## Wednesday, June 26, 2013

### Learning Arabic numbers, home made Arabic alphabet blocks and some small plans for Ramadan

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

For math we tried this time to mix these Montessori pearls and Arabic numbers in that way. (Work sheets for numbers are from blog A Muslim Child is Born.)

After putted pearls in their places, it was easy for Z to check, if he had done correct or not.

It was already little too easy for Z, because the numbers were in numerical order, so after I cut them separate and also hide Finnish numbers. Now there was more challenge! It would be better to print in the first place pictures to card board to make them stronger!

It`s easy to check the answers!

Also can check Finnish numbers if needed.

For "Finnish" numbers I made apples. Kids helped me to color them. Idea is same than before, but now I said for Z that there are caterpillars who come to eat the apples and the caterpillar is so long than the number on the apple tells :).

In this time I also color coded the answers, so Z sees direct if the answer is correct or not - from the color.

Z can basic numbers already quite well, but makes sometimes mistakes, so I think it`s good to practise them too sometimes.

I found a nice idea for home made Arabic alphabet blocks from here. These can print, but again I made them by hand like that. I haven`t done them all yet, but wanted already to show the idea. These can use for practising letters.

For Ramadan I prepared with S a simple poster. I found materials from Tiimari -70% :).

Our mosques :). Today Z and S have build them again and again and played with muslim paper dolls. Z wants to make adhan etc. :). (Only removed sticks before play!)

I`ve seen in many blogs different kinds of good deed cards. I decided to make a good deed mosque instead. We prepared this mosque with Z and S. My idea is that kids try to do good deeds every day in Ramadan inshaaAllaah. But I didn`t want to give the ideas of good deeds for them as ready as in the idea of good deed cards. I`ll hope they start to think by themselfes, what kind of deeds are good ones and what kind of good deeds they can do by themselfes. I hope that K and S help Z in the beginning. I hope that we`ll discuss about these good deeds every day in Ramadan inshaaAllaah and on the day kids have done some good deeds, they can put a sticker, where is the first letter of their name on the picture. I`ll promise a small present for many stickers inshaaAllaah!

We`ve planned Quraan lessons for kids and for me in Ramadan inshaaAllaah. My husband is responsible for this :). We found this Quraan for K from Istanbul and it`s easy to read.

I went again to library and find second part of the book Salam - islamin polku 3-4. This is meant for classes 3-4, so it`s quite difficult for Z, but I thought I could again shorten stories inshaaAllaah and use the book also with K and S. I found there good resources for our Ramadan themes.

I ordered for Z two Arabic books from Amazon.com and them arrived today. I like a lot the first one: First thousand words in Arabic!

The second one: My Marvelous Arabic Alphabet is little different than I thought. I thought that there are work sheets for letters, but maybe I didn`t check the introduce of the book proberly. It`s nice, but not exatly what I thought.

I started these books with Z.

I found also one Finnish book about Islam for children. It`s called Lasten kirja islamista. It`s quite basic one, but I think that I could use it with my kids inshaaAllaah.

And for theme waiting Ramadan moon, we made a telescope. It`s made from toilet paper roll and a cup and covered with foil and some adornments. Simple, but Z liked it :). Now he`s waiting a Ramadan moon :).

Z was so interested about the moon that I decided to go with kids to  the observatory. Z wanted to take his telescope with him :).  I forgot my camera to home, so S took pictures by her phone. That`s why I had to cover faces from some pictures :).

The place was quite small, but interesting. There was for example some history of astronomy.

And information about astronomy in monitors. We learnt for example that our weight and age would be different in other planets if there could live.

And nice posters.

And a library.

We went to the high obserwatory tower. It`s historical and really old.

It moves. The guide told for us that Finland was one of the first countries in where was this kind of tower.

I had to carry baby I, because there were lots of stairs.

Some experience about sun, earth and moon.

SubhaanAllaah!

I also buyed presents for Ramadan calendar and now bottles are ready alhamdulillaah. Z and S helped me to wash windows on Monday etc., but I still feel that we have lots to do before Ramadan.

In this week some days have been really warm, so we brought kids to swim and picnic. My husband found from Vuosaari nice place, where was no other swimmers. We`ve been before in another place, which I liked more, but yesterday water didn`t seem good there, so we went to Vuosaari. In this kind of places which are not real swim beaches, should be carefully and check the water before let kids go to swim, because in some places it can become deep suddenly!

Me and baby I relaxed for a while. I read the book Salam - islamin polku 3-4.

Z loved to ride by this kind of hammerhead shark.

I`ve promised to introduce our summer lotion for Ummu Abdullaah, so here You are :). For kids I prefer 50 cover. In K`s football turnee and S`s gardening these are really needed and supervisors say for parents that kids should use these. For small kids I think that the best cover are long clothes and a hat.

S founded a clam.

In the next day it was really warm too and kids went to swim again!