Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Arabic Progress!

I think I did not post anything for this year on our Arabic Studies.

We are using the Iqra Books to learn to Read along with the Word Flow. Reading is going on well Alhamdulillaah and Maimoonah has completed upto Book 3. She is able to recognize all letters in their different forms and knows the rules as far as she has learnt. I make her read each page everyday from the Iqra Book.

I use the Gateway to Arabic Book 1 mainly for writing and she is practising writing three letter words now. The progress is slow. Need to continue practising.

I am doing the Madeenah Arabic Book 1 with Maimoonah and I could not find any age appropriate worksheet to go along with the book. So I started doing the worksheets for each lesson. So far we have completed 3 lessons and the worksheets we did can be downloaded below:

Madeenah Arabic Worksheet 1
Madeenah Arabic Worksheet 2
Madeenah Arabic Worksheet 3

Inshaa Allaah as and when we do the next lessons we will share with you those worksheets as well. We also learn the Conversational Arabic from here

Fo more Arabic Resources please check these links

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Pen Pals!

Alhamdulillaah sister Umm Suhailah at Mariam Poppins  was busy enough to organize a pen pal club with kids participating from around the world! The goal for this was to connect the hearts of the Muslim community throughout the world starting at an early age. Also to get kids to write and practice their writing skills! A fun and stress free way to get the not so enthusiastic writers to write.

At every age and stage kids get into a phase where they just refuse to write and get bored with writing and most of the time its frustrating to us to get the work done. But the solution I think and I found productive is not to nag but to let go and use other ways and means to get them to write, when they love to write something, they really write with lot of effort put into it. If you give them to do some writing in a workbook its always a tug of war if they are experiencing this phase of not willing to write.

Maimoonah too was going through this stage where she was making excuses not to write, and at that time Umm Suhailah came up with this Pen Pals idea and Alhamdulillaah it worked really well. Maimoonah got two pen pals from UK and the US.

She took lot of effort and wrote the letters, decorated them and also made some Thank You cards for them for being her pen pals.

We used our Writing Resource Book and I first explained to her how we write a letter. Stressed the fact that we follow the suunah of the Messenger of Allaah (writing the basmalah and addressing it and informing from who the letter is) in writing letters, spoke about how the Messenger of All used to instruct to write letters to his scribes that were sent to many kings calling them to Islaam.

Since we were also in Colombo at that time, she was able to visit a Post Office and see around what happens there. She stood in line got the stamps, pasted and saw the letters she wrote going into the post box. And she was thrilled when she knew her pen pals have received her letters and she was thrilled to receive letters from them too.

What she received from her pen pal from UK


Another way to make kids write is also to provide them with materials that are interesting like beads, stickers, notebooks with interesting pictures and stencils. I gave these stuff to Maimoonah and she uses all of this and draws and writes something or the other when she is bored. This one below is some things about Sri Lanka...

After writing letters to pen pals she actually got out of the phase of not willing to write. Writing became nicer and the process of writing was not as bad as before, by the Mercy of Allaah. And I know she will go through this stage again and we have to keep finding interesting ways and means to get her out of it from it Inshaa Allaah! The struggle continues..... :  )

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Art Classes!

While we were in Colombo Maimoonah managed to attend a few Art Classes. My sister in law, an Arts and Crafts Teacher and a very talented one too Maashaa Allaah offered these classes for Maimoonah and we hope to continue through skype as well in the future Inshaa Allaah.

She taught Maimoonah some Brush Techniques (basic intro), Vegetable Stamping, Stencil Painting and Foil Technique. Inshaa Allaah many more to learn. It was a great experience to me as well. I have seen her teaching these to students many years ago but never really sat with her to learn! Now I am learning with Maimoonah!!! Here are some of her work and as we learn we will share with you the techniques as well Inshaa Allaah. I could not take some of the art work she did and those are left behind. When I am able to get them to my hand will add the pics Inshaa Allaah.

Brush Techniques

Art with Potatoes



This is artwork belongs to my sister in law!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Still around!

Assalaamu Alaikum to the old and new readers!

Alhamdulillaah we are still around, we have relocated again and settling right now. Maimoonah is doing well Maashaa Allaah and is grown too! We have also started homeschooling again after a break and with productivity by the Grace and Mercy of Allaah. Alhamdulillaah each situation and circumstances that Allaah puts us into is always a blessing and a great learning experience. This time we are left with minimum resources and space and we are exploring as to to how well we can learn the maximum, Alhamudlillaah.

So our journey continues and we will update and share our journey as always and will try to be consistent in blogging starting from next week Inshaa Allaah.

Jazzakumullaah Khayr for all the sisters who were concerned about our absence and for all your support and duas as always. Baarakallaah Feekum.

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