"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
-Charlotte Mason

Monday, 5 January 2009

Monday's Report (we're back!)

Well, it's been a little while since I last posted, I have not had much time lately to update, and I decided for us to take a break last week as it was Ds(6)'s last week of his holiday, not much of an excuse huh? but this week things have got to start getting a bit more serious insha Allaah, alhamdulillaah we started the week off well, we did:

Our daily adkhaar

Qaa'idah - Dd(5) has now finally moved on to recognising the small letters, how they look when joined up and used in words. Dd(8) is progressing quickly Allahumma baarak feehaa.

Handwriting practice - Dd (5)practiced the letter 'a' and 'd', she can write these masha'Allaah, but does need just a bit extra practice in forming them correctly.
I have decided to move Khadijah on, rather than hold her back going through the letters, majority of them she forms correctly masha'Allaah, there is the odd one that she doesn't, but insha Allaah we can work on them as we move along. She did practice one or two letters today, but tomorrow insha Allaah she will do a couple of pages from the end of the Zaner Bloser book, copying short sentences. Insha Allaah I intend to start doing more copywork with her.

Reading Reflex - Both doing well on their lessons masha'Allaah, I do need to find some good readers for Dd(5), she has read through the first set of 'bob books', I'm not sure what the second set are like, but I really feel she needs to have more reading practice each day, but with phonetic books, not whole language, as this is what I normally come across in the library etc..

Maths - We're still working on number bonds, have included Dd(5) I think she is capable of understanding the concept insha Allaah, I just need to reinforce it more with her. Dd(8) is understanding it masha'Allaah, but we're gonna spend a few more days on this unit in the Singapore maths book. We have started memorising number bonds, starting with 1 and 2. we will do this at the beginning of each maths lesson insha Allaah. I feel it is important they understand the concept and know the number bonds off by heart.

Science - We are following the study suggestions in the 'Well Trained Mind' so our lesson consists of me reading a passage from the animal encyclopedia, Dd(8) had to choose 20 animals she would like to learn about, the first one we started with is the anaconda, Dd(8) narrated back to me in her own words what she remembered, while I wrote it down. Narration apparently is an excellent form of training for the mind, and is used in classical education and was a method used by Charlotte Mason also.

Grammar - Working from 'first language lessons' by Jessie Wise. A new poem was assigned to be memorised, called ''work''by anonymous,

Work while you work,
Play while you play,
This is the way
To be happy each day,
All that you do,
Do with your might;
Things done by halves
Are never done right.

Alhamdulillaah we fitted everything in, I was very pleased with that. I've done my planning for tomorrow, insha Allaah, it will be an even better and more productive day.

I am still currently in the process of looking into Charlotte Mason's philosophy, I ordered the book 'A Charlotte Mason Companion' by Karen Andreola, it arrived last week, I was so excited, I've started it, and read quite a few pages, it has alot of useful information. I would like to read the 'original homeschooling series' by Charlotte Mason after this insha Allaah. I just want to take my time, and introduce things slowly, we may end up a mix of classical and Charlotte Mason, as both sides appeal to me, but are very similar with certain things, such as narration,copywork.
Ok, I'm off to read, will try my best to update tomorrow insha Allaah.


Iman said...

as salaamu `alaykum ...

How nice to hear from you again. We are also resuming our homeschooling (been travelling) but I haven't had the heart to do any HS posts. I am using Noeo and Mr Q + a living books approach to Science - are you using any particular syllabus? I love hearing about your days... please keep blogging and sharing.

Oum Anas said...

Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

Thought I'd come here to see if I could find your e-mail addy...

Khayr inshaa Allah, ilaa-liqaa!

Assalamu aleikum

Naimah Umm Khadijah said...

wa 'alaykum assalam,

I was actually thinking of you and your blog, today or yesterday, would love to hear more of what your doing insha Allaah, but in your own time sis.
Right now sis, I'm kind of following parts of the Well trained mind, especially for science, where we use the animal encyclopedia, and narration. Maths is singapore, once we get more consistent insha Allaah I would like to start working on a wider range of subjects, but just trying to do what needs to be done right now.

Reading through the Charlotte Mason companion, and taking ideas here and there.

Naimah Umm Khadijah said...

Oum Anas - Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuhu!

Sorry sis, haven't got it posted on here, just wondering if there's any other more private way I could pass it on to you. Are you on facebook by any chance?