Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Home schooling High school

Assalm alykom:
With all my years in homeschooling, I have noticed that most families home school in the younger grades or at least until 8th grade. I have had a very difficult time finding any families who home school in high school. Well, I will be reaching this point next year. I am looking for any families who home school in high school. I would like to know if you use an online school and any pros and cons that you can tell me about your experience. You can contact me at

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Some of my Favorite websites for Homeschooling

Assalam alykom:
I want to share a few websites that I find to be an integral part of my homeschooling. I use these sites everyday with my children. This site is has made my children great spellers. You can create your own spelling lists for each of your children, regardless of the level of the child. There is a section that teaches the child the words, tests the child, and a games section that uses the words. They have a new feature now that you can create your own sentences to go with your words. I used the kids names. They were excited to hear their names in Arabic being pronounced.
Another site that I found, helps with memorizing Math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is full of interactive games that they can play. My kids just love it and cannot wait to do it each day. This is the web site: They have a sister website for multiplication that has worksheet drills that you can print out. I like to use them to time my children.
Here are a few other websites that I use for the younger grades to help with their phonics.
There is also . I am sure every homeschooler knows this site. It has been around for a long time. I have used it for all my children and really taught them to read from it. I hope you find these useful.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Play Dough Arabic Letters

I am now on my fourth child learning Arabic. My husband and I make a combined effort to teach our children Arabic. I start them out with their letters and then we work up to connecting words. Once we reach the grammar rules, I have to turn them over to my husband. I like doing play dough with my children. The Arabic letters are so curvy and artistic that the younger children have a little trouble writing them at first. Doing play dough helps them to create the letter that they would not likely be able to write very well. I used a common recipe for play dough.

You'll need:
Flour 3cups
Salt 1 1/2 cups
Water 3 cups
Vegetable Oil 2TB.
Cream of tartar 1TB.
Food coloring few drops or unsweetened "Kool-Aid" 1pkg.

Mix ALL of the ingredients in a large saucepan.Cook over medium low heat, until the dough comes away from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move the spoon. Remove from heat. Cool until it can be handled.Place on counter or wax paper knead 3-4 times.Store in an air tight container. I put glitter in mine to make it more fun. I also found neon colors of food coloring, and they are nice and rich with color. I have also used tempera paints in the past.

I have a second grader also and she is now forming sentences. I found this book and I really like it. She is able to do the book and it is nice and colorful to keep her interested.