These past several weeks have been filled with preparing for mid term exams and tough decisions about courses for next year. Even though Yahya did take a few exams in middle school, he found his first high school exams much more intense and comprehensive. The geometry exam was by far the most challenging with having to finish 70 problems in a hour and a half. He has shown progress though in his performance since he has been working with 2 tutors. Interestingly, one of them pointed out that he has a solid foundation in math and is quite good at the basics. The problem seems to be his visual spatial reasoning and difficultly seeing things in 3D. I am wondering if this is developmental. Regardless, he will continue to plug away at it and await the results of his exams.
Hannah and Jamilah also had to sit for exams but theirs weren’t quite as long or intense. We have been busy mulling over electives next year for them. High school is already on the horizon and we need to choose courses in conjunction with course requirements for the specialty centers they may be interested in. So, both girls decided to continue to pursue art and take Art I for high school credit. I am delighted with the improvement I see in their art ability and have to contribute much of it to the exceptional art program their school offers.
Speaking of art, Hannah and Jamilah have both applied to a spring/summer museum leader in training program at the local fine arts museum. Please make du’a for their acceptance into the program. My husband burned an art portfolio for them on CD. Here are some of the samples they submitted plus some artwork they have created recently.
In addition to the art elective, Jamilah will continue with Spanish to earn another high school credit in world languages. Hannah has decided not to continue with Spanish next year and take journalism instead. I met with their school counselor and she highly recommends journalism as well. The extra help in writing really sold me.
As for the younger children, they
are really holding their own. I notice that I don’t stress about them as much as I do with the older children. I also don’t put as much pressure on them and don’t tend to overreact.
Recently, Hawwa and her class participated in a Flat Stanley project. They all wrote to friends and relatives around the country and world and were sent back letters and souvenirs. Hawwa wrote to Umm Rashid and she sent back a letter, pictures, and paper dolls. Jazakillah khayran sister. Everyone loved this. Here are some pictures of the display.
The older have a global art event today at the library with their Muslim friend while the little ones will have a Girl Scout meeting. They also have off Monday and a new semester begins on Tuesday. I am keeping positive, insha allah.