June is normally when people start wrapping up their school year, and we definitely have some of that happening in our homeschool. On the other hand, I want to start taking Aamina’s education a bit more seriously, so I’m ramping up her activities a bit more, and breaking habits of coasting through the day, in sha Allah.
We moved the first week of June, and had renters move in to our old home June 15th, so the first half of the month was really jam packed with chores. We had less help than we expected, so things went mighty slow, and I just was not available to get lesson plans worked out for Aamina. Alhamdulilah, we are now in our new home, and starting to feel like we are really settling in. We no longer have half-painted walls, blue tape everywhere, and furniture in odd places as we shampoo the carpet for the 2nd time (what a headache that has been!). With Ramadan starting on the 29th, this month has had lots of distractions.
Amatullah, now 15 months old, has been joining us for nature study and exploring textures and sounds. From blades of grass, leaves, wood chips, and flowers, we’ve been giving her lots to explore. Many of her activities have been on the fly, but thanks to Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready, I’ve known some simple things to do with every day items. For instance, using an old oatmeal container, cutting a hole in the lid, and giving her dried beans to put inside, working on her small motor skills. Of course, Aamina loved this activity when she was little, so it was hard to let her sister have a turn! Instead, I gave Aamina a tweezers to use for her beans to pick them up and put them in a bottle. Crisis averted.
Aamina has been getting used to a slower schedule each week, which has meant a happier mama, alhamdulilah. She’s been having fun with every day items, especially all the paint sticks we’ve had lying around! They’ve been swords, letters, numbers, and anything else she can think of. MashaAllah, she has quite the imagination!
We have started exploring our new local library, and the programs offered there. You can see pics of us with Pete the Cat at the library on my Instagram account! It’s been amazing to watch them learn and grow, and get ready for new resources. Aamina discovered she loves the High Five magazines, especially the Hidden Picture Puzzles. Our trips to the park has now regularly included her Eye Spy cards from her Toddler and Preschool Nature Study pack, and we have plans to start using the journal included in the same pack.
I’ve been working on various du’a with them in our normal day to day routine. Sneezing, before we eat, and before we go to bed are all ones we focus on. In sha Allah we’ll add more, and use our handy dandy laminator to get the FREE Mini-Mumin Du’a posters throughout our home again. I need to learn many of these du’a with them!
There’s not much to report on the high school front. With the move, and Kira going on a two-week long fencing trip, she’s just been catching up on stuff she’s behind and working on her Jumpcourse Psychology course to prepare for her next CLEP exam (Jumpcourse has a 20% off discount code, good through the end of July! Just use HOME20 at checkout). She’s been trying out a Scout course on Macroeconomics. If we are happy with it, then we’ll definitely take a look at their many other courses available for the upcoming year, too. In sha Allah she’ll be wrapping up everything in July and August so we can start on a clean slate for the coming year.