Friday, 31 March 2017

30 Ideas for Ramadaan Activities & Learning about the Prophets of Allah

It's that time of the year again Masha'Allah when we are all preparing activities for our children in Ramadaan. Our Home ed is quite relaxed and we spend it mostly Reading Quran, attending the Masjid and sharing food with the community. We start the day with a craft activity and reading books.

1) Make Ramadaan Fanoos
2) Make Moon & Star Mobiles
3) Make Ramadaan Lapbooks
4) Sadaqah boxes or bottles
5)Print out masjid jigsaws
6)Make a masjid suncatcher using gelatine or cellophane
7) Make salaah mats
8) make sweet cones to hand out to the local children at Iftar on the first night
9) make a masjid from paper bag (see below)
10) Keep a Ramadaan journal
11) Write a story about Ramadaan
12)Write a Ramadaan Acrostic poem
13) Sponge paint a Masjid (see below)
14) Masjid foil art (see below)
15) Stories of the Prophet activity and read the books (see below)
16) Masjid colouring - print out or buy from http://www.islamicmoments.co.uk/
17) Masjid throw the bean bag game - (pic to follow)
18) Masjid collage activity
19) Plan Suhoor or Iftar - plates available to print online of draw your own. You could use paper plates to colour on too!
20) Set up an Itikaaf tent
21) Search for the moon and learn about moon phases - activity with oreo biscuits to follow
22) Make Ramadan Biscuits
23) Make good deed sticks by writing good deeds on lolly sticks
24) Make an Iftar box for treats
25)Attend the masjid whenever possible and encourage to keep it neat and tidy
26)Make a Ramdaan Scrapbook
27)Teach them about Laylatul Qadr
28)Encourage to read Quran and Islamic Books - have a Ramadaan book basket
29) Pack and prepare gifts for the less fortunate
30) Have a Ramdaan craft party with friends

Here are a few pics of Islamic activities we have been doing and I will be posting more through Ramadaan Insha'Allah.







































Our Home Ed day in an Ebook!

Many thanks to Fearless Homeschool for posting our Home Ed day!

To view click here:-

http://fearlesshomeschool.com/always-learning-homeschool-day-life/

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Which Arabic Resources do we use?

Monday - Thursday the children have a private tutor in Egypt via Skype. They each have a half hour lesson with her in Tajweed/Arabic.

When they are quite young I teach them the Arabic alphabet through this book:-

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This book is very easy to work through and the children prefer it over similar Qaidahs.

As for their Arabic Language skills we start with posters, flash cards and learning lots of easy, simple vocab through the Gateway to Arabic books. These posters from Smart Ark are quite nice mashallah https://smartark.com/posters.html

My children then go through the following books:-


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This is a series of books they study at home with online help from:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRNyumDxrm0

http://www.lqtoronto.com/

They also learn Bayna Yadaik from their teacher in Egypt:-

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with homework help from:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sulgLAg6l0U

For free Arabic PDF's check out:-

https://www.kalamullah.com/learning-arabic.html


In their free time they are starting to read simple books in Arabic from this website:-

http://omarmariam.irsyad.sg/volume1.html

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Our Home Ed Montessori Play


What is Montessori?

Montessori is a system of education for young children that seeks to develop natural interests and activities rather than using formal teaching methods.

How do I use Montessori at home?

I use various Montessori play activities up to around the age of 5 or 6 or until I feel they are ready to progress to workbooks. I feel my children are benefiting from this way of learning as it develops confidence in their abilities and independence in their daily tasks. It helps to develop their motor coordination, fine motor skills and language skills.

Where do I the resources?

There are many different Montessori activities to buy online but I usually research activities through books and websites and then make them myself  at home. They are then left out on the kitchen for the younger ones to explore whilst their older siblings get on with their own studies. Here are some we've been doing recently.
















Thursday, 23 March 2017

Home Ed Maths Lesson on Fractions

Today the boys started a new topic 'Fractions' some of which they have covered before, but needed extra help with the equivalent fractions part. Here is the book we have been using. After explaining equivalent fractions they completed the exercises, they made their own memory game by cutting out 24 cards and each took a pair at a time and wrote equivalent fractions on them. Next they placed them upside down on the table and started their game. Each took it in turns to choose two cards and see if they were equivalents fractions, if they were then they kept the cards. The winner is the one with the most cards at the end.





They also made this activity with wood, pins and elastic bands!!!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Today's Home Ed Day

After breakfast they had their Tajweed lessons online. M and AS sat at the table do start some crafts. AS is learning about frogs and the life cycle and M did some painting.
It has been another rainy day so they each did their English, Maths & Science at the table until lunch. Along the way we include crafts, online work, experiments and any other practical activities I can think of to help them better understand the topic they are learning.
The boys (A & AR) were learning Pie Charts in Maths so made a pie chart of their day and coloured them in. They worked together in English and planned a quest story.
S was writing about the format of Media text which she continued from yesterday, revised Standard Form in Maths and revised Mixing and Dissolving substances in Chemistry. Here are some pics of the little extras of today.


Abdur-Rahmaan looking at the felt he made at an Art Workshop.



Abdus-Salaam making a spider catcher!



Safiyah making small cushions! She's enjoying learning to sew and has also made a pair of pyjama bottoms for her brother!



Abdus-Salaam really enjoyed planting his seeds at the weekend and has been making sure he is watering them every day.



Reading his Oxford Reading Tree Ebook on https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/


Maymunah's Science/Art experiment with Baking Powder, Vinegar, paint & food colouring. She squirted the vinegar onto the colour to watch it bubble up.





Maths lesson in Tescos!  Weighing fruit and vegetables.




Abdus-Salaam learnt about the frog cycle today, read a book about frogs and used his frog toy and lilypads to count on in 2's for Maths.


We've had quite a few flyers through the post recently so the boys looked at advertising and made their own menus.


A new project to help out with at Zooniverse helping spot Seals



Making animations before Taekwondo lesson



Waiting for the Taekwondo lesson


Helping our grocery driver deliver our shopping!

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