(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

Monday, December 28, 2009

Handmade Beginnings

This is a nice site, MashaALLAH! She's crafty like I think I am inside my head. :)

Tree of Prophets

Check it out.

Rules for Qur'an Recitation

Go Here.

Looking Forward to Getting Mail



Remember when the mail was full of letters from the people that you cared about instead of just bills and junk? These days, we send emails and talk on the phone and chat but we don't write real letters.

When I lived in Germany,(between 7 and 10), a friend of mine had a penpal from ALLAH knows where, and she used to show me her postcards and letters and I thought it was such a neat idea!

When I came back to the States, (Virginia), my cousin and I wrote to each other for years and it was nice to keep in touch that way because phone calls to Texas were expensive.

My daughter is six and I would like for her to continue developing her writing skills. She is very social and I think that she would enjoy meeting Muslim children who live outside of her community. She has already handwritten about six letters to her cousin and is using all of my envelopes so why not? LOL.

If you are interested, Email me at themuslimhomeschooler@gmail.com and we can exchange addresses. If your children can write to her in Arabic, that would be fine also. I think this would be great for our social studies and geography adventures, (we can put them on the map!) and a way to forge a lifetime of friendships, InshaALLAH.

Wherever in the world, (or GTA for that matter),you may be, we look forward to hearing from you, InshaALLAH.

English-Arabic Country Names

This is a list of country names in Arabic and English.

By the way, I have a lot of stuff in my drafts that I am just now posting, that's why there are so many posts today.

Dhikr Rewards Chart

Blog at AbdurRahman has a Rewards for Dhikr Chart. InshaALLAH it is beneficial to you and they are rewarded by ALLAH every time we use it, so check it out if you don't have it.

Online Tajweed Courses

I just found these today and I can't give an opinion on them. It looks like some of them are free and the others have free trials. Take a look, InshaALLAH.

About Tajweed

Tajweed in English there's a tajweed podcast here.

Bayyinah - my husband recommends this one, he's met one of the brothers behind it.

Al Quran wa Sunnah


Bayyinah Sessions


E-Aalim: has Qur'an and Arabic courses. The Qur'an course runs from March 20-June 5 and it'll cost you about $300 (149 British Pounds).


Al Quran Academy offers courses that are broken down into 30 minute lessons:
5 days/30 mins $80 a month
3 days/ $50
2 days - weekdays $35
2 days - weekends $30

The Common Mistakes in Tajweed That Non Arabs Make

Go to About Tajweed.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

JazakILLAH Khairin For The Question

A sister recently sent me an email and May ALLAH make things easy for her (AMEEN) and may she be rewarded for her question (AMEEN).

She asks: "I was just wondering after reading your blog how you are able to teach your kids all those surahs as you are a convert like me. Do you know all those surahs? Have you studied arabic? Or do they learn from someone else? Or are you learning together? I don't feel confident to teach my kids too many surahs as I can barely even read arabic and I only know 5 surahs myself. I have no one to teach me quran."

To her and those who are wondering:


Wa 'alaikum as salaam wa RahmatULLAHI wa Barakatuhu,

I have taken three Arabic classes so I can read Arabic and I've memorized some of the surahs and I learned Ayatul Kursi on my own by listening to audio online. I don't know Suratul Balad yet so my husband is working with my daughter on that one until I catch up. I taught her the beginning surahs and he taught her the longer surahs. I am a revert but my husband isn't - he knows quite a bit more Arabic and Qur'an than I do.

Go to the link for Hussary that I put on the blog and listen to the shorter surahs for five minutes each day and do half an hour of Arabic study every day. You must be consistent.

Also, get a book with the transliteration and use it to follow along if you need to - but don't make it a crutch.





The one I received when I took shahada has Juz Amma,
ISBN 1-881963-56-X




It takes a great amount of patience but don't be discouraged. When I took my first Arabic course, I didn't even know the Arabic alphabet and I sat nervously and quietly (it was online through shariahprogram.ca) until I could keep up.

Under that pressure, AlhamduLILLAH, I learned the alphabet quickly, even though my husband tried to teach me before I started. You can do it! InshaALLAH, do like my daughter is doing, write the letters down over and over and they will sink in.

You can buy the dvd Alif is for Asad - that is excellent. My son learned the alphabet just by listening to that a few times (there's a catchy little song and the brother sings it fast but you catch on quickly). Even when you learn to read Arabic or learn the grammar rules like I did, there's still all of the vocabulary to learn.

Take your time and don't be discouraged, Ukhti. Also, go to Talibiddeen Jr. and look around. She has things on her site that I haven't even thought of yet. She's been homeschooling since 1998!

If your children see you doing it, it encourages them to jump in and get involved. My daughter teaches me what she knows and I memorize it that way because she's competitive and it gets me going, lol. Then, we perfect the tajweed and away we go!


Another thing I wish to point out, is that learning and memorization of Qur-an is THE foundational science for Islam. You cannot pursue any other field in the Islamic Sciences, if you do not have Qur-an under your belt. It's that simple.

In the past, classical scholars would not even allow you to sit in their study circles if you had not memorized the Qur-an. Think of this as your ABC's for this religion.

Also, scholars like Ibn Taymiyyah regretted delving into fields of study like debating the greek philosophers, and felt that they should have spent more time instead on tafsir.

From Aisha (May ALLAH be pleased with her) who said, "The Messenger of ALLAH SAW said: 'The one who recites the Qur-an and is proficient in it, will be with the noble scribes (the angels). And the one who stutters when reciting the Qur-an due to difficulty, then he will have two rewards.' " Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, An-Nasa'i in Al-Sughra, Ibn Hibban, and Saheeh At-Targheeb.

The Messenger of ALLAH SAW said, "Whoever recites a letter from the Book of ALLAH - The Most High - then it will be considered as a good deed he did. And a good deed is qual to ten good deeds like it. I do not mean that Alif Laam Meem is a letter; rather Alif is considered a letter, Laam is considered a letter, and Meem is considered a letter." Related by Tirmidhi, Al-Bayhaqq in Shu'b al-Eeman, authenticated by Imaam Al-Albaanee.

Take care and don't give up - I'm almost 35 and it's not too late.
Wa salaam,
Nakia

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Is It Just Me Or Is Velcro Kind of Expensive?

So now that I'm feeling better, we can get back to setting up the workboxes, right?

I have been all over the net gathering schedule strips, tags and grids so that we can get started.

I found a lot on Christian homeschool blogs that I tweaked in Photoshop. For example, if the cards say, "Bible", I just replace it with "Qur'an". I am also pretty excited because I finally learned how to remove the faces on photos - I am on the bottom of the Photoshop learning curve, lol.















FYI, Ummi Homeschools Me has a weekly workbox planning sheet if you need it.

Tackling Homework for the First Time

Since the kids started going to Islamic School for three hours in the morning, we've been super busy at home too.

It's funny how I thought this would give me more time to worry about the other two - the baby is usually sleeping and the toddler doesn't want anything to do with school until the others are around, lol. Oh well.

When they get home, it's time for lunch but the good new is that I usually have plenty of time to get the house cleaned (that wasn't happening before, lol) and then it's time for school.

The first day that they started going out for school, my son came home with a fever (it was not swine flu - we got our shots for that). He immediately gave it to the oldest and they were out of commission for a few days. So, they went to school one day that week and so we tried again the next week. Then, the rest of us got sick about two weeks later and we are just now recovering, AlhamduLILLAH.

Once they got into a rhythm, they started bringing home all of this homework! We were NOT used to that, lol. We pick up where we leave off around here so there's no homework. Gone are the leisurely evenings for those two, lol.

Arabic Writing I & II

My daughter is using book II and my son is using book I.

They are required to work on their Arabic penmanship which is fine, but it's a little tough on my daughter to write all 28 of the Arabic letters like this for the next day:

Practice Makes Perfect

Still, she persevered and finished it all, mashaALLAH. She's also memorizing Surah Balad and listening to Sheikh Hussary mp3s at our listening station. She's doing well, MashaALLAH. I personally like Sheikh Mishary Rashed Alafasy's recitation but for tajweed, we use Hussary.

Technology Advice for Teachers

You can find it here.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Free Dental Care For Kids in Toronto

The program provides FREE dental services to low income teens (under 18 years), kids and babies who urgently need care and includes:

* fillings and extractions
* preventive dental care, including cleaning and fluoride
* dental health support and information

Click here for the number.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Toronto Muslim Homeschoolers

If you are interested in attending organized field trips and other social events with Muslim homeschooling families in the Greater Toronto Area, feel free to contact the Toronto Muslim Homeschoolers at torontomuslimhomeschoolers@yahoo.com.


This group is run by three sisters, mashaALLAH and they've been around for a while now.

The meetings are on the first Saturday of each month and they shift across the East and West ends of the GTA. The membership is $25 per family and only mothers and nursing babies are permitted to attend the monthly meetings at 9AM.

The next meeting is in January, InshaALLAH and I am going to do my best to make it there because I have wanted to meet everyone there

Monday, December 14, 2009

Have You Been to Yamli?

It's a search engine that retypes your words in Arabic if you prefer.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Outsourcing

Going to Qur'an Studies

Our family received a real blessing recently, in the form of some very patient and giving sisters at a local mosque, AlhamduLILLAH. They have volunteered to teach Qur'an to the older children in the mornings for three hours for free while I give my little ones some extra mommy time.


Don't Let Go

This means that I can focus on the preschooler for once without feeling like I am just giving her some busy work. With her, I'm looking more towards creative play and gentle learning since she's only two but she can certainly learn a surah or two and du'a as well. I'm in the process of developing some sort of plan, InshaALLAH, so we'll see how it goes.

I'm sort of reacquainting myself with the IQRA Preschool Curriculum

Preschool Curriculum

There are also many sisters out there that are doing a phenomenal job of developing ideas for implementing Islam into the lives of the younger kids - just take a look at any of the links on the left side of the blog for an exhaustive list.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Desk Solution

So, it has been super busy around here lately and I don't know where to begin.

First off, we found a solution to our desk situation. I was having a hard time finding suitable seating in our classroom and almost spent a little money to solve the problem. Instead, my brother-in-law called us to say that a local school was throwing out old tables. Don't you know, we snatched up two of them and now we have this table and another one for our listening station. ALLAH provides! Now, we have some tables for seating and we have a table for a listening station, AlhamduLILLAH. We have some books on CD and some audio tapes and headphones for everyone, so that will help me to space out the activities of the kids, InshaALLAH.

Desk Problem Solved

Listening Station


At the Eid bazaar, I picked up two new components for the homeschool. There were puzzles for sale ($5 for the whole lot), so I jumped at those right away. They are all unique and I hope that they are a challenge for my daughter because she's really good with puzzles, mashaALLAH.

Puzzles

There was also a set of Arabic blocks that fit together to form words - with the first, initial and final positions of the letters on either side of the blocks.

Arabic Word Blocks

Arabic Word Blocks

Arabic Word Blocks

May we derive benefit from these (AMEEN).

My oldest is also a bookworm so we have started tracking her progress. I saw this on a blog some time ago and thought it was cute, so I printed a picture of an airplane (can't remember where) and now when she reads a chapter book, we add a cloud behind the plane. It encourages her to read more and I'm hoping that we make it to at least 50, InshaALLAH before our school year concludes. We started in August and so far, she's read 11 chapter books. She reads books written for 8-12 year old children, mashaALLAH.

Books in the Clouds

Finally, we are implementing Sue Patrick's Workbox System into our homeschool agenda.

We're Using Workboxes

For me, it just makes things easier and my daughter doesn't have to constantly wait for me to get things together and she can go on with her assignments while I work with the others, InshaALLAH.

Let's Pretend I Posted This On Time

Eid Mubarak everyone! LOL, what a busy time it was for us. We had the usual decorations and ice cream cake for the kids and I think Eid gets better and better for them, AlhamduLILLAH.

Belated Eid Mubarak

Eid al Adha

Eid al Adha

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kid-Friendly Speech and Occupational Therapy Materials

There are many items here. I am interested in the Echo microphone because my son tends to mumble a bit and it's a bit on the annoying side. It irritates him when I say words the way that he says them so I know that he understands how they should sound. If he hears himself enough, I hope that he corrects his speech on his own and with the microphone, he surely will have fun, InshaALLAH. Also, since they are so inexpensive, I had better get some for the others as well, lol.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tiny Thumbnails Full of Ideas

Go to Preschool Fun and click on the pictures. They are self-explanatory and it looks like some of them can be used for older children as well, InshaALLAH.


There are more on this page with explanations. Just click to enlarge.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Have You Been To Islamic Playground?

You can find it here. Do you know of any other fun spots? Add them to the comments and I will add them to the side, InshaALLAH.

Okay, Nevermind

Scholar's Choice has them for a cheaper price - now I just have to wait for them to be in stock again, InshaALLAH.

Canadians Who Need School Furniture

I haven't purchased anything from them and I didn't look at the prices (yet but InshaALLAH I am going to)...School Furniture of Canada. I am interested because as much as I like it, the dining table is just taking up too much room and besides, we already have a desk for one kid but the others need them too. I don't know, InshaALLAH we will see.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Imam Zaid's Advice on Teaching Children

Disclaimer: I don't always see eye to eye with Imam Zaid but what he has written here is something that I can endorse.


What We Should Be Teaching Our Children

SubhanALLAH I Had To Try It Myself

Once again I was reading Confessions of a Homeschooler and I ran off to try it myself. I was in such awe that it worked that I woke up my husband, lol and I took pictures. This was at about 5 A.M.


Broom Balance I

A few minutes ago, I used a different broom and my sister also got hers to work. SubhanALLAH.

Broom Balance II

*Edited to add: Ahem, too much time on my hands.*

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Letter Dd

I was reading Confessions of a Homeschooler the other day and sumbled across her PreK Letter D post.

She has quite a few ideas for various letters of the alphabet to supplement your lessons, InshaALLAH.

Dino Puzzle

Puzzle

Fill In the Blanks

Count to 10

Numerical Order

You can see that the children were responsive to the different activities and the two year old even sat still long enough to participate!

Sorting Capital and Lowercase D

Later on, the excitement of the day got to them and I found them slumbering, lol.


Homeschool Makes You Tired.

Homeschool Makes You Tired.

The Islamic World to 1600

Have you seen this site?

Take a look.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

LOL sorry for the music

I don't know how the Mario Bros. video game music got onto my playlist but I can't get it off! I have to redo it and then I might put it back on the blog. How come nobody told me?! I never have the audio on so I had no idea. :p

Saturday, November 14, 2009

From a Reader - Remember Italian Muslims in Your Du'a

Mujahida says:


As salamu aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

I'm an italian revert sister, please share it and support your brothers and sisters in Italy. Barak'Allahu fikum.



Italian MP Calls Prophet "A Paedophile"


Words of Encouragement for Sr. Mujahid, InshaALLAH:

Abu Qabeel said: "We were with `Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`Aas and he was asked which city would be conquered first, Constantinople or Rome? So `Abdullah called for a sealed trunk, and he said, “Take the book out from it.” Then `Abdullah said, “While we were with the Messenger of Allah writing, The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked, “Which city will be conquered first, Constantinople or Rome?” So Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The city of Heracilius will be conquered first,” meaning Constantinople.” (Ahmad, Ad-Daaramee, and Al-Haakim)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Muslim Facebook

I'm on Madina if you would like to add me as a contact. The link to the site is Madina.com.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Whole Words

A couple of years ago, I purchased some flashcards from Staples to help make reading more fun. I never used them though. My daughter preferred to read words off the whiteboard and never really used flashcards that much, so I tucked them away to be used later on by one of the other children.

Now that I am the only one home with four children, they are an integral part of making things run smoothly and keeping folks from getting into mischief as I help out the other little folks.

My son seemed to like the cards because the pictures are very colorful on one side (the back has other words and it's in black and white).


Three Letter Words Split


Three Letter Words

This is what my oldest was reading at three:

our daily words

Yikes, I've been taking it easy on the boy! I didn't realize she was so far ahead at that time. I started homeschooling her three months before her fourth birthday and he started a month before his fourth birthday. This reminds me that all children are different but I should also push them beyond what I think they are capable of doing so that I don't hold them back.

Don't worry, InshaALLAH, he gets his fair share of words too. He hasn't learned all of the sounds of the alphabet yet, but he knows enough to read these words. I like to mix it up and add a few here and there so that we can get started reading sentences right away. It's empowering to them and it's so nice to see them picking up books on their own.

Find The Word Game


Read The Word

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Reading and Writing

We have a calendar in the classroom which I purchased from Staples some time ago. It's bright and colorful and comes with lots of goodies. But I don't have the time or patience to keep up with it when the time comes to change it. It's just not a priority but it's embarrassing when it still says September on the first of November, lol. My husband brought home a nice solution:


New Calendar for the Classroom


It's so much easier to keep up with this one! I still have the weather graphs and the other accessories up but this will save a lot of time, InshaALLAH. I also need to add the Hindi numerals so that they can practice their Arabic counting as well.


My son is doing well with his reading, MashaALLAH and learning new words by the day. We are still doing the alphabet folders and should have the next couple finished soon, InshaALLAH.

Today, we played around with the Scrabble letter tiles. I asked him to put them in alphabetical order and he used the mini chalkboard as a guide. He knows how to sing them in order but I didn't allow him to sing the ABC song as he went along. This frustrated him but I made him finish.

Alphabetical Order

Tomorrow, InshaALLAH, I think we will work with some whole words (three letters) and see how many he can figure out....

In other news, the illegible handwriting issue is being resolved, InshaALLAH. We are doing a unit study on the animal kingdom and classification and it has some nice copywork pages for my daughter.

I made her go over it several times to correct the punctuation mistakes and saw her using this:

For Kids Who Like to Erase

What a funny kid!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Sometimes it's best to just let them out for the whole day.


Let's Go Outside!

Uplifting

Forest Grump

A Babe in the Woods

One Lone Boy

Falling Up

Golden

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Free Reading Resources

This is an intervention program designed to help students who are weak in phonics but it can also be used as a free reading curriculum for K-1. There are lesson plans laid out for 40 weeks, 5 days a week for 30 minutes.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mini Office Completed

Quick Reference Mini Office

I finally completed a mini office for my oldest. It's handy as a reference tool for her and I can push her to work independently every now and then since the information is at her fingertips. There is information on all four sections, front and back.

Quick Reference Mini Office



Quick Reference Mini Office

Quick Reference Mini Office