Category: Daily life


As salamu alaikum

A week ago my 5 and 4 year old planted some sunflower seeds in a little pot I picked up at Family dollar.  After a week they already shot up and the kids started asking questions.  Which turned into a youtube search for videos showing a seed grow which we found here.  After that we watched this story.     Then I took a couple of seeds and put them in a ziploc bag on a damp papertowel  and now we are watching those daily too.

Today we made a plant part book which I did most of the cutting and they did the gluing and here are the pics.  Hope they are pretty self explanatory if not feel free to contact me with any questions ummjlk@gmail.com.

Book Cover

I folded the green paper with an inch extra over flap on the front part so I could cut fringe for grass.

 

Book open

I used a small brown paper bag with bottom part cut off for the dirt. Stapled it with the green to the bottom of the blue paper

 

Close the cover over dirt

After gluing on all the flower parts and they dried I folded the blue down so that we had a trifold.

 

Back of the book

Back of the book

 

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Why My Beginning?

As salamu alaikum and Hello to everyone.

I am so sorry it has been soooo long.  A lot has happened in the past year and a half.  I don’t know how often I will be here but it has been an honor and a pleasure sharing what little bit of knowledge I could about homeschooling that Allah has blessed me with.  As far as “My Beginning” instead of My Test goes, My life began in August of 2012.  I finally found the courage to leave an abusive relationship of many many years.  It wasn’t easy with 5 kids.  I’m not going to go into extreme details at this time but I just want you to know me an my children are doing much better.  Allah has blessed us so much that even I can’t believe it.  Alhamdulillah was shukrAllah.  I’m currently back in school and I am still struggling to homeschool them.  It hasn’t been an easy task but I’m gonna try to do it for as long as Allah allows me too.  May Allah bless and keep all of you and your families safe and your iman strong.  Always remember to Trust Allah.  Alhamdulillai rabil Alameen.

What If They Are Behind?

Does this sound familiar?  This thought often times creeps up in the back of my mind.  Even after 11 years of homeschooling.    After All in my previous post I had mentioned that it was a blessing if we were able to get Math & Reading done.

Yesterday I decided to do Islamic studies, as they always seem to get put on the back burner.  Me and the kids started discussing the blessings of being homeschooled.  My son Luqman who would be in 6th grade is, as I also stated before, very active in sports.  Therefore he is “Socialized” with his public school peers.  He told me that his fellow team mates have no clue what he is talking about when he  talks about some of the things he learns at home, because they haven’t learned it yet.  This made me feel so relieved, as I thought for sure he was behind.   Masha Allah, Allahu Akbar.

This is for those who have this thought, to give you hope and some relief Insha Allah.

Been a long time.

As salamu alaikum,

I know it has been a long while since I’ve been working on this.  I have really had a lot of tests these past couple of years.  This blog may be changing some of it’s tunes here.  As my attitude on life has changed some.   This year I looked back on my life and realized that I had been through a lot before I became muslim.  I never really dealt with the things I had been through.  I always stuffed them down and tried to laugh them off as this is how my mom dealt with life.  Had to toughen up that shell and don’t show what’s inside.  Anyways this blog is going to be more about my life experiences for awhile.  Both before and after Islam.  Some things may be a little tough to chew, but I am just trying to keep it real, as I hope that my experiences will help those who are going through it. Insha Allah

Your sister

Aminah

 

Our Year

As salamu alaikum wa rahmatulullah wa barakatuhu.

Sorry I haven’t really posted much here.  It has been a very busy, very stressful, and very difficult past year for me.  I have reached a point in my life where I have burnt out.  So I just want to tell YOU from one sister to another to please take care of YOU.  Take time out for YOU, make sure YOU are doing what needs to be done to keep YOU healthy, physically, mentally and spiritually. 

I think as women we tend to get everything thrown on us.  I think our spouses and children tend to forget that we are not robots but human beings.  So if your family treats you this way, my advice is to sit down and make them realize everything you do for them and how important you are.  What would happen tomorrow if you just disappeared?  What would happen if they had to do your job?  Do this before you do burn out and then everyone will have to take over your job as well as take care of you.  Anyways I don’t want to vent on here as that would not be fair.  I also want to say that if you have someone who appreciates you and everything you do for them then be grateful to Allah for that and show them the same in return.  May Allah help us to realize the importance that we are to one another and to realize our self-importance in caring for and raising the next generation of muslims.  Amin.

Workboxes Craze

Ok I’ve been researching this whole workbox craze and have decided to give it a try.  I just started today so we will see if it actually sticks for us, as everything is so disorganized for us right now.  Our house isn’t finished so we are currently doing school in my bedroom.  So it’s me, L, K, and Z 1year old now and in 2 months we will have another baby insha Allah so I’m just waiting to see what things will be like then. (Sigh)  

Anyways due to lack of space we are using hanging folders in crates.  I will keep you posted on how it works also Insha Allah.  Below are a list of sites that I have been checking out on the topic.

The first one is where I first heard about it all…

http://ummihomeschoolsme.wordpress.com/

http://docs.google.com/View?docID=dwstdgn_447mphsmf8&revision=_latest

http://heartofwisdom.com/blog/workbox-directory/

http://forum.homeschoolshare.com/viewforum.php?f=19

Today me and my son (9) tried a new writing game idea I got from here .  It really did work for us.  He whines everytime I try to make him write so we did this idea and he couldn’t write enough.  Ofcourse we are very silly so we did do a silly, story but I will try to do something a little more serious at times too ….Maybe :).  Anyways she mentions the book where she gets the idea.  I have already reserved that plus two others by the same person.  I will try to post reviews after I get to read them.  Insha Allah.  Hope Insha Allah this will help some of you as well as it has us.

SparkleBox Key Stage 2 – Fantastic FREE KS2 teaching resources to download and print.

It Sure Has Been Awhile.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything here due to computer issues.  Well not a whole lot has been going on these past few months.  I’m pregnant again so I’ve been under the weather for a few months.  I am now in my second trimester so I’m feeling much better masha Allah.  Baby Zakariyaa  is almost a year masha Allah. We have started up homeschooling again.  Ofcourse we are taking things slow due to Ramadan, pregnancy, and chasing little one.  

Now that I have a computer again Insha Allah  I will try to post more.

I read this idea somewhere once, but if you have an old pair of cotton socks that you are throwing out give them to the kids to put on their hands and tell them to dust the furniture.  Watch them scatter to dust as much as possible.  The only dilema I have is they always argue about who will dust what.  sigh!  If you have any advice on this let me know!