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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Homeschool Favourites | November 2016

It's November, and it's time for another Monthly Homeschool favourites!

In these blog posts, I share with you some of the products and resources we have been enjoying in our homeschool this month. 


Muslim Homeschool Monthly Favourites

As some of you may have noticed, we didn't do an October Favourites video! Whoops! Actually, my family and I went travelling around Kenya and U.A.E that month. So we took a 3 week break from formal homeschooling, and allowed the children to benefit fully from their new experiences abroad. If you'd like to see some of our holiday photos, you can see them on my Instagram account.

This month, I have so many fun and exciting new products I want to share with you! This includes a really cool electronics kit that my kids adore, some great books we've been enjoying, and a gratitude journal for Muslims.

As usual, we have a GIVEAWAY running this month, so if you'd like to enter, scroll down to the bottom of this post, and enter with the Rafflecopter widget.


HOMESCHOOL FAVOURITES | November 2016

To take a closer look at all the products mentioned in this blog post, 
WATCH THIS VIDEO!




Cambridge BrainBox Electronics Kit


My children have really enjoyed using this Electronics Kit from Cambridge BrainBox

I was looking for an electronics kit to supplement our science lessons. This one was significantly cheaper than everything else on the market, and I think it's great!
It really well-made, and is easy for the kids to use independently.

electronics kit for kids Cambridge brainbox

This kit covers most of Key Stage 1 and 2; working brilliantly as an introduction to electricity for children.

There is an easy-to-follow manual included, that not only explains how to set-up each experiment, but also explains what it shows.

The components are very easy to fit together and your children will have new circuits set up in minutes! 
If you don't believe me...WATCH THIS VIDEO!



If your children are interested in electronics, or you are planning to look at electricity as part of our homeschool curriculum, I would highly recommend this Electronics Kit by Cambrdige BrainBox.



Muslim Homeschool Cambrdige Brainbox Electronics Kit


The "Making Science Fun" kit is their most basic package. They also have kits to make boats, cars and all kinds of fun projects for your children!




Pinocchio


Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi has been an absolute joy to read with my children. This is the original version, that is so different to the Disney movie!

It is full of rich vocabulary, beautiful illustrations and a deep undercurrent of good moral teaching runs throughout the book. It is a feast for the imagination and so much fun! 

My eldest always asks me to keep reading from it when I finish a chapter. He has NEVER done that before with any book! mashAllah!

Muslim Homeschool Pinocchio read aloud


I would recommend Pinocchio for children aged 4-9.


Fitra Homeschool Journal


Finally! A homeschooing journal for the Muslim homeschooling community! 

The Fitra Homeschool journal publishes articles written by homeschooling families all around the globe; bringing their perspective and opinions to print. They have articles about homeschooling methodolgies, personal accounts, resource reviews and a plethora of homeschooling information and inspiration.
Homeschool Favourites Fitra Muslim Homeschooling Journal

The Fitra journal is available in both print and digital versions from Amazon. 


This issue if no.1, and focuses on "Getting Started"; with articles about organization, budget planning , advice for reluctant parents and self-care tips. It was both informative and really really interesting! I love hearing about how other families approach home-education!

If you are new to home-education, or even if you are very experiences, I think that you will find the Fitra journal a really enjoyable and a useful resource. 


 

365 days with Prophet Muhammad


We LOVE this Seerah Book for Kids!
The 365 Days with Prophet Muhammad has become our new favourite. The book divides the Story of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) into 365 sections; one for each day.
I love the idea of dedicating part of each day to learning the Seerah of the Prophet. We read our copy bed, in the hope that these stories and meanings will fill my children's dreams, insha'Allah.

Gratitude Journal


Children growing up in the West often face the risk of becoming "entitled" and forgetting how Blessed they truly are. 

Keeping a gratitude journal is a beautiful way to nurture shukr in your children's hearts. 

We are ordered by Allah (SWT) to be grateful slaves, and this is something we must teach to our children:

"Then remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and do not reject Me" (Al-Baqarah 2:152).


Muslim Homeschool Ayeina Gratitude Journal


This little book is filled with the most incredible water-colour illustrations of examples of things to be grateful for.

There are several lined-pages where you are invited to write down something you want to say "Alhumdulillah for" for each day.



Muslim Homeschool Ayeina Gratitude Journal

Muslim Homeschool Ayeina Gratitude Journal

If you are looking for a journal with lots of space to write, this is not the right fit for you. However, I think this journal is perfect for busy people (or for children) who want to develop a habit of gratitude, and would like to simply write down a list of things, or short sentence.  

Finding time in our busy lives to reflect on the Blessings in our lives, is a very beneficial practice to teach to your children, and I would urge you find a way to begin this in your home. 

Some families simply ask their children to say thank you to Allah before they go to sleep, others make impressive wall-art to display. I recently saw one mother who had made a Gratitude Tree, and on each leaf was written something to be grateful for. 

The Gratitude Journal for Muslims is available in Softcover, Hardcover and as a Download. 
You can purchase it from the Ayeina Website, or find your local distributor.


GIVEAWAY


It's GIVEAWAY Time!


Muslim Homeschool Giveaway


This November I am thrilled to be able to share TWO of my favourites with one of you!!!

I will be giving away:
Softcover Gratitude Journal for Muslims – #AlhamdulillahForSeries from Ayeina.com (RRP: £12)
Fitra Journal: The Muslim Homeschool Quarterly: Issue#1(RRP: £7.56)

The November 2016 Favourites Giveaway will run until Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 12AM GMT

The giveaway is open Internationally

All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.

Please aware that if entering from overseas, you may be liable to pay customs tax (or the equivalent), so please check beforehand.

You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (click HERE is you would like to know more about Rafflecopter). 

I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email. 

The winner has 24 hours to respond, otherwise I will have to select another winner.


I hope you found it useful to see what we've been enjoying in our homeschool this month. 

I'd love to know what your family has been using this November :)
Please let me and all my lovely readers know in the comments below!

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See you next month insha'Allah!

In need of your duaas.

Peace and Love xx



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18 comments:

  1. Assalamu alaykum
    I've been enjoying your blog for a while. I'd like to continue to see ditl blogs/vlogs, those are really inspiring. Thanks for sharing so much with us!

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  2. The fitra journal looks SO interesting! I would love to see more beginners resources on how to get started with homeschooling.

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  3. So honored to be a part of your beautiful home mashaaAllah tabaarakAllah. Jazakillah khair. Can't wait to see who wins the gratitude journal bi'ithnillah ❤

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  4. maashaaAllaah I LOVE your blog and youtube channel may Allaah bless you and your children. love your monthly faves. Look forward to your next post jazakialllahu khayr xxx

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  5. Assalamu alaykum, love your inspiring blog. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful resources:)

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  6. Assalam u Alaikum!
    Nice blog Masha Allah!

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  7. Interesting selections indeed! We have the 365 days with the prophet Muhammad but in Arabic and we love it as well. The alhamdulillah series seems lovely.

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  8. I find your blog very interesting and helpful.

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  9. The gratitude journal for kids seems like a great idea. We read from easy reader library books of elephant and pig. They have a bunch and it's easy to read at their level. Also we were going to do a gratitude scavenger hunt once I figured out what to look for that the kids are grateful for but I think doing a gratitude journal daily would really go hand in hand with that as well.

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  10. Would love to win these resources. Id be interested in reading more about how you manage your time/responsibilities. I enjoyed your video about your homeschool day so some more things along those lines would be fab too in shaa Allah. umm yunus

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  11. A salaam Alaakum, I enjoy your blog and YouTube videos. I admire any mom who homeschools her children. I want to but fear that I won't teach my kids as well as a certified teacher.... Did you ever have those doubts? If so, how did you overcome them? I would like to see how you manage your time and how you set up you daily schedule, thank you!

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  12. JazakAllah khair for sharing these resources. As we carve our way through homeschooling your finds and shares come in very handy.

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  13. Mashaa allah, thank you for all the help and good resources, waiting for the next post , JaZak allah khairan

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  14. I love your blog and reading your posts. They are sure to help me in the future when my baby grows up ��

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  15. Salam Aleikum, inshallah you and your family are well. I found your blog not so long ago, and I have been reading it ever since. Thank you for sharing with resources you use to teach your children, I find it very beneficial. JazakAllah khair

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  16. Noor here from UAE would love to win this for our son. MashaAllah such a lovely giveaway. Hope to have chance since it's international InshaAllah

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  17. Love the blog and all the useful resources provided. Would love to see more printable resources.

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  18. Assalamualaikum warahmathullahi wabarakathuhu! Love your blog! Great posts and resources MashaaAllah!I've looked to your posts on products that have been really useful for me when the needs arise!I volunteer at an islamic weekend class and its been helpful finding activites/ideas from your blog related to the lessons! JazakAllah khyr! :) I also do stalk you on instagram as well dont want to miss on any good stuff :p Keep up the awesome work ! looking forward to your posts!

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