It is so hard to believe that the school year is almost half over.  Time has really flown since Hashem was born.  He is already teething even though he is only 3 1/2 months old, maashaa Allah.

Since my last post, I have been ill and am still trying to recover from both the parvovirus and a severe sore throat. My energy level has dropped dramatically, so I have attempting to try and take it easy especially during the days when the children are at school. In other words, I have been conserving my energy so I can taxi them around in the evening to their extracurricular activities.

Jamilah joined the Teen Advisory Board at the library and has had several meetings. They plan and organize library activities for the younger children as well as special events. Hannah decided that she wanted to join as well, but now the group is full and she is on the waiting list.

I gave up trying to figure out how to help Yahya with his geometry and have been searching for a tutor. After crowdsourcing on facebook, I think I found a Muslim boy who is one of my friend’s nephews. We have yet to meet but hope to do so this week during break. I am praying this helps him. Yahya is doing well in all of his classes except for Geometry class. Basketball is going well too. We are currently discussing his possible plans for the summer. I can’t believe it is that time already.

My husband and I have been encouraging them to read more over the break. I really don’t like how much time children in general spend on technology. My children do not have cell phones but do have iPods. My husband does limit their WiFi time while at home which they hate. They enjoy chatting with their friends, but I have found that this has caused them to read much less. Hannah isn’t fond of reading that much anyway. After speaking with her English teacher, we have recommitted to pushing the reading in hopes of her increasing her vocabulary as well as improving and advancing her writing skills.

On the other hand, Siddiqah has been motivated to increase her reading time over break and has advanced due to this. Also, she will be the star student the week that school commences and my husband will be the mystery reader for her class that week. She is very excited to have him come read to her class.

December is always a slow month which is probably a blessing for my recovery. I have filled in lots of activities for the spring schedule as the girls as well as Isa received scholarships for art classes at the fine arts museum. They are looking forward to those classes and getting out of the house more on the weekends.

4 responses to “Absence

  1. anonymousmuslimah

    Assalamo alaikum,

    May you have a full recovery, ameen.

    I’m hearing you about the technology!

    That is so nice that they allow a parent to come and read, must be very exciting for the child.

  2. Assalamualaykum, May Allah restore your health so you can meet all your commitments with enthusiasm.
    I have successfully used a reading chart with my girls recently. They had to finish one fiction and one non fiction book per week (minimum). After keeping that up for ten weeks I gave them a reward. This was a good motivation. Alhamdulillah.

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