Homeschool Planning: How to Get Ready for Monday!

Nothing sets your homeschool up for a good week like having a plan in place! Homeschool planning puts your mind at rest, help the children ease into the week, and actually helps you all to get more done.

Homeschool Planning: How to Get Ready for Monday morning!

Homeschool Planning: How to Get Ready for Monday Morning!

In Episode 42 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share the planning system I use on Sunday to get my homeschool ready for the week ahead.

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Related: The 5 Essential Steps to Start Homeschooling

Homeschool Planner Mentioned:

Homeschool Planet – Get a 30 Day FREE Trial of this Online Homeschool Planner!

How to Start Homeschooling Course

Launch Your Homeschool is an online course that will you hold your hand and walk you through the beginning stages of homeschooling, built upon the framework of the Charlotte Mason philosophy.

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I teach you how to choose the right subjects for your homeschool, how to chose the right resources and plan out your year to create a homeschool experience that aligns with the values and beliefs of your family.

I show you the essential teaching techniques that you’ll need to now to get started. There’s even an entire module on how to manage your time so you can still cook, keep the house tidy and take care of yourself, all whilst homeschooling your children!

Interested?

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Launch Your Homeschool is open for enrolment between 5th-11th July 2021.
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Peace and Love,

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Reading Challenge for Muslim Kids

Summer is the perfect chance to have more time outdoors. It’s also the perfect time to enjoy a good book! You can help your children stay consistent with their reading habits and fall in love with reading with Our Summer Reading Challenge! It’ll get even the most reluctant readers excited to read and join in the fun!

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Why is reading important?

Reading has many benefits for children as they grow up, even if they can’t read by themselves. This is because books are a fantastic way to widen your child’s perspectives and help them understand experiences they might not normally be able to. Additionally, reading as a family gives children the opportunity to discuss topics from the book and expand their understanding even further. In this way, reading becomes a valuable bonding experience for the whole family.

How can a reading challenge help reluctant young readers?

A reading challenge is an excellent way to add some game-like fun to your reading time; your children will work together and have a goal in sight when selecting their books. By using a reading challenge, you can add a new element to your reading choices and encourage children to read outside their comfort zones and help them choose books they wouldn’t normally read. 

Our Muslim Homeschool Reading Challenge

The Our Muslim Homeschool Reading Challenge is simple – by using the 18 categories in the image below, children can spend their summer selecting new books to read and enjoy together.

The best part is the categories apply to any age group, so all your children can get involved! Have fun going to the library or bookstore and hunting for books to fit each challenge. 

By the end of the reading challenge, your children will have widened their reading experience and enjoyed a variety of books from different authors and genres. They may even find a new favourite! 

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Remember to share the books you will be reading using the hashtag: #OMHSReadingChallenge and enjoy seeing what other families have chosen for their summer reading challenge. 

Reading Challenge categories

Here are the 18 reading categories your children will need for the reading challenge. Now, I know some of these categories seem to be more challenging than others, so I have offered two suggestions for each category: one picture book for younger readers and one book for older readers. 

Some of these categories will overlap (a folktale may have won an award AND is also set in the Muslim world) but challenge yourself and your children to find one book for each category. Above all, remember that the more books you discover, the more fun the challenge will be! 


Book Suggestions for the Reading Challenge

If you’re struggling to find a book that meets any of the 18 categories, don’t worry! Below you’ll find some book suggestions for each category: one for young children and another for children over 10.

A book set in the Muslim World 

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams UK| USA

Oranges in No Man’s Land by Elizabeth Laird UK | USA

A book that makes you laugh 

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers UK | USA

Planet Omar books by Zanib Mian UK | USA

A book with a red cover 

Corduroy by Don Freeman UK | USA

When We Got Lost in Dreamland by Ross Welford UK | USA

A classic children’s book 

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak UK | USA

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle UK | USA

A book about a prophet from the Qur’an 

Migo & Ali: Love for the Prophets by Zanib Mian UK | USA

The Great Miracle: The Story of Prophet Isa by Iqbal Ahmad Azami UK | USA

A book you have avoided reading 

This category will be completely personal to you, but make sure you look through the books you already have in your home – which one hasn’t been read yet?

A legend/folktale 

Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs by Sarah Conover UK | USA

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller UK | USA

An award-winning book 

Look Up! By Nathan Bryon – Winner of Best Illustrated and Overall Waterstones Children’s Book Award UK | USA

Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan – Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2019 UK | USA

5+ poems 

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson UK | USA

You Tell Me! By Roger McGough and Michael Rosen UK | USA

A biography 

Traveling Man by James Rumford UK | USA

Malcolm X by Arnold Adoff UK | USA

A book by an author you’ve never read before 

Similar to the category challenging you to read the book you have been avoiding, this category will be personal to you. However, here are a couple of Muslim authors you may not have come across before:

Karafu: A Freed Slave by Nahida Esmail UK

The Great Race to Sycamore Street by J. Samia Mair UK | USA

A mystery/detective book 

Officer Panda: Fingerprint Detective by Ashley Crowley UK | USA

Museum Mysteries: The Case of the Empty Crates by Steve Brezenoff UK | USA

A non-fiction book 

For younger readers, Usborne books are excellent quality with a variety of topics to choose from.

However, if your older readers would like to branch out and try something different, Heroes: Incredible True Stories of Courageous Animals by David Long is a wonderful choice UK | USA

Related: FREE Booklist for Muslim Children ages 0-5

A comic book 

My First Qur’an with Pictures by Shereen Sharief UK | USA

Science Comics series published by First Second UK | USA

A book that was published this year 

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho UK | USA

The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant UK | USA

A book with a Muslim protagonist 

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad UK | USA

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan UK | USA

A book your mum or dad read when they were young 

The Babar Collection by Jean De Brunhoff UK | USA

Thief! By Malorie Blackman UK | USA

An audiobook

Audible UK and Audible USA has a spectacular variety of audiobooks for your whole family to choose from. On the other hand, if you would like to try some Islamic stories, Miraj Stories have a wonderful selection of audio stories and content for Muslim children.

Related: CLICK HERE to get up to 30% OFF Miraj Stories

Get the whole family involved!

The suggestions above are options for you to choose from if you need some ideas, but to get your family involved in the choosing fun, head down to your local library and find books to fit each category. 

In addition to your children enjoying the challenge, why don’t you get involved as well and find some adult books to fit the reading challenge categories?

Also, don’t forget to post your journey through the challenge by using #OMHSReadingChallenge on social media!

Happy Reading Friends!

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Be Prepared for When Ramadan Starts – Practical Tips

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Ramadan is almost here, you might be wondering what can you can do to prepare for when Ramadan starts?  

What can you do to make the most out of this Ramadan? The first thing you need to do is prepare!

It’s not too late! In fact, there are some very important things you can do now to get ready for when Ramadan starts. 

Preparing for when Ramadan starts

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Preparing for When Ramadan Starts

In Episode 40 of the Raising Mums podcast, I give you three ways you can prepare for the start of Ramadan now!

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Ramadan Resources Mentioned:

 JOIN the Ramadan Book Club for FREE TODAY! CLICK HERE: http://ramadanbookclub.com

Each week we’ll be reading a beautiful Islamic children books together. 

Join thousands of other families across the world, as we do Ramadan activities together, that are themed around each book, and share them in the Ramadan Book Club facebook community.

Your children get to meet the authors in four LIVE story time events. The authors will read their book aloud to you kids, and answer their questions. How incredible is that?! And for those who can’t make it to the live event, don’t worry! The story time sessions will be recorded. insha’Allah

So what are you waiting for? Create a meaningful Ramadan for your kids and SIGN UP NOW!

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Ramadan Meal Planner

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Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth our muslim homeschool
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Ramadan Book Club for Kids | Ramadan Activities

Ramadan Book Club for Kids

When kids experience Ramadan, they do more than watch their parents fast and help with iftar. During Ramadan, children build important memories which will influence how they feel about Ramadan and other Islamic traditions in later life. As parents, it’s our responsibility to do our best to make these memories and feelings positive, to show an Islamic lifestyle is exciting and fascinating.

Here at Our Muslim Homeschool, we are introducing the Ramadan Book Club! Aimed at kids aged 4-9, we have gathered stories and activities for you to enjoy with your children throughout the month of Ramadan. Each book and activity has been selected to help you get the most out of this month without adding to your stressful workload!

Ramadan book club for kids - Create a meaningful ramadan for your kids

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Children respond positively to stories – as do most humans. For centuries, cultures around the world have used stories to instil important lessons and sentiments in their communities. For this reason, stories are a powerful resource when trying to teach our children Islamic principles. But how do we find the time to use stories in an efficient way and still make the most of Ramadan for ourselves?

The Ramadan Book Club for Kids

We have carefully chosen 4 books for your family to enjoy together during Ramadan – one for each week. Each book wonderfully encapsulates important aspects of Ramadan for your kids to absorb, discuss, and reflect on.

If you register with The Ramadan Book Club, you receive specially designed book packs which guide you through a range of activities linked with each story we read together. Ramadan can be filled with busy days, and these book packs have been designed to help you bond with your children in a way that will bring minimal stress to you. So, don’t worry; you can pick and choose which activities suit you and your family, or you may just want to enjoy the books. It’s completely flexible – do as much or as little as you’d like!

Ramadan Book Club for Kids

By registering, you participate in an online community as we all share our experiences with the book packs. You’ll even be able to join a virtual meet-up with the authors of the books!

To Join the Ramadan Book Club, CLICK HERE: http://ramadanbookclub.com

It is completely free to join the Ramadan Book Club, but if you would like to donate to The Olive Mount Project you can do so HERE.

In episode 39 of the Raising Mums Podcast, I share more about how the Ramadan Book Club will work.

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The Ramadan Kids Books

Here are the books we will be reading as part of the Ramadan Book Club:

Week 1 – Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi [Purchase Here UK USA]

Ramadan Book Club for Kids

Week 2 – Who Will Help Me Make Iftar? By Asmaa Hussein [Purchase Here UK USA]

Ramadan Book Club for Kids

Week 3 – Ramadan Around the World by Ndaa Hassan [Purchase Here UK USA]

Ramadan Book Club for Kids

Week 4 – Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman [Purchase Here UK USA]

Ramadan Book Club for Kids

A FULL List of Worldwide Stockists is provided in the Welcome Pack when you Register.

Next steps

So, how do you get involved? Simply Register HERE :

http://ramadanbookclub.com

You will receive:

  • A welcome pack with a calendar and lunar tracker for your children, as well as valuable advice on how to read aloud as a family, no matter how old your children are!
  • Four separate book packs with a variety of activities based on each book
  • Invitations and details to special “Story Time” virtual events

Remember, this event is completely FREE to join! I pray these resources benefit you and your family and bring you closer to each other as well as closer to Allah during this blessed month, inshaAllah.

Peace and Love,

Ramadan kids book club activities Dr Gemma Elizabeth our muslim homeschool

How to Homeschool – The ONE THING you MUST DO!

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As homeschooling mums, we’re constantly trying to find the right balance.We agonise over our homeschool plans and are always trying to learn how to homeschool better.

But some days homeschooling doesn’t follow the plan. On those days, when you’re tired, or you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, what should you prioritise? What is the ONE THING you MUST DO when you homeschool?

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How to Homeschool

Find out in Episode 38 of the Raising Mums podcast!

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Rated as excellent by Trust Pilot, Tutorful are diligent about vetting all of their tutors, to make sure your children have access to the very best tutors from around the whole of the UK. 

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I’ll be beck next Sunday 21st March 2021, at 4pm GMT, for another LIVE episode of the Raising Mums podcast on Facebook and Instagram , and the BIG RAMADAN ANNOUNCEMENT insha’Allah.

See you then insha’Allah!

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth our muslim homeschool

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Choosing Books for Children | Buy, borrow or bypass it?

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Choosing books for children has never been so hard! With the huge numbers of ever increasing children’s books available, deciding which one you’re actually going to get is an indomitable task.

Consider this. When you go to the library, how do you choose from the thousands of books that are there, which ones you’ll actually take home? When you stumble across a book online, how do you know if it’s a “We’ve got to have this,” or if it’s a “Nope. Pass!”?

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Is it just a matter of making an informed decisions by reading the back cover? Should we put our trust in the publisher’s social media marketing and influencer reviews? Or do we literally judge a book by its cover?

In this episode of the Raising Mums podcast, I share three things to look for when choosing books for children. 

Choosing Books for Children

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Rated as excellent by Trust Pilot, Tutorful are diligent about vetting all of their tutors, to make sure your children have access to the very best tutors from around the whole of the UK. 

All lessons are personalised and tailored to your child’s needs, satisfaction is guaranteed. Prices start at £15/hour.

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I’ll be beck next Sunday 14th March 2021, at 4pm GMT, for another LIVE episode on Facebook and Instagram insha’Allah.

See you then insha’Allah!

Peace and Love,

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Wild and Free Education | True Story

Childhood is sacred. With every year that passes, more and more pressure is put upon the youngest in society. With increasing academic expectations and school hours, and less time to play, many families are turning their backs on mainstream education. Instead, these families are embracing homeschooling in the hope of preserving the childhood of their children; a childhood that is wild and free.

Safia Haque, a student of Launch Your Homeschool, has generously shared her experience of a wild and free childhood. She explains how her formal education was delayed and the ways that has benefitted her as an adult.

In sharing this story, we hope to give you something the reflect on in the way you educate your children, and give reassurance to those of you who are choosing a similar path.

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Wild and Free Childhood

The following was contributed by Safia Haque.

Growing up in Germany in the 1980s meant I was illiterate till the age of seven. I could not read or write. I learnt some mental maths but that is all.

I can imagine that this might come as a shock for a lot of parents in the UK. I remember talking to a teacher when my youngest child was still at school and she was concerned that my 5 year-old was not writing well and that he might have special needs.

I had to swallow deep and said, “Alhamdullilah. He’s completely healthy and I am not worried about his ability to write at the age of five.”

Ok moving on. Back to my illiterate childhood!

Wild and free muslim homeschool

When I attended Kindergarten, for just three hours a day, we played, mostly outside in the garden – running around and bumping into each other!

We did plenty of arts and crafts, always clearing up after ourselves. Although we did have seasonal themes, generally, we were allowed to use our imagination.  I greatly appreciate this now. Having had this freedom is still benefiting me today.

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My Wild and Free Education

I am creating valuable content every day and I am not scared to think and write outside of the box. In just the same way as my kindergarten experience, I do not have the fear of being criticised or that others might not agree with what I am writing.

By exploring nature, and doing experiments in the world around us, we became attached to Allah’s Ayaat. We observed changes, what kind of fruit and vegetable grew at what time of the year and how the rain distributes water for the earth to revive, just as the Quran describes.

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I remember going away with my Kindergarten group, when I was nearly seven, for a three-day trip. It was really exciting and a big experience for us at that stage of life. Although I had stayed with my Grandmother for a week before, I had never stayed away anywhere else. But it was the norm. I just took it as normal and got on with things. This experience gave me independence, confidence and the attitude of “I can handle life”.

When I was not at Kindergarten, I was playing outside with our neighbour’s kids. I don’t remember spending much time indoors unless we had to. We would eat vegetables straight from the ground, with dirt and roots probably, but they were the best tasting veggies ever!

Wild and free Muslim homeschool

Pressure-free Childhood

We would go on long cycle rides to the forest, and build shelters from wood, and just potter around. These are the most beautiful memories for me. Today, I am really trying hard to provide this for my children as much as possible.

To be a child, without the pressure of learning phonics when I was not ready, or having to sit on desks for hours to memorize maths facts, has been a blessing for me throughout my life.

It gave me a foundation and an experience that developed life long skills and the courage to be free, to step away from societal norms and explore options “outside of the box”. 


Author Bio

Safia Haque is a speaker, Inside-Out Parenting Coach and home-educator, as well as an Ambassador for Children’s Mental Health.

Safia Haque is a speaker, Inside-Out Parenting Coach and home-educator, as well as an Ambassador for Children’s Mental Health. She lives in Reading (UK) with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl aged 11, 9 and 7. 

Three years ago, she attended a life changing event called The Paradigm Shift, where she discovery the Inside-Out Paradigm which completely transformed her whole life. The transformation gave her the ability to parent effortlessly and many of her burdens vanished. The empowering experience of the Inside-Out Paradigm drove her to share this with Parents all around the world.

She has trained with the highly successful Coach Mamoon Yusaf and is certified by his Inside-Out Coach Academy. She is on a mission to take one Parent/Carer per household on earth through the Inside-Out transformation. She aims to make parenting effortless and stress-free through life-changing insights and realisations.

To find out more visit coachsafia.com/gift, follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

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Enjoying Nature with Children | Outdoor Activities

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Being outdoors is good for your children. It’s good for everyone! However, finding outdoor activities that you and your children enjoy can be challenging.

Scientific discovery continues to reveal all the benefits of being outside; including the benefits of sunlight, the microbes in the soil, and even the mood-boosting effect of the colours of nature.

But as Muslims, we know there is something more. It’s not just about looking at nature, but looking beyond it at the One who created it.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

Despite knowing all the benefits, outdoor activities with children can be stressful. It can even feel weird and awkward! And when the kids get grumpy, you wonder, “What is the point of this?”

In this episode of Raising Mums, I talk about how you can enjoy nature together with children even if you don’t like being outside!

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Tutorful is the The Trusted Way to Find a Tutor, making tution accessible to everybody. Tutorful offers tuition in over 300+ subjects, and have thousands of tutors in all academic subjects. They also have thousands of highly qualified tutors for languages, music and more specialised subjects like photography and coding.

Rated as excellent by Trust Pilot, Tutorful are diligent about vetting all of their tutors, to make sure your children have access to the very best tutors from around the whole of the UK. 

All lessons are personalised and tailored to your child’s needs, satisfaction is guaranteed. Prices start at £15/hour.

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I’ll be beck next Sunday 7th March 2021, at 4pm GMT, for another LIVE episode on Facebook and Instagram insha’Allah.

See you then insha’Allah!

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth our muslim homeschool


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Educating Children Under 5 at Home | Preschool Activities

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Let’s talk about educating children under five at home. In this podcast and Youtube video I discuss a simple framework that you can use to create preschool activities for your youngest children.

In this LIVE episode of Raising Mums, I give guidance on how & what to teach your young children at home! We talk about what homeschooling looks like for children under two, and for kids ages three to five, doing preschool or kindergarten at home.

Preschool activities at home - how to educate children aged 0-5 at home

I teach you two easy-to-follow frameworks. The first, helps you to support your baby’s development. The second framework, for children ages 3-5, allows you to create preschool activities and learning at home, simply and easily.

If you want to learn more about how to educate your youngest children, and don’t know where to begin, then you’re in the right place!

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I’ll be beck next Sunday 28th February 2021, at 4pm GMT, for another LIVE episode on Facebook and Instagram insha’Allah.

See you then insha’Allah.

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth our muslim homeschool
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Dealing with Naysayers | Home Education

Home education How to deal with naysayers

As homeschooling parents, we have to overcome many obstacles and hurdles, to provide out children with the education and lifestyle we want for them. When you first begin, one of the biggest barriers to home education, is dealing with naysayers.

In those beginning months and years of home education, many of us are fragile. The slightest bump in the road can shatter our confidence and leave us questioning our decision to homeschool. And so, when people around us find fault in our homeschooling, it can send us into a negative spiral, of self-doubt and shame.

Home education | How to deal with naysayers

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So what do you do when someone tells you that you shouldn’t homeschool your children?

In episode 34 of the Raising Mums podcast, I discuss how to deal with naysayers, in a way that will leave you feeling empowered, rather than ashamed.

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The key to dealing with naysayers is to identify if they are truly coming from a place of concern, or simply feeding their own ego.

In both situations, put yourself into their position and respond with love and compassion.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t stand up for yourself. If you are being mistreated, you must! But do it with compassion, and you will leave the situation feeling more empowered, and confident in your decision to home educate your kids.

Related: Homeschooling | When you don’t have enough time!

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I’ll be back again for another episode of Raising Mums, on Sunday 21st February 2021 at 4pm GMT, LIVE on Facebook and Instagram, insha’Allah.

This time, I’ll be discussing, How to Educate Children Under 5 at Home!

See you then!

Peace and Love,

Our Muslim Homeschool Dr Gemma Elizabeth
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