Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
I've been asked how I do it all. And I'd like to make it clear that I don't. I do have bad days. There are times when we don't do anything and my house is upside down. I sometimes fantasize what life would be like if I sent my kids to school.
But in the end.... Despite the 'bad' days.. It's all worth it.
This is what the boys have been up to while I've been hiding from them... The have a cricket bats as swords, ski masks as helmets, Carpenter gloves and socks on their hands, and slippers on their feet. They're playing Knights and i have to admit they're kinda cute.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
|Image from Pinterest|
|Finished Product Fail|
|Ibby is my lil artist. He loves sitting and doing crafts...|
|And then there's Yusuf... not really the crafty type. But he still had fun. Maybe if we used more string it would have worked better lol.|
|Alhamdulillah even though it was a fail, the four kids really enjoyed themselves :)|
Thursday, December 6, 2012
However, it just recently occurred to me that Im not as chirpy in the morning as I used to be.
I kept forcing myself to wake up early despite being cranky, and would notice our whole day would be thrown off due to a crabby start. I would sit down with the boys for breakfast and with my eyes barely open Id be put in the spotlight to answer life's greatest questions from a five year old (why is a fork called a fork? do asteroids hit planets? what eats a shark? when? why? how?....ahhh!).
I have come to accept I am no longer the morning person I used to be. And I have also discovered the greatness of coffee.... yes I know it sounds funny but in all seriousness, Im really finding it gives me that extra boost that I need [ Yes I know exercise would probably help but were in survival mode at the moment, inshaallah well get there soon too].
I love waking up to Summaiya cooing, Ibby cuddling beside me and Yusuf kissing my forehead. But after the first few moments of cuteness, I need some time for my brain to wake up. I have told myself to no longer feel guilty if my husband is around and willing to watch the kids so I can get an extra half hour of shut eye. And I wont feel bad anymore to send the kids down to the basement to play while I enjoy my morning tea or coffee in silence while I check my email (or blog).
When I used to picture how homeschooling would work in our home I would think of us all waking up at the crack of dawn and enjoying each others company etc etc... and though that may happen sometimes, it doesn't need to happen all the time. I think alhamdulilah we do alot together. Our homeschooling may not be perfect, but were learning to tweak it along the way to make it perfect for us. Whenever people ask me about homeschooling, I stress that I believe homeschooling mostly has to do with a change in lifestyle and focus on relationships, academics are secondary.
My kids are awesome and I love spending time with them. But I need to start the day off right and stop feeling guilty for doing what I need to do to make my day a lil better.
Maybe when Summaiya starts sleeping through the night Ill become more of a morning person again. But if not, that will be okay too.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Today we spoke about the ayah in surah hujarat and about how Allah made different people and countries so that we can learn about each other and how no one is better than someone else just because of what country they are from.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Alhamdulillah for being apart of a local homeschooling group. Today we had a fieldtrip to the science centre. The older kids got to participate in a discovery class where they pretended to be detectives, we checked out a space exhibit, sports exhibit and lots more.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Someone gave this to the boys when Summaiya was born so we pulled it out today. It has a few different experiments and today wr did the rocket launcher. We just puy vinegar and baking soda in a tube n then placed the foam rocket on it. It was fun but we were kinda diaappointed at how little it popped...we were hopkng the rocket would go a little higher. Maybe next time well put more :)