Been There Done That: Z Books: One Watermelon Seed

Z Books: One Watermelon Seed Nov 12, 2012 S was 15, N was 14, H was 12, Z was 5   We read this book, One WaterMelon Seed by Celia Lottridge and I thought it would be a great lesson in skip counting by 10s. On top of that I thought it would be a great lesson in reinforcing the Arabic numerals too. I had the girls help me draw the fruits and produce and N was the one who helped a lot in making these cards mashaaAllah. She drew…

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Been There Done That : Leaves, Roots, Flowers, and Fruits

Leaves, Roots, Flowers, and Fruits Sep 3, 2012 S was 15, N was 13, H was 12, Z was 4 I got a new stack of books for Z from the library last week. One of them is Leaves, Leaves, Leaves. As usual, I read him the book, and he was attentive and quiet. Reminds me of the days when he didn’t have that much of an attention span. And as usual, he didn’t say much about the book after I was done. I commented on the art in the…

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Been There Done That : Zulhijjah and Eid Al Adha

Zulhijjah and Eid Al Adha Oct 15, 2012 S was 15, N was 14, H was 12, Z was 4   Pre-Activity: I’m rushing, trying to find something for Zulhijjah, and Hajj in terms of discussion, activities for the kids, all of them. I started with Z because I know Umm Nu’man has stuff on Hajj mashaAllah. I printed the Hajj theme pack, Hajj Story Board/Game, Hajj Game, and Hajj Addition and Subtraction Activity. While I was printing it, Z saw me and immediately had this excited look on his…

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Been There Done That : Impromptu Mock Hajj

Impromptu Mock Hajj Oct 25, 2012 S was 15, N was 14, H was 12, Z was 4 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,…

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Been There Done That : A Cardboard Ceiling Fan

A Cardboard Ceiling Fan Sep 28, 2012 S was 15, N was 13, H was 12, Z was 4 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…

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Been There Done That : Opossum Playing Possum?

Opossum Playing Possum? Friday, April 11, 2008 S was 10, N was 9, H was 8, Z was 1 “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…

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Navigating the World of High School Transcripts

The high school transcript is one of those things that may trigger anxiety at the thought of homeschooling high school. Fear not. All it takes is educating oneself about it, and seeking resources that can aid in navigating it, especially for college applications. If your homeschooled high schooler is doing dual credit classes at the local community college, you should have 3 different transcripts; The Mommy Transcript, The Dual Credit Transcript, and The Official High School Transcript. Otherwise, you only have to deal with two transcripts; The Mommy Transcript and…

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Teaching Your Child to Read

Read. The very first revelation carries a powerful message for mankind; reading is the key to knowledge. In today’s literate society, being able to read is an important if not necessary skill to survive. Yet, two prevailing questions surround it; when and how do we teach children to read? When It was my mother who told me about Glenn Doman, author of How to Teach Your Baby to Read. Suffice it to say, I bought the book and did the program with my three year-old. Within six months, she was…

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For The Love of Learning: Living It

Part 4 Live Learning “Just give me anything,” my oldest daughter said, when I kept asking her about how she wants to approach her high school curriculum. I was fishing for her interests and trying to customize her high school syllabus, but she seemed overwhelmed by the whole process. So I gave her the traditional curriculum. She started doing it and had no complaints whatsoever. But when I asked her what she learned, she replied, “I don’t know.” I was devastated. I believe this to be the result of our…

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For The Love of Learning: Start With Yourself

Part 3 Islam shouldn’t be restricted to rituals. It’s a way of life. Similarly, learning shouldn’t be restricted to the classroom. It should be a way of life. We are born with an innate love of learning that is usually crushed in the process of gaining an education because learning has been treated with such standardization that it has become something that is perceived to only happen in a certain setting. If your love of learning has been crushed, you have to go through a process of rediscovering it before…

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