Friday, 30 November 2012
Progress since the last blog... a very lovely, caring and wonderful sister had, despite my attempt at feigning normality, noticed that I was still functioning at well below par even though I only had Scout at home and made it possible for him to attend an Islamic school too mashaAllah; may Allah ta'ala reward her with success in this life and the next, ameen. And then my wonderful sister offered to help out financially on a monthy basis so that he could continue his studies at the school - subhanAllah, alhamdulillah, the power of Allah never ceases to amaze me; He can make anything possible. This is extra fantastic because although Scout is very intelligent mashaAllah I knew he wouldn't cope with the teaching methods used in the school that the other children attend. He is much more of a visual, spacial learner and needs the freedom to explore subjects in his own way and, alhamdulillah, the school he attends is based on the Montessori approach [which you may remember I did explore myself a while back] which suits him down to the ground and he is loving it. A few of his friends are there too which also helps ;)
It's a long shot from Montessori's vision of a Farm School for Adolescents but he is given encouragement and space to manage his own learning outside of the classroom and they have independant learning time too. Unusually for a small school they also have lab space and they seem to do quite a few experiments, which he really enjoys. All students have access to online tutoring and lessons and a Wikipage dedicated to Biology lessons - they are sitting their Biology GCSE in May inshaAllah. There have been a few issues but all in all I am really pleased with the way that he is developing, he has only been there for 2 weeks so he still needs to settle into the management of the learning he has to do at home but that will come inshaAllah.
So, what am I doing with all this free time? Well, I don't get that much free time - about 3 hours a day - but I do get to the women only swim on a Wednesday, madressa and a weekly majlis alhamdulillah! And you would be surprised how much that 3 hours can do for your health and state of mind mashaAllah. The house is also a lot tidier mashaAllah and I may be able to get some extra space once I sort throught the home ed. resources I no longer need. But mostly I'm concentrating on getting better and back to good health so that I can at least get my 3 little ones back to home educating inshaAllah.
Sunday, 14 October 2012
|All together complete with bling|
|Not sure what we will use this for... perhaps storing cards with ideas for those 'bored' moments and other activity type stuff.|
|After she sellotaped the cups together she glued on torn scraps of wrapping paper [pink of course] with a PVA glue and water mix to decorate it.|
Friday, 12 October 2012
All very common but the intrepid explorers were filled with excitement nevertheless. Here are some pictures of a few that they found:
|ammonite... this one is much clearer|
|There's that ammonite again but not sure what the others are (if they are fossils at all; but I'm not going to burst any bubbles until I know for sure LOL)|
Daisy has been looking through her Beaver Handbook and has decided that she is going to work very hard to get all of her badges. She is of the opinion that if she does a small project/presentation on her finds she may be able to submit it for a badge. So that's on her 'to do list' for next week inshaAllah; I'll let you know how she gets on!
I am a little worried that their zest for learning might begin to fade under the weight of so many worksheets, homework and 'the curriculum' so I will be keeping my beady eye on them. They have already expressed a wish to be home schooled again and I would just love to dash in on my white charger and rescue them from the 'system' however hubby wants them to stay where they are.
That's a turn up for the books. He's usually a 'whatever you think is best' kind of man when it comes to their education so I have a suspicion that it may be more for the benefit face within his community than anything else [his friends son has just gone off to university to be a solicitor with a whole stack of A's grades behind him and hubby has been wondering if our children '...could be solicitors if they wanted...'] but Allah ta'ala knows best. Not sure what to do now... more istikharra and patience I suppose.
Anyway, the kids have been off most of this week [yay!] with a virus [boo!] so we have been busy and have really enjoyed just being together, snotty or not! Despite being ill we have still been...
|exploring weight using the scales..|
|... writing stories and poems in great abundance|
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Daisy made dessert when we got home. She planned what she was going to make, drew her shopping list and then went shopping with Crush to get all her ingredients and this is what we had...
|Strawberries in a melted ice cream sauce with ice cream, raspberry sauce and chocolate. The melted ice cream certainly gave it a unique flavour that I'm not sure I want to try again lol.|
|Replica of a WWII Doodlebug|
|Replica of a Lancaster or Spitfire [depending on which one of the kids you spoke to].|
|Lots of helicopters to look at.|
|Kids had an interesting chat to the glider pilot who explained how the glider flew and how to pilot it|
|A restored WWII Lancaster plane that did an amazing fly by right over the heads of the crowd.|
|Playing with the 'blues and twos' in the police vehicle.|
The kids did lots of recapping at school last week and as it's not 'full time' I have had to supplement a lot of their learning with further explainations; especially for Sprite as he has trouble remembering what he has done during the day because of his dyslexia. He is not enjoying his time at the academy as much as the younger two and has been feeling ill quite a bit... I think that this may be a masking technique because he is finding it difficult to deal with his dyslexia as at other times he is so enthusiastic about what he had been doing. So we are having to give him quite a lot support at the moment but we are hoping he will settle in soon.
Daisy and Crush come home every afternoon amazed at everything they have learned... like we have never done it before! Hmmpf...
Now that it's getting a bit colder I am planning to start a project with them to do on their 'day off'. I want to teach them about the human body; I have been planning this for a while and have lots of fun, hands on, learning activities for them to do so hopefully they won't see it as even more 'school work'.
Friday, 7 September 2012
Then, out of the blue, the children got a place in a new local Islamic School on a flexi-school basis. The school is managed by the children's old tutor. Knowing about my health issues she phoned to let me know about their new venture as she thought it might be beneficial for us. At the same time Allah ta'ala made the finances available for the kids to go. How could I refuse? I nearly did? I really, really dislike everything about school, even Islamic ones, but a friend pointed out that it would take the stress of educating the children away (apart from Lego who still studies at home with me as he is too old to go) and give me some time to rest. So, two weeks after the phone call they have completed a week and so far are really enjoying it mashaAllah. They go for 4 days a week from 8.45am-1.30pm; they start and finish the day with dhikr and pray the mid day prayer together before coming home. They do Math, English, Science and ICT daily for the first 3 days and then on the last day, instead of Science and ICT they do PE and either Art & Craft, History or Geography.
Sprite is a 50/50 about going but I feel that's because of his dyslexia; the other two are loving it. I am still a little uneasy about sending them and my heart drops every time I see worksheets in their bags. However, at least this way I can continue doing what I want to do with them without stressing so much about it all. I can also rest much more. It also means that I can concentrate more on helping Sprite with the issues around his dyslexia God willing. It means, inshaAllah, that I can have more time to focus on them when they are at home.
This week I have really missed my children being around. I have missed being a part of their learning. I miss seeing that little sparkle they get in their eye when they 'get' something, or have done something that they really enjoyed. I miss watching them discover. But this isn't about me, it's about them. So while they are enjoying it I shall stand back and let them continue. I do, however, harbour a hope that I will be able to take them out and home educate them completely again soon. We will have to wait and see.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Ahhh... I feel much better now!
We used ready made inks for our backgrounds but you can make your own using the little bit of ink that is always left in your printer cartridges when you change them [how annoying is that?]. Just mix a little bit with water and put it in a pump spray; you can add mica [the shiney stuff] from make up or the craft shop if you want it to have glimmer. You can mix different amounts of all the colours to make any colour at all... we learned all this from a fantastic crafting lady on You Tube and you can check out her video here. It will be worth it as these sprays cost a fortune. I think though if you want the 'glimmer' to stick to the page you need to add a tiny amount of glue but I think that this lady said it may 'go off' after a while.
Sorry these pics are not great because of the reflections bouncing off the glimmer in the ink sprays but I think you will get the idea of the effect inshaAllah.
|Crush put a compass and fleur de lis in this background as he wants to use it for his cub scout stuff.|
|Daisy also chose the fleur de lis but wanted to make her page about the family - obviously a work in progress!|
|This is Sprites 2nd page - this time he spread gesso through the stencil to give a raised, textured effect. He wants this page to be about time inshaAllah.|
|This is Sprites finished page. He's not too happy with it but I think it looks great.|
|This is another page in Daisy's journal. I think I have showed this before but she insisted it go on again and I do hate to disappoint her lol!|
Currell Models, Raven's Blight or SS4's Paper Models.
Sunday, 26 August 2012
This is our first harvest of the year, albeit a bit late because of the odd weather & the floods it brought; I thought the plants would never recover but they did by the Grace of Allah. The kids were just thrilled to see the results of their efforts & our deformed (or are they normal?) carrots amused them for hours... Daisy even put on a 'puppet' show with them lol.