Summer Art Class

I havent been able to find time to post stuff, primarily becoz, I have been  formating my syllabus for the summer camp. Its frustrating when you want to try and squeeze as many activities as possible but have to consider

  • age difference in children
  • skill difference in children
  • Certain projects get carried far longer than others
  • Certain projects dont actually help in building any skills but kids love it becoz it is fun.

I think I will be keeping the activity time as 2 – 2 1/2 hrs and now how do I manage to squeez two activities in there ??  Big question. Being a parent myself, I know how important it is that you feel the money you put in is worth it in the end. Children should learn a skill, enjoy building it and at the same time get entertained !

The last 6 week programe was jam packed with young and old ones, we had fun and it was really a sucess. 

Hmmm , lets see, I think primarily we can place two activities in a day. One would have to be the skill builder and one the ancillary activity.

I’ve noticed how most of the summer camps just treat kids as cattle and that really upsets me. When my own boys went for the summer classes to Al Nasr leisureland, it was a complete waste. They never learned anything there, they just ” hung around” the pool or the ice rink, ( not included although they had said it was a part of the deal, initially ) There were alittle more than 200 students !! I learned my lesson the hard way. No more packages for me. Although packages are economical, there is always a catch. That we find out after payments are made.   

I wish to keep smaller classes so that, while the kids do make a few friends, they learn a new skill and have someone giving them full attention. 

Anyways, its all a little bit of a messy so ONCE i have handled that, I’ll post some more

Till then ciao.

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Few Quizes on Islam/Hadees and Information too.

Do You know                                                                                                                                        

 What will be the first thing that will be asked from this Ummah هلتعلمأنأولمايرفعمنأعمالهذهالأمة؟                  

Five Prayers الصلواتالخمس  
Do You know…
Do you know what was the first prayer offered By Mohammad S.A.W هلتعلمأنأولصلاةصلاهارسولالله؟
It Was Duhr Prayer هيصلاةالظهر
Do You know…
Who will be the first one entering Jannah هلتعلمأنأولمنيقرعبابالجنة؟
He will be Prophet Mohammad S.A.W هومحمد – صلىاللهعليهوسلم
Do You know…
Who will be the first Ummah Entering Jannah هلتعلمأنأولأمةتدخلالجنة؟
It will be Ummah of Prophet Mohammad S.A.W هيأمةمحمدصلىاللهعليهوسلم
Do You know…
Who was the first one who say Azan in heavens هلتعلمأنأولمنأذنفيالسماء؟
He was Jibrail A.S جبريلعليهالسلام
Do You know…
Who first predicted the hours to be twelve هلتعلمأنأولمنقدرالساعاتالاثنىعشرة؟
It was Nooh A.S, who did this when he was on boat to find out the times for prayers نوحعليهالسلامفيالسفينةليعرفمواقيتالصلاة
Do You know…
Who was the first person who said SUBHANA RABBI AL AALA هلتعلمأنأولمنقالسبحانربيالأعلى؟
He was Israfeel A.S. هوإسرافيلعليهالسلام
Do You know…
What was the first ayah revealed from Al-Quran هلتعلمأنأولمانزلمنالقرآنالكريم؟
It was Surah Al-Alaq Ayah 1 اقرأباسمربكالذيخلق
Do You know…
Who first wrote with pen هلتعلمأنأولمنخطبالقلم؟
He was Hazrat Idrees A.S هوإدريسعليهالسلام
Do You know…
What was the last ayah revelaed from Al-Quran هلتعلمأنآخرمانزلمنالقرآنالكريم؟
It was Al-Baqara Ayah 281.. واتقوايوماًترجعونفيهإلىالله
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What was the fist verse revealed from Torah هلتعلمأنأولمانزلمنالتوراة؟
It was Bismillah hir rahman nir raheem بسماللهالرحمنالرحيم
Do You know…
What is the most supreme Ayah in Quran هلتعلمأنأعظمآيةفيالقرآنالكريم؟
Its Ayat Al-Kursi ——-Al-Baqara Ayah 255 آيةالكرسي
Do You know…
Whoever says SUBHAN ALLAHi WA BIHAMDIHI hundred 100 times,
All his sins will be forgiven even if they are as much as foam of the sea منقال ( سبحاناللهوبحمده ) مئةمرهغفرت ذنوبهولوكانتمثلزبدالبحر..
Do You know…
Whoever will say LAILLAHA ILLA ANTA SUBHANAKA INNI KUNTU MINAZ ZALIMEEN,
Whenever he is in sorrow, Allah will take away all his sorrows
Just like he saved YUNUS A.S, when he was inside the fish..
Do You know…
The Prophet said منقال ( لآإلهإلآإنتسبحانكإنيكنتمنالظالمين ) وهوفيشدهفرجالله عنه, … كما فرج عن يونس عليه السلآم عندما قال هذه الكلمات في بطن الحوت قالعليهالصلاةوالسلامكلمتانثقيلتانفيالميزانحبيبتانإلىالرحمن
“(There are) two words which are dear to the Beneficent (Allah) and very light (easy) for the tongue (to say),
but very heavy in weight in the balance.
They are: Subhan Allah WA-bi hamdihi’ and ‘Subhan Allah Al-‘Azim..” سبحاناللهوبحمده سبحاناللهالعظيم
Do You know…
Ibn-al Qayyaum R.A said: the things that make the body sick are: 
قالابنالقيمرحمهالله أشياءتُمرضالجسم الكلامالكثير النومالكثير * والأكلالكثير *                

Too much talking, Too much sleeping, Too much Eating  
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Jabir reported that the Prophet, SAW, said, ‘Whoever says منقالسبحــــاناللهوبحمده.
Subhan-Allah- al-Azim WA bihamdihi (Glorified is Allah, the Great, with all praise due to Him),
will have a palm tree planted for him in paradise.” Reported by Tirmidhi
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Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (May Allah be pleased with her) reported, from the Mother of the Believers:
The Prophet (PBUH) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet said, “I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi غرستلهبهنخلةفيالجنة. من قال سبحان الله وبحمده عدد خلقه ورضا نفسه وزنة عرشه ومداد كلماته ثلاث مرات سباق مغري إلى الجنة

Hilarious Signs.

WORDS OF WITSdom!!

 I don’t know if these are really signs or just the workings of a very creative individual. Either way, they’re fun! 

 Sign over a Gynecologist’s Office:

 “Dr. Jones, at your cervix.”

 In a Podiatrist’s office:

 “Time wounds all heels.”

 On a Septic Tank Truck in Oregon :

 “Yesterday’s Meals on Wheels”

 At a Proctologist’s door:

“To expedite your visit, please back in.”

 On a Plumber’s truck:

 “Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”

 At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee :

“Invite us to your next blowout.” 

 At a Towing company:

“We don’t charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.”

 On an Electrician’s truck:

“Let us remove your shorts.” 

 On a Maternity Room door:

 “Push. Push. Push.” 

 At an Optometrist’s Office

“If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’re at the right place.” 

 On a Taxidermist’s window:

“We really know our stuff.” 

 At a Car Dealership:

 “The best way to get back on your feet — miss a car payment.” 

 Outside a Muffler Shop:

 “No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

 In a Veterinarian’s waiting room:

“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

 At the Electric Company:

 “We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don’t, you will be.”

 In a Restaurant window:

“Don’t stand there and be hungry, Come on in and get fed up.” 

 In the front yard of a Funeral Home:

 “Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

 At a Propane Filling Station,

 “Thank heaven for little grills.”

 And don’t forget the sign at a Chicago Radiator Shop:

“Best place in town to take a leak.”

Wedding Anniversary

July 5th .. yeah its been 11 super fantastic years .. with its share of bumps, humps and plenty of fun along the way. Whatever else I opt out for in another life, I still want the same husband and children. He is super duper great and they are just awesome. As always, we dont celebrate. Just to make it different, we treat the kids to a movie and dinner or something similarly excieting.

Much against my wishes we saw Terminator ~Salvation. Not all that fun for me, I prefered Transformers. Loved the movie. I would have prefered Ice Age 3. I am a sucker for any and all animation. 

Dinner was  Chinese at MOE. Twas lovely. Me and my adorable family. Just so perfect when everything underneath is going topsy turvy. Troubles come in 3’s. Got two, waiting for the third one.

The boys made these lovely drawings for us. The photos dont do justice to the sweet thoughts put in.

on my 11 th anniversary, Bilal age 10, Sawaab 8, Eman 7.

on my 11 th anniversary, Bilal age 10, Sawaab 8, Eman 7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one is from Bilal. His dad is his star, and yes his dad is pretty slim too.

This one is from Bilal. His dad is his star, and yes his dad is pretty slim too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It made me happy to see that my children identify muslim women with Hijaab. This is from Bilal. Ofcourse, He has stated why my face is "yellow" :)

It made me happy to see that my children identify muslim women with Hijaab. This is from Bilal. Ofcourse, He has stated why my face is "yellow" 🙂

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

my little Sawaab has his heart for his abba, he made us origami caps and horns. He also gifted back to me the Ikea coloring set I GOT him coz he felt art supplies would make me happy. awwww sho shweet.

my little Sawaab has his heart for his abba, he made us origami caps and horns. He also gifted back to me the Ikea coloring set I GOT him coz he felt art supplies would make me happy. awwww sho shweet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eman thanked abba for helping us keep the house clean ! wow ! He took forever to draw all the details of the house, garage and courtyard !

eman thanked abba for helping us keep the house clean ! wow ! He took forever to draw all the details of the house, garage and courtyard !

When the kids are small, every little piece of their drawings, writings etc is such a treasure. The show cupboard in the dinning room is filled with such tiny treasures. Alot of people think it is junk and perhaps I should change the setting of those gifts, but hey, what the hell, they are my kids, this is my house, and those gifts are precious to me. And it also lets the kids know that everything they give us has a special place in this home. I know I am right. Do you think so ?   

Salt Dough Activity.

Sawaab arranging his alphabets

Sawaab arranging his alphabets

I feel amongst all the activities that I generally experiment with kidz, children enjoy sculpturing the most. Perhaps its one of the only activity that helps them with touch, feel, see and shape abilities. There is a sense of an achievement everytime a young one manages to make a model of a fish or star or anything remotely simple. It is incomparable.    

Either it is entering double digit or its boredom or its being hooked on to the tube thingy, but I can sense Bilal is drifting away from his art retreat.  I feel he has to join us by his own will and need and not becoz I would want him to, so we did’nt force him but the boys and I had a good time with salt dough. This time, I almost made 1 1/2 kg. Part of it is stored in an airtight container in the fridge. 

I gave Eman a free hand at whatever he wished to do. However I did not want them to use cutters and shapers this time. They rolled and punched and egged on the dough. I think we can continue this next week too, coz we have plenty of dough on us still. I made alphabets. Eman’s octopus was the cutest.

Can u spot the octopus ? He managed to make sandwiches, pizzas and burgers too

Can u spot the octopus ? He managed to make sandwiches, pizzas and burgers too

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table full of designs

table full of designs