In a week we do tend to complete a lot of bookwork as there are lessons that need bookwork in order for the child to learn and practise such as Handwriting, Comprehension etc etc.
I really want R to have a rich and varied way of learning. So, this year I really am trying hard to let her do more hands on learning activities in conjunction with her textbook/workbook stuff. The week that has just gone saw a lot of hands on activities take place. Here is some of what we did:
For Math, R is working her way through Year 1 of the Hungarian MEP programme. She has been working on < and > (greater/less than) and adding numbers, subtracting and has had to complete quite complex sums using <,>,+,-, = sometimes all in one sum! Anyway, I found some ready made number sheets in different colours. I made a long strip of paper from sugar paper and gave her the pack and told her to complete a long sum using the above signs. She enjoyed it.
We were finally able to record results for our fungi experiment. Basically, the bread that was left outside took a long time to grow fungi. I explained to R that I think thats because its getting colder and so the garden air acts like a fridge. The bread that had water added to it kind of just became a ‘puree’ but then the bacteria started to grow. The bread that was just placed in the container grew fungi very quickly. Green and just yucky! These pots were living in my kitchen and really it did make me feel sick having to cook with them there on the kitchen top. Glad we’ve got that out of the way. I think its made R a bit paranoid as now she seems to be turning over fruit, bread and cheest to make sure there is no fungi!
As part of our Surah Naas project, we were still working on cardinal directions. R made a compass rose. The instructions said that she had to make salt dough to make it. But she protested saying that we can’t waste flour like that when people are starving in the world. Gotta say that I was very embarassed when she said this and quickly put the plain flour back into the cupboard. So, instead she decided to use playdough (isn’t playdough from the shops made of flour too??!) The blue triangle is North. The orange are east, west and south. And the green are NE, SE, SW, and NW. We’ve almost come to the end of our Surah Naas project. So keep an eye on the blog for my post where I will be posting PDFs, instructions etc of how to do your own Surah Naas project inshaAllah. We just have one more thing to do this coming week and then we’re done and will be moving on to Surah Falaq.
R keeps on asking me to teach her how to sew. I really don’t have the time at the moment. So, instead a really quick and easy sewing project was making a leaf and flower from felt. Drew a leaf shape on A4 felt folded into 2. R cut it out and sewed around it. She then drew a flower shape in purple, then one in red and a middle yellow circle. Placed a pipe cleaner between the two layers. Placed the circle on top and sewed around the circle part to keep the whole thing together. Really simple to do and she really enjoyed it.
Another bit of art was painting an Islamic Art Tile that she made when we went to the Eid Festival in Dunstable Downs in September. We discussed geometry, shapes and symmetry. She was really into this some months ago and her interest has started up again. But I don’t know where or how to direct this interest. Any ideas???
When I was planning R’s home ed for this year, I really wanted to do more nature studies and am using the following website as a guide: http://handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com/2008/02/green-hour-challenge-1-lets-get-started.html
So, we went out and we observed Allah’s beautiful creation. We looked at huge trees, and the smallest leaf and nuts and berries. R want to collect quite a lot and put a lot into her bag to take home with us. This is what she picked up in a London city park!
This week, I will try and find some time to investigate two of the things that she either observed or picked up in more detail inshaAllah (this is suggested in the Outdoor Challenge #1). Really enjoyed this and I hope to keep this up. You don’t have to go far to do this. Even a walk up your own street will suffice.
So, you see, home ed doesn’t just have to be about workbooks. Learning can and in my humble opinion should be conducted in a variety of fun ways.