Little Miss has been quite busy this summer so far with her early childhood class at the masjid plus park days with he homeschool group! We are very fortunate to have two masajid in our area that hold early childhood classes, making it relatively convenient for most families in the metro area.
I’m undecided whether we will continue in the fall because while I do greatly value the gently structured routine of the class, and the variety of projects, I could do these things at home. I just need to discipline myself enough to do so. What I can’t do at home throughout the winter is provide a variety of gross motor activities, which Little Miss craves in a big way. I’ve been looking at a local gymnastics and tumbling gym for Little Miss because I think she would do very well, and she would have a blast. So, for the sake of a decent schedule and our wallet, I can only pick one. We shall see!
So, while I can’t take credit for these projects and activities, I can share them with you!
Little Miss is looking at homemade crystals through a magnifying glass. I don’t know the recipe exactly, but there are some online that are easy looking. It also reminded me to give Little Miss her magnifying glass when we go outside to play for some fun exploration!
Liss Miss is playing in homemade “Moon Sand”. I think the teachers said they just used flour and water, but here’s another dirt cheap recipe online.
A Ramadan lantern and countdown chain. The lantern is a mason jar with craft glue (oh, I forget the name of it exactly…) and torn up tissue paper, then covered the with the same glue-stuff. Put a wire around for the handle, cover with a ribbon, and add a candle inside and ta-da! You have a cute lantern!
The chain is cut up strips of construction paper glued into circles and linked together (you could use a stapler if you like). Link 30 of them together and tear one off each night at iftar. Even if your child isn’t old enough for subtraction, it teaches the basic concept of “taking away” in math.
We are signed up with an ECFE (early childhood and family education) class through Ramadan that’s run by the school district, so we’ll see what fun that brings, in sha Allah. If anything, it’s given me more motivation to do more fun activities at home!
Do you take your kid(s) to an outside class for enrichment? Why or why not?