3 Key Ingredients to Homeschooling a Young Child: Play

Part 1 “I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings. We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties, and so are solidified and perfected. Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age” –…

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3 Key Ingredients to Homeschooling a Young Child: Environment

Part 2 Environment The right environment can give so much to a developing child. Young children are like sponges and will absorb everything around them (Montessori, n.d.). It is also the age when they are refining their senses which then builds their brain architecture. Have you ever seen a young child explore something? They will literally put it in their mouth, smell it, feel the texture, stare at it and notice all the fine details that an adult is likely to miss. Ever notice their response to the slightest of…

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A Meeting of the Minds

“In later days, the Prophet (SAW) told his Companions that there was no Prophet who had ever lived on this earth, who had not worked as a shepherd,”  I read emphatically from the Goodwords Seerah book. “Mama!” My daughter squealed excitedly, “Even Prophet Musa Alayhisalaam?!” My daughter is absolutely obsessed with the life of Prophet Musa Alayhisalaam. When I told her that I had named her after his adoptive-Queen mother who is also one of the women of Jannah, she was beside herself with pure joy. “Even Prophet Musa Alayhisalaam,”…

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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 : 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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