Planning for 2010/2011 – Part 2

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Okay, so here is part 2 of my planning for next year. In my last post, I talked about how I’ve organised myself in terms of resources and accessibility to those resources.

Here is the detailed plan for next year inshaAllah:

MONDAY
Quran

Handwriting

Spelling

Math

She reads to me

I read to her

Islamic Studies

Quran Curriculum

KICKBOXING

 

 

TUESDAY

MUSLIM PLAYGROUP

Quran

Handwriting

Grammar and Punctuation

Math

She reads to me

I read to her

Quran Curriculum

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

Quran

Handwriting

Comprehension

Math

She reads to me

I read to her

Islamic Studies

Quran Curriclum

QURAN CLASS

 

 

THURSDAY

HOME ED GROUP

Quran

Sketch Tuesday

QURAN CLASS

 

 

FRIDAY

Quran

Handwriting

Creative Writing

Math

She reads to me

I read to her

Nature Detectives

Arabic

 

 

SATURDAY

Quran

Art/Baking/Science Experiment/Subscription

ARABIC CLASS

 

 

SUNDAY

Quran

1 hour Nature Study

Library

As for resources, here is what we will be doing inshaAllah:

QURAN – My aim is for her to memorise 2 juz this year inshaAllah. So, Quran time will be a mixture of revision of 5-10 pages of what she has already memorised by reading the surahs before hand from the mushaf (this should improve her Quran reading skills inshaAllah) and then being tested on them by memory. She will then work on an average of 5 new ayat to memorise every day inshaAllah.

ENGLISH

Handwriting – I have a mixture of resources for this. My aim is that she starts to write in cursive and that her handwriting becomes neater.

Spelling – For this, we will be using Test Phonic Spelling by Ladybird and a series of books called Word Perfect Spelling (these are very old books that my husband found at work – I think they were used in 70s or 80s) but I like them as they are quite thorough.

Grammar – First Language Lessons from The Well Trained Mind – we have finished grade 1, we will be working on grade 2 inshaAllah. We will also be using Jolly Grammar along side this. Every so often I will also give her a test from the Letts Literacy 10 minute test book.

Comprehension – CGP The Study Book for Key Stage 1 and CGP Advanced Practice Book

Creative Writing – Letts, CGP, Reasons for Writing Early Stages and Brain Waves Early Writing ( these last two books are old books from the 90s but again I prefer them as it seems that they are of a higher standard than current creative writing books).

Reading – She tends to read quite a lot independently mashaAllah. But I am going to ask her to read a chapter a day to me of a book which is slightly more difficult for her. I shall also be reading a chapter of a book which is above her level to improver her vocabulary etc.

MATH – We’ll be carrying on with Year 1 of the MEP.

ISLAMIC STUDIES – The ICO curriculum that I posted a review about a few months ago.

ARABIC – Madinah Arabic Books and Al Tilmeedh as well as a number of other resources in Arabic. My goal is for her to become as fluent as she is in reading in English, but this time in Arabic. Also, to improve in her handwriting in Arabic. Alhamdulillah, she understands the Arabic language but her reading and writing is not at the level I want it to be.

SKETCH TUESDAY – This is a weekly art submission to a blog run by a home educating mother.

NATURE DETECTIVES – We have been receiving their pack for the last two years. And there is great stuff in there as well as weekly challenges. When she completes a weekly challenge that I receive in my email inbox, she can put a sticker on to a poster that they send to you. I believe it costs £12 for the year.

ART/BAKING/SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS – This will alternate and it is her choice which of these we do on a Saturday inshaAllah. I have various materials, ideas, and books for this.

All of the above will include other hands on resources, games etc to emphasise what it is we are studying from the books. I DO NOT want this year to be workbooks only. This is why I made the index cards as mentioned in my previous post. We will follow the order of the textbooks/workbooks but I will slip in other resources to support what is being learnt inshaAllah.

And then we have classes, kickboxing, home ed groups etc.

SO, WHAT IS THIS QURAN CURRICULUM??

This is something that I am sooo excited about! As you can see, there isn’t really other subjects like History, Geography, Science  in our weekly schedule. This is because this year we are going to work on a Quran Curriculum that I and my dear sister Oum Loubabah have decided to start! We will be doing this separately with our children but Oum Loubabah and I will compare and share our ideas for each surah.

Basically, we are going to work our way through the Quran starting from the back at Surah Nas. The Quran Curriculum will involve going through the meaning and tafseer of each surah but also bringing in history, geography and science studies as part of the study of that surah. We decided to do this because we want the Quran to come alive for our children. We want them to live it, to really understand it and for it to be something they refer back to when learning about subjects such as science, history and geography. We did not want to teach these subjects exclusive of Islam. Rather, we wanted to teach these subjects based on the Quran. The National Curriclum for these subjects really is so dull and the child studies and understands these subjects as secular subjects. By teaching it this way, the child learns history, geography and science from an Islamic understanding which is always derived from the Quran.

So, here is what I did:

I took a pen and paper and listed all the surahs in Juz Amma. As she has memorised this juz already, I felt that this was the best place to start. Also, if I start here then I can use my planning for future children inshaAllah. I took my Quran and read the surah in English as well as reading the tafseer. I then made notes of what could be studied under the heading of that surah. So, as an example:

In surah Abasa:

Aside from the actual events that took place in the seerah which relate to this surah, we will be studying about the blind and their script, food and healthy eating, water, plants, trees and family.

Once my list for juz amma was complete, I then planned for each surah in detail. Here is an example:

SURAH NAS

-Recite the surah and read the translation in English or ask her father to go through the tafseer in Arabic with her. Discuss the meanings and lessons from the surah with her.

-Complete the Ad-Duha Mini Tafseer Book.

-History of Shaytaan using Learning Roots Book and talibiddeen junior website.

-Project on Mankind – I have a wonderful saved project on continents and map work which we will work on for this. She will also use an interactive geography website which will explore the different countries and continents aimed at children.

-The Heart – British Heart Foundation resources

When studying the different subjects, it will always be related back to the understanding of the surah being studied inshaAllah. So, in Surah Nas alone, we have Islamic Studies, History, Geography and Science.

Sorry, to reiterate this. But had I not made my index cards, when it came to planning this in detail, I would have been stuck in where to look for what resources.

I have not put a time limit on how long each surah will take. When Oum Loubabah and I were discussing this, we thought we would be able to complete the Juz Amma part of this Quran curriculum in 1 year. But subhanAllah, after going through our list, it will take a lot longer. But that is okay because we would just plan for higher levels in Science geography etc but still based on the surah.

I hope all of this has made sense. Thanks for reading if you have made it this far! lol

Look out for part 3, when I discuss my plans for Z.

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31 responses »

  1. Assalaamu Alaikum sis,

    Masha Allaah lot of hard work. I like your Qur’aan Curriculum Masha Allaah, I would like the kids to use this throughout for History and geography as I really do not want them to learn the history of the Kuffar as I feel it is really a waste of time.

    I was having this in mind to do History and geography with my daughter based on the stories of the Prophets Insha Allaah and Sis Umm Numan at muslim child is born is doing a curriculum of the stories of the Prophets too. So it would be easy when I or others plan this Insha Allaah.

    But your Qur’aan curriculum seems very much advanced masha Allaah and I hope we could benefit from your hard work as you have given the idea and guidelines.

    I also pray and hope that R gets the best out of your hard work and May Allaah make her a source of good for you in the dunya and the aakhirah!

    One question sis, how old was R when she started writing. I have still not started sand paper or anything. She will be 3 years this Ramadhaan and she can draw a circle a square (not perfect though) and scribbles well. I want to start this. Should I do this now? May be start writing on rice and stuff?

    Jazzakillaah Khayr for sharing.

    • Ws wr wb

      Jzk sis. Ameen to all your sincere duas my sister.
      Well, R used to practice drawing lines and circles etc when she was about 2.5 years old. A few months after this she would write some numbers and letters. I think her first word that she wrote was her name which I documented on the blog. See this post: https://ummihomeschoolsme.wordpress.com/2008/02/14/she-wrote-her-name/ She was 3 years and 3 months old at the time. But I remember her writing letters and numbers before she was 3. I used foam, sand, paint for her to write letters and numbers on. We also used the whiteboard with lots of different coloured pens and then went on to a few worksheets. Looking back, this seems like AGES ago! lol Its actually nice to visit old posts on my blog to see how she has progressed and changed over the years!

      Hope this has helped. You could go to the ‘writing’ category on the blog and look at the older posts – might give you some ideas.

  2. assalamoalaikum

    Masha Allaah your Quraan curriculum is beautiful, and i have another reason for this comment, u see we are doing it exactly the same way. we take a sura, its meaning, tafseer and then we study the objects/animals/plants/concepts mentioned in it. we also cover any fiqh discussed, history related etc. we are doing some additional geography but no other history except Islamic history at this stage. (for islamic history i hav mde my own program of study and whatever sura we are doing) so i was wondering if i can also join with u and sister umm loubabah in exchanging notes?

    jazakillaah and wassalam

    • Ws wr wb

      Excellent sis! Of course you can join us inshaAllah. We were actually thinking of sharing it on the forum once we had completed a surah. You are more than welcome to join us inshaAllah.

  3. I have set up a stixy board for Al Falaq and An Naas. If you are not familiar with stixy, it is an online collaboration board where we can post our ideas, resources, files, pictures, links etc and also send each other reminders etc. Take a look at my stixy for Al Falaq and An Naas here:

    http://www.stixy.com/guest/75906

    if you are interested in this, let me know so I can add you as a sharing member. Sharing members can post resources, send each other reminders etc, and the members would be able to invite others to this stixy as well.

    Let me know what you think of this collaboration project, i am making different stixies for all suras, even if no one else is collaborating, it will still help me organize my own resources. if you like the idea please spread the word, as the more people contribute the more resources we will get insha Allaah. I have kept these stixies open for public viewing so anyone can benefit from it.

    wassalam

    • Oum Loubabah has just opened a similar file at a different site so I think I might stick to that inshaAllah. But of course the more of us that share our resources for this the better.

      • thats great! and thanks for letting me join in, can u also tell me this other site opened by sister umm loubabah, so i can also visit it?

        jazakillaah!

        wassalam

      • Just waiting for her to get back to me inshaAllah as I couldn’t open her link. Will let you know inshaAllah.

  4. As salaamu ‘alaikum Sis,

    MashaALLAH you have been busy. I have been mostly missing from my own blog for the same reasons. I’m wanting to develop my own curriculum that is based on Qur’an as well.

    There is so much to do, subhanALLAH! It’s taking me some time to get it all together and I’m still not certain about a few things but your curriculum looks solid, mashaALLAH.

    InshaALLAH we all benefit from your efforts and may ALLAH make things easy for you and your family (AMEEN)

    • Ws wr wb

      Yes, it does take a lot of work doesn’t it. But inshaAllah we will see the reward in the akhirah. Ameen to your duas sis!

  5. Wow. I don’t have a family but I wish I was taking YOUR curriculum. Insh’Allah, I’ll have children to teach someday and if I do, I’ll use this example. Fantastic!

  6. Alsalamu Aliekum,

    This looks so exciting! May Allah reward you for sharing. I look forward to trying it with my own inshaAllah.

    • Ws wr wb

      Yup, am really excited about it too inshaAllah. Ameen to your duas sis. I’m sure Y would love it inshaAllah. We miss you!

  7. a message for umm Ahmad,

    I went to your stixy site but it doesnt show anything. What do you have to do to view content?

  8. As salamu alaikum, sis.

    I had a look at MEP which you are using for Math.
    I would like to try it, inshaAllah.
    Did they send you the actual book? Given the choice, i would rather have the book, than print outs.
    Do they send it outside, outside UK?

    Jazakillahu khairan.

    • Ws wr wb

      Yes, you can either download the books online or you can buy them. I’m not sure if they send it outside of the UK. Call them and ask to speak to Russell Grant. He was extremely helpful last time. Alhamdulillah.

  9. Assalamualaikum Sister,

    i would like to try this too as from my experiences, quran is always an exclusive subject. thus some people cannot relate and refer tu Quran as their guidance to live life.

    thanks for the ideas.

  10. Assalamoalaikum warahmatullah,
    I would also like to join you sisters in sharing notes for the Quran curriculum, cause this is almost the same thing I had started to do with my kids a few months ago. In thsi new school year I wanted to take it to the next level. One thing is already posted on my blog. Will be adding more as we will do more on it. See post http://umamahlearningacademy.blogspot.com/2010/08/quran-stories.html
    I have lots of other plans on the same note which I will be posting on my blog soon Inshallah. Please keep me in the loop. Jazakallaho khairun

  11. Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatulahi Wabarakatu

    Mashallah your Quran curriculum is excellent and I feel so excited to learn more about this. Inshallah I will def be using this idea in our homeschool class. May Allah reward you and place lots of barakah in your lives, Ameen.

  12. Pingback: Quran Curriculum: Surah Naas Project « Ummi Homeschools Me!!

  13. Assalaamu alaikum sister, Are your notes about each surah in juz’ Amma posted in full anywhere? I’m planning a similar curriculum for my children, and seeing your ideas would save me a lot of work 🙂 I love your ideas, barak Allahu feeki!

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