The last several weeks have been a huge adjustment as Hannah and Jamilah have started school as well. They are in the local public middle school and seem to be happy so far. At this level they are issued laptops and are sent many of their assignments digitally. They began school towards the end of the first quarter, so we are still trying to find our bearings with material they have missed as they will be responsible for it on the 1st semester exam.
Hawwa and Siddiqah continue to thrive at their elementary school too. Both have had field trip opportunities to local farms in the last several weeks. This week I along with Isa and Jennah popped in to eat lunch with both of the girls on different days. I really do miss them, but it seems that some distance has improved our relationship though.
It is quite hectic in the evenings with homework although they don’t get too much. The difficulty comes with trying to juggle all of it at once. My husband has been helping Hawwa even more though with her weekly reading, spelling, and math. Her teacher actually recommended she be placed in a special problem solving program called Sunshine Math. She also does her homework for this program with him.
In addition to homework in the evenings this week, Yahya and I attended an informational session for the specialty programs in our local public school district. These programs are very competitive and selective. For each program there are about 50 spots and over 400 applicants. He is most interested in the Global Leadership/Economics program,the International Baccalaurate program, and the Informational Technology program. These programs seem to require college level work and time management skills. I am not sure he is truly ready or willing to commit to that. I am not sure he would be able to play sports and do well in such a program either. We just continue to keep our options open and make du’a.
As for Jennah and Isa, they are still at home, but I am not sure for how much longer. Jennah is showing academic improvement, but I think she is dyslexic as she struggles with reading and spelling. The time I spend with her while the others are at school seems to help. I really need to get her up to speed as I have discovered that I will need to return to work in the near future. I am so grateful for having had this time with my children for this many years without having an additional job, but it has become necessary now.
Since my teaching certificate which is necessary to teach in public schools here has expired, I might try applying for a part time teaching job online to get some work experience as well as earn some money in order to renew my teaching license. I would have to take two graduate courses to complete those requirements.
Since I would need to work in the morning while they are at school, Isa would need to attend preschool. This would not begin until next year so we will again just do the research and see how things work out.
Big life changes along with many life challenges happening over here. May Allah continue to guide us all in our decisions.