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


At Home


Dino Lingo 

First Thousand Words in Arabic

Language Arts



Modern Curriculum Press Phonics, Level A



Spelling Workout, Level B by Modern Curriculum Press


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


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.


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:


Woodland Life

Bugs and Insects



Mudpies to Magnets: A Preschool Science Curriculum

Everybody Has a Body: Science from Head to Toe


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


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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  1. Aisha M. Mai
    30/07/2015 at 9:40 am (9 years ago)

    Assalamu alaykum. I'm finding your blog posts really helpful. Allahumma baarik.
    Thank you For sharing. JazaakAllah khair!

    • Gemma
      30/07/2015 at 10:02 pm (9 years ago)

      Walaykum assalaam.
      Jazakillahu khayrun. Thank you sister for your support.
      Please remember my family in your duaas.

  2. Zainab Dokrat
    26/10/2015 at 9:28 pm (9 years ago)

    Informative post. Jazakallah for sharing I may not br a mum but I'm sure this will help alot of mums out there.

    • Gemma
      26/10/2015 at 11:19 pm (9 years ago)

      Wa iyaki! Thank you for your comment 🙂

  3. Jameela Ho
    27/10/2015 at 3:31 am (9 years ago)

    These are great resources. I have some of them that I use.

  4. Random Bytes
    27/10/2015 at 4:30 am (9 years ago)

    This is a very good compilation of the resources pack needed at these grade levels, I am glad to see that you have included all the essential books needed to cover compulsory courses.

  5. myda tahir
    28/10/2015 at 12:22 pm (9 years ago)

    Asalamalikum Gemma,
    I have been to the Saniasnain Khan Quran Stories AND USborne books and found to be very interesting and colorful.

  6. Amina Edota
    31/10/2015 at 4:51 pm (9 years ago)

    Masha Allah, looks very comprehensive.

    Well planned out resources make teaching and learning a fun and fulfilling experience.

  7. Zeinab Amin
    01/11/2015 at 1:16 am (9 years ago)

    Mashallah!! This is wonderful.

  8. Gabriel Chavez
    04/08/2019 at 4:53 am (5 years ago)

    Assalamu alaykum! Just found this page from r/homeschool, and it looks like my wife already follows you on Instagram.
    Jazakallah khair!

    Looking back now 4 years later, anything you would have done differently? Books you would have preferred to the ones you bought? Any of the books you didn’t find useful?

    Thanks in advance!


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