Alphabet Stories- The Flamingo, Swallow and the Robin look upon the tree on the mountain. This lesson was done in relation to studying birds in nature study and in Montessori nomenclature for Zoology. 1. Teach the children the poses for a mountain, a tree, and a flamingo (like tree pose but with hands curved to the back) 2. Teach the children to glide like a swallow and hop like a robin. 3. Each time the items are mentioned (mountain, tree, flamingo, swallow and robin) do the action and encourage the children to do the same. Once upon a time, there lived a flamingo who was as pink as pink can be. Its favourite pastime was to stand still looking out to the mountain ahead. Now on that mountain, lived the shadiest tree that the flamingo has ever seen. She yearned to be wrapped in its shade, but alas the tree grew where it was too high and far for her to travel to, for while the flamingo was a bird, she cannot fly. Some time passed and the weather was getting cooler. The flamingo was passing her time when a group of swallows flew past her. "Oh how free they must feel," said the flamingo as a frown set on her face. "Why do you look so sad?" asked a perky little swallow, fluttering its royal blue wings. "I long to go up the mountain where the shady tree grows at the peak. Were you from there?" replied the flamingo. "Yes I am. A family of robins live on that tree. Their chatty chubby chicks are the rowdiest little robins I have ever seen. Always hopping around at every chance they could." Since that day, the swallow would tell tales of what he saw at the mountain and on his travels when he passed by. The flamingo no longer yearned as much for the mountain or the tree. She was grateful just for the stories that the swallow told her. Lesson: Be thankful for what Allah has given you and He will give you more.
I realise that the children sometimes don't get enough work on their materials done in our short classes. I made these for the child to record for himself at a stamping corner what he has done or for me to record for younger children. You can also use stickers. The children may use more than one stamp or sticker from the sheer fun of working with them even if you tell them not to. To avoid this from confusing you, you may want to put different designs or colours for each day so you know. Here's my first Montessori Worklist based on what I currently have on the shelf.
Finally forced myself to sit down and think this through. I am in the process of identifying gaps in my dyscalculic third child's Math learning by checking against the Montessori scope and sequence on Montessoricompass. InsyaAllah we hope to cover squares and cubes, factors and multiples. Seems like a lot; but I'll only know when I teach her. Her understanding fluctuates at times. There were times we got caught up with her not being able to do basic math, I failed to cover secondary areas, but things are a lot better from before she was diagnosed.
Bridge To Terabithia
My 12 year-old is reading this for her literature appreciation lessons. We use this lesson guide that is free to print.
Malay and English Lesson based on Kampong Glam Theme
Here are some Malay and English materials I made for the coming week for my 12 year old.
Decimal chart to help introduce the concept of decimals to students.
Second Chart: Show the sequence of getting to the decimal place value, i.e. divide one by 10 to get 0.1, which when divided by 10 gets 0.01 and so on.
Second Chart: Show symmetry; when you multiply one by 10 you get 10 when you divide it by 10 you get one tenth and so on.
First Chart: Placing different decimal number values.
Other ways to introduce decimals.
Take a unit bead or anything that can be used to represent one unit. Tell the children to imagine the bead being broken into ten equal pieces- each will be 1 out of 10, just like in a fraction circle, or one tenth. Make ten discs in blue to represent each tenth. Now if each of the tenths was divided into 10, we will get 100 pieces and each piece will be 1 out of 100 or one hundredth. Make 10 pieces in green to represent one piece of the tenth, and name it one hundredth. Do the same for thousandths in red.
Real life relevance. Money as an example for decimals.
I plan to use this for our older kids. Please dua for our istiqomah. There are basically four sections: 1. Summary 2. Vocabulary 3. What is special to me 4. My favourite ayah.
Best for murajaah or at the end of memorising a new surah.
Hijri Calendar Lesson
This is a lesson plan for the Islamic calendar and is mostly based on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_calendar. Please double check against your own references before using.
I am guilty of not keeping track of what I do with the children. Sometimes I plan and sometimes I just grab what is nearest to me and that is not the best way to make sure the children are covering syllabus and all the subjects they are learning, although the hip homeschooler in me believes the only syllabus they need to cover is their own, but that is another story.
I came up with a list I can check against for the younger children and for the older child to record herself. We write down what we have done in the Days slot and I can have an overview of the week by glancing at it. This would help with my planning for the next week or term.
Furthermore, there are some work that are routine like handwriting and narration and you just want to tick them off the list each week. Then there are things like iqra' and math skills that children need to practice regularly. There have been times when I did not do these subjects for a few weeks before the painful realisation when I see the books somewhere around the flat.
Sample Circle Plan
I have recently started doing nature studies with my children and a few homeschoolers. Here's a practical guide to have your own nature class. 1. Set aside a day and time in the week for your nature walk. If you don't it may never happen. I have thought of it for (many) years but did not commit myself till a friend dragged me out for walks. 2. Have a simple routine. We walk for about 20 minutes, do some stretching, read a book and do nature journaling followed by free play. 3. Be prepared. It's good to check out your path beforehand so you'll know your way around and can identify interesting spots or plants and animals the children can look out for. Also come prepared for bad weather and bugs. 4. Let the children journal through drawing or painting. If they can write, they can describe what they have seen along the way. It's tempting to craft, but drawing or painting sharpens the children's ability to observe the flora and fauna in their natural surroundings. It also forms a record of what they have seen. 5. Don't overload the children with information. It's tempting to try to explain everything. Keep it short and simple with not going, say, beyond three points about what you want to explain. You might kill their interest and prevent the child from using their own powers of observation and deduction.