Homeschooling has commenced !

Obviously it has been a bit busy in my neck of the woods. We are about to complete our third week as homeschoolers and on the whole we’re quite happy with the way it is going. Alhamdulileh. It hasn’t being a piece of cake, of course, very few things in life are, are they?

On our list of acheivements we can claim bean growing, potato chitting, garden tidying bird feeder making, worm collecting (much to ds7 horror and dd5 delight) bowling with a group of homeschoolers and of course many visits to the library, book reading writing maths and some science. On top if the normal curriculum we have thrown in some Arabic and Quran with Dad. And some crafty activities to learn about soem of the prophets. And that of course is the real beauty of homeschool we can learn what ever is relevant to us!

My little ones are currently cutting and sticking animals into a lap book about the prophet Nuh (alayhi salem) and having lots of fun with it!

On the boring side we had a visit from the Lady on the the councils homeschooling team. She was nice of course though she did express bewilderment as to why most homeschoolers’ don’t like them. Hmmmmmm what do you all think?

Its all a learning process and I’m still tweaking our routine and in all honesty my routine will probably be tweaked for as long as homeschooling is happening! I want to fit in more time for blogging and get back into sewing.

Our mosque is starting lots of activities next week for sisters. And we are claiming the basement as our own we have sofas down there, a ‘kitchen’ area where we can gather on certain days for breakfast clubs to meet up socialise, craft and look after our well being! The biggest adventure for me there will be teaching basic crochet! GULP. I was volunteered by a certain someone and fortunate that it is basic, because basic is all I do! Its an exciting time though and I cant wait to see how its all going to pan out!

 

 

Nearly half term

And we are ready for the off! It’s my little darlings last week at school. I’ve been shopping for supplies. Not all as boring as these. Although the smell of new books is rather irrististable.

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We have fun crafting stuff too!
My last week of ‘peace’ will be spent thinking about our new routine and hopefully putting some plans to paper.

And there we are. No turning back now!
Hope you all have a great week.

A new year a new start

Or maybe just more of the same old. I should be cooking now. Nothing new there as in most households at this time of the evening. Unless you are efficient, unlike me then the dinner is probably a done deal.

So half term is fast approaching and spring will hopefully be on its heels. Though it’s still pretty cold and went in my part of the world. My brain is turning over the idea of returning to homeschooling for my 2 little ones. I cant handle the idea of homeschooling all 5 of them. So I’m opting to go ahead with the 2 youngest. 4 is so young to be shipping them into mass production for the day. I want them home. They want to be home. Children are so impressionable at a young age, why would I hand them over to a random stranger to shape when I can doing it myself?

This is part of whats happening in my home. Its our new journey. I haven’t actually pulled them out yet but I am preparing getting organised and then I will do it!

I would love to hear anyone else’s experiences and any resources they found useful. Dont be shy leave a comment!

 

 

Days out

The holidays are drawing to a close now. And I have genuinely enjoyed having all the kiddies home.
Of course we have been blessed with some gorgeous weather resulting in numerous trips to the park and even a trip to a really special place.
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We walked along this peninsula called spurn point. It’s where the north sea meets the river Humber creating a really special place. Though it’s battered by the elements tge same elements keep it alive. The head of the point housed a life boat station which had to be abandoned after a bard storm a few years back.
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But it’s beautiful, peaceful and just a little bit wild.
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After this the perfect end to a lovely familly day out was a cup of tea with grandma. Some essential spoiling of the children with mini packets of biscuits and chocolate. I guess they earned them after the long walk and fresh air!

Life and its trials

Life has a funny way of getting in the way of our plans doesn’t it?
Of course God is the best of planners and while we may think we know what we want and need, we often get it wrong!
So life has been a bit eventful for us the past couple of months and its reassuring to know that trials are in my path even if they are tough to come through. But I know I haven’t been forgotten by the one that never forgets.
The hubby had his long awaited operation and it went as smoothly as I could have hoped for alhamdulileh. In that there is blessing and reward.
We survived half term and the curve balls that were thrown at us. In that also there was blessing and reward.
This school term has absolutely flown by, filled with its own dramas and hardships. A couple of afternoons in hospital for me. A tough week feeling physically and mentally off balance. The kids finally drove me round the bend? nah, not yet!
But a weekend in bed, forced to slow down and plenty of quality snuggles with my little ones, really was good medicine. And if I managed to wipe away some sins and earn some reward then all in all the hardship is a huge blessing.
It all makes you wonder, when you think about life and its trials. What is there to despair at? What is there that can’t be fixed? Where does mercy between people not reach? And where does the love Allah holds for us ever end?
We are down with the flu now that the easter break is nearly upon us. I’m looking forward to the holidays, with no firm plans. Just a few possibilities a few ideas but the sure knowledge that whatever happens it will be for our good.

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Round Roundhay

A happy place for us (and many others) on Sunday afternoon is walking through Roundhay park.
We are blessed with one of the largest urban parks in Europe, just a short drive away from from home. Parks are something we really value after 10 years in North Africa. And of course the younger kids think they are a wonder. At first they were so amazed simply by the grass and how much of it there was. It’s the simple things!
The play equipment was so exciting and still is for them. After such resources being limited to them they really appreciate them. It’s lovely for us to see. But being raised without such facilities they also know how to use their imaginations really well and aren’t dependant on being entertained. I think that’s vitally important to children.
So yesterday we packed up all the stale bread and headed down to the lake. There are plenty of ducks, also swans geese and sea gulls. The lake is a good size and its a really nice walk with little trails if the path for the kids to explore the trees and do some climbing.
Little princess took her pushchair.

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Not that she pushed it much!
And thank god for wellies because there was plenty of mud to make use all feel at home.

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We are looking forward to spring and seeing the trees coming back to life and of course some flowers! Though I’m also pretty content with January too.

Snow gazing

We’ve had plenty of wintery weather here in Yorkshire this week. There’s something magical about sitting on the warm side of the window watching the white icy flakes slowly drift down. It makes you feel like a child again.
Of course having to be outside slopping around in the slush that was left behind isn’t very magical.  Or trying to lift a bargain wardrobe onto a roof rack while those pretty flakes are making  your fingers burn as you fumble with the rope. That wasn’t much fun. But I loved the snow none the less.
Of course the real kids were ecstatic. Planning snow ball fights. Yup, house full of boys. And best if all was my excitable youngest, a dedicated Frozen fan, standing on the window sill with her nose pressed to the glass. “Hans , where are you?”
Um, not in Leeds!
The snow’s all gone now. They had more in Algeria! Maybe we’ll get enough to build a snowman before winters over or try out the sledge. It would be nice.

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