Crack the Ramadan Code: Junior Edition!

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu sisters,

I hope you are all well.  I had several sisters message me to say that they will be doing the ‘Crack the Ramadan code-challenge’ with their families, which is super Allahuma barik.  However, there were some sisters who told me that their children were a little too young to participate, so I made a toddler-friendly version!
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The setup is exactly the same as the original challenge, even the code itself is the same.  However, for the junior edition, the questions are much easier, with clues and pictures to help the child further.  Of course, a grown-up helper can help spell out the word too. Read More


Ramadan Lapbook

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies

The beautiful month of mercy is around the corner, and we need to enter the month feeling prepared. So, over the next couple of weeks, I will be covering the fiqh of Ramadan with my older kids, using ‘Fasting in Ramadan as observed by the Prophet (peace be upon him)’ as our main resource.  We won’t be covering the whole book, but rather taking the basics and covering them in more detail.

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For the younger kiddos, I made a lapbook covering some very basic aspects of fiqh.  We haven’t started the books yet, hence everything is blank, but all the information can be found in the same book.

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Lesson plan: Our Ramadan guest house

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies, 

Ramadan is just days away from us and I wanted my kiddos to be excited!  Our beautiful guest only comes once a year, so it’s important we prepare for its arrival. The Salaf us Salih used to prepare way in advance and we are guilty of not having the same yearning. So I wanted to get us going, but not the usual couple of weeks before Ramadan which tends to be more the physical preparation. I want our minds, hearts and physical limbs to start preparing for this beautiful month right now.
This activity is aimed at younger children, but even my older kids like to join in. The main objective of feeling excited, and waiting in anticipation for Ramadan is felt by everybody though because our ‘house’ provides a great discussion point that everyone can get involved in.

So, let me introduce our Ramadan guest house where Ramadan will be staying. He has been gone a whole year, so now the grass has overgrown, the dust has settled all over the windows, and there is no furniture inside -what can we do??  Read More



Happy Toddler Homeschool Tips

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu homeschooling mamas.

I hope you have had a joy-filled productive homeschool week with your kiddos. Today’s post is some tips and tricks I thought I would share some tips on how to keep your toddler happy in your homeschool.
For me personally, the toddler ages have been harder than having a newborn. My son wants mummy’s time and attention more than ever now, and rightly so!I went through a period of homeschooling where I felt guilty I wasn’t giving my toddler what he needed, or it was cut short because I had the pressure of teaching the older kids, but alhamdulillah a few changes have helped immensely.  Read More


Lesson plan- Filling our Salaah Cup

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies

I hope you are all in the best of health and Emaan. I remember reading an interview with some Muslim homeschool families, who had been homeschooling for a while and were sharing some valuable insight from their journey. One of the father’s said something along the lines of if you only teach your children the obligatory actions you are putting them in a danger zone. That’s not to say that the obligatory actions are not enough, but more so he was trying to emphasise the virtue of the Sunnah..i.e. if your child leaves certain sunnah actions once in a while and still does the obligatory, he will be fine-but leaving the obligatory actions will be problematic.

What he said resonated with me, and reminded me of the hadith about the virtues and benefits of the extra prayers.
The first actions for which a servant of Allah will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayers. If they are in order, then he will have prospered and succeeded; but if they are lacking, then he will have failed and lost. If there is something defective in his obligatory prayers then the Lord the Exalted will say: See if My servant has any extra prayers which can complete what is defective in his obligatory prayers. Then the rest of his actions will be judged in the same way. Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 413, Grade: Hasan
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Lesson plan – Carving Gingerbread Hieroglyphs

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies
We are currently studying the Ancient Egyptians in History and like many, my kids found the concept of hieroglyphics so interesting! So, I decided to do a little project…but not the usual making a scroll and painting.

Instead, we decided to make our stone tablets from gingerbread and ‘carve’ our hieroglyphics like the Ancient Egyptians did!

What you will need:
Gingerbread biscuit dough
Clingfilm to wrap and chill
Butter knives/toothpicks/forks
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters – optional, I had these on hand so my 3 year old could join in.
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Ready, set, go!

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies,

I decided to make my son something I knew he would admire forever…his very own racetrack! In the past, we’ve bought plastic tracks for trains and cars which are great but the problem is as soon as you lose a piece its game over. Also, the novelty seems to wear off quickly with store bought toys; my kids tend to play much longer with things we’ve made together.

What you will need:
Black tape
Scissors
White tape – this is optional but definitely adds some nice detail. You could also use white paper and glue this onto the black tape.

So here’s the before and after.

Ta-da!

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Oobleck Slime

Asalamualaykum ladies,

Arts and crafts for my kids are a great way to transition into the weekend. We take our time, have snacks and just enjoy each other’s company after a long busy week of school.

So, today I thought that I would surprise my kids with making some oobleck slime. Yes, in mama’s dictionary it means a whole heap of mess, but I knew it would be worth it! 

What you will need:
Cornstarch
Water
Food colouring
Spoons and plates
Plastic table covering (optional)
Thankfully, You DONT need tonnes of Elmer’s glue or contact lens solution!

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Lesson plan – Colouring Cupcakes

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies,
the kids and I were excited to be finishing our current read aloud this week, “The Wind in the Willows” which had taken us several weeks. To mark the occasion, we decided to do some baking, and it occurred to me this might be a good way to remind my younger kids of primary and secondary colours.
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