same time. A. couldn't get a place in S. school because it is overcrowded! A. didn't enjoy the school dinners and I will have to make pack lunches. S. had a problem in the playground with a child and was accused by one of the dinner's lady to be naughty! Astafirullah!! I spoke to them straight away and put the record right. My child is not naughty and I feel that jumping to conclusion without asking to the child what happened is really not on!! But then again this is real life experience and my kids will have to get on with it and be strong. Life's full of tests!
Missing my kids terribly...

Kids are so busy now with school, after school clubs, swimming, Qur'an and Arabic everyday, wrestling on weekend that I don't get a chance to sit with them and do work. Just couple of hours a week and I was hoping to carry on some work at home...what was i thinking???
Still some days we sit and do worksheets and lots of reading every evening. We talk a lot about things related to school and non. My boys are growing into young man and I am so worry now, really I am.
While I am writing, I am looking out the window, From here I can see S. playing in the school playground. Mash'Allah kids looks so happy and a bit wild!!! :)

for now
wa alaykum assalam

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

My first day of school

by S. typed by my mum :)

My first day of school started early. At 7am the clock rang. I didn't want to open my eyes. It's too early!
My mum came in my room and I had to stand up. I washed my face and put on my uniform. It's blue and grey. I like my uniform so much. I have a blue bag and lots of colourful pencils.
My mum made breakfast and I like it. :)
My big brother said he is happy for me and he combed my hair with gel. I love my big brother.
Mum called us at the door. We are ready to go. I put on my black school shoes. I am happy and excited, maybe over-excited. My mum said it is not good to be over-excited, but excited is ok.
The class is bright and clean. My teacher is a Muslim lady and she is nice. I put my bag away and I have lots of friends. The classroom is colourful and I see lots of books. I love books.
I play with my friends, they are Muslims.
My mum come to pick me up. I missed her. My brother hug me and kiss me so much. I miss my brothers.
I had a nice day but I miss my mum and my brothers.