This is just some of the things we have been up to since my last post and I apologise in advance for the length of the post. Sorry!
This is Daisy's impression of what Jannah will look like...
More baking, this time green sultana fairy cakes! I don't know why Daisy wanted green ones but they were good any how.
I know some of you will probably be gasping in horror at this but we made crackers for my families xmas celebrations....I know....but they are not religious and we miss them terribly so in a moment of emotional gooeyness with my sister I said I would make some so that they could remember us at dinner. So there you have it...a token of love to my family at a time when we miss each other the most. Nothing more.
We have been practicing letter formations:
We also have lilly's blooming in December....can you believe it!
We made meatballs and spaghetti...it's amazing how quickly children tire of rolling meatballs lol.
We also attended our first session at the Libaries home education group. Wow, what fun. This week there was a brother from the museum that came to show us some African artifacts as it is (was) Black History month. We looked a bowls made from the fruit of the Calabash tree...the fruit comes in different shapes and sizes and are hollowed out, left to dry and then used as water containers, bowls, cups etc. The first picture is the Calabash tree which is followed by two pictures of some items made from the fruit. All these pictures are not of the items we handled but of items that a very similar...a very efficient library employee managed to pack everything away before I got to photograph it!
And a 'pillow' to help support huge hairstyles whilst sleeping, it was aparently also used by the Egyptians for the same purpose..it didn't look very comfortable though.:
We also saw a selection of African masks some of which were quite scarey lol!
Last but not least we looked at some weaved baskets made from raffia. We talked alot about how we are loosing these skills as cultures become more 'modern'...personally I think we would all be much better off if we stuck to a more traditional way of life!
I also found out that home educators can have a special library card that will allow the family to take out as many books as they like, for as long as they like and will never incur charges...bonus!
The museum will also be arranging a special tour of the museum for the group which will ncorporate a look behind the scenes and give the kids the opportunity to choose some items to be included in a display. They will also be working on a project with the children about the local area. They will do some research using the archives etc, talk to the people, do some digital photography etc and this will all culminate in a presentation for display in the library. History and photography all wrapped up together...Lego's 2 favourite subjects, he was thrilled! They have also said that they are aiming to meet individual families needs and will be willing to provide any activities that we want free of charge.
Anyway, as a result of this session we came home and they kids wanted to make their own African masks and we are also in the process of learning a little about Africa....any work they do as a follow up to the sessions they can take back to show the librarian, she takes a real interest in their work and will display anything she can. She is such a lovely lady I pray that Allah ta'ala gives her guidance inshaAllah.
Lego has also been supporting his friend who was in hospital for a relatively routine operation and it has surprised me how thoughtful he can be...makes me want to pinch his cheeks mashaAllah. The visits to the hospital led to lots of discussions about the other children there that had more serious and long term health issues. Lego and Sprite both noticed that a lot of the patients spent a lot of the time without visitors and said they wanted to volunteer to visit the childrens wards at the hospital as soon as they were old enough to keep them entertained inshaAllah. Aww how sweet mashaAllah.
For English Lego has been writing a play of a court hearing based on the book 'Holes'. He has been doing lots of research and it has really grabbed his attention, he has even interviewed a friend that has studied law and really put a lot of thought into it. It has taken up a lot of time and effort which was nice to see. He seems to like writing plays and enjoying learning about the law. I have also sat with him on this one and 'taught' him as we were going along as he was complaining that I wasn't teaching him any more and just letting him get on with stuff by himself. Complaint noted, guilt filed away, and more effort from me to ensue!
Everything else is as usual alhamdulillah...see you soon!