This week we’ve all been at home. Aside from myself nipping down to the shops when hubby was at home, I stayed at home. It was actually nice to be at home all week – here’s what myself and the kids have been up to:
I’ve spent this week preparing to start with Z’s home ed. He’ll be three next month inshaAllah and so ‘MONTESSORI LEARNING – HERE WE COME!’ I’ve spent my time searching montessori websites and blogs for ideas. Went down to the pound shop to buy certain items needed for montessori and alhamdulillah have got my trays ready. I’ll be using our famous ‘cupboard’ (for those who have been to my house) as his space and the trays will be placed on the shelving in that cupboard. He can choose as many trays that he wishes whilst I home ed R and outside of those times he won’t be allowed to work on his trays. I really think this style of learning is going to suit Z inshaAllah. I’m actually really excited!
Z has enjoyed a few random activities this week – nothing planned:
Beading onto pipe cleaners:
Baking – this time R didn’t join in. It was just me and Z whilst R watched baby Y in the other room. He absolutely loved it! I think I need to schedule in more exclusive baking time for Z and me.
What R has been up to:
R has decided herself that she wants to focus on her Arabic reading and so mashaAllah she decided to read a little of this everyday to herself. It is the stories of the prophets in Arabic and the level in this book is perfect for her right now. It is engaging, repetitive and the level of Arabic is not too difficult. In fact, she was reading aloud whilst I was having a lie down and she was testing me by asking me to translate what she had just read. I was definitely learning. I asked her father to listen to her when he came home and he also tested her and she is understanding what she is reading mashaAllah. This has been my dream, for my kids to be able to read, write and speak Arabic. Although R can speak Arabic mashaAllah, her reading and writing was definitely not up to scratch. But alhamdulillah, it is now picking up.
R also finished her story, Bella:
She enjoyed marbling which I’ve been wanting to do with her for ages. I remember really enjoying this as a child and found a really cheap set of marbling inks on ebay:
She started her own project, making a doll’s house. This is a shoe box. The lid was cut into two which made the two different levels. She then cut the corner off of another shoe box and made the roof. And painted the whole thing. She has little medicine boxes to make the cooker, fridge, bed etc:
At our home ed group a few weeks ago, my dear wonderful sister Oum L brought in some sunflower seeds and pots with a little sign. R planted the seed and she has been looking after it really well. Can’t tell you how excited she was when she saw the shoot! And so she is following her father’s guidelines of watering it every other day and now there is a shoot, every 3 days. (I don’t have a green finger in my body so glad he’s advising her lol). She then said that she wanted to learn about Sunflowers. And I remembered a fantastic project I had picked up from somewhere, dug it out and alhamdulillah thats sorted.
It was only yesterday that I thought about doing another clear out in terms of our books and educational resources but then subhanaAllah I’m glad I didn’t because something like this sunflower project book has come in handy!