The past few weeks have been challenging as I have been sick with parvovirus or Fifth Disease. It is one of those childhood diseases that are a bit worse for adults. My main symptoms have been joint pain, rash, and low grade fever. Alhamdulillah, I am on the mends as it takes up to a month or so to fully recover.
During this time, I also met with everyone’s teachers during parent/teacher conferences. Overall, they are all adjusting well and performing well. For the older children the main challenge is math as usual. I decided to ask for textbooks which have been replaced by computers in the past few years so I can just try and assist as much as possible with the pre algrebra and geometry.
On a more upbeat note, Yahya tried out for the 9th grade basketball school team along with 40+ other boys and made the team, maashaa Allah. They only chose 12 or so players. My husband has been driving him to tryouts right after fajr at 6:30 am this past week. (Thanks, Dad) Practice will continue to begin at that early hour before school 5 days a week along with 3 hr. practices on Saturday.
Yahya’s schedule is pretty full right now, so I don’t think he will have time to add much more to his plate especially since he is struggling in geometry. In addition to the academics and sports, he is still trying to participate in facilitating the conflict resolution workshops along with receiving advanced training in that and attending the Dental Scholars workshops. My husband drove and attended the orientation session and explained that the program is very involved and includes tests and quizzes in addition to the hands-on workshops. His school teachers were very proud of his acceptance into the program as they mentioned it to me during parent/teacher conferences. News gets around quickly.
On the same evening of the first Dental Scholars workshop, I took Jamilah to a Center for Human Development and Education specialty center open house at a nearby high school. Compared to the open houses that I attended with Yahya last year, I was most impressed with this one. The whole program that evening was student driven and student led. We could feel the passion in the air. The students who spoke had such impressive goals and aspirations to make the world a better place. It reminded me of why I went into education as well. Jamilah seemed to be interested. I am hoping it will motivate her to push herself this year and improve that math grade!
The little ones are about to come home from school now, so I should wrap it up. Not much planned for the weekend besides homework!