My husband was off work for most of the Xmas period and so most of our routine came to a halt as we had a few family friends and attended invitations, as well as sorting out a lot of stuff before my mother in law arrives in February inshaAllah. I can’t wait for her to come. Although, we come from different cultures, we get on quite well mashaAllah. She respects my choices and I feel that I have a lot to learn from the many tests that she has endured as well as her patience. I feel that the older generation are of a completely different league than our current generation. Allah knows best.
Anyway, yesterday was back to routine. And the arrival of high temperatures and chesty coughs for all!
So, 2010 has arrived and I feel that time really is slipping away. I have 8 weeks left before baby is born inshaAllah! I’m excited and nervous. Both of my children, R and Z were born by emergency c-section. R after 2 days in labour and Z after almost 3 weeks in labour (on and off). Anyway, I booked myself at a hospital that supports women who want to attempt a VBAC (Vaginal births after caesareans) and although many hospitals in London will pressurise women to have another c-section after 2 c-sections, this hospital is supporting my choices completely. We have gone through the reasons that led up to my previous c-sections and it is a relief to know that they occurred because of unnecessary intervention on the hospital’s part. My birth plan is almost set and I have been VERY detailed as to what I want and don’t want in this labour. The hospital know that I will be kicking up a BIG fuss if my requests in labour are not met. Please make dua for me all! This is soo important to me – I cannot tell you how much…
Anyway, back to HE. Its been nice to get back to ‘normality’. We’ve been watching loads and loads of wildlife videos on the net, reading loads of books on animals and having lots of wildlife discussions! Not my forte but R seems to take after her father in her love for wildlife!!
ENGLISH: We’ve carried on with First Language Lessons which is going well alhamdulillah. R is reading more and more on her own mashaAllah. So, sometimes I don’t need to schedule her reading to me in the day as she is often with a book. I’m trying to find a good handwriting program. I looked at http://www.startwrite.com but am not sure. Any recommendations anyone?
MATH: This has been a bit slow, but we are continuing with the MEP.
QURAN: Now, I must say – the Quran class that R attends twice a week with my husband’s friend has proved to be an absolute wonder mashaAllah! May Allah reward the brother. His way of teaching has suited R perfectly and she has just whizzed through so much in such a short space of time. All praise is due to Allah. She has now moved from Qaidah to Quran and I’m very pleased with the class. My husband made a point of saying “Told you so!”
ARABIC: The same class will be starting Arabic shortly. But just the fact that the brother speaks Arabic only in the class makes me very happy as she is forced to listen and speak in Fusha. Although she speaks fusha, I am so worried that she will lose it as the only person she speaks to is her father. All the children have an Arab background and so they all speak in Arabic. This is what I have been looking for. Alhamdulillah. So, we have stopped the private classes with the sister for now as this class is sufficient.
ISLAMIC STUDIES: We finally finished the Dua board. And I changed the layout and place where it is displayed in the house. I feel much better with this layout and R helped decide how to lay it out:
PROJECT: We have almost come to an end with our Animals Project. This has been enjoyable. And I think we will be sticking to A-Z for science but maybe mixing it up with other resources too inshaAllah. Today, R completed a data sheet on her chosen pet animal and had to state why she thinks her choice would make a good pet. She also read another non-fiction book supplied by this curriculum on the topic.
Art: Lots of sticking, cutting, painting and colouring has been done. She also made a hama bead design and card for her penpal.
She also has a new HE penpal in America which she is very excited about. The sister’s daughter will go first and she is eagerly awaiting her letter. I think we might have to do a bit of geo work on the United States! We’ve had two weeks off from our Thursday group, so R is looking forward to going back. Although I’ve just had a text from a sister saying there might be 16″ of snow tonight!!
And I think, thats about it.