Category Archives: Curriculum
The Toronto Public Library offers free tickets to different venues around town, so my husband waited in line (early in the morning, JazakAllah khayrin) and managed to get tickets to the Ontario Science Centre.
We received our Saxon Phonics and the manipulative kit for the Saxon Math program on Friday.
Since my last post, we’ve been busy. We just returned from the library, well, actually, we went to two. I am trying to create a library for my kids so I visit the neighbors when they have yard sales and we check the library for old stock. The first one that we visited didn’t have any discards but the second had a few interesting books and VHS tapes.
So, I am getting ready for the homeschool. I have the Calvert School Curriculum and I must say I am excited. My oldest is begging to start school but I told her that we will wait until after Labor Day, InshaALLAH. I think we will have Islamic/Arabic school year round but the secular curriculum will follow the Ontario designated school year.
I definitely feel elated after getting that heavy whiteboard hung.
My arms hurt after all the stud finding and drilling. I must say, it really gives that classroom feel.
I still have more to do but it’s a start. I think I will expand beyond the curtain and put up a bulletin board/display area on the hallway wall and make that a play area for the little ones. Zellers is open 24 hours Friday through Sunday so I am sure we will be stopping by there to grab a couple of backpacks for them (not that they have anywhere to go but backpacks are great fun).
One thing we are doing is taking the disciplined approach, meaning wake up, get dressed properly (proper Islamic school dress), and start class with Fatihah.
The only concern I have about all this is that we will be starting right before Ramadan. AlhamduLillah for Ramadan. Hopefully, the routine will be easy to follow and I will exercise much patience, InshaALLAH while I am fasting. I did manage to find some Ramadan activity books for them to color and I think we can make some type of decorations for the classroom. I need to really brainstorm or check the internet for inspiration. (more…)
So, I’m wondering which curriculum I should be using for my daughter. I mean, she’s three and a half and I don’t want to rush and spend hundreds of dollars if I don’t have to. Actually, I am quite content to wing it for the moment, especially when I find things like this: http://www.eduref.org/index.shtml. There are many lesson plans available online so I am rather happy to go through them and devise my own plan based on these. On the other hand, AlhamduLILLAH I have everything I need to start teaching Arabic, InshaALLAH. I have lots of books that we purchased over the last few years with worksheets and vocabulary with lessons from kindergarten through high school.
Also, I want to make sure they have a well-rounded education so I need to scour the Internet for arts and crafts ideas as well as incorporate storytelling into the agenda. I have some excellent Arabic books with stories of the Prophets for that but I need to translate them for the kids. That means I have to get to work with my trusty Hans Wehr Dictionary .
Speaking of arts and crafts, I discovered the Waldorf doll recently and attempted to make something similar using items that I had on hand . I think she’s not so bad although I got a little negative criticism from a friend and that hit a sour note with me. She said, “sheesh, what a scary doll”, nothing positive, no affirming the hard work I put into crafting something with my own hand for my daughter. It took me about three weeks altogether and I was quite proud of her. I didn’t sew eyes because I thought it Islamically inappropriate. Sigh, some people are always on a negative trip. Simmy was a great help – she gave me the body pattern. If I do it again, I will make it totally in the tradition of Waldorf, including following directions for the head and stuffing.
I’ve also joined the ranks of knitters on http://www.ravelry.com to showcase my knitting and meet other knitters. I hope to find some Muslim knitters out there but so far I haven’t been fortunate. I first started knitting after becoming intrigued with a sister who was knitting at a conference. I wanted to knit before this because of my dad’s mother who crocheted many a project in her time (and still does even though she’s in her late eighties). (more…)