How to Start Homeschooling | The 5 Mistakes Homeschoolers Make!

How to start homeschooling | 5 mistakes homeschoolers make

I know you’re enthusiastic to start homeschooling your children. That’s amazing! Maybe you’ve read “all” the books, picked out a curriculum and you feel prepared. But before you launch into home education, I want to share some mistakes that homeschoolers make…so you won’t make them too!

How to start homeschooling | 5 mistake homeschoolers make so you don't make them too!

This season of the Raising Mums, is dedicated to the parents who want to know know “How to Start Homeschooling.”

In episode 24, I spell out 5 mistakes that I see homeschoolers make. Honestly, I should know – I’ve made them myself!

So if you want to know how to start homeschooling, this episode is a great place to start.

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How to Start Homeschooling

The Five Mistakes you should avoid are:

👉 Spending too long searching for the “perfect” curriculum

👉 Under-estimate the importance of a happy mum

👉 Pay too much attention to the opinions of others

👉Buying all their curriculum for the year at once

👉 Referring back to school as their “go-to” model

But let’s be real here! These are only a few of the mistakes that homeschoolers can make.

In my new course, “Launch your Homeschool“, I dive deep into the common pitfalls homeschoolers make. In fact, almost every lesson highlights mistakes that other home educators fall into, and gives you solutions to avoid them.

Launch your Homeschool, our online Homeschooling course, is coming on 11th July! Insha’Allah.

If you want to find our more about Launch Your Homeschool, and get access to Early-bird Prices

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Next week, Sunday 12th July, I’ll be back with another LIVE Broadcast on Facebook and Instagram at 10am GMT. insha’Allah

We’ll be discussing, 

“Homeschool Planning 101”

I’ll see there!

Peace and Love,

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Islamic Studies for Kids: The 9 Best Children’s Books about Hajj

Islamic Studies for Kids | 9 best children's books about Hajj

One of the most effective ways to teach our kids Islamic studies, is by using excellent children’s books. 

Over the past decade, I’ve collected a small library of Islamic books for kids. I know what makes a good children’s book, and what makes an excellent one!

Islamic Studies for Kids: The 9 Best Children’s Books about Hajj

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Seriously, when it comes to Islamic Studies, you cannot be too particular about which books you use with your children.

If you’re looking to teach your children more about Hajj, then read on friend! 

In this blogpost, I’ll be sharing with you my favourites kid’s books about Hajj; books that inspire wonder and awe, whilst also informing the mind and heart. 

I know…I expect a lot from my books!

Here are my recommendations!

The 9 Best Children’s Books About Hajj

Islamic Studies for Kids: The 9 Best Children’s Books about Hajj

For Children Under 5

Two Pigeons on a Pilgrimage

This is the story of two pigeons, as they witness the rites of Hajj! Illustrated by a very talented 12 year-old girl, this rhyming story even includes some fun matching games.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

I Am Hajj

A Poem picture book to help your youngest children understand the rituals performed at Hajj

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

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Children Aged 5-9

Makkah and Madinah Activity Book

This fun sticker activity book is packed with dot-to-dot drawings, colouring pages, puzzles to solve, and loads of stickers, to help your children explore the sacred sites of Makkah and Madinah.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

Related: 7 Delightful Books about Eid

Yans Hajj

This touching book follows Yan, a humble man desperate to go for Hajj. Despite all the trials he faces, he never gives up. A truly beautiful book!

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

An Ocean in One Drop

This is retelling of Hajar in the desert, and her struggle to find water for her baby son, Ismael (as). Beautifully written, with spectacular illustrations, this is a book your family will treasure.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

The Road to Hajj Activity Book

This beautifully printed activity book will capture the imagination of your children! Its brimming with all kinds of fun activities, colourful illustrations and fascinating facts to teach your children about the amazing journey of Hajj. They’ll love it!

Buy HERE: UK | USA

Islamic Studies for Kids: The 9 Best Children’s Books about Hajj

Elif and Emre Learning Our Religion

This is the heart-felt tale of Elif and Emre, and their experience performing Hajj with their family.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

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Going to Mecca

This stunning book, captures the emotions and the feelings Hajj brings. A great book for people of all faiths wanting to learn more about Hajj.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

Children Aged 10+

Young adventures in Makkah

This unique book, follows a young family on their trip to Makkah. In addition to the usual important sites, it also shows you where many other sites of Islamic historical significance can be found; including the house of Khadijah (ra) and what it looked like inside.

It tells you about the birth place of Prophet Muhammad (saw) and how to find it! More than half of the book is dedicated to sites around Mecca that hold an importance with the Seerah and our Islamic heritage.

One NOT to be missed!

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

Related: Full Review of Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah HERE!

Tell Me About Hajj

If your kids like facts and information, this is the book for you!

This book is presented in a simple and informative style, with beautiful illustrations and colour photographs.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

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Do you have a favourite children’s books about Hajj? Let us know in the comments below!

Peace and Love,

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How to Start Homeschooling |What you Need to Begin

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When thinking about how to start homeschooling, the first thing most of us will consider about is “What books do I need?” But before you start buying any homeschooling books, there are some other things you need to work on first ...3 other things in fact! 

In episode 23 of The Raising Mums Podcast,

I discuss the 3 Qualities that Homeschool mums need to develop to homeschool well.

How to start homeschooling | 3 Qualities you need to start

In this Live Broadcast, I discuss:

👉Why the willingness to learn and grow is so necessary

👉 How to deal with failure and mistakes

👉The importance of being clear on your “why”

👉And I give more details on my Upcoming Homeschooling Course “Launch Your Homeschool.

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Launch your Homeschool, our online Homeschooling course, is coming on 11th July! Insha’Allah.

If you want to find our more about Launch Your Homeschool, and get access to Early-bird Prices,

SIGN UP to our Homeschool Community Newsletter!

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Next week, Sunday 5th July, I’ll be back with another LIVE Broadcast on Facebook and Instagram at 10am GMT.

We’ll be discussing, 

“The 5 Homeschooling Mistakes that New Homeschoolers make!”

I hope I’ll see you there!

Have a great week friends.

Peace and Love,

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Islamic Calendar | Rajab Activities for Children

Islamic Calendar Rajab Activities

The Islamic Calendar month of Rajab has great significance for Muslims. Through fun activities, like these, children can learn more about the Hijri calendar and the miraculous Isra’ wal Mi’raj.

They’re super simple and easy to do; perfect for the classroom or to do at home too inshAllah.

Islamic Calendar | Rajab
Teach your children about the HIjri Calendar month of Rajab with these fun activities and crafts! 
Includes learning about Isra' wal Mi'raj too!

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The Islamic Calendar Month of Rajab

Allah (swt) says in the Quran:

“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred (i.e. the 1st, the 7th (Rajab), the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein”

[al-Tawbah 9:36]

The main significance of Rajab, that I encourage you to teach to your children, is that Rajab is the month when we begin to prepare for Ramadan. It is also the month in which Isra’ wal Mi’raj, the Night Journey, is believed to have taken place.

Here are some of the activities we have been doing in Our Muslim Homeschool to teach the children all about Rajab!

Rajab Dua Copywork

The dua for Rajab should be memorised by children who are able to.

One way to engage children further, and aid their memorisation, is to make the dua into handwriting sheets!

Islamic Calendar | Rajab
Teach your children about the HIjri Calendar month of Rajab with these fun activities and crafts! 
Includes learning about Isra' wal Mi'raj too!

If you would like to create your own Handwriting Sheets, type the following dua into This Website. It’s so easy to do!

Image credit: Muwasala

Related: Help your Children Memorise the Quran FAST!

Learn about Weather

 Imam Abu Bakr al-Warraq said: “Rajab is like a wind, Sha`ban is like a cloud and Ramadan is like rain.”

So, we decided to use the month of Rajab to learn about the weather!

Islamic Calendar | Rajab
Teach your children about the HIjri Calendar month of Rajab with these fun activities and crafts! 
Includes learning about Isra' wal Mi'raj too!
Islamic Calendar | Rajab
Teach your children about the HIjri Calendar month of Rajab with these fun activities and crafts! 
Includes learning about Isra' wal Mi'raj too!

Plant Seeds for Ramadan

 Imam Abu Bakr al-Warraq said: “In the month of Rajab you sow the seeds, in Sha`ban you irrigate them and in Ramadan you reap the harvest.”

Islamic Calendar | Rajab
Teach your children about the HIjri Calendar month of Rajab with these fun activities and crafts! 
Includes learning about Isra' wal Mi'raj too!

To visually represent this lesson, we sowed seeds of our favourite vegetables, in the hope that we will harvest them in Ramadan insha’Allah.

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Practice Fasting

My older children have also used Rajab as an opportunity to practice fasting before Ramadan begins.

Fasting a few days within the month of Rajab and Shawwal can help children, and their parents, prepare for Ramadan. It also gets them excited about the coming months!

Learn about the Isra Wal Miraj

It is agreed upon by many reliable scholars that Al-Isra’ wal Mi’raj mostly likely occurred during on the 27th night of Rajab. However, there is some that debate this. Allah knows best.

Whether Rajab or not, the Night Journey of the Prophet (saw) should be taught to children as it is second only to the miracle of the Quran itself.

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If you’re not familiar with the story of Isra’ wal Mi’raj, you can read more about it here: The Story of the Miraculous Night Journey

I also recommend This Video to teach younger children about Al Isra wal Miraj.

For children over 9 years-old, I would recommend reading the relevant chapter in Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings.

Map out the Night Journey

Map out the Isra’ (the Night Journey) using blank maps from This Website!

Islamic Calendar | Rajab
Teach your children about the HIjri Calendar month of Rajab with these fun activities and crafts! 
Includes learning about Isra' wal Mi'raj too!

Begin by finding Jerusalem and Mecca on your map, label the countries and surrounding seas, and colour it all in!

If want more information about the journey the Prophet took, this article is excellent: The Story of the Miraculous Night Journey

With this activity, your children will be learning geography alongside their Islamic studies!

Islamic Calendar | Rajab
Teach your children about the HIjri Calendar month of Rajab with these fun activities and crafts! 
Includes learning about Isra' wal Mi'raj too!

Why not add a little maths too!

Have your older children calculate the distance between Mecca and Jerusalem using the scale in an Atlas. They could even work out the speed the Prophet (pbuh) travelled too!

(Speed = Distance / Time)

Make a Miraj Ladder

This fun and easy craft is a wonderful way to visually represent the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad through the heavens.

Islamic Calendar | Rajab Activities for Children

You can make your Miraj Ladder in English, Arabic or any language you prefer!

Related: Al Isra’ Wal Miraj Craft

Make a Miraj Ladder!

For full instructions on how to make your own Miraj Ladder and a list of resources needed, just CLICK HERE!

Encourage Prayer in Rajab

It was during the Isra’ wal Mi’raj that the Prophet (saw) was given the command of the 5 obligatory daily prayers.

Use the story of the Night Journey to inspire children to pray. Encourage them during this month to join you as you pray, or get them to pray together.

Islamic Calendar | Rajab Activities for Children

There are even reward charts, workbooks and colouring books available online to encourage your children to perform salah.

Related: How to Teach the 99 Names of Allah

Rajab is an opportunity for our children to develop a deeper connection with the deen. Through fun and engaging activities, like these, your children can learn about their faith, the life of the Prophet (pbuh) and the significance of Rajab in the Hijri calendar.

If you decide to try any of these activities with your children, make sure you take a photo and share it on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #ourmuslimhomeschool, so that I can see it!

Islamic Calendar Rajab Activites

This blogpost as written as part of the Islamic Months Mama Book Tour! If you’d like to see what other mums have been doing throughout the Islamic Calendar, check out Shade 7’s Instagram page.

Islamic Calendar Rajab Activities

My First Book of Islamic Months by Hajera Memon


Praying you all have a beautiful and successful Rajab.

Please remember us in your duas.

Peace and Love,

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Islamic Calendar | Al Isra’ wal Mi’raj Craft

Islamic Calendar Isra wal Miraj activity! Rajab and Night journey craft for children

In our Muslim homeschool, we have been teaching the children about Al Isra’ wal Mi’raj – The Night Journey!

Using a fun and engaging craft activity, the kids have learnt the events of that auspicious night and your children can too!

Islamic calendar: Children's Craft Activity about Rajab and Isra wal Miraj, The Night Journey!

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Significance of Rajab in the Islamic Calendar

Al Isra’ wal Miraj took place in the Islamic calendar month of Rajab.

Rajab is one the the four sacred months in the Hijri calendar, and is of great importance in Islam.

Related: Islamic Calendar for Children

It is reported that the Prophet (pbuh) would recognise the beginning of Rajab by saying,

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا في رَجَبٍ وَ شَعْبَانَ وَ بَلِّغْنا رَمَضَانَ

Allahumma barik lana fi Rajabin wa Sha`ban wa ballighna Ramadan

“O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban and enable us to reach Ramadan!”

Rajab is said to be one of the keys to success in Ramadan.

Related: 5 Easy Ramadan Activities for Children

Imam Abu Bakr al-Warraq said: “In the month of Rajab you sow the seeds, in Sha`ban you irrigate them and in Ramadan you reap the harvest.”

One of the most momentous nights in Rajab, and perhaps ever in the history of creation, is Laylatul Miraj – The Night Journey!

On a side-note: If you’re looking for a resource to teach young children about the Hijri calendar, I would recommend the Islamic Months Book by Shade 7 publishing.


The Story of the Night Journey

On this incredible journey, Prophet Muhammad travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem on the Buraq. Ascending the heavens, he met eight prophets in the seven heavens. Each prophet greeted Prophet Muhammad with, “Welcome, O’ pious Prophet and pious brother!” (Bukhari)

Finally he stood in the presence of the Divine, and after going back and forth between Allah and Prophet Musa (as), he was ultimately given the command of the five daily prayers.

Islamic calendar: Rajab and Isra wal Miraj, The Night Journey Craft

If you are unfamiliar with the story, you can find retelling of it on YouTube to play to your children … like THIS ONE!

You can also read about it HERE on the Muslim Hands website.

Once your children have become familiar with the story, it’s time to get crafty and recreate the Prophet’s (pbuh) journey with this Miraj Ladder!

Isra wal Miraj Activity

To teach our children about the Night Journey – Laylatul Miraj, we chose a hands-on craft project that kids of all ages could take part in.

Islamic Calendar Isra wal Miraj Craft for Children! Teach kids about the night journey and Rajab with this fun activity!

This Miraj Ladder, helps to visually depict the journey our beloved Prophet (pbuh) took. It shows his journey from the Masjid al-Aqsa, Jerusalem through the seven heavens, and into the presence of Allah (swt).

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Miraj Craft Supplies

For this Islamic art project you will need the following:

Islamic calendar: Rajab and Isra wal Miraj, the Night Journey.

Steps for Lailat al-Miʿraj Activity

1. Begin by setting out nine separate sheets of watercolour paper

2. Paint each sheet a separate colour using your watercolours. You may want to do a rainbow or an ombre effect, or just allow your children to choose!

Use this as an opportunity for your children to learn about mixing colours. It’s so much fun!

Allow the paint to fully dry before moving onto the next step.

Islamic calendar: Rajab and Isra wal Miraj, The Night Journey Craft

3. Take your cardboard and cut it into a rectangular shape. This is the template you will be using for the rungs of the ladder. We choose to round the edges of our rectangles, but feel free to get creative with your own design!

4. Draw around your template on each of the coloured papers. You may wish to do a few extras in case the children make mistakes in future steps.

5. Cut out these rectangular rungs carefully with scissors.

Islamic calendar: Rajab and Isra wal Miraj, The Night Journey Craft

6. Place the rungs of the ladder in the order and, using a permanent marker, write the following in Arabic or English.

  • Allah
  • Ibrahim
  • Musa
  • Haroon
  • Idris
  • Yusuf
  • Yahya and Esa
  • Adam
  • Masjid al-Aqsa

For young children, I would advise you allow them to write it in pencil first, in case they make a mistake, before using the permanent markers.

7. Using your hole-punch, make two holes on either end of each rectangle.

Islamic calendar: Rajab and Isra wal Miraj, The Night Journey Craft

8. Thread the string/ribbon through these holes, carefully piecing together your Miraj ladder.

This is a great opportunity for young children to develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Islamic calendar: Rajab and Isra wal Miraj, The Night Journey Craft

Seeing it all come together at this stage is so much fun!

9. Finish by tying the ends into a neat bow, and securing the string at the back of each rung with clear selo-tape.

There you have it! A finished Miraj Ladder for your children to display and enjoy!

Islamic calendar: Rajab and Isra wal Miraj, The Night Journey Craft

Simplify it further!

If your pressed for time and want to make this craft even easier to do:

  • Use coloured card for the rungs of the ladder, instead of painting.
  • Write the names for your children, and simply ask them to put them in order.
  • Glue the rungs of the ladder to a large piece of paper, instead of threading them onto string.

Related: How to Teach the 99 Names of Allah to Children

The miracle of the Miraj is perhaps second only to the Miracle of the Quran itself!

What an incredible opportunity we have as parents to share it with our children!

With fun activities like this, you can help your children to form strong connections to the Seerah of the Prophet (pbuh) and the Islamic tradition.

Islamic calendar: Rajab and Isra wal Miraj, The Night Journey Craft

If you decide to try this craft with your children, make sure you take a photo and share it on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #ourmuslimhomeschool, so that I can see it!

Praying you all have a beautiful and successful Rajab.

Peace and Love,

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Homeschooling Children Q&A | Answers to your Questions and Problems!

Homeschooling Children Q & As | Answers to your questions and problems!

Homeschooling children can present its own unique problems that only other homeschoolers get! Although the rewards are great, we home-educating families often hit “bumps in the road” that we need advice to rise above.

Homeschooling Children Question and Answer Session

In Episode 20 of Raising Mums, I answer questions some of the questions that other mothers and homeschooling families submitted on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

This includes:

👉What to do when you Feel like a Homeschool Failure

👉Do you need to be Rich to Homeschool?

👉How to Schedule your Homeschool Day

👉 What to do when your Children are Bored

👉How to Homeschool Younger Siblings

👉 Do Unit Studies really work?

And MORE!

To hear the answers to these questions, and more like them,

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

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Screen Time for Children! | A Balanced Discussion

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When it comes to screen time for children, parents are confused! What is the best thing to do?

On the one-hand, we hear about the negative impact of technology on our children; on the other, we hear praise for the many educational resources online.

What is the right thing to do?

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In Episode 19 of Raising Mums, I present both the positive and negative arguements for children using screens, so that you can make an informed decision.

I also share 8 ways that you can encourage your children to have a healthy relationship with technology.

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Screen Time for Children

As screen usage becomes more widespread amongst children. With it, we also see a widespread reduction in reading for pleasure, an increase in mental health issues, a reduction in time spent in physical activities, and less time talking to family members.

However, if used intentionally, technology can can enrich you child’s learning experience.

If you want to know more, WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE!

So how do we find the balance? How can our children benefit from screens, whilst also being protected from the negative? Here are 8 ways to encourage a your children to have a healthy relationship with screens.

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When it comes to screen time for children, we parents are confused! 
What is the best thing to do?

Technology can enrich your children's education, but research is showing that there are many risks for children in using it.

Here are 8 ways to encourage a your children to have a healthy relationship with screens;
so they can benefit from the good in it, whilst being protected from the bad!

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8 Ways to Reduce Screen Time for Children

1 –Talk to your kids

Simply telling them that they can’t have screen time because, “It’s bad for you,’ or worse, “Because I said so!” will only make children resentful towards you. Instead, explain to them your concerns and why you feel that they need to spend less time online or watching TV. If you involve them in the discussion and the decision making, and they will take ownership for these changes, making any transition easier for everyone.

2 – Set Boundaries

As I mentioned in this week’s episode of Raising Mums, it is so hard for adults to have self-control with their technology; and so expecting a child to exercise this kind of self-discipline is ridiculous. Instead, make it easier for them, by establishing boundaries around screen time.

This might mean only allowing screens on certain days, or at certain times of the day. Look at your family’s weekly schedule and mindfully think through – which are the best times for your children to use their technology?

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3 – Use Technology

There are now apps available that will help you and your children to develop a healthier relationship with screens.

I would recommend Mobicip. It works for multiple children, across all your devices, allowing parents to set times for when screen is allowed, and censor certain websites and apps. You can even censor keywords (such as Xmas or Minecraft!) If your child goes to a website or app with this content, Mobicip will prevent them from gaining access.

Apps like Mobicip are ideal for parents who may not be able to monitor what a child is viewing at all times, or families with more than one child.

4 – Use a Reward system

Rather than screen time being an expectation, make screen use a reward.

Children can use tokens or stars to earn screen time. For example 5 starts could earn a child 15 minutes of screen time.

Tokens could be given out for good behaviour, doing chores, saying all his daily prayers.

Get creative with this idea and have some fun!

5 – Reduce Number of Devices

Instead of having a TV in every room or each child having a device of their own, create a space in your home just for screen time.

For example, we have one TV, and a few tablets which are all used, charged and stored in one area of our home. Screens do not leave that part of the house. That means that the majority of our home is screen free!

This reduces the temptation children may feel to pick up a device or watch TV during the day.

6 – Encourage hobbies

Encourage your children to develop interests outside of their screens. This will take time, but remember it is often our children hood interests that develop into lifelong passions.

You can help your children with a new art set, or football or take them to new kid’s class. Perhaps you could introduce them to one of your interests and open their eyes to the world around them

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7 – Be more Sociable

Instead of filling their weekends with gaming and YouTube, invite family and friends over.

Not only will this distract children from wanting to use their devices, but it will also help them to form friendship and closer ties with relatives.

8 – Use Audiobooks

To relax in the evenings, instead of switching on the TV, or scrolling through your phone, put on an Audiobook!

Likewise, instead of handing out devices on those long car trips, put on an audiobook, and enjoy a story together as a family.

Audible have the world’s largest selection of audiobooks.

They offer a 30-day FREE TRIAL, allowing you to chose a FREE BOOK (2 Free Books if you’re a prime member!). You can cancel anytime, and you still get to keep the audiobook!

For Islamic Audio Books, I recommend Quantum Chronicles. Their Seerah series, “A Year with the Prophet” is wonderful!

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Further Reading

50+ FREE Resources Every Homeschooler Should Know About!

Toddlers and Screens

More screens, Less Reading

Literacy Rates in Working Class Boys

Suicides Linked with Screen Time

Obesity Concerns with increased Technology

Impact of Screens on Family Life

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs’ children are tech free

Positive Correlation between tablets and emergent readers

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Next week we’ll be doing a LIVE Q&A session!

If you’ve got a question that you’d like me to answer, Drop it in the Box below! I’ll be answering a many questions as I can next Sunday on the show!

 I hope you’ll join me next week, Sunday 16th February 2020,at 10 am GMT, on Facebook and Instagram, for the LIVE Q&A episode of Raising Mums!

I hope you have a beautiful week friends! 

Peace and Love,

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Homeschool Poetry | Why Should I Bother?

I know what you’re thinking…Homeschool poetry? Really?

Haven’t I got enough to think about in my homeschool already, without adding poetry into the mix too?!

I know! I get it!

Many of you may even be thinking, “What is poetry even for?”

Let me explain!

Homeschool Poetry - Why should I bother?

In episode 18 of Raising Mums, we tackle:

👉🏽 Why poetry should be a part of every child’s education!
👉🏽 Easy ways to make poetry a part of your homeschool.
👉🏽 Why you shouldn’t be intimidated by it!

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

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The fact that I am asked these questions regularly reflects the way the modern world thinks today. Our utilitarian view of life believes that if something is valuable it must first be useful or practical, rather than beautiful. Basically, if something is beautiful… well, that’s nice, but its not important!

It supposes that if poetry doesn’t have a practical purpose, its not worthwhile. How wrong that is!

Will poetry increase you children’s vocabulary? Yes.

Will it help them with grammar and spelling? Probably.

Will it give them a greater mastery of the English language? Most certainly.

But that is not why we do it!

Poetry moves the heart. Words have the power to affect us deeply. That is the way we have been created. 

When the Quran was sent down, and the Quraysh heard it, what did they accuse the Prophet (saw) of? Of being a poet! 

That is because the Quran has the sound and feel of poetry.

That is how Allah (swt) chose to communicate with us; through poetry-like words.

Why? Because beautiful words touch our hearts. Because they can penetrate deep into our souls and have the ability to change the listener. 

It is through these words that we remember God. 

Poetry, has a similar effect. It can help you and your children remember God. In the same way that looking upon a flower blooming or spectactular sunset can remind us of our creator; so too can hearing beautiful words.

Poetry can also teach us great morals.

“Poetry is, perhaps, the most searching and intimate of our teachers…Poetry supplies us with tools for the modelling of our lives, and the use of these we must get at ourselves.”

Charlotte Mason (Vol. 4, p. 71)

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If, like me, your experience of poetry at school was next to none, starting poetry readings in your homeschool can be intimidating.

Here are a 4 Easy Ways you can Begin including poetry into your child’s education.

For further explanation, please watch the video or listen to the podcast above.

4 Ways to Begin with Poetry in Your Homeschool

❤ Start Collecting Poetry Books (see Book Recommendations below)

❤ Read a poem every day

❤ Give children a choice

❤ Encourage delight before ever beginning to analyse a poem (Remember the Cake analogy from the Video!)

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Homeschool Poetry Recommendations:

Tomie’s Little Mother Goose – Lovely nursery rhyme collection
When We Were Very Young & Now We Are Six By A.A.Milne
All the Silver Pennies – Collection of children’s poetry
Illustrated Treasury of read-Aloud Poems by Glorya Hale
Read Me Out Loud: A Poem to To Rap, Chant, Whisper Or Shout For Every Day Of The Year: A Poem for Every Day of the Year!
Christina Rossetti – Classic children’s poetry. (Please note, some poems in this book my not be suitable for sensitive children. )
The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane

So this week, dust off those old poetry books and start reading from them to your children. Just read one poem each day to begin with. There is no need to analyse or discuss them poems in any depth; rather allow the poem itself to be the teacher.

Delight in those carefully crafted words and enjoy these precious moments together.

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Thank you to our Sponsor

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I hope you’ll join me next week, Sunday 9th February 2020, at 10 am GMT, on Facebook and Instagram, for another LIVE episode of Raising Mums

I hope you have a beautiful week friends!

Peace and Love,

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Mum Stress | Managing Overwhelm for the Stay-at-Home Mum

Mum Stress | Managing Overwhelm for the Stay-at-Home Mum

Many women struggle through motherhood, consumed with feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Mum stress stops us enjoying motherhood to its fullest, and may even lead us to mistreat our loved ones.

Mum Stress | Managing Overwhelm for the Stay-at-Home Mum
 
3 steps to manage your stress so that you can enjoy your family again!

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As new mums, we were filled with aspirations of creating a beautiful, peaceful and loved-filled atmosphere for our family; but instead, it is us, mums, who have become the biggest barrier to this dream. Stressed and overwhelmed, these emotions spill out onto our spouse and children too.

We know that we can be better mums, but it’s not working out that way in our lives.

In reality, there will always be cause to be stressed. Whether it’s a messy house, unruly children or family disputes, there is always something that could trigger negative emotions in you. Instead of wishing for a different life, a life free from diffulties and struggles, you could be happier if you learnt to cope better with stress.

In episode 17 of Raising Mums, I give you the 3-steps you need to know to Deal with Mum Stress! If you feel overwhelmed or frazzled, these steps will help you to turn the situation around in the heat of the moment.

To find out how to manage your stress as a stay-at-home mum,

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

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3 Steps to Manage Mum Stress

  1. You are not your thoughts! Distance yourself from your thoughts and recognise that your true essence is your soul, not the chatter that goes on in your mind. This will stop your negative emotions escalating.
  2. Practice gratitude. List at least 3 things you are grateful for. This will help you to turn the negative emotions into positive ones.
  3. Renew your intention. Remember your “why.” This will help you to move forward, free from stress and renewed.
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These three steps will help you to gain “mental space.” If this is not enough, try to create “physical space” too. This means leaving the situation that is causing you stress. Perhaps you need to leave the room, make some tea, or go into the garden.

Use these techniques to manage your stress. It will help you to enjoy your children again, and thrive as a mother!

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Resources Mentioned in this Episode


Thank you to our Sponsor!

Thank you to WordUnited for sponsoring today’s episode!

 Make sure you check out their website, where home-educating parents can browse and filter resources by subjects and learning areas! Explore their resources for children with special needs, including autism and dyslexia. Their website is super easy to navigate, allowing you to browse the specific area of learning for each subject, e.g. under numeracy, you can browse for resources in multiplication, fractions, telling the time, money etc. And check out their Free Resources Hub while you’re there!

Home educators can receive 10% off every time they shop using the DISCOUNT CODE wu4homeed. Isn’t that incredible?!

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Raising Mums is a weekly broadcast that streams LIVE on my Facebook and Instagram page every Sunday at 10am GMT!

In Next Week’s Episode, on Sunday 2nd February 2020, we’ll be talking about:

How to Add Poetry and Song into your Homeschool!

I’m so excited to talk about this topic! Adding poetry and song to your homeschool truly brings so much joy and heart to your children’s learning experience, and I can’t wait to talk to you more about it!

Thank you for stopping by today.

Wishing you a beautiful and blessed week ahead.

Peace and Love,

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How to Homeschool during Pregnancy!

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I’ve just had a baby, so I know how hard it can be to homeschool during pregnancy!

As if homeschooling wasn’t challenging enough; and then add in nausea, exhaustion and the mood swings (oh boy those mood swings!) and it can seem almost impossible.

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But my experience with four pregnancies has taught me some “hacks” that can sustain your homeschool during pregnancy, ensuring that your children’s education doesn’t suffer and neither do you!

In Episode 16 of the Raising Mums, I share some amazing ideas will maintain the momentum in your children’s learning experience, whilst being easy and gentle on mum (that’s you!); and isn’t that what every pregnant mum needs?!

Whether you’re pregnant now, or worried about how having more children will impact on your homeschool, I’m speaking to you in this episode…

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Prioritise your Health in Pregnancy

Remember, there is no homeschool without a homeschool mum!

If you don’t take care of yourself during this time, there may be no homeschool to come back to after the pregnancy is over. It may be necessary to rest during pregnancy, or take some time off from homeschooling, to maintain your own health and wellness…and that’s ok!

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Get more Homeschool bang for your buck!

Incorporate different subjects into one lesson. What does that mean? Let me explain!

For example after reading a work of literature, have your child:

  • Write out a passage for hand-writing
  • Practice spelling some of the words
  • Learn new vocabulary from the passage
  • Narrate what they just heard for English composition
  • Writing down their narration will also teach spelling and grammar too
  • Have them read the next page for reading practice
  • Choose a book that is set in a historical time period to include History
  • Perhaps there is a way to involve Science or Maths into the lesson too!

Maybe you can find a way to bring maths into a science lesson, or maybe even English or History!

This doesn’t mean creating complicated unit-studies, but just using what you already have planned and see if your children can learn anything more from it!

Simplify homeschooling when pregnant!

Unless it brings you joy, cut back on complicated art projects, hands-on activities or field trips.

Instead, use resources that give you “more bang for your buck!” (see explanation above).

Use Open and Go Homeschool Curricula

Open-and-go curricula are generally not something I would use. They do not fit well with the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education, however for those really hard days (or weeks) during pregnancy, open-and-go curricula are a life-saver!

All that is required is to open the book or login into the online programme, and work through the next lesson.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Don’t forget AUDIOBOOKS!

Pregnancy is a great time to catch up on reading, and let you kids feast on the plethora of excellent quality audiobooks that are out there. We get our audiobooks from:

  • Audible – Choose from the world’s largest selection of audiobooks including best sellers, new releases, sci-fi, romances, mysteries, classics, and more. 30-Day FREE TRIAL! Get One free audiobook of your choice – yours to keep, even if you cancel! Prime customers receive two audiobooks in your trial.
  • Quantum Chronicles – a collection of Islamic audio series including the Life of the Prophet (saw) and Maryam, the mother of Eesa (AS). Use DISCOUNT CODE: OMHomeschool 15 for 15% OFF!

You might also like:

You might also like these episodes of Raising Mums all about Time Management!

Run your Home like a BOSS – Part 1

Run your Home like a BOSS! – Part 2 + FREE Planner

How Super-Mums do it ALL! + FREE Planner


Thank you to our Sponsor

A big thank you to WordUnited for sponsoring this episode. Check out their Free Resources Hub with 100s of free resources to download, print and share, and their Blog that includes many videos with lots of ideas and links to free printables to make learning fun. Explore free resources for maths, English, languages including Arabic and French, science, history, geography, arts and crafts, fine motor skills and resources for children with special needs.


I’ll be back again next week, Sunday 26th January, at 10 am GMT, LIVE on Facebook and Instagram for the next episode of Raising Mums!

Peace and Love,

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