(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Video Lectures From the World's Top Academics

Academic Earth has video lectures from some of the top universities on a multitude of topics. Check it out.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Language Learning Community

City Beyond the Trees

This link looks interesting: buusu.com. You can use it for English, German, Spanish, and French. Oh, and it's free.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thirty / Seventy Split

Thirty/Seventy Split

My husband and I are taking the Sacred Scrolls: 40 Hadith Nawawi course taught by Sh. Yasir Qadhi through AlMaghrib Institute (he's going to the physical location and I am fortunate enough to take it online, alhamduLILLAH). It is a very beneficial class,and I am learning a lot.

One benefit of attending programs of this nature is having direct access to the scholars of our time. My husband asked the sheikh about homeschooling, in particular, what emphasis should we place on sacred vs. secular schooling. The nasiha that he was given is to split their Islamic and secular learning into a 30/70 ratio respectively. Keep in mind, this can be adjusted accordingly as the child's age, needs and abilities change.

This is basically what I plan to do this year, InshaALLAH. I had my schedule done a while ago but silly me, I forgot to add math to it, lol. I need to revise it now because I have realized that my almost two year old is just a small step behind my three year old.
They are in direct competition for everything, i.e. attention, toys,food,potty training (yes, the boy is still figuring it out,lol).

I want some too!

We are affectionately calling them "the twins" now. For the most part, they have a great relationship and follow each other around the home getting into mutual mischief. So, the real test is figuring out how to keep their attention spans and gently introduce a preschool curriculum, all the while maintaining the progress that my daughter and I have thus made.

Thinking Hard

We started the new phonics program the other day and so far I like it. There is plenty of work to do without being futile or overwhelming and it is designed with the one-room schoolhouse child in mind. She should be able to do a lot of the work independently so that I have time to turn my attention to the other children.

AlhamduLILLAH, we are blessed to have them so close in age - my sister and I are seven years apart so I can only imagine what it's like to be making memories together.

Three of Four I

Monday, January 19, 2009

Check Them as They Grow


I found an interesting list of speech development milestones at the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders. If you scroll down, there is a section that approximates a child's speech development based on age.

This is important because the sooner any speech or language problems are discovered, the easier it is for the child to get on with their education without losing interest in learning or losing confidence. Sometimes, problems can simply be resolved by training underdeveloped muscles in the mouth.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Improve Your Vocabulary/ Feed Some People

At free rice.

I got up to 1600 grains before I got tired of it. Put your middle school/high school kids on there.

Free Animals of Africa Lapbook

Download it at CurrClick

Need to make a planner?

Dollar Store Address Book

I'm in the process of making a household planner - you know, the kind with room for recipes, emergency numbers, grocery lists, etc. I just figured it would help to make things run more smoothly since we have a house full of people (mostly little people, yikes!) and time is essential. I've noticed a trend around here lately (not knowing until the last minute what to make for dinner, or lack of variety in the menu) and I want to shake things up a bit.

If you search on Google, there are plenty of sites that offer free printable pages for your own household planner, such as this one or these ideas over at Tipnut.com. And, as usual, Donna Young has plenty of forms and styles for you to ponder.

If you need some direction for making a personal planner, there is a beginner's guide for do-it-yourself planners at diyplanner.com
. Vox has provided a link to download the mind.Depositor Index Card Template. Or, you can check out David Seah, the Printable CEO.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

If You're Interested....

An-Nahdah Institute is cordially inviting you to attend part 3 of its on-line presentation about the loss of the Muslim Ummah. The subject of the presentation will be the intellectual decline, focusing on the Islamic Aqeedah. In this presentation, we will discuss how Islam presented the Islamic Aqeedah and how the Sahabah believed and viewed the concept of Iman. We will also discuss how foreign ideas and methodology of thought seeped into the Islamic way of thinking, thus rendering divisions and meaningless and endless debates. Finally, what will be addressed is how the Islamic Aqeedah lost some of its fundamental features leaving it completely irrelevant-or almost.

Topic: "Loss of an Ummah: Intellectual Decline - Aqeedah"
Date: 01/11/09
Time: 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PT 12:30 GMT


Please join us in this discussion and invite others.

An-Nahdah Institute

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Top 100 Tutorials of 2008

These are really nice.

Tips for new bloggers

Their tutorial worked a little better for me; I now have three columns.

Now to fix these colors....

Blogger help

I found a little help for my blog today. I expanded the columns a bit and I wanted to give credit to The Blogger Guide.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Have Patience

It might look a little strange on here tonight, I am trying to change the way the blog looks. InshaALLAH it turns out the way I want.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thinking of changing your blog colors?

I am - do you think I should bother? I get bored (as if there's nothing to do)and since I can't move the furniture around for a few more weeks, I'm studying the web color chart so that I can find the right shades.

Also, I wanted to say thank you and JazakILLAH Khair for all the kind words, du'as and well-wishes from everyone. I really thought this birth was going to be easy like my last one, but surprise! This was the hardest because of the recovery time.

I am being more active now (a little) but I certainly feel the soreness at the end of the night. Your contact made me feel a lot better during those times of quiet when the shaitaan would whisper - you know, things like, "how in the world are you going to homeschool now that this little baby is here?" ALLAH prevails.

I know of a dear, sweet sister who homeschools six of her nine children,masha'ALLAH, so surely I can find the strength to handle three of four, InshaALLAH.

I visit as many of your blogs as I can and you're all doing spectacular jobs. There is so much creativity out there and such strong resolve to mold our children into proper servants of ALLAH, masha'ALLAH. Keep up the good work!

take care!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Don't feel helpless, make du'a

Du'a is a weapon that we all can use for our brothers and sisters in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and those oppressed everywhere.

Narrated Abu Ma'bad, that the Prophet said, "... and be afraid of the curse of an oppressed person because there is no screen between his invocation and Allah." Sahih Bukhari: Volume 2, Book 24, Number 573.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009