# Aesop’s Fables

Bismillah,

We started with Math on Friday. We are still doing activities on the following with the younger group:

• Numbers up to 100
• Number sequences
• Place value in 3 digit numbers

Alhamdulillah, they are so much better and quicker in mental calculations. Though they still need a lot of practice, we will be moving on to more life skills next week (Money value, time, calendar, measuring quantity, weight and length etc)

Older group did shapes, fractions and addition and subtraction word problems. They wouldn’t get the word problems straight away, I always have to explain a bit further. So, inshaAllah, more practice in that next week as well.

English

We read short stories from Aesop’s Fables. I told them about Aesop, a slave who lived in Greece a long time ago. He wrote stories known as fables. He used animals to describe people in his stories and all the stories have a “morale” or a lesson to teach. Some of the girls already knew about him as they studied his fables at school.

So, they first read the stories and identified proper and common nouns in a story. Then we looked at pronouns and how they are used to replace nouns (so we don’t keep repeating nouns throughout the story). Then they did copywork for handwriting and answered the questions for reading comprehension. I explained to them to answer in full sentences and reviewed that a sentence starts with a capital letter, ends with full stop and has one complete idea/event/opinion etc.

Aesop’s Fables is a great book to have at home. All the stories are short, easy to read and easy to understand. It is especially great for young readers, kids between the ages of 6-8. All the stories are easy to narrate back and you can have a wonderful follow-up discussion.

So, we read the story called “The Dog and His Reflection” and discussed how greed is not a good thing to have in you. But rather, if we are content and grateful for what we have, Allah increases the barakah and gives us more.

Reported by Miqdad bin Ma`dikarib (RA): I heard Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say: “No man fills a container worse than his stomach. A few morsels (bites) that keep his back upright are sufficient for him. If he has to, then he should keep one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for his breathing (air).” (Tirmidhi – Riyad us Saliheen, Chapter 56, 516)

Ibn ‘Abbas and Anas bin Malik RA reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “If a son of Adam were to own a valley full of gold, he would desire to have two. Nothing can fill his mouth except the earth (of the grave). Allah forgives those who repent”.
(Bukhari and Muslim).

Science

We learned about Materials and how people use different Materials in their daily lives, alhamdulillah.

• Materials can be natural (wool, stone, rock) or man made (plastic)
• Natural materials can be living (wood) or non living (stone)
• We use metal to make cars and coins
• We use plastic to make carrier bags or plastic toys
• We use wool to make clothes and cotton fabric to make clothes and curtains etc
• We use wood to make toys, tables, chairs etc
• We use rocks and stones to make roads
• We use glass to make glasses and windows
• We use clay to make pots
• Some materials are found in nature (metal, stone) and some materials are made in factories (glass and plastic)

Alhamdulillah, Science is always practical and the girls are so productive. They understand most concepts straight away. The lessons just increases their awareness of the things around them. These lessons are here to encourage them to notice and observe things in nature and in everyday life.

Fun Friday activity

We went to the park. AGAIN!!! They had races, went on the swings, took turns to ride bikes and walked around the park. Alhamdulillah.