Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
month of fasting
During this month it's recommended in Quranic principle to fast from all food and drink from sunrise till sunset for the whole lunar month uninterrupted. It is not just an Islamic practice but a universal spiritual practice that was recommended to all other communities in the past including the earlier Prophets and Apostles. The Final Testament testifies: "O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint."
- The Quran 2:183
Fasting is very much a spiritual reality in the Judeo-Christian tradition such as fasting of Yom Kippur and Lent. So is it present in Eastern tradition including Hinduism and other traditions. Gautama Buddha went through deep ascetic fasting before his enlightenment.
Moses fasted for forty days and forty nights while he was on the mountain with Divine Presence (Exodus 34:28). We read in the New Testament in the life of Jesus Christ how fasting was part of his inner practice as well: 'Jesus went into deep retreat and seclusion in the wilderness where he fasted for forty days and forty nights. And the tempter came and whispered to him: 'if you are elect one of God, command these stones to become bread.' But Jesus answered: 'It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone...' (Matthew, Luke 4:1-4)
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Today went very well once again Star wanted to read all the Bob books, find and cut out more "a" words, write her name and numbers, and then I had her draw "a" pictures and they turned out great. We played a number matching game, and a gingerbread boy color matching game that I found online. Then we had a pool play date that lasted until the rain came, and when we got home she read two books almost by herself. I let her play the leapster each day and watch either leapfrog Math Circus, or the word leap frog DVD. This afternoon we played Hullabaloo and Elefun, and made pizza for dinner. Tonight they were playing "safari", since Kayak got the Dora and Diego backpacks for her birthday they love to hide animals all over the house, get the backpacks, and flashlights and search for them. When they catch them they pretend to be doctors and help the rescued animals.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
We have gone to the library and got most of the books we need for the first two weeks of school, but today we are going to a play date near another library so we need to get Chicka Boom, and Who Am I. I have almost all the lesson planning part done for the first 6 months. We need to make lace up cards for Kayak and get tangrams and pattern cards for Star but there is not a store around here so I may order them online.
For now I have to get going we have to get the oil changed in my car today and be at the park in an hour, YIKES.
Monday, August 10, 2009
After nap and lunch we washed all the outside toys, I gave them each a pail with soapy water and a cloth and they went to town for TWO HOURS! It was sweet Star washed and Kayak rinsed for the most part. Then we came in and did tot trays with beads, play dough, rice and pasta shaped like lobster (thanks Mom they did come in handy after all)they kept switching who was pouring, who was scooping. Now it is time for dinner, then bath and bed, I hope to have both sleeping by eight so I can finish creating the stations and do the phonics pocket charts.
HEARTS H- is for our children's Heart,E - is for Eternity, A- is for Ability and Attitude, R- is for Right Relationship, T- is for Today and Tomorrow..................
Jamie Solley wrote this wonderful poem to give to
Parents on the First Day of School. This is so cute I thought I'd share it with you.
The First Day
I gave you a little wink and smile
As you entered my room today.
For I know how hard it is to leave
And know your child must stay.
You've been with him for five years now
And have been a loving guide,
But now, alas, the time has come
To leave him at my side.
Just know that as you drive away
And tears down your cheeks may flow
I'll love him as I would my own
And help him learn and grow.
For as a parent, I too know
How quickly the years do pass
And that one day soon it will be my turn
To take my child to class.
So please put your mind at ease
And cry those tears no more
For I will love him and take him in
When you leave him at my door
Sunday, August 9, 2009
First the Homeschool A-Z site has a wealth of great information if this is your first time homeschooling. We have found curriculum, resources, lesson plans, printable downloads, methods, and links to laws in your state. We are planning on doing so much there is not enough time to tell you everything but here are some ideas!
We will have one letter to practice writing each week until they can write them and you can read them (I can read Star's letters now). We will do a unit study every week, the first week is school, so every book we read, song we sing, craft we do, and activities we do will pertain to school. We are introducing tot-trays, which are trays they work independently with rice, beans, sand, water, glitter,shells, paints or anything else you can come up with. They have tools like funnels, pitchers to pour, measuring cups, or tea candle holders and they sort, pour, measure, just experience the different senses they may use, hopefully not taste. For math we are using cubes, jumping for addition, and softschool online. At this age they still need objects to identify "how many" so we have counting bears, and beads that we will use daily.
For reading we are going to get the books that pertain to the unit that week. Starfall is one site we are using for phonics, we also have workbooks, slide cards and pocket charts. Star has a mini office that we loved creating together, and we are going to enjoy this time, give them tools to grow, and encourage natural curiosity. Saad will do Arabic and Qur'an studies with flash cards, and books we have to teach them basic writing and reading in Arabic. I hope that gives you some insight into what our days ahead are going to look like.
So we have officially decided to home school both girls, however Star is just starting Pre-k and Kayak will do what we call Tot school. We are trying out different styles for now, no we are not sitting at a desk for 8 hours doing workbooks. We have a support group here that does co-ops and field trips two or three times a month, and we still will meet up with our friends who attend public school (socialization part). We considered doing this for months and have been working on lesson plans and curriculum's, (I will post them weekly) however it is only TWO WEEKS away and as of now we are 90% ready. Star is so excited as we set up the "school room" she was telling me "I have the best classroom ever", last week she still was talking about her teacher and her new school so I guess she is getting used to the idea of it. We met some new friends this week one has 6 children she is homeschooling and has since pre-k the other has two boys she has home schooled since pre-k. They both were full of great information on curriculum or lack of, and workbooks that worked and some that didn't. It is always nice to have people who have experience to help you through new adventures!