Teaching Multiple Grades + Printable Checklist

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies!

I’m back with another little tip to make the homeschooling journey just a tad easier insha’Allah!

This is a daily checklist I use for my children to keep on track of their individual progress since they are of different ages, and of course different needs. Though we do the majority of subjects together, there are some things that are individual.  For example, one of my children needs cursive handwriting practice which the others don’t and one of my children who is dyslexic needs extra help with reading.

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Routine Vs Schedule (+Planner)

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu 

Its the start of a brand new homeschool year for us, and we are slowly transitioning from easing into school to implementing a full homeschool schedule.

So what does a full homeschool day look like for us?  Well, it doesn’t have any rigid timings that’s for sure.  You see, when I first began homeschooling one of the first things I did was print off a daily timetable, and I furiously began filling up the slots with not just what we needed to get done academically, but also LIFE!  From cooking dinner, to teaching phonics, everything was timed. 

And what happened?

At first, I felt great.  Every tick box felt like an achievement.  But slowly those days became less and less, because I wasn’t able to keep up with such a strict regiment. 

I ‘fell behind’ every day, and even when I had achieved something it was at the expense of something else…my own quiet time – which turned me into a Mombie almost every day.

So out went the daily time table, and in came our routine, bringing back with it my sanity, Alhamdulillah.  

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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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DITL when Mum is tired -13/03/2018

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies

Today I thought I’d share a day in the life of our homeschool when I wasn’t quite up for it.  I’ve had a cold all week and not much energy, and even today was quite slow.  But I think it’s important to share experiences when things don’t go to plan.  Days like this just take some tweaking that’s all, an art I’m still mastering.  No elaborate projects, field trips or anything majorly exciting happened, just a slow paced day which I could manage. 
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DITL – 5/2/2018

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies,

I hope you are all in the best of health and emaan.  As homeschoolers its always interesting to see how other homeschooling families plan their day and what they get up to. So I’d like to give you a snapshot of our Happy Muslim Homeschool by sharing another DITL. Read More


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


Minimalist Homeschool

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies

Today I wanted to share a tip with you that has literally transformed our homeschooling experience.

I’m sure many of you can relate to having spent two hours (you had originally planned one) getting carried away with an art project or read aloud. You and the kids felt great after a fun school day. But then you’re greeted by a sink full of dishes, toys scattered everywhere by your two-year-old (that’s his ‘school work’ of course), and it’s almost 4pm and you haven’t even started on dinner.

Your heart sinks…..you just spent all evening cleaning yesterday, surely it shouldn’t get this bad so quickly??? So you print off a meal planner, another morning and evening cleaning routine and off you go again only to realise it hasn’t really freed up much time but on the contrary, made you feel more bound to a schedule rather than enjoying those precious moments where learning really comes to life.

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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