Muslim Homeschool Curriculum: How to Use a Book of Centuries

What do we need to teach our children? Which books should we buy? What topics must we cover? Teaching history in a Muslim Homeschool can be tricky. How do we teach the whole history of mankind in a way that makes sense to children of different ages? This blog post will show you how a Book of Centuries will completely transform your Muslim Homeschool curriculum.

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What should be in a Muslim Homeschool Curriculum for History? 

When following a Charlotte Mason philosophy, history allows children to build connections between historical events. Our kids must understand how events relate to each other and be able to discuss the lessons which can be learnt. 

To do this, it is essential children learn the order of historical events. Understanding when things happened is just as important as what happened. In a history lesson, your children are probably reading a variety of books covering history from different periods and cultures. But how can we gather this information in a logical way for our kids?

Charlotte Mason recommended children get to know a few particular time periods very well, rather than skimming over a brief outline of everything. Children interested in a certain time period will often find themselves absorbed in a single period of history for longer. However, they need to gather information in a coherent way, while understanding how events relate to each other. 

This is where the Book of Centuries comes in. 

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What is a Book of Centuries? 

A Book of Centuries sounds incredibly important, doesn’t it?

And it is.

It is an organised way for your children to process the historical facts learnt during their readings, read alouds, and history lessons. A Book of Centuries is an essential part of any Muslim homeschool curriculum.

The Book of Centuries is set up like a diary and contains blank pages waiting for your child to fill them in. To guide them, dates are written across the top of each page. These dates usually span from around 4000BC (the time of first recorded history) and the present day. 

A Book of Centuries becomes a household treasure. You can have one shared between your children or they can have one each for their own personal collection. Over their years of homeschooling, children will continue to add to their Book of Centuries, their book growing and evolving alongside their historical knowledge.

Their Book of Centuries will become a cherished possession which they return to years later and recall the incredible stories. Having a place to record their historical findings encourages children to engage with what they are learning. They practice how to critically decide which pieces of information are important enough to include. Their creativity is sparked as they choose how to display the information in their books. They can choose to either write, draw, or even glue pictures and diagrams!

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How to use a Book of Centuries in a Muslim Homeschool Curriculum 

Now for the interesting part.

You know how to approach history, you know how important a Book Centuries is for your child’s Muslim homeschool curriculum, but how do you use a Book of Centuries alongside your history readings?

Charlotte Mason, recommends your children spend at least one lesson per week working on their Book of Centuries and timeline. This means they spend about 20 minutes gathering what they have learnt throughout the week and adding to their book. 

To add an entry into their Book of Centuries, children locate the page with the correct year. Then, they add content to those pages to represent what they are learning. This could be done in different ways:

  1. Writing the date of birth and death of famous people throughout history
  2. Small sketches of important relics, events, or locations, such as pyramids or castles
  3. Pictures printed from the internet of famous people or events
  4. Parts of leaflets cut out from history field trips

Is a Book of Centuries just for History?

The Book of Centuries is a versatile resource that can be used in more than just History lessons.

For example, if your child reads about Salahuddin, they will come across dates of important battles and crusades. These dates would be added to their Book of Centuries, along will a small description of what happened. Your child might sketch the armour and weapons used at the time. Some children might include a map of Jerusalem and the grounds of Masjid al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock. 

This little project may spark an interest in the crusades and the ongoing fight for authority in the Holy Lands. Your child will see how long this fight has been going on. Your child will understand how many time periods have influenced a fight that is still raging today.

As we’re taught by Charlotte Mason herself:

“…it is necessary to know something of what has gone before in order to think justly of what is occurring today.” (A Philosophy of Education, Charlotte Mason)

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In these ways, children are building their own unique record of history in a way that not only makes sense to them but also demonstrates how events and time periods relate to each other. Children develop an intelligent sense of time and the evolution of mankind.  

Where to buy your own Book of Centuries

Now, I’ve been where you are before. I completely adored the idea of using a Book of Centuries in my homeschool. I grabbed a blank notebook and started adding dates to the top of each page, each double spread representing 100 years. 

However, this is time-consuming, and it was incredibly confusing trying to manage the time span of 6000 years! Plus, as a Muslim homeschool, it was important to me to make acknowledge the Islamic calendar and its place in the history of our world. 

Because I know how tricky designing your own Book of Centuries can be, I have developed a book for you with the dates and setup already done. 

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When you purchase the Our Muslim Homeschool Book of Centuries, you have a blank notebook all ready for your child with:

  • Islamic dates alongside Gregorian dates at the top of each page
  • Lists of key Islamic dates
  • Further reading suggestions
  • A page of profile cut-outs for you to get started
  • A page for your chid to record their own family history
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This Book of Centuries will help your child engage with their Muslim Homeschool curriculum and enjoy History lessons in an exciting way. No matter the age of your children, having a book they can add to themselves, without the work being done for them, will provide a satisfying sense of achievement, inshaAllah.

Purchase your copy straight from Amazon here: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

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Online Maths GCSE courses: Homeschooling for Secondary School

When my eldest son turned eleven, I had the alarming realisation, “What are we going to do about maths?!” Up to now, homeschooling had been very relaxed, but as we stepped into homeschooling in secondary school, the thought of one day getting him ready for Maths GCSE was terrifying! So I started to look around for online maths GCSE courses.

Thankfully, Numerise reached out and offered my son a free trial.

And we loved it so much, that we purchased the programme ourselves when the free trial expired!

Let me tell you why.

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This blog-post is sponsored by Numerise.

Why chose an Online Maths GCSE course

With a house full of younger kids, my attention and energy is always divided! Despite that, I wanted to be sure that my eldest son was getting all the help he needed with his secondary education. Online maths courses allow your child to keep learning independently, even when you can’t sit down one-on-one with them as much as you’d like!

In fact, teens and tweens love the feeling of responsibility that working independently online gives them.

If you’re short on time or if you lack confidence in teaching secondary school maths yourself, an online GCSE course is a great investment.

RELATED: Our Muslim Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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What is Numerise?

Numerise is an online maths platform to help learners ages 10-16 years old. Whether you homeschool or not, Numerise will help your child work towards getting top marks in a Maths GCSE.

For Year 6 to Year 11, Numerise’s online courses align with the National Curriculum in the U.K. and cover the maths requirements of every exam board in England. Incredible!

With more than 40,000 questions, and 10,000 explainer videos, your older children can easily work through the lessons independently.

They also offer a free Confidence Lab filled with Information and inspiration to help build maths confidence for your child AND for you!

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Why we love it!

It’s not often that your child happily goes to their maths lessons. When we started using Numerise, my eldest son would log on in his free time to continue his lessons. He loves it!

By offering XP (experience points), Achievements, Competitions, Goals and Leaderboards, teens and tweens feel motivated to keep learning.

I asked him, “Why do you like this Online Maths programme more than others?”

He told me, “The videos are clear, the questions are not too hard, and not too easy. And it’s really easy to work with.”

Perfect!

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RELATED: Is Homeschooling Unrealistic? – Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

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Numerise is part of Sparx Learning which is already supporting 1.8 million learners, and my family will be joining this community of learners who use Numerise. If you’re looking for online Maths GCSE courses, I hope your family will consider Numerise too.

Peace and love,

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Homeschool Maths for Year 2

Maths. The word alone can make many parents anxious! As a mum who has been homeschooling her four children for many years, I’ve tried a lot of different programmes. A lot! Some were great, and some were not! In this blog post, I’ll share one of my favourite resources to teach maths to children in reception, year 1 and year 2.

Please note, this is NOT just for homeschoolers. This can help you if your children are in school too.

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This blog-post is sponsored by Reading Eggs. For more information, see our Disclaimer.

How we teach maths in year 2

In our house Maths has to be fun! From a very early age, children will decide what they think of a subject, and whether or not they consider themselves good at it.

That’s why we try really hard to make sure our young kids enjoy their maths lessons.

We do this by playing maths games, singing maths songs, bringing maths into our daily lives, and by using fun interactive resources like Mathseeds.

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What is Mathseeds?

Mathseeds is a comprehensive online Maths programme for children ages 3-9. It teaches kids all the concepts that they need to know through carefully constructed lessons and activities.

And now they’ve but together Maths workbooks that can be used alongside their online platform, or as a stand-alone Maths curriculum.

Mathseeds Year 2 Workbooks

My first impression when looking at our Year 2 workbook was how well made it and thick it was. Flicking through the pages, I can see that it covers ALL the material needs for a full academic year, so there’s potentially no need to buy anything else! The focus of this maths programme is to help develop their core maths skills and problem solving.

As soon as my daughter saw it, her eyes light up! It’s a beautiful looking book, and the pages feel thick and well made.

Watch this Video!

Inside the workbook, there are 50 lessons, each one covering a single concept. Each concept is taught with four worksheets. It’s very comprehensive!

RELATED: Memorisation in Our Muslim Homeschool – Morning Basket Folders

It has been cleverly designed to be used alongside their online programme or as a standalone curriculum, if you do not want to use the online platform.

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There is a quiz after the every five lessons followed by a lovely certificate for your child.

At the front of the book, they provide a year planner to help you plan out how you’ll use the Maths curriculum throughout the year. At the back fo the book, you’ll find images for the cut and paste exercises.

And it’s not just worksheets! They also provide a intructions for optional learning activities to enrich your children maths learning.

It’s an incredibly comprehensive and well thought out programme.

For more information, and to see inside the book, WATCH THIS VIDEO.

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Who is it suitable for?

Mathseeds offer workbooks for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in the U.K.

That’s ages 4-7. There’s also the equivalent books for our friends in U.S.A.

They even have workbooks for reading too! If you’re looking for workbooks to help your children develop their reading skills, check out the Reading Eggs Workbooks.

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RELATED: Homeschooling – When you’re having a BAD day!

Although we’ve only just begun to use these workbooks, I really appreciate that they cover everything my daughter will need for Year 2. They’re fun for her and easy for me to implement.

My daughter doesn’t want to go back to the other maths books we were using before, so it looks like we’ll be using Mathseeds workbooks for the foreseeable future!

CLICK HERE to find out more about the workbooks they offer.

Peace and love,

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Memorisation in our Muslim Homeschool | Morning Basket Folders

Committing what is beautiful and true to memory, whether it is Quran, art or poetry; is a valuable part of the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Covering memorisation in your homeschool can be daunting at first; not knowing what to choose to memorise, when to slot it into your homeschooling day and essentially, how to memorise!

Memorisation Homeschool

In Episode 54 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share how we address memorisation in our homeschool.

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MEMORISATION IN OUR HOMESCHOOL | MORNING BASKET FOLDERS

Children have this most the most incredible ability when they’re young to memorise things and part of our homeschooling and a part of the Charlotte Mason philosophy is that we make the most of that while they’re young to have them memorise things that are important what we would consider valuable like Quran and duas.

Memorisation can be split between individual and group learning and you can use Morning time folders so everyone can see the material.

Related: Simply your Homeschool with a Morning Basket

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!

To Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge, CLICK HERE! https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/challenge

Peace and Love,

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Is Homeschooling UNREALISTIC | The Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

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Many believe that Charlotte Mason Homeschooling is not REALISTIC. That it is IDEALISTIC.

Maybe they’re right! But you started homeschooling because you were not happy with the status quo. You wanted something better for your children-something that many might feel is unrealistic.

When you consider Charlotte Mason Homeschooling first begin by realising we can not do it all from day one. Start with having lofty intentions, beginning small and doing something even if you can’t do it all.

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

In Episode 53 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share how we can all realistically implement the Charlotte Mason philosophy.

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If implementing the Charlotte Mason philosophy feels idealistic, you’re probably doing something right! 🙌

You shouldn’t have to compromise your ideals when educating your children. In fact, use them as a vision of what is possible. Raise your goals, and elevate your intentions!

RELATED | Charlotte Mason in Our Homeschool

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!

To Find out More about the Summer Reading Challenge, CLICK HERE! https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/challenge

Peace and Love,

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Summer Homeschool Planning – What should we do over the summer?

Summer has arrived! What does this mean for homeschooling families? Some families may want to have a long break and other homeschoolers may have different family needs and want to continue a relaxed homeschooling schedule.

This is the beauty of homeschooling, it is so flexible at times like these you can adapt it to you and your family’s needs.

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In Episode 53 of the Raising Mums podcast, I discuss homeschooling in the summertime.

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Summertime | To Homeschool or Not?

Homeschooling allows you to be flexible. It allows you to bend and alter the way you educate your children according to the seasons and the energy in your home. Make the most of it!

Winter – Largely indoor time having lengthy read alouds and playing board games. The energy is more mellow and, you enjoy more cosy, comforts.

Spring – There is a shift in energy. Excitement is in the air, there is a need to get outside and explore. Lots of nature studies, science, and geography. 

Summertime – Energy is lower, feeling carefree & positive. This is a time of restful learning, continuing outdoor exploration, visiting local sites, reading aloud, listen to audiobooks, more independent reading out

Autumn – We’re all ready to get disciplined. So the focus gets directed to Maths, grammar, more structured subjects. 

A balanced curriculum is still offered throughout the year and a wide and generous feast of ideas – but the focus alters with the energy of the family.

Related: 10 Summer Activities for Muslim Children

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!

To Find out More about the Summer Reading Challenge, CLICK HERE! https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/challenge

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Homeschooling | When you’re having a BAD day!

Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or just upset. We have all been there on our homeschooling journey but how do we overcome these feelings of anxiety and manage these thoughts when we are having a BAD day!

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In Episode 51 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share what steps you can take to tackle a Bad Day in Homeschooling.

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Homeschooling | When you are having a BAD day!

The four-step process to help you deal with those difficult days is:-

Step 1: Don’t listen to your brain

Step 2: Look at the facts

Step 3: Think about how you want to feel in this moment. 

Step 4: What action can you take to get there. 

Related: 12 Ways to Homeschool when you are Overwhelmed

Get your kids reading this summer with the Summer reading challenge.

Peace and Love,

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How to Homeschool Successfully | Ten Tips from the Heart

Launch Your Homeschool

What is the best advice to share with parents so they can successfully homeschool their children? As an experienced homeschooler of four children, Gemma provides heartfelt advice she feels is essential in order to run your happy and successful homeschool in Ten Tips on How to Homeschool.

How to homeschool

In Episode 50 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share my top ten tips how to homeschool successfully.

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10 Top Tips for Successful Homeschooling

  • Planning gives you more time freedom, not less
  • Do homeschool work at times when the children are at their best
  • Renew your intention/remember your why daily
  • You don’t need to do everything alone. Ask for help.
  • Get your kids on your side before introducing anything new.
  • Find or build a community.
  • Remember Allah in your secular subjects too.
  • Build periods of rest into your homeschool schedule.
  • Have fun!
  • Trust in the process, in yourself, in your kids, and in Allah.

Related: How to Homeschool | A Step by Step Guide

Online Homeschooling Course

Launch Your Homeschool is an online course that will 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 choose 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 know 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?

Launch Your Homeschool is open for enrolment between 5th-11th July 2021.

 For More Information – CLICK HERE

https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

Peace and Love,

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How to Homeschool | A Step by Step Guide

There is so much information out there about homeschooling it can be confusing. Trying to get your head around all curricula, the different philosophies, planning, and assessments… it can get so overwhelming. Launch Your Homeschool will provide you with the tools you need to find your own way, which will suit your beautifully unique family.

How to Homeschool

In Episode 49 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share how Launch Your Homeschool is an online homeschooling course that is designed to help Muslim families start homeschooling their children, so you know what it’s all about and you can make a decision if it is the right fit for your family.

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How to Homeschool | Step by Step Guide

Launch your Homeschool is an online programme designed to help Muslim families start homeschooling their children.

Built upon a foundation of Islamic values and the framework of the Charlotte Mason Philosophy, it is a systematic, step-by-step approach to Homeschooling. Where you’ll build a strong foundation in your homeschool, so you can successfully homeschool year after year.

You can find your own way, based upon your values, your unique children, and family dynamics.

A large part of the course is dedicated to Homeschool planning and time management; so that you can begin your homeschooling journey positively and with confidence. I also go into detail about common pitfalls and mistakes homeschoolers make in their first year so you can avoid them!

The video lessons short (around 20 minutes), but packed with value. Everything is recorded and you have lifetime access.

There are also two community pages (one on and one off Facebook), a homeschool planning material, accompanying worksheets, quarterly group coaching calls with Gemma, and incredible Bonus masterclasses from external speakers.

Related: Our Homeschooling Story

How to Start Homeschooling Course

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

launch your homeschool

I teach you how to choose the right subjects for your homeschool, how to choose 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 know 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?

Launch Your Homeschool is open for enrolment between 5th-11th July 2021.

 For More Information – CLICK HERE

https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

Peace and Love,

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Should I Start Homeschooling | Am I failing my kids?

When considering homeschooling or even whilst homeschooling many parents struggle with low confidence. Despite the fact that most homeschooling parents are going above and beyond what they need to do in teaching their children, there’s still this underlying fear that they aren’t doing enough.

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In Episode 48 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share how parents can build their confidence and start enjoying homeschooling.

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How to develop CONFIDENCE when Homeschooling

When we are having those niggling doubts about homeschooling, we can turn this around by realising:-

  • Everyone has self-doubt
  • No one begins feeling completely confident
  • Confidence develops through action and trust

Related: I’m Just a Mum…Is that Enough

 How to Start Homeschooling Course

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

launch your homeschool

I teach you how to choose the right subjects for your homeschool, how to choose 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 know 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?

Launch Your Homeschool is open for enrolment between 5th-11th July 2021.

 For More Information – CLICK HERE

https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

Peace and Love,

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