Looking through my drawers I came across these Africa dot to dot printouts that had come out on cardstock by mistake instead of regular paper. It hadn't occurred to me at that time but this time round I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them :):):) Have my Lil Muallims stitch them...................! How cool is that ? Looks I will end up printing the other continents too on card stock. And to stitch them we will ofcourse keep up with our Montessori color theme yaaayyyy!!!
Sometimes I wonder do my kids really get as excited as myself ? Well I guess at least this time they will.......... hehe I am going off to prepare the material let's see how they'll react....
Recently I made a chart for my kids inspired by an entry in our planner by Busy Homeschool Mom Planners.There are other versions online to, but I liked her Islamic version. I am sharing it here with permission with the hopes that others can benefit too.
Most of it is quite obvious, but some may have you scratch your head
So here's the list:
Love (and we do love so many things)
Beidhnillah I will add links to each of the above listed titles as we do detailed lessons for each.
Feel free to download the Poster, the explanatory Notes and Worksheet for kids to do their own write up.
For now we are working only on the first three. So during the day whenever any of the kids show wastage of Knowledge, Action or Speech I gently ask or remind them what they are wasting........In a house of young children waste of speech and actions towards siblings is quite common.
BUT the best part is that to implement this I have to be as CONCIOUS of myself too !
Oh Allah Make us steadfast in this endeavor and help us improve ourselves to become better human beings and even better Muslims.
If you use this idea please share ideas on how you applied it in your home.
I've noticed a pattern in my blogging... It's usually most active during and around Ramadan. So without further ado, here's what we are trying to do this year.
Every year I found myself planning and working with the kids right before Ramadan or during it. But I really want to spend my Ramadan with less planning and organizing and more achieving in the sense of Ibadah and organized learning and Ramadan themed activities with kids. I've been wanting to start early and vowed not to let time pass away this time. This is exactly what I told my kids.
I also told them that Inshallah we will all try and work together to raise our level of Eiman BEFORE Ramadan so we can enjoy the best RAMADAN we've ever had in terms of perfection of Ibadah and in making conscious efforts in gaining extra Hasanat.
So here's what we did. May Allah bless our efforts Ameen.
I sat down with the kids with calendar pages from March to June printed from worksheetworks.com and asked them to mark Ramadan and Eid. Then we counted how many days we have left for Ramadan starting from March 2nd.
So we've got approximately 108 days........ Now what can we do make the most of these days to increase our levels of Eimaan. What areas do you think we need to work in.... let's Brain storm.
Here's what we came up with between Lil Muallim 1, 2 and Lil Muallimah.....
Regularity in Quran Reading
Improving Dhikr habit
Charity: monetary and through doing EXTRA good deeds
Learning Hadith and Sunnah
Alhumdolillah the brainstorming was fruitful and by the Mercy and Grace of Allah the kids came up with all the aspects I was hoping for.
Next up we brainstormed on what we had to do to achieve what we want in each area. You can also download a sample of our table or an empty template to work on your own
Finally we marked what we wanted to start out with first. I told the kids we will ease into those slowly making sure our progress is constant cause if we get into it full force ahead we might loose our steam and then not be able to achieve what we are hoping for.
We would like to move slowly but surely gaining momentum and Istiqamah Inshallah
Will try and post our progress as we move along with our plan..... First off kids are attending a Halaqah every week where they work Basic Islamic Concepts, Surah Translations, Duas and more through mini lapbooks and other wonderful resources graciously shared by Muslim Homeschool Moms. Ya Ar Rasheed....The Guide the Righteous teacher....please help us achieve our goal this year and let it not be just a plan....
I found this interesting Moon phases Unit Study which I hope to take inspiration from for our this years Lunar Calendar study.
Every year before Ramadanwe try and do a review of Moon Phases with respect to the Islamic Lunar Calendar.... The excitement of looking for the new moon for Ramadan and Eid are just priceless........As exciting these special occasions are the homeschool mom in me cant help but help my kids appreciate the design and mathematics in Allah's creation. Subhanallah....!
Every year as the kids grow they are able to absorb more and more details, which is great!!!
I simply love the concept of unit studies. but that only happened when I played around with the idea and indulged in it. That's when I realized I had actually done mini unit studies before without ever realizing it.
I have to admit our Egg Unit study was the very first official and comprehensive one. More followed but unfortunately haven't had a chance to grace the blog. Where time flies is simply beyond me...........!
As much as I like to be organized I am fully comfortable with doing things at the spur of the moment. All I need is a sudden light bulb moment, a new concept I discovered or a questions asked by the kids. Next thing I know I find my fingers tapping away on the keyboard and searching the cyber space. There are endless resources online, over the years I have learnt to skim through them find what I want Alhumdolillah. We have done Unit Studies with the following:
a science topic especially animal study
Once we figure we are doing a unit study, we indulge in research through our personal book collection, local library resources and ofcourse pinterest, homeschool blogs, search engines for ideas, printables, textual material pictures and videos etc.....
Next we may choose to indulge in it thoroughly and make a lapbook or notebooking..... or we really may just do it as a research project based on the questions that come up in the kids mind, where we may just look up the info for ourselves without actually making an organized written unit study.
VALUABLE UNIT STUDY RESOURCES:
This one has an EXCELLENT and MUST SEE intro into easing in into Unit Studies featured by one of the Participants of Unit Study WEBINAR on google Hangouts
WARNING: Please screen before showing these to your children as all family dynamics and children's comprehension and maturity
We found the following documentary not only quite an eye opener but also a strong tool for introducing the plight of others for things that we take for granted..... life cannot be imagined without water.... yet we find ourselves wasting it away while the many in the world are fighting for their rights, for one of thee MOST BASIC necessities of life.......
Words cannot describe on how many levels this documentary hits you....... I am trying to build a unit study around this documentary. I will share it as soon as we are done.
As add ons I found another list of documentaries on WATER.......