Mad Science, Tryouts, and Art Night


Today was an extremely busy day for me. First, Isa and I attended a Mad Science preschool workshop about tasting and smelling. I was unaware of these biweekly preschool classes. He enjoyed it but didn’t want me to leave his side. I am now unsure about whether he is ready for preschool next year.


Learning about Taste Buds


Sniff test


Looking at the light


Cotton Candy

Later after picking Yahya up from school, Jamilah, who was supposed to try out for soccer today at school, called and said that she needed the doctor to fill out and sign a form before she was allowed to try out. So, I picked her up and took her to the doctor. They were unable to complete the form this evening and weren’t sure when it would be completed. So now, I am not sure that she will be able to make the deadline for tryouts at all. I encouraged her to do her best but the competition is so fierce and most of the girls already play for competitive (expensive) club teams.

Finally, our last event was Art Night at Hannah and Jamilah’s school. Artwork was displayed, food from the World Languages classes was served, and hands-on activities were available.



The highlight of the evening was meeting Hannah’s art teacher and listening to the kinds words she had to say about her. She encouraged Hannah to continue pursuing art as well. Lovely evening, maashaa Allah.

8 responses to “Mad Science, Tryouts, and Art Night

  1. anonymousmuslimah

    Assalamo alaikum,

    MashaAllah it is great the variety of things going on there.

    I love the artwork mashaAllah. Is there really a Subway in the girls’ school, or is that part of the art too?

    Re competitiveness; mine swim on a Thursday and then the pool closes early for swimming clubs. I can overhear some of the mothers’ conversation and it is shocking how competitive they are. These are very young children but from the tone you would think they are in Olympic training! It seems that these things are all about the competition now, rather than the fun.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummsalam,

      Yes, that is a Subway! We were in the cafeteria. It doubles as a gathering place and even a wrestling arena.

      Public school sports are very competitive here. There are so many children who want to play and so few spots. We don’t have cleats yet for Jamilah. I didn’t see the point unless she made the team. Well, you are expected to have them even for just tryouts because you are expected to have played competitively before.

      This one thing I guess that is nice about private school. At the middle school level you basically “pay to play” no matter your skill level. There are no tryouts. I hope Yahya improved enough to play at the high school level. His high isn’t the best at sports so I am hoping that will be an advantage for him.

      Off to find used cleats for Jamilah and Yahya. His first soccer match is today, insha allah.

  2. Assalamualaykum,
    It doesn’t make any sense to me that sports places are so hard fought over!
    Isn’t sport seen as a way of getting the youth exercising and helping to combat the obesity problem??

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummrashid,

      I agree with you. One of the reasons everyone wants on the public school sports teams is because it is free. They only take the best players. Also, everybody thinks their children are good enough to get a college scholarship for athletics. Do you have athletic scholarships for university in the UK?

  3. What I mean is, it should be available to whoever wants it. In our town it is easy to join a club, and not expensive. Of course if you are not so good you won’t make the first team, but you will be able to play at your level.

  4. Assalamualaykum,
    I don’t think there are sports scholarships here. I don’t think university sport is especially competitive. I think its more of a recreational thing.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummrashid,

      So I guess there no March Madness there either then. This is when the best college basketball teams compete for the NCAA ( National College Athletic Association) basketball title. The children even do activities in their classes related to this.

  5. anonymousmuslimah

    Very interesting conversation. It is very hard here to get children into fee paying sports. Many have long waiting lists. Especially the more exclusive type (although much more expensive!) clubs.

    Umm Rashid I have found the more obesity/health targeted sports to geared at specific areas of the community and not very serious sport. More “ball games” type of thing, one week hockey, one week netball type of thing. No competition involved though. Any activity to get them away from the screens.

    It is strange because I read so much on parenting forums about “competitive parenting”. I was almost immune from that, as when mine were young I had friends who were all first time mums like myself and making it up as we went along. It is only now that mine attend more serious stuff that I am seeing it first hand. At horse riding one mother (whose daughter is 6) was telling me that she records her every week in order to show her her mistakes in between the next lesson. Even at parkour (which is not a competitive sport in any way) a father shouts at his son to “put more power into it” Totally bizarre! I suppose it is the increasingly competitive society we live in.

    No sports scholarships here either, but I do know that we were always encouraged to pursue sport and/or a musical instrument, as universities favour candidates with these strengths.

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