Thursday, 20 October 2011

Kindergarten Curriculum Summary - Week 6

Islaamic Studies

  • Eeamaan - We learnt the definition of eemaan and exampples for the actions and speech of the heart, tongue and limbs. We learnt that Eemaan increases with obedience to Allaah and it decreases with disobedience to Allaah. Maimoonah is taking in Islaamic Studies well Alhamdulillaah and I feel this is a right time for her to know these basics as I can see her applying in her daily life and this is what Islaamic Studies is all about. She is concious of things and she is careful and learns that it is very practical masha Allaah.
  • Pillars of Eemaan - We used the TJ poster and learnt the 6 Pillars of Eemaan while revising the Hadeeth of Jibreel alaihissalaam.
  • Belief in Allaah - I asked her which part of eemaan will "Believing in Allaah" fall into. She could quickly tell that it is the speech of the heart, Allaahu baarik lahaa. Then I asked her tell me how we believe in Allaah. Alhamdulillaah she could recollect all what she had learnt about the three categories of Tawheed and came out with the answers and I wrote them on the Book.
  • Belief in the Angels - This was a very interesting topic and she just loved it. We used the Daarul Kitaab Learn About Series Angels are Real. Subhanallaah such a comprehensive book that saves so much of time. And Maimoonah could read it herself. And when I explained she just loved it. We learnt most of the things about the Angels. I added the story of Haaroot and Maaroot and we also discussed the Angels sent to punish different nations. I could see a big difference in her after learning about Angels, subhanallaah. She was very concious about pictures being in the house and was very happy that Angels are sent to protect her and that Angels take up her good deeds and make dua and thus Allaah sends blessings. She was very content that she is secure subhanallaah. May Allaah continue to give our kids this sincerity and Taqwa. Aameen. She did this wroksheet on the Angels.
English Language
  • Jolly Phonics - We learnt these letter sounds.
  • Grammar - We learnt Singular and Plural this week. I did not have the Little Grammar reader on this. Explained to her and she completed the Activity book. Concept was understood well.


  • Comprehension - This week I used the Haydn Richards Junior English Book 1 and asked her to read a comprehension passage and answer the questions. She was really good and was able to answer all Alhamdulillaah!

Social Studies/Science
  • Food Groups, Nutrients - Since we have already covered this topic last year, this was a good revision with a better understanding. We reviewed the Food Pyramid, The Nutrients and Food Groups.  We used the Encyclopaedia and learnt what certain nutrients do and why we should be eating a well balanced meal. She used the magazines and pasted some food items according to the groups.

We printed out the Food Trackers for Breakfast, lunch and Dinner along with the Balanced diet Tracker and recorded all what she eat for a week. This was a really good activity even for me to know what is it that we really do not eat so often. We spoke every day while recording and discussed the nutrients and food groups each food belonged to. End of the week we realized we do not eat enough fruits which is very essential, this is mainly due to getting fruits these days as we are facing some issue travelling. 



She did the Smart Start Science book worksheets.

  • Water - We learnt about Water and how important it is for all the living creatures. We also learnt the sources of water, the use of water and also how we should not waste water. I explained how important it is for a muslim for cleanliness is part of eemaan and we need water to clean ourselves as well as for wudoo but at the same time the Messenger of Allaah has informed us that even while we are taking wudhoo we should take great care in not wasting water. 

We learnt how to measure water. I asked her to measure the water using this Jug and explained to her ml. 
Gave her a funnel and a bottle and a bucket of water and asked her to fill the bottle. She measured 100ml and 200 ml and filled the bottle as she wished again and again. She just loved it.


Then we also learnt a bit about water current. Filled a bucket of water. Stirred hard with a spoon and showed her how the water whirls and we put the spoon in to it and it was going around she was thrilled. And I explained how people can die getting caught to current in the water.

She completed the water worksheet of the Smart Start Science

  • Subtraction - We learnt subtraction this week with beads and solving problems. Now she understood the connection between equations and real happenings. With the use of the baskets she found the answers for these.
  • MEP - We did one chapter on MEP which was also subtraction.

  • Madeenah Arabic - Revised the last week's lessons. 
  • Gateway to Arabic - She wrote Letter ت

  • Conversation - We have started using Arabic in our conversations now. Not fully but very little. With a help of a sweet sister and also this wonderful site we could learn some day to day words and sentences to be used.
  • Iqra - We are continuing to learn to read with Iqra and Maimoonah is catching up but sometimes gets confused with different forms of letters. So to make things easy this week we used the flash cards and started circling certain letters to identify them. This is giving her confidence. We will continue do some activities like this Insha Allaah!

Alhamdulillaah we have completed the first 6 weeks of the Kindergarten Curriculum and its time to take a break. We will be doing Revision next week and since it will be Dhul Hijjah by then we would do Hajj activities till Eidul Adhaa along with other learning activities Insha Allaah. We will be back with our Curriculum after Eid Insha Allaah.


Anonymous said...

Assalaamu Alaykum Ukhtee

great blog maashaa'Allaah. i would like to know, where did you get those arabic flash cards? they're brilliant maashaa'Allaah

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam Ukhtee

Jazzakillaah Khayr for your kind words.

The Arabic Flash Cards are from Darul Kitaab Book Store in Sri Lanka.

UmmSara said...

assalamu alaikum,

I liked your detailed summaries, mashaAllah.
How is Jolly Phonics working? Is it good? I'm thinking about getting the real books for Sarah, but I don't know if it would be beneficial since she is not at the beginner level (as far as I read they teach sounds not letters as in the alphabet) and with us it is been mixed, so I'm wondering how it went with Maimoonah since she already reads...
keep us the good work sis!

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam Umm Sara,

Glad you liked it. I have only the Jolly Phonics Hand book. Well as for Maimoonah she already reads so this is what I am doing for formalities sake : ) She knows the sounds too but uses the Glenn Doman method to read any way but surprisingly she does read new words just like someone who studies phonics. Allaahu A'lam how it happens. But I think this Jolly phonics is helping her with spellings, I may be wrong 100%. She writes words I have never taught her, again this could be out of visual learning as I noticed she is a fast visual learner.

Any way as time goes we will know if the jolly phonics really helped her or not. As for sarah since you are teaching her phonics it might be helpful. Yes it teaches sounds with actions to remember that sound. I think it is somewhere there on the web. I remember a sister giving a link but cannot remember where. So before you buy check it out on the web as the books are pretty expensive over here I do not know the price there. ( I had bought this book way before I started homeschooling, so I had to use it to take some benefit, she enjoys writing and colouring though along with the funny actions)

Imaan said...

as salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh :)

Oh I LOVE the Darul Kitaab series too! Really enjoying your posts - my kids have been ill but in shaa Allah will use some of your ideas when they are better :) Keep up the great work!

umm Khadeeja said...

love the idea of filling in a food tracker mashAllah! will try that next week maybe inshallah!
JazakAllah khayr for sharing!

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam warahmathullaahi wa barakaathuhu Imaan, Sorry forgot to respond to your comment. Hope your kids are better now. Yes I remember you saying the Darul Kitaab books are beneficial for adults too : )

Umm Khadeejah, yeah food tracker was a nice way of making them understand what they should be eating ! Hope to see how you all got about it Insha Allaah, keep us updated!

Anonymous said...

assalamualikum sister,

your website encourages me to do more with my kids :)

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam sister,

I am sure you must be doing well already! Seeing others motivates us but please remember every house hold is different and do not stress yourself do what suites your household and schedule according to the ability of your kids Inshaa Allaah! May Allaah give you success!

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