This is the favourite book that Maimoonah keeps asking me to read aloud these days.
Thease are series of books for little children on topics very much related to them based on morals and manners. I borrowed them from a cousin and read them to Maimoonah. Some contents of the book I do not agree due to Islaamic values, so I incorparate Islamic point of views and explain to her. For Example it says in one of the books if you get angry its ok to punch something or hit hard on something to get your anger away. I do not read this to her, instead I read something like, the Messenger of Allaah sallaahu alaihiwasallam has said when you get angry to seek refuge with Allaah from Shaitaan and if you are standing sit down, and if you are sitting down lie down so that the anger will go off Insha Allaah. But other than this these books are nice to read to little children.
I use the Glenn Doman's reading program for Maimoonah and we have come a long way masha Allaah. Many sisters have concerns about this method, but Masha Allaah for us it has worked so far and I hope to continue. So now since we are a bit relaxed we revised the reading on her white board. She enjoys this masha Allaah. Usually I have been writing words and she reads. This time I started writing sentences using the words she already knew and masha Allaah tabarakallaah she read them with no problems whatsoever. She was thrilled too. These are the kind of sentences she reads masha Allaah. As long as the letters are big and clear she can read both the print and hand written words, she already knows.
She shows lot of interest in drawing something and talking about it. So she draws and says this is a sun, this is a river, these are birdies, etc etc... I let her do this and I listen and she enjoys.
Suddenly she writes something like the letter M upside down and says see M. So I draw dots and make her write on top of the dots. Also to enhance pre writing skills I make her draw lines and show me the directions that a butterfly has to take to go to the flower, etc.. She does this well masha Allaah.
Also we do the MEP maths Reception year, so we continued some activities on that too.
I really like this program and we have almost come to lesson 14 out of 20. This is also free masha Allaah and everything is well planned for you to use it. I do not give her any writing on this, so far everything is practical and oral. I intend to repeat the book next year with allowing her to do the activities on the book Insha Allaah. These are few of the activities we did ....counting, sorting taking away or putting them under and counting the remaining items. We did this with my cookery books. she wanted to carry heavy things and do the counting.
So these were the few unplanned activities we do and will continue till Ramadhaan Insha Allaah.