We have moved to a new online home!

Assalaamu alaikum!

OK so don’t laugh but I have a new blog home 🙂 My hubby is a web designer or more specifically a wordpress pro and suggested to me that I should have my own domain. It was pretty effortless and last night we chose a new name and a pretty new theme and http://www.homeschoolmoments.net was born! I wanted to do the shifting all myself as I am learning a new skill by having this blog but he surprised me this morning when I woke up by having imported all my files 🙂

Only problem is now you would have to change your bookmarks to the new web address insha Allah.

So please come over and see my pretty new space to record our homeschool moments 🙂

Fee Amaanillah

Umm Imaan

We have a plan!

Assalaamu alaikum

It feels almost impossible to document our plan for the year insha Allah as our resources comes from so many places. This is just a rough idea of what we are covering. When it is going to be done will depend on the girls’ interests at the time.We may go deeper into some topics than planned so I am not putting a time frame on this plan.

Circle time: This needs its own post to outline what we will be doing insha Allah. I may be a bit over ambitious with regards to all I would like to include so I will tweek it until it suits us insha Allah.

As it stands I would like to include:

  • Greeting
  • Reciting morning athkar
  • Quraan
  • Duah of the week
  • Name of Allah of the week (Discuss/revise)
  • Question of the day
  • Hadith of the day
  • Writing in calendar file

We will do another circle time after lunch and Thuhr Salaah to regroup before the afternoon slot insha Allah.

Islamic Studies:

We will be using this Islamic studies framework as it is clear and concise masha Allah. Umm An Nu’man over at A Muslim child is born wrote about it here.

  • Tauheed
  • Aqeeda
  • Quraan
  • Seera
  • Akhlaq
  • 5 pillars

I will write a more in depth post about  each of these as there are so many other links to great works that other sisters made available through their blogs but for now here are some resources I found:

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Arabic

I have been holding out and waiting to find an Arabic teacher for the girls but in the meanwhile I better just try my best with them insha Allah. We will be using these resources and other craft and worksheet based activities

We will use these for Arabic Writing

Lives of Prophets:

We have read all the Prophet’s stories but now we will do further studies to develop their comprehension insha Allah. I have prepared units on three Anbiyaa and insha Allah I will make some more as we go along insha Allah.

Math

Zahra: MEP Reception year

Montessori numeracy activities

Imaan: MEP Year 1 (to go over some basics)

Singapore math 1A

Worksheets, games, hands on activities for practice:

  • Addition and subtraction (practice number bonds)
  • Place value
  • Measurement
  • Graphing
  • Estimation
  • Time
  • Money

English

Zahra: Montessori method, we are currently using the moveable alphabet and doing work with the Pink Series masha Allah. Using handwriting worksheets and A LOT of prereading activities I have found online.

Imaan: Montessori Blue and Green level along with loads of hands on materials I have made to facilitate fluency insha Allah. Grammar: First Language Lessons and Scholastics Grammar, along with the sight word activities and many many other resources I will share as we go along insha Allah.

She loves reading so I am searching high and low for good reading material for her. I don’t understand why fantasy and witchcraft have to be so prevalent in the children’s reading material! I ended up printing off a few readers for her to use alhamdulillah. According to the this guideline with regards to their Primary English Curriculum Framework Imaan is doing quite well but I don’t want to move through to stage two as I want to encourage fluency as I believe it is more important to have solid foundations than to rush to reach higher levels. She can enjoy having mastered this level a bit longer and if I feel she needs more stimulation we can move on insha Allah.

Geography

I have a post in the works which has more details.

Nature Studies

We will be using UmmTafari’s 6 week Nature Studies Unit which she has provided on her blog (River City Homeschoolers). I love it because she has made it so hands on and brings in Quraan Ayaat as well!! 🙂 May Allah rewards her.

We will also be doing lapbooks on a few topics which tie in with her Nature Studies Unit.

  • Birds
  • Plants
  • Clouds
  • Water Cycle

Science

I have prepared unit studies on:

  • Phases of matter
  • The five senses
  • The body
  • Reuse, reduce and recycle

OK so that a verrry rough idea of what we will be doing I hope to post details of each of the subjects to share my links and resources with you all insha Allah.

Please make duah that Allah grant us success in Dunya and Aakhira and that we please Him in our efforts . We make duah that Allah correct us and keep us on the Siraat Al Mustaqeem and never leave us for even a second. This is hard work but if Allah wills      the rewards is surely greater!

“Mommies are nocturnal”

Assalaamu alaikum

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

Some of Zahra’s Activities

Bismilahi Rahmaani Raheem

Assalaamu alaikum

Zahra’s activities always used to be ways to keep her occupied while I am busy with Imaan. She is three so I never really considered it necessary to “teach” her but she is showing more and more inclination to do what Imaan is doing 🙂 She has mastered most of the activities I used to put out for her…she knows all her letter and numbers and cutting sorting puzzles are all old hat to her so I will need to search for more activities for her. Time! I wish I had more time! May Allah place more Barakah in our time, ameen.

Here are a few snaps of what Zahra does. Most of these activities are on the shelves in the school room. She may ask for an activity but usually I suggest something to her while I am trying to do more quiet work with Imaan. Most of the activities are self correcting, independent work, but very often she still wants me to sit with her and watch/praise her 🙂

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If you have any questions on how to make any of the materials you see then let me know and I will write more insha Allah.

*NOTE*

Here is a link to the curved and straight line printable, check out the rest of the site for very good quality Montessori printables.

Here is a link to the pom pom numeracy sheet.

Here is a link to the farm tot book.

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.

 

Disclaimer regarding links I share

While I do provide links to other sites I do not endorse their beliefs. While I was browsing through  the printables and resources provided by the site 1+1+1=1, I was going to pay for access to the ad-free section to their site, when I read this:

“Why an Ad-Free Section?

For you and for me!  I know many people will want access to the printable units for this program before I release them for free on my blog.  This is a way for you to get them earlier than the public, AND also support our mission work!  We are faith-supported missionaries and use this extra income to keep our support needs to a minimum.  You also get the joy of a clear ad-free page to download your files from at anytime! I am always thinking of new ideas also, and will only be including any new add-ons to the program in the ad-free section!”- 1+1+1=1
Alhamdulillah I didn’t buy it!
I wanted to give you a heads up too. I do not support or endorse any missionary work a’oothubillah! It’s a minefield out there!

Spring has sprung here in the Cape

The flowers are blooming and the girls are sooo excited for summer to hit because that means strawberry picking, cherry picking, beach, picnics and generally being outside all day long 🙂

Alhamdulllah we have a peach tree which we have been observing though Autumn, Winter and now Spring where they have been following the life cycle. the blooming phase was so beautiful and now we can see the tree bearing fruit.

The girls are manic tree climbers and love being outside 🙂

See if you can spot the little monkey?

Alhamdulillah it is a real blessing to be able to enjoy safe, halaal, outdoor fun within our own space because as beautiful as Cape Town is… the fitan that comes with Summer is truly unbearable! We have to be so selective of where we take the girls so as to lessen the exposure to the nakedness! Yaa Allah protect us from the fitnah of summer, everywhere you turn u see ‘auwra!

We have a few select spots where we can take them where we know not many people go like the nature reserves where you have to pay entry fee and they limit the amount of people so you can enjoy the space without it getting overcrowded.

But then we need to be careful we don’t crowd the inhabitants! 🙂

Kirstenbosch botanical gardens are also a favorite place for us to visit.

But I have yet to find a place where I can swim in the ocean!! Insha Allah one day 🙂

Getting back to normal?

Assalaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi waBarakaatu

I hope and pray everyone is finding it easy getting back into gear insha Allah.

I took a longer blogging break than I anticipated as just before Eid my father’s sister got very sick. My aunt and my paternal grandmother lived with us in the house and I grew up with her being right there. She had always suffered from mental illness but this time her hospitalization was due to a brain hemorrhage and stroke. It was very hard on my 84 year old grandmother who looked after her her whole life. She died in hospital early Tuesday morning and her Janaaza was Wednesday. We are all satisfied with Allah’s decree and we ask that Allah grant her Jannah.

It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “To Allaah belongs that which He has taken and that which He gives, and with Him everything has an appointed end, so be patient and seek reward.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Janaa’iz, 1204) 

It became a priority for me to learn about Ghuzl and Janaaza. Its not something that I spent much time on but subhanAllah there is much to learn.

Alhamdulillah in all states.

So here we are on the other side of Ramadaan, Eid and the janaaza trying to get the momentum going.

We did some fun things to ease them into it which I would like to share. I will try to get back into posting insha Allah.

Where we are at…

We have a verrry informal way of homeschooling 🙂 I mainly follow what the girls are interested in while keeping literacy maths, and  Islamic studies constant. I use Lapbooks to address the changing topics they are interested in and I have a few Montessori resources which I have used for letter recognition, phonics and word building with Imaan and which I am currently using for Zahra.This is her pictured below.

Imaan was very interested in literacy and we would spend ages doing phonics activities and writing practice, but now she is much more interested in doing Lapbooks, learning about different animal life cycles, weather, and other science related topics.

This is what I love about homeschooling, we do a bit of everything but we follow the tides of a child’s interests that way ensuring they are 100% engaged.

Numeracy with Zahra I used one to one correspondence using things found around the house.

This is Zahra’s activity above.

With Imaan we are learning word sums and have just started using the number line to help her calculate. She was doing it using her fingers to add up but I read a suggestion on the maths thread of the IHSAN forums that its better to get them to use a number line.

We love doing arts and crafts, life sciences, nature exploration and generally learning about anything and everything that takes their fancy.

We are currently not using any curriculum as there is a wealth of resources available online if you have a printer it’s a real goldmine. I am exploring the possibility of getting a maths curriculum for next year as I would like to have more things prepared in advance. It’s not one of my fav subjects so I need to learn the best way to convey the different concepts.

OK 🙂 that is a very broad overview of some of the days’ activities I will try to pin down more specific activities in later posts insha Allah.

Insha Allah in my next post I hope to share their butterflies Lapbook which they are just about finished with.

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 🙂