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Establishing an Islamic Home – Birmingham Conference 2018 — December 27, 2018

Establishing an Islamic Home – Birmingham Conference 2018

The following set of lectures were taken from the recent Birmingham Winter Conference 2018 – ‘Establishing an Islamic Home’.

May Allaah preserve all our speakers: Abu Hakeem Bilaal Davis, Abu Iyaad Amjad Rafiq, Abu Khadeejah Abdul-Waahid, Abu Mu’aadh Taqweem Aslam, Shaikh Abdullah Al-Bukhari, Shaikh Ubaid al-Jaabiri

All lectures can be found in the following link:

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  1. Establishing An Islamic Household By Abu Muadh Taqweem حفظہ اللّٰہ
  2. Setting Fine Example By Abu Khadeejah حفظہ اللّٰہ
  3. Equality In Marriage By Abu Khadeejah حفظہ اللّٰہ
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4
  4. Shielding Oneself & Family By Abu Iyaad حفظہ اللّٰہ
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
  5. Fatherly Advice Of Shaykh Fawzan By Abu Muadh Taqween Aslam حفظہ اللّٰہ
  6. Telelink With Shaykh Abdulah Al-Bukhaari حفظہ اللّٰہ
  7. The Messenger At Home By Abu Hakeem حفظہ اللّٰہ
  8. Importance Of Dua In Seeking Rectification By Abu Muadh Taqween Aslam حفظہ اللّٰہ
  9. Q and A’s Regarding Relationships Family and Schooling By Abu Khadeejah حفظہ اللّٰہ
  10. Shaykh Rabee حفظہ اللّٰہ Advice Birmingham Winter Conference
  11. Manners Taken From The Carriers Of The Qur’aan By Abdulilah Lahmami حفظہ اللّٰہ

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Why School Is NOT The Best Place For Socialising — December 18, 2018

Why School Is NOT The Best Place For Socialising

You did your research, you got the resources, you set up your timetable and you’re ready to begin your homeschool journey and then, your health-carer turns up and the questions arise…

 

‘Why aren’t they in school?

‘Do they mix with other children?’

‘Do you not think they need to experience a classroom environment?’

 

I don’t know who needs to hear this for the hundredth time but…

‘You are the parent, not them!’

 

How you choose to raise your child is your choice and YOU will be accountable!

Most people seem to make bad judgements about homeschoolers due to the manner of education and in particular socialising which is the main topic of what I will be covering in this post in shaa Allaah! I’m sure we all could write essays about this topic.

Now, nobody is saying that there are no social benefits from going to school. I’m sure a child can be social at school but I don’t believe for a second that school is the ultimate BEST place to socialise a child. Please understand the difference! Social development is very important to the homeschooler. If anything, it’s a huge reason why parents opt to homeschool since it allows flexibility and more control over who or what a child is exposed to.

Here are our top reasons (my husband included) why we believe schools are not necessarily the BEST place to socialise a child and Allaah Ta’ala knows best:

  1. Socialising means different things to different people

    As muslims, we dont care about numbers (popularity) we care about truth so one true friend is better than 100 fake friends

  2. A childs confidence does NOT depend on them going to a school

    In fact, there are many school children who lack confidence and social skills. Children at school are also more prone to bullying, peer pressure or some sort of abuse that parents may live to never know

  3. Skills of socialising can be attained from various places

    This includes places such as the home, relatives, other homeschooled children, penpals, mosques, libraries, friends, neighbourhood, youth club, outside of school activities including madrasa, sports, outdoor space such as walks, shopping or trips and many other suitable environments etc

  4. Children at school don’t have much in common

    Schools force children to spend years in the same company of other children who only have one thing in common; age. Now, you may be thinking some children do make friends with other children of similar interests but that only happens after and NOT before they enter the classroom. When a child is accepted into a school, only age and then location is taken into consideration. No other compatibility is taken into consideration such as religion, interests, learning style or level of maturity etc

  5. There is not enough socialising time given to school children

    School children here in the UK spend at least 6-7 hours, 5 days a week at school. They are given 1 hour of that time per day for a lunch break in which they are able to mix with other children. The rest of those long hours are spent in the classroom behind a desk; either listening to the teacher or getting on with work. Teachers won’t let a child socialise in class and from my experience, if caught talking, have said themselves ‘this is not a place for socialising, this is a place for learning’. The amount of time schools take from a childs day does not even allow them enough time to socialise with others outside of school (especially true in UK). I can only imagine how tiring it must be for those who actually manage to accomplish participating in out-of-school activities both guardian and child. I guess you can always wait for school trips which sometimes come once a year or the holiday breaks. Hmmm…

  6. Children don’t always get to sit with whoever they like

    A lot of school teacher’s have this belief that children shouldn’t sit in class with those they feel most comfortable around. I understand that some friends can affect their peers concentration but joining a child with someone they don’t feel safe or comfortable around is uneccessary in my opinion and can discourage a child from wanting to come to school altogether

  7. Teachers impact a child’s confidence

    I hope school teachers realise how serious and real this is especially those who yell & give detention as a way to ‘discipline’ a child which can lead to a child becoming rebellious. A teacher’s role is a huge one in which they are replacing the time loving parents wish they had with their children. Teachers are in a position to make or break a child yet not enough one-to-one time is given to every child which is something a child needs daily to meet their potential.

    Sadly, schools only have one parents evening within the whole year. Are teachers really putting on their real character when parents meet them? Is this one evening enough time to have a good look at your child’s yearly progress? Allaahu aalem.

If you would like to continue the list in the comments, please feel free. I’d love to hear what you think too in shaa Allaah.

Well, it all comes down to this. The decisions YOU make for YOUR family are YOUR right & you dont need peoples approval!

As long as you are not being neglectful and keeping your child from benfiting with others then please do yourself a favour and ignore the judgement people make which they have no knowledge about. People are afraid of what they don’t know! Remember, worrying about what others think about your parenting whether family, friends or a doctor will only hold you back from reaching your own goals as a family.

You may be killing yourself over the opinion or judgement of someone who is not even the one fully responsible for your children.

If you homeschool, good. If you dont, good for you. Remember, you’re the parent, not them, and it’s all about tarbiyyah (cultivation)!

Please take care of yourself and your family first!


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Allah is The Creator – Free Audio Book — December 9, 2018

Allah is The Creator – Free Audio Book

About the Audio Book:

This short baby book is excellent for babies as they learn about the creation of Allah Ta’aala and His creation in the first year or two.

Colourful illustrations throughout, written by myself (Umm Assad) and read by a cute little 5 year old. So invite your children, turn up your speakers and enjoy!

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Being Dutiful to Parents by Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis — November 5, 2018

Being Dutiful to Parents by Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis

About the Lecture:

This is wonderful cultivating lecture by the noble Shaikh Muhammad al-Aqeel on this important topics. The rights and responsibilities of children and practical steps in nurturing children into adulthood with good manners. Translated by Abu Hakeem.

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Topics included:

  1. The status of our parents in Islam
  2. The hardship of our mothers
  3. Repaying back our parents
  4. Treat your parents kindly even if they are a kaafir (non-believer)
  5. The story of Abu Hurayrah and his mother
  6. The story of the men in the cave
  7. Virtues of being dutiful to parents
  8. Results from being righteous to parents
  9. Examples of how we can be righteous to our parents
  10. How the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasallam was with his daughter Fatima radhi-Allaahu ‘anha
  11. Supplication for our parents

Please visit our other website ummassadpublications.com for the children’s book version of this lecture ‘Righteousness to Parents’ which was read and checked by Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis (translator of this lecture).

Baarik Allaahu feekom!

Righteousness to Parents
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Tangible and Intangible Rewards — October 9, 2018

Tangible and Intangible Rewards

You can promote and encourage positive behaviour by rewarding children when they behave in acceptable ways. Children enjoy being rewarded, so they are encouraged to behave in the same way again. When children repeat behaviours, over time they become an ingrained, natural part of what the child does. The more a child is given positive attention for behaving appropriately, the less inappropriate behaviour they are likely to display.

The rewards that can be given to children fall into two categories:

  1. Tangible rewards – they are real items that physically exist and can be seen
  2. Intangible rewards – they are not physical items, but something that children can experience

Intangible Rewards

Settings use mainly intangible rewards. They are extremely valuable. They show children that they’re earning approval from adults. They also demonstrate how to interact positively with other people – how to thank them for example.

Intangible rewards can be used to encourage children throughout an activity or task, showing them that they’re behaving correctly and giving them the confidence to continue. You can give children warm praise, thanks and smiles frequently throughout every day. It would be impractical to do the same with tangible rewards.

Tangible Rewards

Tangible items are often used to reward children who are working towards specified behaviour goals that have been identified for them. To implement fairness towards all children, it is advised to give the opportunity to all children to work towards achieving their own tangible reward so as to not leave anyone out.

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) asked, “Have you other children besides this one?” He said, “Yes.” The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) asked, “Have you awarded a gift like this to all of them.” He said, “No.” The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “I am not going to bear witness to this act of injustice.”

also,

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) asked, “Do you not except goodness from all of them as you except from him?” He said, “Yes, of course.” The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Then don’t do this (i.e., do not give a gift to one son only).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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Tangible rewards are also good for rewarding and celebrating occasional achievements that are out of the ordinary, as they can be kept as a reminder of that time. Some tangible rewards, such as money, may be given by parents and carers, but in most settings it would be considered inappropriate to use them.

Some examples are shown in the table below.

Tangible Rewards

Intangible Rewards

  • Prizes
  • Stickers
  • Certificates
  • Stars/Stamps
  • Trophies/Badges/Awards
  • Toys
  • Money
  • Sweets
  • Books
  • Choosing something from a shop
  • Work displayed/published
  • Praise
  • Smiles
  • Cuddles
  • Congratulating
  • A thank you
  • Public acknowledgement
  • Pats on the back
  • Opportunities to choose a game or story for the group
  • Special trips
  • Favourite activities (e.g. going to the park or baking cakes)

Children should be rewarded in a way that values them as an individual. For instance, some children feel uncomfortable with public acknowledgement or being physically touched – they may not appreciate a pat on the back. While it’s natural for some childcarers to cuddle a young child, this is not considered to be appropriate in all environments (such as the classroom) or with all children, particularly as they get older.

You must keep to the accepted policies and prodecures of your setting. It’s important to consider how children feel about the rewards being given to others. Tangible rewards in particular may lead to jealousy or feeling of being treated unfairly if they are not handed carefully.

Allaah Subhaanahu w Ta’ala knows best.

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‘I Am Unique’ (A Children’s Mental Health Awareness Reading Book) — October 4, 2018

‘I Am Unique’ (A Children’s Mental Health Awareness Reading Book)

About the Book:

This book was written to bring awareness about Mental Health. Although it doesn’t explain mental health, it encourages a healthy mind growth for all children and a positive way of thinking.

It aims to inspire them to reach for their goals, not to be discouraged by anyone or anything and to know that there is always help waiting for them.

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As a supporter of a family member who has a mental illness, I see the great need to bring this awareness to you and others in the hope that we can remove the ignorance from our communities and start supporting one another.

The topic of Mental health is not taught in schools or within most homes yet is something that affects all of us, some greater than others, where they have little to no control over it. Sadly, people who suffer from mental illnesses face a constant battle day and night that even they too don’t understand.

You may have a loved one, a friend or even a neighbour who struggles with a mental illness and you wouldn’t even realise until they have a relapse. Even then, most people are not aware of its signs or how to help.

So, please help spread mental health awareness now and let’s remove ignorance today!

How to use this file:

  1. Download
  2. Read and Enjoy!

Below are a few beneficial links that you may find very useful:

‘The State of the One Affected With Mental Sickness and How the Muslim Should Behave With Him’:


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English Teaching Reference (Punctuation, Grammar and Vocabulary) — September 10, 2018

English Teaching Reference (Punctuation, Grammar and Vocabulary)

About the Book:

A simple and essential English teaching guide for those wanting to understand/teach punctuation and grammar for years 1-6 (not intended as a replacement for English teaching resources).

This teacher’s reference includes ‘word types’ with the definition and an example for each one. You will also find a spelling list per year in shaa Allaah.

Also included is a reading book example for year/grade 1 (one of which is highlighted where the punctuation rules have been used for that year).

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How to use this file:

  1. Download
  2. Print if needed
  3. Read and Enjoy!

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10 Things To Do With The Kids During Dhul-Hijjah — August 12, 2018

10 Things To Do With The Kids During Dhul-Hijjah

Bismillah.

The first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah are here. Alhamdolillah, Allaah Ta’aala has given us an opportunity to increase in rewards for our good deeds. For us homeschooling parents, that doesn’t have to mean we put a pause on homeschool. It’s a great time to teach and implement together.

10dhulhijjah

Below is a list of fun and educational ideas to involve your young children in. I hope you find benefit in shaa Allaah.

  1. Discuss the 5 pillars of Islam (click here)
  2. Talk about Hajj and its pillars (click here)
  3. Make a map of the rites of Hajj and show your children how to perform Hajj (click here)
  4. Make a charity box from card and decorate it (don’t forget to add coins to it daily, even just a small amount) (click here)
  5. Talk about the Islamic calendar months (click here)
  6. Talk about the virtues of Dhul-Hijjah (refer to list on links below for parents)
  7. List as many good deeds as you can, put it into a timetable and implement them (refer to list on links below for parents)
  8. Read related stories; Sacrifice of Ibrahim alayhissalaam, Musa and Pharoah Story, The Prophet Muhammad’s (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) last message on mount arafah
  9. Make Takbir daily and learn and recite the talbiyyah with its meaning (click here)
  10. Talk about Eid; Etiquettes on the day, make decorations, exchange gifts

For the parents:

May Allaah bless all of you! Ameen


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Arabic/English Puzzles — May 30, 2018
Mama and Abdullah (Arabic Version) — May 28, 2018

Mama and Abdullah (Arabic Version)

About the Book:

This book is the translated version of the English book ‘Mama and Abdullah‘. Aimed at anybody who is beginning to read Arabic, it gradually introduces new and repetitive words on each page. More to come soon in sha Allah.

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Healthy Guide Pack — May 14, 2018

Healthy Guide Pack

About the file:

Promoting good health to children from an early age is so important in every child’s upbringing and increases their chance of sticking to a balanced nutrition long term.

There are two separate Healthy Guide Packs below; one for the children and one for the parents.

  1. The Healthy Eating Pack for children introduces healthy eating habits; it includes a healthy food pyramid, important food groups and light exercise with lots of tracing, drawing and colouring in to do. It also includes a fun quiz at the end.
  2. The Ramadan Health Guide includes detailed nutritional advice for the month of Ramadan written by professional fitness and nutritional advisor Abu Hafs Hanif for men. This guide will help you feel more energised throughout Ramadan so you can take full advantage of the blessed month. It also provides lots of useful tips to use all year round with recommended foods; what to eat/drink and what to avoid and why.

You can contact Abu Hafs now for your free consultation here.
He specialises in providing professional advise through his courses for men and children. He also makes personal exercise plans to suit your needs.

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How to use the file:

  1. Download
  2. Print
  3. Enjoy!

Also, listen to this very beneficial talk by our beloved brother and student of knowledge Abu Khadeejah haafidhullah:

Looking After Children’s Health by Abu Khadeejah


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My First Ramadhan Pack — May 10, 2018

My First Ramadhan Pack

About the file:

Alhamdolillah! Ramadhan is upon us once again and we have the opportunity to take advantage of gaining extra rewards with our families in shaa Allaah.

This Ramadhan Pack is designed to give a simple and fun introduction to the fundamentals of our religion, Islam.

Also included are a fun set of reward charts for fasting, praying and just about any good deed you can think of.

The Ramadhan Pack includes:

  1. 5 pillars of Islam
  2. Islamic Months
  3. Welcoming Ramadhan
  4. Ramadhan Tracker
  5. 3 Groups of People in Ramadhan
  6. Good Deeds in Ramadhan
  7. Eid Day

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How to use the file:

  1. Download
  2. Print
  3. Enjoy!

Enjoy!


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12 Pack Baby Book Collection — May 4, 2018

12 Pack Baby Book Collection

About the file:

This set of 12 high-contrast baby books are excellent for stimulating babies as they develop their eyesight in the first year. Topics included are:

  1. My First Baby Book
  2. Baby’s First Words
  3. It’s Baby Day
  4. Baby’s First Foods
  5. ABCD
  6. 123 (English version)
  7. Alif baa taa
  8. 123 (Arabic version)
  9. Baby Book of Colours
  10. Baby Book Shapes
  11. Baby Book of Opposites
  12. Allah is The Creator

 

How to use the file:

  1. Download
  2. Open on computer device or phone – recommended
  3. Print (if you have a lot of ink to waste) – not recommended
  4. Enjoy!

Please also have a look at our FREE baby Audio Book of ‘Allah is the Creator’ on the following link, read by a 5 year old. Allahumma baarik laha. Enjoy!


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Arabic and English Letter Formation — May 2, 2018

Arabic and English Letter Formation

About the file:

Let your children enjoy practicing their writing skills in both Arabic and English. An essential book for preschoolers and up to first or even second grade. Includes pictures to colour in and short sentence examples for each letter/word.

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How to use the file:

  1. Download
  2. Print
  3. Laminate (optional)
  4. Bind (optional)
  5. Enjoy!

Enjoy!


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Phonics and Words Bingo — March 28, 2018

Phonics and Words Bingo

About the file:

‘Bingo’ is a fun game in which players mark off numbers (in this case letters or words) on cards as they are drawn randomly by a caller, the winner being the first person to mark off all the letters/words on their card.

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Use this resource with the previous post ‘Phonics, Words & Picture Mats‘. Simply download the file, print, laminate and cut up as cards or counters then of course, play bingo!

How to use the file:

  1. Download
  2. Print
  3. Laminate/Cut
  4. Play

Enjoy!


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Phonics, Words & Pictures Mats — March 27, 2018

Phonics, Words & Pictures Mats

About the file:

A set of fun and educational phonics mats (or cards) for children learning to read or write. Phonics is a simple method of teaching the alphabet by using sounds with symbols in an alphabetic writing system.

And enjoy a game of bingo as a fun way to test your child’s progress.

Read more here…

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How to use the file:

  1. Download
  2. Print
  3. Laminate/Cut (optional)

There are 5 sets of mats; each set of mats/cards (after the alphabet) have 4  stages and are colour coded to make life easier:

Stage 1 – Introducing letter sounds
Stage 2 – Introducing a picture related to the letter sound
Stage 3 – Introducing words related to the letter sound (high-lighted)
Stage 4 – Introducing words related to the letter sound (not high-lighted)

Begin by introducing the alphabet mats in lower-case letters, then the upper-case letters. Progress to phase 2 and work your way up to phase 3, 4 and 5 in which your child will become more fluent and confident in reading independently in shaa Allaah.

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Dotted Lines Cut Outs — March 15, 2018

Dotted Lines Cut Outs

About the files:

The perfect activity for those little fingers learning to write or cut out. Why not try using this resource to teach your child how to use scissors or trace the dotted lines? Excellent practice for fine motor skills, hand to eye coordination, writing, counting and so much more.

Also includes the alphabet and numbers in both Arabic and English. A fun and productive way to keep the kids busy for a while.

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How to use the file:

  1. Download
  2. Print
  3. Laminate if using to trace or cut out with scissors

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’40 ‘ Puzzle Sentences (Three-Letter Nouns) — March 13, 2018

’40 ‘ Puzzle Sentences (Three-Letter Nouns)

About the file:

Children learn best when they are having fun, praised for their efforts and work at their own speed and style.

This resource allows children to enjoy reading with the help of the short words/nouns, simple sentences and fun pictures. With the easy yet challenging set of 40 puzzles, your child will have fun matching the sentences to the correct picture.

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How to use the file:

  1. Download
  2. Print
  3. Laminate (if able)
  4. Cut out puzzles
  5. Read the sentences out loud and slow
  6. Match sentences to the correct picture
  7. Lots of praise and encouragement and of course dua!

Tips:

Introduce each noun by focusing on the first letter and by reading it together as one word (slowly) rather than seperately, e.g say ‘b-b-baaag’ instead of ‘buh-ah-guh’.
Also, try getting your child to read out loud and write the 3-letter nouns.

Enjoy!


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I Can Spell, Match, Trace and Write — March 2, 2018

I Can Spell, Match, Trace and Write

About the file:

This resource idea is such a fun way to introduce spelling and reading. Whether it’s a child’s name, a new word or maybe even a word that your child is struggling to learn.

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I actually made this resource quite some time ago and have shared it with mothers with children learning to read and write/spell and they have benefitted greatly alhamdolillah. I use it for my preschoolers too which they love. We usually begin with this resource before any language activity as a fun and refreshing way to start a lesson. You can do the same approach with any language too.

What I love about this resource is that it allows your child to explore different skills. And by using their name as a starting point, they’re more likely to enjoy writing, spelling and reading etc long-term since it has a personal touch.

I find it also helps to use this same approach when introducing new words, for example the word ‘hat’; let your child use this approach i.e spell, match, trace and write ‘hat’ if you run out of ideas.

How to use this file:

  1. Download file (Please feel free to copy this resource for your own personal use)
  2. Laminate all pages
  3. There are 6 pages:
    1st – Spell with fingers i.e point to each letter using the blue dot as a guide and say each letter out loud
    2nd – Cut out the black matching cards on 3rd page to use on 2nd
    3rd – See previous point
    4th – Trace with finger or use playdough of some sort
    5th – Trace with guidance with non-permanent marker
    6th – Finally, trace without guidance with non-permanent marker

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My 5 Senses — November 6, 2017

My 5 Senses

About the file:

Explore the 5 senses with your children with this fun resource pack. Get your children excited about learning more about their senses as they discover all the 5 senses, where they come from and what they can be used for through play. They will also increase in their vocabulary as they enjoy the word mats, quiz time and scavenger hunt to finish off with in shaa Allaah.

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How to use this file:

  1. Download it
  2. Print it (one-sided)
  3. Laminate it for longer use
  4. Follow instructions inside
  5. Enjoy

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