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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3 Key Ingredients to Homeschooling a Young Child: Environment

Part 2 Environment The right environment can give so much to a developing child. Young children are like sponges and will absorb everything around them (Montessori, n.d.). It is also the age when they are refining their senses which then builds their brain architecture. Have you ever seen a young child explore something? They will literally put it in their mouth, smell it, feel the texture, stare at it and notice all the fine details that an adult is likely to miss. Ever notice their response to the slightest of…

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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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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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