CVC flashcards....tiny words for tiny fingers!

I'm really bad at following set out methods or curriculum, and so tend to mash things together that work for myself and kiddos as we go along inshaAllah. This always seems to be my way!
I don't believe there is one right way to teach children how to read, but hey what do I know, I'm only a home-school mum so don't take me too seriously!

Although it was only a couple of years ago, I can't actually remember what process we went through to teach my eldest to read! I know didn't know what I was doing at all, and remember a lot of the time panicking,  but Alhamdulillah Allah made it easy!
When I look back now, I scratch my head, thinking, just what did we do?

I remember one of the first things was I found 100 high frequency words online and printed them off to use as small flash cards to help develop her sight reading. I think I have since binned these...I don't know why I did.....I must have figured I would find a different way to teach the next one in line! (I know myself too well!)

 With my next child, I've decided before I get to the frequent words, to concentrate a little more on reading simple CVC words inshaAllah.

With this is mind, I put together a set of 105 easy CVC words which I'll print off and laminate tomorrow inshaAllah. I colour matched the letters to go with the learning resources movable alphabet I purchased a couple of years ago (instead of the Montessori moveable alphabet as it was cheaper! -The only key difference is, the consonants are in blue and vowels are in red, which is the opposite of the Montessori layout.).
I thought we could use the flash cards to sound out, and also use to copy using the movable alphabet.

As always, I'm putting up the file for free download if it will be of benefit to anyone inshaAllah. I also made another set in line with the Montessori colour scheme.

To download CVC flashcards with blue consonants and red vowels download here
To download CVC flashcards with red consonants and blue vowels (Montessori alphabet) download here


Updates on facebook!

I don't blog as often as I'd like to, and so for those who may not already know, we are over on FaceBook, using the old blog address before the domain got lost! (

Over there, I do try to post more frequently; any updates on projects I may be working on or beneficial links we may have come across.

FaceBook tends  to be the place to share forthcoming updates before they reach the blog as well as beneficial stuff which never makes it to the blog because its just not blog "material"!

....So head on over and hit the "like page" to get notifications and links I feel are of benefit inshaAllah!

Hit >this link< to get taken over to the official facebook page inshaAllah!!! See you there!

Effective budgeting: Waste not....want not!

Living in a world of ever increasing consumerism, its all too easy walking down the supermarket aisle, to be fooled into believing that we need things we don't even actually use!

Filling our baskets with over packaged, toxin filled goodies that we could home-make ourselves for a third of the price (and without the added chemicals) or overstock on fresh produce that's on offer and will inevitably end up in the bin by the weeks end!

As Muslims, we know that we will be held accountable for each and every penny we have spent throughout our lives. The last and final Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ told us:

The two feet of the son of Adam will not move from near his Lord on the Day of Judgement until he is asked about five (matters): about his life – how he spent it; about his youth – how he took care of it; about his wealth – how he earned it; and where he spent it; and about that which he acted upon from the knowledge he acquired.”

As wives, we know we are responsible for our husband's home.

Abdullah bin Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Every one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. The leader of the people is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects: a man is the guardian of his family and is responsible for his subjects, a woman is the guardian of her husband’s home and of his children and is responsible for them, and the slave of a man is a guardian of his master’s property and is responsible for it. Surely, everyone of you is a shepherd and responsible for his flock.”
[al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 It is important to be mindful of how and what we use. We will be brought to account, make no doubt about that! In front of Allah we will recall all we have spent, every reckless, thoughtless purchase will warrant an explanation.
Even here in this dunya, we are accountable to our husband, and after all, the more we spend the more our husband has to go out to work!
In most households, it is the wife who takes the responsibility of head-chef in the kitchen! We know everything that comes into our cupboards and everything that comes out! We stand in front of those cupboards, staring at what we have, whilst figuring out what we can throw together to make a quick meal for our hungry brood. Sometimes, we may stare despairingly in a panic because although we may have a shelf full, we have "nothing to cook"...and then call our husband asking him to pick up something from the take-out on his way home!
The kitchen is one area of expenditure that we indirectly take charge of, because we choose what to serve up, what ingredients to use and what ingredients get thrown away! Its an area of finance that if we manage well, can really save the pennies inshaAllah!
With careful planning, a family can eat healthy, wholesome and nutritious meals on a budget, and not feel cut-back Alhamdulillah.
By planning  our meals, we can determine exactly what ingredients we need to purchase and ensure we use up everything without wasting....not to mention the time it saves not having to think about what to prepare each day!
Too much food gets thrown away. That is food wasted and money in the bin! Knowing what to cook ahead, really does make grocery shopping easier and cheaper, because you only put in your basket what you know is needed and will get used inshaAllah.
 Planning really can save time and money, allowing us to spend more in the way of Allah.
I've put together a weekly planner which allows you to work out meals plus snacks as well as jot down any appointments, outings or other to-dos.

Rotating stationary holder .... perfect for sitting around the school room table together!

I've been looking around for a loooong time trying to find some sort of cool little stationary holder that stores a multitude of school-room essentials and rotates....I wasn't asking for much!

After an array of disappointing searches, I figured I should just make my own and Alhamdulillah, I am glad that I did!

I wanted something that I can place in the centre of our school room table, rather than having it all spread out taking up valuable shelf space!

A rotating cake turntable came to my mind, and Alhamdulillah, worked great!

To put together, all I did was decorate some glass jars with ribbon before super gluing down to the rotating base. I used one lid to store rubbers and sharpeners (these always seem to go missing!) and added some cute lil gems around the base edge!

Alhamdulillah the kids love it, it takes less storage space in our school-room and can be transported around the house as needed!

I love that the kids can sit around the table, and each can grab whatever they need easily....I just wonder how long it will stay looking so neat and tidy! (.....sigh)

If you fancied making one, alternatives to glass jars could be decorated empty food tins or cut-to-size pringle tubes...whatever you like! I've seen some pretty clever holders using finished toilet rolls over on pinterest....have a look around for ideas.

You don't need to purchase an expensive cake turn table, mine only cost £5 Alhamdulillah and works just fine!

If you've had a go at making your own stationary pot, I'd love to see what you came up with! Upload a picture onto my facebook page!
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