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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Clever Toddler Activities

Second Attempt 135mm f/2.8 Nikon

One question that I get frequently is what to do with your toddler while the others are having school. This is also something that I am dealing with and so far it's not a real problem, AlhamduLILLAH. I usually give my two year old a workbook that I purchased from the dollar store if I don't have an activity planned.

She feels like she is a big girl and I can focus on the older kids. Also, I try to have a few general lessons where I can include everyone and if I am reading aloud, she listens, even if the material is way above her level. I found a website today where there's an abundance of ideas and tutorials. I hope that it is beneficial to you.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Word Family Game

I was visiting The Snail's Trail blog a couple of weeks ago and admiring some of her creative homeschool ideas. In particular, I liked the Handmade Word Family Game.

I sent my husband to the Home Depot to get some paint swatches and let me tell you - I was so tired of cutting out those little squares!

Handmade Word Family Game

I used a craft knife for the squares but I'm sure there is a better way.

Handmade Word Family Game

Handmade Word Family Game

Handmade Word Family Game

Go to the blog post that is linked above - she has a whole list of phonograms and blends and how to group them.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Butterfly Teaching Guide

MashaALLAH we might be going to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara during the month of August, InshaALLAH. Make du'a for us.

In the meantime, I am going to take a look at their teaching guide and see what we can get out of it. We can use it to supplement the Butterfly Field Guide that I purchased at the thrift store.

Pets From Outside

My husband won't get any pets for my kids so my daughter took it into her own hands, literally. Now we have three snails to look after - for a little while, at least!

The Girl Has Snails

Oh well, we'll have to make it educational, I guess. Go here for snail info: Snails as Pets.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

I've Been Thrifting

Yesterday and today, I went to Value Village. I rarely buy anything new anymore when it comes to our classroom. I try to look on Craigslist - which I really did not like at first and I go to the thrift shops or Ebay. Also, the library sells books for 25 cents each, so sometimes we get some really good stuff.

David Suzuki


This time I tried not to go overboard just because things were cheap. I made a list and devised a plan and for the most part I found what I needed. This was not on the list but how could I leave this behind? MashaALLAH.

Ka'ba clock $3.99

My toddler is the biggest challenge to our homeschool day, so I've been searching blogs and Google for ideas. I think the best thing that I can do with her is set up a makeshift Montessori-style area. I found a bookcase that is perfect for her size on Craigslist for $10.

Bought for $10

I also purchased a bundle of wooden baskets from Value Village so that her activities can be placed on the shelves and hopefully they will be eye-catching and inviting. I got plenty of ideas from Montessori Materials.


These baskets are good for sensory materials like these Scrabble tiles. I might make a simple chart of the alphabet and have her match the letters. Rubber stamps of the alphabet would be good too. Anything hands-on that introduces her to learning is valuable, InshaALLAH.

Scrabble Letters

Since my mother-in-law was visiting, we took another quick trip today and got some more books. If you buy four, the fifth one is free!

More Books

To make room for the books, I moved the puzzles and games up on top of the bookshelf and I'm putting some of the books for younger ages on the bookshelf for my younger daughter.


Then, I had to make room for the little bits of this and that from outside.


Nature Walk Contents

Friday, July 24, 2009

Having Trouble Emailing Me?

I don't know, things seem okay on this end but some people are having trouble. I put my Email address at the top; you can see it above the posts (themuslimhomeschooler@gmail.com). By the way, don't leave your Email addresses in the comments because everyone can see them. I check the email often but sometimes it might take me a bit to get back to you. InshaALLAH I will always do my best.

Free Book on the First Afghan War

On the Baldwin Project website....

Thursday, July 23, 2009

If You Crochet (Or Knit)

You can make a cap.

Kufi for the boy

I made this one a while back for my son by using Syeda's pattern.

Kufi for the boy II

The pattern is clear and easy (I'm new and terrible at following crochet patterns).

She's on Ravelry too.

If knitting is your thing be sure to check out Umme Yusuf. She knits ten times faster than I do, mashaALLAH.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I Had to Try It At Least Once

Homemade play dough.

It was easy to make, although at first I thought I did something wrong.

Homemade Play Dough

It was really wet, then it got extremely clumpy and then it was smooth.

Homemade Play Dough

We didn't have any blue food coloring - just red, green and yellow, so we mixed it and this is what we got:

Homemade Play Dough

Recipe is here. Oh, and I added some halal vanilla extract so that it has a nice smell.

Wash Your Hands

Does it bother you when people try to touch your baby without washing their hands? Order one of these from Labeesa Kids if you're too shy to ask them.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Paint Your Very Own Janissary

Really. Why have your little one play with knights when they can have a Janissary like these?

What Do Your Children Wear?


When you're at home teaching, do they dress up? Do they wear hijab?

muhajabataani (two girls who wear hijab)

Do you? Pajamas? Does what you're wearing set the mood and help you get down to business? Does it not matter?


I'm curious so leave a comment or send me an email.

Khalid bin Waleed RA

I know that I mentioned an interest in making an altered version of Ambleside Online's curriculum and I am doing just that. It's taking a long time - including some late nights when my teething baby is asleep (for 10 minutes at a time, SubhanALLAH). I am in the process of putting together the proper materials and I hope to have everything mapped out for this soon, InshaALLAH.

One of the key components in Ambleside Online is narration. Reading rich literature and having the child narrate what has been said, either verbally, written or through art/drawings, etc.

I read the first chapter to my daughter just to see how she liked it and she did well, MashaALLAH. Narration also gets the child to focus and pay attention and the quality of the story is certainly important for that too. I am trying to gather resources - some of them free (woohoo!) to highlight the accomplishments of our Muslim heroes and hope to have a list of these soon, InshaALLAH.

EDITED: Oum Anas has brought it to my attention that the book on Khalid bin Waleed RA has some questionable content once you get into it. For that reason, I have taken the link down lest we be guided astray. May ALLAH always be pleased with our efforts and protect us all from confusion and misinformation about our deen (AMEEN).

Free Somali Folktales

I haven't read through all of the folktales but they look interesting. The English translation is first followed by the Somali version. Apparently, Somali oral tradition is rich with stories and these are just a few.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


InshaALLAH my daughter will be doing a bit of copywork to help with her handwriting. We haven't done any in quite a while and I think it really helps her fine-tune her punctuation skills and she retains the bits and pieces that she writes. We will try out some verses from Riyad us Saliheen and see how it goes, InshaALLAH. I plan to choose the verses and then copy them to the free worksheet generator at www.worksheetworks.com. It makes a nice pdf file for you to print in either print or cursive. I am making a binder for her so that she can just go to the next assignment easily and do some independent work.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Discovery Box

If I could afford it, I would probably get one of these. I think specimens like these are so interesting, but they can keep that scorpion, lol.

You could easily set up your own natural display. I've recently purchased my own natural shells from the sea via eBay (I'll show these in a little bit - they're stinky and I have to clean them).Of course, the best specimens are the ones you find for yourself!

To replace the box, try the Fira from Ikea. It can be decoupaged like these.

I love homeschooling! I love the thought of the children being exposed to the wonders of ALLAH, alhamduLILLAH. It seems that we took it easy on science this past term and I would like to dive into it soon, InshaALLAH.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Exploring ALLAH's Creation


We decided to get out into the sunshine and explore our usual spot yesterday. It was breezy and warm but not overly so and I was glad because I am not a hot weather kind of person (I'm not a cold weather person either, lol). This has been a rather comfortable summer so I am thankful for that, AlhamduLILLAH.

Bagging It

Usually I am sweating and miserable from the humidity. I'm trying to be more active too and taking the kids on a long walk (it's about 3/4 of a mile) ensures that I get some form of activity even on the days that I don't exercise.

Ducks in a Row

Puffy Clouds

The kids always find something new to get into and they like to bring home their "treasures".

Gathering Nature

This time, they brought along their "nature bag" and filled it up with lots of goodies.

Bag of Goodies

Ontario Flora

We always go along the creek that runs close to our house. So far, I haven't seen any area that is safe enough for the children to climb down to the water so we just look from above. In the colder months, these rocks are covered with rushing water and you can hardly see them. What a difference the weather makes.

The Path To...

Now we have a lot of wilting greens and flowers and some nice big pieces of fallen trees and I need to find some place to put it all.

Fallen Tree Limbs

It's funny to watch them explore because they will pick up vegetation but then get squeamish when the bugs show up! I admit that I am the same way but I don't run away screaming like they do, even when I see these. We have them in the house and it's usually me that has the encounter.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Printable U.S. Maps

National Atlas

Umme Yusuf Gave Out Awards and I Missed It

She added me to the list so I need to follow through:

7 things I love:

* Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)
* Myself - yes, I said it, lol
* My family
* Being near water - especially the ocean. It really is humbling and makes me feel small and in awe of ALLAH'S Creation
* Quilts - there's nothing like snuggling in something that was painstakingly made for comfort and warmth. I love the history behind them and the story they tell. (Yes, I'm a geek)
* Traveling - I haven't done any since I got married but some day soon, InshaALLAH. My husband also has a passion for traveling so we'll have to get out and about soon. In the meantime, we need to explore Ontario more.

Sorry so late Umme! I don't know how I missed that post.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

If You Are Near the Toronto Zoo

Sting Ray

The Stingray Bay Event is worth checking out! We have a zoo membership so it cost us three dollars extra to get in but we had a good time! There were nurse sharks and white-spotted bamboo sharks in the pool as well but they were too shy to swim around.

Husband Touching A Cow Nose Sting Ray

They feel really slick and slippery - a bit like catfish.
The "twins" my three and two year old were too afraid to touch them but they needn't have been since the animals were very calm and gentle.

I had a good time because no one rushes you and everyone was enjoying themselves without pushing or shoving to get to the pool. The pool has saltwater so you have to wash your hands up to the elbows (like wudu) and remove all jewelry.

The Whole Pool

The kids did their usual exploring and goofing around
Exploring the Tree

and they took the obligatory photos for their grandmothers with minimal pouting.

Why Does She Make Us Do These Things?

Reluctant Snapshot

To my delight, the elephants were out too!
They Weren't Smelly Today

There are a few more photos of this and that from today and lots more of the zoo over on flickr so if you want to see just click one of the photos and follow the links.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


AlhamduLILLAH, your very own free desktop planetarium. If you download it, read the file and it will tell you all about the software. It's really interesting and it's compatible with Mac/PC/Linux/Unix.

Journey of Faith

InshaALLAH we can go next year too!

Journey of Faith

The conference was excellent, mashaALLAH. I learned a lot about the fear of ALLAH and seeking help from ALLAH.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Historical Maps of the Arab World

They are in color so you can print them and put them in a binder or laminate them.

The Crusades

History through Arab eyes.

Access Islam

Resources for the global classroom. There are lesson plans for children in grades 4-8.

Check Out This Store

I'm adding The Abaya Souq to the shopping links. They are in Dubai but they have worldwide shipping. Nice looking abayas. I am not an affiliate but I do believe in supporting our sisters any way that I can!

Collections and Stories of American Muslims

This is an interesting site. It has bits and pieces of information about slaves who were from different Muslim countries and I think it is an excellent resource for supplementing American history/geography if you are teaching it. Some of them were Imams while living on the plantations. You can read through the 1700's,1800's and 1900's among other things.