Wow! Ramadan flew by (as usual!) And eid was nice. MashAllah, this year’s eid salah has to be my absolute favourite!
We drove about 30 mins away which took us to the outskirts of London and prayed in a large park with 500 other Muslims. This is actually the sunnah and mashaAllah it really did feel like Eid. All the sisters were hugging and greeting each other. And the khutbah was really meaningful. The Imam talked about the fact that celebrations amongst non-Muslims are always linked to either colonisation, independence from a country or someone dying on a cross (!), etc. But the day of Eid is all about celebrating the oneness of Allah (Swt). Never ever thought about it in that way. What was really amazing was an almost 80 year old revert that had only taken his shahaadah days prior to eid.
After that we spent a nice day out and came back home to a few gifts for the children. Was a nice eid alhamdulillah.
On the Saturday, we were invited by one of our home ed sisters to a party which was absolutely brilliant! The games were great and there were so many prizes for each child in each game. It was really planned very well mashaAllah. You did a great job sis! MashAllah! On Sunday, we spent the day in East London at the East London festival. It was a nice day but oh my gosh was it packed! I bumped into so many sisters that I haven’t seen in years including one that I went to primary school with (she already knew that I had become a Muslim so it wasn’t a shock seeing me donned in a big black hijab lol) So, after such a crazy hectic weekend, I didn’t have time to get myself ready to start back our HE routine on Monday. So, instead used that time to do some last minute prep and R amused herself with educationcity.com, making a family from wooden spoons, an arts and crafts jungle that is currently a work in progress, reading and some Quran. I realised that even if we don’t stick to our timetable, she still manages to do a lot of stuff which is still educational and she’s still learning which is the main thing. I have promised myself this year that if I can’t keep to schedule that I will try to relax because learning really does happen in different ways and not necessarily only per the timetable I set her!
For example, making cupcakes and decorating them (math, art, language skills can all be taught in this really easy informal activity).
Today was our first day back to schedule. R completed Quran, handwriting, math (which ended up in tears because her father thought it would be nice to make a joke about her Math ability!), grammar, read to me, I read to her, and we started on our Quran curriculum by discussing surah naas in detail and she completed the Ad Duha Mini Tafseer book. Although I did plan for some stuff for Z to do, I didn’t get around to doing it with him as baby Y had his injection and so we had to rush out to that. Z has come down with another cold (he only had one a few weeks ago and so is just quite content playing around with his cars and toy sword and gun). Strangely, with Z being ill today he has actually been easier. The last few weeks have been so hard with him. He is so different to his sister. Its been Tantrum Central over here with on average 6-7 serious tantrums per day. I’ve been told he’ll grow out of it. But it seems to be getting worse. R didn’t have any tantrums when she was his age, so this is very VERY different for me. I just hope that I can deal with HE and his very different character at the same time! Anyway, it is now 5pm and everything on today’s checklist has been completed and R is over the moon that ‘school’ has started again. lol
How has your first day gone?