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.
Umm Maimoonah kindly gifted me the entire pack in exchange for a fair review....and it couldn't have come at a better time, because I hadn't yet prepared any resources this year. Panic over!
This pack has literally saved me hours upon hours of preparation work Alhamdulillah! All I had to do was download, print and go!
They say a picture paints a thousand words, so I have uploaded a short video clip flicking through our binder to give you a better idea of what's inside. (If it doesn't work below, click this link)
The first, (I say the first, but I don't think there is an order in which to complete these) is a Ramadhaan Quiz workbook, which is a series of questions based upon Shiekh Utheymeen's Sittings in Ramadan.
It goes well alongside the separate Ramadhaan scrap book (also based upon Shiekh Uthaymeen's work) as it allows the children to learn the material and develop their understanding before using the Quiz book to answer the questions.
Myself and the girls have had some really pleasurable afternoons and evenings this week, sitting together at the kitchen table. Seriously, we really have enjoyed ourselves Alhamdulillah.
I was genuinely surprised. Maybe because we haven't done anything like this before, so it seemed all the more exciting and new. I don't know.
The scrap book we are using is a little smaller than A3. I printed the pages at either 80% of original size or as two pages per sheet so that it allowed for a better fit.
So whether the child is writing or not, I feel that you can use whatever is personally suited; be that both parts together or one over the other.
As a home schooler, I have to admit, I rarely do anything "how it should". I'll often take something and do it my way...
I'm not giving each of the kids the full section of each chapter to stick into their scrap books. Instead, I've divided the writing and cut & stick elements for each girl.
I felt giving them each a different part, better met the specific needs of each of them. My 10 year old (soon to be 11 inshallah) is more suited to writing and I felt she didn't need to write the answers as well as cut & stick them. And similarly, my 8 year old who finds writing difficult, I omitted those sheets for her because I wanted her to focus on learning instead of worrying about writing as this wasn't a writing "lesson".
Its been really nice having something for us to work on that required zero planning or preparation from me beforehand!
You know it was a genuine success when they are asking "lets do the Ramadan scrap book!".
The journal is a selection of ahadith surrounding issues of good character, such as praying on time, dutifulness to parents, good treatment of neighbours, patience and more.
Each hadith is written out and followed by a prompt to record their goals and reflections. I really like this, because its a nice way to start getting the kids to really think about their own actions and behaviours based on the Sunnah.
The last of the journals, A Precious Blessing is a thorough yet simple overview of health and its importance. While it does have some writing activities, this is probably more a reading book than a workbook. I really like it though, and I think will inspire some interesting discussions with my daughters, particularly the eldest who is at an age where she needs to be more aware of health and its impact on ibaadah.
I can see that when we start to use this, the girls will be able to think about how important our bodies are and that we do indeed need to look after them.
It helps to point out the link between looking after health and worshipping Allah. It ends with some small activities to get the children thinking about their own health and how they themselves can take responsibility for maintaining it bi'ithnillah.
Initially I thought I'd want to get some thin card to print onto, but after testing with ordinary printer paper, actually it seems fine with that.
The first set is based upon Sittings in Ramadan. They are the same questions from the Ramadan quiz book so will be a fun way to revise what they are learning.
The second set is based upon the A Precious Blessing journal, asking questions all about what they know about health.
I can see how these cards will be used Ramadan, perhaps in the evening whilst the children wait to break their fast to help keep their minds away from hunger.
It is so nice to have something to use, that I don't need to research, plan and prepare first, so a huge thank you to Umm Maimoonah for gifting us with this, JazakAllahu khayran!
I'm looking forward to starting these this Ramadan. I'm sure these journals are going to help the kids to keep focused, taking their mind off hunger and reminding them why indeed we are fasting for.
If you would like to find out more, please do visit Umm Maimoonah's blog where you can view sample pages and order this amazing Ramadan Pack to use with your family inshaAllah.