Wednesday, 26 October 2016

What is Geography - Starting KS3!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Alhamdulillaah we started off Secondary level for geography with Maimoonah. The textbook we have chosen is maashaa Allaah very nice and very easy to use, There is a lot of information but all of them are concise and interesting. 

The first chapter of the book is What is Geography. We discussed the definitions and talked about how learning geography would help us as Muslims. And here is what Maimoonah came up with, She also wanted to do a scene with felts for this notebooking. 

Then we used this beautiful pack about Landforms to learn more about physical geography and different landforms. 

Landform Layer Book

To remember at a glance about different types of geographies Maimoonah did this note booking with simple definitions and added examples for each type of geography to make it easy. 

Next, we learnt about finding out places and how to use GPS Locations.

We learnt in details about longitude and latitudes and how to find them for each location. 

We used the Mapping Skills with Google Earth and read more about GPS Location on google and talked about real time scenarios as we are so accustomed to using pin locations to go to places over here and many times easily get lost otherwise, Alhamdulillaah! 

Then we learnt about using graphs in geography and the different graphs used for different purposes. And the use of bar graph, line graph, pie graph, and scatter graph. 


Finally, the chapter ends with value and use of all the different types of geographies.

 At the co-op, the kids were asked to do Landform Diorama. Maimoonah chose to do rain forest, but she has not been able to complete it yet. Inshaa Allaah she hopes to do it soon and we can update with the image. Other kids have done their diorama maashaa Allaah. Will update with their pics as well later.

So Alhamdulillaah KS3 geography seems interesting and Maimoonah likes it too. We have been using lot of other books for geography over the years and Maashaa Allaah this textbook is in the format that I was looking for , for a very long time. Finally, something nice to work with especially at this level.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Love for Growth!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalaamu Alaikum

Alhamdulillaah, more and more families are realising and earnestly striving to nurture their young children with the correct ilm (knowledge) and tarrbiyah (cultivation) from the very beginning of their childhood. 

Since we started our Homeschool Support Program, I have been receiving numerous emails from families inquiring about the packs and books and many families will be using the packs soon with their children, Inshaa Allaah.

What I also noticed is that there are many more families who are eager to use the same packs but are not able to afford the cost involved. 

And Alhamdulillaah what fills our hearts even more is that, there are many individuals who are looking for opportunities to earn continuous rewards for themselves and their families by spending and sponsoring those families who are unable to afford the cost for our materials. 

Therefore we have set up "Love for Growth" - a project that would help those who are in need of our materials to educate their children but are unable to afford the cost.

Those who are interested in contributing may get in touch by emailing me at with the subject heading - "Love for Growth". 

Share the Khayr Inshaa Allaah. Spread the word around and reach the families who are striving to educate their kids! 

May Allaah accept this from us. Aameen

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Nature Event at the Park - Doha

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Alhamdulillaah! Our Nurture Islaam Pre -K Curriculum Books and Pack is taking shape and we are about to complete the whole pack. Alhamdulillaah many families have shown interest in our much-needed curriculum packs. It is indeed a lovely feeling when you know that kids around the world are using your materials. 

If you are in Qatar, this is a wonderful opportunity to come and join us for the "Allaah Created Nature" event, where we will be using one of the Pre - K Nurture Islaam Series Book "Allaah Created Nature" and having some awesome activities at the park. Alhamdulillaah there has been an overwhelming response so far and few spaces still available. So if you in Doha and interested in the event please register at your earliest as we will be closing registrations when we reach the maximum number of participants. 

Here are the details:

Come and join us for an exciting event at Dahl Al Hamam Park.

•Explore Nature with the new book "Allaah Created Nature" by Umm Maimoonah
•Listen to a story and the read aloud from the book
•Learn why Allaah Created Nature and how to take care of it
•Enjoy a nature walk through the park to discover some of the many blessings of Allaah
•Complete different tasks around the park while learning about your senses and the natural world around you. 
•Enjoy a little picnic in the grass
•Take home your own copy of the activity book and a "Plant Your Own Flower Kit"

Event: Allaah Created Nature - Mum's and Kids Event (No men or boys older than 7 years)
Age: 3-6 (Mum's MUST be present with the child) 
Number of Kids: 50 Maximum
Venue: Dahl Al Hamam Park
Date: Saturday 29th October 2016
Time: 9am to 11.30am
Price: 70 Qr per child (should be paid at the venue on the day of the event)

Registration: Email with the following information:
Mom's Name
Mom's Contact Number
Child/dren's Names and Ages

(We will have some volunteers bringing cupcakes and juice. Feel free to bring something to share)

Important: This event is only for mothers and children.
And children must be accompanied by the mothers at all times during the event.
No cancellations. Absentees must send a replacement or pay the cost and take the materials.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Introducing Treasure Baskets

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Alhamdulillaah Ramlah is 5 months old now. Maimoonah wants to start "homeschooling" Ramlah!

Sounds a bit strange right? Well not really! I wanted to make Maimoonah's wish of homeschooling her sister at this age a reality!  So it turned out that it is time for us to introduce Treasure Baskets to our little Ramlah.

What is a Treasure Basket?

Treasure Basket is a popular Montessori method. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children learn best by choosing, by doing and by repeating and exploring anything through their senses. She also thought that children from a very young age, if allowed to develop freely they felt connected to everything and were naturally caring to each other and the world around them. 

So taking the good out of her thoughts, we came up with our own Treasure Basket first and far most connecting little Ramlah to her Creator! Alhamdulillaah!

So generally a Treasure Basket is basket or a box or any container that is filled with natural things and household items which babies and even toddlers can explore by themselves using their senses. Exploring treasure baskets can help teach babies how to select, touch, taste and feel. They become familiar with the objects around them and this may help them to gain confidence in taking decisions. And it helps to develop different skills such as hand eye coordination, fine motor skills etc etc. 

Even though all of this happens naturally, having a treasure basket is a great way to be organized and save time. Babies are really bored and during their waking hours they need some activities to enjoy! Keeping a basket handy helps us a great deal by the Mercy of Allaah. 

Treasure Baskets can be used indoors as well as out doors. The contents of it can vary according the age and ability of the infant or toddler, You can read a simple guide of it here

Our Treasure Basket

Maimoonah is responsible of filling in the basket every now and then with items. She has to do her research and make a note of the items and rotate them and at any given time Ramlah's basket must have the items to be presented to her. 

So basically for now our baskets will include the following:
  • Books to be read aloud
  • iPod to make her listen to the recitation of the Qur'aan
  • Different coloured muslin clothes (washed and clean ready for going into her mouth)
  • Different coloured shawls with different textures (washed and clean ready for going into her mouth)
  • Touch and feel soft toy
  • Baby stimulating toy
  • Ribbons
  • Soft Balls
  • Teething Rings
  • Whiteboard and Marker to write words. (We are trying out Teach Your Baby to Read through flash cards, but using the whiteboard and the marker instead of printed cards)
Items will change each week and will depend on Maimoonah's research and creativity! Will update them as we go on Inshaa Allaah.

How do we use the Treasure Basket?

Ramlah is unable to sit up on her own yet. So for now what we do is take the books from the basket and read aloud to her. She loves to hear us reading. Sometimes we keep her on our lap and read to her and other times she will be lying down and we show the book to her and read while turning the pages gently but quickly. Her attention span is very very little, we need to read simple books so that we can turn the pages fast. She loves this activity so much, when she knows that we have come to the last page of a book she starts crying. 

Darul Kitab Level 1 books are great books to read to her Maashaa Allaah and she loves the book "Our Creator". Inshaa Allaah when our "Nurture Islaam - Pre-K" Books are ready we would be using them for Ramlah and according to Maimoonah they would be her best books, Inshaa Allaah! 

We also use the touch and feel board books and allow Ramlah to touch and feel while we read. She responds well to this too.

We make her listen to small soorahs everyday for sometime.

We have started writing few words on the whiteboard and she seems to be enjoying that too. I use the red marker and write words and say it. Erase the word and write another word. I do this fast and may be one session is done within 10 seconds. I am not following any hard and fast rules on this. Just experimenting with Ramlah for now.

Items to explore by herself
Then we give one item at a time to her hand to explore. She would take the muslin cloth and play with it for a little while. Then we give her the teething ring, which she would be interested for few minutes. Then we give her the pom pom balls to touch and feel. Later she may like to have a soft toy to explore. We do not leave her alone at any given time and especially when she is exploring the basket we are around her. 

That's about it.

End of the day Maimoonah talks to Ramlah and gives her a kiss and says "Maashaa Allaah, Ramlah you have done well today in school, good girl!".

During this whole process we talk to Ramlah linking back everything to her Creator. We start with reading the book Our Creator, and when she explores we tell her "Ramlah, Allaah gave you hands to touch, Allaah gave you this little ball to feel, Allaah gave you eyes to see this green cloth,,, etc etc". Little babies love to hear us talk. And Ramlah is pretty quiet when I explain certain things to Maimoonah while teaching her. She looks at our expressions and listens to us and smiles. 

Alhamdulillaah every situation is a blessing from Allaah. I hope this would encourage Maimoonah to enhance her skills of research and implementation and create the awareness of being responsible in educating young babies and taking care of them. This in turn also would help her to be mindful in finishing up her school work and be a better example for her sister, inshaa Allaah! 

Monday, 12 September 2016

Eid Mubarak - Eid Al Adha 2016

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) also said, “The day of al-Fitr, and the day of an-Nahr, and the days of at-Tashreeq (the three days after an-Nahr) are our days of ’Eed (festivity); and they are days of eating and drinking.” Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (no. 1945), from ’Uqbah Ibn ’Aamir (radiyallaahu ’anhu). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no. 8192).

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Back to Homeschool - School Year 2016/2017

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Alhamdulillaah! Time is passing by so soon and another school year is here. Last year was a tough one for us due to my health condition but Maimoonah managed to do her work as much as she was able to. Since we have covered many areas before, having a year's break was not a big issue with regard to the subjects but it did have an influence in the rhythm and smoothness of getting things done. 

We have been covering the Cambridge Primary Curriculum for the last 3 years and even though we have not completed it fully I have decided to go ahead with Cambridge Secondary from this year for English, Science and Geography mainly because, I feel Maimoonah is getting a bit bored with the Primary work and also my good friend here who is also homeschooling her daughters and since her daughters are also starting off secondary we both thought it is time that our kids work together in the subjects we have chosen to be the same. So we have done our lesson plans and chosen books accordingly and we hope to meet once a month to do some project work together. And we have a private co op blog where our kids update with their work done.  We are hoping to have 36 weeks of work and 6 weeks break in between the whole year. We plan to finish off the year just before Ramadhaan Inshaa Allaah. 

So here are the Resources we hope to use for this year Inshaa Allaah.

Islaamic Studies

Usooluth Thalaathah
We will continue with Usooluth Thalaathah Scrapbooking. We have completed the first part of it and will be starting on the 1st Principle. 

Important Lessons for Every Muslim
We will also be continuing Important Lessons for Every Muslim Scrapbooking. We have completed up to Tawheed and will continue the next lessons.

We hope to start Seerah Notebooking along with the kids at Iman Homeschool 

And we also hope to do at least 3 Prophets and 3 Sahabhas and 3 scholars this year. We are keeping our goals low because we have a baby to look after and we also have many other things to do.

Additionally we hope to revise Salaah positions, and do some project work on certain topics Inshaa Allaah. My thoughts are on doing something about Dajjaal, Jinns, Puberty and the Khawaarij Inshaa Allaah. 

A sister is helping Maimoonah with learning Tajweed. She will continue her classes with her and recite Qur'aan. Hifdhl revision will be done everyday and she will be choosing her soorahs to continue her memorisation.

We are continuing Madeenah Arabic Book and worksheets.

We are using the following textbooks for English KS3. The Complete English for Cambridge Secondary 1 - Book 7 has a student book and a work book and the Complete English for Cambridge Secondary 1 Writing and Grammar practice book could be used throughout secondary 1.


Complete English for Cambridge Secondary 1 Writing and Grammar Practice Book

These are new books published by Oxford University Press and the first two books are endorsed by Cambridge. The English books are very interactive and attractive with differen topics covered in an easy to understand way. As usual their some topica that are not very islamic so was integrated Islaam into certain lessons so that kids learn the correct islaamic point of view. 

We will continue the Spelling Workout Series. 

She will continue Copywriting using the Noble Quraan

We are continuing with Nelson International Mathematics Pupils Book 4 and Workbook 4. We may finish it before the year, so we will go on to Book 5 as well Inshaa Allaah. It has a textbook and a workbook. Inshaa Allaah after we finish the Book 6 which is the last book for Primary we will go forward with Secondary.

 Nelson International Mathematics 2nd edition Student Book 5

For Cambridge Secondary Science we have chosen Checkpoint Science Student Book 1 and Workbook 1.

Cambridge Checkpoint Science Student's Book 1Cambridge Checkpoint Science Workbook 1

We are also using these resources which includes a teachers guide and student's guide. Comes with a curriculum plan, experiments and assignments. We will start off with biology and then chemistry and physics Inshaa Allaah. (Please be aware if unislaamic content)

We will be using Nelson Key Geography Foundations Student Book. Additionally we have planned some interesting projects for the kids to do.

Nelson Key Geography Foundations Student Book

We will be incorporating arts and crafts into different subjects to explore art.Maimoonah may attend some of the workshops offered by the Museum which will suit our need during the year Inshaa Allaah. She will be looking into new cooking and sewing skills too. These are not planned but we will do them as and when we take some break. 

How have you planned your homeschool year? 

Saturday, 23 July 2016

New Venture - Home School Support Program

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalaamu Alaikum

Our Past

Alhamdulillaah it has been 6 years now since we began our homeschooling officially. With the grace and mercy of Allaah we have been sharing our noble journey with all of you since our inception by recording our adventures, ideas and offering resources for downloading. I love for your kids what I love for my children and this has been the main reason for continuing my blog throughout the years with all different circumstances that we have gone through. And I ask Allaah to enable me to do the same until I am able to. 

Blogging opened the doors to get to know some lovely like minded sisters and families, students of knowledge, publishers, educational product manufactures, educationists and organizations all over the world and of course enhanced my skills in every aspect by the mercy of Allaah. More and more sisters and children started benefiting from our journey and resources and since then I have been receiving emails almost every week asking for help and advice with regard to homeschooling from many sisters from different backgrounds and places. While I try my best to allocate time for each of those emails and to date have replied to each and every one of them as far as I know, it is indeed time consuming plus I am not too sure if those replies really help them in a larger scale to benefit there kids throughout.

New Venture

Alhamdulillaah with all of the above in mind and after making Isthikhaarah (Seeking Guidance from my Lord) and consulting the believers we have entered into another bigger adventure! 

I invite you to have a look at our new website 

Homeschool Support Programs

This is our new venture. We will be supporting the homeschooling moms with different cost effective packages and online help. 

You can click on our various Support Packs and view the details and send us an email with your interest.


We will send you a questionnaire to understand you and your household better to cater accordingly and after discussing with you to assess your need we can agree on the package options and the cost. And upon payment we will begin preparing your customised package and when completed would be posting the package to your physical  mailing address,  Due to circumstances beyond our control we are unable to post the packs to your physical mailing address. The packs will be sent to you via a downloadable link.  We will continue to provide you online support with any concerns you may have in implementing the pack Inshaa Allaah. 


This way I hope the moms especially the mom's who are new to homeschooling as well as busy mom's with many kids or with work would benefit Inshaa Allaah. And remember our aim is to link back all beneficial secular subjects kids learn to Islaam and this is why our packages are unique as we would always make sure that the sources are authentic and get our materials checked by students of knowledge Inshaa Allaah. Additionally many homeschoolers spend so much money on resources without actually knowing if those could be used with their kids or not. Aren't we all guilty of stacking up at least some stuff that are still on our shelves unused, purchased long ago and at times still continue to buy thinking it will be of use one day! This is something that I look forward to work on with sisters in order to help them choose resources that they can make use of for the right purpose during the right stages and avoid wastage. 

Moms who are new to homeschooling overwhelmed with the new concept and deal with lot of stress and anxiety wondering from where to start and what to look for. We were also there once and we know exactly what you feel. We hope to build your confidence by the permission of Allaah by directing you towards the right steps to take and sharing our experiences and educating you all about a rather new concept.

There are sisters who send kids to schools and are searching for guidance in teaching Islaamic Studies at home. I firmly believe Islaam should be taught like how the early generation of Muslims were taught, yes some may call it the classical way! Islaam is not a subject that is confined to worksheets and textbooks, It is a way of life and indeed "knowledge comes before actions", and there is so much to learn. Therefore our approach has always been taking that knowledge from the books of the scholars, simplifying it according to the level of the child and presenting in an interactive manner.

Many Islaamic Schools and organizations also write to me asking for help and it would be a pleasure to workout Interactive Activity Packs integrating Islaam into their curriculum and themes. 

We also want to benefit the publishers and small businesses that are putting out quality authentic Islaamic products and other beneficial educational kits and materials by collaborating with them to review and include their products into our packs so that many would make use of them.

Support Us

We look forward to working with many families, schools and organizations inshaa Allaah. You can follows us on facebook , Instagram and Google Plus for beneficial reminders, ideas with regards to cultivating and educating the children and latest updates on our homeschool support programs. Spread the word and support all of us who are involved in this noble program. We are ask Allaah to make our tasks easy and accept our deeds and grant us success in this project. Aameen

Please be free to contact me at for any clarifications. 

Baarakallaah Feekum

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