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Homeschool Curriculum Choices: Kindergarten & 1st Grade

I am so excited to share Our Muslim Homeschool Curriculum choices for 2016-2017.

In the U.K. my sons would be in Reception (Kindergarten) and Year 2 (1st Grade), at ages 4 and 6 years old.

We follow an eclectic approach, drawing heavily from the Classical approach and the Charlotte Mason method.

This blog-post contains affiliate links. For more information, see our Disclaimer.
Please WATCH THIS VIDEO to see what books and resources we are using this year in our homeschool. If you want more information, or would like to buy anything for your family, I have given links in this blog post for almost everything that is mentioned!
I hope you enjoy the video and find benefit in it!

Introduction

Well-Trained Mind:
Home Learning Year by Year:
For the Children’s Sake:
Charlotte Mason Companion:
Pocketful of Pinecones:

KINDERGARTEN

MCP Phonics:
MCP Maths:

FIRST GRADE

MATHS

Saxon Math 3:
Rays Arithmetic:
Problem Solving:
Maths for the Gifted Student:
Kumon Multiplication:

LITERACY

Well-Trained Mind:
First Language Lessons:
Spelling Workout B:
Spelling Workout C:
Spelling Workout Table of Contents and Sample:
Read Me Out Loud:
A Child’s Garden of Verses:
Montmorency’s Book of Rhymes:
Winnie the Pooh:
Carol Vonderman Handwriting:
The Content of Character:
The Black Ships before Troy:
Bambi:
Charlotte’s Web:
A Bear Called Paddington:
Just So Stories:
Hardy Boys:
The Happy Prince:
The Wind in the Willows:
Jungle Book:
Raggedy Anne:
Winnie the Pooh:
Audible FREE TRIAL UK:

Audible FREE TRIAL USA:
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Magic Treehouse:
Tutankhamun:
Time Warp Trio:
The Odyssey:
Stories from Ancient Egypt:
The Trojan Horse:
The Greek News:
Croco’Nile:
Magic School Bus:
MTH: Leonardo Da Vinci:
Usborne: Leonado Da Vinci:
Laurence Anholt Books:
The World of Peter Rabbit:
My First Story Writing Book:

HISTORY

The Story of the World:
The Story of the World Activity Book:
Usborne Ancient Egypt Sticker Book:
Egyptian Painting Kit:
Egyptian Mummy Kit:
Book of Centuries:
Book of Centuries Cover Page:

SCIENCE

What’s smaller than a pygmy shrew?:
Switch on, Switch off:
What makes a Magnet?:
What is the World Made of?:
Germs make me sick:
Usborne Science Encyclopaedia:
DK Science Encyclopaedia:
Berenstain Bears:
See inside your body:
Everybody has a Body:
Magnetic Science Kit:
Usborne Spotter’s Guide:
Usborne Beginner Series:
Looking at Nature:
Burgess Bird Book:
A Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady:
Handbook of Nature Study:
British Birds Handbook:
Food for Free:
First Book of the Seashore:
Little Book of Outside in all Weather:

ART

Famous Paintings Cards:
Children’s Book of Art:
Lives of the Great Artists:
Start Exploring Masterpieces:
Famous Artists:
Children’s Book of Art:
Heinmann First Library:
Easy Carpentry Projects:
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found this blog post useful and got some ideas for your family.
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How to Teach the 99 Names of Allah to Children

99 names Allah children

This blog-post was written in partnership with Al Maurid Books. Although I was compensated for my time, and given a review copy of the book, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Teaching the 99 Names of Allah to children can be challenging for any Muslim parent. In our Muslim homeschool, we use a variety of crafts and hands-on activities to help our children remember the 99 names of Allah.

99 names of Allah children

I believe that learning the names of Allah does not need to be rushed. By taking our time, we allow the names of Allah to impact on their hearts, thereby helping to nurture a deeper and stronger connection to the Divine insha’Allah.

Each activity below is designed to help children understand the 99 names of Allah. The names themselves can seem complicated and somewhat abstract to young children. By associating the Divine name with an activity or craft, we show the children a more concrete representation of that name, creating a connection that will help with memorisation, as well as their understanding.

And besides….it’s so much more fun this way!!!

To watch a Youtube Video about all the activities we have been doing,


CLICK ON THE VIDEO BELOW!


Why should Children Learn the 99 Names of Allah?

Learning the names of Allah (swt) is a great way to help children to understand the nature of Allah and create a love for the divine in their hearts insha’Allah.It has been narrated Abu Huraira that the Prophet (SAW) said,

“Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 50 Hadith 894
99 names of Allah children

Allah

The first place we began is with the name “Allah.”Using a FREE TEMPLATE of the name, we filled in the letters with sequins and buttons to make a beautiful calligraphy to hang-up on our wall. For more information on this craft CLICK HERE

Alternatively, you could use glitter, tissue paper or even make a collage from old magazines or newspapers.

Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool
Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool

Al-Khaliq

Al-Khaliq can be translated as “The Creator”.  

For this name, I felt the best way to teach the children about how Allah creates, is to witness His creation.

So we went outdoors; to the park, to the woods, and just around our own garden, and spent some time talking together about what Allah had created. We talked about how He created everything from nothing, with no help.  

This concept is something that even the youngest of children can understand. Allah made the clouds, Allah made the sun, Allah made the birds etc.   I asked the children to collect things from our nature walk. We came home with so many twigs, leaves and flowers!

  Once we got home, we made a poster using a FREE Colouring Page of the name Al-Khaliq.  

Around the name we stuck all the beautiful things that the chlidren had collected. It looked lovely up on the kitchen wall!

Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool
Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool

For more details about this craft, you can read my previous blogpost HERE.

Al-Malik

Al-Malik translates as “The King.”  

As a visual representation of this name, the children made a crown! Whilst they were making it, we talked about how Allah doesn’t wear a crown, and how Allah does not look like any king that they can imagine. We spoke a little about the role of a king and I asked them,“Who is the King of the Kings? ….. Allah!”

Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool

If you would like to make this crown with your children, CLICK HERE.

Ar- Razzaq

Recently, we have been learning the name Ar-Razzaq which translates as “The Provider.”

To help the children understand this name better, we have been using the book “Aishah Learns to Bake” by Latifah Peerbux.

Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool

This is the story of a young girl called Aishah who wants to bake. Her mum agrees to teach her how, but she asks her to guess all the ingredients they need. What is wonderful is how her mum uses clues with an Islamic or Prophetic twist!!!

For example, as a clue for dates, her mum says,

“Allah even says we find this fruit up in heaven! It’s the same fruit we eat in Ramadan to break our fast!”

Aishah Learns to Bake by Latifah Peerbux
Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool

Aishah continues to guess all the ingredients for her cakes, learning more and more as she does so.

The book ends with her father explaining to her how Allah is Ar-Razzaq, the Provider.

It’s a sweet and heart-warming story that helps children to understand what a blessing it is to have food, as well as the Blessings that different foods contain; and ultimately to be more grateful to Allah for providing us with them.

As the hands-on activity, we made the Honey and Date cupcakes that Aishah and her mum baked. They were delicious! Alhumdulillah!

Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool
Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool
Whisking is a lot of fun when you’re 4!
Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool
Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool
Decorating the Cupcakes
Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool
Honey and Date Cupcakes! Yum!

Al- Wadood

Al-Wadood can be translated as “The Most Loving.”  

The idea that Allah loves us, even more than mummy and daddy, is something that even very young children will understand.

This art activity is a great one for small kids too!   We drew the outline of a heart onto a piece of paper. The children then scrunched up lots of small piece of tissue paper and glued them all over the heart!  

They looked so pretty, and were a wonderful visual reminder that Allah loves them!

Teach 99 Names of Allah Children Muslim Homeschool

Ar-Rahman

Most recently, we have been looking at the name Ar-Rahman, which can be translated as “The Most Compassionate.”I’m still thinking about what hands-on activity we can use to help the children to better understand this concept.

My initial idea was to ask the children to take care of our cats for a week. I hope that this will teach them that just as they are taking care of their cats, Allah is taking care of them, and their family, and all the people in the whole world, and all of creation!

What do you think? If you have a better idea I’d really appreciate it if you would share it with us all in the comments section below!!!

The 99 Names of Allah for Children

Have you been teaching the 99 Names of Allah to your children? 


How did you approach it?

If you have any useful resources, I’d love to hear about them.

Please let us all know by leaving a comment down below!

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Homeschool Favourites | August 2016

We have officially started school again and we’re having a great time! 

Although having a break is so important, we really missed the routine and structure that our homeschooling brings to our day!

I’m so happy to be sharing some exciting new books and educational resources that we’ve been enjoying this month in Our Muslim Homeschool. 

Muslim Homeschool August Favourites

Homeschool Favourites | August 2016

For an overview of all the products mentioned, and to see them in more detail

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Eastcolight Human Torso Set

This model of the human body has been such a hit with the children! 

They love seeing where all the organs and bones go… taking it apart, and putting it back together again. 

Muslim Homeschool Favourites Human Model

It’s a fantastic hands-on way of teaching anatomy, and it has really got them excited to learn more about the human body.

Muslim Homeschool August favourites Eastcolight human torso

It also comes with fact cards, a poster, a manual and a calorie-counting wheel. To be honest, the kids haven’t used any of these extra bits yet. They’re too interested in the model itself! 

Pocketful of Pinecones

This book continues to inspire me every time I read from it! 

This is  a book for homeschool mums, or anyone who is interested in knowing more about the Charlotte Mason method of home-education. 

Muslim Homeschool Favourites Pocketful of Pinecones

It is a fictitious journal of a homeschooling mother based in the U.S.A. around 100 years ago. She decides to take her children out of school and, with the help of only one of Charlotte Mason’s books, she begin homeschooling her children.

There is a lot of focus on nature study and on “mother culture” in this book. 
For more information on “Mother Culture” CLICK HERE.

The chapters are short and perfect for busy mums who don’t have time to read as much as they would like. 

This has to be one of the most inspiring books I have ever read, and I can see myself re-reading over and over again! 

I enjoyed it so much, I have already purchased two more from the same author:

iPray Salah Pad

My eldest son has really enjoyed using this interactive toy to learn how to pray. Although he used to enjoy praying with me, he seems to have entered in new “phase” where he wants to learn independently…and this even includes the Salah (prayer)!
He has benefited immensely from this toy. The illustrations show him what to do, and when you press on them, he hears what he is supposed to say. He loves it!
In addition to the prayer, it also teaches the wudu, the athaan, and many more duaas. 
Muslim Homeschool Favourites iPray Salah Pad
You can buy it in PINK or BLUE and is available to purchase from Ibraheem Toyhouse

Aishah Learns To Bake

This is an endearing story about a little girl called Aishah who wants to bake! Her mother uses this opportunity to teach Aishah about where all the ingredients come from

It’s a lovely way to show children how blessed they are to have food, and to be grateful for it. It also introduces children to the foods mentioned in the Quran and the name of Allah “ar-Razzaq,” (the Provider).
Muslim Homeschool Favourites Aisha Learns to Bake
The illustrations are clever and cute (much like Aishah), and my boys were laughing the whole way through the story!
We enjoyed the story so much, we decided to make the same honey and date cupcakes that Aishah and her mum made. There is a recipe in the back of the book. They turned really good mash’Allah!


Nature Study

Finally, although it’s not a “tangible” thing, I really wanted to share how much we’ve been enjoying our nature walks this month. 

The weather has been a little unpredictable, but it hasn’t stopped us! We’ve really been making the most the woodlands and parks around us.

Muslim Homeschool Favourites Nature Walks

Not only do my children benefit from our time outdoors, but I find that I personally need that time away from the home to unwind and reflect

Muslim Homeschool Favourites Nature Walks

If you don’t already, I would highly recommend that you schedule some outdoor time into your homeschool routine. It has brought so much balance and peace to our family. Subhanullah!

GIVEAWAY!

It’s Giveaway time!

Muslim HOmeschool Favourites Giveaway
This August I am excited to share TWO of my favorites with one of you!!!

I will be giving away:
– One copy of Aishah Learns To Bake (RRP: £5.57)- One iPray Salah Pad in Pink (RRP: £17.00)
The August 2016 Favourites Giveaway will run until Wednesday 24th August 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.

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

I’d love to hear about what your family has been using this August 🙂
Please let us all know in the comments below.

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See you next month insha’Allah!

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Looking ahead: Algebra, SAT Prep and University!

 This blog-post was written in partnership with Mr. D Math.
Although I was compensated for my time, and given free access to the online
material, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
Mr. D Math Online Homeschool Curriculum Review

Before I even began
home-schooling my children, I was planning ahead! 

How will I teach Algebra,
Geometry and higher level Math when it’s been almost 15 years since I was at
school? 
How will they get into University, and how do they prepare for
standardized tests like the SATs
I was worried about all this before my son even
knew the alphabet!
Maybe it’s my Type A personality,
but finding out this information gave me the reassurance and confidence I needed to start homeschooling!

Mr. D Math Online Curriculum Homeschool
Although we live in the U.K., we
have always used Math curriculum from U.S.A., as the choices of Homeschool Math curriculum
in the U.K. are limited. 
We have also considered that the children may choose
to apply to Colleges and Universities in the “States”, as home-education is
more widely accepted there.
So now I was on a mission to find
out, how will my homeschooled children get into University in America?  

How will I prepare them for all the SATs, ACTs
or FCATs? 

What resources are there available for a homeschooling mum like me
from England?
I was delighted in my quest for
answers, to come across Mr. D Math.

Mr. D Math


Mr. D Math is the creation of an
ex-secondary teacher Dennis DiNoia. He left the school system ten years ago and
has since created an innovative online curriculum of his own, that teaches Math
as a language, with great success, helping hundreds of students improve their
SAT, ACT and FCAT scores.
His online curriculum is taught
primarily through recorded videos, with the addition of accompanying homework
to reinforce what has been learnt.
Mr. D Math online homeschool curriculum
Exploring Mr. D Math
I really liked his energy in the videos and the dynamic way he presents the
material.
He also hand-writes the questions
and answers, rather than using “computer-text.” Handwritten text has been
proven to be more effective in keeping the student’s attention and helping them
to retain what was taught.   
Students then have to grade their
own work, which again acts to reinforce the lesson. 

The package includes two
exams, online access to Mr D Math teachers (if you have a question), and you can
attend a LIVE online Math class once a week. Here is an example of what the LIVE class would be like:

Mr D. Math offers courses in:

Algebra I 

Geometry

If you want more details about the different courses and packages  available, visit Mr. D. Math

They also have a Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channel you can check out!

Mr. D Math Online Homeschool Curriculum
It didn’t take long to for him to fin the Math Games!

The Benefits of Online Classes


For my family, I think online
classes will probably be the way we go as the children get older. There are so
many benefits to them, including:
– Great for parents who lack confidence
in teaching Math themselves.
– Good for Independent learners
who was more control over when and how they study.
– Great for Gifted Students,
giving them the flexibility to begin the programme at whichever grade level they
are studying.
– Good for large families or
families with small kids, where parents struggle to find quiet time to study
with their children.
– It adds variety into the homeschool
day, when most of the student’s curriculum is paper-based.
– The weekly class teaches kids
to meet deadline and have gives some structure to their week.
– Great alternative to Private Tuition
for families who are on a budget.

I really believe that online Homeschool curriculum have so
much to offer the homeschooling communities. 

I just wish Dennis DiNoia would
make something similar for French…I’m terrible at French!

Are you also from the U.K., looking to apply to American
Universities? 

What resources have you used to prepare for the standardized tests over there? 

Have you ever used any other online Homeschool curriculum? 

How did it compare to other paper-based curriculum?

Please share
with us all and leave me a comment down below. 

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See you next month insha’Allah!

In need of your duaas.

Peace and Love xx

Homeschool Favourites | July 2016

It’s summer! Although the weather might seem more like October here, our Muslim homeschool is in serious summer holiday mode! School is out for summer

However, just because our formal schooling is taking a break, it does not mean that the learning stops. 

This month, we have been using some fantastic educational toys and picture books during our ‘down-time.’ and I’m so excited to share these with you!

Muslim Homeschool July 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:

Homeschool Favourites | July 2016

Drill and Design Activity Centre


We have had toy for years but recently rediscovered it at the back of my boys closet! Don’t you love when that happens?!?! 
The Design and Drill Activity Centre encourages children to make patterns on the design board using screws. It comes with a spanner, screw-driver and working drill!

Homeschool Favourites Design and Drill Game

My boys absolutely love it! It can be used to teach colour recognition, develop fine motor skills, and encourages creativity…all whilst playing with tools! 

It’s such a clever concept! 

Homeschool Favourites Design and Drill Game

Homeschool Favourites Design and Drill Game

Our Design and Drill set has lasted us for years; nothing has broken and it shows no signs of all the hours of play it has received! Recommended for children aged 3+.


Rocket Science Kit

This Rocket Science Kit by Thames and Kosmos was my son’s favourite birthday present! 

It is filled with fun experiments about space and rockets. It comes with an instruction manual that describes the 18 experiments very clearly. 

Homeschool Favourites Rocket Science

This Science Kit kept my son entertained for hours!

There are some really cool experiments involving a “stomp-on rocket” and using balloons to propel various vehicles around. It’s a must-have for any child who is interested in space!

Homeschool Favourites Rocket Science

However, after a few uses, this Science Kit has started to break and come apart. Honestly though, for less than £10, I think it is totally worth it! I am hoping to purchase some of the other Science kits by Thames and Kosmos soon. 

Homeschool Favourites Rocket Science

The Story of the Elephant Pop-Up Book


This month we have been enjoying this Pop-up book about the Story of the Elephant.

It is filled with loads of interactive flaps and tabs, and is beautifully illustrated

In the back there is a pocket with a map, and figurines of the elephant army and Ka’ba to colour in. 

It is not just a book, but a whole educational experience! 

The Story of the Elephant is probably one of my families favourite books ever! And that is saying something because we have A LOT of books!!!

I have written a Book Review on this wonderful book. If you are interested in reading it, and watching the Youtube video, HERE is the link.


The Story of the Elephant is available to purchase from Ibraheem ToyHouse .

Little Muslimah Picture Book

The Little Muslimah is the latest addition to our collection of Islamic picture books. 

Homeschool Favourites Little Muslimah

This book is a ‘true story’ and was written as a surprise gift for the author’s daughter. 

Umm Sumayyah told me, 
“It was priceless seeing the look on my daughter’s face as she read this book about a little Muslim girl and then suddenly realised in the middle of the book that the book was about her and featured all her belongings!  It took 1 year to secretly make the book as I got her to pose for hundreds of photos for the illustrator without letting her know why.  I’m so happy that I can now share the with the rest of the world and InshaAllaah some other families can enjoy it too.”

Homeschool Favourites Little Muslimah

It is a charming story about a little girl who can’t get to sleep unless her mummy tells her why she loves her so much. It is so sweet and the perfect bedtime read
You’ll also notice that they have been very careful to show no faces in the illustrations. 

Homeschool Favourites Little Muslimah
If you are looking for a new picture book for your children, 
I would recommend this one for children under 5.
Homeschool Favourites Little Muslimah

Homeschool Favourites Little Muslimah

Tajweed Nasheeds


This is CD of Nasheeds is such a great discovery! It teaches children the rules of Tajweed through songs.
Homeschool Favourites Tajweed Nasheeds
The songs are easy to memorise and fun, and they are sure to have your children singing along. Honestly, I find myself singing them long after the kids have gone to sleep!
Homeschool Favourites Tajweed Nasheeds
These songs make the rules of Tajweed easy to remember and I hope they will make my children excited to learn the Quran insha’Allah. 
I have written a blog post about this CD. If you like to know more about the Tajweed Nasheed CD then CLICK HERE!
Homeschool Favourites Tajweed Nasheeds
To purchase your own copy, visit Olive Tree Study Support

Mini Muslimah Doll

These dolls are absolutely adorable! They are hand-made in the U.K.They are just so pretty!
Homeschool Favourites Muslimah Dolls
For Eid, we gave the smaller dolls out in gift bags at the end of the party. 
Homeschool Favourites Muslimah Dolls
They are so cute, and I can’t wait to see what other designs she will come up with! 
I hear there will be a boy version and a niqabi version coming soon! 
You can visit the Mini Muslimah shop HERE

GIVEAWAY!

It’s Giveaway time!

Homeschool Favourites Muslimah Giveaway
This July I am thrilled to share FOUR of my favorites with one of you!!!
I will be giving away:
– One copy of The Story of the Elephant Pop-up and Play book 
(RRP: £19.99)
– One copy of Little Muslimah picture book (RRP: £10.99)
– One Large Mini Muslimah Doll (RRP: £20)
– One Tajweed Nasheeds CD (RRP: £14.99)
The July 2016 Favourites Giveaway will run until Friday 22nd 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.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what products we’ve been using in our homeschool this month. 
I’d love to hear about the things your family has been loving this July 🙂
Please let us all know in the comments below.
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See you next month insha’Allah!

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Peace and Love xx

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Teach TAJWEED RULES To Your Children with Nursery Rhymes!

Teaching our children to recite the Quran correctly is so
important as Muslim parents. Tajweed Rulesthe rules of Quranic recitation, should
be done in young children, so that mistakes do not need to be corrected in
later years.
Teach Tajweed To Children with nursery rhymes

This post was written in partnership with Olive Tree Study Support.

However, we all know that trying to teach Tajweed to young children
can be challenging. Young children do not want to sit in formal lessons for too
long. The rules can seem complicated and the terminology over-whelming.

So how
can we teach young Muslim children the rules of Quranic recitation? Through
Nursery Rhymes or Nasheeds!!!

How to Teach Tajweed Rules

We all recognise how quickly our children retain the songs
they hear. Whether it’s from school, or from the TV, songs have a way of
sticking in the memory of children. Even now, I can remember the words to songs
I sang as a child.
Tahera Akther, the founder of Olive Tree Study Support, has
created a collection of rhyming songs to help teach your children the rules of
tajweed.
They are so much fun! Honestly, your kids are going to love
them!
The tracks are named Mysterious Makharij, Stretchy Madd
Tabeei, Best friend meem & noon (my personal favourite!), Jumpy Qalqalah and
Friendly Meem Saakina!
Despite having no music, only drums with child vocals, the
songs are ridiculously catchy! They are so easy to repeat and easy for children
to memorise.
In fact, they’re a little difficult to get out of your head!
I love the idea of using rhyme to help young kids remember
their Tajweed rules. They introduce your children to some of the basic rules of
Tajweed and, insha’Allah, spark a passion for the study of Quran in later
years.
We’ve been listening to these songs whenever there’s a quiet
moment in our homeschool day; whilst the kids are colouring or playing, or
whilst they’re having a snack.
It’s a great way for parents to teach their
children the rules of Quranic recitation, without them realising its happening!

They can listen and learn whilst….

Teach tajweed to children with nursery rhymes
Cooking,
Teach tajweed to children with nursery rhymes
Playing,
Teach tajweed to children with nursery rhymes
And eating lunch!

After listening to these songs, I would recommend them to
children aged 4- 9.

To get the most from the CD, they should have had
some exposure to the rules of tajweed previously, so they can understand some
of the terminology used.

They were perfect for my 4 and 6 year-old boys, and my
little baby girl seemed to enjoy dancing around to them too! …We all did!
This collection of Tajweed Nursery Rhyme songs is available to buy as a CD or MP3 download. If you’d like to listen to the songs, you can hear
a sample of the nasheeds on their website. Click HERE to listen!

It is such an honour to share these Tajweed nursery rhymes with you. I genuinely love them! They’re fun, upbeat and so catchy! I often find myself singing them when the kids are asleep!

The Fun way to Learn Tajweed Rules

These great quality children’s songs are a fantastic way to
introduce Tajweed to, and inculcate a love of the Quran in, young Muslim
children.

I would recommend this CD to all madrasas, as well as any parent
eager to encourage their children to recite correctly from an early age.

You can purchase your CD or MP3 Download HERE

How do you teach your chlidren tajweed?
Do you have any resources you love?
Do you use nasheeds to teach anything else?

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Homeschooling children

Do We Really Need Online Islamic Toy Stores?

This blog post was sponsored by IbraheemToyhouse.com
With Ramadan approaching, Muslim mums across the world are
starting think about what gifts they will be giving their children. 
The online market
place for Muslims is booming! Never before have parents been able to purchase
so many products specifically for Muslim children.  
Online Islamic Muslim Toy Store
Ibraheem Toy House has been featured Worldwide in the Press,
TV shows and in influential Mummy blogs; but what’s the big deal!
Why is everyone getting so excited about Ibraheem Toy house?
Why do we, as Muslim parents, even need an online Islamic
toy store?
This blog post will explain why online Islamic Toy stores
are so important
, and why your children need them too!

Why should I shop at an online Islamic Toy Store?

Run by
Muslims


These shops are owned and primarily run by
Muslims.
As such, they better understand what the
Muslim consumer wants
and what our Muslim children need.
As Muslims, these businesses care about
your children
and about the future of our Ummah. In fact, many of these
companies were started because they felt the needs of the Muslims was not being
met by larger corporations.
As they share the same moral standards as
you, you can be confident that your money is going to support a halal business,
and none of the money will be used to support anything haraam. We hope there will be more Barakah insha’Allah.

Learning
about Islam through play


It is widely accepted that young children
learn best through play
. It is through play that they learn their own
abilities, and develop confidence and self-worth; and because it’s fun, they will play for
long periods of time, helping them to develop the ability to concentrate.
Filling our home with Islamic toys will encourage
our children to develop confidence in their religious identity. Instead of
Barbie, fill your daughter’s toy box with Muslimah dolls. This will help her
view modesty and piety as normal, and encourage her to wear her hijab with
pride!
Online Islamic Muslim Toy Store
 Furthermore,
Islamic toys can teach everything from Quran, SalahTajweed, to Prophetic etiquettes and Arabic;
and all this is done by playing as they naturally would.
A very important aspect of play is its ability to
bond; to bond mother to her child, or to build a bond between siblings. What
better way to develop these relationships, than through Islamically orientated
play.

Everything
Under One Roof


Before Ibraheem Toy House, shopping for gifts for
Muslim children was so hard, especially if you wanted toys specifically for
Muslim kids. 
Thankfully, Ibraheem Toy House has brought all the best products
under one roof. I no longer have to scour through 10 different websites, search
Ebay and pay for extortionate international shipping! Instead, everything I
need for my children is available from one shop. It’s like the Muslim’s version
of Toys R’Us
!
Ibraheem Toy House, was founded with the aim to serve our
children by providing toys and resources that will encourage a love of Islam
They say,

Our mission
is to instil the love of faith in young Muslims.
We are passionate about educating children about
the teachings of Islam and help parents connect children to their faith.
We believe children should be proud of their
religious belief and religious learning should be FUN and interactive.”

Online Islamic Muslim Toy Store


Today,
Ibraheem Toy House stocks over 200 different products from 25 suppliers around
the world including dolls, books, games, DVDs, prayer mats and more.
Nazia
Nasreen founded Ibraheem Toy House from her kitchen table whilst her two
children were still very young. She is an inspiration to all Muslim women who
dream of starting their own business, and is a testimony to the power of
determination, hard work and self-belief.
Since
starting her online toy store only two years ago, Nazia has received Awards and
international recognition
for the worthwhile service she is providing to the
Muslim Ummah, as the first online Islamic toy store in the U.K.
So if you
are a Muslim woman thinking about starting your own business, I would urge to
look for inspiration from Nazia, and take the first step to making your dream a
reality.
Ibraheem ToyHouse is constantly on the lookout for new toys and products to serve the
Muslim community. 
What would you like to see more of in the toy store? Are
there any particular products you are looking for? 
Please let us know us know in the
comments and maybe Nazia can find them for you! 
We’d love to hear what toys your
children would enjoy. Please leave us a comment down below.

Online Islamic Muslim Toy Store


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Homeschool Favourites | April 2016 |

As homeschoolers, we are always on the look out for new products to enhance our children’s learning experience.

I thought it would be fun to share some of our homeschool discoveries; things that we’ve enjoyed using this month in our homeschool.



Please note: You do NOT need to buy any of these products to be a good mum, or give your child a good education!!! The chances are you’re already doing a great job with our without these products! However, if you are looking for something new and want to see what we’ve been using, please read on!

April’s Homeschool Favourites

Watch This Video for an overview of all these products:

Rush Hour Logic Game

This game has provided hours of entertainment for our family. It is a classic logic game, where the aim is to get the red car out of the traffic jam by moving the sliding blocks/cars out of the way. 

There are different levels of difficulty, and it come with a handy draw-string bay to keep the pieces together. 

Homeschool Favourite Rush Hour
What I loved most about this game is that even though it’s fun, it felt like it was making my son think! I mean REALLY think

It’s a great way to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills, and exercise little (and not so little) minds. 

Fun Dough Arabic Letters

This play dough set contains cutters for all the Arabic letters, various shapes, as well as a rolling pin, various molds and tools.

Everything inside is good quality, it’s easy to use and the play dough even smells like bubble gum!

Homeschool Favourite Arabic Fun Dough
Homeschool Favourite Arabic Fun Dough
We have used this set in our homeschool to teach our children Arabic. If you are interested in seeing what activities we did with this play dough set, CLICK HERE
Homeschool Teach Arabic With Play Dough

Now that spring is upon us, we are spending more time outdoors. In particular, an important part of our homeschool curriculum is the study of nature.

We’ve been using these binocularsto identify birds, trees, and also to look at the stars. It has added a wonderful new dimension to our homeschool.

Muslim Homeschool Favourites Binoculars

A Drawing a Day

This colourful book by Usborne is filled with instructions on how to draw 366 different things; animals, vehicles, buildings, food…Plenty to keep your children interested.

It give simple step-by-step directions that make it easy for children to follow along and work independently.

There is plenty of space to draw in the book itself, and the pages tear out easily. It is very child friendly and lots of fun! I would recommend it for children over 5 years-old.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what products we’ve been using in our homeschool this month. I’d love to hear what some of your favourite products are. 

Please let me know in the comments below.

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My Five Favourite Homeschoolers on Youtube

Watching other homeschool mums on Youtube has been such a fantastic source of information and inspiration.

Many of these homeschooling families share their schedule, curriculum choices, and give you a glimpse into their daily lives.

Muslim Homeschool Picks for Youtube

I often will watch these amazing ladies whilst I’m folding laundry or washing dishes.

For busy mums Youtube can be a great way to find information and new ideas.

If I’m having a tough day with the children, I like to watch other home educators to lift my spirits: a little ‘pick-me-up’ when things are getting rough!!!

Here are my Five Favourite Homeschoolers on Youtube:

Full Time Wife Life

Abby, from Full Time Wife Life, has some lovely day-in-the-life videos, as well as awesome planning and scheduling tips for the homeschool day.

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MsBasimah24

A recent discovery of mine, MsBasimah24 is full of energy, positivity and totally real! I love her videos, and can’t wait to see more from her:

A FarmHouse Full

Nicci, from A Farmhouse Full, is a mum of seven (soon to be eight mashAllah). As well as homeschooling, she makes videos about pregnancy, her garden, and frugal living.

Erica Arndt

Of all the Youtube homeschoolers, Erica Arndt is probably the most famous. Her blog is packed full of incredible resources, and is well worth checking out! On Youtube, she talks about homeschool curriculum, organisation, amongst many other things.

Habeebee Homeschooling

From the inspirational Ameera Rahim, the Youtube channel Habeebee Homeschooling talks about home education from an Islamic perspective. There are only a few videos, but they are full of insight mashAllah.

Those were my favourite Youtube homeschool channels.

And finally…

Don’t forget to check out MY Youtube channel too!


Our Muslim Homeschool



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Teach ARABIC with PLAY DOUGH!

This post is sponsored by Desi Doll Company Ltd

Every child loves play dough! Make learning Arabic fun for
your kids by teaching through play….Teach Arabic with Play Dough!


Teach Arabic with play dough



Teaching Arabic to young children can be done in two ways:
through natural exposure to the language (conversations, story books, songs etc.) and
through play.

In my humble opinion, workbooks and written curriculum have limited
value in young children. Instead, for preschool and kindergarten children,
Arabic can be learnt through play.

Here are 5 ways to teach
Arabic with play dough
:

Letters

An obvious place to start is teaching your child the Arabic letters.
Teach Arabic with play dough
For these activities, it helps if you have a poster or book displaying Arabic letters nearby. We used a wooden puzzle to help the children visualise the letters.
The play dough can be moulded into the shapes of the letters:
Teach Arabic with play dough
Alternatively, you can now get play dough cutters in the shapes of the Arabic letters. This set by Desi Doll company was fantastic! 
The letters came out really clearly and my kids found them very easy to use. On top of that, the play dough smells like candy!
We began by doing a ‘Letter Hunt’ where all the cutters were placed in the middle, and I would call out a letter and the kids had to find it! 
“Find me the letter Raa!”
“Find me the letter Meem!”

Teach Arabic with play dough

Then we used the cutters themselves to make the individual letters of the Arabic alphabet.

Teach Arabic with play dough

The children were eager to write their names in the play dough… as well as all their friends!

Colours

Whilst the children are playing with the play dough it is very easy to casually teach the colours as you go along. 
What colour is this?” 
“Shall we make it in Burtaqali (Orange) next time?” 
“Where is Azraq (Blue)?”
Teach Arabic with play dough


Numbers

Play dough makes a great manipulative, and it is easy to mould into counters.
We used simple ball shapes, but you could use any shape/animal that appeals to your child.
We used these counters to count to  ten in Arabic and then ask:

“How many balls are there altogether?”
“How many ball are Asfar (Yellow)?” etc.
Teach Arabic with play dough


Shapes

Using the shape cutters and knives in our play dough kit, we were able to make a variety of shapes to to help the kids learn their names in Arabic.
Teach Arabic with play dough

Teach Arabic with play dough


Spell out Vocabulary

This activity was by far the most successful of all! 
We used the letter cutters to spell out new vocabulary words; such as the parts of the face and body, food, animals etc. My five-year old really enjoyed spelling out the names of the Prophets (Peace be upon them).
  
Combining the sensory experience and manipulation of the play dough, with a purposeful spelling exercise, seemed to massively improve their memorisation of new words. This technique would be particularly effective for children who are tactile learners. 
Teach Arabic with play dough
On top of that, it was so much fun! The children get so excited when I bring this play dough set out!

Play dough is also a great way to increase hand strength in preschool children, and improve their fine motor and bilateral coordination skills; so they will be ready to learn to write in the coming school years. 
If you are interested in buying the play dough set we used, visit DESI DOLL COMPANY for more information.

Teach Arabic with play dough


How have you used play to teach the Arabic language?
What games or toys have you found useful?
Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below 🙂



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