Saturday, September 7, 2013

House of God's Children-A Typical Day

House of God's Children
Madrasat az-Zahra (School of Flower)
My dream:
An alternative system proposition to modern schooling

----First draft----

For the overview of the House-Madrasah and for some basic principles, as well as the provided links for
-The facility
-Activity examples
-A typical day
-Project examples


5 am: wake up to the sound of the morning adhan, make ablution
children older than 7 yrs old will be woken up by their moms at this time
5:15 am: hit the prayer hall for 1/2 hour yoga
5:45am: 15 minutes meditation
children older than 3 yrs old will be woken up by their moms at this time if they're not awake yet
6:00 am: salat subh (morning formal prayer) followed by tasbihat
second room available for prayers of another tradition-such as Sikh chanting of Gurdwara.
children are encouraged to join prayers but never forced to do so.
any children still sleeping should be waken up for exercise-unless for health reasons.
Day-time students [and if they wish, also their parent(s)] are expected to show up at the latest at 6:30am for exercise or as early as 5:15am depending on their choice. 
6:30am: sunrise. Exercise time! Swimming or running or playing ball, active exercises
during this time at least 1 mother preparing breakfast
7:15am: shower and change
7:30 to 8am: hit the dining room to gather around table for a strong breakfast and help set up
Breakfast: eggs, mushrooms, goat cheese&milk, olives, fruits, peppers, onions, tomatoes, etc.
(all from the farm) (no grains, legumes, sugar or processed food)
8:30 am: breakfast over, help clean up and let children decide what they want and wash up/get ready
8:45am: teacher, some parents and all children hit the farming gardens with their materials based on the activity decided by vote--say math. The younger children (~3-6 years old) could be asked to pick vegetables and count them, the older children (~7-11 years old) can take short breaks from written math by helping the adults in the harder works.
Or say they decided upon free writing. The younger children could practice the alphabet and basic handwriting skills, or write a letter to their biological parents in heaven, perhaps getting help from older children and parents, besides the teacher, while the older children could write an essay, a story or a poem individually or in groups as they please. The goal is to improve their creative writing and self expression skills but also, especially for younger kids, to develop proper legible hand writing.
Say they decided upon reading antique literature time by the pool. Children decide what language and what book to be read and discussed/analyzed as a group. Younger children are read tales and legends by a parent, whereas older children read harder to follow texts taking turns with a teacher.
Unlike the older children, younger children will not spend the entire 2 hours with their chosen activity; therefore they will be encouraged to spend about 1 hour with Qur'an (or poetry) recitation and memorization (by way of passive listening to recordings or simultaneously following text).
This is also a good time to do field trips if not going to the farm (such as going to the science museum)
10:45am: moms put children to nap
day-time students use one of the prayer rooms or the bedrooms of moms (who are fine with it) to nap.
11am-1pm: adults nap time
12:15-1:15pm: older children wake up from nap (those who wake up early remain silent and read or go help their moms with chores or join noon prayers)
12:15-2:15pm: younger children wake up from nap
1pm: go to prayer room for salat dhuhr (noon formal prayer) followed by tasbihat
1:15-1:30pm: older children grab snack for lunch from kitchen (can also join prayer) and head to the art room or next activity
Lunch snacks such as chocolate -made w/ raw honey-, carrots , fruits, berries, nuts, chicken drumsticks, salad, avocado cocoa pudding, etc.
2:15-2:30pm: younger children grab snack for lunch from kitchen and join the older kids in the art room
2-3 days a week, the afternoons will have something less structured such as free play time, fishing, board games, movie day, going out for a hike day, helping moms with farming day, helping moms with cleaning day, selling and buying food at the fresh market day, etc. During the remaining days:
1:30pm: go to the art room and library to work on a project (see examples under the subtitle "Project examples") under teacher supervision in small groups or individually. this is the time for children to explore their favorite subjects and express themselves in any medium but also share their art and their findings in natural and social sciences with their peers, generating a buzzing field of creativity, to reflect the name al-Khaliq, the Creator, of God
2-3 days a week
4pm: go to music room or dining room for music lesson, learning notes, playing instruments, listening to classical musics of different cultures (a little bit of math can be covered during this time while studying notes)
5pm: go to prayer room for salat asr (afternoon formal prayer) followed by tasbihat
5:30pm: menial lessons such as sewing, shoe making, cooking, soap making etc. (this is also time to do undercover math)
Day-time students can leave after the last class around 6:30p. 
6:30pm:  hit the dining room to gather around dinner table and help set up
2 days a week
4pm: ballet, dance or team sports (this could be something where kids attend another school for these lessons of their choice, thus having an opportunity to socialize with children outside the group) when the children need to be transported outside of the facility, mothers are responsible for doing so.
Day-time students will head directly home without returning to facility after this last class ~6p. 
6pm: go to prayer room for salat asr (afternoon formal prayer) followed by tasbihat
6:30pm: hit the dining room to gather around dinner table and help set up
Dinner: fish or chicken or meat and vegetables and fruits and/or salad.
7:30pm: sunset. dinner over, help clean up and wash up/get ready
7:45pm: go to prayer room for salat maghrib (evening formal prayer) followed by tasbihat
8-8:30pm: moms put kids to sleep-reading the stories of their choice
9pm: go to prayer room for salat 'isha (night formal prayer) followed by tasbihat
9:30-10pm: adults go to sleep, moms are encouraged to cosleep with some of their children (perhaps taking turns among the older ones) but especially with the ones younger than 3-4 years of age and newly adopted children until they adapt to their new moms. 

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