10 Ideas for Ramadan In the Home

It all started with a hanging paper chain made from construction papers. I didn’t realize it then, but when my oldest was four and my youngest was two, I started a Ramadan tradition in our home. Every year since then, my Ramadan preparation included coming up with an activity idea for each day of the fasting month, in order to make Ramadan extra special for the kids. Now that my three older kids are 18 and older, I thought it’s high time I share our past Ramadan activities in case…

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I Want to Read Only One

I’ve been blog-hopping recently, in an effort to look for ready-to-go Islamic Studies/Quran lesson plans/activities for Z. I’m at a point where I no longer have the time nor energy to brainstorm creative ideas for activities with him like I did with the older kids when they were this age. So I succumbed and have to admit defeat. Usually, I prefer to brainstorm my own activities, but I can’t afford to do that anymore, so I seek to be inspired and benefit from other Muslim homeschooling moms with young children.…

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One Watermelon Seed

  We read this book, One Watermelon Seed by Celia Lottridge and I thought it would be a great lesson in skip counting by 10s. On top of that I thought it would be a great lesson in reinforcing the Arabic numerals too. I had the girls help me draw the fruits and produce and N was the one who helped a lot in making these cards mashaaAllah. She drew most of the fruits on paper and we scanned them and I colored them using GIMP and then put them…

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Leaves, Roots, Flowers, and Fruits

I got a new stack of books for Z from the library last week. One of them is Leaves, Leaves, Leaves. As usual, I read him the book, and he was attentive and quiet. Reminds me of the days when he didn’t have that much of an attention span. And as usual, he didn’t say much about the book after I was done. I commented on the art in the book, as I tend to usually do with him. This book has an interesting artwork for the pictures. I started…

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Zulhijjah and Eid Al Adha

Pre-Activity: I’m rushing, trying to find something for Zulhijjah, and Hajj in terms of discussion, activities for the kids, all of them. I started with Z because I know Umm Nu’man has stuff on Hajj mashaAllah. I printed the Hajj theme pack, Hajj Story Board/Game, Hajj Game, and Hajj Addition and Subtraction Activity. While I was printing it, Z saw me and immediately had this excited look on his face and said, “I want to do that!” He helped me take the printed sheets out, and wanted to start right…

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Impromptu Mock Hajj

I don’t have class (Al Huda Taleem Quran) today and tomorrow, so it’s a little light alhamdulillah, though I’m still weighed by the grammar lessons I have to make up, and the Lesson In Charge review recordings I have to listen to. But, in light of a relatively light day compared to my usual weeks, I decided to spend time with the kids, especially Z. I didn’t have anything planned for him, so we simply did the addition chart on his Hajj theme pack, using counting chips and his ‘acorns’,…

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A Cardboard Ceiling Fan

In a conversation I had last weekend with a sister, I brought up H’s cardboard endeavor jokingly, offering her a homemade cardboard furniture. Of course, she took it as a joke too. I started talking about cardboard engineering but she still had this incredulous look on her face, and I couldn’t help but realize that H was right. People won’t take this seriously, at least not those who are more used to a more refined way of life. I don’t mind having cardboard furniture. It made me think more about…

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Opossum Playing Possum?

“Ummi! Ummi! We found an opossum!” “Yeah! Yeah! It was bleeding, and …” “It’s so big! Like this! Ummi…” “Its ears, the tips are cut off, and …” “The tip of its tail is cut off! It’s bleeding too!” First of all, I don’t even know what an opossum is supposed to look like, and wondered how in the world these kids knew for sure it was an opossum. Second, I thought opossums only live in Australia. Third, is our neighborhood turning into a zoo? The kids have a natural…

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Navigating the World of High School Transcripts

The high school transcript is one of those things that may trigger anxiety at the thought of homeschooling high school. Fear not. All it takes is educating oneself about it, and seeking resources that can aid in navigating it, especially for college applications. If your homeschooled high schooler is doing dual credit classes at the local community college, you should have 3 different transcripts; The Mommy Transcript, The Dual Credit Transcript, and The Official High School Transcript. Otherwise, you only have to deal with two transcripts; The Mommy Transcript and…

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Teaching Your Child to Read

Read. The very first revelation carries a powerful message for mankind; reading is the key to knowledge. In today’s literate society, being able to read is an important if not necessary skill to survive. Yet, two prevailing questions surround it; when and how do we teach children to read? When It was my mother who told me about Glenn Doman, author of How to Teach Your Baby to Read. Suffice it to say, I bought the book and did the program with my three year-old. Within six months, she was…

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