Gone are the days when a snow day off from school meant romping around in the snow, making snow angels and snowmen, or trudging through knee deep snow to find the best sledding hill.
The times have changed, and our children are facing more academic testing, a non-negotiable curriculum, and more homework than ever. Many studies have indicated that the loss of a few days of school can adversely affect academic performance. And due to strict safety concerns within each district, schools are known to close at the first hint of a flurry, keeping kids out of school for days at a time.
Many schools have been urging parents to keep their kids on a schedule so they don’t head back to school having developed “amnesia” on their days off. Teachers post assignments on-line and send kids home with backpacks full of worksheets to be completed.
But this is also a great time for students to catch up on other work, such as learning Arabic, memorizing another surah, and brushing up on their Islamic studies.
Wear a little red this Friday and help spread awareness so women can add taking care of their own health to our already very long to do list!
Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.
Yesterday, President Obama visited a mosque in Baltimore, MD. I chose not to share the content with my own children, besides the basic knowledge of the visit. They are still too young. However, I urge you to watch this video with your own children and ask some important critical thinking questions to discuss amongst your family.
Critical Thinking Questions via Noor Kids:
(1) Why did President Obama visit the mosque? What is he worried about? Does he care about Muslims?
(2) What does it mean to be an American? How does being Muslim make us a better American? How long have Muslims been in America?
(3) Does President Obama talk about a difference between Muslims and ISIL/Al Qaeda? What is the difference?
I am a very visual person. I love hearing stories, but when there are visuals attached, I have such a better understanding of what I am learning. I recently came across this visual illustration of a great speech by Nouman Ali Khan. This short story will forever be etched in my brain, thanks to this wonderful video. Immediately after watching, I bet you can guess who my first phone call was to!
Life has its tests and trials. Finding out your child has dyslexia is certainly one of them. Ann Stock shows us, through her own family’s test, that having true belief in Allah’s names and attributes changes our response for the better.