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.


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

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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Indoor Camping

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu

It’s the start of the weekend, and after a long week of planning for school, I thought we needed to do something to break it up. So what did we thinking of? Well, camping indoors of course.

We started off building our ‘tent’, using our sofa covers thrown off some chairs, our dryer rack and the table. The kids then set up the inside, putting duvets and pillows on the floor to make it cosy, stocking up on books (which to be honest I knew they wouldn’t read, they were much too excited to sit still), and toys.

And then the best part………toasting marshmallows. I pre-soaked the skewers (to stop them from burning), then threaded on some campfire marshmallows and toasted them under the grill until they were brown. You could make some fruit kebabs for a healthier version if you wish!

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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 – 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!