Family Ramadan Craft: Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu

Ramadan is mere days away, and as it draws closer our excitement increases.  Most Ramadan crafts and activities tend to be for children but this one is for everyone.  We have done our gratitude board before, and now everyone is looking forward to using it again, Allahuma barik.

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The concept is simple.  After you break your fast and have completed another day of the blessed month, everyone lists down one thing that they were grateful for that day. Kids, parents, extended family and guests you have that night join in and take a turn to write onto a post-it note. 

By the time Ramadan has finished, you will be left with a board brimming full of things that Allah has blessed you with, a drop in the ocean compared to the number of the favours Allah has blessed us with, Alhamdulillah.

See, there is always something to write about….but not enough space to write down everything.

It will take you less than 10 minutes to put this together, but it will be memorable for your whole family, inshaAllah.  It’s also inexpensive, and easy for someone who is not an avid crafter!  Read More


Parenting popped my personal bubble.

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies, what comes to your mind if I was to say…

“Parenting popped my personal bubble.

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Let me elaborate.
Do you ever miss…
Praying salah without someone tugging at your khimar, perhaps in a quiet room, with lit candles and bukhoor burning in the background?
Eating a chocolate bar, without having to share a piece?
Being able to focus on your needs, without having to pause to cook, clean or tend to kids?
Having a decent nights sleep, without that having to mean you wake up to twice the amount of chores?
Attending classes at the masjid without worrying about finding a creche?
Having time with your spouse, when you could take impromptu holidays and have alone time that didn’t need to be scheduled?
Being your pre-baby weight, since you’ve had children your body has not been the same?

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My Bad Homeschool Day Survival Guide

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies

No matter how much we plan, schedule, and prepare, it’s safe to say that sometimes those wonderfully planned school days just don’t work out. 

But don’t panic!  Heres a quick guide to help you recover your day and not let one bad homeschool day turn into one bad homeschool week!  Be it the night before, during the day, or dealing with the aftermath, we’ve got you covered.

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Lesson plan: My hijab and me

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies

When I think about my own journey with hijab, I vividly remember being told when I needed to wear hijab, but not so much why I should wear it.  I wanted to cement a memory for my girls, a deep heart to heart discussion that they would remember inshaAllah. So, since my daughters love having a girls night in, I thought I would make it extra special and have an evening themed ‘My Hijab and Me’.

I prepared some questions that I wanted to cover the night before.

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Then while the girls were outside, I set up the table with cupcakes, icing, henna and candles to make it extra cosy. 

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And that was it…

Allahuma barik, we had the most wonderful evening discussing hijab while decorating cupcakes and putting on some henna.  The girls tried on jilbab, and niqab, we went through the mushaf reading out ayaat where Allah mentions hijaab, and the girls had an opportunity to ask me anything they wanted relating to hijab.

Im sure we will revisit hijab again in a more structured way, but I’m hoping this evening was something my girls would remember and is the beginning of a lifelong love and understanding of our beautiful hijab. 

You can download the questions we used here.

I would love to know how you introduced and explained hijab to your girls, share your experiences in the comments below! 

 

 


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



Lesson plan – Hands on Earth Science projects

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies
For the last weeks, we have been covering rivers, volcanoes, mountains, glaciers, earthquakes and caves as part of our science studies. So now was the time to let the kids go ahead and take what they were most interested in and get creative.

The only brief I gave my kids was that they must make a model of some sort and research basic information such as how it is formed, the oldest/tallest/largest, some famous examples and anything else they found interesting. Lastly, they had to present their findings to an audience (aka me and daddy!).
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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 – Erupting volcanoes and moving glaciers project

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies, I hope you are all in the best of health and peaks of emaan, ameen.

In the last few weeks of our earth science studies we have covered volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountains, and glaciers today; we still have caves and rivers to go. All of this will be leading up to the kids carrying out their first independent project this year, which I will be sharing soon inshaAllah.
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