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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. ūüėÉ

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

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Ramadan Planner Family

QUICK POST

I don’t usually post other people’s links except when i used them recently and find them helpful or they are a reference to my post.

If a website has many resources, i usually list it to the right of the screen as you can see, in shaaAllah.

I explored this blog today al hamdulilah has many useful activities and some advice, maa shaa Allah. It includes the livecam of al masjidal haram ūüôā

https://rplanfamily.wordpress.com/

I hope you are in the best of faith and health.

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I wanted to post all the activities and crafts I WANTED to do this blessed month, but I was sick in the beginning and life is so busy sometimes, subhanAllah.

Since I prefer to teach History sequentially, from ancient to current, ¬†I¬†haven’t taught my kids the¬†Seerah of Prophet Muhammad, salla lahu alahi wa salam, per se. Learning is all the time, so I insert a hadeeth into a discusion or in answer to a question.

So far the only serious study related to the Seerah we have done was with the book, Islamic Tahdhib and Akhlaq: Theory and Practice , by Aisha B. Lemu. We were working through the lessons on character and manners before Ramadan.

I ordered it from Amazon, but you can also get it from islamicbookstore.com. It’s a book I saw used at a¬†Sunday school at a masjid i¬†visited many years ago in Evansville, Indiana.¬†The book is¬†one of the most comprehensive, yet¬†easliy understandable on character and manners that¬†I have seen. It is written at about middle school level, but good for adults, too. Please, if anyone has any recommendations, leave me a comment!

My children were learning World History along with Geography, inventions, events, Prophets and Peoples, roughly in order but for Ramadan I wanted to focus on the biography (Seerah) of Rasulullah, salla lahu alahi wa salam, as well as understanding the importance of Ramadan.

So I used a few sites for them to read from, mainly I read to them or Dd(13) reads to Ds(8). I also own a few books on seerah but many Islamic books can be downloaded free online at kalamullah.com, just enter a specific book or subject in the search box.

Here are a few children’s seerah websites we’ve used:

http://www.prosyst3ms.co.uk/8965/index.html (For younger kids with booklets to download, printout, and worksheets)

http://www.seerahforkids.info/seerah/ (For good readers or older kids-has backround music, if you want to mute)

http://www.musalla.org/Seerah_3.html (For good readers, with backround information on Prophet Ibrahim, alahi salam, and the Hajj)

http://www.kalamullah.com/sealed-nectar.html The Sealed Nectar, Seerah of the Prophet. In depth, can also be used by the parent as a guide.

This link is nice as a reference, simple timeline of dates and events in Rasulullah’s time: http://www.islamicemirate.com/resources/timeline-of-the-prophets-saw-life.html¬†(sorry this is no longer available)

When teaching History, I¬†sometimes used Ibn Kathir’s The Prophets, but I am a huge fan of the amazing work compiled by Dr. Shauqi Abu Khalil, published by Darussalam, titled Atlas of the Quran, Places, Nations, Landmarks.
I was even more pleased to learn that Darussalam also published Atlas of the Prophet’s Biography, also by the same author and can be read online or downloaded through google books¬†:

http://books.google.ae/books?id=mZmBkoDa9fcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Atlas+of+the+Prophet%27s+biography&hl=en&ei=wyXaTqHXBs7nrAenxOHODQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=book-thumbnail&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Atlas%20of%20the%20Prophet’s%20biography&f=false

This book can be used also as an outline for Seerah studies or to read stories of Rasulullah, salla lahu alahi wa salam, to kids.

One of my favorite sites, with an interactive timeline of the Prophet Muhammad, salla lahu alahi wa salam: http://prophetictimeline.com/home/index2.php (edit: this link does not seem to be working 6/9/16 however it may work with just prophetictimeline.com but I could not get it to load. Here are some alternatives although I cannot vouch for them entirely:

http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/accessislam/timeline.html

http://www.historyofislamtimeline.com/

http://www.pbs.org/empires/islam/flashtimeline.html

http://www.prophetictimeline.com/Prophet/Timeline.php

Another helpful link : http://ummmaimoonahrecords.blogspot.qa/search/label/Ramadhaan Great sister’s blog with MANY resources, links and activities for Ramadan, maa shaa Allah.

I wanted to upload our crafts, which I will inshAllah, although i wanted to¬†do that before the last ten days of Ramadan started!¬†This¬†is Dd’s third year of fasting, i think, and my son is trying to, so it’s been difficult to get them both awake and alert at the same time, including me! Most of the time, i have to be there to provide the enthusiasm or motivation, at least for Dd, crafts aren’t her thing but Ds is always raring to go, ready to try anything! lol

Tomorrow I hope to do a masjid/minaret diorama with the kids. I had a neat idea to make it different. I will upload pics, inshAllah.
Also, when i figure out how to upload docs, I will add a couple coloring books to this post, iA. Here is a simple one I have but you can get it here now: http://www.muslimhomeschool.net/lessonplans/colourin/ramadan%20colouring%20book.pdf

Finally, another important¬†goal I had for Ramadan is for the children to learn all the necessary du’a like, breaking the fast or duas for forgiveness. We also read ayaat from Quran about fasting.

I hope something in this post was useful, al hamdulilah. Please forgive any mistakes from me, for Allah Alone is Perfect and free from error.

May Allah, subhan wa ta’ala accept your fast and forgive your sins, this¬†glorious month that the final revelation to mankind was revealed.

I hope you and your family are in the best of Imaan and health.

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Ramadaan Mubarak! May Allah forgive my sins and I ask everyone i have wronged intentionally and unintentionally to forgive me. We are all the children of Adam and brothers and sisters in Islaam.

I bear witness there is no God but Allah and Muhammad, salla lahu alahi wa walam, is the Messenger of Allah.

Ramaadan¬†is the month when the Quran was first revealed¬†and the month we are commanded¬†by Allah to¬†abstain from all drink and food from fajr¬†(when the first light begins to change the morning sky) till sunset. ¬†Muslims all over the world¬† rejoice in this sacred month. We follow the lunar¬†cycle not the solar,¬†so¬†Ramadan is earlier every year and never set on the same day¬†or month¬†for all¬†time. We also have the¬†“sight the moon” or if it is cloudy¬†or not seen, we complete¬† thirty days from before to determine the first day of Ramadan.

The moon phase we look for is called the hilal, or the thin sliver¬† that appears at the beginning when it starts to “wax”¬†after the¬†new moon.

This month, i plan to do at least one lapbook with each child, a masjid/minaret diorama and many other crafts and activities inshAllah. For the lapbook, we will go a little cheaper this time and make it less like a large folder.

We will be hanging up our timeline inshAllah, something i have meant to do for some time. Al hamdulilah i realized both children are on the first year of the Ancients, my daughter for 5th grade and my son in first grade. It was great when I realized this because I can teach them some History together as well as reading from that time period, although with dd she will go into the History deeper, as with the logic stage.

The timeline will be especially useful in the children visualizing the time difference between historical events and people, particularly Prophet Muhammad, saws as he came after¬†the Ancients period we are currently studying. I wanted to fully explain Ramadan to them, have them learn du’a¬†for breaking their fast and other relevant supplications, learn some of the rules and regulations for Ramadan and the special salaat¬†performed in Ramadan. I also wanted to read them humorous and heartfelt stories of the Prophet and his companions during Ramadan as well. Children love to laugh and I know mine learn better if learning can be made fun so i want to try to do that this year.

Dd fasted some of Ramadan last year but I didn’t believe it was obligatory upon her yet for various reasons. This year she will be fasting all month, inshAllah. Since she was in a private Islamic school two separate¬†years I know she knows about Ramadan but whenever you question your children you will usually find where there are holes in the information so I am sure these will come up in our teaching and discussions this month so we can rectify any gaps or misinformation, inshaAllah.

I am having dd also do logic puzzles online as well as with a book I found years ago, called Logic Anyone? It was not one of the books listed in The Well Trained Mind¬†but it follows the pre-logic period getting them ready for the formal study of logic by doing mental exercises¬†and puzzles. When i¬†feel she is ready to begin the formal study of logic, either halfway through this grade or starting sixth, i¬†will start her on the book recommended by the WTM. If you don’t have a logic puzzle books or don’t want to buy what the WTM¬†recommends for pre-logic grade five, or you just don’t want to wait you can print out many logic puzzles and brain benders from online or even play them online. These are some of the sites we have used¬†for logic games and puzzles. Some of them, i can’t even master!

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/math/logic/puzzles/  (easy)

http://www.puzzles.com/PuzzlePlayground/NonManipulativePuzzlesHome.htm (harder, different levels and methods)

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/math_puzzles/index.html Critical thinking and math problems. One of my favorite math sites for kids.

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/logic_games.html Skill building and interactive. I can’t pass level two on the Sliding block game!

http://www.thelogiczone.plus.com/logic_index.htm  Grid logic problems, can be filled in online so no paper needed. For easier or beginner problems, click on Kids corner.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/brainboosters/ Lateral thinking, reasoning, Spatial, word play. Beginner and up

http://www.puzzles.com/Projects/LogicProblems.html Difficult/Adult

http://www.allstarpuzzles.com/logic/ Rated by difficulty. Some of these middle schoolers can do.

http://www.barcodesinc.com/articles/math-logic-problems.htm¬†what i¬†call a ‘mamalist’. Divided by level and subject

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/brain_teasers.htm Resource list

http://www.printable-puzzles.com/printable-logic-puzzles.php Printable grid logic problems

And of course, there is always Sudoku.

Two weeks before Ramadan started¬†I read, studied and did the exercises¬†in Introductory Logic¬†by Douglas J Wilson to prepare myself for teaching dd. It is the text recommended by the Well Trained Mind for the formal study of logic for grades fifth through eighth¬†but meant for sixth grade. It is very Christian oriented with not just many statements of shirk but also requires a basic knowledge of the Bible, in particular the New Testament¬†as well as a little history from that time, which would be a problem for someone who has no knowledge of¬†that. Although I am Muslim, I was raised Catholic but became a Christian as a teenager, have read the Bible and know some of the¬†events that¬†surrounded the New Testament¬†writers so it¬†was not a problem for me however for my daughter or most Muslims they might be confused. Despite the¬†glaring¬†shirk, i¬†found the text easy to follow but you must¬†have the teacher key, so I have both. I ordered them years ago from Barnes and Noble they where a bit hard to find. However, i¬†am not sure this book would even be permissible to¬†let a Muslim child read, in fact, I am almost¬†sure it is not so¬†i¬†am going to ask someone who is able to ask a scholar. In the meantime,¬†i¬†have rewritten¬†many of the statements and substituting words and statements more appropriate. I plan on using the “new” version when dd is ready. Even with an adult the scholars have warned against even listening to the speech of someone on misguidance¬†so i¬†am not even sure it is¬†permissible for me to read this book! I am halfway through¬†understanding the lessons as well as writing¬†notes and substitutions. i am planning to check out the alternative suggestions, Critical Thinking book one and two and A Case of Red Herrings series perhaps they will be more suitable for Muslims to use for beginning Logic.

¬†I have never really studied logic before except for a little in middle school and college but they didn’t call it “logic”. In Math, we would do¬†analogies,Venn diagrams and word problems where a¬†chart must be drawn to¬†find the answers. For example, we would be asked about the favorite¬†flowers of¬†five children, while no two like the same one:

1.Karen’s favorite is not the tulip. 2. Derek hates tulips and roses. 3. Someone really likes daisies. 4. Fay likes¬†violets. 5. Tanya is allergic to carnations. 6. Scott like the flower to which Tanya is allergic.

And you would use a chart to deduct who likes which flower. Problems like the one above, analogies and¬†some Venn diagrams where the only logic i¬†had, if you could call it that because now that read through¬†Introductory to Logic it’s nothing compared to those! I found it easy to follow although it does get consistently more difficult. If you are not entirely familiar with logic, you must learn it yourself before teaching your child so if they don’t understand or have questions you will be able to explain and help.

In regards to the text Introductory Logic and its issues, i will go further into this later as well as give examples of such problem statements and what I substituted instead. Also, i am aware that with newer editions of the Well Trained Mind, some of the recommended books for different subjects have changed due to discontinued publishing and lack of availability. With each subject we study I will list what we are using and how as well as what others use or what the newest edition of the Well Trained Mind recommends. For instance the History textbook for the logic stage was changed but I actually was able to find one at a used bookstore even though it is out of print.

 I will update our craft projects for Ramadan inshaAllah. Some of these i will get from  http://tjramadan.blogspot.com/ maa shaa Allah and http://raisingmuslims.wordpress.com/2008/08/12/ramadhan-lapbook-pics-printouts/ with great printouts for a Ramadan lapbook.

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Ok, I admit we didnt finish this till after Ramadhan, lol/. Will write all about the process soon and details and give credit to the sister’s sites who contibuted to our muse. (Ok , I found it! Thanks to the sister at raising muslims blog :http://raisingmuslims.wordpress.com/2008/08/12/ramadhan-lapbook-pics-printouts/. She has a great site mashaAllah and with her links, tips, and files we were able to make our lapbook, al hamdulilah ¬†

Hadeeth on eating

Hadeeth on eating

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