Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Well, the website is ‘new’ to me! While i like to list links as resources, i dislike simply reposting other blogs or sites or copying their advice, even when i give credit. However, in this modern busy age and increasingly complex technology, some may not be able to view what I post.

I was excited to find this website because it has classes and lessons on Islamic logic and other topics not readily available in English.
I am not receiving anything in return for listing it here and disclaimer, i have not enrolled yet. However, I found it by a trustworthy source and do intend to enroll as they are affordable and upon the methodology of reason and evidence.

Many classes enable one to purify and clarify one’s personal beliefs, and tools to prevent misguidance and properly defend the correct aqeedah. The correct aqeedah is as was practiced by Rasulullah, salla lahu alahi wa salam,  the rightly guided khulafah and first three generations
I rarely pay for classes, because as an autodidact, why pay for knowledge i can get for free? However, with the ancient and revealed lughatul arabiyyah, a teacher is necessary for properly pronouncing the speech of Allah, not to mention understanding it! As well as the sciences of Quran, fiqh and many other aspects of Islaam, its best to attend classes with a trusted local Imam or Shaykh or if there are none near or upon the correct aqeedah, many learn online or overseas.

As always, you must decide what is the right learning for you and your family, my goal is to benefit and give resources. I ask Allaah to guide me, increase my wisdom and grant me success in this dunya and the akhirah.

Here is the website that has classes on logic from Islamic sources. It also has classes on other unislamic ideologies, and disproves them while showing why Islam is the truth : https://www.alasna.org/

Free academic articles including refutations: (warning for sensitive viewers, it is unapologetically Muslim and contains statements about current events and politics.)
https://muslimskeptic.com/     <the Muslim Skeptic

Again, a site allowing free downloads of many Islamic books published by Darrusalam and others.  It is best to search by author under the tab books, or the search bar. http://www.kalamullah.com

From the website below also an article on raising youth to be responsible in our communities : http://salaficulture.com/index.php/2017/12/20/training-muslim-youth-with-the-mentality-of-communal-responsibility/

Below is the advice for reading the Quran, it is from the book  [Adaab Ḥamalatil Qur’ān by al Ajurrī.]  Translator: Umar Quinn

The source is at the end.

In the Name of Allah, al-Raḥmān, al-Raḥīm.

Al Imām Muḥammad bin al Ḥussain al Ajurī (d. 360 h. [رحمه الله]) said in description of the reciter of Qurān:

“It is befitting that he makes the Qurān the rabī’ (i.e., resuscitating rainwater that falls in the springtime) for his heart, rejuvenating thereby what is not alive in his heart, incorporating the etiquettes of the Qurān,  and inculcating its noble characteristics that distinguish him from the remainder of people who do not recite the Qurān.

The first thing befitting for him is to employ a fearful mindfulness of Allah (عز وجل) in private and public, by employing cautiousness as relates acquiring his food, drink, clothing and earnings.  He is to be insightful as pertains his era of time and the corruption of its people.  He is to be cautious of them regarding his religion.  He is to be directly focused on his own situation, worried about repairing what is corrupted of his situation.  He safeguards his tongue and is selective in his speech.

If he speaks, he speaks with knowledge, so long as he sees that speaking is correct.  If he is silent, he is silent based on knowledge, so long as silence is correct.  Rarely does he delve into what does not pertain him.  He fears his tongue more than he fears his enemy.  He confines his tongue like he would confine an enemy, to be spared of its evil and ill consequences.  He rarely laughs at what people laugh at due to the ill consequence of laughter.  If he is pleased by something in agreement with what is true, then he smiles.  He dislikes joking out of fear of playing about.  When he jokes, then he says what is true.  His face is pleasant and his speech is wholesome.

He does not praise himself for what he possesses, so how about that which he does not possess?  He is afraid of his own self overcoming him in what it impulsively desires of that which displeases his Guardian Lord.  He does not backbite anyone.  He does not hold anyone in contempt.  He does not malign anyone.  He does not gloat over anyone’s misfortune.  He does not transgress against anyone or envy him.  He does not have bad thoughts about anyone except those who are deserving of that.  His envy is based on knowledge (i.e., permissible competitiveness for goodness sake) and his speculations are based on knowledge.   He speaks about the faults of a person based on knowledge and if he remains silent about someone, then that is based on knowledge.

He has made the Qurān, the Sunnah, and religious understanding his guide that leads him to every attractive and beautiful trait of character.  He safeguards all of his limbs from what is forbidden from him.  If he walks, he walks with knowledge.  If he sits, he sits based on knowledge.  He strives to spare people from his tongue and hand.  He does not behave ignorantly.  If he is treated ignorantly, he is forbearing.  If he is oppressed, he pardons and does not transgress.  If he is transgressed against, he is patient.  He suppresses his rage to please his Lord and enrage his adversary.  He is humble within his self.  If the truth is told to him, he accepts from the young or the elderly.

He seeks elevation from Allah alone and not from any of the creation.  He despises arrogance and is afraid for himself pertaining it.  He does not use his recitation of the Qurān to eat and does not love that his (worldly) needs be taken care of because of it.  He does not run towards the princes with it nor sit with the wealthy so that they will generously honor him because of it.

While the people earn a lot from this world without having religious understanding and vision, he earns a small amount while having religious understanding and knowledge.  Whereas people wear what is comfortable and expensive, he wears what is permissible that will cover his body.  When his wealth increases, then he spends more extensively and when it decreases, then he withholds from spending (frivolously).  He is satisfied with a small amount so it suffices him and is cautious against the worldly life for himself as far as that which will cause him to transgress.   He follows the mandates of the Qurān and Sunnah.

He eats his food with knowledge, drinks with knowledge, clothes himself based on knowledge, sleeps with knowledge, and has intercourse with his wife based on knowledge.

He accompanies his brothers with knowledge, visits them with knowledge, seeks permission to enter with knowledge, and visits his neighbor with knowledge.

He forces himself to adhere to benevolence to his parents, so he lowers his wing for them and lowers his voice when they are speaking.  He exerts himself to spend his wealth on them and looks at them with an eye of respect and mercy.  He prays that they remain alive longer.  He thanks them when they reach old age and does not become upset with them are hold them in contempt.  If they ask him to aid them in an act of obedience, he helps them.  If they ask him to aid them in disobedience he does not help them but is kind in his disobeying them about that.  He exhibits good etiquette so that they will turn away from whatever hideous thing they desired that would be inappropriate for them to do.  He joins the ties of the womb and hates severing ties.  He does not cut off those who cut him off.  Whoever disobeys Allah regarding him, he obeys Allah concerning them.

He accompanies the believers with knowledge and sits with them with knowledge.  He benefits whoever accompanies him and has good etiquette in congregating with whoever sits with him.  If he teaches someone, he is gentle with him.  He is not brutish with someone who makes a mistake and does not embarrass him.  He is gentle in his affairs and patient in teaching good.  The student finds comfort with him and a person who sits with him rejoices over him.  Sitting with him amounts to good and he imparts the etiquettes of Qurān and Sunnah to whoever sits with him.

If he is stricken with calamity the Qurān and Sunnah provide him with dignified etiquette.  When he is sad, that is based on knowledge, he cries based on knowledge, and is patient based on knowledge.  He purifies himself based on knowledge, prays with knowledge, pays zakāh based on knowledge, gives charity based on knowledge, fasts based on knowledge, and performs the Ḥajj with knowledge.  He engages in the struggle based on knowledge, earns based on knowledge, and spends based on knowledge.  He extends his involvement in situations based on knowledge and declines from involving himself based on knowledge.  He has been disciplined by the Qurān and Sunnah.  

He turns the pages of the Qurān to impart etiquette to himself and is not please with himself to carry out what Allah has obligated upon him with ignorance.  He has made knowledge and understanding his guide to every good.

When he studies the Qurān with presentness of understanding and intellect, his ambition is to apply understanding to that which Allah has made binding for following what He commanded and desisting from what He forbade.  His ambition is not when will I finish the Surah?

His concern is:

When will I suffice with Allah to the exception of all else?  When will I be from the pious? When will I be from the people of iḥsān? When will I be from the people of reliance?  When will I be from those that are humbly focused? When will I be from the patient?  When will I be from the truthful?  When will I be from the fearful? When will I be from the hopeful?

When will I be disinterested in the worldly life?  When will i be desirous for the hereafter?  When will I repent from sins?  When will I realize my multiple blessings? When will I be grateful for them?

When will I understand what Allah is addressing to me?   When will I deeply understand what I recite?  When will I defeat myself against its impulsive desires?  When will I strive for Allah’s sake with a true striving?

When will I safeguard my tongue? When will I lower my gaze?  When will I protect my chastity?

When will I be shy of Allah with true shyness?  When will I be preoccupied with my own flaws?  When will I rectify what is ruined of my situation?  When will I hold myself accountable? When will I prepare provisions for the Day of my Return?

When will I truly be pleased with Allah?  When will I truly trust in Allah?  When will I take admonishment from the warnings of the Qurān?

When will I occupy myself with remembrance of Him beyond anything else? When will I love what He loves?  When will I hate what He hates?  When will I be genuine with Allah?  When will I make my actions sincere for Him?

When will I limit my expectations of this worldly life?  When will I prepare for the day of my death?  When will I realize that my lifespan is unknown?  When will I prepare for life in the grave?  When will I think about the standing (for judgment) and its severity?  When will I think about my seclusion with my Lord (for questioning)?  When will I think about my destination?…

When the intelligent believer recites the Qurān he self-assesses, so it is like a mirror for him by which he sees what is good of his actions and what is hideous.  Whatever his Guardian Lord warns him from he is cautious of.  Whatever He frightens him from of punishment he fears.  Whatever his Guardian Lord encourages him regarding, he is desirous for and hopes for it.  Whoever meets this description or comes near this description has recited it with a true recitation and carefully observed it with true inculcation.  The Qurān will serve as a witness, intercessor, comforter, and protection in his favor.  Whoever meets this description will have benefitted himself and benefitted his family.  He will have reciprocated to his parents and children every good in this world and the Hereafter.”

Imam al Ājurrī’s invaluable Advice on Assessing YOURSELF while reading the Qur’ān

*For cell phone viewing, please scroll down for beneficial links and resources, on computers blogroll and resources are to the right of the screen. The menu also provides easy access to teaching resources and favorite books.

It just dawned on me why I chose the Trivium as an outline for homeschooling my children.

While The Well Trained Mind is an essential guide for educating your children, whether home schooled or not, the foundation is the Trivium.
What bothered me most about my public education, (oh wait I cannot just pinpoint ONE, so many come to mind) was how UNEDUCATED I felt once I graduated. Even though I was well read as an independent reader, when I had the freedom from eight hours of state mandates and testing, I learned from more sources. Aghast, I understood I’d been practically brain washed into this pseudo patriotic, nationalistic mentality without any true comprehension of the role my government played in shaping history.

Our teachers weren’t allowed to tell us the truth of U.S. interference in other country’s governments, much less the practical genocide of an entire population whilst stealing this continent from the Native Americans. Of course we weren’t told the ‘glory’ of our nation was achieved almost purely by building it on the backs of slaves.

I wanted not just to teach my children what I had learned after high school, but I wanted them to love learning and be able to think critically, enabling them to come to their own conclusions.

When researching “medieval” history of the Arabs (I use quotes because during medieval times, they were enlightened with Science and Mathematics) related to Classical learning and the Trivium, I came across this video. It is edited much but concise.
In one statement, Hamza Yusuf states WHY the Trivium is critical; I then realized definitively THIS was why I chose the Trivium. It only took me twenty years to declare it!


Great resource for American History:

https://www.zinnedproject.org/if-we-knew-our-history/

 

 

 

 

By Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597H)

THE best of discipline is that which is done at a young age. If a child is left to his own characteristics and he or she matures into an adult possessing those characteristics, changing the person would be difficult.
A poet said:
“If you straighten the branches they will straighten up,
But wood does not soften if you amend it.
Discipline benefits children gradually,
But it will not benefit those who have aged.”
Being perseverant in discipline is important, particularly with regard to children, as it benefits them and doing good becomes a habit.
A poet said:
“Do not neglect disciplining a child,
Even if he complains of the pain of exhaustion.”
Know that a doctor considers the age of the patient, as well as his place and time before prescribing the medicine best suited for him.
Likewise, discipline should be suited to each child, and signs of the success or failure of a child can be noticed from a very early age.
A man once told Sufyan al-Thawri, “We hit our children if they do not pray.” Sufyan told him, “Rather, you should encourage them and tell them about the reward.”
Zubayd al-Yafi used to tell young boys, “Whoever prays will have five walnuts.”
Ibrahim ibn Adham said, “O son! Seek knowledge of hadith. I will give you one dirham for every hadith that you hear.” On account of this, the boy started to seek the knowledge of hadith.Taking Care Of The Trust
A Father (and mother) should know that his child is a trust placed in his hands. He should make sure the child avoids bad company from a young age. He should teach him to do good, for a child’s heart is empty and accepts anything that is given to it.
The father (and mother) should also instil the love of hayaa (modesty / shyness) and generosity. He should tell him stories of the righteous, and keep him away from ‘love poetry’ because it is a seed of corruption.

However, he should not prevent poems about generosity or courage, so the child can exalt these characteristics and becomes courageous.
If the child makes a mistake, the father should overlook. His teacher should expose his secrets and mistakes, but his father should only reprimand the child in private.
His father (and mother) should prohibit excessive eating and excessive sleeping. Instead make the child accustomed to simple food and minimal sleep, for it is healthier. He should be treated with physical exercises such as walking and disciplined in proper manners by being prohibited from turning his back to people and from sneezing and yawning in their presence.

If he chooses to exhibit an ill characteristic, he should be deterred from it excessively before it becomes a habit. It is fine to discipline him if leniency is of no use.
Luqman told his son, “O son! Discipling the son acts as a fertiliser for sowing seeds.”
If the boy is aggressive, his father (and mother) should be lenient with him.
Ibn ‘Abbas said, “The aggressiveness of a boy is an increase in his intelligence.”

The Future Of Your Child
Wise people used to say:
“Your son is like your flower the first seven years, and your servant the second seven years. By the time he reaches fourteen, if you have been good to him, then he will be your partner, and if you have bad to him then he will be your enemy.”
A child should not be beaten or offended after he reaches puberty, because he will hope to lose his father in order that he may have his own way.
Whoever reaches twenty years of age and has not become righteous, then his godliness is remote; however, leniency should be practiced with everyone.
– Excerpt from the book ‘Disciplining the Soul’

About The Author
His name is Abu’l Faraj Jamal al-Din Abdul-Rahman ibn Ali, but he is famously referred to as Ibn al-Jawzi. He was born in 509 or 510 AH.
Upon reaching adolescence, his aunt took him to Ibn Nasir, from whom he learned a great deal. He came to love preaching while barely having reached puberty, and from then on he started to give sermons to the people.
While still very young, he became known as a religious person who would not socialise with anyone. He would only leave his house for prayer and he would not play with others of his age. He was a person of great determination and ambition, and he spent all his life busy in seeking knowledge, preaching and authoring. He authored approximately 300 books.
Ibn al-Jawzi passed away in Ramadan in 597A.H. and was buried next to the grave of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal in the cemetery of Bab Harb.~ Baraka Allahu fiki ya Tanesha!

Corona times at home

This is how we are spending our coronavirus “isolation”.

First, I want to post this quickly and will be coming back to edit punctuation and spelling.

SO:
I finally succumbed to getting Instagram. New to Instagram and not very good with technology in general since I still don’t know how to run an MP3 player, I went ahead and explored it as best I could without a tutorial. Then I set up following either friends or educational resources and websites that we are familiar with and some that were suggested.
We as a family particularly love animals and I myself owned many pets throughout my life and am fascinated by animals all over the world so i followed National Geographic. I’m also just realizing now that I should have looked up NPR national public radio, There are many broadcasts and programs we enjoy on our nearby station, WHYY Philadelphia.
As a family we are used to being together for extended periods of time because we have home-schooled as well as “unschooled”. Both have their benefits and drawbacks however, I do believe that children need structure and it is a biological need and definitely in my religion it is a requirement to have structure and to have systematic study. This goes along the lines of the classical method.

However in addition. Unschooling has its advantages because it opens up the vistas of learning and enjoying to discover by oneself or in cooperation and collaboration with others but in a way that is free and without limitations, imo.
There are many benefits to both the Trivium aka The Classical Method and unschooling but far too many to list here, nor am I an expert. There are many websites, blogs, Facebook groups, and books on the subject, some I have read.

Check either way of learning and see what’s right for your child or family. Eclectic may be the way to go for you, that’s actually what we finally did; i just didn’t know the name for it at first.

Labels are not important, happy, well adjusted kids who love to learn and are able to teach themselves is what matters. That reminds me, read “The Teenage Liberation Handbook” I would be shocked if you were anything but amazed.

You won’t be disappointed, and has many ideals that may resonate with any person interested in education from teachers to strict teach-like-a-classroom parents, to libertarian home schoolers. From conservatives to anarchists and even nihilists, there’s something for everyone in this revolutionary book by Llewellyn. Order it online or through your local Bookstore, if it’s open.

Thank God the bookstore is open here, it’s the only place open other than grocery stores.

Update from my absence from the prior post:
As a mother who has grown children now and only one left at home at the age of 15, he is the last biological child I have that wants to graduate and go on to college.lol,  I don’t mean that my other children do not wish to go to college but rather they are toddlers and preschoolers much too young to even grasp the concept of college.
College is something important to me because I completed two years but never my dream of attending a well respected University and getting my bachelor’s degree. Since a child, I always believed that it was the end-all-be-all of education and the way to a successful life and career of one’s choice.
However of course, I learned that this is not true. There are many avenues of not only education but self-fulfillment and getting the right job for an individual.

What is important is to respect the child and adolescent’s goals and as a parent, facilitate them in reaching those goals.
At this point my 15 year old has a very clear idea of what he wants to do and how he wants to achieve those goals. He is choosing the way to educate himself and receive his diploma according to our state standards and what is legal of course. His older sister received her diploma through an online school that we paid for, it was an inexpensive compared to other schools; however I will not mention the name here. It’s not particularly that I would not recommend the school, it was a good establishment and they are accredited however in general, I believe the subject matter requirements and curricula to be somewhat lacking. It is still a valid choice for many families especially for the student that wishes to graduate either easily or quickly.

It’s also a good option for the parent or student that wishes to go or to return back to high school whether public or private, because that is possible because the online school was accredited. I like the flexibility of that choice that way of the student decided that they either wanted to go back to school,  such as for either social reasons or to be able to attend certain clubs or increase their portfolio for college admissions.

In our case, my daughter wanting to return to school at first for social reasons and then her primary reason became because the course plan she was planning in college required Algebra 2 and Spanish 2 for a foreign language of the second level. So for this reason she chose to return to high school and transfer most of her credits she received at the online school and attend Algebra 2 Spanish 2 so that she could add that to her transcript , receive her diploma, and meet the requirements for her planned course of study in college.
At this time my son is planning to dual enroll in online school I pay for as well as attend public high school. He is open to taking courses through the same online school his sister did, but I would like something more rigerous and either equally respected or better respected. Were it not for the expense and unfamiliarity with the courses, I would want him to choose Laurel  Springs. What’s do know of their program and his particular desire to get his diploma within a year, I don’t think that’s feasible. Instead, we are considering Clonlara which is double monthly what I would pay with the program his sister used. We are going to discuss the benefits and drawbacks, comparing it to what he wants and what the school he plans to attend requires; including possible schools he may apply for acceptance.

To proceed on the original topic of how we are occupying ourselves in this unexpected and unusual time, as I said we are as a family, used to being together or at home during the day, so it isn’t new. However with isolation or possible quarantine and then the closure of libraries, government buildings, clothing stores, restaurants, and finally parks it’s like being stuck at home on a rainy day. Some of those can become fun, though and a chance to connect more as a family.

So I’ve connected more on social media for my own learning as well as the youngin’s, watched less tv at times, more reading and reading aloud, listened to audio books, to talk radio or the news, had theoretical and theological discussions, including exploring ethical dilemmas and stating our arguements using logic and reminding each other of fallicies we’ve learned through a few books. Picked up  other books we had forgotten or meant to read. I reviewed my Pinterest not to necessarily add more pins but consider making that dish, ordering that book on my wish list, or finally doing that craft I’ve always wanted to try.

Last but not least, of course  we mentally and physically began preparing for Ramadan. al hamdulilah.

https://alqamar5417.blogspot.com/2012/09/6-nations-destroyed-by-allah-and.html?m=1

This is just a short sample of a document I began a couple of years ago. I hope to add to this and complete copywork up to year four in sha Allah.
Since Writing With Ease daily lessons are broken up into narration, dictation, and copywork usually taking a mere 15 minutes to complete with the student, I should be able to complete just the copywork sentences within a few months by writing <15 minutes a day.
I do own a student workbook, (year three) which many have said you don’t have to buy if you have the Instructor text: The Complete Writer, Writing With Ease: Strong Fundamentals, which is a guide to design your own curriculum year one through four.

Below is an example how a parent can use the instructor book to write their own copywork. On amazon and on the publishing site as well I believe, you can view pages from the book which is useful in deciding which you will purchase or if you’ll want both. (I’m obsessive and thorough like that.) However if you buy the student workbooks, you will need all four but it’s all planned for you with a script, and excerpts for each lesson.

Writing with Ease, Year Two weeks 1-10

Copywork and Dictation ten to twelve words. Narration 3 to 4 paragraphs.

Action verbs, the pronoun I (capitalized).


Adam and Hawa ate from the forbidden tree in Paradise.
I do not drink alcohol because I am a Muslim.
Allah created the heaven and earth in six days, (yaum) equal to 50,000 years.
(70:4)

 

Linking Verbs



Habil was jealous of Qabil when his offering was not accepted.                                             There had been no murder committed on earth until then.
For the believers who worship Allah alone the promise will be paradise.

Commands and Questions

Prophet Idris was mentioned in the Quran but where was he from?

Produce your proof if you are truthful. Surah 2 ayat 111.
Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe. 3:191

Has not the news reached you of those who disbelieved aforetime? 64:5

Do you have no more sense than to indulge yourselves in vanity? 2:44

Do not say a word of disrespect to parents 17:23

 

 

And so on……..

 

Commas in Dates…..

 (Add your own using the directions in Writing with Ease Strong Fundamentals)

 

 

Commas in addresses

 

 

Commas in a series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just wanted to post quickly a few learning options I am familiar with that have helped many with tajweed or learning foos-ha (classical Arabic such as Quran.) These classes are very flexible: offered online, through apps via phone, laptop or tablet, or even in person if you live in the area. I have listed several links for self-teaching.

I will add to this post as I learn of more classes I’ve experienced or others I know have.

https://www.kalamullah.com/80-percent-of-quranic-words.html

http://www.timbuktuedu.com/  Ustadh Abu Taubah formerly of Florida, relocated to North Carolina.

http://markazulbayaan.com/      Philadelphia, PA.

http://www.albinaa4kids.com/

https://bookstolearnarabic.wordpress.com/   AMAZING, exhaustive resource! i ask Allah to reward the sister.

https://www.arabiyyah.com/downloads/     al Arabiyyah Bayna Yadayk free download *

https://archive.org/details/BaynaYadaykBook2Vocabulary/page/n3/mode/2up  Book one and two vocabulary (View online or download in formats like kindle or pdf)

https://archive.org/details/ArabiyahB1L91051 audio book one Bayna Yadayk

Playlist of videos teaching book one Bayn Yadayk.

https://www.memrise.com/course/343634/al-arabiyyah-bayna-yadayk-book-1-

Memrise is an online flash card learning app. You can also download the app on your phone. There are many courses on the same book, language or subject; search google to find specific courses.

Another playlist, different teacher.

Please see my previous post on Madinah Book resources.

*Note: The three books of Bayn Yadayk are focused on teaching vocabulary while the Madinah books are more grammar based.

May Allah give us steadfastness in learning this beautiful deen and righteous children who will pray for us.

 

Click to access Bayna%20Yadayk%20Book%201%20Vocabulary.pdf

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.

http://tjhomeschooling.blogspot.com/2017/02/beginning-arabic-grammar.html

(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.  I ask Allah to reward her.)

READING
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://archive.org/details/MAA_BK1_VAR  Arabic only.

AUDIO

English explanation of Madinah book one with Arabic pronunciation.

https://archive.org/details/MAABK2GMSL27    Book two

https://archive.org/details/MAABK3GMSL03/MAA_BK3_GMS_L01.mp3 Book three

VIDEO

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.

LEARNING APPLICATION

https://www.memrise.com/course/298802/madina-arabic-book-1-2/ online/app flashcards.

SPEAKING

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

Math

  • 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

  • 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

History

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!

 

 

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this: