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! 

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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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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!

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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


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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.

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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…

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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


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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!

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Homeschool Resources | Favourites from 2019

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The past year has lead to some great discoveries! Some of these homeschool resources were a part of our plan, whilst others were unexpected pleasures!

Homeschool Resources | Our favourites from 2019, to help you pick the Best Homeschool resources for your children!

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In Episode fifteen of the Raising Mums podcast, I share some of our favourite homeschool resources of the past year.

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Favourite Homeschool Resources

Here are a list of all the homeschool resources mentioned in the video:

Homeschool Curricula

Audio Books

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Books

Podcasts

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I’ll be back LIVE again next week, Sunday 19th January 2020 at 10am GMT, with another episode of Raising Mums on my Facebook and Instagram accounts insha’Allah.

Next week we’ll be discussing…

Homeschooling during Pregnancy!

I hope I’ll see you there!

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13 Ways to Encourage the Reluctant Reader

Encourage the Reluctant reader

It can be disappointing, maybe even heart-breaking, when your child won’t read. Many families have at least one reluctant reader who just doesn’t enjoy reading. But don’t worry, there are many ways you can encourage your child to read at home, and enjoy it!

How to encourage the reluctant reader to read! Booklists, podcast, video and FREE checklist to get them reading!

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Children who read do better at school , opens up world of opportunities There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of books is the best of all.”

– Jacqueline Kennedy

In Episode fourteen of the Raising Mums podcast, I discuss a variety of different ways you can encourage your reluctant reader to start reading!

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13 ways to Encourage the Reluctant Reader

The key, is to focus on the experience. Make reading a fun activity!Children should feel loved and safe, not judged or stressed.

Here are a feel ideas of ways you can cultivate a love of reading in your reluctant readers:

  • Read aloud – Keep on reading aloud even after children can read themselves.
  • Use AudiobooksAudible, Librivox,
  • Take it in turns to read a sentence/page/chapter
  • Chose funny books, mystery books, graphic novels, poems, joke books or magazines and comics, or non-fiction. (See book list below)
  • Take a closer look – Illustrated, font
  • Use eBooks Kindle, ManyBooks, Project Gutenberg, Oxford Owl
  • Find a purpose in reading – Topic they love, something they’re learning about, a place they’ve visited, or an audiobook they’ve listened to.
  • Add in a hands-on activity or a book-related trip.
  • Collect the Series – Get them hooked on a series of books. (See booklist below.)
  • Be the example – Let your children see you read
  • Tweet/Email an author!
  • Create a Book Club with friends
  • Ask them to read bedtime story to siblings

If you can’t remember all of that, don’t worry! I’ve created a FREE CHECKLIST for you.

Download it onto your phone, or print it out for your reference!

Encourage your Reluctant Readers with these ideas! Blog post also includes podcast, video and booklist.

To get your download your FREE CHECKLIST, just CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

Books for Reluctant Readers

Magic treehouse

Dinosaur Cove

Ultimate Football Heroes

I Survived

Doctor Dolittle

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”

Roald Dahl

You don’t need to try all of these ideas or buy all of these books! Just pick one of two that you think might work for your children and give it a go!

Next week’s episode of Raising Mums, on 12th January 2020, I’ll be sharing My Favourite Homeschool Finds of 2019.

As we’re going on a family holiday, that episode will be pre-recorded and published on my Youtube channel and as Podcast. There will be no LIVE broadcast that week.

But I’ll be back LIVE again the following week, Sunday 19th January 2020 at 10am GMT, with another episode of Raising Mums on my Facebook and Instagram accounts insha’Allah.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Peace and Love,

Free homeschool resources

Simplify your Homeschool with a Morning Basket

Using a morning basket can simplify your homeschool, whilst at the same time adding an abundance of riches to your children’s education.

Morning baskets, filled with living books, add depth and meaning to your homeschool days in a way that is easy for you to implement. There are no faddish curriculum or clever gimmicks here! Just a basket filled with beautiful books to nourish your children.

Simplify your homeschool with a morning basket! Find out how here!

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Morning Basket in your Homeschool

In episode number 13 of the Raising Mums podcast, I explain:

  • What is a Morning Basket?
  • Why is it such an effective teaching method?
  • How do we use the morning basket?
  • What shall I put in mine?
  • How can a morning basket simplify our homeschool?

To find out more, WATCH THIS VIDEO!

LINKS MENTIONS

Raising Mums Podcast – Listen to these LIVE broadcasts when you’re on the go!

Run Your Home Like a BOSS! – Time Management For Mums

Quran (English Translation) – Read just a few ayah each day.

Primary Language Lessons – Used for poetry memorisation and English curriculum.

All the Silver Pennies – Collection of Children’s Poetry

Robin Hood – Our favourite book this year! For children aged 7+. (Disclaimer. Some scenes mention drinking and mild romance)

Little House – Wonderful picture book for all the family.

Read Aloud Revival – Book lists galore!

Ambleside Online – Extensive lists of living books, free Charlotte Mason homeschool curriculum, teacher resources.

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I’ll be back again next Sunday, 5th January, at 10am GMT, LIVE on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM, talking about:

Encouraging the Reluctant Reader!

I hope I’ll see you all there!

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace and Love,

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50+ FREE Homeschool Resources you need to know about!

50+ Free Homeschool Resources that every Homeschoolers needs to know about!

Homeschooling can be expensive. Whether you’re looking for something to supplement your existing homeschool curriculum, or hoping to homeschool on a budget, you’ll want to look through this list of free homeschool resources.

50+ FREE Homeschool Resources that every homeschooler needs to know about!

Many families, whose children would benefit immensely from a home-education, are put off from homeschooling due to a belief that they cannot afford to do so.

In the U.K., as well as many other parts of the world, home-educators are offered no financial support from the government, bearing the cost of homeschooling themselves.

However, in the age we live in, we have been blessed with the internet! The internet allows homeschoolers to have access to thousands of high-quality resources, many of which are free.

Homeschooling has never been so accessible and more possible for families on a small budget.

After much research and thought, I have put together a list of Free Homeschool Resources that I believe every homeschoolers should know about!

FREE Homeschool Resources

The list below includes online educational resources that are great quality and genuinely free! They have been included because I would (and probably already do) use these resources with my own children.

ALL AGES

Ambleside Online : A free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based principles. It aims to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world. It provides detailed schedules, time-tested methods, and extensive teacher resources.

Khan Academy : Provides courses and lessons for children aged preschool to high school. Also offers lessons in college application and exam preparation.

Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool : A complete curriculum for children aged from preschool to 8th grade (Year 9). Although designed for the Christian homeschooler, this free homeschool curriculum can be adapted and enjoyed by families of any faith.

Project Gutenberg : Take a look at this online library of over 60,000 free books!

Many Books : 50,000+ free eBooks in multiple genres

Archive : Even more free e-books!

Librivox : A huge collection of free audiobooks read by volunteers

Duolingo :Your children can learn a foreign language for free with this online programme that personalises their learning experience to their needs. Languages on offer include all popular European languages, as well as Arabic, Hindi, Latin and more!

Memrise : Learn a new language with this app by watching and listening to native speakers!

CK-12 Foundation : High quality classes in Maths and Science for children of all ages.

Discover K12 : Discovery K12 offers a traditional, non-Common Core, secular, homeschool curriculum. Reading classic literature, writing essays, creating presentations, and conducting research are important aspects to the program. 

CBBC Newsround : Your children can keep to date with the U.K.’s current affairs here!

Google Earth : Inspire your children’s geographical interests with Google earth. This incredible website allows users to see anywhere on the earth…and beyond!

Twinkl : A favourite amongst U.K. homeschoolers, this website offers a HUGE collection of worksheets and other downloadable resources. Some of the site requires paid membership. However there is a substantial mount of free content.

Teachers Pay Teachers : Designed by teachers, this site offers a variety of downloads to use in your homeschool lessons.

EventBrite : Find free local events at the museum, library, educational centre, amongst others.

NASA for students: Inspire your students with lessons in STEM, aeronautics, and space exploration.

Steve Spangler Science : Ideal for those days you’re looking for an experiment to go along with your science lesson.

How to Smile : Over 3,500 of the amazing science and math activities to choose from.

Homeschool.com :A monthly round-up of the best free online resources.

Free Homeschool Deals : Free printables, downloads, kindle books, lap books, unit studies and more!

K12 : Free online public school. Yes…seriously!

TES : This U.K. website is filled with teaching resources for children of all ages, as well as up to date information about the national curriculum and mainstream education in the U.K.

Kids Type : Simple no-frill lessons in touch-typing.

Code : Children of all ages can learn computer science for free on this website.

Scratch : Your children can learn coding for free with scratch from M.I.T.

BBC Bitesize : Hundreds of lessons and videos that follow the national curriculum (U.K.)

Science Museum Group : Hundreds of free resources and science lessons from multiple Science Museums in the U.K.

Natural History Museum : Stories about the Museum’s collections, scientists and research. Learn about the history of life on Earth, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals.

Quizlet : Flashcards, helpful diagrams and study guides for all subjects KS1-KS4.

KM Tuition : A library of worksheets and past papers for KS1-KS4

Soft Schools : Online games, quizzes and worksheets for every age in Maths and English.

MEP Maths: Download this complete Maths curriculum for your students. Covers all ages, including GCSE and A-Level. Lessons are not online, but must be printed off and completed at home.

School Science : Free online science resources for teachers and students. 

BBC Terrific Science : Fun science activities and lessons, linked to the national curriculum (U.K.)

U.K. Parliament : Teacher resources and lessons plans about the U.K.’s government

Art for Kids Hub : Free drawing lessons on YouTube for children of all ages! They have HUGE library of lessons that I’m sure your children will love working their way through.

Varsity Tutors: Your child can go on Virtual Field Trips in these LIVE sessions for children aged K-8.

Primary / Elementary School

Starfall : A free online programme designed to help children learn to read and develop reading fluency. For children aged from kindergarten to 3rd grade (Year 4).

National Geographic Kids : Interactive website for children, with a focus on geography and nature.

US Forest Service : Activities for children to learn more about the outdoors

Forestry England : Lesson plans, teacher packs, spotters guides and activity sheets all about the UK countryside.

Enchanted Learning : Worksheets about every topic you can imagine!

XtraMath : This site is all about Maths facts – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division!

Calculators.org: Free Online Maths games with no ads!

Oxford Owl : Free e-Books for children aged 3-11.

Rising Stars : Free and Paid resources for all school subjects in KS1 and KS2 (UK)

Topmarks : Learning games for Primary aged children.

Primary resources : U.K. website of teaching resources, lessons plans, teaching ideas and worksheets for primary aged children.

Have Fun Teaching : 15,000+ Teaching Resources for preschool through to Grade 6. Both free and paid content.

Teach Your Monster to Read : Free phonics and reading game.

Corbett Maths Primary: Maths video lessons with accompanying worksheets

Prodigy Maths : Prodigy maths teaches maths through educational games. Includes free and paid content.

Maths Chase: Fun Times Tables game to teach your children multiplication.

Mystery Science : This is a favourite in our house! These are complete open and go science lessons. Typically they involve a well-produced video, alongside thoughtful worksheets and fun activities.

Worksheet Works : If you’re looking for worksheets, this website will probably have what you need. My favourite part of this site is the handwriting practice generator.

Secondary / High School

Coursera : Courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.

TED-Ed : Inspirational lectures from experts on wide range of topics.

Actuarial Foundation : Fun and engaging Math programmes. Free maths lesson plans, worksheets and posters.

Math is FUN! : Maths games, worksheets and activities.

National Geographic : Beautiful videos, photography and articles for a deeper insight into geography, history, nature, current affairs and more.

edX : 2500+ courses from Harvard and other excellent universities:

Open Learn: Free courses from the Open University for secondary school aged children

Corbettmaths: Free GCSE maths video lessons with accompanying worksheets

National Gallery: Teacher’s notes, lessons plans, handouts and activities about famous works of art.

Isn’t that incredible?! There are so many fantastic resources available to homeschooling families, and best of all, they’re free!

But tell me, what did I miss? Do you know any great homeschool resources that are free?

Please share them with everyone in the comments below this blogpost.

Thank you for stopping by!

Peace and Love,

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