Lebah / Bee / Surah an-Nahl

وَأَوْحَىٰ رَبُّكَ إِلَى ٱلنَّحْلِ أَنِ ٱتَّخِذِى مِنَ ٱلْجِبَالِ بُيُوتًا وَمِنَ ٱلشَّجَرِ وَمِمَّا يَعْرِشُونَ

And your Lord inspired to the bee, “Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct.
Dan Tuhanmu memberi ilham kepada lebah: “Hendaklah engkau membuat sarangmu di gunung-ganang dan di pokok-pokok kayu, dan juga di bangunan-bangunan yang didirikan oleh manusia.
(Surah an-Nahl 16:68)

ثُمَّ كُلِى مِن كُلِّ ٱلثَّمَرَٰتِ فَٱسْلُكِى سُبُلَ رَبِّكِ ذُلُلًا ۚ يَخْرُجُ مِنۢ بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَٰنُهُۥ فِيهِ شِفَآءٌ لِّلنَّاسِ ۗ إِنَّ فِى ذَٰلِكَ لَءَايَةً لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].” There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.
Kemudian makanlah dari segala jenis bunga-bungaan dan buah-buahan (yang engkau sukai), serta turutlah jalan-jalan peraturan Tuhanmu yang diilhamkan dan dimudahkannya kepadamu”. (Dengan itu) akan keluarlah dari dalam badannya minuman (madu) yang berlainan warnanya, yang mengandungi penawar bagi manusia (dari berbagai-bagai penyakit). Sesungguhnya pada yang demikian itu, ada tanda (yang membuktikan kemurahan Allah) bagi orang-orang yang mahu berfikir.
(Surah an-Nahl 16:69)

Sumber: justmontessori.com

Lebah adalah antara jenis lain serangga. Ada lebih kurang 20,000 spesies lebah. Antara yang kita sudah biasa termasuklah  honey bees, bumble bees, and sweat bees. Lebah boleh dijumpai di semua benua kecuali Antartica. Lebah ada dua antenna dan 2 pasang sayap. Lebah hidup dalam koloni dan setiap koloni ada 40,000 lebah!

Lebah Madu adalah serangga yang sosial dan bekerjasama. Lebah-lebah ini dibahagikan kepada 3 jenis. Lebah Pekerja (Worker bees) adalah lebah yang biasa kita tengok terbang di luar. Mereka adalah lebah betina. Kerja-kerja seekor lebah pekerja termasuklah membina honeycombs, mengumpul pollen and nectar to feed the colony, membersihkan hive, dan membantu circulate udara dalam hive dengan beating their wings.

The comb is made up of hexagonal shaped cells and are used to store nectar, pollen, and water. There is usually one queen in a hive and her job is to lay eggs. Insects go through metamorphosis. Bees go through four stages of development; egg, larvae, pupa, and adult bee. The male bees are called drones. The female bees store venom in a sac attached to their stingers.

The honey bees sense of smell helps them to find the flowers they need to collect nectar. As bees feed on the nectar inside of flowers, they get covered in pollen from the flower’s stamens. Some of this pollen will rub off on the pistil of the next flower it visits. This is how insects help flowers to pollinate. Bees store the collected nectar they get from the flowers in their special honey stomachs. When their stomachs are full of nectar they go back to the hive and regurgitate, or spit back out, the nectar into honey cells. Then they fan their wings to remove moisture. The nectar then changes and becomes honey. So bees are important, in what ways?

Bees Unit Study
Hands on learning about bees
Honey Bee Smelling Activity
The Social Lives of Bees
Bees at Climate Kids Nasa
Types of bees:

I knew that there were different types of bees, such as bumble bees, honeybees, carpenter bees, and parasitic bees, but apparently they also have nationalities!

Well, at least according to Lady Winifred Fortescue who wrote in  her 1935 book,Perfume from Provence that her friend Monsieur Pierre claimed that,

“           …a friend of his imported queen bees from Germany, Egypt, England and America, The German bees, he told me, always works overtime, and fill the cells of the comb so full of honey that it reaches and permeates the outer wax, thus spoiling the look of the sections, so that they cannot be exhibited. The Egyptian bees work well, but are fierce and uncertain of temper – mefiez-vous! The English bees work well, but only for a certain number of hours; and the American bees are brilliant but erratic, sometimes working feverishly and sometimes taking a day off.

Extraordinary, I thought, that bees should have absorbed the characteristics of their countries”(p 36)

Arts &Crafts:

Bee Craft
Beehive’s Polygon Construction
Honey butter recipe from Preschool Alphabet
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Water Cycle

Information & Facts

 

Water Cycle Power Points for Kids and Teachers 
Water Unit Study 
Water Cycle Puzzle 
Water Cycle at Kidzone 
Water Cycle Activities 
Water Cycle Activities 
Water Cycles Worksheets Printable 
Foldable Water Cycle Idea 
Water Cycle Resources at Living Montessori Now
Water Cycle at NeoK12
Classroom Calendar and Circle Time (weather for Leen)

 

Ant, Semut, Surah an-Naml

Ants Videos at National Geographic Kids

Sirah: Story of Ants & Nabi Sulaiman

 

from justmontessori.com

We have talked about ladybugs and bees. What kind of invertebrates are they? Insects. An ant is also an insect. Ants are found all over the world, in fact there are over 10,000 species of ants. Ants are social insects and live in colonies. There are three different kinds of ants in a colony. The queen, the female workers, and the males. The queens job is to lay eggs. The queen and the male ants have wings. The worker ants build the mound that the ants live in and supply the colony with food. A colony has soldier ants that protect the queen and defend the colony.

Most ants build some type of mound to live in. They build a system of tunnels under their mound which connect rooms, or chambers used for a specific purpose. Some of the chambers are used to store food and some are for nurseries, and other chambers are used for resting places. Ants eat different foods. Some eat other insects, seeds, or fungus.

Ants have six legs and three body parts. Ants eyes able them to see extremely well. The ants antennas help the ant to hear, taste, and smell. Ants have complete metamorphosis. The baby ant that hatches from the egg is a larva. It has no legs. It has a soft white body and small head. Each larva grows and molts and eventually spins a small cocoon of silk.Inside they are changing into a pupa, then they change to become the adult ant.

 

 

Ramadhan Plans 2016 /1437 AH

Day -1: Moon. Discuss kalendar Islam berdasarkan peredaran bulan.
Lampu.  Playdough bulat yang dah dilekatkan pada hujung pensil. Diri sendiri adalah bumi. Explaining how moon orbits earth and earth orbits the sun. Sini Haris sedar kenapa ‘New Moon’ tak nampak, sebab lindung cahaya matahari!

Day 1: Intro Ramadan.

Ramadan Storybook
Good Deed Jar 
Ramadan for Kids 

Islamic Studies Resources

Yemenlinks
I really like reading her blogs, her thoughts and advice on homeschooling. Her sharing on learning Arabic amazing, MashaAllah! May Allah swt reward her immensely. It’s sad to see that she stopped blogging since 2002. You can find her sharing on Learning Arabic in the website and other links to other Muslim Homeschooler blogs.

Worksheets
Consists of Arabic, Writing, Coloring, Math, English etc worksheets.

Arabic Curriculum

Arabic Letters Free Course

Surah al-Fil

Hafazan Haris belum lagi sampai pada Surah al-Fil, tapi masa balik kampung the other day, one night Haris minta bacakan cerita sebelum tidur. I was thinking of short stories from Quran, and remembered al-Feel and did a quick search on internet and jumpa website ni; Teaching kids the Holy Quran. He immediately became SO interested, sebab LEGO. I guess to teach meanings of each surah next time, had to include these, and I’m very thankful for the effort put in this project.

And so, he can’t wait to come home and build Kaa’bah with his Legos. Bila dah sampai rumah, the first thing he did the next morning? Yes, he remembered his goal. Lol. Cepat-cepat dia buat, but since (*rolls eyes), he’s such a perfectionist, marah-marah dia sebab Lego pieces dia tak sama dengan gambar. I encouraged him to just use what he has, to try and to think, he hesitated. I left him alone and eventually he came to me and finished it!

Just like Surah al-Masad, I’m trying to think to incorporate whatever lesson related to the Surah. And I think I’ll do Elephant and Bird unit study next. ^^

Surah al-Masad

Mom listens to this:

Mom reads:
NAK’s transcript on the Surah.

When talked about flame/fire, Haris tanya kenapa api padam bila ditiup? Sebab biasa kalau lilin menyala, contohnya, scented candle / birthday candle, dia akan blow untuk padamkan. And so, mom had to find experiment untuk fahamkan dia. Hehe.

First we need to know, what is fire?

And then, discuss about fire safety. Fire safety booklet at Teaching Mama.

Experiments Fun:
Flying Tea Bag Ghosts 
What puts out fire?
What makes fire?

Learning Arabic Alphabet

This week, am going to focus on him recognising Hijaiyah letters. One of the activities is Bingo game taken from YemenLinks. Movable Arabic Letters untuk draw for Bingo dari Noorjanan.

I’ve been reading her blog for this past week, and MashaAllah so many advices and tips from her. I feel enlighten reading her posts and makes me motivated more. Her blog is inactive now, and I’m going to miss her writings when I’m done with reading all of her posts. Lol.

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That Haris there, frustrated look, sebab asyik kalah. Hee.

It’s fun, sebab round pertama main tak ada apa-apa reward. Haris won. Kedua, me won and set the rule siapa menang dapat makan Oreo. Lol. The look on his face! Tak puas hati. Haaa. Asyik mengerling dekat bekas Oreo. Ketiga, Haris menang and he said,

“Neeq menang berapa kali tadi?”
“Err, dua.”
“So Haris dapat makan dualah!”

Lol.