We are taking it a bit slow this week. Clearly, unschooling method really don’t work for us. At least not this time. It ended up taking a little bit more time to research and prepare. I maybe did it the wrong way, but I still think it doesn’t work for me and for him. And so I’m back to planning stages because previous setup doesn’t work for us because he missed his friends, being surrounded with his friends and all. Thoughts of giving up always come flashing in my mind. And hubby always says it’s OK. He is still young. But when that reflects his mood, it reflects my mood and the mood of the house. I’m still trying desperately to find weekdays program so he can mix with others but.. sigh. They’re always out of our town or only have weekend classes. Weekend is only for whole family to hangouts.
Nevertheless, he can now reads cvc words. He completed Short A, Short E and Short I books from Progressive Phonics. We stopped with 100 Easy Lessons temporarily because he’s just not interested in it. But I still think that method is good and will be trying once again with him.
Mathematics, he’s still working out on adding and subtraction and I introduced money to him this week. Started introducing him cents. Syiling 10 sen, 20 sen dan 50 sen. Kalau ada 5 keping 10 sen equals to 50 sen, something like that. And with that I set up our own stall with sweets and biscuits and price for each and from there on boleh ajar tambah dan tolak. Lepas tu pergi bawah and I let him ask the price, kira duit syiling dia dan bayar.
Trying to be a little bit more organise since I am lacking so much.
I get the printable weekly menu planner from The Peaceful Mom.
Since I have a hard-boiled egg in the refrigerator, I thought that maybe we should try doing the bouncing ball experiment.
While we’re at it, why not try the Naked Egg experiment!
Then, we tested the strength of the shell by trying to squeeze the egg. I told him to squeeze with all his might. He hesitated at first. I showed him, and he eager to try and was amazed by how it did not break. 😀 Lepas tu, dia nak masak telur tu. OK then, he cracked it, beated it and masak~
Updated: No pictures taken. But we succeeded with the raw egg experiment and somehow failed the hard-boiled one. =.=;
I tried planning ahead of what to do for Haris for him to learn for the whole week, or at least for a few days but most of them never get done.
Mostly based on his moods. I can never force him to do things and I would never. I suggest him to do this and that and if he is willing, we’ll do it. Just like last week, when out of the blue he asked me to do origami horse, this week he wants everything to do with the police. It is chaotic for me because I have to google things (I rely in internet so much, sigh). While searching for things, he pesters me to do things with him and Hana too for attention. Goodness. By 9pm I already run out of energy. But, Haris sleeps in late. Because of his time with Papa. I wish he comes home earlier and participate in making Haris sleeps early like lights out at 9pm. Hmm.
We went to see movie; The Lego Movie on Sunday (Haris and Papa je) and me and Hana strolling around the mall! Yay! And bookstore! My child-teenager self surfaces eversince we decided to include learning around the house and I have become obsessed with books again. Peace of mind. Indeed, Allah is the best planner, He sent me Papa to put a stop in buying books. LOL. If not I’ll end up buying books which god knows when will I have time to read all of them. I spent around one hour and a half in MPH and I’m happy that MPH caters syllabus from outside, UK, US, Japan, Singapore, Japan and Australia. I have to have to visit its Megastore in OU but I hate going to OU. Too big and hard to park. The thing is they only sell workbooks and not textbooks. I bought singapore math workbook for Haris and I realise that what I actually need is textbooks or teacherguide! Tapi tak rugi. Kalau tak cuba tak tahu. Kena menabung lagilah untuk next purchase. Hehe. Hopefully adalah kat OU sana.
Disebabkan Lego itu, satu minggu ni Haris nak jadi polis. =.= He kept begging me to buy him handcuffs because the old one dah patah. Last-last buat DIY handcuffs with kitchen towel roll and a shoelace.
First off, the first week banyak concentrate nak buat housewarming. Mama and papa terlebih nervous sebenarnya. Couldn’t concentrate on anything else. Me, I mean! Sambil-sambil tu sambut birthday Hana kecil-kecilan.
We went to PPAS library again. Mama suka library neh! Tapi apakan daya tak dapek nak explore lebih-lebih sebab sibuk mengejar Hana sana sini. >.>
We practice to write his full name. He already knows to write his name. He now knows he is 5 years old, Alhamdulillah. Kalau tak, orang tanya dia akan jawab tak tahu. Huhu.
He asked me to do origami horse, and we did using instructions here:Horse Origami Haris buat yang awal-awal, simple and I did the rest.
While we’re at that I printed nomenclature card for horse for Haris to learn a bit about horses. Get them here: Zoology Nomenclature Set by The Helpful Garden
Lapbook resources for Horse can be found at ImaanHomeschool.
This week, Haris been asking to do Math; addition & subtraction. Keeps asking me to print worksheets for him to do. I got the simple worksheets here.
Dan Haris habiskan buku ni. This is actually a good book. Colourful and visually attractive. I got it cheap at Big Bad Wolf last year and the rest of it can be found at Book Xcess.
Playing Math game on the computer.
I make him look into the mirror and draw himself. And he drew mine as well. Lukisan dia dah ada variety sket dah. Kalau perempuan, ada bulu mata. 😀
Next day, dia minta nak buat boat pulak. So, I taught him to make one. Jadi pepagi lagi dah gi mandi kolam sambil bawa paper boat dia.
Continuing we make Sink or Float. Gather a few items around the house to do the experiment. Ha. Waktu masak tengahari selalunya jadi waktu science experiment Haris.
Rest of the week.
Last year, when Haris was in school (which means he was 3 turning 4), I often asked him during bedtime what he did at school, etc. We’ll talk about lots of things. The convo that I remembered most is, when I asked him was:
“Mata untuk apa?” He answered something else I couldn’t recall.
Then I closed his eyes and asked.
“Tak nampak! Untuk tengok mama!”
“Telinga?” He answered something random again, then tutup telinga dia and I talked.
He understands now and shouts “Untuk dengar!”
“Bau busuk!” =.=
Since there’s a guest in Haris room, we decided to take a week break. On Sunday, we went to 1001 Inventions at Pusat Sains Negara.
On Wednesday, we went to PPAS for a sharing session by ByRoadtoMalaysia, organised by MHsN. We met many homeschoolers there. Walaupun banyak ketinggalan (Haris being fussy, Hana being busy) tapi banyak juga ilmu yang dapat, Alhamdulillah.
Inside the Caravan.
This one day, rasanya hari Khamis, setelah lama tak ada “structured learning”, petang tu, tiba-tiba Haris masuk bilik dia, took out Math workbook and did the exercise himself! I was impressed, seriously. He asked for me not to look, tapi ada juga Haris datang dan bertanyakan macamana nak buat. When he finished, he went back to his room, took out other apparatus to do. After that, he went back again and took out pattern blocks. And did these by himself.
For weeks now, agak mencari-cari juga macamana nak ajar Haris membaca? To read in English and Malay pula macamana? He already knows alphabets, and knows each sound. Since I already decided to use 100 Easy Lessons, let’s just go with it, I thought. Tapi Haris macam tak berminat. Kejap-kejap sangat dia concentrate. Buku-buku pulak, pun kejap juga pandang. Tapi bila cuba juga baca depan dia banyak kali, last-last dia tengok juga and he only looks at the picture and only interested in what’s happening in the pictures than read pastu buat cerita dia sendiri. Takpe. Pelan-pelan. Insha Allah, moga dia minat dengan buku-buku nanti.
So, I came across Progressive Phonics. A free reading programme. Since he already knows alphabets, I skipped that and printed Beginner Phonics Book 1: Short Vowel a.
To make it interesting for him, this is how we did it. First I identified the words used. -at family. at, bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, rat, sat. I wrote those words on paper and paste it on our sliding door.
I then printed pictures for each word.
Fold them and we draw to determine what we have to shoot. Teach him to read and increase his vocab at the same time. ^^
I actually wrote points for each word. 1-3. If he gets to shoot the word, he gets the point. Learning addition. 😀
We also use Starfall for reading practice.
He’s been doing his IQRA’ with Papa, tapi dia menghafal dan tidak mengenal huruf. Sure, he can recite until ‘Ya’. Tapi bila randomly asked yang mana, yang mana dia tak dapat jawab. I’ve been thinking cemana nak buat. Lightbulb! I got an idea! Use BINGO! Lol. I’m so going to use Bingo for everything now because he enjoys it. So we covered Alif til zal.
Rest of the week.
Practice phonic with Starfall.
Pattern blocks sampai and he spent more than 1 hour doing it! ^^
A bit downer this week. Not much done. Haris being moody and lazy all week. He misses his friends. 🙁
We’re not following any theme this week. Banyak ikut lead Haris.
Still reciting dan betulkan bacaan Surah al-Fatihah dan Surah an-Naas.
Because he refused to work on workbooks, cuba ajak dia counting to 100 and he hops along and he’s getting better at counting and recognising the numbers.
Yang ni, he insist on counting semua. =.=;
100 chart printable
100 pocket chart
Papa outstation ke Penang. So we went to PPAS Library. Got these books.
I especially like “One” book by Stone Faruq.
Walaupun pada siang hari, he refused to do math or reading activities or whatever I suggested, (except messy play), ada satu malam tu, eager pulak dia buat math workbook tu.
Topics from the book:
Big and little
In, on, under – lemah
Long, short, tall
Heavy and Light
Full or Empty?
Three bears (sequencing)
Counting (til 5)
Circles, Triangles, Squares – lemah
Shapes & colours
Up & Down
We did these:
Mula-mula geli. Seminit sekali basuh tangan. Tapi dekat sejam jugak dia main siap modified macam chef masakan shooting video. Spices bagai.
Hana pun join painting. And I’m seriously thinking Hana punya montessori lesson plan juga.
We tried magnet activity juga. Filled paper clips and coins in a bottle half-filled with water. Tied the magnet dengan tali and the other end to spoon and he fished out those items out of bottle. Fun! Ideas from here.
Theme: Allah Created Me
Letter of the Week: H
Quran: Surah an-Naas
Hadith: Smile is Charity
Ada buat jadual harian untuk Neeq. Tapi mula-mula untuk biasakan Neeq tu, *sigh*. Neeq pula cepat bosan lagi. Tapi selalu ingatkan diri, “Takpe, pelan-pelan. At least he’s learning something everyday, rather than just watching TV and iPad.” Tengah dalam misi mengurangkan aktiviti itu.
Untuk morning exercise, we’re using this routine: Morning Exercise It’s old, tapi sebab Mama ni a self-proclaimed avid Korean-Japan Drama fans, jadi terpaksalah Neeq ikutin jua. Hikhik. Cuma maybe next time, Mama akan cari lagu yang sesuai dan catchy. (And no Neeq, jangan harap Oppa Gangnam Style, OK? =.=) Dalam minggu ni, baru sekali buat sebenarnya, because he’s just not interested. Takpe, minggu depan cuba lagi.
Dan Asmaaul-Husna. I think I should add National Anthem as well?
Lepas tu, Daily Calendar, buat versi sendiri tapi dia tak berminat juga I think because he’s just used to be doing the daily calendar from 1+1+1=1, Mama kena buat semula sebab nak masukkan juga kalendar Islam dalam tu.
We’re using all free printables from the net and respectables homeschool blogs.
These are what we have used this week:
I’m trying the book “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” and I made flashcards to go with the book. We only made it until Lesson 2. And I’m going to have to tweak the flashcards a bit. It bores him to look at the book full of words. T.T Will share it when it’s done, In sha Allah.
Learn Allah in English words by Talibiddeen Jr.
Note: To learn in Arabic next.
H is for Hippo from 1+1+1=1.
More Letter H activities here.
Because 6 pcs puzzles was easy for him. So I cut it to 12pcs puzzles.
Since he’s so into cutting, we used cutting worksheets from here, Aussie Childcare Network.
Math activities using Bingo, number 21-45.
We bought Kinetic Sand from Annahlu Therakids, Melaka. Arrived on Thursday. He spent hours playing on it.
Saw a RM1.00 little magnet set at a stationery store. He likes it and I asked him to identify what attracts and what not around the house. I guess next time we’ll try more activities with it.
Went to the Dinosaur exhibition at Shah Alam Museum. It was on weekdays and there was no people around. Separuh jalan jer, sebab Neeq ketakutan. It was dark and gory. ^^;
We made Jetfire Origami.
We made a house for the word H, but ended up being a Transformer’s den. =.=;
IQRA’ with Papa.
The rest of the days, he’s so into Transformers. Watching stop motion videos and make his own playscenes. But always ended up with Papa pulling his hair, because small parts keep coming off. LOL.
Lagu yang sesuai untuk morning exercise.
Re-do Daily Learning Notebook.
Dry/Wet Erase Marker.
100 Easy Lessons flashcards.