Thursday, November 17, 2011

Surprise and a Push

Yup..... surprise is what I got when I saw my name listed with so many veteran homecshool blogs for the 7th annual Homeschool Blog awards by Homeschool Post...... I really wonder how I got on the list. With all the name son the list, I don't at all expect to get any votes but I will admit it does feel good :)

But before my human nature gets the better of me, I realized that I had better get my act straight and start publishing so many of my draft posts  and the to be posts that have been piling up, for all the exciting stuff we have been doing the past couple of months.     

Like always. I truly appreciate these reminders from Allah to keep my intentions in all I do purely for Him and 
may He accept my efforts in sharing my ideas and resources to help others and learn from them too. Ameen 
Join Me at The Homeschool Post!

 You can find your own favorite blogs there and vote for them here. The voting ends on November 18th 2011.

To better understand the project, how it works and the categories click here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Being Autistic

Here's a recent lesson I shared with my Lil Muallims on empathy, understanding, appreciation and gratefulness.

We can be quite ignorant at times, but it is not an excuse when our ignorance effects our behavior towards understanding those who may be different from us in any way.

I have always felt very strongly about how people, think, react and behave towards anyone who may have any kind of special needs. That's the way I was brought up! Alhumdolillah!

I want to pass on the same compassion into my kids Beidhnillah. As a  homeschooler and being a part of many homeschool groups physical and online ones, I have been able to learn so many things from parent of children with special needs. Their dilemma, their courage, their struggles, their passion, their strength and their vulnerability. 

So much can be said on this topic and already is on so many blogs, I wanted to play my part in sharing the following in the hope that it helps others in some or the other way. 

Carlita Boyles, the author of Math on the Level who specializes in special needs education mentions in one of her talks about how she learnt a lot more from hearing an autistic child speak for ten minutes than what she did while getting her Master's degree. Please hear her lecture Overcoming the fear of failure  on the MOTL website.

I was further touched to the core of my heart when she recently actually shared the video too upon request.

 Love the brilliance of his presentation.... what could be more realistic than that ! Another beautiful reminder of why, we should hear out our children and their feelings patiently. Their insight into their world and thoughts can be a mind opener for us. That's why I like calling my kids Lil Muallims (little teachers).

 Children can also teach us so much Subhanallah! But we have to listen first! 

I am sharing here, three Muslim Mom blogs about their life with their autistic children that I have come across. They courageously share many of their personal stories, educating others along the way. I have shared some stories and discussed them with my children so as to help them relate and better understand.

Stranded Mom ( thanks for following me :))
Abes Sez
My Autistic Muslim Child

there are so many more........


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