Monday, October 31, 2011

The Beginning of the Ancients- 10000 to 3100

I wanted easy timeline cards that I could print and take with us to Chattanooga to work with our Timeline. I remember seeing really cute ones on Satori Smiles. I knew I would have to make some adjustment to the cards like add a few dates that represented more countries than Iraq, Egypt, Greece, & Italy. We all know about Mesopotamia,  Ancient Egypt, the Greeks and Romans, but many of us don't know about Catal Hüyük  for instance. Then it slipped my mind that although, Muslim & Christians have similar beliefs when it comes to God Creation, we have a different view when it comes to when civilization began. I must say the similarities are the most important, we both believe that man started in paradise with Adam, not apes and the world didn't just happened, it was Masterfully Planned.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Circles & Stars- Multiplication

Islamic Architecture has beautiful geometrical patterns throughout it. It uplifts the spirits and points to supreme mathematical intelligence of God throughout all creation. Circles & Stars are two geometric shapes that are often repeated.
From Islamic Pattern Website

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Learning to Pop Popcorn

Everyone should know basic cooking skills, like how to boil noodles, bake chicken, and Pop Popcorn. . . and not in a microwave (we don't even own one of those). Seriously, you can probably get by without knowing how to pop popcorn in a kettle. However, the excitement of watching it pop and the freshness of kettle popped corn makes it worth learning.

Oil and Popcorn makes a shallow layer at the bottom of pot.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lavergne, TN Softball- Fall 2011

This was Big A's first time playing softball and her coach hailed her as the most improved player. She came in barely catching or batting and she finished hitting and scoring, while moving up to a key position at short stop due to another player's injury. We were very proud of her! 

The importance of Play

I am a big proponent of play and this brother did a really great video on how much play is important for our development into productive adults.

Monday, October 24, 2011

B is for Buttons- Fall Fun!

I fell in love with this button board and had to make one for Lil A. It looked like such a fun way to practice an important Practical Life Skill. Imagine, I never touched a hot glue gun until 2011, this has been the first year of using it and I now wonder how did I ever live without it.
Bare Tree with acorn dressing around the the borders.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Playing in Chattanooga

One thing I love about homeschooling is the flexibility we have in traveling with Humble Dad. Although, we don't travel as often as we would like due to sports and other commitments, when we do go, we always have a blast! Humble dad misses us tremendously while working away and always appreciates it when we stay with him in his hotel room.
Lounging Poolside in Oversized Chair

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A is for Airplane

We had fun learning about airplanes and I wanted to share it with you, however many of our pictures were lost. Our blessing spent this time learning about the Wright brothers and the book that inspired much of their creative inventions afterwards was:

Sorry, Lost Printables & Pictures

I had so many printables that I wanted to share with you, but I lost many of them due to a hard drive crash. I had been lazy about backing up my hard drive and it cost me big. I am really disappointed, but what can you do. I had plan to take some time off of blogging and mope a little, but after a week, I am ready to make new printables for my children, take new pictures of our adventures, and share them all with you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Butterfly Printing done at the Childrens' Museum in Chattanooga

I almost did not post this, I was disappointed about loosing all the picture of the butterflies we watch grow and then released. God's Creation is so perfect, it was a true blessing to see it unfold in the life cycle of a butterfly.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Six Flags Reading Program

Us Girls look a little more excited than the boys, lol.

Have you registered for the Six Flags Reading Program? We were able to use our Six Flags tickets from the 2010-2011 at the park in Chicago, IL last summer. We used it at the Muslim Day at Six Flags, so we really had a great time. You can read more about it at Summer 2011- Roadtrip.

B is for Boats, Buoyancy & ibn Battuta

We are doing mini unit studies going through the alphabet for our ABC of the Quran adventure. Letter B is represented by BoatBallButtonButterflyBallerinaBridgeBrain & the Quran B is for Bird which tells the story of how God showed Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) His Power by using birds.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lavergne, TN Baseball- Fall 2011

We loved playing baseball in the South and hated it at the same time. Lavergne, TN is a working class community, nicely mixed. I didn't see or feel racism, so take those ideas of the South out your mind. Lavergne field had beautiful bright lights and we played ball all night. It was organized, the parents took their turn working the snack bar and announcing the game. Humble Dad spent alot of time announcing and keeping score on their electronic monitor. Two announcement towers hovered over four fields each, and protected the announcers and score keepers from the weather. It was a fully functioning baseball field with alot of wonderful amenities. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A is for Lil A

Learning to spell your name is so much easier than learning to write your name, at least that is the Montessori philosophy. However, for Lil A learning to spell her name is so much more fun as well! She begs me for foam letters so that she can spell her name and other words on her Word Spelling cards.
Using our Free Movable Alphabet and Word Spelling cards

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Georgia on my Mind

We visit Georgia often enough to satisfy any natural cravings one could have for a place, but we still can't keep it off our mind. This is not about missing a place, we miss California (SF/Oakland- Bay Area, to be exact), we long to visit there, then once we are back in "The Bay" for a couple of weeks we are ready to go home . . . wherever that home may be. Georgia, however, brings about a different emotion. . . To be completely honest, it brings up mumbled, jumbled mixed up emotions.

Georgia was to be our Jerusalem "the land of milk and honey", the promise to restore former slaves with the fruits of their labor of "40 acres and a mule", and the American dream of a "house with a white picket fence". We packed up our moving truck in 2005 leaving the half million dollar tiny 1200 square foot condo heading Southeast to Georgia where we had big plans of going "Back to Basics", urban homesteading, on a 1 acre lot in a house that was double the size and more than half the price.
Our House- The twisted American Dream

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Hijab ( head scarf) of Big A

Many people comment on our hijab (head scarf), most comments are very nice. In fact just recently, a little old women came up to me and told me how beautiful my scarf and skirt was. Children are very inquisitive and most of the questions directed at Big A are those out of curiosity. However, children are also direct and honest about their feelings and some comments made to Big A are more harsh in nature. I must say that I am very proud of my daughter and she has been quite eloquent in answering questions on hijab.
Big A wearing modest swim wear.
According to Islamic Scholars, young ladies are not required to wear the hijab until she reaches puberty. Big A chose to start wearing hers earlier at age 9 when she was on a gymnastic team and felt uncomfortable with the uniform. She realized she was changing and she decided she wanted to cover up. Interestingly, her gymnastic's coach informed me that many of the girls want to start wearing pants or shorts at that age and they have to force them not to. Although, she is still extremely flexible and skilled, unfortunately, she decided to quit the team because of their uniform requirement.

This post is dedicated to my daughter Big A, she inspires me. (Thanks Google)

Mr Obama praised Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, a first-year student at the University of Memphis who scored more points than any other girl or boy in the history of high school basketball in the state of Massachusetts.
Young Catholic Women are choosing to wear the veil at Mass.
Modern Jewish women in Orthodox Jewish dress.

According to the Torah or Old Testament:

‘‘Make for yourselves tassels [g'dilim] on the four corners of the cloak [k'sut] that covers you'' (Deuteronomy 22:11 MBV). The command noted from Deuteronomy 22:11, is that it is to be a k'sut, or covering, and it is emphasized twice to be a ‘‘cloak [k'sut] that covers [k'sut] you.''
Amish women wearing bonnet and veil.
The famous Black Madonnas are found all throughtout Europe including France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Malta, Russia, Serbia, & Spain.

and South America including Brazil, Chili, & Costa Rica.
This Western depiction of the Virgin Mary, although racially inaccurate due to region she lived in, shows her honored and glorified, not oppressed.
Princess Kate as a traditional modest bride.
Painting of Mexican women wearing the scarf.
Hawa Abdi, a 63-year-old Somali doctor.
Ruqaya Al Ghasara, Bahrain
Olympic Champion
Noha Abd Rabo of Egypt
Taekwondo bronze medal match during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing

Iranian Soccer team is fighting to be allowed in the Olympics.

Aida Othman has her hands on the levers of the world's $1 trillion Islamic finance sector. 

The fashionable hijab. The fashion world has been influence by Islamic dress

Beautiful Moroccan dress, shows the diversity of the Muslim attire.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ball Sort- Ordinal Numbers

Out of all the lost material, this was one of the hardest to loose because Balls are a great part of our life. This material fits are family so well and Lil A picked it up quickly. The original material was presented out on the lawn in front of the neighborhood children, who joined in for some of the activities. Those pictures were amazing! (all the sweet faces) I directed Lil A to sort the balls from smallest to largest, she did it quickly with no assistance. However, when I gave her the cards (3-part) it became a little more trickier. This is just one proof that pictures are not a replacement for the real tangible object. Then we verbally labeled the balls by it's ordinal number in the line up. Later, on another day we talked about the numbers on the cards and the letter behind them. We will revisit this often, I am sure she won't mind, the cards came out so colorful and bright. We also made these bean bag balls with neighbors, my Beloveds almost did not get a chance to make one because there were so many other kids who wanted a chance to make their own. I think anything that involves balloons, beans, and balls- our B words- is a sure winner!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

History Time Line and Number Line

I wanted my blessings to study each country thoroughly, so I created a Fundamental of Human Needs Chart for them. However, I still needed a mechanism for my older children: Big A and S Man to understand the history of each country in a chronological order. A traditional paper timeline provides this opportunity, however due to space constraints it is more difficult to compare countries. A manipulative Montessori timeline can be successful at allowing children to see more than one country's history simultaneously. We often learn what was happening in Spain and England separately then what was happening in Nigeria and Costa Rica, although both the latter countries were greatly affected by the former, therefore, it is imperative to see date and events simultaneously. It will not correct history but it should give my Blessings a sense that all people are important, all history is important, and more importantly they will learn the importance of accuracy and upholding the truth.

Nicaragua- World Study

Our current country in North America is Nicaragua.
Our activity was frying plantains from Nicaragua.
All of our World Study Printables can be found at Montessori-World Study.

*We start our World study by reading books and internet sites about the particular country.
*Then we enter all important information in our North American Passport books with an emphasis on Geography. We also use a dry erase board to reinforce geographical items.
*We use a Montessori inspired printable to study the country based on the Fundamental Needs of Human chart.
*We look at the History of the Country using a Montessori inspired timeline.
Finally we have an activity that is based on the particular country:
A wonderful Practical Life activity.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

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