Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
“Would you like to have a gift every day?” was a question that immediately put smiles on our faces. But then, as we thought about it more, we realized that it would mean over 300 gifts per year, over 600 gifts in two years and nearly a 1000 gifts in 3 years!!! Where would we keep all of them? Would we be able to play with all of them?
These and other types of paper lanterns are typical celebration decorations in China. They are especially popular during the Chinese festival dedicated to the starting of the new lunar year. Chinese people place a light-bulbs inside the lanterns, which make them shine in different colours, once it gets dark outside. Here in the pictures below, you can see some more types of Chinese paper lanterns. Some of them have the bulbs inside!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
We had so many new friends join us today for the Bookworms Club! We were happy to get to know Zainab, Amina, Ayesha and Maaria.
Today was a special day for all of us, because we made our very own Bookworm, which will be watching us every Wednesday, as we read the stories and do our crafts. Umm Uzair had prepared the head of the Bookworm and it was our job to make the joints for his body. Each of us took a page of colour paper, put our left hand on it, drew a line around our palm, cut out the shape and wrote our name in the middle of that hand-print. As each of us finished our hand-print, Umm Uzair stapled them one by one to the head of the Bookworm to form his body. So the body of the Bookworm is made up of us! And the more members we'll have in our club, the longer our Bookworm will grow, Insha'Allah. Here in these pictures you can see our Bookworm and you can see also our little hand-prints with our names on them.
After finishing our Bookworm's project, we sat down and Umm Uzair started out by asking us, if we have ever lost anything, how we felt about it, and what we did in order to find that thing that we had lost. Ayesha had lost her bag, Hafsa and Uzair had lost their balls. All of us agreed that we were sad about loosing things. As we talked about finding those lost things, Ayesha's mom suggested that there is a special Dua we can say, which would help us to find our things sooner. Of course, who else, if not Allah (swt), can help us find these lost things?Then, Umm Uzair asked us, if we ourselves have ever got lost. It turned out that Isa and Vajih had got lost! Isa was lost in Makkah, when he and his family went there for Umrah, while Vajih was lost in a park. Isa told us that there is a special place in Makkah, where the kids, who are lost, are taken to, so that their parents can find them again. That's where somebody had taken him, and that's where his parents had found him again. All of us agreed that in case we get lost anywhere, it is good to know by heart the phone numbers of our parents, as well as the address of our home.
Today's story was also about a child, who had got lost. In the story "Who Can Save Noor?", a little boy Noor had got lost by falling into an old well. All the villagers looked for him but couldn't find him, until a girl by name of Harun remembered about this old well and asked the villagers to go there and check it. And, indeed, Noor had fallen into that well. Harun, who was of short height, was the one, who was lowered on a rope through the narrow opening of the well to bring the Noor up. Harun saved Noor!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
We started out this morning with a conversation about Karachi industrial area - that part of Karachi, where many factories are located. Out of all of us, only Uzair and Hafsa had been to this area and seen the factories there. As we discussed, what is being made in factories, we discovered that nearly all the things we eat (candies, ice-creams, biscuits, bread, etc.) and wear (shoes, shirts, pants, etc.) come from such factories. Vajih mentioned that eggs also come from factories, to what Uzair replied that it's not true, because eggs come from bakeries. :):):) We had some good laughs, as we realized that eggs and meat come from farms, not factories.
Uzair and Hafsa said that in the industrial area of Karachi, they saw lots of tall chimneys, which threw in the air black smoke. We talked how this smoke and chemicals used in factories pollute the environment. Then, Umm Uzair read to us the book, which Isa, Muadh and Hiba had brought along with them from their home - it was Dr. Seuss "The Lorax". In this book, Lorax was trying to protect the beautiful environment he and other creatures lived in from the greedy Once-ler, who built a huge factory, because of which nature got destroyed.