I normally don’t like to re-blog other work, but this article relieved some anxiety we weren’t covering enough in certain subjects, or our pacing wasn’t on schedule.
A refreshing, helpful read for anyone interested or following teaching the classical method!

When should you prioritize the rest of your life over schooling?

Source: Schedules (or When to Ignore The Well-Trained Mind) – Well-Trained Mind


Here are some links I found useful for learning Arabic or those we use regularly with the Madinah books from Madinah University. I will be adding to this post so check back.

https://www.madinaharabic.com/arabic_courses.html (for those who haven’t learned to read Arabic, it teaches the alphabet and sounds, but also has beginning language course.


(This has been one of my favorite blogs for homeschooling for years. The sister’s website has exhaustive links, lessons, and resources for homeschooling every subject. may Allah reward her.)

https://abdurrahman.org/arabic-learning/madina-arabic/  (All 3 books including English Key, side books and audio.

http://www.trinimuslims.com/learning-arabic/lessons-madina-arabic-3-books-by-g-m-el-shukri  (This has links for the AUDIO reading, translation and explanation to English for all three Madinah books. Sometimes the link doesn’t work, so I use the one below. However, it only covers book one:



https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHHCQMGIzlJtaKFzl7dzvuPdlAktclJUl (This brother teaches lessons based on Madinah book one, great for review or added practice)

Brother Asif Meherali teaches from Madinah book one.


http://www.arabicpod.net/ Conversational Arabic. (We used this years ago, more lessons were free but it has downloadable mp3 and iTunes, as well as pdf printable transcripts.)

Please feel free to add any links you find helpful for yourself or children in the comments.
JazakAllah khair.

Overview of Educational Plan for my son this year, age 12 grade six


                             I appreciate all my subscribers, jazakAllah khair!


To proceed:

  • Start day with fajr prayer, at it’s prescribed time. 
  • After breakfast, start school time with a dua and read a short passage of Quran. This can be something significant decided by mom or related to the lesson plan for the day in science or history.
  • Learning commences either after fajr or by 9:30 am. A detailed lesson plan will be written weekly every Saturday.

Islamic education basics:

  • Memorize three names/attributes of Allah with their meaning, per day.
  • Islamic Tahdib and Akhlaq, theory and practice by B. Aisha Lemu, one lesson per day, 5x a week.
  • Memorize a minimum of one surah from juz ‘amma per week.
  • Review and write Arabic vocabulary from Madina Book One, using the pdf. document on desktop. Minimum ten words per day or chapter or half-chapter per day.
  • Study new chapter in Madina Book Two every three days.
  • Add some sunnah salat daily, in addition to the obligatory fard.


Language Arts 

  • Vocabulary from Classical Roots  A
  • Exercises in English, grammar for life Level E   1 lesson per day 5x week


  • Handwriting without Tears– Cursive: 1 lesson per day, Monday-Thursday
  • Writing in Action k12 publisher. Finish Level C, then D. 3x week, Tues-Thurs
  • Writing with Ease workbook, level three. Lessons per week; 3: Tues, Thurs, Sunday ( I may use instead: Classical Academic Press, Writing and Rhetoric level 1 Fable)
  • Student will summarize designated page related to current study in history using our Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World . Until handwriting comes naturally, he will type a half page with Word and save document to writing file. M,W,F, Sunday.
  • Work on dictation and copywork. Consider notebooking once cursive is mastered.
  • Writing prompt given 3x a week, must write minimum of a half page (see prompts page for examples, above header on this site)

Reading and Literature

  • Read choice of general fiction or historical fiction based on current study. (We’ve 300+ books al hamdulilah)
  • Read Non-fiction, The Sealed Nectar
  • Begin reading Surahtul Kahf after Mahgreb Thursday or on Friday, finish by mahgreb.
  • Much reading will be completed through history assignments. Textbook is 7th grade level. Will also use Atlas of the Quran : Places, Nations and Landmarks and The Prophets by Ibn Kathir
  • Story of the World volume 1: Ancient Times


  • Master memorizing multiplication facts to 12
  • LCM and GCF
  • Memorize prime numbers to 100
  • Practice and drill till many prime factorizations are memorized
  • k12 Math 5: Student pages book for him, Teacher guide for me, no online lessons. 5x per week, off jummah (Friday) and Saturday
  • Once arithmetic concepts mastered, begin textbook Math 6 by k12, which introduces Algebra
  • Khan Academy practice
  • Mathematics unit from http://www.sciencelearningspace.com/study-units/



  • Science 5 k12 Student guide 4x a week, off jummah, Saturday and Monday
  • Supplement with Supercharged Science, 20 study units designed to cover 18 key scientific principles, 10 which must be mastered before college.
  • Requires some basic supplies and occasional trips to home depot for experiments.

I signed up for Aurora Lipper’s paid summer program years ago for his older sister and saved the amazing study units with experiments on my computer. Check out her youtube videos, simple experiments, very neat. Her method kindles interest by showing kids the experiment first, then explaining why it works, a lesson and several experiments on the topic. It can also be entirely self-taught by the student and doesn’t usually require parent teaching or supervision

  • YouTube science videos he likes plus Khan Academy


We will be covering World History about 4 lessons a week, 12 weeks this Spring, to be completed end of May; from The Earliest People to Christianity and the Fall of Rome.

We’ll take a break and begin Empires of the Ancient World in June ending with The Enlightenment in about 18 weeks.
The goal is to finish by September so we can start American History using Joy Hakim’s History of US in eleven volumes. Her writing is different, balanced and enjoyable. It does not ignore black history nor sugar-coat controversial past events, and teaches much information schools and typical textbooks leave out, sometimes disproving many common historical myths such as Columbus being the ‘first’ to discover North America.

  • A Message of Ancient Days textbook Houghton Mifflin Social Studies copyright 1999.
  • Across the Centuries textbook, same.

I’ve had these for years and chose them because of their balanced approach covering the world religions. Many have complained more pages are devoted to Islam than Christianity and some groups in a few states tried to have it banned from being used in public school. However, one positive review of these textbooks on Amazon from a Jewish student convinced me 🙂  I had bought the first (7th grade) when I found it at a used book store and the second (8th) after reading his review, I ordered it.

I teach History chronologically and incorporate the Prophets and their nations as best as I can from what I know of the timeline. The textbooks are supplemented with:

  • The Story of the World volume 1 by Susan Wise Bauer
  • The Prophets by Ibn Kathir
  • Atlas of the Quran, Places Nations and Landmarks
  • Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World

We have a huge deli paper roll I bought for writing a timeline along our hallway. May Allah allow us to complete this, ameen.

PE: health/fitness/nutrition

Ds has been taking martial arts classes for about four months with his Sensei, brother Shadid Lewis, twice a week. He’s a third-degree black belt and certified instructor in Ninjitsu. My son learns self defense, weapons training, ia, some wrestling and Jiu Jitsu.

Mainly, his father wanted our son’s ability to increase in self defense quickly, instead of having few skills until a year of say, Tae Kwon Do. I thought he needed classmates, competition and the older kids that were teaching him advanced moves when I enrolled him at a local dojo for a trial two weeks but Ds has really improved in a short time, with his personal instructor, maa sha Allah. So it worked and his father was right! Glad I listened.

Check out Shinobi Science at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi4jUll7qiJuGrwENQ5PEcg

We juice, try to eat healthy and I avoid artificial colors in foods for my son. We eat red meat once a week or less and have non meat meals like pasta and beans a few times a week and fish once or twice a week. Chicken is served twice a week usually and we mostly eat local zabiha meat from our halal store.

I’ve taught Ds about drugs, alcohol and puberty, answering his questions with a health textbook and teaching him hygiene, adaab(manners) and character through the sunnah of rasulullah, sallau lahu alahi wa salam.

I stopped vaccinations after his first round I had chosen to delay till he was six months old.

In closing about academics, there are many interesting books on logic, puzzles, games, math and science I have bought over the years. They’re too many to list now but I’ve got several favorites: very unique, particularly how a different perspective shows a new way of looking at the subject. Some books made me love a subject I once hated: Math. I will list them soon, in sha Allah. I have a physics one that made my daughter(then 13) interested, fascinated, then confident in physics!

Finally, these are my plans and goals for this school year until end summer. Perhaps we won’t complete it all or maybe we’ll end up doing something else! I will keep you updated.
May Allah keep me firm and patient.

I truly appreciate all my subscribers, jazakAllah khair!

May Allah guide you and I hope you are in the best of Imaan and health. Thanks for all your comments and questions and don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post. I’m welcome to any questions on home schooling or our methods. I’m still learning on this journey!






Where do I start?

As ya’ll know, I dislike simply reblogging other’s material; however I wanted to ‘press’ this quickly, for benefit in Sha Allah. I will add a few notes later iA and update what we’re learning for Arabic, aqeedah and academics Al hamdulillah.

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.: Ahlaam :.

As-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakatuh, 

There are so many brothers and sisters who want to persue the path of learning arabic but where to start always seems to be the obstacle. What books shall I use? Which institute is best? Can I teach myself? How long does it take to learn arabic? These questions are so vital yet it seems that there aren’t enough people to answer our questions and satisfy our thirst. There is so much information on arabic language that it has just reached a super overload. Everything is there yet nothing is there. Inshaa’Allaah, with this article I hope to shed some light on the various books you can use to start off your arabic studies. I will state the advantages and disadvantages and I hope by the end of it that you have some idea on what book will suit you. 
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Moms and Ramadan

After signing in, I saw this on my wall…refreshing!

Hey mamas! I see you lurking. Panicking. Feeling all insecure and disappointed. There are no lights up. No cookies baked. No awkward trips to your neighbors. No decoupaged lanterns. No hand knitted kufis for your boys and no needle point monogrammed hijabs for your daughter.

I see you. And you are great. We have an entire month of memories to make and the best ones will probably be accidental. So don’t let this group be the cause of any sadness.

There are great ideas here and many many talented moms. Take the good and leave the posts that make you certain they must have a sweat shop running in their basement.

Let us be inspired and not intimidated. We are all trying our best and iA the we will all be successful in the blessings of Ramadan.

Worst case, buy them really nice Eid gifts. 😃

Note: there’s no mom shaming going on here. Love all the crafty mamas and their masterpieces.

(From Fouzia of Ramadan crafts & activities for kids facebook group)

I do have some neat ideas for Ramadan learning and activities that somehow jumped into my foggy brain of late. Will post soon, in sha Allah. I hope my sisters are in the best of Imaan and health, love you for the sake of Allah~ umm Sakina

freedom of thought The quote above was posted online through Life Learning Magazine and below is my response:

This attitude does not respect the child then, and why they may become frustrated, uncooperative, defiant, unresponsive, even vindictive. Why respect adults or elders when in his eyes, they have no concern for what he wants or likes? The child will model and reciprocate if the child is respected. He can then learn without limitations imposed on him and will be at ease and content.

Freedom to choose how to spend one’s time does this, but i am not speaking of a permissive environment with absolutely no rules, no right and wrong. Rather, when above all, he is treated nearly equal to an adult, he/she perceives to have autonomy and ownership over himself, he will not only take charge of his life learning but may accept total responsibility for his actions as well. This understanding has a profound effect on the Self.

I cannot tell you what this realization did for me in my late teens, that i could not continue to blame anyone else for my life as it was and the fact i was mainly responsible for my own misery due to my thoughtless, immature decisions. My life changed from that moment.

Above all, even if a child has the negative behaviors i listed: frustration, defiance, vindictiveness, in response to OTHERS controlling what he is allowed to learn, most every child still longs for approval.

I find this longing for approval and being appreciated to be universal and a great way to help that child learn and feel the best about himself, which has a domino effect in every sphere of his being: intellectual/cognitive, emotional/behavioral, spiritual, and perhaps even physical by relieving stress and anxiety. Only then is the child able to reach his full potential and develop his character. Character will set him up for success or failure the rest of his life. SOURCE: ” How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character” Jul 2, 2013 by Paul Tough.

Ok so ima post a link after just blogging before that i don’t normally posts link, lol.


The content of this short article is something that i HAVE learned and mentioned on previous posts about the importance of being ‘in the moment’ with your children and even life in general. However, smh…this title called to me:


yeah, that’s me about 50% of the time. It used to be met like, 80% of the time.

As i have mentioned before, it is my daughter (Dd) who showed me the way and what was best for her. All praise Alone is to God.
I am still growing in this way and still learning may Allah increase me in knowledge and keep me on the straight path. I thank our Lord who showed me the error of my ways in teaching and parenting my kids.

I think people in general go to two extremes when raising their children: they either raise them the way they were raised or they raise them completely the opposite way. Unless there was perfection in their own upbringing, neither of these extremes is good. Moderation is the key and balance is always good.

I read many, many books on parenting and psychology, starting at the age of nineteen. I did not want to repeat the harms that were done to me. However, we tend to copy the speech and actions of our own parents as we age, i think. At least that’s the way it was with me. We also behave the same way because as an adult, we have the same stresses our parents did! I forgive my parents, though. Khalas, here is the article, enjoy. I would like to hear your thoughts on it.


verb (used with object), facilitated, facilitating.


to make easier or less difficult; help forward (an action, a process, etc.):

Careful planning facilitates any kind of work.


to assist the progress of (a person).

Facilitate: this is our duty as parents. I am not the first home-schooler to use this term nor to be the last. This has been the best way for my children to learn, with me assisting, helping or just being available if they have a question. It does not mean i do not ever ‘assign’ something, i do. However, i am more focused now in what interests them, and what they want, al hamdulilah.

Our task is to provide an education for the kind of kids we have…..Not the kind of kids we used to have, or want to have, or the kids that exist in our dreams.” ~ Mary Kay Utech

It isn’t about me. It was never about me. They don’t belong to me nor does anything i own belong to me. They are a ni’mah from Allah but also a test. They are borrowed, loaned to me and will return to their Lord, just as i will. May Allah guide them and give them the best in this life and the afterlife . May Allah give me righteous children who will pray for me after i pass!

I am so grateful to have found this way surely, our Lord is Most Merciful. Now i realize His Mercy extends to my children, of course. And we know God answers the supplications of the children and the oppressed.
~ Peace

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