Tuesday, 25 September 2012

English Lessons so far!

We are using the Nelson Developing Fiction Skills, Developing Non Fiction Skills and the Student's Work Book for English Language and Grammar.

Within the last two weeks we have completed 1 chapter each from all three books. I do Fiction skills one week and non fiction skills the other week so that I am able to finish one chapter each week. And on Thursdays I make her do the Student's work book.

The books have been good Alhamdulillaah but they do contain some pages with unislamic contents. I have explained to her that we would only do what is necessary from this book and omit things that are not proper. So far we had no major problems. But as we go on I will be not doing some activities like its says to think and write about a fairy tale and do a play script and the works. I have thought of asking her to do the same but with a different story Inshaa Allaah.

This is from the Non Fiction Book

Non Fiction

This week we had a page with Hansel and Gretel, and Alhamdulillaah it had only the first part so there were no kufr involved. But this was also a good opportunity to explain to her that this is how people who have to trust in Allaah would react. If they have no food they must rely on Allaah as He is Ar Razzaak, and not leave the kids in the forest. She realized that it was foolishness to do such an act and again explained to her that this is fiction and did not happen and not true.

Both books do not cover the same topics and the standard of the books are good. Maimoonah is able to comprehend and answer the questions and you also get a little bit of high vocabulary but that is good as she looks up the dictionary and learns new words.

And the good thing about these books is that one chapter covers, comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Punctuation and Writing, therefore it does not make it boring for the students. There are activities that she has to copy on the book and write the answers for which I am helping her initially. I do the copy work and she writes the answers.

Apart from this we do this spelling book just for the sake of doing as it also has some Grammar and comprehension. But she learns a lot of spelling by reading and doing the Nelson Books everyday.

Every other day she reads a book to me and I read a book to her. She is a fast reader when she reads to herself but when she reads aloud she adds her own description as well (words that are not on the books are added). This is a habit that some children develop over the years as I have seen this with adults as well, this is one reason that I am making her read a book to me aloud to rectify this matter Inshaa Allaah. And she still enjoys me reading aloud too.


umm K said...

Asalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah!
JazakAllah khayr for sharing this ukhtee!
The Nelson Thornes fiction / non fiction books look good tabarakAllah! They are colourful right?
I tried to get hold of a copy of write source but found it difficult to get it!
These Nelson Thornes books look ok alhamdulillah!
DO they help to form childs own writing ideas etc as well as the comprehension?

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam Ukhtee
Lol, I forgot to reply you here: ) as the whole talk was on fb. In case others want to know the answers for your questions ....
Yes they do. Each chapter gradually introduces writing traits and encourages to write with prompts. Lot of comprehension. In fact each chapter starts with it. As I said each chapter also covers grammar and vocabulary. Yes it is colourful. Maimoonah likes them and the stories interest her as well as writing. It also contains stories of greek myths at the end of the fiction book along with pictures that maimoonah is kind of scared to look. So I have covered the pics and may omit some parts of them inshaa Allaah. I want her to know that such evil exists so that she can keep away as every English text book comes with this even exam questions. So I feel she needs to know they are around but we do not waste time learning about them.

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