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!


Lesson plan – Learning about the Kaabah

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu ladies,
I wanted to teach the kiddos some more about Dhul Hijjah, it seems the last ten nights of Ramadan are often emphasised and rightly so, but the blessed days of Dhul hijjah are often missed. So I planned a few creative activities that would lead nicely up to Eid.
What you will need:
Paint and paintbrushes
Water (to wash paintbrushes)
Cotton buds
Plastic sheet to cover the table (less cleanup, but we don’t always bother)
Printed instructions from http://.blogspot.com/2008/01/drawing-kaaba.html.
Yellow foam to add a 3d element
Fun facts about the Kaabah or a related story about how the Kaabah was built (optional)

The kids really enjoyed drawing in 3D, and while they did I read them some interesting facts about the Kaabah, many of which I didn’t know myself: such as the Kaabah kiswah was once red, which they found fascinating! While the elders followed the tutorial, S freestyled and did his own abstract version.
After drawing, they painted their drawing, using a cotton bud to show people doing tawaf and a yellow piece of foam to add some more detail to the Kaabah.

The pictures turned out beautifully mashaAllah, and kids were eager to tell daddy how much more they now knew about the Kaabah!
What activities did you do with your kiddos during Dhul Hijjah? I would love to hear some more suggestions.

Lesson plan – Salaah Lapbook

Asalamu Alaykum mamas,
How are you all? I hope you’re having a super-duper productive day juggling this thing called life! Today I would like to share another lapbook we recently worked our way through which covered basic principals of salaah.

This super resource can be found at Imans Homeschool. Several of the files were compiled by Imans Homeschool, and some she had taken from Talibidden Jnr and some from Umm Abdul Basir’s blog; both blogs are equally as fantastic mashaAllah.
I started off by reminding the kids about the importance of salah before getting into the technicalities of how and when to pray. I personally feel if a child has a strong motivation to please Allah their willingness to learn the how and when naturally becomes strengthened. We want our children to grow up with this deep-rooted connection with Allah Azzawajal from a young age and there is nothing better to establish that through salah itself, wherein sujood we are the closest to Him.
Back to the lapbook then we went through the names and timings of each salaah, as well the number of rak’aah followed by whether the salah should be recited loudly or quietly. We also covered the positions and how we pray salah; this sequencing activity we glued onto the back.
Kids did thoroughly enjoy learning more about salaah since it’s something we do every day without fail so understanding its importance made them eager to then go onto pray the next one, now equipped with a whole load more questions such as ‘this is read quietly isn’t it mum?” or “this is three rak’aah right?”.
Alhamdulillah, a great activity which we put into practice straight away! Would love to hear how you have taught your kiddos about how to pray, it’s definitely not something that once it’s taught should be left but rather elaborated on for life so all your suggestions are welcome!