Monday, 11 October 2010

MEP - Reception Year - Detail Post

Insha Allaah this is the detail post on the Maths Program we are following.

The plus points I see in this program:

  • This is totally free masha Allaah and could be downloaded here.
  • Any additions that they make are separately added so that you can download them separately.
  • This program begins from the reception year and continues till GCE Ordinary Levels and GCE Advanced Levels
  • It has been adapted and modified for UK Schools (Originally Hungarian Series)
  • There are many sisters who are using this masha Allaah
  • It gives you the whole lesson plan for each lesson, each period for the whole program from reception to Ordinary Levels
  • Preparation on your side is nil or very little. Everything is ready to print only thing you have to do is read the lesson plans before you start a lesson Insha Allaah.
  • Its very much fun to learn so far masha Allaah.
  • Makes maths a user friendly subject.
  • Makes the kids think and have fun at the same time
  • Has some physical movements involved that kids enjoy.
  • Its a program where Language, art and craft and early learning activities are all combined with Maths.
Here is a lesson that we did this week Insha Allaah just to give you an idea.

We did Lesson 18.

Here is the students book page

And here is the Lesson Plan page for this particular lesson.

So first thing we do is talk about the picture. I ask her to tell me about the picture. She told me there 2 children 1 adult and first thing she asked me was where is the father? (This whole book is based on a family, so the kids are taught concept with it). Then I asked her few questions like what do you think mother is doing, then she said The mother is reading. Then we also spoke about what are the things that we can see in their room? She said toys, beds, pillows, clock etc.

Then we concluded children are getting ready to sleep. Then I asked how does Maimoonah get ready to sleep. Then she said " I have a wash, change into my night clothes, recite the Qul Soorahs and the Aayathul Kursi and the dua before sleeping.

Then I ask her questions according to the lesson plan and may be a little bit more. Here are some sample questions according to the lesson plan.
  • How many adults are there? Knock the number .. now?
  • How many dolls are there in the room? Show the number .. now?
  • How many dolls are on the bottom shelf?
  • How many types of vehicles are there?
  • What is above the ball?
  • If Ben has fallen asleep then how many people in the room are still awake?
  • If the father were to come how many people would be there in the room altogether?
  • How many paires of slippers are there? (I had to explain paires to her and she understood well and in fact went to the shoe rack and wore her pair of slipper and came to me)

So that's the end of the lesson.

Still no writing in this reception year masha Allaah except for drawing lines and circles. Lot of concepts are taught through talking and play masha Allaah. I am so glad that I came across this thanks to sisters who share their home school journey. I got to know this through sis Umm Raiyyan at Ummi Home Schools Me.

When we are travelling I ask her few questions like 3 rabbits were playing, 1 rabbit ran away how many are remaining? Then she tells me 2. Now she asks me the questions and I have to answer smile. I have tested her with few other numbers too and she answers correctly and that assures me she has understood the concept.

Maths is something I was always scared of from my school days and was wondering how I would teach Maimoonah, but masha Allaah MEP seems to be the right teacher for me too!

I will be more than happy to hear any disadvantages, pros and cons or any other naseehah on this program Insha Allaah. Please feel free to leave a comment.


Umm Ahmad said...


we gave this program a try, but it didnt meet any success in our home, which shows how different every learner is :) but i know lots of sisters who are quite happy with this program though.


Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam sis,
If you do not mind may I know any particular reason for it to not work with your kids. Please do not get me wrong, I am curious to know the pros and cons and it will help me to decide if this program is better for me to use throughout or not Insha Allaah if I do encounter any problems in the future!

UmmSara said...

assalamu alaikum,

I would love to give it a try since it is already designed and ready to use :) But I have not looked at it myself yet. InshaAllah little later I will to take a look if it is something we are looking for.
JazakhAllahu khayran for sharing,

assalamu alaikum

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam,
Wa Iyyaaki Umm Sara. I would love to know your feed back on this program Insha Allaah!

Eva said...

Assalamu Alaikum,

JazakAllahu khairun for sharing this inshaAllah I'll have a look at it :)

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam sis Eva. Wa Iyyaaki. Please do let me know what you think about the program Insha Allaah!

MubMaj said...

Asslamualikum sister...
I was looking through this program, but couldnt get the answer to the question ' For what age kids are these planned for' ?

Btw can you specifically give me a link to your lessons for you daughter when she was 2 yrs old? i'v been searching for sometime but dint get what i was looking for'
Jazakallah Khair


Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam warahmathullaah sister,

The age group for reception MEP is from 5 years onwards. But in our case we did it early as the book was fun and good for 3 year old as well. Certain concepts if she did not understand at that age I left it for later and it worked well.

I started homeschooling her formally when she was 2 years and 7 months old. From that time onwards the blog has the recordings of what we did. Please check the archives on the right hand side of the blog starting from the year 2010 inshaa Allaah. When she became 3 we started on the Preschool curriculum which is here

How we did this each week can be found here

Hope this helps

Baarakallaah Feekum

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