Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Learning Geography

Assalm alykom:

I have been really busy with life to commit time to my blog. This is my latest craft that we did with my first grader. As you know, I use the Oak Meadow curriculum. They teach the beginnings of geography in a different way that I am not used to when comparing the ways to my older kids. My older kids you would start with a flat map or a globe and teach them North, South, East and West. They would always look a little lost because that cannot conceptualize it to their scale. With Oak Meadow, they teach the child from his/her small surroundings. They have them make a map or a model of their room. With this, they can relate to where something is because they are familiar with it. Then, you teach them the directions from their room. The next step, the place gets a little bigger. The child needs to make a map of their house. Also, they need to know the directions here. Again, the child learns a little bigger area. They need to make a map or model of their neighborhood. I like this method very much. At this age, they really can conceptualize each step of making the area bigger. We made this little model of her room that she shares with her two other sisters. We made the all of the furniture from boxes and then painted them. The bed is a bunk bed that we made from Popsicle sticks and small boxes. We made the floor, which in their room is wooden, from Popsicle sticks that we varnished. We made the windows from magazine picture of the outside and the put fabric curtains. She loves it and does not want anyone to touch for fear it will break. I encourage you to try this concept in teaching. I really loved it!


Umm_baps said...

Masha'Allah sister, your daughter has done a beautiful job, I hope to try this with my kids too, Insha'Allah. Jazakulah khair.

Umm_baps said...

Jazakullah Khair for the tip, your daughter has done a wonderful job, hope to try the same with my kids, Insha'Allah.

Umm Nassim said...

MashAllah, I love it! What a wonderful project and I am amazed by the beautiful details that were added to the room. I know what to do this weekend, InshaAllah.

Anonymous said...

Masha ALLAH soo cuute...My 5 and 6 years old just into playing doll house. We collect little tiny furniture from all over, but to make it yourself is much better idea, more creative and original..mabruk!!

OMHN said...

Wow! You guys are creative : )

Good time to nominate you for the Mommy award!A special award to all of us!

Here are the rules of this tag:

1. Admit one thing you feel awful about (involving being a mom). Once you have written it down, you are no longer allowed to feel bad. Remember you are a good mom!

2. Remind yourself that you ARE a good mom, list 7 things you love about your kids, you love doing with your kids, or that your kids love about you.

3. Send this to 5 other moms of the year that deserve a reminder that they are too the best moms that they can be. Remember to send them a note letting them know you have selected them, and also add a link to your post that directs people back to the person who nominated you.

* * *

Sometimes I feel awful that I desperately need to do things just for me.


1. I love being close to my kids, watching them grow.
2. I love doing my best to nurture their good traits.
3. I love when my girls are excited about what the day will bring.
4. I love it when my child internalizes what we’ve learned — “Allah can make anything happen, He just says ‘Be!, right mom?’”
5. I love it when they talk about how much they love Allah Subhan’wa Taala and His Prophet.
6. I love it when they are happy.
7. I love it when we pray together.

3. I tag:

loving Allah and raising my kids
Teaching Mastery for the English speaking muslim child
Come share my thoughts. . .
Talibideen Jr.


Um Nour/Hollie Moore said...

Assalam alykom:

Wow! I was surprised at how many comments were on my post this morning. Thanks for all the positive comments! I did help her quite a bit, but she and her four year old sister did a lot of the painting. Also, it is almost just like their room.

Imaan said...

as salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

Dear Umm Nour

I like making rooms and homes for my dolls. You've given me some ideas to make my homes better.


[Umm Nour, the above comment is from my daughter :) - Imaan]

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