# The Reluctant Dragon

Bismillah,

English

As you might have guessed from the title of this post, we have read a passage from the story “The Reluctant Dragon” by Kenneth Grahame. I explained to kids that the story was written long time ago and some of the vocabulary are difficult to understand. But, they should be reading more stories like this as it trains their brain to automatically pick up the language, style, vocabulary and everything.

They read passages from the story, we worked on Nouns and Pronouns. They answered the questions and wrote their answers in full sentences. Alhamdulillah, everyone’s writing has improved (though I believe there is still lots of work to be done, it feels great to notice these little changes in handwriting, spelling and punctuation)

Maths

We did work on the concept of time and how we measure time: seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, year. And 60 seconds=1minute;  60 minutes=1 hour 24 hours=1 day; 30/31 days= 1 month; 12 months=1 year.

We did word problems like this to understand how it is an important life skill to have to be able to work out the solutions.

I also introduced fractions to the younger group and they grasped the concept easily. They did this easy worksheet to practice

Science

We learned about Rocks and Minerals

• The earth is made of 3 parts: Core, Mantle, Crust
• Earth is made of rocks and minerals
• There are 3 main types of rocks
• Igneous rocks are born of fire (melted rock hardens)
• Metamorphic rocks are made of due to heat and pressure
• Sedimentary rocks are layers of rocks and formed due to rain, wind, water etc
• Melted rock is called Lava

We watched a few power point presentations on the topic. I found this unit study made by homeschool den is so useful, mashaAllah. It is full of practical activities and free worksheets. We did some of the activities here and found out how human beings use mineral for almost everything.

We will be exploring Minerals in more detail next term inshaAllah.

Fun Friday Activity

We had Junk Modelling session this Friday. I asked them to watch a couple of videos on youtube to get an idea and decide as a team what to make. That didn’t go very well. Everybody seems to have an opinion and they couldn’t agree on what to make. Alhamdulillah, I had to intervene and get them all work together. InshaAllah, more team-building activities coming up!!!

Alhamdulillah, we are nearly halfway through the programme now as we finished 5th week. We have 1 more week of studies and preparing for SATs exams in the following weeks. We just go through the SATS papers here inshaAllah.

Homework:

• Maths- two pages from MEPs and go through the time/calendar word problems