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


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 – 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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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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Our Morning Board

Asalamu alaykum ladies,

For the last month or so I have been busy preparing, planning, scheduling and organising our coming school year, and all I can say is I have dark circles underneath my eyes, it’s not easy.

But Alhamdulillah, we’re almost there. As a way to get our mornings off to a good start and set a positive tone to the day I made a morning board that the kids and I could refer to before we begin our school work. After a quick supply shop at Jarir Bookstore, some PVA glue, what seemed like tonnes of foam shapes and a little printing and typing later, VOILA, here it is.

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I know you can buy boards, but it was inexpensive to do and I always enjoy personally making something for my kids, they tend to appreciate it more too. Read More


Craft idea – Cardboard Car Park

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu mamas
Today I wanted to share an activity me and S did together, made from everyone’s best friend, cardboard!
One of the hardest things I’ve found whilst homeschooling is how to keep the little ones busy when doing more focused subjects, especially Quraan memorisation with the elder kiddos. With other subjects, I tend to read with the youngest, do some quiet role play with their toys or make something with playdough together. But with Quraan, it’s a must the elders are able to focus and I’m able to give them full attention while they revise with me. 
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