The Homestretch

Well, we are heading toward the end of our official homeschooling year. This week in particular has been a very productive week for the girls. They studied for a cumulative geography quiz in homeschool co-op and have also started preparing their work for the portfolio. They have also been working hard to finish up their last writing sample. Jamilah wrote an essay on jellyfish after her encounter with while visiting my parents and Hannah research the 17 year cicadas.

My mother agreed to tutor them in writing and came yesterday to give a short essay writing lesson which included an outlining lesson. We had discussed her introducing a poetry unit, so she also read some poems and assisted them with their own poems. I was so grateful for this assistance from her. They seem so much more receptive to and she is able to keep focused on helping them rather than frantically bouncing from one household chore to another like I do. Again, I am just so thankful for whatever help Allah sends me!

So, as things wrap up for the year around here, I having been thinking about summer and next year. We did join the summer program at http://www.spellingcity.com because honestly, they didn’t get to spend very much time on spelling this year and definitely need to focus on that much more. I am also having Hannah and Jamilah finish up on their literature studies which included mostly vocabulary and research. They are looking forward to just being able to engage in more pleasure reading this summer. There is a girls’ program a couple of local authors are putting together for middle school aged girls that is called The Girls of Summer. I haven’t had a chance to look over it yet, so use caution.

Not only will the homeschool co-op,the sisters’ halaqa, Girl Scouts, and speech therapy will be finishing up, but their sports activities as well. To be honest, I am already missing that schedule. I am trying to sign Hannah up for girls’ basketball as she didn’t get a chance to play any sport this spring. Another than that, I am not sure what else we will be getting into. Ramadan is around the corner though and with the heat, we usually don’t do much in the way of outdoor activities anyway.

2 responses to “The Homestretch

  1. Assalamualaykum,
    We continue the school year for longer over here. Most things will continue until Ramadan, inshAllah.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummrashid,

      Yes, you all do. I think this schedule might have historically something to do with when children helped with planting/harvesting on the farms. I’m not sure. Anyway, all I can do is go with the flow. There is no way I can keep a full schedule with Yahya out of school anyway.

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