Bittersweet

The school year is coming to an end for our family. Yahya finished up his middle school career last week. All nine of his classmates spoke at the graduation which is a bit off course from most school graduations here. Usually only one or two of the students are asked to speak. We were very proud of Yahya’s reflections of the last four years as well as his thankfulness to his teachers and his parents.

image

image

Anyway, he will miss his classmates and the school but is more than ready to move on to high school especially to play football. He has been practicing with the team already and has also been traveling along with the varisty team on the weekends to 7 on 7 tournaments. He will take a break from football for the next couple of weeks to visit a friend and help my parents move, insha Allah.

The girls still have the rest of this week and next week before their summer break begins. The end of the year exams or SOL tests have been very stressful. Everyone will be finished by Thursday so next week will be filled with lots of fun activities for them at school.

Hannah, Jamilah, and Jennah all have baking projects due before the end of the school year. Hannah and Jamilah had to bake something for a math project. Jamilah baked lemon squares which turned out very well, maashaa allah.

image

Hannah make whoopi pies which are due on Thursday. Jennah’s is baking peach cobbler as part of an author celebration and her’s is due next week.
image

Jamilah also shared with us recently that her art placed 5th in an art contest that took place at the local high school. I would have been interested in learning more about the contest and exhibit but we only found out after the fact. So much has been going on that I realize things got overlooked.

image

Just yesterday, we learned that Siddiqah had a homework project (building a cardboard robot) for which I don’t even remember seeing a due date on her assignment sheet. It is challenging to keep track of everything for sure.

Isa’s last parent/toddler class at the Waldorf school was today. For the last three weeks, the craft was hand sewing a baby and a blanket. I don’t even think he will play with it honestly.

image

Currently, he is more interested in digging and visiting the botanical gardens.

image

image

I really did enjoy the class though and the discussions we had about children. I was reminded of many things such as a child’s need for routine and the detrimental effects of TV. I also found many aspects of Waldorf philosophy similar to Islamic education such as children becoming aware at the age of 7 and the need for the parents to model good behavior as children learn by example.

This educational philosophy is very different from unschooling as I really don’t see it as being child led so much. I was also very surprised to learn that the Waldorf educational model emphasizes much discipline and training. They are strict but in a loving way. Again, I saw this a very different than unschooling.

Well, I will just continue to pray to connect with other like minded sisters who are willing to commit and work together towards our children’s education. In the meantime, I need to focus on helping my children finish up the year and look forward to Ramadan.

2 responses to “Bittersweet

  1. Assalamualaykum,
    Lots going on as always, maashAllah. Do children ever play with cloth dolls like that? Mine never have.
    Waldorf does have some very attractive aspects to it. I think if the practitioners concentrate on the wholesome side and do not implement the rather weird “spiritual” side it is positive.
    Congratulations to Yahya. Its an interesting phase of life these boys are going through, maashAllah.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummrashid,

      Well, I remember my husband and I attempting to make some clothe baby dolls when the girls were very young actually. They played with them a little. I realized that we really did implement the crafts portion of Waldorf education though. I agree with you on the weird stuff too. Basically, it was a reminder to me to try to implement what did with my older children with Isa. They will get what they need at the right time.

      Interestingly, the children that I have held back or “reclassed” have done much better as they were older and more mature. I see no point of rushing them.

      Jazakillah khayran. It is going so fast now.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s