Reflecting on the 99 Names of Allah with Children

In Episode 95 of the Raising Mums podcast I interview the multi-award winning poet, Mona Zac. She shares advice on how we can use poetry to encourage our children to reflect on the 99 names of Allah. In this practical and inspiring episode, sister Mona tells us why pondering on creation helps our children to connect with Allah.

Sister Mona describes herself as a dreamer, writer, and poet with a headful of ideas. She regularly thinks up and manages projects that her friend (and illustrator) Neamah Aslam beautifully executes. Mona can usually be found doing research for her projects with 100 tabs open, studying for her unending classes, or beating her children at card games.

In this episode Sister Mona shares:

  • How she became a writer and got into the publishing industry
  • The power of rhymes and poetry
  • How learning and discussing His 99 Names helps children to know and love their Lord
  • Why learning in a group or community is valuable
  • The relationship between love and learning
  • How to help your children see the signs of Allah all around them

Important Links

Intro Music – by PEARLS OF ISLAMhttps://www.pearlsofislam.co.uk 
(Bismillah from the album “Love is My Foundation”)

Books by Mona Zac: 
Connecting with Allah – a collection of poetry
Fill Me Up – a gratitude journal

Visit Mona’s Websitehttps://www.zacandaslam.com

Connect with Sister Mona on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zacandaslam

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Connecting our Children to the Prophet ﷺ with Ustadha Bano Murtuja

In Episode 94 of the Raising Mums podcast, I interview Ustadha Dr Bano Murtuja about how we can help our children connect to the Prophet ﷺ.

Dr Bano Murtuja is a teacher of sacred sciences with a passion for the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. In this episode, Ustadha shares with us:

  • Her experience in building a connection with the Prophet ﷺ and how it has and continues to, transform her life.
  • How we can bring the Prophet ﷺ into a child’s education.
  • How a mother can still teach her child the Seerah even if she feels that she doesn’t know enough?
  • An important way to protect the faith of our children.
  • How to encourage our children to connect and love the Prophet ﷺ

Connecting Prophet Bano Murtuja - Episode 94 of Raising Mums Podcast

Quotable Moments

This job, that was incredible but never quite fulfilled me, all of those empty spaces he ﷺ filled. The moral compass that I was always…Is this the right thing? Where do I need to go? How do I need to do this? …He ﷺ was the direction I always needed. But more than all of that, in all of my religious practice, when I got to know the Prophet ﷺ everything became, not just easy, but beloved.” – Ustadha Bano Murtuja

Let me show you who the best person was and let’s aspire to develop that because that is who the best person was and is, and that is how we’re going to be better. That, in and of itself, is an incredibly powerful dynamic.” – Ustadha Bano Murtuja

Connecting Prophet Bano Murtuja

Important Links

Intro Music – by PEARLS OF ISLAM: https://www.pearlsofislam.co.uk
(Bismillah from the album “Love is My Foundation”)

COURSES with Dr Bano: https://www.banomurtuja.com

Dr Bano’s SEERAH PODCAST: https://storiesfromtheseerah.supercast.com

Connect with Dr Bano on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoriesfromtheSeerah
and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storiesfromtheseerah/

Sign Up for Homeschooling Resources and our FREE NEWSLETTER: https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com

The Lineage of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Family Tree Activities for Kids

Prophet Muhammad Lineage

To know him is to love him ﷺ. As we endeavour to help our children to form heart connections with the Prophet ﷺ, we must begin with knowledge. Nurture a love of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in them by learning about him and his noble lineage ﷺ.

Memorising his patrilineal lineage (the male line) is a practice of the traditional cultures of the past that, sadly, is slowly being lost amongst modern-day Muslim children.

Using the FREE worksheets we have provided here, your children can easily memorise the blessed pure lineage of the Prophet Muhammad and strengthen their love for him ﷺ, insha’Allah.

⬇️ DOWNLOAD YOUR WORKSHEETS ⬇️


Lineage Prophet Muhammad Kids activity family tree

How to use the Prophet Lineage worksheets

These worksheet activities have been designed to make teaching the Prophetic lineage as easy (and enjoyable) as possible!

There are Four Ways to Use these worksheets;

  1. Daily Memorisation. Remember a name from the Prophetic lineage each day (the correct order is on the guide sheet on page 3). Start from the Prophet’s father, Abdullah, and once remembered you can write it on the page. 
  2. Sing-a-long. Remember as many names from the lineage as you can, a great way would be to sing-a-long with the Itsy Bitsy Muslims on Youtube where they are also learning the Greatest of All Trees. (An faster-paced alternative is this nasheed – includes music.) Once learnt, the names can be written on the page from memory. (Please note “Kilāb” which was a nickname has been replaced with the real name “Ḥakīm” on sheets – therefore is not the same as the Sing-alongs)
  3. Sorting Game. Cut out all the names on page 4 and mix them and try and place them in the correct order. 
  4. Ordering Game. The order of the lineage is mixed up on this page 5, place the right number in the circle. The Prophet ﷺ is number 1 and his father Abdullah is number 2. Number the remaining in the correct order.
Lineage Prophet Muhammad Kids activity family tree
Lineage Prophet Muhammad Kids activity family tree
Lineage Prophet Muhammad Kids activity family tree


The lineage between Adnan (as) and Ismail (as) is not verified so is omitted.

Kilāb appears in the Hadith mentioned in Bukharī, but we have amended the original document and we have replaced “Kilāb” ,which was a nickname, with the real name “Ḥakīm” ibn Murrah, on the advice of our teachers.

May Allah accept this from us.

In need of your duaas,

Prophet Muhammad lineage

Homeschooling and Socialisation – The Reality

Homeschooling socialisation is one of the most common comments or questions parents receive. Almost every argument involving homeschooling revolves around this: “Homeschooled children don’t get enough socialisation.”. 

Nobody ever worries about whether our children will get a good education at home, but we hear a lot about children needing school for socialisation. It is a well-known fact that homeschoolers have been subjected to the socialisation argument for quite some time, but what is the reality in relation to homeschooling socialisation?

homeschooling socialisation

In Episode 93 of the Raising Mums podcast, I discuss homeschooling socialisation.

Homeschooling and Socialisation References:

  • The Prophet ﷺ was reported to have said, “I have been sent to perfect good character.” [al-Muwaṭṭa’ 1614, Sahih]
  • The Prophet ﷺ was reported to have said, “A man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend” [Abu Dawud]
  • “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” [Proverbs, 13:20]
  • Study by Shyers, Hedin, Montgomery et al. showed a significant advantage seen in homeschooled kids, with regards to their social development.
  • Thomas Smedley (1992), in a controlled study, found that “…home educated in this sample were significantly better socialized and more mature than those in public school.”

Related: Start Your Homeschool Strong BOOTCAMP! Here: https://launchyourhomeschool.thinkific.com/courses/start-your-homeschool-strong

Related: Dealing with Naysayers | Home Education Here:https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2021/07/how-to-homeschool-successfully-ten-tips-from-the-heart.html

Related: Can I Homeschool if I’m NOT a Teacher? Here:https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2021/07/can-i-homeschool-if-im-not-a-teacher.html

Enough to Homeschool

Enough to Homeschool is a 5-day virtual workshop with Dr. Gemma, for the mother who is ready to feel like a homeschooler.

Start Muslim homeschooling - homeschool planning

Unlock your confidence and step into your role as a home educator!

The Enough to Homeschool 5-day workshop will take place 10-14th October 2022.

JOIN ENOUGH TO HOMESCHOOL:- http://enoughtohomeschool.com

Homeschooling | Why some Succeed and others Don’t!

homeschool

When homeschooling you have the best intentions, but sometimes you wonder if you’re going to make it. Does your homeschool have a chance of success? How are you going to make it work, or even if you will fail?

You know how homeschooling benefits your kids and provides them with an excellent education. You’ve found advice on choosing curriculum, learning styles, methods of homeschooling, and setting up a schedule. But have you ever been told what personal qualities YOU NEED to succeed?

Homeschool

In Episode 92 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share how to successfully homeschool.

Homeschooling Resources

RelatedStart Your Homeschool Strong BOOTCAMP! https://launchyourhomeschool.thinkific.com/courses/start-your-homeschool-strong

RelatedHow to Homeschool Successfully | Ten Tips from the Heart : https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2021/07/how-to-homeschool-successfully-ten-tips-from-the-heart.html

Related: Should I Start Homeschooling | Am I failing my kids? https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2021/07/should-i-start-homeschooling-am-i-failing-my-kids.html

Enough to Homeschool

Enough to Homeschool is a 5-day virtual workshop with Dr. Gemma, for the mother who is ready to feel like a homeschooler.

Start Muslim homeschooling - homeschool planning

Homeschooling success depends on the mother’s emotional regulation.

The curriculum she picks, her daily routine, and her knowledge of education are helpful. But, if she cannot see through the fog of her emotions, she will not be able to see the truth of what her children need, how to best educate them, and will struggle to enjoy the privilege that is home education.

Unlock your confidence and step into your role as a home educator!

The Enough to Homeschool 5-day workshop will take place 10-14th October 2022.

JOIN ENOUGH TO HOMESCHOOL:- http://enoughtohomeschool.com

Home Education in a Recession – Homeschooling on a Budget

We are experiencing a terrible economic downturn, which can affect the homeschool budget. Homeschooling can cost as much or as little as you want it to. When you’re first starting out, you may spend a bit more on supplies than you will in subsequent years. The cost of homeschooling is different for every family, it can add up quickly especially if you have multiple children, but it is possible to homeschool during the recession.

With homeschool budgeting, careful planning, and a positive attitude, you can give your child a quality education without breaking the bank.  

HOMESCHOOL BUDGET

In Episode 91 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share how you can homeschool on a budget especially when times are difficult.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: 👉 https://youtu.be/R40fKBgmEJY

Related: How much does Homeschooling Cost?Here:https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2020/11/how-much-does-homeschooling-cost.html

Related: Be a Homeschool Planner! |The Benefits of Planning Annually Here:https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2019/03/homeschool-planner-benefits.html

Enough to Homeschool

Enough to Homeschool is a 5-day Virtual Mini-course with Dr. Gemma, for the mother who is ready to feel like a homeschooler.

Start Muslim homeschooling - homeschool planning

Unlock your confidence and step into your role as a home educator!

The Enough to Homeschool 5-day Mini-Course will take place 10-14th October 2022.

JOIN ENOUGH TO HOMESCHOOL:- http://EnoughToHomeschool.com

Why You Can’t Stick to Your Homeschool Plans!

homeschool plan

Although you know exactly what you should be doing at a particular moment, on a specific day of your homeschool, do you still struggle to accomplish it? There are times when even the best-laid homeschool plans don’t work out. When this happens, it can leave you feeling stressed and anxious.

All of us have done it. Despite creating seemingly perfect plans, they get discarded after a few weeks. How come we spend so much time creating plans and then have trouble sticking to our homeschool plans?

homeschool plan

In Episode 90 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share how you can stick to your homeschool plans.

Points to be taken away:-

  • The initial period requires some experimentation and time to figure things out. It’s ok if you don’t get it right the first time!
  • Are you being over ambitious or unrealistic considering the season of life you find yourself in
  • Do you tell yourself you never follow through on things? Do you tell other people you can’t stick to plans? If you want to, you’ll need to change that part of your identity!

Related: Start Your Homeschool Strong BOOTCAMP! Here: https://launchyourhomeschool.thinkific.com/courses/start-your-homeschool-strong

Related: The Easiest Way | Homeschool Planning Here:https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2022/08/the-easiest-way-homeschool-planning.html

Related: Summer Homeschool Planning – What should we do over the summer?Here:https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2021/07/summer-homeschool-planning.html

Enough to Homeschool

Enough to Homeschool is a 5-day virtual workshop with Dr. Gemma, for the mother who is ready to feel like a homeschooler.

Start Muslim homeschooling - homeschool planning

Unlock your confidence and step into your role as a home educator!

The Enough to Homeschool 5-day workshop will take place 10-14th October 2022.

JOIN ENOUGH TO HOMESCHOOL:- http://enoughtohomeschool.com

The Power of Play | Play-Based Learning with Pey Abdulwahid

play-based-learning

Play-based learning is so much more than just having fun for children; it is also a great way for them to learn. During childhood, play plays a significant role in the development and health of children and their long-term success in learning and life. It is through play that competence is built in many domains. As children play, they are able to address social problems, solve problems solve and invent scenes and stories.

Pey Abdulwahid speaks about the importance of preserving play and wonder in childhood and gives advice to mothers who want to give their children more freedom when playing.

play-based learning

In Episode 89 of the Raising Mums podcast, I talk to Pey Abdulwahid about play-based learning.

Pey is a mum of 3 little kids (5 and under). She is interested in psychology, neuroscience and anything parenting and early childhood development, and of course, Islam. She likes to wrap gifts, cut, doodle, and do anything crafty and she also loves going to the beach and swimming.

Connect with Pey on her Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/mamapey_plays/

Other Homeschooling Resources Mentioned:

(Affiliate links included)

Launch Your Homeschool: http://launchyourhomeschool.thinkific.com/

1000 Hours Outside: https://www.1000hoursoutside.com

Balanced and Barefoot: https://amzn.to/3dURZvZ (UK) https://amzn.to/3PO7pPZ (USA)

Raising Mums Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/raising-mums/id1450539640?mt=2 (APPLE) https://open.spotify.com/show/0n45ZX5o3bw3ODGfOcQkZD?si=9fw_pBiHST2rzT9i014yig (SPOTIFY)

Our Muslim Homeschool: https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com

Leaders Amongst Mothers: https://www.leadersamongstmothers.com

Dr Shefali – Conscious Parenting: https://www.drshefali.com

RelatedTeach the 99 Names of Allah to children through PLAY! Here:https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2019/03/teach-99-names-allah-children.html  

Related: Teach ARABIC with PLAY DOUGH! Here:https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2016/03/teach-arabic-with-play-dough.html

The Easiest Way | Homeschool Planning

Homeschool Planning

Although the idea of getting ready to start homeschooling can be overwhelming, know that you can do it.  Your first year of homeschool planning does not have to be overwhelming or frightening.

Homeschool planning

In Episode 88 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share what subjects you need to start with and show you the Easiest way to begin your Homeschool Planning!

This episode includes a clip from Day 2 of our recent 5-day Bootcamp – Start Your Homeschool Strong!

Although The Start Your Homeschool Strong Bootcamp is currently closed, Launch Your Homeschool students will be given access to the full boot camp.

Launch Your Homeschool is now open now and closes Friday 5th August, 2022 at 9pm (UK).

Related: Falling Behind in your Homeschooling Curriculum  HERE:https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2022/03/behind-homeschooling-curriculum.html

Related: The 3 Homeschooling Truths you MUST Know to Start Homeschooling! Herehttps://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2022/06/homeschooling-truths-when-you-start-homeschooling.html

How to Start Your Muslim Homeschool

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.

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. Whether you are homeschooling in the UK, or elsewhere in the world, this programme will help you give your children an incredible education at home. 

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?

Doors are open!!!

JOIN LAUNCH YOUR HOMESCHOOL HERE: http://launchyourhomeschool.com

Peace and love,

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Is Homeschooling Really Better? With Khadijah Stott-Andrew

Several reasons exist for parents to not send their child to public schools, such as dissatisfaction with the curriculum, teaching methods, and religious concerns, but is homeschooling really better? Khadijah Stott-Andrew addresses this concern and her realisation that teachers don’t have all the answers either.

Khadijah is a mother of three and a self-proclaimed bookaholic! She talks about homeschooling while moving house and also how she has combined the national curriculum with the Charlotte Mason philosophy.

homeschooling better

In Episode 87 of the Raising Mums podcast, I talk to Khadijah Stott-Andrew from Our Daily Wonders.

Connect with Khadijah on her Instagram pages: https://www.instagram.com/ourdailywonders/ and https://www.instagram.com/khadijah.epicwriting/

CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON above to find find out more!

Homeschooling Resources Mentioned

Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk

Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org

Khadijah by Fatima Barkatulla https://amzn.to/3BnwbTj

Know and Tell by Karen Glass https://amzn.to/3PHUIqu

Ambleside Online https://www.amblesideonline.org

Librivox Library https://librivox.org

Our Island Story https://amzn.to/3S47ph5

Related: The 3 Homeschooling Truths you MUST Know to Start Homeschooling! HERE:https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2022/06/homeschooling-truths-when-you-start-homeschooling.html

RelatedMy Husband is against Homeschooling! What can I do? Herehttps://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2021/12/my-husband-is-against-homeschooling-what-can-i-do.html

How to Start Your Muslim Homeschool

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.

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. Whether you are homeschooling in the UK, or elsewhere in the world, this programme will help you give your children an incredible education at home. 

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?

Doors open Friday 29th July 2022, insha’Allah. 

JOIN LAUNCH YOUR HOMESCHOOL HERE: https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

Peace and love,

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