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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Last Science Centre Pictures

Here are some more pictures from the Ontario Science Centre. As you can see, even my mother-in-law participated in the fun. If you're in Ontario, I hope that you're taking advantage of the program. We just got some more free tickets this past weekend. You must get to the library early!

Uneasy Astronaut

Blasting Off!

Mother-In-Law In Space

Terre Lune Soleil

Toyota! What A Feeling!

Joking Around


Human Body Explored


Red Room

Blue Room

Follow Me, Okay?

Crawling Out

End of The Tunnel

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Kid's Indoor Playground List

This is a list of indoor playgrounds in the Greater Toronto Area. Although it is getting warmer, InshaALLAH these are still a great alternative for little ones, especially for parties. I will add it to the sidebar, InshaALLAH.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Coming to a City Near You?

There is enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.

We dropped by the REALLY REALLY FREE MARKET on Saturday and picked up a few playthings. Nice people.

When The Ummah Grows

What to say to a new mother:

Hadith - An-Nawawi, Kitabul-Adhkar, p. 349.

Baarakallahu laka fil mauhoobi laka, wa shakartal waahiba, wa balagha ashaddahu, wa ruziqta birrahu. ["May Allah bless you with His gift to you, and may the receiver give thanks and reach the maturity of years and be granted piety."]

The reply is: Barakallahu laka wa baraka 'alaika, wa jaza kallahu khairan, wa raza-qakallahu mithalhu, wa ajzala thawabaka. ["May Allah bless you, and shower His blessings upon you, and may Allah reward you well and bestow upon you its like and reward you with open hands."]

If You Can Help

Go to sketchedsoul and help make the lives of a few children more comfortable, InshaALLAH.

Homeschool Field Trips are Fun!

We have had a busy couple of weeks around here. First, the baby went to a pediatric surgeon to have a skin tag removed. It was over in about ten minutes and then she had a tiny little bandage on her head for a few days. She was given some type of local anesthetic but she still cried and oh how it hurt to hear that. She has two tiny stitches that need to dissolve and then she'll be fine, InshaALLAH.

Comfort Zone

Here she is in her baby hammock. My husband got this for $8 CDN last summer at a yard sale from a lady who used it maybe a couple of times. They cost a lot more brand new.

Ontario Science Centre

When we got to the science centre, the outside was empty but there was a significant lineup inside for the film. Of course, we couldn't get tickets at that point (it's separate from the free pass, apparently) so we ate lunch and proceeded to explore the areas designated for play.

Mix and Match

It was nice to let them run free and explore without worry. My son really liked to run from station to station and he could be as rough and inquisitive as he wanted.

Weird Voices in the Machine


That'll be, $5.00

Hot Air Balloon

My middle daughter seemed to enjoy herself as well, although I think she spent most her time trying to follow the others.


It's hard to catch her smile. She tends to frown a lot.
Can I Get A Price Check?!

They managed to pull their dad into the fun in the bubble center
Making Bubbles

and then they were literally off and running.

My Bubbles, My Bubbles!

I will stop here for now but there are more pictures to come, InshaALLAH. We've been so busy around here that I barely had time to upload the pictures (I took 191 photos that day).

Oh, and if you plan to go to the Ontario Science Centre and you're a nursing mom, there are designated rooms for nursing your little ones. There was also an area for salat in the Sultans of Science area and a cafeteria on the lower level for bag lunches.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ontario Science Centre (Sultans of Science) Part I

Ontario Science Centre

We visited the Ontario Science Centre on Wednesday and everyone had such a good time. There are lots of interactive displays for children of all ages and plenty of wide open spaces. I feel like I am still recovering from all the fun, lol.

We tried to get tickets for the IMAX film but it was sold out. It will still be running next week if anyone is interested. It runs about 40 minutes. There was a sea of homeschool children and lots of little hijabs everywhere, masha'ALLAH.

It's nice to see the contributions of Muslims to the sciences and show our children that we are an integral part of this world. Here are a few of the things that we saw. Enjoy!

Sultans Of Science

Islamic Medicine

Before the Wright Bros.

Watering an Empire

Al-Jazari's Elephant Water Clock



Islamic Astrolabe

The Arts


Monday, March 9, 2009

Membership Has It's Privileges

Tickets To Culture

One of the benefits of teaching kids at home is choosing when and where to go on a field trip. We can go as often and as far as we like. We can go to places that interest us and visit places that are relevant to our lives.

We recently learned of the Sun Life Financial Museum and Arts Pass through the Toronto Public Library. Each family can receive one free pass every three weeks to either of the following: Ontario Science Centre; Gardiner Museum; Royal Ontario Museum; The Bata Shoe Museum; Art Gallery of Ontario; Textile Museum of Canada or the City of Toronto Historic Museums.

We obtained a pass to the Ontario Science Centre and InshaALLAH, we will see the Sultans of Science (1000 Years of Knowledge Rediscovered)exhibit. There is also the IMAX film "Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta" (watch the trailer here).

Youth Conference @ Khalid Bin Al-Walid

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Potty Training. What Worked. What Didn't.

Chamber Pot

I was asked by Ukhti about toilet training (in the comments) but my response was so long that I decided to just post it here.

First, I stopped using the potty. I hate those little nasty things. I put him on the toilet because we have a three floor home and there is no bathroom on the middle/main floor. He needed to learn to use the real toilet and how to get there in time. Besides, my middle kids are too big for it anyway.

Honestly, I was just about to give up when my husband began to offer my son incentives. My husband offered him little chocolates (and sometimes way too big chocolates) if he used the toilet. This encouraged him to go a little more regularly. And we would all make a really big deal out of it by telling him that he was a good boy and that he made us happy.

He was still refusing to poo in the toilet and would wait until we gave him a pull-up. So, I took the pull ups away and I couldn't believe it! He did it in his underwear. This happened about three or four times. Finally, I got so frustrated that I made him get in the bathtub and wash his own bum. He cried. A lot. But it worked. To me, it seems that a child has to make the transition from being okay with soiling themselves to feeling repulsed.

Also, I started to take note of his behavior and note the time of day that he was needing to go. He liked to "disappear" when it was time to go. He would go behind the sofa or into the kitchen for a few minutes and then come back. Or he would get really quiet. That's when I could hear him pushing or grunting. Those were all cues that he needed to go.

Another thing is frequency. We got to the point that we were making him go every half hour to forty-five minutes.

My daughter never went this far, but I had to take away her pull-ups and give her underwear in order to move forward. She didn't want to get her underwear wet so she would cry when I made her wear it. She soon learned that going to the toilet would keep it dry. :)

It's funny. My two year old just turned two last month and she goes to the toilet on her own sometimes already. Kids are unpredictable and AlhamduLILLAH, sometimes in a good way. This time, I think we will skip the pull-ups altogether.

Take care, wa salaam.

My Email Link is Fixed

If you've tried to email me and it didn't work, try again! It was brought to my attention that it wasn't working and it looks okay now. I'm themuslimhomeschooler@gmail.com.

Friday, March 6, 2009

We Took The Day Off

Since we've been working so regularly around here and the weather was so nice, the kids played in the backyard today.

My New Favorite

The Only Place With Snow

Pop A Wheelie

Even the baby made a brief appearance.

Outside Playing

We did get out to the library today and hopefully, we will have a field trip soon. Take care!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

coptic Stitch binding demo part 2

Coptic Stitch binding with hard cover method 1


First Coptic Stitch Journal

First Coptic Stitch Journal

I made another book - this time a journal for me. It was a lot of fun. It's not perfect, but I love it just the same. This is an exposed spine type of binding called "Coptic Stitch".

Apparently, we Muslims have our own tradition of elaborate bookbinding. Here is a link to some references. If you're looking for topics that your child (probably older) can research for a term paper, perhaps this is a good topic. They can even try some of the bindings themselves, InshaALLAH. Also, this link shows an elaborate Islamic bookbinding. Keith Smith has several books available for bookbinding. I think his books are cheaper on his website than anywhere else (unless you find them used).

There are lots of different types of bindings and I thought this would come in handy for book covers that the kids may destroy over time or books that naturally break at the spine (old textbooks, etc). It's really easy and can be done very quickly. A tutorial can be seen on flickr. She has some really beautiful handmade books.

I will also try to find and post a couple of YouTube video tutorials that I found, InshaALLAH.

The Boy Has Done It- Or Two Down, Two to Go

Look Who Finally Potty-Trained

He's potty trained! His dad got him something fun to celebrate. Now that little toy is driving me crazy, lol.

My First Tag - Is There Anyone Left to Receive It?

Lol, I went to the link from Homeschooling Muslimah and read about the "Mom of the Year Award" and thought, "Oh, that's nice - oh wait, I'm supposed to do this too?" Lol, then I felt intimidated and let it sit for a few days.

Here are the rules of this tag:

1. Admit one thing you feel awful about (involving being a mom). Once you have written it down, you are no longer allowed to feel bad. Remember you are a good mom!

2. Remind yourself that you ARE a good mom, list 7 things you love about your kids, you love doing with your kids, or that your kids love about you.

3. Send this to 5 other moms of the year that deserve a reminder that they are too the best moms that they can be. Remember to send them a note letting them know you have selected them, and also add a link to your post that directs people back to the person who nominated you.

1. Lately, I feel most relieved when it's bedtime because I can stay up late and not have to think about the kids. My husband and I buy special treats (like ice cream) that we eat as soon as they go to bed. And we giggle about it.

2. I love it when my:

1. two year old says "Mommy, help me" and holds her arms up so that I can hold her.
2. three year old says "I'm going to use the potty to make you happy" How sweet is he?
3. five year old holds the baby when she's being fussy and tells her stories or sings to her.
4. kids pray beside me
5. Making cakes with my oldest
6. the baby smiles at me
7. kids tell me that dinner was good (they are super picky)

I was going to send it on but I think everyone has received it already, lol.

take care,