hijabi paper dolls

hijabi paper dolls
modesty is always fashionable

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spring at the pond

spring pond

what could have been a leisurely 15 minute stroll
— although most of them were on some type of wheels,
whether bike, scooter or skates —
around a neighborhood pond
turned into an hour of tadpole-, duck-, geese- and turtle-watching.

cattail

i didn’t know you could blow a cattail like a dandelion.

all work and some play

exploring magnetism
exploring magnetism

it’s fun hearing a 3 year old say “magnetic”.

examining US money
examining US money

“this coin is older that you, mom!”

the five daily prayers
the five daily prayers

the above exercise is montessori-inspired islamic studies to help with the memorization of the number of rakat for each of the five daily prayers in islam. at the head of each column are cards with the name of each of the five daily salat, or prayers, in english and arabic. the other cards show the different positions that make up each round of the prayer, which are called rakat. she has to match the correct number of raka with the corresponding prayer.

folding cloths
folding cloths

aya’s daily accomplishments often remind me
of the satisfaction a child receives from work that is well done.
and she will do it over and over and over again.

editing sentences
editing sentences

getting more into grammar.

grapefruit bird feeders
grapefruit bird feeders

our biodegradable bird feeders, inspired by our bird-studies during the great backyard bird count.

in the groove

so, now with three children ages 3, 5, and 7
i’m really testing out that multi-age classroom concept
that is part of the montessori method.
it is a challenge managing my three-child classroom
with an infant tethered to my back west african-style, most of the time
or pulling stuff off the shelves, when she isn’t —
but it is doable
with a LOT of patience, prayers
and practice on how to interrupt properly and wait turns.

but when i hear the silence
— that golden silence —
when everyone is engaged in their work,
it is like bliss.
i can’t help but to think, “i did it!”
but it is not me.
it is the child at work developing themselves.
that is truly blissful.

tonging pink puffs
tonging pink puffs
writing sentences with green series word lists
writing sentences with green series word lists
clothes pins
clothes pins
solving addition problems with addition chart
solving addition problems with addition chart
telling stories with land forms
telling stories with land forms