The spelling of my title doesn’t look right, but isn’t the rule drop the y and add ie?
SubhannaAllah I haven’t written in a while! I had starting taking care of four children their father didn’t just want me to take care of them but homeschoolthem as well. I started individual shelves for them, started teaching them and had all sorts of lesson plans and workbooks, but they are no longer coming but al hamdulilah because I had little time for my own children! We are back on track with our school what I have called for years Iman wa ilm Seminary. (Faith and Knowledge) I used to think about naming it something else and I found out the other day it’s been thought of before. The famous school-library called Bait ul Hikmah (House of wisdom) in Bahgdad, Iraq established by the calipha in 800 CE where works where translated from all over the world from Plato to Indian scholars and iy was the best house of knowledge of it’s time.
I have been working on more Science and History with Sakina and finally found a suitable history book. I own the Well Trained Mind’s recommendation for history middle school level, The Kingfisher History of the World but I needed something in simpler language and not as in depth for primary grades. The Well Trained Mind recommends The Usborne History Encyclopedia and al hamdulilah Barnes and Noble had one copy out of four locations here and I wanted to get a look at it as my local library didn’t have a copy. I always check something out before I buy it, especially if I am ordering it online from Amazon or e bay. Even though I decided to buy First Language Lessons for English from B and N locally, I didn’t purchase the Usborne book for History. The diagrams and illustrations had way too much detail and color was everywhere. It was too crammed together. Even though I have lots of textbooks and online history links I wanted a good basis covering Ancient history to the Roman period in easy to read language for Sakina that she could either read or write summaries from. I finally found a good History base at a used bookstore when we went out of town for a lecture. I begged and cajoled my husband as soon as we entered the city to go to the used bookstore two miles from the masjid. He gave in, deciding to go with me instead of let me drop him off. I know he did this because he knew he could get me to leave within a reasonble amount of time and not spend all my money! They had an astounding educationalselection, much better than what was in my city. I was happy with the book I chose; the format, the pictures, the language and content. Before I had gone to the Barnes and Noble, picked up the Usborne History I had on hold, sat down at the little people’s table in the children’s section and copied the table of contents. I knew I was not going to buy the book after I thumbed through it and I don’t know why I wrote down the table of contents but I’m glad I did. I knew the author of TWTM chose Usborne for a reason and I wanted my daughter to learn basically the same features and subjects, in order. Even though I didn’t have the list with me when we went out of town, upon reading the table of contents and looking through the history books at Half Price Books I had something to review and compare to. I spent a lot compared to the bargains I usually find-< $10 with my “educators discount” card. The only thing I dislike about the book I bought is it shows how we humans evolved from apes. This is STILL a theory but they state it like fact and no other ideas. I guess the only other “idea’ for years was creation and people for years used the Bible and with modern scientific evidence, it just doesn’t hold up. If they only used the Quran to compare it to, there would be no incompatibilities or contradictions with science but agreement! The book I have been using is World History Encylopedia by Parragon Publishing.
I feel a sense of urgency in trying to catch up Sakina with the Well Trained Mind’s grade order. I know there are many things listed she has not covered in school. That is one of the reasons why I was homeschooling her over the summer. I gave her a second grade spelling test and in over a hundred she did not get one wrong! We drilled in Aritmetic a lot this week and I compiled and copied several practice sheets for her covering all aritmetic from second grade made from online math worksheet generators like http://www.themathworksheetsite.com to test her knowledge and proficiency. She completed them all but needed help with subtration and borrowing. She did a total of five practice reviews and only didn’t finish hundreds numbers with zeros and borrowing. Everything we did this week was to further equip me to know exactly what she knows in each subject and what she doesn’t. To help with this I referred to TAKS grade requirements from kindergarten to third grade I had downloaded before.
Today for Math I found the coolest free downloadable game online for learning multipication. The graphics are like PS2 or X Box. http://www.bigbrainz.com/ it has many testemonies on the site and I didn’t believe them but my daughter loves this game and she was begging to play it again!
Weeks ago in History, I started first with creation, then Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel. If I didn’t say so before I had Sakina copy from excerpts from the Quran I wrote myself, choosing higher vocabulary at times and easier ones for understanding. Most of the time I didn’t have her copy directly because I prefered a blend from different translations and one translation which in particular given to me from an old ovredue libray book is at times innappropriate for chidlren. The WTM advises copying from the Bible and other books, well, I use the Quran and combine history and her writing and narration. When we cover science as well, I use ayat. I come across an ayat I can use from Quran every day. My biggest hurdle this week was trying to figure out the order of the prophets. I wanted to teach her in order and the only “mainstream” time (date) agreement is Abraham, perhaps Solomon, John “the Baptist” (Yahya in Arabic) and Jesus, peace be upon them. The problem I have is that there are more prophets and peoples I learned about in the Quran that I didn’t know from the Bible such as Thumud and Prophets Shuhaib and Saleh. EUREKA! I found a great site that as well you could view or download the pdf file of The Prophets by Ibn Kathir. They are all in order, referenced and explained well. http://muslimkids.multiply.com/journal/item/56 I can’t wait to read and look at the rest of the articles, crafts and things she has planned.
In the process of looking for a document the other day I had to go through all my disks and found amazing educational resources I forgot I had back when I was tutoring a couple years ago or when I pulled my daughter out of kindergarten and homeschooled her. I had several different docs with good teacher, educational, homeschooling, or kids sites so I started compiling them unto one document. I am almost done. I have been adding more great links especially online testing or educational games and I will upload it or post it when I have time/figure it out. More detail later on substitutions and islamic poems with First Language Lesons, and detail on Science and History. These are SOME of the educational games and sites we visited today. http://www.spellingcity.com/
www.bigbrainz.com Math multipication game(on our computer now) And I tested her spelling level at
InshaAllah later! May you be in the best of faith and health and may Allah guide you.
http://www.pbs.org/saf/educators.htm Scientific American Frontiers awesome!