Impromptu Mock Hajj

I don’t have class (Al Huda Taleem Quran) today and tomorrow, so it’s a little light alhamdulillah, though I’m still weighed by the grammar lessons I have to make up, and the Lesson In Charge review recordings I have to listen to. But, in light of a relatively light day compared to my usual weeks, I decided to spend time with the kids, especially Z. I didn’t have anything planned for him, so we simply did the addition chart on his Hajj theme pack, using counting chips and his ‘acorns’,…

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A Cardboard Ceiling Fan

In a conversation I had last weekend with a sister, I brought up H’s cardboard endeavor jokingly, offering her a homemade cardboard furniture. Of course, she took it as a joke too. I started talking about cardboard engineering but she still had this incredulous look on her face, and I couldn’t help but realize that H was right. People won’t take this seriously, at least not those who are more used to a more refined way of life. I don’t mind having cardboard furniture. It made me think more about…

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Opossum Playing Possum?

“Ummi! Ummi! We found an opossum!” “Yeah! Yeah! It was bleeding, and …” “It’s so big! Like this! Ummi…” “Its ears, the tips are cut off, and …” “The tip of its tail is cut off! It’s bleeding too!” First of all, I don’t even know what an opossum is supposed to look like, and wondered how in the world these kids knew for sure it was an opossum. Second, I thought opossums only live in Australia. Third, is our neighborhood turning into a zoo? The kids have a natural…

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