Islamic studies

Ramadan Favourites

It’s Ramadan! During this month almost everything changes in our homeschool. We stop our normal homeschool curriculum and turn our focus to learning more about Islam. 

The great thing about home-education, is that we can catch up with all the things we’ve missed later in the summer. For now, I felt it was important for the children to partake in the month, and a major part of that is changing the  focus of their school work.

Here are some of the products we have been using and enjoying in Ramadan. I’m so excited to share these with you all!

Ramadan Homeschool Favourites

I’m also running another GIVEAWAY this month, so scroll down to the bottom of this blog post to enter 🙂

For an overview of all the products mentioned, please WATCH THIS video:

Ramadan Favourites

Ramadan Cookie Cutters

These cookie cutters are made by With A Spin . If you are in the U.K. like me, you can purchase them online from Silver Lining.
Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters
My kids and I have two sets:

Islamic Shape Cookie Cutters: which includes a mosque, minaret, star and crescent moon.

Interfaith Harmony Cookie Cutters: which includes a Christmas Tree, Hannukah Dreidel, Diwali Diya and Eid Lantern. 
The idea behind this particular set is:
“We hope to bring people together across divides of religion, culture and nationality with Love, Unity and Respect; one cookie at a time.”

I love the concept!
The cookie cutters are really well made and come out cleanly from the dough, leaving a clear imprint of the shape.

We’ve used them to make some delicous Ramadan cookies,to cut out water-melon for iftar, as well as other art-and-craft activities.
Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters

Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters

Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters

Quran Memorization Cards

These cards are a fantastic way to encourage your children to memorise Quran! 

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that my son has just memorised the last ten Surahs of the Quran mashAllah! I believe that these Quran cards were a huge help to him whilst he was learning.

Ramadan Favourite Quran Cards

The cards contain the last ten surahs of the Quran; from Surah Al-Feel (105) to Surah An-Nas (114). Each cards contains the Arabic, a transliteration, a translation. The Tashkeel (vowel markings) are colour-coded to help with correct recitiation.

One feature that I really liked was that on the bottom of each card there is a hadith or brief explanation (tafseer) to encourage deeper understanding of that Surah.

These cards are laminated, making them incredibly sturdy, and are mounted on a steel ring. This was a great feature! It meant I didn’t worry about my son leaving them on the floor or mistreating them. He knew that after he read from them, they were to be hung up above his desk. 

At the beginning of the set there is also a section on the virtues of memorising Quran and some of the etiquettes one should have when reciting. 

I purchased my set of Quran Memorization Cards from Ibraheem Toyhouse .

They’ve been an invaluable asset to our homeschool, and I’m looking forward to my younger son using them too.

Ramadan Favourites Quran Cards

I Love Islam Curriculum

This has to be the BEST Islamic curriculum for children that I have come across. 

We have been using it throughout the Academic year, but wanted to finish it off during Ramadan. 

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum
It approaches teaching in a fun and interactive way, that my children have really enjoyed. Book 1 introduces children aged 5-7, to the fundamental principles in Islam.
I loved how the book uses fun characters to teach Tawheed in simple language, drawing on the Quran and Hadith of the Prophet (s.a.w.). Seerah, the five pillars, Islamic manners and etiquette are covered, as well as the Holy mosques and Islam around the world.
At the end of every chapter then are questions that can be answered and fun activities for your child to do.

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum
This book also comes with a CD of nasheeds and Quranic stories to go along with the book. 
If you were to read one chapter a week, this book would last you the entire academic year insha’Allah! 
In fact, I’m so passionate about this series of books that I’ve started selling them myself! 

If you’d like more information about this curriculum, or would like to purchase it, please visit my SHOP.

SHOP AT: Homeschool Shop UK

If you’d prefer to purchase it from AmazonUK, HERE is the link. 
Or if your are in the U.S.A. HERE is the link for Amazon.com.

MiniTafseer Series For Children

This series of books by Ad-Duha Institute teaches tafseer (Explanation of the Quran) to children. 

They are worded very simply, so even young children will understand; and if your child is able to read themselves, they could do so independently. 

Ramadan Favourites Mini Tafseer Series

There is one book for each Surah. 

Inside they include facts about each Surah, inspiring stories of the Prophets, Arabic vocabulary and colouring pages/worksheets. 

The tafseer is based on that of Ibn-Kathir and everything is referenced with Quran or ahadith.

To be honest, they’re not only for kids! I’ve learnt so much reading these to the children. Alhumdulillah!

We’ve been looking through most of the Tafseer books pictured above, and will be studying Surah al-Qadr during these last ten days.

   

Learning tafseer is a fantastic way for children, and adults, to attach their hearts to the book of Allah (swt). I highly recommend these books.

Quran Translation

This English translation of the Quran was recommended to me by my teachers, and so I wanted to pass that information on. 

Ramadan Favourites Quran

It is published by Oxford University Press and is translated by M.A.S. Abdeel Haleem.

I have been told that this is the best English translation of the Quran available at the moment.

Modest Clothing for Nursing Mummies

I was recently introduced to the shop The Boutique Liverpool on Instagram

They specialise in modest, stylish and practical clothing for the mummies! The best thing part is that you can breast-feed in most of their clothing!

I love this piece called “The Drapes.” It’s lightweight, flattering, and has a concealed opening for nursing!
I also have an abaya from this shop which is suitable for breastfeeding too. I’ll be sharing the photo of this piece on Instagram in the next few weeks insha’Allah! 
If you’re nursing mum looking for something comfortable and practical, that is still flattering and stylish, check out The Boutique Liverpool.
I’m already planning what else I want to buy from them!

GIVEAWAY


It’s Giveaway time!

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum Giveaway

This Ramadan I  wanted to share two of my favorites with one of you!!! 

I will be giving away:
– One copy of the I Love Islam Book 1 Curriculum with CD (RRP £23.99)
– Three books from the Ad-Duha Mini Tafseer series: Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq, and An-Naas (RRP £9.69)

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum Giveaway

The Ramadan 2016 Favourites Giveaway will run until Monday 3rd July 2016 at 12AM GMT.  
The giveaway is open Internationally.  
All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. 

Please aware that if entering overseas, you may be liable to pay customs tax (or the equivalent), so please check beforehand.


You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (click HERE is you would like to know more about Rafflecopter).  

I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email. The winner has 24 hours to respond, otherwise I will have to select another winner.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing what products we’ve been using in our homeschool this month. 

I’d love to hear activities and products you have been using in your family this Ramadan.

Please let us all know in the comments below.

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Ramadan Children’s Books

It is Ramadan! This month in Our Muslim Homeschool we have been enjoying a wide variety of Muslim children’s books, to teach the children about Ramadan and Eid.

Muslim children’s literature is an easy and fun way to introduce important concepts in Islam; such as fasting, tawheed, sincerity, amongst others, to children from a young age.

Ramadan books for children

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I strongly believe that the stories we tell our children leave an imprint on their hearts and memories, impacting them in later years. What can be better than to read books to them with beautiful meanings and strong morals.

Here are some of the Ramadan children’s books that we have been reading aloud in our homeschool!

For a quick look at which books we have been reading in Ramadan,

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Ramadan Children’s Books

Five Prayers Each Day by Elizabeth Lymer

This charming rhyming story teaches toddlers to count up to five using the Five Daily Prayers (Salaah). It’s short but very sweet!
” One, two, three, four, five prayers each day that we’re alive…”
Suitable for ages 1-3

 

Angels and Rainbows by Elizabeth Lymer and Brooke Alam

This is a touching story about a girl who loves to pray Fajr with her father, but is scared of the dark. Her dad teaches her some words (dhikr) that she can say to invite the Angels and their light (Noor) into her home.
The illustrations in this book are stunning. It is also worth noting that the depictions of people do not have facial features.
I would recommend this book for children ages 4-9.
 

 

Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman

This lyrical story introduces children to the excitment of Ramadan by focusing on the family rituals and events that take place.
This book is suitable for children aged 3-5.
 

 

The Amazing Calendar Quilt by Sheikh Zubia Imami

This book teaches children about months of the Islamic calendar, teaching the names and of their significance Islamically.
Unfortunately this book is out of print, but you can find it second-hand if you’re willing to hunt around!
I would recommend it for children aged 5+.

 

Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B. Robert

By far, this is the most well-known of all the books I have mentioned. It introduces Ramadan beautifully, in all its wonder and awe, to children. The story follows a family through Ramadan, from one moon to the next, capturing their excitement and feelings.
The illustrations in this book are stunning.
This book is suitable for children aged 4-9.
 

 

Night of the Moon by Hena Khan

Night of the Moon is the story of a Pakistani-American girl who watches the moon’s phases, and talks about all her different experiences during Ramadan.
The illustrations are spectacular and remind me of traditional Islamic art, with lots of geometric patterns and vibrant colours.
I would recommend this book for children aged 3-9.

 

Sweet Dates to Eat by Jonny Zucker

This short and simple story introduces young children to Ramadan and Eid. It shows the family in the mosque, eating iftar, and celebrating Eid.
The illustrations are very cute and colourful!
Suitable for children aged 2-4 years-old.

 

An Eid for Everyone by Hina Islam

This is a story about several children from different families, and their experiences on Eid day. The book focuses on remembering the poor on that day, and shows the children giving out Eid gifts to poorer families in their community.
This book is suitable for children aged 3-5.
 
 

 

 

 
 
I hope you got some new ideas and inspiration from this blog post. Perhaps you found some new books for your children here.
 
What books do your children enjoy reading in Ramadan?
Do they have a favourite?
Please share with us in the comments below. I’d love to hear about other Ramadan books!
 
 
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Ramadan Books for children

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Allah Calligraphy Craft

This Islamic Craft for Muslim Kids is easy to do and looks so beautiful!

We simply glued sequins  and buttons to a calligraphy colouring page of the word ‘Allah.’

We are thinking of putting them in frames and displaying them in the children’s rooms 🙂

 

Islamic calligraphy craft for Muslim Children

These colouring pages were from the Ibraheem Toyhouse website.

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Product Review | Ali and Sumaya: Let’s Read

This DVD is a brilliant educational resource for Muslim children. We have been using it in our Muslim Homeschool as part of the kid’s Islamic Education…and they LOVE IT! 

Ali and Sumaya: Let’s Read aims to teach Muslim children the basic foundations of Tajweed, Recitation of Quran.


Ali and Sumaya: Let’s Read is the second DVD produced by Imanination Studios. It uses the lastest technology  to produce exceptional quality animation. The graphics are SO much better than anything else on the market! It’s very impressive!

CLICK HERE to read the REVIEW for their first DVD Ali and Sumaya: Let’s Pray

The whole concept behind th e DVD is very clever. Sumaya is upset because she doesn’t know how to read the Quran; so her brother, Ali, offers to help. They visit a Tajweed teacher, who takes them on an adventure around his ‘Tajweed Factory.’ Each room features a special invention that teaches a different rule of recitation. It’s SO MUCH FUN!

There’s an ‘Echo Blaster’ to teacher Qalqalah, a ‘Stretching Zone’ to teach vowel elongation, the ‘Ghunna Lift’ and many more!

Watch this clip of the DVD:

There is NO MUSIC in this DVD. Imanination have gone to great lengths to ensure the authenticity of the material they produce. However, as with any Islamic educational product, I would always advise you to check the material with a religious teacher you trust.

All Quran and duaas are written very clearly in Arabic with translation and transliteration.The Arabic pronunciation is excellent, and the way the characters recite is SO BEAUTIFUL. It certainly captured my children’s attention!

I was pleased to see that it also taught some etiquettes of reading Quran and going to the Masjid.
I would recommend this DVD for children aged 6+ who have begun learning Quran. The DVD moves at a fast pace and will work well to reinforce the rules of Tajweed that your child has already learnt, as well as introducing them to new concepts. 
Imanination have also produced an FREE APP to go along with the DVD:

Overall I feel that Ali and Sumaya: Let’s Read is a truly innovative product. It make learning tajweed fun and exciting, whilst maintaining the utmost respect for the Quran itself. 

If you need more information or would like to buy this DVD, just CLICK HERE! 

If anything is unclear, or you need more information, please leave a comment for me down below and I will do my best to answer your questions, or pass you onto someone from the company insha’Allah.

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Disclaimer: This review was NOT sponsored. Although Imanination Studio sent me a complimentary copy of this DVD and the posters, all opinions expressed are genuine!


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Kindergarten Islamic Studies Curriculum

In our Muslim homeschool we use many different resources to create our Kindergarten Islamic studies curriculum.

In my humble opinion, Islam should not be taught to young children as an academic subject, with workbooks and heavy texts. Instead it should be learnt naturally and organically by children from watching their parents and peers throughout their daily lives.

Kindergarten Islamic Studies Curriculum

Learning about Islam should lead to it becoming a natural part of your child’s being and a part of who they are. This cannot be achieved from books and academic exercises, but from good company and righteous parents who set a good example.

That being said, I have listed some materials we use to direct our learning and spark conversations.

1. I Love Islam by Noor Art

This curriculum can be purchased from Noorart. We set aside time to read one chapter a week from this book. We are using Book 1 with our Kindergartner, which is aimed at children aged 5-6. There are five more books in this series covering ages 4-9.

Kindergarten Islamic Studies Curriculum

This book is divided into five units introducing the Muslim child to:
– Basic beliefs (Aqeedah)
– The Life of Prophet Muhammad pbuh (Seerah)
– The Five Pillars of Islam
– The Muslim World
– Prophetic Manners

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Contents Pages: 

I Love Islam Contents Page
I Love Islam Contents Page
I Love Islam Contents Page

This book also comes with a CD, with nasheeds and stories to go along with each chapter. There are also workbooks available at NoorArt that can be used with this book, although we have not tried these ourselves.

A Look Inside:

A look inside I Love IslamA look inside I Love Islam
A look inside I Love Islam

I Love Islam also introduces children to the Ninety-Nine names of Allah. We have been supplementing these lessons with lots of Arts and Crafts:
Al-Khaliq
Al-Malik


2. My First Quran Story Book

As part of our morning routine, w read a story from My First Quran Story Book
every day. This book is a collection of Quranic stories and is aimed at children aged 3-9 years-old.

 3. Memorisation of Quran

As our boys are still young, we don’t teach memorisation of Quran yet, but rather focus our efforts on instilling a love for the Quran. However we do expose the children to Quran as much as we can through Audio CD
, listening to us recite, and Youtube videos:

There is also a fantastic series of books, The Mini Tafseer Series from Ad-Duha institute that introduce tafseer (explanation) of Juz ‘Amma to children. They are based on the teaching of Ibn Kathir and are really excellent. I have personally learnt a lot from them myself. They’re written for children to understand and enjoy.These can also be purchased from NoorArt.


4. Homeschool Co-op

We are fortunate in my community to have a number of other Muslim families who home-educate their children. Our children all come together once or twice a week to learn about Islamic topics in a relaxed and fun environment.

So this is how we ‘teach’ Islamic studies in our Muslim homeschool for my Kindergartener.

If you have any resources that you use with your children, please let me know in the comments. It’s always interesting to see what other Muslim families are using to teach Islam in their homes.
Also if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will answer them as best I can insha’Allah

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Product Review | Ali and Sumaya: Let’s Pray

This DVD is a fantastic resource
for Muslim children, and a very useful tool for anyone involved in Islamic
education. I’m so grateful to be able to share my thoughts on it with you all…

Ali and Sumaya DVD review

Ali and Sumaya: Let’s Read is produced by Imanination Studios. They have created an exciting range of DVDs and apps that use the latest technology to produce INCREDIBLE quality animation. I mean …it’s AMAZING! There is nothing like it in the market today.

These days, Muslim children’s TV has to compete with the likes of Shrek and Frozen in order to meet our children’s expectations and keep them engaged. Ali and Sumaya are trying to meet this goal and honestly… the graphics are awesome!

This is the trailer for their DVD:

The whole feel of this DVD is really modern, cool, colourful and fun. It teaches the subject of prayer in a very gentle and loving way…which I think is best way!

In addition to the prayer, they also teach all the steps and duaas for wudu, the athaan, duaa Qunoot, other Prophetic duaas and seven surahs. There is also a quiz and a ridiculously catchy nasheed!!!

Ali and Sumaya Lets Pray DVD Review

There is NO MUSIC in the DVD and the producers have gone to great lengths to ensure that all material presented in the DVD is based on the Quran and authentic Hadith. Allah knows best. I approached the company for more information on this and they kindly replied:

“We have illustrated the prayer in a way which we believe to be the most authentic manner based only on authentic aHadeeth.  
We have relied on sources such as Bukhari, Muslim, Nisa’i Abu Dawood, Tirmidi and Ibn Majah.  May Allah SWT be pleased with them all. Ameen 

We have sought guidance from various Scholars and People of knowledge in Alexandria, Egypt and also The Islamic Shariah Council, UK.”

The characters themselves, Ali and Sumaya, are so sweet and their recitation of the Quran is so beautiful and clear. I just had to stop what I was doing and listen….so beautiful mashAllah!

Although there are a lot of details on ‘HOW’ to pray, the producers have also tried to put across the pleasure and joy one gets from the Salaah. I loved how they started the DVD with an explanation on ‘WHY’ we pray and why it’s important. The DVD begins with the story of the ‘Night of Ascension’ and my kids were riveted (you know…where their mouths drop open!!!)

Ali and Sumaya Let's Pray Review
Learning how to make Wudu!

Ali and Sumaya Let's Pray Review
Don’t forget the ears!!!

Each step for Salaah is very clear and easy to understand. They’ve added a fun element by having little icons pop up (like in a video game) that remind you when to recite aloud or tell you how many rakaats left. It’s just very cool without being gimmicky. It is entertaining and fun but still preserves the sanctity of the prayer.

Throughout the DVD, all Quran and duaas are written very clearly at the bottom of the screen, in Arabic with translation and transliteration.
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My only concern with this DVD is, as we all know, the prayer varies between Muslims depending on which path of Islam you follow. However, fundamentally we all pray the same, it’s just in ‘the finer details’ that we differ (I think…although I’m no expert!!!).

Ali and Sumaya Let's Pray DVD Review

My two boys are only three and five, but I felt they benefited from watching it. After only watching it once, my five year-old was telling me how many rakaats are in each prayer, and when you need to pray that prayer!!! MashAllah…it worked!

For young children, do not try to make them watch the whole thing through, but rather take it in chapters. I plan to teach one aspect of the prayer (wudu, athaan, prayer times etc.) and then use this DVD to reiterate what we have been discussing.

I think children over the age of seven would benefit the most from this DVD because some important points are written on the screen and not narrated by the characters. So if your child does not read well they may miss out on these parts.

Ali and Sumaya Lets Pray Review

Ali and Sumaya Lets Pray Review

If you’re interested in purchasing this DVD, you can buy it on their website Ali and Sumaya.
At this time of writing this, it costs £14.99, or you can rent it from Vimeo for one year for $7.50. All details are on their website.

There is also a FREE app that goes along with the DVD, that features lots of interactive animations and games, to help teach the prayer and reinforce what they have seen in the DVD.

Here is the trailer for the app:

The company also makes these fabulous posters to go along with the DVD. They are big (A2), nice quality and very cleverly designed. They images are faceless if you wanted to hang them up. There is one for boys and one for girls. They are quite complicated, so I would not recommend them for children under 5.

We plan to look the relevant part of the poster after watching that part of the DVD. This is yet another teaching tool to visually prompt and reinforce learning. They are available to purchase on their website.

Ali and Sumaya Let's Pray PosterAli and Sumaya Let's Pray Poster

Overall I feel that Ali and Sumaya: Let’s Pray has filled a void in the market; a void that English-speaking Muslim children desperately needed filling!

If anything is unclear, or you need more information, please leave a comment for me down below and I will do my best to answer your questions, or pass you onto someone from the company insha’Allah. 

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Disclaimer: This review was NOT sponsored. Although Imanination Studio sent me a complimentary copy of this DVD and the posters, all opinions expressed are genuine!




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Book Review | The Story of the Elephant Pop-up and Play Book

Its that wonderful time of year where we all feel excitement for our fellow brothers and sisters on Hajj, and anticipation for the coming of Eid.

I’ve been following Shade 7 Publishing for some time on Instagram and had been planning to buy their book ‘The Story of the Elephant Pop-up and Play book‘ for my boys for Eid al-Adha.

Well, I was thrilled when the publishers reached out to me and offered to send me a copy to review, as well as offering all my readers a DISCOUNT CODE on the price of the book. I am so excited to share this beautiful book with you all.

‘The Story of the Elephant’ is an Islamic children’s book based on Surah al Feel (Chapter 105) of the Holy Quran.

For those unfamiliar with the story:

The tyrant ruler of Yemen, Abraha, leads his army of elephants to Mecca to destroy the Ka’ba. Allah sends a great flock of birds to protect His house, they drop stones onto the soldiers from a great height and the whole army perishes. 

It’s the perfect story for a children’s book! 
Uniquely, this play book features pop-ups, interactive flaps and tabs, as well as a colouring map and press-out elephants to re-create the story. It is suitable for ages 3+.

The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review
The army of elephants!

The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review
Beautiful bird pop-up

The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review
The Ka’ba – Dramatic End to the Book

I thought it would be fun to make a YouTube Video of my first impressions when I opened up the book. I hope the video will be useful for you to see inside this book and help you get a feel for it. It’s my first ever Youtube Video, so please forgive my amateur videography skills! I’ll get better insha’Allah!


Well, my thoughts on this book are…it’s brilliant! 
Firstly, its is really well written. It kept my boys engaged and interested.The language used is pitched at the right level, being neither too complicated for little ones, nor to simplistic. 
“Abraha was so cross, he sent an army of elephants to Mecca to destroy the Ka’ba stone by stone.”
Secondly, the paper is thick and glossy, and will withstand whatever little hands try to do to it!

My favourite bit…Pull the tab and the elephant kneels down!

Pull the tab to watch the stones drop

The illustrations are beautifully hand-drawn and the pop-ups are completely charming! My kids were so excited when they saw them:
“Wow!”
“Look Mummy, the elephant’s got a hat on!”
“Look at that! Look at that!”
“The Ka’ba!!!”
I particularly appreciated how the publishers have incorporated a little Seerah into the book. They mention that the year of the elephant is the same year that our beloved Prophet was born in, and talks a little about Abdul Muttalib. They add another dimension to the educational experience by referring back to Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and the duaa he made to protect Mecca.

The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review
Abdula Muttalib’s camels

The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review
The duaa of Abdul Muttalib

The book also features some duaas in Arabic, which are very clearly written, with vowel markings, transliteration and translations, so anyone and everyone can benefit from them. 
There’s a simple quiz at the end to reinforce what your children have learnt, with the answers hidden underneath yet another flap!
The book contains a large pocket at the back that contains the colouring map and a press-out card Ka’ba and loads of elephants. One way you could use this is to re-create the elephants approach to Mecca using these press-out figures. For kids that enjoy hands-on learning activities, this is great way to reinforce what they have heard and bring the story to life.

The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review
Colouring in his Ka’ba

The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review
“I’ve got the mummy elephant! You’ve got the baby one!”

The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review
The whole family joined it!

My 5 year-old son loves this part in particular! He keeps bringing out the map and adding more and more detail to it. Then he sets up all the elephants and the Ka’ba with great satisfaction! Unfortunately its all a bit to fiddly for my 3 year-old to do on his own, so he’s happy looking through the book again and again, pulling all the tabs and lifting the flaps.

The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review
Using this map to revise geography
The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review
Reenacting the approach of the Abraha’s army 

This book is definitely robust enough for young children. So far it has survived some serious love from my little ones!
‘The Story of the Elephant’ makes teaching this Quranic tale, not only easy, but a really special and memorable experience for children. It has to be my kids’ favorite Islamic Children’s book at the moment. 
It is not just a picture book, or a pop-up book, its a whole educational experience. It encourages learning and love for the Quran in a variety of ways and at a variety of levels . We even used it to teach Geography, History, Character building and Islamic history. 
I highly recommend this book. We absolutely love it!

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This discount is exclusive to the readers of Our Muslim Homeschool. 

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Receive 45% DISCOUNT off the cost of the book. 
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Receive 20% discount off the cost of the book.
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Shade 7 Publishing have also created a cross-curricular 6 week lesson plan pack to go along with this book, for children in years Reception to Key Stage 2. It conforms with the New 2014 National Curriculum framework in the UK. 
For my followers the publishers have agreed to:
1 Book + 6 week Lesson Plan Pack for £49.99 (inc. UK shipping).
3 Books + 6 week Lesson Plan Pack for £99 (inc. UK shipping).
If you live outside of the U.K. contact them directly for shipping costs. 
If you are interested in the lesson plan pack, then email them at info@shade7.co.uk  to arrange purchase. 
We will be working through some of these lesson plans over the coming weeks insha’Allah. I will keep you all up to date and show you how we have been using them on my Instagram and Facebook accounts.
The Story of the Elephant Surah al-Feel Book Review

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Story of Ibrahim: Mobile Craft Activity

Story of Ibrahim craft
Story of Ibrahim craft

This week in our Muslim homeschool we have been looking at the story of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). 
In my humble opinion, I find children retain these Islamic stories better if they are followed up with a hands-on activity. This craft is very quick and easy, and will help your children to remember what they have heard.
The story I related can be found in the Quran [6:75-80]. We began by reading a simplified version of this story from the I Love Islam Series: Book 1.

The story tells us how Ibrahim (AS) asked his people if they believed a star was God, but when the star disappeared in the morning he said, “See! That star is not Allah. Allah would never go away!

Then he asked his people is the moon was Allah, but when morning came he said, “The moon cannot be Allah, because Allah would never go away.”

Finally he asked them is the sun was God, but inevitably the sun set and so the sun too could not be Allah. Allah always exists. He never sets and never goes away!

After we finished the story it was ….CRAFT TIME!

Materials Needed

Foil card (Various colours)
FREE PRINTABLE
String
Glue Stick
Materials for Story of Ibrahim craftScissors
Permanent Marker
Sticky Tape
Hole punch

1. Begin drawing a sun, moon, star and a large semi-circle onto the foil-card with the permanent marker. Allow the children to cut them out.

2. Cut around the wording on the FREE PRINTABLE and glue it to the large semi-circular card.

3. Cut three lengths of string (approximately 15 cm each) and tape either the moon, sun and star to the bottom of each piece of string.

4. Tape the other end of the string to the semi-circle. In my opinion, it looks best if the strings are all different lengths.

5. Punch a hole in the top of the semi-circle with a hole-punch, and use some string to hang your mobile up. Our mobile has taken pride-of-place hanging from our kitchen curtain pole!

Story of Ibrahim craft
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Teach The 99 Names of Allah – al-Malik

Al-Malik – The King and Owner of Dominion.

Learning the ninety-nine names of Allah should not be just about memorising a long list of names. It should be something that helps children to understand their Lord and form a relationship with Him. It should be more than just words on the tongue, but should touch their hearts and deepen their love for God.

One way of engaing young kids in Islamic education is through arts and crafts

This week in our Muslim homeschool we learnt the name:

Al-Malik – The King and Owner of Dominion.

We began by talking about the definition:

‘Al-Malik is both the Owner, who possesses, and the King, who has complete authority and commands what He possesses. The One to whom the commanding and forbidding belong to. The King, The Sovereign Lord, The One with the complete Dominion.’

Whilst the kids were making the Crown Craft (outlined below) our conversation went something like this:

“Allah is The King. He is The King of kings. He is your King!

But what is a King? What does a King do?”

After a bit ( NO…. a lot!) of prompting they arrived at the answer,

“A king owns everything, tells everyone what to do and punishes those who disobey him.”

“But who owns the King? Who tells him what to do? Who punishes the King if he is naughty?”

“ALLAH!”

“Allah is the King of Kings! Al-Malik!”




It is important for your children to understand that He is not like anything they can imagine. He is  not like any King they know, and He most certainly does NOT have a crown!

Make your own crown craft
Children’s Crown Craft

Materials Needed

  • Gold card
  • Tissue paper
  • Fun fur (1-2″wide)
  • Stickers
  • PVA glue
  • Stapler
  • Selo-tape
  1.  From the gold card, cut out two strips, each approximately 2″ wide.
  2. Staple two card strips together. This will be the base of your crown.
    Mak your own crown craft
  3. Spread PVA glue along the bottom half of each card strip and stick the fun fur along this edge. It will look best if you allow some of the gold card to show at the top.  Make your own crown craftMake your own crown craft
  4. Meanwhile cut out 4 more gold strips from the card, each 1″ wide. 
    Make your own crown craft
  5. Staple 2 strips together, with the gold side facing inward.
    Make your own crown craft
  6. Once the glue has dried on the fur, staple the wider card strip together, making sure that it is the correct size for your child’s head.
  7. Attach this across the top of the crown base. 
    Make your own crown craft
  8. Repeat from step 5 with the remaining strips and staple perpendicular to the first arch.
    Make your own crown craft
  9. Decorate the crown with stickers and jewels.
    Make your own crown craft
  10. When everything has dried, push the tissue paper up into the underside of the crown and use your selo-tape to secure it in place. 
    Make your own crown craft

Now your kid is ready to be a king (or Queen!). Whilst they play remind them,”You are a King, but who is your King? Who is the King of kings? Who is al-Malik? ……. ALLAH!!!!

Make your own crown craft

Make your own crown craft

Make your own crown craft
Make your own crown craft

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Teach the 99 Names of Allah

al-Khaliq – The Creator

As a part of our Muslim homeschool, I am teaching my children the ninety-nine names of Allah. It is my opinion that Islamic education should be be taught in a creative and fun way and that is how I have approached this week in our Islamic studies.

This week we were looking at the name al-Khaliq, or The Creator.

Teach Ninety names names of Allah

We began by discussing the definition of al-Khaliq:


“The One who creates something from nothing and determines and creates according to the proper measure and proportion of each thing. The One who plans and determines how, when and where to create. The One whose works are perfectly suited, appropriate, fitting and proper.”

Then I gave out the Al-Khaliq colouring sheet and whilst they were decorating it, we memorised ‘al-Khaliq. The Creator.’

For your FREE ‘al-Khaliq’ colouring sheet CLICK HERE.

It was also an oppoprtunity to revise the Arabic letters and see which they could identify from their sheet.

When they were finished, we cut around the words and stuck it in the centre of a large A2 sheet of coloured card.

Teach ninety nine names of Allah

Then I gave the boys a basket each. I encouraged them to go outside and collect things from our garden that Allah (swt) had created.

They scoured the garden (and later the park) and brought back a collection of leaves, stones, petals, seeds and a pine cone.

Using glue sticks and wrapping tape, we stuck these treasures around the name ‘al-Khaliq’ reflecting on how He (swt) has made these things from nothing. Subhanullah!

We also used this opportunity to look up the names of all the leaves and flowers, so it doubled as a science lesson too!

It was a fun way to teach the children about God, to instill a sense of awe and wonder about Him, and ignite an interest and excitement about Islam. We made a lot of happy memories too!

Teach ninety nine names of Allah

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