Ramadan Battle

Bismillah,

What have we been up to since the 15th April 2014? Well, a lot, really. But, first of all, let me wish all of you a Happy Belated Ramadan Kareem!!! May Allah enable us all to really change and improve ourselves for the better this Ramadan amin.

Home-educating is going well. We do almost nothing structured with regards to academic subject on a day-to-day basis. Both big and little S attend Maths, English and Science classes once a week at Raising Explorers (where I work) and they go to madrassah there Tues-Fri afternoons 4:30-6:30pm. So, what do we do at home?

Gardening

We have done a lot of gardening this Spring/Summer 2014. We have planted strawberry plants early in Spring and they were all growing so well. They all had 5-6 fruits each but the slugs started eating the leaves. My neighbor suggested I put some salt on all plants which had a disastrous ending, the fruits and leaves dried up. They have all grown out by now but  no homegrown strawberries for us this year. InshaAllah, I am hoping the plants would double by next year and we will have some fruits.

We have also planted an apple tree and a pear tree. They both blossomed well but we have got no pears for this year. Alhamdulillah, we have plenty of apples and we can not wait to bake an apple pie with those.

Pear tree

Apple tree

Strawberry plants

Strawberry plants

Trips and Outings

We have been going on a lot more trips lately since the arrival of my parents. We want to show them around as much as possible. We have been to quite a lot of local parks, including:

Roberts park in Saltaire; Roundhay Park in Leeds, Chellow Dene Reservoir, Ogden Waters, and of course our local Lister park. I have made a list of few other free places to go after Ramadan inshaAllah: St. Ives Park in Bingley, Shibden Park in Halifax, Stockeld Park, Cliffe Castle in Keighley, Bolling Hall, Bolton Abbey and Manor House. I am trying to make use of all free museums, galleries and parks as the costs can easily add up when multiplied x8 in the family lol. We may take them all to Yorkshire Wildlife centre for Eid

My mummy at Chellow Dene

Arabic and Qur’an

We have not been doing much Arabic language at home except what she learns at Raising Explorers. We revise the surahs of the Juzz Amma they have memorized and Sumayya reads half a page of Qur’an daily. Safiyya has just started reading too, mashaAllah but no pressure. She reads when she wants to. Having attened Tajweed classes recently, I have just started explaining the Tajweed rules to big S recently. Up until now, she has learnt how to read by listening only and kind of figured out most rules (without knowing the names such as Idghaam, Izhaar, Iqlaab etc). 1-2 daily they pray with me, again no pressure, hence not very regular. As big S turned 7 this year, I should be encouraging her more inshaAllah.

Russian progress

Alhamdulillah, big S  has been going to Russian 3 times a week. She goes to Russian class organized for the children of local Russian families on Monday afternoons. Then WEd/Fri mornings she goes to her tutor’s house for 2 hours. She can now read, write and speak a little bit of Russian. She can talk about most topics including her family, likes/dislikes, animals, fruit/veg, about her house, about her grandparents and weather etc. They do little bit of grammar but mainly conversational Russian as I want her to be able to speak and understand first. She has learnt so much vocab and can use them well. Alhamdulillah. There is also a farm next to her tutor’s house. So, we have been going 1-2 times a week to feed the horses, see llamas, donkeys and a pony.

Kids trying to feed horses

Islamic Studies and Self-Evaluation

All of us have to work on our manners, especially myself as I have to model the exemplary behavior for them. This thought has been troubling me so much lately. My confession yesterday was “I have always known that children learn by example. They are the best imitators, regardless of weather you do a good thing or a bad thing, they will try and copy the adults around them. Seems like I have known it theoretically up until this point. So, I have recently discovered that before fixing everyone else around me, especially my poor kids, I should first fix myself. As an adult and as a mother of 4 home-educated kids I see some major flaws in my own character. I can lecture my children about what is good and right thing to do but the children mirror and project my own faults which is scary. I am almost always battling with my own self and questioning “am I doing the right thing/wrong thing” and worry a lot about my children’s character too. But, like I said, I came to the conclusion that as long as I work hard to try and fix my own problems, inshaAllah Allah will take care of my children and how they are going to turn out as a person. The battle with the self continues….May Allah give all mothers out there an immense amount of patience and make parenting easy for us and give us a good ending. Amin ya Rabb!!!

I don’t know why I feel so burdened, so pressured these days with mothering duties and responsibilities…I have terrible mood swings at times and end up feeling so guilty for having shouted at kids…I am always asking for more patience in my duas as I am quick to criticize my kids. How do you deal with your inner critique that sets up the standards so high for your kids? I am finding it so hard to just let it go. Alhamdulillah, slowly but surely I am working more on myself rather than kids and feel moving in the right direction. I am praying to have a better week ahead inshaAllah: less yelling, less shouting, less correcting, less critique; more encouragement, more peaceful, more connecting and more praise.

General Home-Ed Review

Alhamdulillah, I am happy where we are at. Like I said, at this point in life we are focusing much more on character-building rather than in any form of structured academic lessons. Above all, I would want myself and my children have a good personality. I just want to be good inshaAllah…

Once again Ramadan Mubarak my dear sisters and wishing you all to have the best Ramadan yet!!!

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From 3 to 4…

Bismillah,

Very late Ramadan Mubarak to all!!! May Allah bless us with good deeds and enable us to rip the rewards of the last ten days, amin.

I don’t know where to start and what to write. SubhanAllah, I have been super busy with the arrival of baby Saida. Allah has blessed us with a baby girl on 13 June 2013. Alhamdulillah, she is healthy and growing well. As you can guess from the title of this post, there is a massive difference from being a mother of 3 to a mother of 4. I am so tired and exhausted these days. Each wants attention, each wants one-one time, each wants a bit of love and hug and each needs disciplining. I am so tired of being the judge between the elder 3. They are always fighting for the same book, pen, pencils or crayons or something else. I am often stuck trying to think how to deal with sibling fighting and sibling jealousy between them, or trying to think of ways diverting one of their attention to something else. I think any mother learns how to be a super clever with 4 young children under her arms.  And I am no exception, slowly but surely adjusting to be a mother “with- multiple- children- born- within- short- age gap”. Ya Allah, please make me among the patient…

Home-ed has pretty much stopped well before the arrival of the baby. The main reason was the warm weather we had over the past 2 months. Kids have been literally spending all day outdoors playing. They are out in the garden from 8am till 8pm. Both of our neighbours’ daughters come out and they have spent a lot of time with them. They often go barefoot in the garden, love playing with sand and mud, like digging, running, jumping, throwing, collecting sticks and leaves, making stuff out of everything and anything they could find out in the garden.

They collected lots of different flower petals and sealed in a jar with some water to make a perfume the other day. Sumayya likes to make things using leaves. Alhamdulillah, they are so good at keeping themselves busy. If I give them a bit of resources and instruction, theyspend some time being creative. They make things out of any packaging or paper/newspaper we have at hand.  Because I have not had a time to plan and organize more structured learning sessions, they have had a lot of creative play time. MashaAllah, they learn better when they take the lead through their own ideas and plans (but also fight a lot when left unsupervised, one wants to stick it here and another wants to stick a there and third thinks sticking is not a good idea)

I just have to be a bit more patient and to do a bit less shouting. I just have to do a bit more connecting and a bit less correcting. I keep trying to remember my own childhood, how I grew up and how I behaved etc. I can only remember the flashbacks of happy moments. I want them to have a memory of happy childhood. I keep making dua asking Allah to give me the ability to deal with their arguments and fights in a more calmly manner. I often think I might break their confidence with my “no-stop-pointing-out-only-the-negatives”. It is true though, we don’t notice quick enough to comment when children are so nice, behave and play well together. But, as soon as something goes wrong, we jump with criticism. I have read a lot of posts by Hands Free Revolution in my search of guilt-free parenting. MashaAllah, she writes very useful stuff

Anyway, here is the photo reportage of how they have been spending the summer.

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Sumayya cutting pictures out of newspaper for her story

Safiyya is making flashcards for herself

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Sumayya building a masjid with a friend

We took them to have a paddle and swim in the big fountains at the city park daily when the weather was nice.

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Ibrahim at the city park

Ibrahim loves playing football in the water

We take them to Lister park 2-3 times a week where they can discover the nature in botanical gardens, play in the playground and go visit the gallery inside the Cartwright hall.  Sumayya often rides her bike and Safiyya rides a scooter. We need to get her a new bike soon (Alhamdulillah, we are lucky to live so close to this park)

Safiyya and Ibrahim outside the Cartwright gallery

I have resumed the Qur’an hifdh sessions again at the start of Ramadan after we had had another 2-3 weeks break. It is just so difficult to restart once we stop. Sumayya had a lot of meltdowns and did not want to memorize or revise any surahs she has memorized before. As soon as I call her for Qur’an, she starts feeling “not so well”. I remind them both of the benefits of reading and learning the book of Allah, give them treats for doing well. But, subhanAllah, can not think of how I can make it more enjoyable for them.  One day when I asked Sumayya to revise some surahs, she started reciting unwillingly and she started crying. I was so angry and upset so I asked, “Why are you crying? As soon as it is Qur’an time, either you are tired, either you are hungry, either you have headache. How do you want to enter Jannah if you don’t want to learn Qur’an. Even if you don’t want to, you have to force yourself. It will be difficult at first, but then Allah will make it easy and enjoyable for you. You have to keep trying.” At that she was crying even more because she knows I am right. When she knows she is in the wrong she feels sorry for herself and cries even more. I wanted to tell her off but I calmed down myself. So I asked again “Why are you crying, just tell me?” and she goes “Because I have to cry when I make dhikr of Allah”. I burst out laughing. She quickly thought of a healthy alternative to why she cries when she reads the Qur’an. Anyway, 20 days of Ramadan already behind, and we have just re-established our daily Qur’an hifdh sessions in the mornings. May Allah make it continuous, amin.

After they finish hifdh, I ask Sumayya to read 1 surah from 29th juzz. MashaAllah, she can now read the Qur’an, though she finds it a bit difficult and challenging at times. I think she enjoys reading more than memorizing. Then we read either from the English or the Uzbek translation of meanings of some of the surahs they have memorized.

One day we read the tafsir of Surah Burooj. They were so impressed with the story of “The owners of the pit”. Then we all watched the Boy and the King and loved it. We had long and fruitful discussion afterwards. You can watch it here with your kids when you have a spare time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0hJU4rvKqw

We have not been able to do anything specific on Ramadan other than following their Ramadan calendar. I had 4 Ramadan calendars from Islamic Relief’s Hilal kids’ club. I don’t know where I got them initially but I have had them for the past couple of years and waiting for the girls to grow a bit older to use them. They all came in Ramadan pack with a calendar, “I am fasting” stickers, penny-box and some activity sheets. They both made the penny-box using the materials provided and have decorated a sadaqah jar each as well. Every day after the Qur’an session I give them some pennies or any other changes I could find in my purse. That is their treat for learning Qur’an during Ramadan. They are so eager to calculate how much they could collect till the end of Ramadan. They want to donate it to the needy in Uzbekistan inshaAllah.

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Ramadan calendar with flips for each day of Ramadan

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They can read and follow up a good deed for that particular day under each flip

Sumayya can easily fast till 6-7pm in the evening. Safiyya fasts till lunch lol. She eats so often and so much (or so it seems to me). Ibrahim just knows we are fasting and therefore can not eat.

I ask Allah swt to grant us all mothers a beautiful patience, bless us all with pious children who could serve as means of purification and entering Jannah for us all amin. May Allah make us content with what we have and make parenting easy and enjoyable for all. Please keep me and our family in your duas inshaAllah.

Eid ul Fitr 2012

Bismillah,

Alhamdulillah, we hosted the Eid party last Saturday (25 July 2012) for all those children who attended the Ramadan camp. We did some Ramadan and Eid related activities with the children, played  some party games (pass the parcel and pinyana- i am not sure if this is correct spelling lol) They received their Eid giftbags (with Islamic books, sticker sets and halal sweets etc). And of course we all shared a yummy meal. Alhamdulillah, a sister from Morocco did a reminder for all on maintaining the spirit of Ramadan, which I thought was really good. We displayed some of the things children made during the camp for revision with children but also for all moms to see.

 

We got both the girls some books for Eid and they received some gifts from some of their khalas. A friend gave them a two sets of stitching doll kits- two matrushka dolls (Russian) and two kokeshi dolls (Japanese). MashaAllah, they really enjoyed stitching and putting all the pieces together. And they gave away all to their friends except one. They love giving out gifts, especially 3 year old Safiyya.

This was one of the books Safiyya got this Eid. Easy to read, beautifully illustrated published by Islamic Foundation in the UK. I found some really good books by this publisher.

After reading the story, we decided to make a masjid cut and paste activity.

Safiyya’s masjid. She learned about mimbar, mihrab, minaret, dome and has labelled them.

 

She has also tried to write “I am going to the masjid” at the back of her paper.

 

Sumayya’s masjid craft work. Again, she has labelled all the masjid parts, drew a path from her house to the masjid and wrote “I am going to the masjid”

 This is one of the books Sumayya received on Eid and where she got the idea to make a gift for me for Eid ul Adha. Excellent story…

 

And they received an Eid gift from a dear sister here. They were so happy to receive the post. They won in the giveaway but we said to them they received it because they have tried to do lots of good deeds this Ramadan and mashaAllah did well with the help of Allah swt.

 

These are some other books we purchased sometime go. They are not necessarily Islamic but with stories with Muslim characters. Alhamdulillah, we had very fruitful discussions based on these stories and jazakAllah khayr to sister who recommended them to us. 

 

 

 

 

Ahamdulillah for another busy and beautiful week with so much going on. We had a talk on Islamic parenting with some sisters today and I am really going with semi-structured way of teaching things. InshaAllah, will share my thoughts and plans soon.

 

 

Ramadan activities…

Bismillah,

This is my belated post on how we did the Ramadan activity packs from wonderful sister Umm Maimoonah and Smart Ark. MashaAllah, there was such nice variety of activities, fiqh, maths, reading and writing- all nicely integrated into this workbooks. May Allah accept these as sadaqa jaariya from sisters amin.

In general terms, we talked a lot about increasing our good deeds in Ramadan. We have discussed what small children can do to earn rewards in this blessed month with this small book and used the Good Deeds Tree from the pack.

 

 

 

 

We did the maths activity and answered all the questions inside.

 

 

 

We learned about why we fast -the ayah from the Qur’an- and talked about who are the Muttaqun. We learned the fiqh of fasting- what is allowed and what is not allowed whilst fasting etc…

 

We learned the hadith on breaking the fast, learned so many things about dates and did the colouring pages inside activity packs. We have also made the cute gift boxes, put odd number of dates inside and gave out to neighbours. (no picture of boxes unfortunately). MashaAllah, Safiyya’s colouring is getting so neat…

 

 

 

 

 

Sumayya described the pictures and wrote a sentence about each completely on her own. She did her journal 100% on her own too- didn’t ask me any spelling questions mashaAllah. Sometimes I just can’t believe how good she is at spelling and constructing sentences etc without me teaching anything about grammar or spelling. One thing is sure- She absolutely LOVES books mashaAllah. So, this is what she wrote …

 

He is reading the Qur’an. She is having suhoor. He is praying salah. She is giving zakat. He is having an Eid party.

 

 

I said to her write the things you liked doing in Ramadan in your journal and she wrote “I like being kind to Ibrohim. Playing with Safiyya. Being kind to guests. Helping mummy for food. Fasting with daddy. Making dady a present. Playing nicely with Inaya. Going to iftaar when someone invites me. Giving a Eid present for friends. Feeding Ibrohim with some food. Sharing toys”

I took them to the library on Thursday and checked out 27 books. We came home around 7 pm and straight after she started reading and read till bedtime, which is around 9pm. The next morning she woke up and came straight downstairs and started reading without breakfast. She doesnt like to be disturbed when reading. Me and grandma were asking questions to test and see if we could distract her, asked her to have some breakfast first. She refused and read all 27 books till 11 am and then came up to me and said “I was not really reading. I was only looking at letters and watching the letters making words together. But those were so interesting stories, mommy. Have you read them all?” lol. MashaAllah, we continue focusing on Islamic studies and Qur’an for next year and inshaAllah hope she can do self-teaching all the other subjects with the love of reading.

I took out some Dr. Seuss books for Safiyya and mashaAllah she could almost finish reading one whole book by herself. She could read the entire book if she focuses but she is often distracted and seems to me not as much interested. She keeps looking at pictures and assumes the entire plot and tells me the story- her own version of story. I say to her, “why dont you read, Safiyya, you can read now. You are a big girl” and she reads one page and says to me “Now give me a sweet mommy I read a book to you” lol. InshaAllah, going to preschool 3 hours a day will help her to make some friends and gain some interest in academic skills…

Ibrahim is so much into books. He reads day and night, like his older sister. He always brings books to me, to grandma, to dad and looks through the pages pointing at pictures very clearly and talking away in his language. He gets all his messages across with hand motions- he is so good at explaining things with gesture and all sorts of sounds he makes. Generally speaking we find him very communicative and social. When we have big gatherings in our house, he goes and sits in someone lap and starts talking to them, always with a smile. MashaAllah. I just have to make a little bit of effort to do more with him inshaAllah.

 

Eid Mubarak!!!

Bismillah,

 

Eid Mubarak my dear sisters. Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum- May Allah accept our humble efforts of worshipping Him, our siyaam and qiyaam and all the other good deeds we may have done for His pleasure only. SubhanAllah, one can feel how time if flying by especially in Ramadan. It only feels like yesterday, the day we started fasting and today we are already celebrating Eid ul Fitr of 2012. Another Ramadan is gone, another Eid is gone- may we become someone who is better in spirit and soul until the next one inshaAllah.

We have been so busy this Ramadan subhanAllah. We have hosted few iftaari gatherings in our house, attended as much as ten family iftaar dinners elsewhere. I think it was the 1st year for our girls to experience Ramadan practically- their efforts to fast, attending taraweeh prayers at the mosque and of course Ramadan camp where we learnt much about Ramadan, Fasting and Eid ul Fitr through practical workshops and hands on activities.

I have been much too busy to blog.  Re Ramadan camp, in Week 3 we learnt about Laylatul Qadr and and in Week 4 we learnt about Zakat al Fitr and Eid al Fitr in detail. We made lapbooks and bulletin boards (of which I still havent taken any pictures).

The girls have also finished Ramadan activity pack 1 from Smart Ark– mashAllah it was such a nice set of activities that kept them busy every day. We have continued our homeschooling in the mornings with variety of activities re numeracy and literacy.

Sumayya is always reading and writing, as usual. MashaAllah, I can see her character emerging and sometimes I can see bits of me in her subhanAllah. She is writing stories and illustrating them, training to be an author inshaAllah. We still use narration for reading comprehension but she is doing more written narration of most of the stories she reads by herself. I can’t believe how good her spelling is- she hardly ever makes a spelling mistakes. Some days we read a story at circle time- all children read a page each. Then we discuss the story and I do spelling test or dictation based on the story and mashaAllah she does really well. And when she decides to narrate the story in writing- she uses the correct grammar. It is almost like someone has taught her lots of grammar and spelling, mashaAllah. She still has some punctuation mistakes like full stops, commas etc. She also did lots of handwriting using Ramadan Copywork from TJ. MashaAllah, we both learnt so much from these 30 ayah/ahadith about Ramadan and fasting. She would read, copywrite the work and we would discuss the meaning daily.

Safiyya is trying to improve her handwriting too, she did some copywork with her sister but usually I have to push her a lot. I am taking things very easy and slow with her as she is very creative and imaginative but not so eager to do “academic work” lol. InshaAllah I am trying to say “yes” to her as often as I can. My problem with her is she is always cutting and sticking…. and collecting yoghurt pots, milk bottles and all sorts of other things in the house- Allah knows how much mess she makes a day and she does things that could drive any mother nearly mental lol. But, I know it is me, not her and this is what upsets me. The fact that I can not be patient enough, tolerant enough, and understanding enough with my growing young child….this is what upsets me. She is only turning 4 and yet I expect her to behave the same as her older sister….So, it is me, not SHE, who needs to change approaches and styles inshaAllah. I have been thinking a lot about her recently and I think 3 hour preschool thing in the afternoons would do her some good inshaAllah….

We finally finished MEPs Year 1 Practise Book b, so Year 1 is officially done. The past few weeks we learnt about calendar and money. They loved learning how to use a calendar. I ask them questions such as which month comes after which month, shortest month, longest months, winter/summer months. Also I ask them to circle a certain date on various different calendars (i. e find 10 January 2007) and find out which day of the week it was (i.e Mon, Tues, Wed). They have learnt shortened version of all months and weekdays. We also revised our knowledge of seasons and how times change in winter/summer (it gets dark quicker in winter etc). They had so much fun learning about how to use calendar- something practical and also a life skill…well kind of *smile*

Another skill they learnt is how to calculate the value of coins and how to use money in general. Again, I would give them a set of coins and ask them to find out who has got the most amount in value. They practised subtractions and additions using real pennies and 5 pence, 10 pence,20 pence coins. We played various different shopping games and there were some problem-solving activities provided in the book. Alhamdulillah, I am really happy for Sumayya’s mental math and problem-solving skills. MashaAllah, may Allah make it better and put into good use inshaAllah. She is quick at grasping the concept and thinking/analysing the problem.

With Safiyya, we still do counting 0-20 and basic addition with numbers 0-10. She is reading baby board books independently and joins in to read some words at circle time stories. I just let her lead when I sit with her and whatever she does I try to suggest few things and do lots of play-based activities. I hope someone of her age will soon join our homeschool and inshaAllah she can actually play with someone of her age without complaining…..

Re Qur’an hifdh Sumayya is learning surah Qiyamah and Safiyya is memorizing surah Zalzala. We talked a lot more about meanings/tafseer of ayah/surahs during Ramadan. I am hoping to buy ad Duha tafseer books for them inshaAllah. They are so interested to learn more about Allah swt and Jannah. InshaAllah, we will restart learning the 99 names of Allah and tafseer of smaller surahs more seriously now. They always keep asking me questions about Allah azza wa jal and Jannah, I figured out whatever we do during the day the subject of our conversations always lead to these two topics.

One day I said to Safiyya “You are always hungry” which is true lol. Every 30 minutes she keeps asking for food. She eats very little and very often. And she said

-“Allah is never hungry”
-I said “Yes true”.
-Allah never eats
-That’s right. Allah is free from all needs
-So, Allah is always fasting mommy?
-No, Allah doesnt fast because He does not need to fast….and here she was arguing with me
-But if He is never hungry and never eats then it must be He is fasting, mommy, yeah?

One day I read them the story of Sulayman a.s and Bilqis. How a queen had a beautiful throne but Sulayman alayhissalam’s jinn brought it to the prophet within blink of an eye. It was so beautiful etc then whilst discussing we were talking about Allah swt’s throne. And she asked me if Allah was sitting on his throne at that very moment. I said I don’t know. And she was asking me lots of other questions like whether Allah lives in Jannah or whether He swt moves etc. I genuinely can not answer some of their questions and really feel the need to study more about Aqidah and all the knowledge regarding HerAfter myself….inshaAllah. And Sumayya always rewrites some of the stories she has read with an Islamic twist, like she names the girl Aminah etc

They both are so creative, always making things and always coming up with really interesting ideas. Usually I don’t teach on Fridays. So, they take a notepad and pens/pencils and go out to *explore* the garden in which they spent at least 2-3 hours a day playing lol. They collect twigs, leaves, flowers, pull out the weeds, write some interesting notes in their notepad. They day before Eid I was busy in the kitchen and I send them out. Sumayya did maths work on her own, she wrote counting by 3s and by 5s. Then she wrote odd/even numbers 0-20, wrote some random addition and subtraction sums to herself to solve etc. Then she explored the weather- she said. She listed all sorts of weather conditions: windy, cloudy, sunny, rainy, snowy and ticked cloudy (it was like a chart). Then she wrote the ground was wet and therefore they would have to wear something long sleeved for Eid lol. It was nice cute chart with her writing and ticks. And she has made so many presents for her dad for when he returned from i’tikaaf. Every day she would spent good couple of hours writing letters to her father and making various different gifts/presents (again I never took pictures of these but inshaAllah intend to as we have still got the collection lol)

All-in-all, busy Ramadan for us. May the Controller of the Hearts make our souls firm and obedient in our deen amin.

 

Ramadan 2012 Week 2

 

Bismillah,

Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah azza wa jal, we have finished the 2nd day of our Ramadan camp today. There were 15 kids and 4 moms staying with us full day. And all the children really enjoyed themselves. (except the little incident this morning : P)

Last week we learned about the phases of the moon, Islamic calendar, Islamic months and the virtues of the month of Ramadan. So, we started with circle time today where we quickly remembered what we learnt last week. After we made dhikr, dua and read surah each from the Qur’an, we had question-answer based sessions to revise the phases of the moon and Islamic months. I made the moon flags and flashcards with the names of Islamic months and children had to put both the moon flags and Islamic months in the right order.

Then they made a display board about fasting day and what breaks/nullifies the fast.

This week we learnt all about fasting. We learned the ayah in the Qur’an where Allah has commanded us to fast. They did this copywork and used the sheet for their lapbooks

We learned hadith on fasting (Fasting is a shield) and made a mini book and learnt the duas to say on breaking the fast, dua when you break the fast at someone else’s house and dua to be said on laylatul-qadr. We also learnt 3 hadiths about dates as it is sunnah to break the fast with a date. All these mini books were part of their lapbook on fasting.

Finally, Ramadan is a month in which the Qur’an was revealed. So, we did Let’s learn about the Qur’an workbook from A Muslim Child is Born. We did this with our girls last year but mashaAllah it is always nice to review and remake with the other children.

 Another busy day for us, alhamdulillah. InshaAllah we start doing the Ramadan Activity Packs with my girls next week. Generally speaking we have been reading and listening to the Qur’an a lot more, read books on Ramadan and fasting, do their Ramadan copywork and Ramadan memories journals a day. I can not believe how fast this Ramadan is going, subhanAllah. May Allah enable all of us to do more for His sake only amin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramadan 2012 Week 1.

Bismillah,

Alhamdulillah, Allah has enabled us to spend the first few days of Ramadan so productively.

We had the 1st day of Ramadan camp on Saturday the 21st July and there were about 20 kids, mashaAllah. The camp is running just on Saturdays now as we have a circle with some sisters on Sundays I cancelled the 2nd group. But, alhamdulillah, it keeps me busy as it is, I have to prepare activities and printouts for the whole day to keep 15 kids entertained. It gives my girls a chance to learn in a big group in a trusted environment, alhamdulillah.

This is just the summary of what the girls have been doing. We trying to read more Qur’an daily and I will start focusing more on Qur’an hifdh and Qur’an reading and learning the tafseer throughout this month. I will do a separate post on this later inshaAllah.

They have received this card making kit from Smart Ark as a gift on their Qur’an party. They were busy making Ramadan Mubarak cards for all their friends, used up all 18 cards, envelopes and stickers inside, mashaAllah.

On the first day we learned about moon phases and how it changes the months in the Islamic Calendar.

They made an Islamic Calendar and did some other activities from here. And we all revised the names of months in Islam, made Ramadan Calendar to hang on bedroom wall. In order to keep track of days and to know how many days left till Eid, they will colour in a day for each day of Ramadan. inshaAllah we will be making more things from Ramadan Bulletin Board

Sumayya is doing a copywork daily using ayah and ahadith related to Ramadan and fasting. She reads ayah/ahadith, we discuss the meaning and she writes her own copy underneath. MashaAllah it has helped her to learn few new words such as shield and Muttaqun.

I got this printed from here, it has 30 pages of copywork all around Ramadan and Fasting. MashaAllah it has been of great help to teach both about deen and get her practise her handwriting. JazakAllah khayr to sis Umm Ibrahim, may Allah accept her efforts as sadaqa jariya.

We have also got her Ramadan Memories journal printed from Jannah Steps. She did the following page. We talked about what was her favourite times during Ramadan and I asked her to draw a picture. She loves drawing pictures, she is so artistic for some reason (none in the family is lol). Since I explained the hadith on drawing images with eyes she draws Islamic pictures (with no eyes) lol.

She wrote this on her own: iftar, Ramadan camp, praying with mumy, reading Qur’an, fasting with dady.

Then she drew picture of us having iftar with closed eyes, mashaAllah.

Both Summayya and Safiyya like to express their feelings and emotions through pictures. I bought them some books with muslim characters based on sister’s reviews here. We read the story of Alia’s mission- Librarian from Basra…It is a story about a librarian who tries to save the books from Basra library during the war in Iraq. I had to explain to them a lot about the war in Iraq. Sumayya keeps asking them why non-muslims had all the weapons and guns (based on the illustrations) and why muslims didn’t have those weapons and guns. They keep asking me why muslims didn’t make dua so Allah would send angels to help them (like the battle of Badr) or make dua so Allah would send the wind or storm (like the battle of Trench). It has been a real challenge and a mission to answer these questions. Then they drew this picture on tissue paper and explained to me non-muslims came to invade a muslim city. But muslims were fighting back and Sumayya and Safiyya were there helping. The picture was really good.

Safiyya did the Ramadan colouring book from TJ Ramadan and I asked her to copy a word on each page.

You can see how she wrote her name from right to left as in Arabic on the cover here. She gets confused between Arabic and English, like many of her age I guess. Sumayya used to get confused until recently between Arabic and English when it comes which side to start writing. Some sample pages

Safiyya has also learnt how to spell the word Ramadan with this accordion book from Umm Abdul Basir. 

We are yet to print the activity packs from Smart Ark. InshaAllah we should be doing it soon. May Allah guide us all and give us tawfiq to do more good deeds during this month amin.