Monday, May 07, 2007

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-12)

Although many specifics about how the first teacher appreciation day began are unknown, we do know that around 1944 Mattye Whyte Woodridge, an Arkansas teacher, decided there should be a national day honoring teachers. Woodridge began to write to political and educational leaders, and in 1953, she wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in turn persuaded Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

The first Tuesday in March was first recognized as National Teacher Day. In 1985, the day was expanded to the full week that we celebrate today.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Too long, I know

My apologies, I know it’s been a while since my last post. A little too long, but I have lots of updates so no worries.

First, we’ve been coming along real well with Connections Academy. There’s just another few weeks left of school for this year and we’ve completed kindergarten math and have started grade one math. We have also completed all of the other courses, including reading and Spanish. We used the jumpstart cd for Spanish mostly. The funny thing was that my three year old loved to watch my five year old use the cd. She sang along with the Spanish songs and repeated the words that they said to repeat. It was adorable!

Now for the last month of school we only have two courses left that we have been working on, one is grade one math and the other is another elective we picked up called homelife; which has been very different and refreshing. Basically for homelife there are certain projects that you are given to complete and you take pictures while you are doing them and then write up a report with the pictures attached. It’s been great. So far with my assistance my five year old has made a pizza from scratch, went on a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, planted an herb garden and is currently working on a genealogy project by interviewing some family members, making notes and then she will also draw up a family tree. I will write more about each project in detail later, and may even include some pictures.

We’re also still going to Madressa every Sunday morning. That has also been going well and the last day will be May 13th, which will be the day of the final exam. Then on the 20th there will be a party and awards ceremony where the top students will receive trophies and the rest of the children will receive ribbons and medals for different things such as attendance, behavior and participation. We are really looking forward to that and all of the volunteer teachers have worked very hard on it. We also did a program back in March right after the month of Muharram, and Safar on 9th rabi-ul-awwal for Eid-e-Zehra. The children practiced different plays and such to present to the community. Almost 100 people showed up, which included parents and different members of the community so it went off pretty well. The pre-k/kindergarten class that I teach, along with another teacher, (which my daughters are also in) performed the months in islam song and also each one of them read a different surah or dua into the microphone. I thought one of them might get nervous once they were standing in front of the crowd, but they all did so well, mashallah. And my five year old and her friend got so excited they were singing the months in islam song so loudly. They had quite a bit of fun.

I’m sorry it’s been so long since I did an update, it’s just been quite busy here with muharram and school and all. But inshallah I promise to keep this up as much as I can. Thanks for still visiting and reading this blog, even though I haven’t been around much. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding anything or if you would like me to blog about a certain topic.

Jazak Allah khairan