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Friday, 27 November 2015

Kindergarten Islamic Studies Curriculum

In our Muslim homeschool we use many different resources to create our Kindergarten Islamic studies curriculum.

In my humble opinion, Islam should not be taught to young children as an academic subject, with workbooks and heavy texts. Instead it should be learnt naturally and organically by children from watching their parents and peers throughout their daily lives.


Kindergarten Islamic Studies Curriculum

Learning about Islam should lead to it becoming a natural part of your child's being and a part of who they are. This cannot be achieved from books and academic exercises, but from good company and righteous parents who set a good example.

That being said, I have listed some materials we use to direct our learning and spark conversations.

1. I Love Islam by Noor Art

This curriculum can be purchased from Noorart. We set aside time to read one chapter a week from this book. We are using Book 1 with our Kindergartner, which is aimed at children aged 5-6. There are five more books in this series covering ages 4-9.


Kindergarten Islamic Studies Curriculum

This book is divided into five units introducing the Muslim child to:
- Basic beliefs (Aqeedah)
- The Life of Prophet Muhammad pbuh (Seerah)
- The Five Pillars of Islam
- The Muslim World
- Prophetic Manners



Contents Pages: 



I Love Islam Contents Page


I Love Islam Contents Page


I Love Islam Contents Page


This book also comes with a CD, with nasheeds and stories to go along with each chapter. There are also workbooks available at NoorArt that can be used with this book, although we have not tried these ourselves.


A Look Inside:



A look inside I Love IslamA look inside I Love Islam
A look inside I Love Islam

I Love Islam also introduces children to the Ninety-Nine names of Allah. We have been supplementing these lessons with lots of Arts and Crafts:
- Al-Khaliq
- Al-Malik

2. My First Quran Story Book


As part of our morning routine, w read a story from My First Quran Story Book every day. This book is a collection of Quranic stories and is aimed at children aged 3-9 years-old.



 3. Memorisation of Quran

As our boys are still young, we don't teach memorisation of Quran yet, but rather focus our efforts on instilling a love for the Quran. However we do expose the children to Quran as much as we can through Audio CD , listening to us recite, and Youtube videos:



There is also a fantastic series of books, The Mini Tafseer Series from Ad-Duha institute that introduce tafseer (explanation) of Juz 'Amma to children. They are based on the teaching of Ibn Kathir and are really excellent. I have personally learnt a lot from them myself. They're written for children to understand and enjoy.These can also be purchased from NoorArt.

4. Homeschool Co-op


We are fortunate in my community to have a number of other Muslim families who home-educate their children. Our children all come together once or twice a week to learn about Islamic topics in a relaxed and fun environment.

So this is how we 'teach' Islamic studies in our Muslim homeschool for my Kindergartener.

If you have any resources that you use with your children, please let me know in the comments. It's always interesting to see what other Muslim families are using to teach Islam in their homes.
Also if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will answer them as best I can insha'Allah



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Friday, 20 November 2015

SEA LIFE Manchester : A Homeschooler's Review

Last week we decided to take our homeschool for a field trip.
Since my son has shown a budding interest in Ocean Life (sharks especially) we decided to make the day trip to Sea Life Manchester.


Ocean Life Unit Study: SEA LIFE Manchester : A Homeschooler's Review


Sea Life Manchester is found in the Intu Trafford Cente, one of the largest indoor shopping centres in the U.K. This meant finding parking and food was so easy and I got to pick up a few things whilst I was there!

You start off having your photo taken, which you can later purchase, and then there is a show. Then you begin to make your way around.

Each part of the aquarium is numbered, and the kids are given a little booklet, with simple questions to answer about each area. When they have answered the question, they look for the 'stamping station' to stamp their book.

It was amazing how my boys got into this! They were so excited to run from area to area answering the questions. Its such a clever idea and meant they they really made the most of all the information available. All the displays were very interactive and perfect for children of Primary school age (4-10).

Some of our highlights were: 

1) Under-water tunnels

These were awesome! The kids enjoyed pointing out the sharks and the turtle swimming above.

Ocean Life Unit Study: SEA LIFE Manchester : A Homeschooler's Review

Ocean Life Unit Study: SEA LIFE Manchester : A Homeschooler's Review


2) Interactive Pool

M got to stroke a crab and a star-fish! Pretty cool!

Ocean Life Unit Study: SEA LIFE Manchester : A Homeschooler's Review


3) Turtle Egg Display

This was A's favorite bit! Apparently the gender of turtles is determined by the temperature the eggs are kept at. To demonstrate this there was a giant egg that the kids have to touch. After about 30 seconds the screen tells you if you egg is a boy (cold hands) or a girl (warm hands)! Genius!

Ocean Life Unit Study: SEA LIFE Manchester : A Homeschooler's Review


4) Interactive Video Game

At the very end of the aquarium was a game, Wii style, where you appeared on the screen and had to hit the rubbish out of the sea to help the little turtles swim across. It was very energetic and the boys ate well after this!
Ocean Life Unit Study: SEA LIFE Manchester : A Homeschooler's Review

Our favourite animals were the turtle, the sharks (of course), the scary Moray eel, and the enormous spider crab

When we got home M was keen to write about his day-out in his diary...

Ocean Life Unit Study: SEA LIFE Manchester : A Homeschooler's Review

Overall I highly recommend visiting Sea Life Manchester, especially if you have children under the age of ten-years-old. It is so well thought out and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had so much fun and learnt loads!

In terms of price, I think it is good value for money. We bought it, together with entry into LegoLand (also in the Trafford Centre), and it came to around £45 in total for all of us. 

The only negative point I can think of is it is a small attraction. It will only take you two hours maximum to see everything. However, for mums of young kids this is no bad thing! 

If you are interested in knowing more about SeaLife Manchester click HERE for their website.

Have you been to Sea Life? What did you think? Could you recommend any other places to visit in the North of England? I'd love to hear your recommendations. Please leave me a comment below :)


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Friday, 13 November 2015

Shark Craft for Kindergarten and Preschool

A quick an easy craft here for your Preschool and Kindergarten kids. My son has been reading about sharks this week in our Muslim Homeschool...So we decided to make our own shark art-work. 

Its easy enough for young children to do, and the results are very cute!



Materials Needed

- Paper Plates (3 per shark)
- White Paper
- Black Poster Paint
- Crayons
- Scissors
- Glue Stick
- Paint brushes

Step-by-step Instructions

1. Paint two plates with the black paint and allow to dry.




2. Cut the remaining white plate in half and glue it to the bottom half of the painted plate.

3. Cut two eyes and a mouth from the white paper, and use your crayons to add details (teeth, pupils etc.)

4. Glue the eyes and mouth into place.

5. From the remaining black plate, cut out three fins and glue them onto your shark as shown in the picture below.





Please give this craft a try and let me know how you get on in the comments below, or post your photos online and tag me on InstagramTwitter or Facebook. I'd love to see how your sharks turn out!

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