As I said before, we are waiting for ds’s (dear son) k12 curriculum and in the meantime I started First Language Lessons, continued arithmetic and began the Ancients with him.
He grew bored soon with the first couple FLL lessons but i’m glad he did quickly memorize the definition of a noun. For some of the memorization exercises where the child memorizes a poem from FLL, i replaced some with poems with Islamic themes from children’s Islamic books or online http://www.islam4kids.com/i4k/i4k.cfm?scn=ss&ID=4 Also, the focus is on narration and when the child is better able to write, copying and dictation.
For narration, passages or stories are read to the child and they relate the story back in their own words. There are many choices and ways homeschoolers have done this such as: reading popular children’s books to the child, stories from the Bible, Islamic children’s books, passages from the Quran, folktales and cultural stories from various countries. To read these books in order historically or according to what is being taught at the time would follow the classical method and prevents confusion in the mind of the child in regards to the timeline of history when cultures flourished and important events or discoveries occurred. Especially for a young children, it doesn’t make sense to read a book to them about Ben Franklin or Abraham Lincoln while covering ancient Egypt. However, reading popular books like Blueberries for Sam orI’ll love you forever would probably not confuse the child. Use your best judgment when choosing which books to read to your child or for practicing narration, copying or dictation. Keep in mind what is important to you for your child to learn and the goals for your child’s education.
There are many children’s books you can check out from the library, download, or even read many fables and short stories online. The Gutenberg Project has many free books online. Here is the children’s shelf link with non-fiction, history, literature and fairy tales: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Children%27s_Bookshelf Your local library usually has an online feature where books and other media such as audio books can be downloaded.
A site with many Islamic short stories with moral theme you can read to your child and have them narrate back http://www.islamcan.com/increaseiman/index.shtml
For phonics and reading I practiced the words he doesn’t automatically know or has a hard time with from a printed list of the most common words in the English language. These are considered sight words because they usually cannot be sounded out; such as have, said, and she. In the past, i also used Alphaphonics with him. Last week he was reading from Word Mastery an old phonics book by Florence Akin and can be downloaded from google or here: http://donpotter.net/PDF/Word%20Mastery%20-%20Typed.pdf
For the Ancients and History I am not just starting from the beginning but am reading to ds books or passages from that period. I started with the creation of the universe and i visited a few sites, compiled information to narrate to him and had ds look up ayaat from the Quran about the creation of the universe. I then realized he may have over 20 ayaat memorized at a time of surahs from Juz amma but he does not know how to look up a verse from the Quran in English! So i showed him how to do that. We read several verses which I will list here:
“Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before We clove them asunder, and We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?” (The Qur’an, 21:30)
“It is He Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. They swim along, each in an orbit. ” (21:33)
“And it is We who have constructed the heaven with might, and verily, it is We who are steadily expanding it.” (51:47)
“Who created the heavens and earth and all that is between them in six days, then He Istawa (rose over) His throne (in a manner that suits his majesty) (25:59)
“By Heaven with its cyclical systems.” (86:11)
Also, Surah 21, ayat 32, 7:54, 51:7, 2:29, 41:11. InshaAllah i am going to have ds memorize and understand the ayat 7:54 in Arabic.
Sites i visited and related simple information in relation to creation and what Allah says in his book:http://www.creationofuniverse.com/index.html, and http://ahmed-rouas.blogspot.com/. Another more detailed site with ayaat about creation, the universe, the earth, the water cycle, etc http://meccanprinters.blogspot.com/
And a well published full color booklet with all the science in the Quran from the development of the embryo to the universe is http://www.islam-guide.com/ A MUST SEE ESPECIALLY FOR NON MUSLIMS
Next week we will review more in depth of the creation of Adam and beautiful hadeeth and other narrations compiled by Ibn Kathir in The Prophets:
“He created man (Adam) from sounding clay like the clay of pottery.” (Quran chapter 55, verse 14).
>Abi Musa al Sha’arai narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Allah created Adam from a handful of dust taken from different lands, so the children of Adam have been created according to the composition of the land. Therefore from mankind we have white, red, black and yellow ones; we have good and evil, ease and sorrow, and what comes in between them.” (Sahih al Bukhari).
>Ibn Masud and other companions of the Prophet (PBUH) said that Allah the Almighty sent the angel Gabriel onto the earth to get Him clay therefrom. The earth said: “I seek refuge in Allah from your decreasing my quantity or disfiguring me.” So Gabriel returned and did not take anything. He said: “My Lord, the land sought refuge in You and it granted.” So Allah sent the angel Michael for the same purpose, and the land sought refuge with Allah and it was granted. So he went back and said to Allah what Gabriel has said before him. Then Allah sent the Angel of Death, and the land sought refuge in Allah, the angel said: “I also seek refuge with Allah from returning without carrying out His command.” So he took clay from the face of the earth and mixed it. He did not take from one particular place, but rather he took white, red, and black clay from different places.
History and Science in relation to Islamic education
Muslims follow the Quran and Sunnah and all things relate and can be related to the book given to mankind and the recorded books of hadeeth which can now even be found on the web. With an older child, subjects, especially Science can be approached with a common sense attitude and then we can show the evidence in the Quran and Sunnah. For instance, common arguments about creation by a God have been used with atheists and many such proofs can be taught to the older student:
1. Discoveries in astronomy have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that the universe did in fact, have a beginning. There was a single moment of creation, disproving the earlier Scientific statement (theory) saying there was no beginning and there is no end to the Universe and it has always been here.
2. Biochemists and mathematicians have calculated the odds against life arising from non-life naturally by unintelligent processes and the odds were astronomical. With more recent discoveries scientists are no longer confident life could have evolved naturally via unintelligent processes. If life did not arise by chance, how did it begin?
3. The universe and our Earth is ordered by natural laws, such as Physics. Where did these laws come from?
Getting back to teaching the parrot years or grammar stage, the first verses I quoted from above about the creation of the universe uses phrases like, “clove asunder” which is advanced vocabulary. It also depends on what translation you use, some are written in plain English, some more old English and much higher reading level closer to the Arabic meaning because Arabic is so deep and there can be no true, direct translation. So I either explain those to my six-year-old son or use an easier word on his level to replace words or phrases I know he doesn’t understand.
When i started the Ancients with dd, i had her copy ayaat from the Quran about creation, the creation of Adam, then on to Adam and Eve and on with the Prophets, in order. I wanted to do a timeline but we never got around to that with her but i have the rolled paper ready for ds!
These are some helpful sites i used for the Prophets, they can be read to the child or the child can read them. I prefer Ibn Kathir’s The Prophets which is quite extensive and requires editing to narrate to the child but there are many books or stories online with simple stories of the Prophets. Here are some i used: http://www.islamicity.org/KidsCorner/story/adam/adam1.htm to read to the child the story of Adam http://prophetsofallah.tripod.com/prophets/index.html (with timeline, lesson plan and questions) http://www.angelfire.com/on/ummiby1/ and you can download the in-depth, comprehensive The Prophets by Ibn Kathir here: http://kalamullah.com/ibn-kathir.html or as i said before from:http://muslimkids.multiply.com/
http://www.muslimkidz.com/ Here goto stories and you can read out loud the story of Adam. This site is colorful and also has many neat games, basic islamic information and learning Arabic.
There are also many yahoo groups of sisters who homeschool. One with stories of the prophets and ready-made lessons is : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/islamforchildren/ under the file section, may Allah reward the sisters who worked hard to make these and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimhsers/ And of course, a group for Muslims that use the Well Trained Mind : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IslamicWTM/
There are endless resources on the internet and i have some saved on disk and on the All You Need tab. Here are a few I used or plan on using for dd, in the logic stage (5th-8th): http://islamicunitstudies.wordpress.com/category/history/
For World History, some American, Geography, the Prophets, Companions and Caliphs : http://www.freewebs.com/ikhlashomeschool/socialstudieshistorygeog.htm In general, this is an excellent site with many, many links and resources, just click on home or use the sidebar 😀
Awesome new interactive site of the Prophetic timeline: http://www.prophetictimeline.com/
For History and Science in relation to inventions and discoveries, as the Classical Method is about teaching sequentially in order, this is an amazing site for parents and teachers: http://www.1001inventions.com/media/teachers-pack
Youtube has the BBC’s documentaries of Islamic civilization, over an hour long. Europe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0IaCK-7z5o and Islamic Spain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE-F2tybkDQ&playnext=1&list=PL966822DD792F0955
So, again these are a few resources for the older child, even up to high school. Many are fascinating even to adults, like me 😀
Thank God there has been a campaign these last years showing all the Muslims and Arab contributions to Math and Science, it was never taught in my time and almost non-existent in schools for decades, if not a century. Muslim civilization was progressing and far advanced in a time of discovery when Europe was in the “Dark Ages”
This next week I will start Cain and Abel as well as Prophet Seth, Adam’s son and after that unto the next Prophets until we get to the “first civilization” Mesopotamia, Sumeria and Egypt. Then i have children’s library books on Homer’s the Odyssey and Iliad but I have to map out the timeline and make sure I cover things fairly in order 😉 A; hamdulilah my prior central library had a book cellar where they sold children’s books for .50 cents each! I had gone and stocked up on folktales from all lands, so i have enough for the History Ancients till Medieval time period.
InshaAllah i will post my progress, new links, recommended books and I hope to add pictures soon. Since i moved and my cell changed numbers, i haven’t been able to get the photos and videos to send.
~Peace and blessings to the rightly guided and I hope this finds you in the best of faith/high spirits and health.
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