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 Idea: Revealing the revelation..

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu mama’s

Last week me and the kids read Surah Al Qadr and discussed its tafseer in preparation for the arrival of Ramadan. We are currently doing crafts as part of our Ramadan Guest House and alhamdulillah, the excitement and anticipation for Ramadan is definitely building. 

My kids were in awe when we discussing the profoundness of Laylatul Qadr, and how the Qu’ran was revealed. So I thought of a simple activity that I felt would further build their connection and awareness of such a breathtaking moment. 

What you will need:
Paper
Watercolour paints/any type of paint that has been watered down (we used Tempera)
Paintbrushes
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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


3D Homeschool Recipe

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies!

Today, me and the kiddos had a great history lesson, but of course, no subjects are isolated and I personally feel that homeschooling gives you the opportunity to tap into this further. Our homeschool is not one dimensional, it’s 3D!

So, let me use today’s lesson as an example.

Me and the kiddos were studying two of the most famous Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt: Amenhotep IV and Tutankhamen. Amenhotep IV was the only Pharoah to introduce monotheism to Egypt, whereas King Tut reintroduced polytheism.

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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 – Salaah workbook and Quiz

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies,
I wanted to give you a quick update on what we are using to teach the kids about salaah. I mentioned in an earlier post that I have been using Sheikh Albani’s “The Prophets prayer described as the spine for teaching the kids about salaah. MashaAllah, the book covers so many aspects of salaah, from how to pray, the conditions of salaah, to the meaning of what is being recited.
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Juz Amma sticker tree board

Asalamualaykum mamas,
I made our juz Amma tree a while back for one of my kiddos. Alhamdulillah it’s been a while, and since then one of my kids had finished juz Amma, Allahuma barik, and the others have also begun their memorisation.
So today I updated our board by adding a juz tabarak tree to keep their motivation going. The juz Amma tree worked so well Alhamdulillah I couldn’t stop there.
What you will need:
A blank canvas board/thick card
Felt tips/paint
Black marker

I simply drew the tree and apples/oranges for each surah and coloured it in. So simple but eye-catching!

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How to pray resource

Asalamualaykum mamas,

As we all go about our homeschool journeys it’s amazing to see the diverse ways in which we homeschool in our families. But there are certain things we want to establish in our homes and lives that we all have in common, and one of the most important is salaah.

Salaah is such an integral part of our lives, it is our doorway to success, it is our peace when things are difficult, it is the part of our day where we are able to put aside our day to day affairs and have a conversation with Allah Azzawajal. SubhanAllah for this gift, a gift we are then responsible for giving to our children.

Many of us make the mistake of delaying teaching salaah to our kids, but rather it should be the opposite! We should be eager to share this beautiful gift and enhance our children’s lives, allowing them to be amongst the fortunate ones who established salaah from a young age.

In our homeschool, I have been using Sheikh Al Albaanee’s book, the abridgement version of the Prophet’s prayer described. I do also have the full book, and I will be using that alongside a workbook that I will be starting with the kids in a couple of weeks inshaAllah.

It has been a great resource for explaining the conditions of salaah, what to say in each stage of salaah, elaborating on the positions of salaah and much more. Alhamdulillah, it has been invaluable and I definitely recommend it. It can be found easily online, I downloaded a copy and then printed and spiral bound it as I’m sure we will be continuously referring to it especially as the kids get older.


Our Islamic Studies Framework

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu everyone.

Like many other homeschool mama’s, the issue of where do I start, how do I organise and plan the year, and what do I prioritise are just some of the questions that crop up all the time. For me, Islamic studies it was vital that Islamic studies were intertwined into daily life, not something my children saw as separate. But I still wanted a basic framework, and Alhamdulillah I came across just what I was looking for.

Iman’s homeschool has a great framework which I printed and framed as a visual reminder of the core aspects of the deen I really wanted to focus and strengthen in my kids. It serves as a framwork to plan more organised activities, but also as a point of reference for conversations and relaxed discussions.

I highly recommend it, jazakhallahu khairan Iman’s homeschool for such a great resource!

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