Co-op, Geography, and More

The homeschool co-op commenced last week (we were sick this week) and the first gathering went well.  Hannah is enrolled in the literature class and is currently reading Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera and Bill Cleaver.   I thought the book which is a moving story about an Appalachian girl’s attempt to care for her family through wildcrafting after her father’s death would be a nice family read aloud.  It turns out the botanical gardens will offer a workshop in October on wildcrafting that I had hoped to attend before we even learned which book they would be assigned, maashaa Allah.  We began our own wildcrafting journey several years ago, but it certainly isn’t a skill that can be learned overnight.

Jamilah, Hawwa, and Jennah are also enjoying their geography class.  Currently, they are studying England, London, Stonehenge, and the Magna Carta.  Since we missed this class, it would be great to have some authentic resources if any of you sisters would be so kind as to assist:)

In addition to the class, Hannah and Jamilah have been copying down the recipes which we have recently learned as well as notebooking about them. 

Last week was also the sisters’ halaqa.  Only Hannah and Jamilah were able to sit and listen while I stayed with the younger children in another room.  I’m not sure this will continue to work out for us. 

 Our outings lately have been so difficult that I am reconsidering some activities.  Siddiqah (4) has been acting out and throwing tantrums more and more in public.  This happened during an outing yesterday I had planned just for her.  It was a bit traumatic for us as I had to leave the other children alone  this large library while I dealt with her in the car.  As a result, I am not really wanting to put myself in a situation like that anytime soon. 

This situation does not just occur in public, but also frequently at home. This behavior along with the girls fighting takes up so much of my time.  It is so unfortunate to have to spend so much time on this.  It takes time away from activities which are so much more fun.  Please keep our family in your du’as.


8 responses to “Co-op, Geography, and More

  1. Wa alaikum assalaam sis, I am so with you on the acting out thang… one of mine was like that but alhamdulillah it doesn’t seem to last long, may Allah ta’ala give you sabr. I was told about a wrist grip that they can’t get out of and that doesn’t hurt them which I used along with a lot of patience; mine and the other childrens. It’s such a battle of wills isn’t it, and so easy to give in when eyes are upon you? Would love to help out with anything I can regarding England, or London [my home town ;)] just let me know what sort of stuff you need sis and I can scan and email it to you inshaAllah. Wassalaam xXXx

  2. i love when topics come together like that!

    i’m constantly shattered from the sibling stuff. currently reading Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation atm. it’s interesting, based on non violent communication.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummrashid,

      That’s great. Jazakillah khayran. We will check it out.

      I think geography and history intertwine. I also thinks she chooses something like the animal of the week to also pull in to the geography. I don’t mind as they haven’t heard of it before this.

    • As salaam alaikum Pixie,

      You have time to read? I am happy with myself if we just pick up the Qur’an on a daily basis.

      Alhamdulillah, I’m hoping it has helped your family. Please share your knowledge with us.

      Also, I pray that you and baby are well and happy.

  3. Assalamualaykum,
    I like this school site for kids reference. click on the London link for lots more info on London.
    I’m not sure what Magna Carta has to do with geography – its a history topic isn’t it? Magna carta was basically the barons finding themselves more skillful than the king and making sure they held onto their own money. There is some info on it here
    However personally I think that modern people overplay the intentions behind magna carta to fit their current democratic beliefs. I very much doubt the barons did this to stop a king doing things that were not good for the country. it was all about stopping the king from doing anything that was not good for the baron’s self interest. That’s my opinion.

  4. Assalamo alaikum,

    Big cyber hugs on the fighting issue! I’m finding parenting so much harder now they are older, may Allah help us all, ameen xxx

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