(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

Monday, April 25, 2011

Reading and Math

The weeks are going by and before we know it, another school year will be over, InshaALLAH. What I am trying to focus on in the next month or so is fine-tuning my son's reading and writing. He is reading compound words and sentences now and he's on his third Explode the Code workbook. He's also coming along with Saxon Phonics but I feel like he needs more practice reading aloud. Note: I just noticed the words in his workbook and can't help but think of drugs O_O

He's doing well in math and has really grasped the concepts well. Right now, he's adding and subtracting single digit numbers and doing daily math drills.

My daughter has recently added copywork to her list of hobbies. On her own, she has copied words from her dictionary into her personal notebook. Here is a page that she shared with me:

Here she is learning about cups, milliliters and liters and getting plenty of unwarranted help.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ancient Egypt Notebooking/Lapbook

We have finally finished Ancient Egypt, AlhamduLILLAH.

We used several sources for our pictures, mainly from www.notebookingpages.com (my husband won a lifetime free membership to the treasury pages, AlhamduLILLAH) and History Pockets Ancient Civilizations. My daughter also added a few rubber stamps for decoration too.

We also read My Egyptian Village to get an idea of what life was and is like in Egypt.

This is the outside. I didn't do the traditional lapbook fold (I forgot) and we added panels as necessary.
Inside on the left, we have an insert that she made with rubber stamps on one side with ayats from Surah Yunus and when you flip it there is
info about the Nile River on the other.
Under the insert, we have info about what Egyptians wore.
The right inside page has info on hieroglyphics, cuneiform and pyramids. We also attached a postcard which she wrote to her favorite neighbor.

SubhanALLAH I tried to catch all of the mistakes but I see one that I missed, lol. On the back, we have a 3-D Pyramid which folds down when we are not using the folder. It contains statistics about pyramids. The upper portion is a picture of city life with a description inside and we have pictures of Ancient Egyptian furniture inside.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011


I know that a sister was interested in this and so I will post this here.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

How to use miswak

Sister Farhana, this one is for you, lol.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Announcement From Umm Ibraheem and Recipe for Cinnamon Buns

The recipe is from a knitting blog.


A Call to Muslim Writers
Do you have a special story that you would like to share with your Muslim brothers and sisters? Does your story inspire, melt the heart, and revive the soul? Do you want your story to be published? Then Get My Word Published would like to hear from you!
Get My Word Published is looking for talented writers to contribute stories that will be heart-warming, soul awakening, goose-bump giving … just plain ol’ feel- good material. We plan to compile, organize and publish these stories so readers can enjoy and share in your experiences. Any profits made from the publication will be given to charity.
Story guidelines:
  1. Submit stories about exciting, humorous, or inspiring incidents that you or someone you know has experienced. Share something that made you grateful to Allah, aware of Allah, or humbled towards Allah. Stories must have some Islamic significance.
  2. Stories and poems should be non-fiction. Please limit your story to no more than 1500 words.
  3. Do not consider this to be an essay, biography or a third person account. Anonymous, author unknown, or ‘as told to’ submissions will not be considered.
  4. Please submit work that has not been previously published. Some publications with limited circulation may be considered.
  5. Please keep a copy of any story or poem submitted.
Some suggestions:
-          Journey to Islam
-          Infinite bounties of Allah (swt)
-          Beauty of sisterhood or brotherhood
-          Relationships (husband-wife, parent-child, siblings, friendship, etc.)
-          Reflections and contemplations
Please send your stories as Word document attachments to: getmywordpub@gmail.com
Please forward this to as many people as you can. You never know where some hidden talent is just waiting to get published!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Stopped Buying Books, Sort Of


AlhamduLILLAH, my daughter read 100 chapter books last years so I rewarded her with a Kobo. I was keen on getting a Kindle but they seem to release books for Canadians a bit later sometimes and I also like being able to purchase ePub books that I can open on any other device. We saved our pennies and when it came time to purchase, the older model was on clearance so I purchased that for her and got myself one as well. She has read 23 books so far this year, mashaALLAH. The only thing that slows her down is charging it (about once every two weeks?).

When she's done, she has to give an oral summary to me or her dad and then we add it to the database on Shelfari. Her enthusiasm reminds me of my avid reading as a child but I was nowhere near as young as she is now. One good thing about the ereader is being able to reward her with a book or her grandmother can send her gift cards (she's always fretting about what to get her) and, you can download library books onto it. That is worth it for us because we have a problem keeping up with them sometimes.

Still, there is benefit in physical books; sometimes, you have to feel and see the pictures to appreciate the story.

Buying Physical Books Too

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Islamic and Ancient Egyptian Collections at the ROM

InshaALLAH the people of today's Egypt restore order and live in an environment which cradles them within the folds of Islam (AMEEN).

A few weeks ago, we were able to Royal Ontario Museum to see its dinosaurs and Ancient Egypt exhibits among the other collections. We purposely spent more time in those areas since I knew that these were the next subjects on our agenda. My eldest had the best time and the other three were miserable. My husband warned me that they wouldn't enjoy it; they are used to visiting the Ontario Science Centre where everything is interactive and just for them. Needless to say, I won't be going back to the ROM anytime soon.

The children have always had a fascination with dinosaurs, so that was a real treat for them. Sister Farhana suggested that we try an art attack project and I must say, it would have been fun if I hadn't had to assist all three of them, lol. These are our finished dinosaurs hatching and emerging from their eggs:

They could use another coat of paint but I doubt they are going to get it since the children ran off with them right away.

I didn't take my camera with me to the museum (I didn't feel like carrying it); instead, I used a Kodak Playsport (it was on sale for $99 at the time). It's a little video camera (it's waterproof!) and this was my first time taking it out anywhere so you can tell that I need practice, lol. I have learned not to move around so much, hold steady and not to talk! I sound strange on camera (I covered it with the recitation of the Quran so that was okay). Anyway, these are some of the things that I captured in the Middle East and Ancient Egypt exhibits.

Sorry that it's a little long. I wanted to include the pottery section in case anyone out there is studying ancient cultures. I found it annoying that the museum sort of mashed everything together with regards to AQeedah and kufr and fitnah. There are some displays which have tombs, claiming that they are holy authubillah and how there is barakah in visiting them and praying there. I sort of shook my head and rolled my eyes (in my mind, lol) as I moved through the displays.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Shaykh Abu Taubah

For those who were asking about it, go over to the link -- he will be here this weekend, InshaALLAH.

Hope to see you there!