Thursday, September 23, 2010

Free Creative Arts and Crafts Lesson Plans and Activities for Kids

As salaamu alaikum

I stumbled upon lots of free ideas, lesson plans and activities for kids, homeschoolers, classrooms, etc.

Please check out Roselle Paper and Crayola for Ideas.

Don't miss the link for the free Dream Makers Language Arts Lesson Plan on the Crayola site

Have fun!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I don't miss...

  • fights with my son about getting up in the morning
  • rushing him through breakfast
  • hearing the words "we're gonna be late!" for the umpteenth time
  • feeling like i don't see him all day
  • then taking 2-3 hours to do homework when it should only take 30 minutes, b/c he'd rather be playing
  • then turning around after that and having to start dinner and usher him off to bed
I was getting worried that Zubayr was going to grow up angry and maladjusted, just a wild and unsettled kid, but I think he really just hated going to school, he has his usual moments but this whole summer and now with him not going to school he is much, much better mashaallah

and I think it's funny Firefox didn't give me red squiggly lines under "umpteenth" I guess that officially makes it a word now :D

Friday, September 17, 2010

So, we begin...

We started homeschooling Z (DS7) just this week. Not sure how it will go, but he was pretty insistent that he did not want to go back to Islamic school. So, here we are! Make dua for us

Friday, September 3, 2010

Painting Class

My six week Intro to Painting class is over. It was so great to leave the house for just a short little while. Well, I have 3 under 7 can you imagine how excited I was to have a date with myself for 2 hours painting, mashaAllah.

The first three to four weeks we worked on a value study where we painted a still life in gray scale. First we had to sketch it directly onto a canvas which ended up being harder than I thought. It brought back memories when i used to tote around my sketchbook everywhere, it's so therapeutic you can obsess and be a perfectionist about something and no one's feelings get hurt.

I wanted to try out acrylic paint, it ended up being sort of frustrating as it dries so quickly, oil is much slower and forgiving.

So here is the end result, I'd like to upload clearer pictures when I find my camera, it's around here somewhere hiding with my missing eyeglasses.

I managed to erase some of the lid when putting in my background, opps!

Next we tried a picture in color, we were told to pick something one color. All I had was Everyday Food Mag so I ended up with a plum :D

InshaAllah I will finish it next time as I signed up for another session. The classes feel a little rushed and there's a lot left out, it's a park system's program not prep for art school, so just having fun, trying to rediscover an old hobby, inshaAllah