Alhamdulillah our plants are growing well, here is a photo of them. We keep placing them in the sun during the day, bringing them in at night and watering them. Our outdoor garden has not yet sprouted but here are the pictures.
update: here are the bean plants from ds’s inside pots as of May 1, 2011
Honestly, I didnt expect the beans to sprout too quickly, and the ones in the soil have not as of yesterday, but the ones we placed in the paper towel/bag have alhamdulillah! So we spoke about the different environments each are in, the bounty and the will of Allah subhana wa t’ala, and we cracked a couple open to see how they were sprouting. It is a blessing subhanAllah that plants can grow without soil. Here is a photo…
Salaam alaikum sisters
I bought these biodegradable pots and soil, and beans/seeds and ds and I plated them this afternoon. In the morning I will take them outside inshaAllah and bring them in at night. He did most of the work himself alhamdulillah, pouring in the soil with a spoon, planting the seed, more soil on top, and then he watered them. There are sticks in three of them, those are black eyed beans and the others are adouki beans i think they are called. Apparently, what I didnt know before, is that lima beans are suppose to grow faster but, alhamdulillah, we will have to be patient. Although we did so many pots, I still had ds place a bunch of black eyes in a wet paper towel inside a clear zip bag just so we can watch the roots grow inshaAllah and make comparisons and contrasts; i.e how a seed grows within soil and without, the root systems, etc. I am also going to get him to journal about botany insha’Allah.
I will make another post with links to those pages click here, enjoy!
The Islamic poem I editted to go with the class: The Little Plant and Al-Khaliq
So at our newest Islamic center, although they have a greenhouse in the back, we cannot use it. Apparently, it is a really dangerous place to be that has yet to be cleaned up mashaAllah. Shattered glass and mangled metal and overgrown weeds (alhamdulillah this all took place before our community bought the building). Anyway, after talking to the sister in the office of the center, it has been decided that ds and I will have our own garden out front alhamdulillah! This will be a great chance to teach muhammad the importance of being ‘green’, the creation of Allah swt, botany and so fourth mashaAllah… InshaAllah this weekend we find out exactly were the garden will be, what will be in it inshaAllah, etc. I am anxious to find out, so I will keep you updated!
update: alhamdulillah, I finally have a photo of the greenhouse, here it is…
Asalaamu alaikum sisters,
Today my son took the bag I made for him and we went together on a nature walk. He collected soo many things such as berries, acorns, leaves, twigs, walnuts, etc. Afterwards we made a sensory bin and talk about the texture… is it bumpy, prickly, smooth or rough? Then I printed out the leaf sheet to classify leaves… we also made a chain of berries, and spoke about how Allah is our creator and created everything for us mashaAllah, it was a productive science and art homeschooling/unschooling afternoon!
I thought I would share this with all of you, as I myself was pleased to find it. It is a download pdf of botany cards for montessori. These cards are parts of a flower, and the cards include a template so you can make your own corresponding flower inshaAllah with felt or foam etc… click on the link below to download. There are two sets in the pdf. Though they are the same, the only difference is that one set is in cursive, the other print alhamdulillah.
botanyflr (pdf download)
Asalamu alaikum sisters,
I woke up this morning to cool, crisp air outside and for the first time in months, my son and daughter needed coats to go on a walk… it was beautiful out mashaAllah! Autumn is my favourite time of year because, aside from ramadhan and eid, its apple picking time at the orchards (in Europe, UK, Canada and America anyway, not sure about the middle east!)
For Eid, aside from the prayer, I think we are going to take the kids apple picking inshaAllah… it will be my daughter’s first time, as she was in hossie last year when we took her brother. MashaAllah, he loves the horses and hayrides, and apple picking, and hot apple cider… I remember going there as a little girl, there was this rope we would use to jump from the loft in the barn and then let go and fall into the hay piles…. oh and of course we would collect maple syrup from the maple trees! Sigh….I love autumn. Here are some ideas for an autumn curriculum for your own children inshaAllah
1.) Bake an apple pie.
2.) Organize an apple tasting and explain about different textures, smells, tastes and colours. Explain that Allah made them for us to eat and be healthy mashaAllah (I will expand on this to make it more relevent inshaAllah).
3.) Apple Bobbing
4.) Dipping caramel apples
5.) Make Baked apple porcupines – recipe to follow inshaAllah
Stick clove “quills” in apples before baking for a simple and delicious treat. Just make sure to remove before eating!
6.) Go to the park with hot apple cider and a blanket (you could bring this with you in a canteen inshaAllah)
7.) If you find apples with leaves, you can do apple leaf rubs with a pencil or crayon
This is a project my son is doing; he planted a bulb in soil in a cup and is growing (I think lima beans?) Here are some photographs of his plant below…if you look down into the edge of the soil in the last photograph, you can see where its growing… it has been about three weeks alhamdulillah. MashaAllah, he waters it every day and makes dua’a…