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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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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.

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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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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.

Click to download

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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Let’s Make A Sentence — October 2, 2017

Let’s Make A Sentence

About the file:

This resource can be used to enjoy making up sentences in order. The coloured rectangle cards represent a different word categorie (noun, verb, noun). Let your child advance their reading skills with this resource as they enjoy making up simple and funny sentences.

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How to use this file:

  1. Download it
  2. Print it (one-sided)
  3. Cut out each sentence (in rectangles); Green = Noun, Blue = Verb, Yellow = Noun. Laminate them if you’re able
  4. Laminate the first page (not the front cover)
  5. Place the correct rectangle sentence in the correct space on the first page to make up your sentence

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Number Puzzles 1-20 — July 17, 2017
1 – 12 Times Table Wheel Pack — July 6, 2017

1 – 12 Times Table Wheel Pack

About the file:

Let your children and students enjoy learning and revising the 1 – 12 times table with these wheel cut outs in your lessons individually or in groups. An excellent maths resource for children of all ages. Simply download, print (one-sided) and cut out the pdf file in the link below and laminate them for long-term use.

At the end of the file, you will also find a 1 – 12 Times Table Colourful display Poster in shaa Allaah.

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What you need:

  • A4 Plain Paper/Card and colour printer
  • Scissors
  • Laminator and sheets (optional)

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Health and Fitness for Children — December 8, 2016

Health and Fitness for Children

Amongst many of the subjects we introduce and teach in homeschool, ‘Health and Fitness’ is an important subject which provides opportunity to build both physical confidence as well as healthy eating habits. This also enables children to build good character; children can learn discipline, respect, leadership and fairness to name a few.

Health can be understood in many ways, from the health or the body, heart and soul. The purpose of this post is to dicuss about the health and fitness of the body.

When introducing the health of the body, it is important to consider teaching healthy eating habits as well as what different foods can do to the body (short-term and long-term) etc. Learning about it is essential and implementing it ourselves is proven to be the most effective and quickest way to teach children generally. Children learn by example and they eat what we eat. So, whether you’re eating healthy or not, chances are that they are already following in your footsteps.

When introducing physcial activity, it’s also important that we allow our children to engage in a variety of activities daily for a sufficient amount of time. This can be done individually, in pairs or in groups.

Below are a few reading books that I personally recommend adding to your homeschool collection if you are able. Please share with us your collection in the comments below and check back as we may add to this collection over time inshaAllah. Also be warned of picture making within the books. Jazaakom Allahu khair wa Allahu aalem!


303 Preschoolers-approved Exercises + Active Games
303 Kid-approved Exercises + Active Games
303 Tween-approved Exercises + Active Games
By Kimberly Wechsler

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Good Enough to Eat – By Lizzy Rockwell

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I Love to Eat Fruits and Vegetables By Shelley Admont

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Topsy and Time (Go to the Dentist)
Topsy and Time (Go to the Doctor)
Topsy and Time (Go to the Hospital)
By Gareth Adamson

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Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good For You
By Trish Rabe

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The Busy Body Book – By Lizzy Rockwell

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Keeping HealthyBy Sally Hewitt

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‘Allah Gave Me…’ (5 Senses Series)

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A few reminders to myself first and foremost:

The Prophet said:

“Mention Allah’s Name (say ‘Bismillah’ before starting eating), eat with your right hand, and eat from what is near you.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

“Do not eat with your left (hand), Shaytan eats with his left (hand). (Bukhari)

“Do not drink in one gulp like a camel, but in two or three (gulps). Mention the Name of Allah (say Bismillah) when you start drinking and praise Him (say Al- hamdu lillah) after you have finished (drinking).” (At-Tirmidhi)

“The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.” (At-Tirmidhi)

“Everything besides remembrance of Allah is wasteful play except four: a man playing with his wife, a man training his horse, a man walking between targets (to learn archery) and a man learning to swim.” [Reported by Imaam Nasaa’ee and declared authentic by Imaam Albaanee. Saheeh Al-Jaami 4534]


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The Colours of My World – Reading Book that Introduces Colours — September 27, 2016

The Colours of My World – Reading Book that Introduces Colours

About the Book:

I don’t know about you but I find it almost impossible to find suitable books for my children that wont use words such as ‘luck’, ‘magic’ and all that sort. I also find the stories in many of these english reading books rather strange and non-beneficial. So I took it upon myself to write my own books on certain topics for my children wa lillaahil-Hamd. Alhamdolillah for homeschooling. This book introduces all the main colours in a fun and poetic way and keeps children engaged and excited. Also, images included are not made by me but were compiled by me. Enjoy!

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*Remember to set your printer to ‘borderless’ and ‘two sided’ for best results inshaAllah.


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A Complete ‘Preschool Curriculum’ for ‘Letter of the WEEK’ — September 9, 2016

A Complete ‘Preschool Curriculum’ for ‘Letter of the WEEK’

About the Folder:

Over the past few months, a group of homeschooling mothers and I have come together to organise a weekly meet up where our children get together and simply free play. Originally, the purpose of our meet ups were nothing more than just ‘playdates’ for our homeschooled children to allow them to socialise, do basic activities as a group and just support one another on our homeschool journey. What started out as ‘playdates’ has recently turned into something way more productive and beneficial for both mothers and children Alhamdolillah.

By Allah Ta’ala permission, we have created a ‘home-nursery’ and our very own personalised ‘Preschool Curriculum’ that we hope will last for at least 6-8 months inshaAllah. This is now available for all to download FREE now:

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You can use this curriculum as a group or simply on your own. So far both children and mothers have been very pleased with it. So we wanted to share the success with other mothers like yourself. Most of what takes place in our home-nursery are taken from the ‘Letter of the Week Activity Book’ and the ‘Preschool Maths Activity Book’ where you can download on this website for free. We use the preschool maths book mainly as a guideline as we prefer to do more hands on activities and there are just so many out there walhamdolillah.

The learning objectives within our activities include; basic practical life skills, phonics learning, maths (counting colour/shape/size sorting), sensorial, fine/gross motor skills, exploring, creativity, social, fitness etc. Each mother encourages and supports their children (socially and educationally) and while the children learn at their own paste and mothers observe their unique ‘learning style’. The children’s work are also taken home to build their own Homeschool portfolios. We also have have regular group meetings over the phone where we offer one another extra support, recommend new ideas and voice other concerns.


What’s Inside?

  1. A Complete (English) Alphabet Planner/Timetable
  2. Lessons that cover 5 areas; Languages, Maths, Food Fun, Outdoor Fun and Arts/Crafts
  3. Word Bank for each Letter of the Alphabet
  4. Ideas for each lesson
  5. Spare Sheet (at the end of the folder) for your own ideas
  6. Holiday Planning

The following sums up what takes place within our playdates:

Circle Time – We begin (and end) every lesson with ‘circle time’; this starts with the remembrance of Allah where we teach the children to begin the gathering by calling upon Allah and sending peace upon the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi w sallam), we then spread the greetings of ‘Salaamu alaykom’ and encourage each person to shake hands with everybody in the room. Next, we remind the children that Allah made everything, mention what letter of the week it is and how many things they can mention that Allah made beginning with that letter. An introduction to what will take place that day will be given just after we all say the alphabet (with no music) and count to 20 or as much as the children are able. Upon completion of our day, every child is rewarded with a sticker to place on their reward chart which they stick on themselves.

‘Letter of the Week’ Theme – Each week, we introduce a new letter of the alphabet in alphabetical order. There are two meetings in a week; First meeting consists of Languages and Maths Activities, Second meeting has 3 options to choose from of various activities related to that letter; food, outdoor or arts. If, for whatever reason, work is not complete during playdate hours then children take their work home to complete there.

*There are 4 pages for each letter from the ‘Letter of the Week Book’ and we spend no more than 10 or 15 minutes per page then up to an hour doing various maths activities, the rest of the day the children are left to free play. For our second meeting (which consists of 3 different topics; Food fun, Outdoor Fun and Arts) we have the option to pick 1, 2 or all 3 of them that day depending on our time, for example if we want to do all 3 topics then we would start the day with Art then plan Food fun for a lunch then go out for the rest of that remaining day. Some days may require a trip to the Aquarium which will take up the whole day so we would find time at home to complete arts or just move on from it which is absolutely fine.

Meetings – At the end of each week or when necessary, a group meeting is held to discuss any concerns as well as planning.

This program is a really simple approach, it’s all a matter of reading through this planner and spotting the pattern of how things are done, the only change is literally the change of letter that week.


How to use the Folder:

  1. Print everything out on white A4 paper; adjust your printer to ‘borderless’ and one sided (one sided allows you to take notes and make checklists at the back of each page)
  2. Bind it at your local office supply
  3. Follow each page as it suits you and your family; (you can as a group or on your own)
  4. For more ideas, read the above ‘About’ section

What you need:

  • The ‘Playdates Planner’ Folder (please have a look at the planner before you begin, this will give you a good idea of what to prepare for, remember it’s really simple and has a pattern to it throughout so don’t stress. If you have any questions then you can email your concerns inshAllah)
  • Letter of the Week Activity Book, Preschool Maths Activity Book
  • Preschooler(s)/Parent or Guardian
  • Lesson supplies such as pencils, colours, scissors, glue, playdough, arts and crafts materials etc
  • Lots of dua to Allah!

Other Resources used:

  • Check ummassadhomeschool.com: ‘My Printables’ page and ‘Resources’ page: preschool section
  • Online resources e.g. Twinkl for worksheets
  • Outdoor fun collectables e.g. leaves
  • Reading Books e.g. Jolly Phonics
  • Whatever’s available at home

We hope you enjoy this curriculum and please do let us know how you and your children get on inshAllah. May Allah make it easy for us all, increase us in His remembrance and tawwakul and make our children the COOLNESS of our eyes, Ameen!


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Preschool Maths Activity Book (Number Counting) — August 29, 2016

Preschool Maths Activity Book (Number Counting)

About the Pack:

The ‘Preschool Maths’ Activity Book is designed for preschoolers in order to introduce them to numbers. This is a very straight forward and fun way of learning how to count and encourages preschoolers to develop their fine motor skills and creativity. A great resource to begin learning how to count in order.

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Click to download

How To Use This Book:

  1. Print everything out on white A4 paper (adjust your printer to ‘borderless’ and one sided OR two sided [recommended])
  2. Bind it at your local office supply

What you need:

  • This Book
  • Preschooler and Parent/Guardian
  • Pencil, rubber, pencil colours
  • Extras: blocks, legos, counters, playdough or something similar

Games and ‘Hands On’ Activities to play with your child:

  1. Cut out the numbers and shapes on sand paper and let your child trace them with their finger
  2. Cut out letters, numbers and shapes on sand paper or colourful card (twice) to make matching pairs, then let your child try to match them to the correct pair
  3. Get counters (preferably the same type and colourful) and lay them out on the table/floor. Print out numbers 1-20 labelled flashcards and let your child place the correct amount of counters on each card, making sure they count as they go. You can demonstrate examples for them and show them a pattern in counting e.g triangle has 3 sides, square has 4 sides etc. Get your child to look closely at how the counters appear when placed down together
  4. Cut out shapes in pairs (one big and one small) and get them to place the big ones on one pile and the small ones on the other. This will introduce them to the concept of more and less
  5. Use legos and blocks to build towers and get them to count how many they can
  6. Play counting games e.g ‘Duck goose’, place flashcards around them room and let your child run/skip/hop to them when you shout it out
  7. Get some number/shape magnets and allow them to ‘free play’ with them with/without you
  8. Make a number, letter and shape wheel each on a piece of card and on a separate piece of paper make your numbers, letters and shapes then stick them to a peg and ask your child to match it to the correct image

Tips:

  • Always take every opportunity to count, for example counting fingers, counting when taking steps up and down stairs, counting vehicles when outside and so on
  • Use mathematical language, e.g “Look, you have 2 blocks and I have 1, can I have another 1 please?”
  • When counting objects, encourage the child to move the object (they count) to one side as children at this stage are very visual
  • Introduce the number zero ‘0’ and do not overlook this. A good example is by first teaching them how to count 1,2 and 3. Put 1 or 2 objects in their hands and tell them that they have such and such amount of objects, then remove them from the hand and then tell them “Now you have zero objects in your hand”
  • Remember that counting numbers is more important than writing the numbers

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‘Letter of the Week’ Preschool Activity Book + Dot-to-dot Worksheets — August 27, 2016

‘Letter of the Week’ Preschool Activity Book + Dot-to-dot Worksheets

About the Pack:

The ‘Letter of the Week’ Activity Book is designed for preschoolers in order to introduce them to the alphabet. This is a very straight forward and fun way of learning the alphabet that helps encourage preschoolers to develop their fine motor skills and creativity. A great resources to use along with other activities inshAllah.

*If you feel that your toddler is not ready for the Activity Book, don’t worry, we haven’t left you out. Please help yourself to the FREE pre-writing ‘Dot-to-dot’ activity Worksheets where they can practice all they like. Allow your child to use colourful marker pens or scissors and for extra fun for your child, put images at the start and end of each line or zig zag e.g start = toothbrush, end = tooth. (Be sure to laminate worksheets for multiple usage).

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How To Use This Book:

  1. Print everything out on white A4 paper (adjust your printer to ‘borderless’ and one sided OR two sided [recommended])
  2. Bind it at your local office supply
  3. Feel free to use our FREE Complete Preschool Curriculum with this Activity Book

*A copy of the alphabet letters are at the back of the book to use to cut and stick onto all the ‘sorting’ pages

What you need:

  • This Book
  • Preschooler and Parent/Guardian
  • Pencil, rubber, pencil colours, scissors, glue
  • Extras: playdough or something similar

Games and ‘Hands On’ Activities to play with your child:

  1. Cut out letters on sand paper and let your child trace them with their finger
  2. Cut and stick letters, numbers and shapes on sand paper or colourful card (twice) to make matching pairs, then let your child try to match them to the correct pair
  3. Get an alphabet flashcards (preferably pairs) and lay them out on the table/floor and let your child match them together. You can demonstrate examples for them such as showing them what is capital A and what is small a
  4. Get some alphabet blocks or use legos and blocks and cut and stick out letters on them allowing them to explore the letters at free play
  5. Play flashcard games e.g place flashcards around them room and let your child run/skip/hop to them when you shout a letter out, also take the opportunity to practice phonic sounds
  6. Get some letter magnets and allow them to ‘free play’ with them with or without you
  7. Make a number, letter and shape wheel each on a piece of card and on a separate piece of paper make your numbers, letters and shapes then stick them to a peg and ask your child to match it to the correct image

Tips:

  • Always take every opportunity to practice the alphabet even when your busy, make their toys educational i.e letter blocks and magnets
  • Make up an easy to remember rhythm of when pronouncing the letters, e.g “A is for apple ah-ah apple, B is for ball b-b ball.”

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Student Planner — July 6, 2016

Student Planner

STUDENT PLANNER!!!


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About the Pack:

A FREE Planner made especially for students. Just as our ‘Homeschool Planner’, we have taken a similar approach for the Students and made this planner flexible and personal. We understand the importance of being organised and planning ahead so having a planner/diary for both parents as well as the children available is very useful especially when it’s flexible and can be used anytime of the year and every year. This means no more waiting for new planners to become available last minute. We only hope that Allah brings us ease by this and great benefit.


WHAT’s inside the planner:

  • Contents Page
  • About Me Section (Includes: Personal info, Emergency info, Hobbies/Interest, Goal Planning)
  • Contacts
  • Islamic Calendars
  • Important Islamic Dates/Events
  • Year at a Glance
  • Month at a Glance x12
  • Timetables
  • Schedule/Routine Planning
  • Book Logging
  • Homework Tracking
  • Grades and Tests Logging
  • Diary (Weekly)
  • Notes Pages
  • To Do Lists
  • Beautiful Islamic Reminders throughout
    and much more!

What you need:

  • A4 white paper, printer (At least 100 Sheets)
  • Colour Printer
  • Local Office Supply to Bind the folder (costs up to £5)
  • Pens, Highlighters

How to use this Pack:

  • Download and Print it – Please adjust your printer settings to: A4 and ‘Borderless’, colour, two sides (back to back). For extra sheets, print according to your needs.
  • Bind it at your local office supply shop, this should cost you around £5
  • Index Tabs (Optional) – Print the tabs on card, cut out each tab, sellotape each tab to the correct section (following the content as your guideline) upon its ‘Reminder Page’.

*Please feel free to share or suggest any ideas in the comments below!


Useful websites to help with Planning:


DOWNLOAD NOW!

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  2. Index TabsOptional


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Homeschool Planner 300+ Pages — June 6, 2016

Homeschool Planner 300+ Pages

The Homeschool Planner 300+ Pages is here and
it’s time to start planning!


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ABOUT THE PACK:

So you’ve heard it all before, successful homeschooling starts with being organised and planning ahead and if you fail to plan then you plan to fail.

This Homeschool Planner has all you need and more. With 300+ pages plus 20 front covers to choose from, this planner may be the LAST you’ll ever need inshaAllah and here are the reasons why:

1. It’s FREE – If you’re like me then you’ve probably browsed high and low trying to find the most cost effective Homeschool Planner out there, only to find that they are too high in price or just don’t suit your homeschooling anyway. With this planner, you no longer need to worry about spending a penny at all. Plus forget about waiting last minute to purchase a new one for the coming year. Who wants to wait last minute to plan ahead. Which brings me to my next point!

2. It’s Flexible – You don’t need to wait for the next years planner to become available weeks or even days before. That’s right! Say goodbye to last minute planning because this planner not only allows you to log in all your homeschool essentials, but it also gives you the option to input the date you choose with the provided spaces inside. All you need is a calendar which you will find inside for the past and future years to come both Gregorian AND Islamic inshaAllah.

3. It’s For You – Because we care so much for our homeschool parents and know the importance of being organised, we especially designed this planner to suit most homeschoolers needs. There’s space to write your thoughts and to do/wish lists just for you and reminders to keep you going! And not everybody has the same taste in colours and style so as a bonus, you will find a selection of ‘Front Covers’ to choose from for your planner to suit your personality. You are not just a homeschooler, you are an amazing parent too and so much more so embrace that.


What’s Inside the Planner:

  • About Me Section: Your personal info, life goals, notepad, routine/schedule sheets
  • Calendar for both Gregorian and Islamic for 2016, 2017 and 2018 (Dates are an estimate and need to be double checked e.g, Eid)
  • Important Dates in the Islamic Calendar
  • Contacts
  • About My Homeschooling
  • About My Students
  • Attendance/Absence Forms
  • Homeschool/General Rules and Discipline Section
  • Curriculum/Resources List
  • Subjects and its Contents of Study: English, Maths and Science years 1-6
  • Lesson Duration Logging
  • Supplies List
  • Year at a Glance
  • Month at a Glance x12 (with inspiring Islamic reminders)
  • Weekly Lesson Timetables x40
  • Field Trip Planning
  • One-to-One Time Forms
  • Homework Tracker
  • Tests Tracker
  • Book Logging
  • Meal-time Planning
  • Check Lists/Log/Track Sheets
  • Notes
  • To Do Lists
  • Beautiful Islamic Reminders Throughout
    and much more!

What you need:

  • A4 white paper, printer (At least 155 Sheets)
  • Colour Printer
  • Local Office Supply (to Bind the folder)
  • Pens, Highlighters

How to Use the Pack:

  1. Print the full Homeschool Planner Adjust your printer settings to: A4 and ‘Borderless’, colour, two sides (back to back). The planner is set for 1 or 2 students (for more than one student, print more sheets on the following; About my students, Attendance Form, Lesson Duration, Test Tracker and Book Log. For extra sheets elsewhere, print according to your needs.
  2. Choose a front cover from the ’20 Front Covers’ making sure you adjust your printing settings on the selected page only (use card or laminate it for best results)
  3. Index tabs (optional), Use the content page at the beginning of your planner for guidance.
    Option 1: Change the content to suit your needs, name the coloured tabs on the content page according to your needs (Make sure you adjust the folder according to your content list too. Bear in mind; Every section begins with a ‘Reminder’ page and ends with a ‘Notes’ page)
    Option 2: Keep the content of the planner and use it as it is.
    Now, Print the tabs on card, cut out each tab, sellotape each tab to the correct section (according to your chosen content) upon its ‘Reminder Page’.
  4. Bind it at your local office supply shop, this should cost you around £5.
  5. Extras: Reminder Cards. These are mini size poster cards with all the reminders included in the planner. Simply print these on card and use as reminders for yourself or others.

Below are a few examples of How to use the Timetables (click the image to enlarge):

Single Students (Horizontal/Vertical):

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Multiple Students (Horizontal/Vertical):

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Useful websites to help with Planning:


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  1. The Homeschool Planner:Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 20.46.49
  2. Index Tabs – Optional
  3. 20 Front Covers
  4. Reminder Cards – Optional

*If you are having any difficulty deciding how you would like to print your planner, please don’t hesitate to contact us with the following information and we will try our best to personalise a planner according to your needs:

  1. Name of the Planner design you would like (i.e, Floral, Zigzags or Colourful Diamonds)
  2. How many children you intend to homeschool
  3. Include any extra sheets you require and how many
  4. One Front Cover of your choice
  5. Optional – If you would like to keep or change the content order

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Advise to Fathers on Raising Children — May 13, 2016

Advise to Fathers on Raising Children

DIRECTING THE FATHERS TO GIVE IMPORTANCE TO RAISING THE CHILDREN ISLAMICALLY
Shaykh Abdul-Azeez ibn Baaz

Question:
I have noticed, O eminent Shaykh, that there are many of the fathers who have been negligent in raising their children leaving them to engage in things which are of the highest level of detriment to them. Due to this, I seek from your eminence that you favor us by directing the fathers to give much importance to their children; especially in this time, may Allaah reward you with good.

Answer:
In the name of Allaah the Most Merciful the Bestower of mercy; may prayers and peace from Allaah be upon Allaah’s Messenger, his family, his companions, and those who are guided with his guidance. As to what follows:
This which the questioner mentioned deserves attention, because watching over the children, males and female, and giving them attention and their Islamic cultivation is an affair which is from the most important matters.

The noble Prophet ﷺ said:
كلكم راعٍ وكلكم مسؤول عن رعيته، فالرجل راع في أهل بيته ومسؤول عن رعيته، والأمير الذي ولي على الناس راعٍ ومسؤول عن رعيته، والمرأة راعية في بيت زوجها ومسؤولة عن رعيتها، والخادم راعٍ في مال سيده ومسؤول عن رعيته ثم قال: ألا وكلكم راع وكلكم مسؤول عن رعيته
fishingwithdadEach of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock. The man is a shepherd over his family and he is responsible for his flock. The Ameer who has been placed in charge of the people is a Shepherd, and he is responsible for his flock. The woman is a shepherd within the house of her husband and she is responsible for her flock. The servant is a shepherd over his master’s wealth and is responsible for his flock. Then he said: Indeed each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock. (Imaam Al-Bukhaaree reported it in his Saheeh as well as others.)
So this great Hadeeth indicates the obligation of giving importance to one’s flock. The greatest of responsibility in that is that of the Imaam who is over the people; and he is the Ameer of the Muslims and their Sultaan. It is obligatory upon him to watch over them regarding all that which contains their rectification and the safeguarding of their religion and giving attention to that which will benefit them in the Dunyaa as well as the hereafter in accordance to his ability and as much as he can. The greatest of that is to give attention to the religion so that they are upright upon it and that they cling to it; and that is by way of performing the obligatory duties and leaving the prohibited, as is obligatory upon everyone who is in charge of the affairs of the people to rules between them with the Sharee’ah of Allaah and to make them hold fast to the legislation of Allaah. And he is not to rule between them with other than the legislation of Allaah.

He is responsible for that as He, the Majestic and High, has stated:
فَوَرَبِّكَ لَنَسْأَلَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِيْنَ ٩٢ عَمَّا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ ٩٣

“So, by your Lord (O Muhammad ﷺ), We shall certainly call all of them to account, For all that they used to do.” (Al-Hijr 15:92-93)
Likewise, as in this authentic Hadeeth:
كلكم راعٍ وكلكم مسؤول عن رعيته

“Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock.”

So he who is placed in charge over the people is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. We ask Allaah to give the leaders of the Muslims Tawfeeq in all that which contains their rectification and the rectification of the all Muslims.
Likewise, every person is responsible for his household. So the father is responsible for his children and the mother is responsible for her children from the perspective of cultivating them Islamically and commanding them with the good and forbidding them from evil and making them cling to the truth and abandon that which opposes the legislation of Allaah. From that is the affair of the prayer; for it is the supporting pillar of Al-Islaam. So it obligatory upon the father to give attention to his children, and likewise the mother, so that they are upright upon the prayer and so that they safeguard it in the houses of Allaah along with the Muslims.

Allaah the Mighty and Majestic says:
حَافِظُواْ عَلَى الصَّلَوَاتِ والصَّلاَةِ الْوُسْطَى

“Guard strictly (five obligatory) As-Salawaat (the prayers) especially the middle Salat (i.e. the best prayer ‘Asr).” (Al-Baqarah 2:238)

And He, Glorified be He, said:

وَأَقِيمُواْ الصَّلاَةَ وَآتُواْ الزَّكَاةَ وَارْكَعُواْ مَعَ الرَّاكِعِينَ

“And perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), and give Zakât, and Irka’ (i.e. bow down or submit yourselves with obedience to Allaah) along with Ar-Raki’ûn.” (Al-Baqarah 2:43)
He, the Majestic and High, said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواقُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ
“O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones.” (At-Tahrim 66:6)
The parents are included in this.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواقُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ
“O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones.” (At-Tahrim 66:6)
Paying attention to the affair of the prayer is from the reasons for protection from the Fire, for both the parent and the child. Allaah said, addressing his Prophet ﷺ

وَأْمُرْ أَهْلَكَ بِالصَّلَاةِ وَاصْطَبِرْ عَلَيْهَا
“And enjoin As-Salât (the prayer) on your family, and be patient in offering them.” (Ta-Ha 20:132)
The Prophet ﷺ said:

مروا أبناءكم بالصلاة لسبع واضربوهم عليها لعشر وفرقوا بينهم في المضاجع
Command your children to pray at seven and beat them concerning it at ten; and separate them in the bed.

So the child, whether male or female, is to be commanded to pray when he reaches seven and beaten concerning it when he reaches ten. This is because at this point he has reached and drawn near to maturity. Then when he attains puberty is becomes individually obligatory and binding upon him; and he deserves, if he abandons it, to be commanded to repent; so if he repents then this is good otherwise he is killed by the leader of the Muslims. So the affair (of the prayer) is major. Hence, it is obligatory upon the fathers and the mothers, the elder brothers of the children, and their uncles to cooperate in this matter and strive hard in rectifying the children and cultivating them Islamically; and fro that is making them hold fast to the prayer and commanding them with it when they reach seven and beating them concerning it when they reach ten and fall short in that. Likewise, they are to be commanded with that which Allaah commands them with from righteousness toward their parents and safeguarding the tongue from abuse, cursing, and lying, and other than that from sins, from that which Allaah the Mighty and Majestic has prohibited. Likewise, that they are prohibited from consuming intoxicants and smoking so that they will not grow up upon this falsehood.

So it is obligatory upon the fathers and mothers to give attention to the children regarding that which benefits them in the Dunyaa and the hereafter, and it is upon them to prohibit them from that which Allaah the Mighty and Majestic has prohibited them from, so that they grow up with a righteous upbringing and so that they will be upright upon the religion of Allaah. So when they reach puberty they will know that which is obligatory upon them and what they are prohibited from and they cultivated upon doing god and upon leaving off evil; then their father, their brother, their mother, and whoever played a role in this good will have the likes of their reward, as the noble Prophet ﷺ said:
من دل على خير فله مثل أجر فاعله

He who directs to good will have the likes of the reward of the one who does it.
This is from the bounty of Allaah the glorified and High. We ask Allaah, on behalf of all, for Tawfeeq and guidance.

Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts

Source: http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/17109

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Homeschool Timetables Samples — March 3, 2016

Homeschool Timetables Samples

With all the talk about routines and schedules, it seems that there are more tasks to complete throughout our day than we have time for.

Understand the difference between ‘Routines’ and ‘Schedules’
Routines are more about our etiquettes and lifestyle throughout our days and week, a certain action that we implement on a regular basis regardless of its time; whereas Schedules are more of a structured plan that is set at a specific time. An example of a routine is ‘I read at least once a day’, and an example of a schedule is ‘I read everyday at 8am’.

I personally believe that everyone can benefit from a regular routine that they can use as a guideline (morning, afternoon and evening) but not everyone can work well with a schedule. I also believe in not being afraid to break routines to fit in higher priorities once in a while, yet the earlier we have a routine the better we can adjust.

What to include in your timetable
Your timetable depends on your priorities and family lifestyles etc. Thus when choosing what to include in your timetable, keep in mind that everyone is different and you’re not obliged to blind follow others; rather appreciate the difference, prioritise your needs and must dos because that’s what matters in the end. Also, try to keep your homeschool timetables separate from your other daily/weekly tasks. Here is a quick list of what to include:

  • Days of the week
  • Subjects
  • Topics
  • Activities
  • Breaks
  • Trips

Check out our Folders that include ‘Timetable Templates’ for both Parents and Child:

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Homeschool Planner

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Student Planner

 

Below are a few timetable samples that I collected from some lovely homeschooling mothers that were happy to share, May Allah Ta’ala reward them generously for their efforts. Ameen.
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Reception – Year 4 (Part 1) by @daarattawheed1
homeschool resources @daarattawheed1 (Grade Years 5 - 7)
Year 5 – Year 7 (Part 2) by @daarattawheed1
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Timetable + Lesson plans by Sister Rehana
Saliha timetable
Weekly Timetable by Sister Saliha
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Weekly Timetable by Sister Zaynab
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Week Timetable by Umm Assad
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Toddler Monthly Planner


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Log Book – Assessments and Forms — March 1, 2016

Log Book – Assessments and Forms

About the Pack:

This folder pack is an essential for every homeschooling teacher. A Log book full of assessment forms to log in your children’s progress throughout their education as well as the field trips. It covers all the basic subjects such as:

1. English
2. Maths
3. Science
4. Geography
5. Art
6. Physical Education
7. Islamic Studies
8. Arabic
9. Life Skills
10. Field Trips
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How to use the Pack:

  • Download and print it
  • Refer to the links at the end of the pack for marking (if needed)

What you need:

  • This Folder
  • Parent/Teacher/Child
  • Printer and A4 Paper
  • Pen/highlighter.

 

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How the Salaf Raised Their Children — February 25, 2016

How the Salaf Raised Their Children

On the subject of raising children, Ali ibn Abi Taalib (Radhi Allahu ‘anhu) said

“Play with them for the first 7 years (of their life); then teach them for the next 7 years; then advise them for the next 7 years (and after that).”

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How the Salaf Raised Their Children
First 7 Years – Play with them
In the first 7 years, your goal is to build a strong connection with your child. This is the foundation, the base from which your relationship with them grows. If this is rock solid, the remaining years will be much easier. If this foundation forms poorly, the next years will be more challenging.
If you have young children, this (first 7 years) is the time to roll up your sleeves and invest, heavily, in yours and their future. In fact, you will be rewarded for all the righteous progeny that survives you, not just children, until the Day of Judgement. Play with your children, teach them Islam, teach them to have the best of manners but make the learning easy and don’t be harsh with them.

7-14 Years – Teach them
Once children reach 7, they are ready to learn. This is the time they are sponges, ready to soak up anything and everything you tell them, teach them, show them, and do in front of them. If you built that solid foundation in ages 0-7, they are now more than willing and happy to learn from you.

This is the time to teach them everything — Aqeedah, halaal and haraam, fiqh, all the things they need to know to survive throughout their life. Qur’an and seerah are also very important; as one prominent tabi’een said, “we learned seerah (frequently and in details) from our parents the way we learned Qur’an.”

Tell your children to study the deen first and then they can do their homework afterwards because the deen is the priority. Read and memorise the deen every day.

We should attach our hearts to the ulama (Scholars) and we should see them and take our children to see them, before they pass away.

Make your children tulaab and take them to the masjid and keep them from bad company. When they go to the masjid, tell them to always take their notepads even if there’s no lesson on, just in case they hear a benefit. You shouldn’t just leave them on the streets or schools, rather you give them Tarbiyyah of the Sunnah and the staying away from Bidah. You shouldn’t always keep them inside the home.

We should tell our children to read biographies of the Salaf and then write about it and ask why they wrote those points especially. The more the children read these books, they will become more encouraged by them and the Salaf will become their role models. Also ask the children the names of the imams of the Salaf.

Teach them sports too, Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Teach your children Swimming, Archery and Horseback riding.” They gain many benefits from it, including physical fitness, learning teamwork, and sportsmanship.

  • Abu Bakr Sijistanee compiled his first book at 11 regarding the biography of a great imam and his father was pleased with that.
  • Imam Ahmed would read the musnad of his, which had the collection of 40,000 Ahadith to his children for 12 years.
  • Imam al-Bukhari began compiling his Sahih at the age of 16 and finished at the age of 32.

Age 15 – The Final 7 Years – Advise them
Once your children hit 14, they are probably already mukallaf (full adults Islamically, and accountable for their actions) — this happens at puberty, or at age 15 at the latest.
At this age, you are mostly out of the picture. Children achieve independence; their personalities manifest; they look more to their peers than their parents and families. During these critical years, befriend them, advise them, and do what you can; understand that they are now full adults, and the choices are theirs to make, right or wrong.
If you worked hard during the last two periods of 7 years, you will already be that trusted confidant, that advisor, that go-to person when they need help or advice. Be part of their lives, and advise them as best you can.


A few etiquette notes taken from a lesson by Abu Khadija Abdul Wahid:

  • Teach your child to not speak until he is permitted to speak.
  • Teach your child not be disruptive around you.
  • If parents are telling the child off, teach your child to not look into your eyes, rather look down.
  • A child should sit with his parents like a student sits with a sheikh, i.e. not raising the feet in front of a sheikh.
  • The father needs to teach his children to serve the guests.
  • Teach your child to seek permission to leave the room. Also when you are out, teach your child to let you through the door first.
  • Teach your children to respect your family and friends.
  • Some parents tell their children not to call them mum or dad but by their names, this is not correct.
  • Sometimes children at 8 are screaming and shouting at home, like babies. This is not correct.
  • Make your children close to you, not distant and put a desire of ilm (knowledge) in them.

 

Below is a bit of extra info by Abu Talha Dawud Burbank: [(rahimuhullah)]

Imam adh-Dhahabee -rahimahullaah- mentioned in ‘Siyar A`laamin-Nubalaa.’ (10/233), in his biography of aboo Mushir `Abdul-A`laa ibn Mushir ad-Dimashqee:

” Ibn Zanjawayh said: I heard Aboo Mushir say:

“Strictness with a child at an early age will bring about increase in his intellect in later life.”

[ adh-Dhahabee said about Aboo Mushir in his biography in ‘al-Kaashif’:
The Imam, Aboo Mushir al-Ghassaanee, the Shaikh of Shaam.(He narrated) from Sa`eed ibn `Abdil-`Azeez, and (Imam) Maalik; and from him (narrated):Ibn Ma`een, Aboo Haatim, and`Abdur-Rahmaan ibn ar-Ruwaas. He was from the finest of the scholars, and from the most eloquent and correct in speech, and one of those who memorized most. He was threatened with the sword to force him to say that the Qur’an was created, but he refused, so he was imprisoned. He died in Rajab, in the year 218 (H).”]

* Ibnul-Jawzee -rahimahullaah- reported in ‘Dhammul-Hawaa’ (p.116) that Ibraaheem ibn Ishaaq al-Harbee (d.285 H) said:

“Keep your children away from evil companions, before it happens that you have immersed them in, and dyed them with affliction”,

and he said:

“The beginning of the corruption of children comes about from one another.”

[Reference: Dr.Sulaymaan ibn Ibraaheem al-`Aayid’s introduction to ‘Ghareebul-Hadeeth’ of Ibraaheem al-Harbee.

Note:

Ibn al-Jawzi rahimahullah said:

“The cure for conceit is to know one’s faults… How can a person have self-conceit when knowing that Imam Ahmed knew one million hadith by heart, and Kahmas ibn al-Hasan used to recite the whole Quran three times a day and Salman al-Taymi prayed Fajr with the same wudhu of ‘Ishaa for forty years.”

Book: Disciplining the soul by Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597 AH)

May Allah give us the understanding and make it practicable for us all. Ameen

Source


 

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My First Arabic Curriculum — February 16, 2016

My First Arabic Curriculum

About the Pack:

‘My First Arabic Curriculum’ is a complete Toddler’s Curriculum made by UmmAssadHomeSchool.com. This folder is a copy of the original English ‘My First Curriculum’ (also by UmmAssadHomeSchool.com) and translated into the Classical Arabic language (اللغة العربية الفصحى). It has over 50 fun packed and interactive pages, covering all the basic subjects such as English, Maths, Science and even Geography! Some changes have been made to suit the Arabic language. Enjoy!

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How To Use This Folder:

  • Use directly from your computer device, or,
  • Print everything on A4 white paper, put in a folder, or,
  • Use the whole folder as Flashcards.
  • Follow the instructions per page
  • After child reads the numbers/letters, they only need to focus on the images and pronunciation, not writing
  • Read the Arabic from right to left.

What you need:

  • This Folder
  • Our Free Flashcards: Alphabet; Mini, Picture, Numbers
  • Parent/Guardian, Child
  • Patience, Mercy, Focus and Dua!

Optional:


 

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