My baby is moving on up! After drilling phonics, sight words, numbers, and counting for so long; We have finally mastered the basic skills and ready for the big girl stuff. Reading, writing, 'rithmetic are paramount for her right now. Yet I am always amazed by Sana's logic and critical thinking skills. This girl is smart as a whip, but the formal "sit down and work on this" is so not her. LOL. She has required me, as a facilitator of her education, to grow in order to accommodate her learning style. I think we have finally struck a balance between her free spirit and my micromanaging!
We still love a great field trip. Still living by the motto that if it's free than it's for me! On average we take 2-3 formal field trips a month. This is year my focus has been on fine arts. The local community colleges here have recitasl at the end of each semester. Several recitals are scheduled for next week. Be sure to look for some in your city!
Eid Mubarak! Ramadan 2011 has ended, but the spirit of discipline, charity, and sacrifice continues. This year my family undertook what turned out to be a beautiful, worthwhile project centered around gratitude. Throughout the month, each family member identified 114 things, people, and ideas for which they are thankful to Almighty God. We chose 114 to correlate with the numbers of surahs in the Holy Quran. Towards the end, it was fun to see the children go to the "sun" and check to see if what they thought of was already written. This project forced to use to examine the little things that make our life joyful like water, paper, and bricks! I plan on framing this really soon and displaying it in our home.
Want a way to entertain your preschooler? Try hot rocks! Simply heat up a smooth rock in the oven at a very low temperature just until the rock is warm. You will need to supervise your little one the entire they work with the rock. Allow your child to rub old crayons across the rock. The wax from the crayon will color the rock. Encourage your child to mix colors and create patterns.