Alhamdulillah, we made it through Ramadan! The children did very well. Jennah (8) and Jamilah (10) didn’t miss a day this year. Even on the days that some of my family were traveling and when some of us were exempt from fasting, they still chose to fast on their own.
Eid was nice. We prayed at the convention center along with about 1,500 other Muslims. After the prayer we came back home and had a family pizza party. The girls had baked and decorated the day before which was awesome. I am so grateful they are able to take care of that sort of thing now because I didn’t really have the energy for it. After our party, we ventured out to the park for a gathering for a few hours. It was rather hot that day so I was happy to come home even though I ended up doing laundry for the rest of the day.
Before Eid, I informed the girls that we would be starting back up with some formal home ed after our holiday. So, I spent today doing some planning, scheduling, and organizing. We will start back up slowly with a partial schedule as I am still busy chauffeuring Yahya around to his activities as his school doesn’t begin until Sept. 3. I only managed to get Hannah’s and Jamilah’s time table started. This year I decided to assign them the same literature. It was a bit much last year trying to keep up with two different novels and vocabulary from each. So, we will begin with The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. If they like it, we will complete the whole series.
We will have some other changes in the schedule this year as well. I decided not to teach at the homeschool co-op nor will the children attend this year. The other members and I didn’t see eye to eye about how the chemistry class should be set up. They wanted another mother to teach the chemistry to all the ages (K-7th grades) in one class in a fairy tale format with me helping with the experiments. My older girls weren’t interested in being in the class with the “babies” anyway so we have opted out. I only volunteered because my girls want and need a middle school chemistry class. I prefer teaching older children anyway. I get enough of dealing with the immature behavior at home from the little ones, lol. So, anyway, we will hopefully manage to be consistent with the chemistry course at home this year.
Also, as you probably could already tell, we decided not to enroll the girls in the local Islamic school. I was finally able to return the principals many messages and explain that the school was not a good match for my children. I was truly trying to be as tactful as possible even with some remarks I didn’t feel were very appropriate such as when she asked it Hannah was a poor student and wondered if she planned to go to college. I explained that there is more than one path to college if she does indeed plan on attending. Also, I don’t think the school could accommodate her learning style. There were no hard feelings on either side I hope and actually she was still trying to convince the girls that that school was the place for them at the park after the Eid prayer.
So, we will all be at home this year and I am praying I have made the right decisions.