Monday we kinda started back up with some formal home ed. It feels like AGES since we’ve done anything slightly structured and I know that R was somewhat happy to be starting up some lessons again. It was nice to have some sort of structure to the day but this time with a calm sense of flexibility (in my mind!)
R’s Quran schedule has begun which is taking up most of the day but alhamdulillah we still seemed to get through a lot on Monday: Galore park English lesson, some quick revision on conquer math and…
an Archery lesson where R discovered she’s left handed for archery!
Return back to her kickboxing class and discussion on what topic she’d like to learn about.
For the boys, covered a little Qu’ran, a little bit of Conquer Math, lots of playing, stenciling and colouring and some English…
R wanted to start off with a history topic. She initially thought about studying about the Romans but then wasn’t sure so I had a look at the resources we have at home as well as some files saved on the computer and made a few suggestions to her. In the end, she decided to learn about Explorers and Ibn Batutta.
So, yesterday she read a few chapters from this book:
(jzk to the sister who leant it to us – finally in use! 😉 ) and has begun with some thought provoking questions:
* What were some of the dangers that early explorers faced, both real and imagined?
*If somebody from the 1400s were to time travel to the present, what differences would he or she find?
*What types of explorers are alive today? List their occupations and names.
*What are some of the reasons that someone would become an explorer? What qualities would this person have to possess?
We engaged in a lot of discussion and I noticed that in general, we need to engage in more discussion. I think I’m going to revisit this book which I have on my bookshelf for some ideas:
I can see how important it is to instill creative and critical thinking skills – otherwise whats the point, they might as well go to school!
Today, its been hifdh, Arabic, trip to the library with the boys where I spent ages reading to them – nice change reading to them in the library.
We then all picked the green beans from our garden – its the only vegetable we’ve grown this year but there’s loads of it masha’Allah.
Then looked at our compost which we’re trying to grow and guess what – all the fruit peels, vegetable ends have actually grown into soil!
I really believe its one thing learning about something via a book but actually doing it first hand is something else!
R is doing some quran revision whilst I’m finishing this off and then off to a swimming class and then back to some of her topic. I’m going to start the boys off on a lapbook I know they’ll love insha’Allah.
Am absolutely exhausted but seeing them enjoying learning without the confines of school is definitely worth it alhamdulillah!