Friday, 18 August 2017

Gateway to Arabic Scrapbook part 2

Gateway to Arabic Scrapbook printable from a Muslim Home School
It's Friday and as promised here is part 2 of our Gateway to Arabic Scrapbook. There is no new vocabulary this week, so it only includes one file.
If you missed the first part, you can find it {here}. Look out for part 3 next Friday inshaAllah or subscribe so you don't miss it!
Download this weeks
and join in with us.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

This Years Curriculum choices 2017/18

Our home school curriculum choices from a Muslim Home School
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It's that time of year again, and the tills at Amazon and ebay have been cashing in, as home school mums across the globe go into a frenzy getting next years supplies ready....and I am no exception.

This week we've had several (okay, maybe more) packages arrive with new books, as well as a trip to the shops fill up on sharpies, felt tip pens and glue sticks.......rows upon rows of brightly coloured stationary....I love it!

After unwrapping all our new books, I thought it could be helpful to share our curriculum choices for this year. Although I have to admit, we have never been good at sticking consistently to a curriculum style book before we loose interest, other than Math U See which we have stuck to because of its open and go ease.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Gateway to Arabic scrapbook

arabic scrapbook based on gatewayto arabic
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Learning Arabic has always been a huge goal in my house....although admittedly efforts to do so haven't always been consistent, or as dedicated as it could.
Despite the fact that my father's side of the family are indeed all native Arab speakers, I am not. I feel the struggle to master this massively important language skill as an adult, so its something I hope my children will achieve whilst they are young, despite my own shortcomings bi'ithnillah.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Arabic word bank for kids

Build kids Arabic vocabulary with this free Arabic word bank printable
To help develop new vocabulary, I've produced a simple printable to help my children jot down new words they come across as they read their Arabic books.

I've included space to write both the Arabic word and its translated meaning, as well as a small area to draw a simple picture to help remember the new word.

Take a look with the virtual preview below, and download My Arabic word bank printable to print at home.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Home School Shopping...The "new home schooler trap!"

the new home schooler shopping trap ....don't fall for it!
After months of research, months "discussing" with my husband how amazing it would be to home school our children, months romanticising how fun it would be if only he would agree....finally I hear these words with a serious look "Khadeeja is not going back to school!".

.....Ooops!!

My heart jumped out of my throat! Really? We are going to home school? Your kidding... right!?

I remember questioning every home schooling mum I met, asking "how do you do school?". I'd find myself trailing blog after blog, buying book after book desperately trying to reach someone who could tell me what we were meant to do now.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Enjoy the ease that follows mastery

value the ease of achieving mastery over learning something new, for indeed after hardship follows ease. a muslim home school
Have you ever noticed so many of us, both parents and teachers alike, tend to focus on only seeing educational value when there is a challenge or difficulty in learning?

We don't seem to value quite so much or appreciate the joy in having mastered something and being able to do it easily.


Have you ever noticed that?

When we see our kids sat at the table, struggling over something new, we see growth, we see development, we see that as progress. But once that same child "gets it", we quickly move onto something new and start back at the beginning again.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

I want to hear from you

In my early years home educating, I was quite a regular blogger. I found blogging a great way to really help my home schooling endeavours with my own children.
However, as the years went by, I found myself dedicating less and less time to it, as the demands of every day life threw themselves my way.

I really miss the motivation it used to give me, and so I would love to get back into it bi'ithnillah.

And so, here I am, calling out to my readers, whether you are a home schooler or not (if you are a parent....you are always an educator!) to ask what do you want?


What is it that you want from a blog?
Do you want printable resources?
Do you want lesson plans?
Do you want ideas?
Do you want how tos?
Do you want home school support or coaching?
Do you want to be able to connect with more Muslim parents or home educators?

Whatever it is you feel you would benefit from, I would absolutely love to hear from you, so please don't be shy!

Let me know in the comments below and I will add it to my list of possibilities for my future planning inshaAllah.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Growing up

I shared an important lesson with my eleven year old daughter earlier this week. It wasn't a "school" lesson, but a life lesson.
For E'id, my husband and I gifted her a large handbag to take her books to classes, or just to carry her purse inside when we go out.
It is an elegant bag, navy blue: simple so it isn't a form of beautification or adornment.
From the minute she saw it, she loved it. We both knew she would. It was made for her, Allahumma baarik laha.

A few days ago, she was getting ready for another class, and I asked if she was putting her books in the bag ready. She hesitated, so I asked whats wrong. She told me in class a couple of days earlier, the girls had told her the bag is too grown up.

In that second, my heart sank. And I knew in this moment, this event, although pales such insignificance, would actualy have lasting effects for the rest of her life if not dealt with properly.

I told her,
My dear, I will share something with you which has taken me 35 years to learn myself. And if I knew this lesson when I was your age, things may have been very different now.


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Ramadan Pack 2017 review

Umm Maimoonah's Ramadan Pack 2017 review from a Muslim Home School
Ramadan is literally just around the corner subhanAllah, and you can feel the excitement as we get closer and closer!
Its at this time of year that Mummy's across the globe are stalking down pinterest and instagram, on the prowl for Ramadan crafts and activities to inspire the kids bi'ithnillah.

If you have been on the look out, you've probably already come across Umm Maimoonah's latest Ramadan Pack "A Grand Season". If you haven't already downloaded it, then I'm sure you will be eager to find out just what exactly is inside.

Friday, 7 April 2017

The parents effect on their children

the parents conditioning of our children from a muslim home school
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you place a load of fleas into a glass jar, leaving them for a few days undisturbed with the lid on?
I'm pretty confident to assume you haven't, or at least most of you haven't anyway ....I certainly never had.

When the lid is removed, those fleas for the rest of their lives will never jump higher than the level of the lid. And what is truly amazing, is the offspring of those fleas will never jump higher either subhanAllah.
You can see the experiment for yourself in this short one minute video [click here].

When I saw this, I immediately thought about the conditioning of my own upbringing; how my parents have influenced my behaviour and then I thought about how I influence my children in theirs.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Testing for Acids and Alkali with cabbage water indicator


Red cabbage water indicator experiment to test for acids and bases / alkali, with printable instructions and results worksheets from a muslim home school
When I think to my chemistry lessons back in school, I don't have too many fond memories. Chemistry was probably my least favourite subject back then. The only thing I can really remember is something about Bunsen burners and waiting for the bell to ring at the end of class!
20 years later, here I am teaching my own children; I now look at chemistry with a whole new vision, and I think it is pretty cool.
This is one of the perks to home education Alhamdulillah, I am getting a brand new learning experience myself. I sometimes think how ignorant would I be if I wasn't home schooling?

Anyway, here is an easy chemistry experiment we did as part of our home school science club. You can do this at the kitchen table inshaAllah....no Bunsen burner required! 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Brave Writer introduction and a Gracious Space Giveaway!

An introduction to Brave Writer and A gracious space fall giveaway from a muslim homeschool
I have a little secret I've been sitting on, and its time I split the beans. If you know me, or  if you pay any attention to the FaceBook page, you might actually already know.

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