Overview of Educational Plan for my son this year, age 12 grade six
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- Start day with fajr prayer, at it’s prescribed time.
- After breakfast, start school time with a dua and read a short passage of Quran. This can be something significant decided by mom or related to the lesson plan for the day in science or history.
- Learning commences either after fajr or by 9:30 am. A detailed lesson plan will be written weekly every Saturday.
Islamic education basics:
- Memorize three names/attributes of Allah with their meaning, per day.
- Islamic Tahdib and Akhlaq, theory and practice by B. Aisha Lemu, one lesson per day, 5x a week.
- Memorize a minimum of one surah from juz ‘amma per week.
- Review and write Arabic vocabulary from Madina Book One, using the pdf. document on desktop. Minimum ten words per day or chapter or half-chapter per day.
- Study new chapter in Madina Book Two every three days.
- Add some sunnah salat daily, in addition to the obligatory fard.
- Vocabulary from Classical Roots A
- Exercises in English, grammar for life Level E 1 lesson per day 5x week
- Handwriting without Tears– Cursive: 1 lesson per day, Monday-Thursday
- Writing in Action k12 publisher. Finish Level C, then D. 3x week, Tues-Thurs
- Writing with Ease workbook, level three. Lessons per week; 3: Tues, Thurs, Sunday ( I may use instead: Classical Academic Press, Writing and Rhetoric level 1 Fable)
- Student will summarize designated page related to current study in history using our Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World . Until handwriting comes naturally, he will type a half page with Word and save document to writing file. M,W,F, Sunday.
- Work on dictation and copywork. Consider notebooking once cursive is mastered.
- Writing prompt given 3x a week, must write minimum of a half page (see prompts page for examples, above header on this site)
Reading and Literature
- Read choice of general fiction or historical fiction based on current study. (We’ve 300+ books al hamdulilah)
- Read Non-fiction, The Sealed Nectar
- Begin reading Surahtul Kahf after Mahgreb Thursday or on Friday, finish by mahgreb.
- Much reading will be completed through history assignments. Textbook is 7th grade level. Will also use Atlas of the Quran : Places, Nations and Landmarks and The Prophets by Ibn Kathir
- Story of the World volume 1: Ancient Times
- Master memorizing multiplication facts to 12
- LCM and GCF
- Memorize prime numbers to 100
- Practice and drill till many prime factorizations are memorized
- k12 Math 5: Student pages book for him, Teacher guide for me, no online lessons. 5x per week, off jummah (Friday) and Saturday
- Once arithmetic concepts mastered, begin textbook Math 6 by k12, which introduces Algebra
- Khan Academy practice
- Mathematics unit from http://www.sciencelearningspace.com/study-units/
- Science 5 k12 Student guide 4x a week, off jummah, Saturday and Monday
- Supplement with Supercharged Science, 20 study units designed to cover 18 key scientific principles, 10 which must be mastered before college.
- Requires some basic supplies and occasional trips to home depot for experiments.
I signed up for Aurora Lipper’s paid summer program years ago for his older sister and saved the amazing study units with experiments on my computer. Check out her youtube videos, simple experiments, very neat. Her method kindles interest by showing kids the experiment first, then explaining why it works, a lesson and several experiments on the topic. It can also be entirely self-taught by the student and doesn’t usually require parent teaching or supervision
- YouTube science videos he likes plus Khan Academy
We will be covering World History about 4 lessons a week, 12 weeks this Spring, to be completed end of May; from The Earliest People to Christianity and the Fall of Rome.
We’ll take a break and begin Empires of the Ancient World in June ending with The Enlightenment in about 18 weeks.
The goal is to finish by September so we can start American History using Joy Hakim’s History of US in eleven volumes. Her writing is different, balanced and enjoyable. It does not ignore black history nor sugar-coat controversial past events, and teaches much information schools and typical textbooks leave out, sometimes disproving many common historical myths such as Columbus being the ‘first’ to discover North America.
- A Message of Ancient Days textbook Houghton Mifflin Social Studies copyright 1999.
- Across the Centuries textbook, same.
I’ve had these for years and chose them because of their balanced approach covering the world religions. Many have complained more pages are devoted to Islam than Christianity and some groups in a few states tried to have it banned from being used in public school. However, one positive review of these textbooks on Amazon from a Jewish student convinced me 🙂 I had bought the first (7th grade) when I found it at a used book store and the second (8th) after reading his review, I ordered it.
I teach History chronologically and incorporate the Prophets and their nations as best as I can from what I know of the timeline. The textbooks are supplemented with:
- The Story of the World volume 1 by Susan Wise Bauer
- The Prophets by Ibn Kathir
- Atlas of the Quran, Places Nations and Landmarks
- Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World
We have a huge deli paper roll I bought for writing a timeline along our hallway. May Allah allow us to complete this, ameen.
Ds has been taking martial arts classes for about four months with his Sensei, brother Shadid Lewis, twice a week. He’s a third-degree black belt and certified instructor in Ninjitsu. My son learns self defense, weapons training, ia, some wrestling and Jiu Jitsu.
Mainly, his father wanted our son’s ability to increase in self defense quickly, instead of having few skills until a year of say, Tae Kwon Do. I thought he needed classmates, competition and the older kids that were teaching him advanced moves when I enrolled him at a local dojo for a trial two weeks but Ds has really improved in a short time, with his personal instructor, maa sha Allah. So it worked and his father was right! Glad I listened.
Check out Shinobi Science at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi4jUll7qiJuGrwENQ5PEcg
We juice, try to eat healthy and I avoid artificial colors in foods for my son. We eat red meat once a week or less and have non meat meals like pasta and beans a few times a week and fish once or twice a week. Chicken is served twice a week usually and we mostly eat local zabiha meat from our halal store.
I’ve taught Ds about drugs, alcohol and puberty, answering his questions with a health textbook and teaching him hygiene, adaab(manners) and character through the sunnah of rasulullah, sallau lahu alahi wa salam.
I stopped vaccinations after his first round I had chosen to delay till he was six months old.
In closing about academics, there are many interesting books on logic, puzzles, games, math and science I have bought over the years. They’re too many to list now but I’ve got several favorites: very unique, particularly how a different perspective shows a new way of looking at the subject. Some books made me love a subject I once hated: Math. I will list them soon, in sha Allah. I have a physics one that made my daughter(then 13) interested, fascinated, then confident in physics!
Finally, these are my plans and goals for this school year until end summer. Perhaps we won’t complete it all or maybe we’ll end up doing something else! I will keep you updated.
May Allah keep me firm and patient.
I truly appreciate all my subscribers, jazakAllah khair!
May Allah guide you and I hope you are in the best of Imaan and health. Thanks for all your comments and questions and don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post. I’m welcome to any questions on home schooling or our methods. I’m still learning on this journey!