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Last week (I can’t remember which day!), I set out to complete a lot of work with R. I remember it was raining and so I thought lets get a lot done. We started off in the usual way with Qu’ran and Islamic Studies and then I gave her a few worksheets to complete, with the hope of moving on to a ‘super fun’ activity I had prepared. After three sheets, she wanted to do more. Three more sheets later, she wanted to carry on. I wanted to tell her to stop so that we could start with my activity. But, I bit my tongue and allowed her to carry on with what SHE was enjoying. So, since last week, R has completely finished off 3 workbooks from cover to cover! She has never done this before and I was quite surprised. But I let her do it. So, no activities but one happy little girl who was very proud to put her completed workbooks into her yearbook! (See my post ‘3 weeks without internet). I am learning that we really do need to follow their flow sometimes. On that line, one night last week, I was putting R to bed and she was hidden underneath the duvet and was giggling. I asked her what she was doing and she exclaimed, “Ummi! I’m a caterpillar in its cocoon and when I wake up I’m going to turn into a butterfly!” So, what did I do the following morning? Switched on the computer, located a unit and lapbook on butterflys, ditched the timetable for a few days and started work on her interest in butterflies. We must follow our children’s interests!
Today, we started off with the dua for getting dressed – alhamdulillah she has memorised it and is using it everytime she dresses.
We reviewed Allah’s names from Ar-Rahman to Al-Qudoos and discussed their meanings and then went on to talk about Allah’s name As-Salaam.
We read the book: ‘Goodnight Storied from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad (saw)’ which I highly recommend. I paused a lot during this story to test her understanding and memorisation of the Prophet’s (saw) seerah.
We then spent quite a lot of time carrying on with our ADAM (AS) UNIT. This time, I used this book:
Iqra do a full Islamic Curriculum per grade level and separate the curriculum into four categories. History, Fiqh and Ibadah, Qu’ranic Studies and Seerah. I would really recommend these books and you don’t have to order them from the US. There is a distributor in Birmingham.
From the above book, we read the story of Adam (AS) again and I asked her questions. We then completed these sheets:
In the first picture, she drew things that Allah (Swt) created. In the second, she was asked to colour in the things that Allah (Swt) created. At the bottom of the page, it then asks the child to colour in the rest of the pictures, but she wouldn’t colour in the robots because ‘Allah didn’t create them’ (said in a very firm voice). In the third picture, it was a comprehension, writing and reading lesson all rolled into one!
Today, she also had a pottery class and got to use the wheel!
Now, I am a bit unsure about something. I have an interview on Wednesday for a new madrassa that is beginning in a local Islamic school. It is for 2 hours every evening Mon to Fri. They will teach dua, islamic studies, Qu’ranic meaning, hifdh, Qu’ran reading etc. But I am unsure whether I should put R in. I am really worried about other children from ‘State’ schools who might influence her in a bad way. But I thought it might be good for socialisation and reviewing what she already knows in her Islamic Studies, as I am assuming they will be covering some of what she has already learnt. What do you think? Please comment…