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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Teach TAJWEED To Your Children with Nursery Rhymes!

This post was written in partnership with Olive Tree Study Support.

Teaching our children to recite the Quran correctly is so important as Muslim parents. Tajweedthe rules of Quranic recitation, should be done in young children, so that mistakes do not need to be corrected in later years.

However, we all know that trying to teach Tajweed to young children can be challenging. Young children do not want to sit in formal lessons for too long. The rules can seem complicated and the terminology over-whelming. 

So how can we teach young Muslim children the rules of Quranic recitation? Through Nursery Rhymes or Nasheeds!!!


Teach Tajweed To Children with nursery rhymes

We all recognise how quickly our children retain the songs they hear. Whether it’s from school, or from the TV, songs have a way of sticking in the memory of children. Even now, I can remember the words to songs I sang as a child.

Tahera Akther, the founder of Olive Tree Study Support, has created a collection of rhyming songs to help teach your children the rules of tajweed.



They are so much fun! Honestly, your kids are going to love them!

The tracks are named Mysterious Makharij, Stretchy Madd Tabeei, Best friend meem & noon (my personal favourite!), Jumpy Qalqalah and Friendly Meem Saakina!

Despite having no music, only drums with child vocals, the songs are ridiculously catchy! They are so easy to repeat and easy for children to memorise. In fact, they’re a little difficult to get out of your head!

I love the idea of using rhyme to help young kids remember their Tajweed rules. They introduce your children to some of the basic rules of Tajweed and, insha’Allah, spark a passion for the study of Quran in later years.

We’ve been listening to these songs whenever there’s a quiet moment in our homeschool day; whilst the kids are colouring or playing, or whilst they’re having a snack. It’s a great way for parents to teach their children the rules of Quranic recitation, without them realising its happening!

They can listen and learn whilst....


Teach tajweed to children with nursery rhymes
Cooking,


Teach tajweed to children with nursery rhymes
Playing,

Teach tajweed to children with nursery rhymes
And eating lunch!
After listening to these songs, I would recommend them to children aged 4- 9. To get the most from the CD, they should have had some exposure to the rules of tajweed previously, so they can understand some of the terminology used.

They were perfect for my 4 and 6 year-old boys, and my little baby girl seemed to enjoy dancing around to them too! …We all did!

This collection of Tajweed Nursery Rhyme songs is available to buy as a CD or MP3 download. If you’d like to listen to the songs, you can hear a sample of the nasheeds on their website. Click HERE to listen!

It is such an honour to share these Tajweed nursery rhymes with you. I genuinely love them! They're fun, upbeat and so catchy! I often find myself singing them when the kids are asleep! 

These great quality children’s songs are a fantastic way to introduce Tajweed to, and inculcate a love of the Quran in, young Muslim children. 

I would recommend this CD to all madrasas, as well as any parent eager to encourage their children to recite correctly from an early age.

You can purchase your CD or MP3 Download HERE


How do you teach your chlidren tajweed?
Do you have any resources you love? 
Do you use nasheeds to teach anything else?

Please let us all know in the comments below.

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Ramadan Favourites

It's Ramadan! During this month almost everything changes in our homeschool. We stop our normal homeschool curriculum and turn our focus to learning more about Islam. 

The great thing about home-education, is that we can catch up with all the things we've missed later in the summer. For now, I felt it was important for the children to partake in the month, and a major part of that is changing the  focus of their school work.

Here are some of the products we have been using and enjoying in Ramadan. I'm so excited to share these with you all!


Ramadan Homeschool Favourites


I'm also running another GIVEAWAY this month, so scroll down to the bottom of this blog post to enter :)

For an overview of all the products mentioned, please WATCH THIS video:




Ramadan Favourites

Ramadan Cookie Cutters

These cookie cutters are made by With A Spin . If you are in the U.K. like me, you can purchase them online from Silver Lining.

Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters

My kids and I have two sets:

- Islamic Shape Cookie Cutters: which includes a mosque, minaret, star and crescent moon.

- Interfaith Harmony Cookie Cutters: which includes a Christmas Tree, Hannukah Dreidel, Diwali Diya and Eid Lantern. 

The idea behind this particular set is:

"We hope to bring people together across divides of religion, culture and nationality with Love, Unity and Respect; one cookie at a time."

I love the concept!

The cookie cutters are really well made and come out cleanly from the dough, leaving a clear imprint of the shape.

We've used them to make some delicous Ramadan cookies,to cut out water-melon for iftar, as well as other art-and-craft activities.

Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters

Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters

Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters


Quran Memorization Cards


These cards are a fantastic way to encourage your children to memorise Quran! 

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you'll know that my son has just memorised the last ten Surahs of the Quran mashAllah! I believe that these Quran cards were a huge help to him whilst he was learning.


Ramadan Favourite Quran Cards


The cards contain the last ten surahs of the Quran; from Surah Al-Feel (105) to Surah An-Nas (114). Each cards contains the Arabic, a transliteration, a translation. The Tashkeel (vowel markings) are colour-coded to help with correct recitiation.

One feature that I really liked was that on the bottom of each card there is a hadith or brief explanation (tafseer) to encourage deeper understanding of that Surah.


These cards are laminated, making them incredibly sturdy, and are mounted on a steel ring. This was a great feature! It meant I didn't worry about my son leaving them on the floor or mistreating them. He knew that after he read from them, they were to be hung up above his desk. 

At the beginning of the set there is also a section on the virtues of memorising Quran and some of the etiquettes one should have when reciting. 

I purchased my set of Quran Memorization Cards from Ibraheem Toyhouse .

They've been an invaluable asset to our homeschool, and I'm looking forward to my younger son using them too.




Ramadan Favourites Quran Cards

I Love Islam Curriculum


This has to be the BEST Islamic curriculum for children that I have come across. 

We have been using it throughout the Academic year, but wanted to finish it off during Ramadan. 

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum


It approaches teaching in a fun and interactive way, that my children have really enjoyed. Book 1 introduces children aged 5-7, to the fundamental principles in Islam.

I loved how the book uses fun characters to teach Tawheed in simple language, drawing on the Quran and Hadith of the Prophet (s.a.w.). Seerah, the five pillars, Islamic manners and etiquette are covered, as well as the Holy mosques and Islam around the world.

At the end of every chapter then are questions that can be answered and fun activities for your child to do.


Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum

This book also comes with a CD of nasheeds and Quranic stories to go along with the book. 

If you were to read one chapter a week, this book would last you the entire academic year insha'Allah! 

In fact, I'm so passionate about this series of books that I've started selling them myself! 

If you'd like more information about this curriculum, or would like to purchase it, please visit my SHOP.

SHOP AT: Homeschool Shop UK

If you'd prefer to purchase it from AmazonUK, HERE is the link. 
Or if your are in the U.S.A. HERE is the link for Amazon.com.


MiniTafseer Series For Children


This series of books by Ad-Duha Institute teaches tafseer (Explanation of the Quran) to children. 

They are worded very simply, so even young children will understand; and if your child is able to read themselves, they could do so independently. 


Ramadan Favourites Mini Tafseer Series


There is one book for each Surah. 

Inside they include facts about each Surah, inspiring stories of the Prophets, Arabic vocabulary and colouring pages/worksheets. 

The tafseer is based on that of Ibn-Kathir and everything is referenced with Quran or ahadith.

To be honest, they're not only for kids! I've learnt so much reading these to the children. Alhumdulillah!

We've been looking through most of the Tafseer books pictured above, and will be studying Surah al-Qadr during these last ten days.


   


Learning tafseer is a fantastic way for children, and adults, to attach their hearts to the book of Allah (swt). I highly recommend these books.


Quran Translation


This English translation of the Quran was recommended to me by my teachers, and so I wanted to pass that information on. 


Ramadan Favourites Quran

It is published by Oxford University Press and is translated by M.A.S. Abdeel Haleem.

I have been told that this is the best English translation of the Quran available at the moment.





Modest Clothing for Nursing Mummies


I was recently introduced to the shop The Boutique Liverpool on Instagram

They specialise in modest, stylish and practical clothing for the mummies! The best thing part is that you can breast-feed in most of their clothing!

I love this piece called "The Drapes." It's lightweight, flattering, and has a concealed opening for nursing!



I also have an abaya from this shop which is suitable for breastfeeding too. I'll be sharing the photo of this piece on Instagram in the next few weeks insha'Allah! 

If you're nursing mum looking for something comfortable and practical, that is still flattering and stylish, check out The Boutique Liverpool.

I'm already planning what else I want to buy from them!

GIVEAWAY


It's Giveaway time!


Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum Giveaway


This Ramadan I  wanted to share two of my favorites with one of you!!! 

I will be giving away:
- One copy of the I Love Islam Book 1 Curriculum with CD (RRP £23.99)
- Three books from the Ad-Duha Mini Tafseer series: Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq, and An-Naas (RRP £9.69)



Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum Giveaway


The Ramadan 2016 Favourites Giveaway will run until Monday 3rd July 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 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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you enjoyed seeing what products we've been using in our homeschool this month. 

I'd love to hear activities and products you have been using in your family this Ramadan.
Please let us all know in the comments below.

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See you next month insha'Allah!

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Peace and Love.


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ramadan Children's Books

It is Ramadan! This month in Our Muslim Homeschool we have been enjoying a wide variety of Muslim children's books, to teach the children about Ramadan and Eid.



Muslim children's literature is an easy and fun way to introduce important concepts in Islam; such as fasting, tawheed, sincerity, amongst others, to children from a young age.

I strongly believe that the stories we tell our children leave an imprint on their hearts and memories, impacting them in later years. What can be better than to read books to them with beautiful meanings and strong morals.

Here are some of the Ramadan books for children that we have been reading aloud in our homeschool!

For a quick look at which books we have been reading in Ramadan, WATCH THIS Video:



Five Prayers Each Day by Elizabeth Lymer

This charming rhyming story teaches toddlers to count up to five using the Five Daily Prayers (Salaah). It's short but very sweet!
One, two, three, four, five prayers each day that we're alive..."
Suitable for ages 1-3




Angels and Rainbows by Elizabeth Lymer and Brooke Alam

This is a touching story about a girl who loves to pray Fajr with her father, but is scared of the dark. Her dad teaches her some words (dhikr) that she can say to invite the Angels and their light (Noor) into her home.
The illustrations in this book are stunning. It is also worth noting that the depictions of people do not have facial features.
I would recommend this book for children ages 4-9.




Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman

This lyrical story introduces children to the excitment of Ramadan by focusing on the family rituals and events that take place. 
This book is suitable for children aged 3-5.




The Amazing Calendar Quilt by Sheikh Zubia Imami

This book teaches children about months of the Islamic calendar, teaching the names and of their significance Islamically. 
Unfortunately this book is out of print, but you can find it second-hand if you're willing to hunt around!
I would recommend it for children aged 5+.




Ramadan Moon by Na'ima B. Robert

By far, this is the most well-known of all the books I have mentioned. It introduces Ramadan beautifully, in all its wonder and awe, to children. The story follows a family through Ramadan, from one moon to the next, capturing their excitement and feelings. 
The illustrations in this book are stunning.
This book is suitable for children aged 4-9.




Night of the Moon by Hena Khan

Night of the Moon is the story of a Pakistani-American girl who watches the moon's phases, and talks about all her different experiences during Ramadan.
The illustrations are spectacular and remind me of traditional Islamic art, with lots of geometric patterns and vibrant colours.
I would recommend this book for children aged 3-9.




Sweet Dates to Eat by Jonny Zucker

This short and simple story introduces young children to Ramadan and Eid. It shows the family in the mosque, eating iftar, and celebrating Eid.
The illustrations are very cute and colourful! 
Suitable for children aged 2-4 years-old.




An Eid for Everyone by Hina Islam

This is a story about several children from different families, and their experiences on Eid day. The book focuses on remembering the poor on that day, and shows the children giving out Eid gifts to poorer families in their community. 
This book is suitable for children aged 3-5.









I hope you got some new ideas and inspiration from this blog post. Perhaps you found some new books for your children here.

What books do your children enjoy reading in Ramadan? 
Do they have a favourite? 
Please share with us in the comments below. I'd love to hear about other Ramadan books!

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