Don’t loose it,Reuse it

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Just before you’re thinking of going and buying some overly priced manipulatives…take a deep breath and have a look around…there MUST be something you already have .Talking from experience, these marketing guys do an exceptionally good job of promoting their products and most of the time,its not worth the money you put in.

Unless you know yourself really well ,that you will spend most of your time in DIYing rather than facilitating.

Like I really wanted those cute teddy bear counters..but aren’t these doing the job good enough.Of course I have few of those that I regret.

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Islamic Tahdhib and Akhlaq

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Alhumdulillah Islam is all about good character and beautiful mannerisms…if one only reads the Quran and Hadith it suffices but its always good to have gentle reminders. SubhanAllah found this amazing book at a Book Fair,couple of years ago.Islamic Tahdhib and Akhlaq by B.Aisha Lemu.The book is divided into two parts.The first part is Theory based on islamic teachings of tahdhib(character) and akhlaq (manners)consisting of 39 lessons and part two is The Practice providing practical models from the lives of Prophets,Sahabas and other pious muslims in 7 lessons.Lessons are to the point and brief.

Just love having such a book around,I usually pull it out for copy work.We do talk about things like what is alcohol and smoking etc,but always fail to show them the ayaah relevant to it…but ones we came across this topic in the book, I was relieved to see the ruling mentioned in Surah Maaidah 5:90-91.I like how its all in one place.The exercises at the end of each lesson has good points to start a discussion.Inserting Tables of content page.

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Aquarium diorama

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Some day inshaAllah we would love to have a real aquarium but for now we decided to make one with a shoe box,some colored paper and fish which we found in our toy box.

I always try to help as little as possible,except where scissors and cutters are required.They decided to wrap the front with cling foil and but later my oldest decided to use transparent tape and only cover the first half….so its easy to change the decor :/

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Dig and learn

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Alhumdulillah…boys had good time working together,we could only get one of these kits and with all honesty ,I just thought it was pricey.

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But there is always barakah in less and we have to learn to accommodate and make space for everyone.

The only off was skulls on coins,but then it was a pirate treasure dig…what was I expecting.

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Cotton clouds activity

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I still remember as a child I always wanted to  touch the clouds and play and jump on them.

While discussing tawhid and Asma wa sifaat.We extensively talked about AL-Khaliq.An easy craft to go along the topic.We made clouds with cotton and stuck them to lovely blue craft paper.

Allah is Al-Khaliq the creator of everything.One can even do this with shaving cream…but of course we had none 🙂

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Our winter reading companion

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With running nose and coughs and colds,our days are a bit lazy but Alhumdulillah ala kulli haal, this is part of being human.It took me a while to understand the fact that my kids will get sick.My older version thought kids should never get sick,NEVER.

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So school started with measuring the ingredients, fun with hand mixer and pre heating the oven.

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Lets see how long it takes for these yummies to get ready.

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And Alhumdulillah ready for read alouds.Every time we will sit down with a book,someone will run to grab a cupcake.Happy reading!

Play is work of childhood

 

This is not for the weak at heart .It requires a great amount of trust and faith.It took us a while to understand how our kids learn.The whole process of building and brainstorming is soo crucial for them…they spend hours planning and executing.And once they have that perfect tent or house…its time to read a favorite book.The ones who still cant read,choose to read through pictures.

We see play as relief from serious learning,but for children play is serious learning.

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But is this idea real.Who is going to fix this mess again.Well when you give importance to your child’s interest, they give importance to your interest. I let them pull thing and sometimes even help those tiny hands.And before maghrib we all run around the house to make it look as good as new.Its a team effort.All in the day’s work.

Our beloved Prophet Peace be upon him used to let his grandsons( Radiallahuanhum )ride on his back.A famous quote by Ali Radiallahuanh reads”We play with them for the first seven years,teach them the next seven years and become their friends for next seven years”

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An uninvited guest

In the perfect world I would love to have a vegetable garden in front of my house and a backyard with chickens,a white goat, some cats in the background.but I can only vision this life for a day or two.Unfortunately I have always lived in a concrete jungle.I see claustrophobic tall buildings…I feel home.That’s ridiculous but its true.

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As much as I love the whole nature study idea…little crawling things freak me out….but my boys love being around insects and animals.We found this little guy inside a cauliflower.

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Boys wanted to keep this caterpillar as a pet but just when we were not paying attention…it disappeared somewhere… in the kitchen.And for me that meant  every corner of the kitchen needs to checked and cleaned,but Alhumdulillaah we found him dangling on the edge of kitchen table.After spending good 4 to 5 hours with us and letting us study all its moves and scales…our guest was escorted out to the garden across the street.img_2347

It was not as beautiful as the ones we saw in our books,but it was such an amazing sight SubhanAllah.

 

 

Playing and learning

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A topic learned with loads of fun…Alhumdulillah. And it all happens at bedtime…just when you want to wrap up the day!

How shadows are formed mama

Well…lets look it up…. Basically an object that does not allows any light to pass through will form a shadow. Shadows are formed by light, because if light shines onto an object, and the object blocks the light, the light will go sideways of the object, and therefore, a shadow is formed. Light can only travel in straight lines.Me reading from here.

Spending time alone…thinking!

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MashaAllah there is so much out there to learn and explore, so many curriculum, toys ,approaches ,methodologies ,different styles of assessments and much more than I know.

In my dire attempt to stay focused on not leaving out something… I sometimes loose track of why was I here at the first place.

We live in an age of explosion of knowledge .but is this true knowledge or facts and figures sold at an exaggerated price? Is this Ilm un Nafi -beneficial knowledge.

Even religious knowledge remains mere information if not acted upon. To quote someone who remains anonymous “If I have all the information about what is to happen in the grave ,what questions will be asked and the relevant references from the Quran and the Hadith…what use is it all when it does not come to my aid when I am finally laid in the grave?”. It would only benefit me if i prepared accordingly.Information becomes knowledge when it benefits.

Knowledge needs to be acted upon.