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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Arabic alphabet lapbook part 2 of 5!


Here with have the 2nd part in our Arabic alphabet lapbook series Alhamdulillah!

I haven't taken pictures of this lapbook but you can preview on the download link if you want to see more.

If you didn't see the first, you can check it out {here} where you can also see pictures of the completed lapbook (letters ba to kha)

Click on the high-lighted text below to download the 2nd of 5:
{Arabic alphabet lapbook letters   د ذ ر ز س ش}

Check back next week to get part 3 inshaAllah!



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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Yummy crunchy granola made at home


Granola recipe
I went in the kitchen today with my 8 year old and we put together this granola recipe Alhamdulillah!

With supermarkets everywhere stocking over-priced, over sugared, chemical laden granola, making your own is a much cheaper and healthier alternative.... and so so simple to do!

To be honest, whenever I make granola I usually just wing it....I put in whatever we have to hand; raisons, currents, dried mango, banana chips, pecans, walnuts  (dare I tell you erm...chopped up chocolate pieces!) without giving much attention given to quantities.
However, today I did make note of what we put in and this evening I quickly wrote it out as a recipe sheet which I have uploaded onto Scribd to make it easy to read on your ipad or tablet in the kitchen...if you don't have a mobile devise it should still work on a regular computer inshaAllah! (I think of scribd as a cheaper alternative to kindle!)
You can view this granola recipe over on Scribd {here}!

Granola recipe scribd
I've read a couple of ebooks on Scribd and as a reader, I found it great to use! But I've never used it to upload anything before, so this recipe sheet is my experiment to find out how it works!
I'd love to hear your feedback and let me know what you think of Scribd - I have a whole host of ideas I want to work on from fun kids activities and crafts through to home-school help!
So if my dear readers find scribd to be easy to use then it would be really exciting to plan some future projects around the Scribd format inshaAllah!

Okay, so I have digressed a little from todays post.....back to granola!

If you don't want to use Scribd, then here is the recipe we used today (with extra images!)




What you will need (approximately)
4 cups oats
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 to 3/4 cup honey
1 cup mixed dried fruit of your choice
1 cup chopped nuts of your choice

Before you begin, pre-heat oven to 160 degrees Celsius / 320 degrees Fahrenheit

Granola recipe
 Heat a pan on a medium heat and add approximately 2 tablespoons coconut oil and about half a cup of honey (I measured about 4 heaped wooden cooking spoons)
Depending on the strength of your honey you may need to add a little more or less.
Mix together until you have a nice runny liquid.
 
Granola recipe
Pour honey over 4 cups of oats in a mixing bowl (or you can add the oats to the pan).
Mix until well combined.
You can at this stage add your chopped nuts, however if you want greater nutritional value, make sure you buy them raw and add at the end after the oats have been baked!
 
Granola recipe
Line a large baking tray with baking paper and thinly spread the oat mix. If you have too much mixture for your tray, just grab another!
Put into the oven for approximetly 15 minutes.
 
Granola recipe
After 15 minutes take out and mix the oats.
Put back into oven for 5 minutes before bringing out and mixing again.
 
Granola recipe
Again, back into the oven for 5 minutes then bring out to mix.
Keep repeating this 5 minute bake and mix until your oats are all evenly golden brown.
They shouldn't be clumping together.

Granola recipe

Leave to cool before adding your choice of mixed dried fruits (1 cup)  and nuts (1 cup) ...for a naughty Jummah treat the kids will love, add a little chopped chocolate!
Store in an air-tight container and enjoy!

Remember, you can view this recipe on your mobile devise with the Scribd App, or if you'd like to download and print you can click on the high-lighted text below...
{ Granola Recipe}
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Monday, 25 August 2014

5 weeks of Arabic alphabet lapbooks!


arabic alphabet lapbook worksheets
Alhamdulillah today we are sharing the first in a five-part series of Arabic alphabet lapbooks!
Over the next 5 weeks we'll upload a new lapbook to complete the full alphabet bi'ithnillah!

To help the similar looking letters be grouped together, the letter alif has been placed in the final lapbook rather than the first (so don't panic....alif is not missing!)
 - I know some of you may have preferred the letters to be in alphabetical order, however I found that by placing alif at the end, it allows the similar looking letters to be grouped together in separate lapbooks, which should help the child to learn how to distinguish between the sometimes very small differences inshaAllah.

arabic alphabet lapbook worksheets
This first lapbook covers letters ba to kha.
I'm using a file-folder which opens out - so the cover has been cut into 2 and each piece affixed to each opening flap.
 
arabic alphabet lapbook worksheets
The complete lapbook laid out.
 
arabic alphabet lapbook worksheets
Each letter has its own mini-book which is simply folded accordion style and stuck into place.
It includes a letter colour-in cover, a word example beginning with the letter and a letter trace page.
arabic alphabet lapbook worksheets
 
arabic alphabet lapbook worksheets
The final part is a simple alphabet colouring page with tashkeel (vowel markings)
I suggest that when you ask your child to colour this sheet in, you may find it helpful to encourage the use of 3 different colours - one colour for each of the separate vowel markings. For example, all the fathas perhaps in blue, all the kessrahs in pink and all the dummahs in yellow.....whatever colours your child likes. By separating each vowel into one colour it may help the child to recall the sound each makes (ah ee oo).
 
To download and print at home, click on the highlighted text below
 
Be sure to check back next week for the 2nd lapbook in the series inshaAllah!
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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Free Home School Binder printables for home, home school and blog!


free home management binder printable pages
A home management binder seems a little extreme at first thought.... I mean, we all know what we need to do right? Wash the dishes, do the laundry, cook dinner....its not exactly rocket science is it!

Alhamdulillah, whilst running a home certainly is not rocket science, being organised can make doing so a lot more efficient and easier....especially for those of us who have home-schooling thrown into the mix!

In my own desperate attempts at improving my own home management skills, I discovered the world of binder printables! Some of you may already be familiar with these, especially if you are over in the USA because it seems to be something quite popular across the Atlantic!

Upon further research, I've noticed that many productive people, often have some kind of planning method in place to help organise their thoughts and time. It of course doesn't have to take the form of a fancy binder, however, if you are looking to have something which would help to inspire and keep you working towards goals and use time more productively inshaAllah, then a management binder may help.

When using a binder, bare in mind that what you write down is not written in stone! Some days things may come up which is not on your plan....so go with it and don't panic! The idea is just to help general productivity, and "brain-dump" all your to-dos onto paper so that you don't have to keep thinking about them!
Even if you only achieve 80% of things from your planning 80% of the time....you'll see a huge improvement in your productivity and time-management inshaAllah! (well, that's my theory anyway!)

So here is my version.... something I put together to help mentally organise to-dos, including home-school and blog planning printables.

I've uploaded each of the binder elements separately, to make it easier for you to download what you need if you don't need all the printables included.

Look out for future posts where I will share how I use this binder inshaAllah.

Happy organising akhwaat! (smile)


free Home Management Binder printable
I highly recommend getting the Better Binder from Staples....they come in a wide range of colours and have a protective pouch on the front to allow you to insert your own cover as well as an insert for the spine. (they are cheaper online than in the store though...we showed in store the online price and they matched it Alhamdulillah, or you can just order online and get delivered free to pick up from the store).
 
free cleaning planner printable
 
free daily planner printable
 
free home management binder contacts printable
 
free home management binder password log printable
 
free home management custom calandar printable
 
free home school weekly schedule printable
 
free home school lesson planner printable
 
free why we home school printable
 
free project and trip planner printable
 
free kids activity planner printable
 
free blog finance tracker printable
 
free blog objectives printable
 
free blog editorial calandar with stats printable

Sunday, 10 August 2014

The computer is sick!

Alhamdulillah we have a lot of new ideas to bring to the blog over the coming months inshallah!
It was intended to begin this week.......however our plans will have to be put on hold for a couple of weeks as our computer has got some kind of virus so it will be going in for repair, and next week we're away visiting family inshaAllah!

Bi'ithnillah everything will be back to normal by the time we return, so please do drop by again and check out our new posting schedule (which should be more regular inshallah) and content!


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