Learning about Muharram

Assalaamu alaikum sisters πŸ™‚

Here’s a peep into what we have been up to for Muharram. Masha Allah the unit study that dear sister Umm Ibraheem over at Talibideen Jr. created for Muharram was perfect. Some parts were for a higher level and we just read and discussed but Imaan completed most of it masha Allah.

I was busy facilitating most of the time and I didn’t really want to interrupt the flow too much so there isn’t pics of everything. Here are a few pics I managed to take.

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Muharram

Assalaamu alaikum Akhwaat πŸ™‚

I thought I would point you to a lovely resource that the wonderful Umm Ibraheem over at Talibideen Jr. created for the blessed month of Muharram.

Here it is:

The Month ofΒ Muharram

Masha Allah it is a great Learning Unit and Lapbook Starter kit.I hope to use it in the next few days insha Allah.

May Allah reward her in dunya and aakhira and grant her Jannah, Ameen.

Fee Amaanullah

Umm Imaan

 

Fun with craft sticks

Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu

I wanted to share a cute activity using craft sticks. I saw it online (Searched for it but can’t find it now.) and it was pretty easy to do once I got my stash of craft sticks. There are so many ideas with crafts sticks πŸ™‚ I have a few in the pipeline πŸ™‚

You will need:

Steps:

  • Pick number card
  • Choose that number of craft sticks
  • Create a design/pattern
  • Choose same colour pencils as the craft sticks
  • Draw the design/pattern on a piece of paper

Imaan wrote the number after she completed drawing the design.

The girls both enjoyed it, I helped Zahra(3) choose lower numbers as reproducing the design was harder the larger the number.

All in all great activity to have on the shelves. I love finding things that they can do together πŸ™‚

I hope you find benefit in it too insha Allah.

Have you seen Pinterest?

Assalaamu alaikum sisters

I wanted to share this really great resource for finding resources:

I use it to search for ideas, save ideas and post ideas. By typing your search term into the Pinterest search you get taken to a page chock full of other peoples pictures (which they have pinned) relating to that topic!

OK reading that makes me wonder if I should just use Pinterest’s description of what they do:

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.

Our Mission

Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.

I have added a link to my side bar and if you click it it will take you to my pinboards which you can follow to see things which I have found, loved and re pinned.

Just this afternoon I was looking for ideas to use with my stash of popsicle sticks, I had some ideas but wanted to see what math related posts was out there. I found some great ideas alhamdulillah. I have searched for:

Kindergarden math

Word family games

Phonetic blends activities etc!

It really is very helpful when thinking up creative way to make teaching fun.

May you have a beneficial “pinning” experience insha Allah πŸ™‚

Literacy jewels

I have been wanting to share some of the literacy jewels I have found online!

OK! I sooo love the idea behind Read! Build! Write! I love how it encourages you to use all three mediums, I love how you print out the sheet and laminate it, or put it in page protector or you can even cover with contact paper for longevity…all appeals to me πŸ™‚

The frugal…tight budgeted…me πŸ™‚

I like to combine it with these home made magnetic letter tiles from http://www.mamajenn.com. Its sooo simple! She even provides the printable, it doesn’t get any simpler…..erm unless of course you just buy magnetic letter tiles…yes…but that would not be frugal! I had an idea to recycle an old scrabble set to make the magnetic letter tiles if you have one that is lying around.

So you would print out and laminate the page, vocabulary cards and the tiles and use it on a cookie sheet or something similar. Because it is magnetic the tiles won’t slide all over the place.

Laminating is a great idea if you have other kids you need to teach as well because lets face it, resources like printer ink and card stock are expensive and by just adding this extra step you can reuse the material again and again insha Allah.

I can get lost in some sites they are filled to the brim with wonderful resources!

Sparkle Box

Homeschool Creations **

1plus1plus1equals1 **

Mama Jen **

To name just a few!

(**Please note my disclaimer regarding this type of site.)

Spring has sprung here in the Cape

The flowers are blooming and the girls are sooo excited for summer to hit because that means strawberry picking, cherry picking, beach, picnics and generally being outside all day long πŸ™‚

Alhamdulllah we have a peach tree which we have been observing though Autumn, Winter and now Spring where they have been following the life cycle. the blooming phase was so beautiful and now we can see the tree bearing fruit.

The girls are manic tree climbers and love being outside πŸ™‚

See if you can spot the little monkey?

Alhamdulillah it is a real blessing to be able to enjoy safe, halaal, outdoor fun within our own space because as beautiful as Cape Town is… the fitan that comes with Summer is truly unbearable! We have to be so selective of where we take the girls so as to lessen the exposure to the nakedness! Yaa Allah protect us from the fitnah of summer, everywhere you turn u see ‘auwra!

We have a few select spots where we can take them where we know not many people go like the nature reserves where you have to pay entry fee and they limit the amount of people so you can enjoy the space without it getting overcrowded.

But then we need to be careful we don’t crowd the inhabitants! πŸ™‚

Kirstenbosch botanical gardens are also a favorite place for us to visit.

But I have yet to find a place where I can swim in the ocean!! Insha Allah one day πŸ™‚

Math Curriculum decisions…

I have been researching, and researching but still can’t decide! Wish someone would just tell me “This is the best for your child and the others after her…” There are so many variable at play. It is so frustrating! Miquon maths, Math-u-see, Singapore maths, MEP, Horizon Maths, Saxon Math…HELP!

Everyone has to do what is suitable for their own child but how do you know this without trial and error? Is there anyone out there who has any input?

So, here is where I am…

I need:

  • Something that is accessible here in South Africa.
  • Something with a comprehensive teachers guide. I never loved maths it was OK but I would like my kids to have a different experience so I am willing to put in the extra time and effort to make sure my kids enjoy it.
  • Not too pricey LOL!
  • Manipulatives…I think that kids learn best if they are grounded in the concrete, they help a student visualize math concepts as they are being taught.

So there we are…

I will make istikhara insha Allah.

Games work better

I have found that, in many cases, games work so much better as it keeps them entertained and they don’t mind repetition as much when there is the hope of winning the next round!

I have used this approach with both phonics and maths. Imaan really enjoys it. She kept wanting to play again and again without realising how much she was learning in the process.

We used domino’s to practice subtraction. She was using her fingers at first but I thought it better to use the counters as this was the first time we worked with subtraction.

You need at least two players, one player turns over a domino and subtracts the lower number from the higher number, then writes it down. So Imaan would flip over a domino, Say “two, take away one”, take out two counters and places them on the table, then take away one counter. The next player does the same. Whoever gets the lowest number after subtraction gets a tick next to their number. The one who gets the most ticks wins.

So after tallying all the ticks it turned out that Imaan won this round, we played more than four times,with Imaan getting lots and lots of subtraction practice πŸ™‚

I will post about the phonics games we played next insha Allah.

NOTE: We changed the game a bit ,Β  instead of just writing the number we write out the sum.

Also Imaan gets to choose what sheΒ  wants as counters, this time she chose the stones πŸ™‚

Ramadaan is flying by too fast!

Assalaamu alaikum

I am so sad, this beautiful month is just going by too fast and I feel like I am loosing it by the minute. May Allah help us to reap the most out of this blessed time.

I had planned on posting updates of what I am doing with the girls and sharing our Ramadaan experiences in this space but time is just too short.

I am so much busier than I anticipated as my Grandmother is ill (may Allah restore her to good health) so my Mother went to Port Elizabeth to look after her and I have had to cook iftaars at my mom’s house. Alhamdulillah its a chance to earn more rewards in this blessed month πŸ™‚

Sooo, my blogging has had to take a backseat Allahu a’lam. I will have to just do a recap at a later time insha Allah.Β  I think I am still too new to blogging to balance the needs of my family and my blog LOL! So yes, priorities!

May Allah fill our time with baraka!