Our 10 hour drive to Dallas was a very rainy one. It rained the whole way that I was left wondering if it was raining all over Texas. And the next day, it’s still raining. There were a lot of accidents on the way, that traffic was held up a couple of times. They were reminders subhanallah of Allah’s decree and Allah’s power and blessings.
For us, it was raining, and we were traveling, so our dua were high priority, alhamdulillah. Everytime we travel I would recite out loud the dua of traveling and then the meaning. It’s really deep and profound when you reflect over the dua of a traveler subhanallah. For me, it’s also profound that there is a part that asks for the distance to be covered quickly, especially as it pertained to us. We were trying to get there in time for class. Despite the rain, we covered the distance in good time, alhamdulillah, but the few traffic that we had held us up, and everytime, I’d make dua, and when I thought we would definitely make it, we encountered traffic again. Subhanallah. We had entered Dallas but there were more traffic at the flyover which Z was very fascinated with. He kept pointing out the train tracks,
“Why are there many tracks?”
“Are we up?”
“Why are we up?”
“Are we going down?”
“I don’t want to go down.”
“Are we up Ummi?”
“Are we up a little bit, Ummi?”
“I want to go on a train.”
“Are we almost there?”
The first time he asked about the flyover, I realized that he had just realized about the differences between a smaller city and a bigger city. We have been traveling a lot before, but he had never noticed these things or at least had never asked about them. So I explained that this is a big city and there are so many more cars and people and they had to have trains, and they had to build the roads in such a way that we have flyovers. He seemed entranced by the whole experience.
He kept asking where we were too.
Oh and he did ask,
“Why is that moving?” (the windshield wiper)
“To wipe the water away.”
“Why do you need that to wipe the water?”
“So we can see.”
“Why is it raining?”
“Because Allah told the ngels to let the rain cloud let down water so the animals can drink, the grass can drink, the trees can drink. They need water too. Otherwise, who will give them water?”
“No, the people don’t give them water. They need water too.”
“Does the water fall on the trees?”
“Yes, but they suck it in through their roots.”
Subhanallah, we did make it to class on time though, miraculously, with Allah’s power of course. It was amazing. I brought Z in with me, and I gve him his Quran Maze sheet, and his crayon pouch, and told him to whisper and color. It was hard for me to fully take notes because of this, but I wanted so much for him to be in that environment, like the 3 older kids were when they were that age. At the registration table, the sister did mention that there was Mommy and Me room for mothers with young children. I didn’t want to take Z there. I want him to be trained to sit quietly in such an environment, even if he does his own things. That’s how it ws with the 3 older kids. I had taken them to Al Maghrib classes at that age and trained them to sit quietly and ‘take notes’. I would accommodate some fidgetyness, but no ruckus.
With Z, it ws okay Alhamdulillah. He did run to the front for bit but didn’t make any noise. He did move between me, S and N, but was quiet most of the time. He was doing his Quran mazes and came to a part where he had to write down words. He encountered the word worship and when I told him to copy it out, he made a face and said,
“I don’t want to.”
I told him then that ok, he can just put it away and I turned back to my notes. When I looked back at his paper, he had written the word out. That was quick! I realized that he has the ability to write quickly but it’s just a matter of whether he wants to or not, which makes it both easier and harder for me.
We survived 3 hours of free Friday alhamdulillah! I didn’t have much notes but at least I had Z in the room for 3 hours without much trouble.
Today, I spent the morning doing the Human Body activity sheet with him. I truly enjoyed it!
I had to spell the words for him. I just realized that we probably need to start work on uppercase and lowercase soon.
It didn’t take that long for him to write, so he can write pretty fast but it’s just training him to write on the lines, lowercase, uppercase, basically penmanship. I hate training kids with penmanship. I hated doing it in school too.
S doing her Algebra and Z working on his maze when I was done working with him.
He seemed to enjoy it too and actually cooperated though with reading and writing, he did make faces and refused but I insisted. I realized that this is what his therapists had to do too. We actually finished working on the whole activity set by lunch time. S did her Al Huda studying while I was working with him.
I also let him do another Quran Maze set.
We also read Hey, Little Ant. As we read this book, I asked him,
“Is the boy nice or mean?”
Is he being nice or mean now?”
“Do you think he should squish the ant?”
“Do you remember when H squished your ant?”
“Were you sad ?”
“Your ant was bringing back leaf, so maybe it was trying to build a nest or eat.”
When we reached the end of the book, he seemed pretty distraught because there was no given definite ending. For quite some time he looked very disappointed.
I then asked him which was his favorite page. I chose the giant ant. He did too. I love that page.
As for the older kids, we are kind of worried about N and how good she can retain or grasp the material taught in class. I looked through her notes last night. Pretty quirky and funny. I also noticed that she missed the important points and wrote down the jokes and elaborative points. I asked her if she likes the class. She said,
“Yeah, he makes lots of jokes.”
H said today at lunch break,
“It’s kind of hard.”
I hope to learn what they learned when they study for the exam inshaa Allah.
As for S, she studied her Al Huda, did her Math, we watched King Arthur’s Britain, and she did some PSAT questions. I finished memorizing my dua ready to be tested soon inshaAllah, listened to part of Juz 2 lesson for LI review purposes, and kicked myself for not bringing my Sahih Bukhari notes. I had the forward vision to ask my classmates to record the class for me because I will be missing two consecutive weeks of it, but I didn’t pack my notes with me! I didn’t think of listening to the recorded class and catching up during the week! Oh well, just more work for me when we get back home inshaAllah.
In all, alhamdulillah I feel it’s a pretty productive day.