Islamic studies

HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM CHOICES 2015-2016

Year 1 and Preschool

It’s that time of year again…and I love it!
It’s time to plan next year’s Curriculum for Our Muslim Homeschool!

Like most homeschooling families, I started planning for the next year of home education at least 6 months ago, and have been slowly collecting different resources as I find them. This is what we are going with this year!

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My children are 5 and 3 years old.
Below I have listed the curriculum we will be using for M as he starts Year 1 (Kindergarten) from September. For A, my pre-schooler, we will not be following a set curriculum, but will draw ideas from few different books, which I also have listed below.
The books listed below are the ‘main’ texts we will be using, but we will also draw from many other resources that we have at home; as well as online and from our library.
We also enjoy frequent field trips!

If you are interested in any of these books, just click on the title of the book for a link to Amazon  or the relevant website.Please note: This does not include our reading list, i.e books (fiction) that M will read or will have read to him.

 

I hope our curriculum helps to inspire other Muslim Homeschooling Families, as so many others have inspired me!

YEAR 1 / Kindergarten Curriculum

Islamic Studies

It is my opinion that religion should not be taught as an academic subject, but rather it should be something that children witness as part of normal life, learning from your example and other good company. However there are some books that we will use for activities and to stimulate discussions:

My First Quran Story Book by Saniyasnain Khan & Maria S Puri

I Love Islam Textbook: Level 1 (With CD)


Available to purchase from the HOMESCHOOL SHOP

 

QURANIC MEMORISATION 
At Home

ARABIC

Dino Lingo 

First Thousand Words in Arabic

Language Arts

READING

PHONICS:

Modern Curriculum Press Phonics, Level A

 

SPELLING:

Spelling Workout, Level B by Modern Curriculum Press


 

HANDWRITING:
Copy-work from some books of Hadith into these Handwriting school exercise books

Math:

History/Geography/Social Studies

For this year we will follow an interest-led approach for the humanities. By this I mean that we will have a relaxed approach to these topics, studying what-ever M wants to learn about using books from our local library.

Science:

We will be primarily doing the study of nature this year. However when the weather doesn’t allow us to go outdoors, we will use the latter two book for fun science experiments:

Looking at Nature: Bks. 1-4 by Elsie Proctor

Usborne Spotter’s Guides:

Trees

Woodland Life

Bugs and Insects

Birds



 

Mudpies to Magnets: A Preschool Science Curriculum

 
Everybody Has a Body: Science from Head to Toe

Sport:

Football
Trampolining with home-ed group
Bike rides / country walks / trips to the park

PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM:

These books provide me with ideas for preschool activities and learning games. They are a great resource!

 

Where Is Thumbkin?: 500 Activities to Use with Songs You Already Know

Slow and Steady Get Me Ready 

If you would like more ideas for Curriculum choices, particularly for older children, I would recommend visiting Noor Janan HomeschoolandIman’s Home-school; both great resources for Muslim Homeschoolers.
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Peace and Love.
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Ramadan Advent Calendar

This advent calendar is so easy and quick to make. It is a great addition to your Ramadan decorations and is a fun way to get you children excited about the blessed month.

We fill our advent calendar with halal sweets, and allow the children to open them up just before we go to our daily Ramadan class. You could also put a little note inside, indicating a new activity or game that you will be doing that day, or even a little toy.

If you don’t want to make the envelopes, you can buy them premade, and just decorate them. Its super easy, so why not give it a go!

Materials

  • String/Ribbon
  • 3 sheets of good-quality gift wrap
  • Number stickers
  • 30 clothes pegs
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • FREE TEMPLATE
  • Goodies to put inside!
Make  a Ramadan Advent Calendar

How to make it

  1. Using your FREE TEMPLATE, draw the outline of the envelope on the back of a sheet of gift wrap. You will need to draw the around the template 10 times on each sheet.
  2.  Cut out the envelope outlines. You should have 30 in all.
  3. Fold the envelopes and apply glue to the tabs to hold them in place.
  4. Stick number stickers on the front of the envelopes.
  5. Fill envelopes with ‘goodies.’
  6. Hang string and attach envelopes with clothes pegs. 

ENJOY! Have fun with it!

You can use any color gift wrap, coloured paper or stickers to create the look you want.

Give it a try! I would love to see how you’ve decorated yours.
Please share your photos with me and my followers on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Islamic Calendar for Children

Children’s Islamic Calendar


We love using an Islamic calendar in our homeschool. Teaching the Islamic months is an important part of any Muslim homeschool, and we use ours during “Calendar Time” in the morning.

I have been looking online for an interactive calendar for the
kids with inter-changeable Islamic months, lunar cycle and prayer times. 

However after many
months of searching, I couldn’t find anything that I felt was suitable. So I
decided to make my own and share it with you! 

It includes days, Islamic months,
Year (AH), the lunar phase and the 5 prayers times

It is so easy to make! You definitely
don’t need to be ‘crafty.’

We use this calendar as part of our ‘calendar time’ in our
homeschool day. After Quranic memorisation in the morning, the children work on
this calendar and their Gregorian calendar. 

It is a great way to introduce small
kids to the Islamic months
, the lunar phases and prayer times, as well early
years numeracy. We use it to discuss the significance of certain months in Islam, as well as a countdown to Ramadan!

Below are the instructions for how to make your own Islamic
Calendar including a FREE download 
I would love to see how yours look and how you decorate
them. Please share you pics on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag
#MyIslamicCalendar, or leave a link in the comments below.

My Islamic Calendar

Materials Needed:

  • A3 coloured card (1 sheet) – I used navy blue to match my
    Gregorian calendar
  • Laminator and laminating pouches
  • Patterned ribbon or card (optional)
  • Strong adhesive glue
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • FREE Printable Pages. Click HERE to download.
  • Coloured card (two different colours) – for the hands of the
    clocks
  • Paper fasteners (x5)
  • Velcro/Hook & Loop self-adhesive dots (13mm)
  • Small pin
  1. Cut and glue the patterned ribbon or card around
    the edge of the A3 card to make a decorative border (optional). 
  2. Cut out everything from the Free Printable Pages
  3. Arrange the cut-outs on the A3 card.
  4. Using your glue stick, glue on the ‘My Islamic
    Calendar’, ‘Date’, ‘Month’, ‘Year’, ‘Lunar Phase’, ‘Fajr’, ‘Dhuhr’, ‘Asr’, ‘Maghrib’,
    ‘Isha’ tabs.
  5. Laminate the remaining cut-outs.
  6. Using your strong adhesive glue, glue the blank
    white rectangles/squares that you have laminated onto the A3 card. These will
    act as a background to each inter-changeable section. Leave to dry according to your
    glue’s instructions. My glue required me to leave for 24h.
  7. Stick the Velcro dots onto the back of the
    numbers, months, years, lunar phases. Stick the Velcro dots onto the front of
    the blank laminated rectangles/squares on your calendar. Note: you will need
    two Velcro dots in the ‘date’ section, and one in the other sections.
  8. Now its time to work on the clocks. Using your
    coloured card, cut out 5 long clock hands in one colour, and 5 short clock
    hands in another colour.
  9. Position the clock faces on the A3 card below
    each prayer name. Using a pin, pierce a hole in the centre of each clock face,
    and through into the card below. Thread the clock hands onto the paper fastener.
    Then use your this paper fastener, to go through the small holes, securing the clock
    to the card.
Your calendar should now be ready
to use!
The calendar in this download has straight title text. After playing around with it, I felt it looked better. However, if you would prefer ‘My Islamic Calendar’ to be curved, please leave me a comment below, and I will upload another printable insha’Allah.
We keep all our extra pieces in envelopes next to the calendar; one envelope for the numbers and lunar phases (things that change frequently) and one envelope for the months and years. By keeping them in two envelopes, it makes it easier for the kids to find what they need. You could also use little baskets or attach separate pouches to the calendar itself.
I would love to see how yours look and how you decorate
them. Please share you pics on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag
#MyIslamicCalendar, or leave a link in the comments below.
Please remember us in your duaas,
Peace and Love x

Teach the Arabic Alphabet to Preschool Kids

Arabic alphabet kids

Teaching the Arabic alphabet to kids in the West is often done after the English alphabet, as a second language. Despite this, there are so many way we have found to make learning Arabic fun and enjoyable for your preschool kids.

Below I have listed my favorite resources and activities to help kids learn the Arabic alphabet and have fun doing it.

These recommendations are primarily for young children (under 4s) but could be used for any child new to the language.

Arabic alphabet for kids. Activites, games, books and resources.

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1 Arabic Alphabet Montessori Cards

As I was beginning to discover the Montessori method of education  and browsing through the plethora of information online, I stumbled across a great website, Noor Janan Homeschool’. In amongst her free printables, I found these lovely Arabic Letter Cards. After printing and laminating them, we have used them a multitude of ways. I ask Dino boy to name the letter, or to pair with matching letter, put them in order or we play a memory game with them.

Arabic Montessori Cards

 

  1.      Learn Arabic with Playdough

On the same website (Noor Janan Homeschool) there are Arabic playdough cards, where you  mould the playdough into the shape of the letter on the card. Dino boy was not interested in these, so after laminating them, we now use them as colouring in sheets, and simply wipe clean after.

As he is colouring in, we talk about the letter, its sound, words that begin with this letter or what its shape reminds us of.

 

Playdough Arabic Letters
  1. Tell your kids a story

I came across this method on Youtube on the safida34 channel where you tell a story with the letter. For example with Ba, Ta and Tha:
“Ba, Ta and Tha are three boats. One sunny day, they decided to go out on the seas and catch some fish. Ba was not a very good fishing boat, and he left his fish in the water (Where the fish are representing the dots on the letters). Ta did very well mashAllah and caught two fish and Tha, who had the longest fishing rod (sticking your tongue out to make the sound of the letter) caught three fish.”

4. Arabic Alphabet Puzzles for kids

We have been fortunate to receive a few puzzles, wooden and card, of the Arabic letters. These are available from amazon and many Islamic bookstores.

I use these when I want to kids to do some Arabic, but they are not in the mood for anything ‘heavy.’

Arabic alphabet puzzle

5. Online Resources for kids

This website Islamic Playground is a recent discovery of mine. Although I do try to limit screen time for my kids, there are occasions when they deserve a treat! There are two lovely games on this site
–          Drag and match game where the player has to match the letters and as they do it the letters sound is played.
–          A journey through the Arabic alphabet. The player has to walk along the letter and as they reach an obstacle on the path they will be asked an ‘Islamic’ question to get past. Although this one does require mum or dad’s help, it is well worth it.

6. Painting Activities

Sometimes the simplest things work the best! Either write out the letters yourself, or ask you child to, and then paint them . Simple but it holds their concentration!

7. Arabic Alphabet Workbook

The website  rahmahmuslimhomeschool  has a wonderful FREE workbook for ages 3+ to help your child recognise and begin writing the letters. My son LOVES this. I’ve put it in a ‘grown-up’ folder for him which only adds to his excitement!

Arabic alphabet workbook


8. Learn Arabic with Youtube Videos 

There are many songs and videos on Youtube to help you child become more familiar with the sounds and shapes of the letters. These are our favourites:

Arabic Alphabet Nasheed

Arabic Alphabet with Zakih

The main thing that I always need to remind myself of is, that at this young age, it should be fun.

Make it light, frivolous, smile and make happy memories!

Arabic for preschoolers

Do you like to bake? Check out my Easy Arabic Alphabet Cupcakes HERE!

I would love to hear how you have taught your little ones the Arabic alphabet. Please leave your comment in the box below.

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Peace and Love,

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