Ooops

Salam. I was looking so forward to finishing off ‘Chatterboxes’ poster phonic work. He finished it ages ago but forgot to blog it! Oops. Khair, here’s his finished masterpiece, covering up his bedroom feature wall :/

Relaxed Holidays

Salam ladies. I’ve been very relaxed towards schooling, blogging etc, during the school holidays. Don’t really know if that’s a good thing or not. :s. Just been recapping work with ‘Chatterbox’, rather than starting new concepts, I think that will be best when his year 1 schooling starts in September. Eek! Quite nervous about that.

Ramadhan is fast approaching and so after talking about it to Chatterbox, he made a little craft to welcome ramadhan. A stained glass window-happy ramadhan:

We used a black A4 foam paper, where I scored out the pattern of a mosque using a DIY knife.  Then all we did was glue on some tissue paper, allowing it to overlap eachother to create an effect.

Grilled Chicken With Mint/Chilli Dressed New Potatoes

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This recipe is becoming a family favourite, for children just leave out the chilli.  Its a perfect dish for a hot summers day as its quite light and refreshing.  You can serve as above or chop the chicken up and actully mix it up with the potatoes, as a salad.  Even if your not a fan of mint (like me), inshallah you wont mind it with this dish.

Ingredients

*Chicken Breast (1 piece)

*Tandoori Paste (1 tbsp)

*Hot Pepper Sauce (good splash)

*Coriander Powder (1 tsp)

*New Potatoes (1 Tin)

*Mint Sauce (1 Tbsp)

*Green Chilli (1 piece, finely chopped)

*Olive Oil (good splash)

Method

*Slit the chiken breast through, so its not too thick and score

*Combine tandoori paste, hot pepper sauce and coriander powder, marinate onto chicken (leave marinade minimum 20 mins)

*Grill the chicken

*For the new potatoes: heat them up following tin instructions, drain water

*Mix mint sauce with olive oil and pour over new potatoes, mix and mash them all up

*Mix the chilli into olive oil, then pour over new potatoes

*Serve (with a salad and/or gravy)

Jazakallah Khair for Everyones Support!

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I feel very chuffed that in the competition of ‘Circle of Moms Top 25 Homeschooling Blogs’, I have come position 190, in a list of 218!

Firstly I only signed up my blog for the list, just to see if it would even come up.  Next day I was googling some homeschool blogs, falling upon this list.  Where I surprisingly saw my blogs name, which had already received 19 votes!

Usually the way to this competition is you advertise it to people to vote for you and I did not do that at this point, because I didn’t even know I was up!  So BIG jazakallahs to those who voted then!  My secret admirers! ;).

This competition was 3 weeks long, so majority of the bloggers encouraged their ‘fans’ to vote everyday since then.  I only managed to get on list for the last two days of the competition, hence the result.

The top 25 got a award badge for there sites, however im more than happy to use my result as an award for me.

New to homeschooling and new to blogging, so if I do so say so myself, excellent result!!!  And its all down to you voters and supporters, Jazakallah Khair!

Toodles and Salams xxx

Dear Diary

03/06/2012

This week I thought I’ll do a theme week of ‘Nuh as.’

For his english lesson, I made him another story booklet, like I did to Prophet Adam.  He read it well, alhamdulillah and then drew pictures for each page, showing an understanding of the story and pushing his imagination.

For his Maths,  ‘Nuh as’ theme work, @Chatterbox’ did sums of twos, resembling the two by two animals in the story of Nuh (as):

and for his art work, he made a rain maker.  He decorated a plastic drink bottle with tissue paper glued on, and stickers and poured rice instead for the shakey sound:

31/05/2012

11/05/2012

In the past two weeks, ‘Chatterbox’ has completed his phonics work for ‘m’ ‘n’ ‘o’ and ‘p’.   ‘Chatterbox’ loves doing his poster phonics work, but I am getting pretty bored of it.

Mashallah, ‘Chtterbox’ has advanced in his ‘Kipper’ reading books, and has moved onto almost level 3!

We also went through the story of Adam (as).  I was looking for a good basic story book for it, but subhanallah there arent many basic Islamic reading books around!  So I made him a story booklet of Prophet Adam myself.  Alhamdulillah, he did well in reading it, and he drawed pictures on each page to match the sentence.  This task showed he understood the story.

27/04/2012

Salam, looks like the target of weekly updates is not reasonable either.  Thing im finding hard, in updating the blog, is the picture uploading.  Can’t seem to find time for it, where kids wont disturb me, as the computer takes long in uploading etc. Khair! Here is the update for the past two weeks….  :s

Although its quite a wet Spring than usual, I decided it was time to introduce it to ‘Chatterbox. ‘ First we discussed about it, then ‘Chatterbox’ made a poster for it, where he did hand painting for the actual tree and finger painting for the leaves.

In relation to it, I also introduced him to days of the week, he knows some of them, but in jumbled order and I made him make an attempt at writing afew.

Apart from all that, have been doing reading with him, adding etc.  And, he also completed the phonic work for ‘j’ ‘k’ and ‘l’.

08/04/2012

Although its been everyones school holidays, I carried on as normal, in regards to ‘Chatterboxes’ schooling. This past week or so ‘Chatterbox’ completed his phonic work for letters: ‘E, F, G, H and I.’

I dont do this everyday, but rather every couple of days, so that he dont get bored. Although he does enjoy it. Have been emphasizing on his reading alot and teaching new small words, alhamdulillah he has learnt how to read another batch of six easy words.

Also introduced ‘Healthy Eating’, where as a intro, ‘Chatterbox’ made a poster of fruit and veg.

Maths wise, have been encouraging addition, counting etc through play. And he did a worksheet of where he had to find certain items and colour a chart in for it.

03/04/2012

Its been a while since have logged on here. Was busy enjoying the sunny days. Now that it’s over im back on! I’ve decided I’ll be making weekly logs onto here, rather than daily inshallah.

So I’ll give this weeks update, at the end of the week inshallah.

Thats all for now! x

22/03/2012

Alhamdulillah, been sticking to my weekly plan. I have to admit it does allow everything in the day to run more smoothly. This week, ‘Chatterbox’ has been doing the continuation of ‘letter a day-phonics’ work. Have also started the Kipper books reading with him and they are real good! Not only are the story books, excellent for begginers, but they also come with a activity/parent book, which works brilliantly!

Over the weekend, although its school free day, I made ‘Chatterbox’ copy of the words, he has learnt to read.

 

We were out of town, for one day, so instead of taking his learning materials with me, all I did on the journey etc was play ‘I Spy’. ‘Chatterbox’ had to look for things out the window with an ‘aa’ sound, then ‘ba’ sound etc. To make it a little challenging for him, I tried to get him thinking about what last letter comes in the word.

Maths. Today I introduced him to the ‘add’ and ‘equals’ sign. He hasnt quite got it, but Inshallah Im sure eventualy he will.


16/03/2012

All things new, require practices and afew! OK, so today I learnt something new. Was having a stressful day and was behind on ‘chore routine’, so out of frustration, I was shoving worksheets in ‘Chatterboxes’ face. Not a good move! It was just getting me more stressed and ‘Chatterbox’ was just getting less enthusiastic. I guess with everything new whether a buisness, public school or homeschool, you will have days where things dont go to plan. So, from now on my plan is; to make a plan and stick to the plan. I will be making ‘My Kids Homeschool , Weekly Plan’, every weekend! So on Monday Im well prepared, and if things are still a little chaotic, I shall pause, and continue when ready.

The joy of homeschooling! Not everything is written in stone and if your having a bad day, pause! And take a break. Thats one of the many reasons I opened this page, so other people or homeschoolers realise, its OK to have a stumble, dust yourself off and get back up again! Chow for Now! xx

14/03/2012

Maths! Introduced ‘Chatterbox’ to an actual maths session today. As it was his first day, he did something light and easy just to set him off. Got number printouts from 1-10, he coloured them in, cut and stick them in order. Will be turning this into a little number booklet, when all finished.

On a seperate note, received my order for the ‘Biff, Chip and Kipper’ book set, along with ‘Spot the Dog’ book set. Looking forward to getting him into those, as I remember in my times, I used to love them!

13/03/2012

Its been a while since Ive come here. Whole family had the bug for the past two weeks, so schooling was on a hold. Just re-started today. ‘Chatterbox’ has learnt how to read six basic words! Woohoo! He’s learnt: ‘of, on, no, up, am, in.’ Also, through reading stories he has picked up the words ‘the, can, cake.’ May not seem a big deal to many, but when you have taken the role of a school teacher at home, these small achievements are proud moments. As an outsider never taught this to my child, I did! :D Alhamdulillah

05/03/2012

*Yawns* Not much going on today, as Im feeling really tired! Good job ‘Chatterbox” is yet in pre-school stage, where usually most the learning is done through play. Have been doing reading etc though. But cant stop feeling guilty about not being productive enough!

04/03/2012

Salam! Its been a couple of months now, since ‘Chatterbox’ homeschooling has started, but am only running up this site now. Alhamdulillah, he has been making good progress since. Within just two weeks of leaving school, ‘Chatterbox’ has learnt all his phonics and how to spell his name etc. I have been emphasizing on his English and Islamic studies the most, rather than Maths etc. So far, ‘Chatterbox’ is exploring words and phonics daily, through reading and poster making of the alphabet and its phonics.  See you soon inshallah! xx