Arabic, French and chrysalides


We have been completely fascinated by the live caterpillars. I would advise every family to purchase these – it has been a wonderful experience. You really can’t believe how fast they grow! I am not kidding – you could look at them in the morning of one day and a few hours later they have grown bigger. Well, alhamdulillah are caterpillars have finally grown huge and have turned into chrysalides. 4 were hanging and one was still roaming free. That naughty one has knocked two over. So I called insect lore and asked them if the two chrysalides which are now on the bottom of the pot will die. The lady said no but that we would need to use a teaspoon to carefully place it in the hatching net next to the side so that when the butterflies emerge they can cling on to the side. The other chrysalides can be hung as normal. Anyone else have a cheeky caterpillar knock down his brothers? Not very Islamic eh?! Love for your brother what you love for yourself (tut tut tut!)

Before he kicked his brothers to the ground!

Can you see the one that hasn't changed yet all curled up, the other two hanging and the other two at the bottom.

R has started a new Arabic course online. There are 7 other children in her class and they are studying the book ‘Allama tiflak al-Arabiyyah’   with this organisation:

So far I’m happy with it. The teacher doesn’t like to teach it by translating into English and she speaks in Arabic with the students aside from a few formalities said in English. The lesson is once a week for 2 hours and will last for four months after which she can move on to the next level inshaAllah. I will still be doing our normal Arabic lessons with her. This I hope will push her further inshaAllah and is good because she hears her teacher speaking as well as the other students and she must reply to the teacher’s questions in Arabic. The children receive homework which is scanned and sent to the teacher via email. An added bonus is that the lessons are recorded and you receive the recorded lessons each week. SBHC also do Quran courses for children too – from learning to read Quran to hifdh lessons – so check it out inshaAllah.

I’m in the process of organising next year’s HE inshaAllah as I don’t want to plan in Ramadan and I want us to start in September after Eid ul fitr. I am not happy with the way handwriting is taught here in the UK. In fact, there isn’t much emphasis on clear. neat handwriting. So spoke to a dear French sister who is home educating and she sent me a link that teaches handwriting by the French system. French handwriting is just beautiful and so I’m going to down this route for R inshaAllah. The sister told me that one’s handwriting in France is very important and they begin to teach it at age 6. So perfect timing. Now I know we are in the age of computers, but I do believe beautiful handwriting is an art in itself. Here is the link if you’d like to check it out:


10 responses »

  1. Salaam alaikum sister,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a little while although I’ve never left a comment (lots of things usually go through my head but somehow never materialize in writing).

    Anyway, I wanted to comment on the French handwriting bit.
    Yes, French handwriting is completely different from English handwriting however, you have to keep in mind that it might be too different.
    I, as a French national, chose not to teach the French handwriting to my daughter as I thought (and still think) she’ll get confused. Poor thing, she’s already confused with the arabic handwriting. She never quite knows which way to write (she’s left-handed as well so I guess that doesn’t help either).
    I will teach her to read in French once she can read perfectly in English but I don’t want to confuse her any more.
    English handwriting is basically what you find in books so it’s not hard to reproduce. French handwriting is a bit more, how shall I say, technical. First you learn to write the letters then you learn to attach them together.
    Also, my daughter goes to school so she has to write/learn to write like the rest of the pupils.
    The other thing is, I’ve found over the years that people “complain” about my handwriting mostly because I don’t separate my letters when I write.
    Over the years, I had to slightly change the way I write especially numbers eg. I don’t cross the 7 over as it confuses people.
    Don’t get me wrong, I ‘m not saying you shouldn’t go ahead with your idea, I’m just trying to highlight the fact that French writing is indeed a lot more work than English handwriting. Hope that makes sense.

    • Ws wr wb

      Jzk for your comment sis. Interesting points that you’ve made. I think we’ll see how it goes inshaAllah. Will keep you updated.

  2. Assalamo alaikum,

    Two of my chrysalides accidently got knocked off while they were in the net habitat, and I just left them on the floor thinking they would be OK. Both of these butterflies weren’t able to emerge fully and subsequently died a few days later 😦

    • Ws wr wb

      Oh dear. How sad. I bet the kids were so sad. We’re going to transfer them to the hatching net today. We’re all really excited!

  3. Assalamualaykum,
    Ours are now crysalides. When they were still caterpillars two of them ate a big hole in the paper disc. They have still all found a place to cling on, alhamdulillah.

    • Ws wr wb

      All of our caterpillars did the same thing. There isn’t much paper left at the top at all. I really don’t know how we are going to transfer them as they are literally hanging from pieces of the disc. How did you transfer them?

  4. As salaam alaikum,

    So sorry to hear that ummsalam.

    Umm Raiyaan, it is just so exciting for the children as they anticipate this metamorphosis, isn’t it?

    • Ws wr wb

      Oh it definitely is sis. I was looking through the magazine from insect lore as we’d like to observe more creatures. This really has been an educational experience for the whole family.

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