4/12/2018

FREE Printable - Beginning Letter Sounds and Recognition - Letters C-G

 

This is the second part of the Beginning Letter Sound and Recognition phonics activity booklet I started sharing in a previous post. This part has five letters. To download the preview pages, click here.
Here are some important pieces of information (also shared in the previous post) about this booklet...

Pages Content:
1. Images are displayed and students point to the ones that start with the given letter of the page.
2. Students draw an image that starts with the letter.
3. Students trace the letter.

Benefits of this activity:
  1. Helps children master their alphabet letters
  2. Helps with learning the beginning sounds of words
  3. Helps strengthen children's fine motor skills (i.e. holding pen/pencil) 
  4. Helps children improve in art (i.e. drawing, imagination)
  5. Helps children improve in writing 
All 26 letters will be available to you for free. As I finish the project, I will upload the pages I work on in shaa Allah, then you'd be free to download them. Once the project finishes, subscribers will have the opportunity to download the whole book with all the pages together in shaa Allah. So if you're not yet subscribed, subscribed by clicking the red button on the upper right corner of this blog to gain access to the subscribers' page when a new post is uploaded.

More activity info:
  • A4 landscape
  • Can be laminated for better duration and for multiple uses

Stay tuned for the next pages, in shaa Allah.


4/06/2018

5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Get Caught Up in Parenting Tip Articles

 
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs a person could ever be responsible for, yet, a very rewarding one indeed. There isn't a parenting book that accurately tells a parent how to parent his/her child. And, babies aren't born with a manual on how to be cared for. There may be books here and there on parenting tips, but they don't fit every single child. Children are individuals with unique personalities, so they should be treated as such. It is helpful to get tips and advice from other parents who have had years of experiences or from professionals who have studied different child behavior, but tips should not turn into parenting commands. As parents, we shouldn't get too caught up in parenting tip articles, and here are some reasons why.

1. Parenting tips are usually based on personal experiences
Though they are often helpful, parenting tips are nothing more than ideas people usually share from personal experiences. Someone else may benefit from them, but it doesn't mean that every single person would. Even when those tips come from social studies, there still isn't a guarantee that they would also work for you and everyone else. Social studies aren't necessarily 'facts.' Different factors such as the social-economic groups of the sample of people being used for the studies, cultures, time/period, and other similar factors need to be put into consideration.

2. There isn't one correct way of parenting
The problem with seeking parenting advice or excessively reading parenting tip articles is when some parents start thinking that the only way of doing some parenting act is by enacting what they have read. It doesn't work that way. What you read may be helpful to you or someone else you share the article with, but leave room for different interpretations. You may even come up with an idea that could be more beneficial to you.

3. Not all parenting tips work on every child 
As I've mentioned before, children are individuals and need to be treated as such. We can't expect every tip to work on every child. Let's take discipline for example, every child responds to different types of disciplinary actions differently. It may be helpful to go through trials and errors to come up with the perfect one for your child.
4. Some parenting tips seem rather condemning than encouraging
Of the few parenting tip articles that I have read so far, some did seem rather condemning than encouraging, even if that wasn't the intention. Honestly, after reading some articles, one can easily feel like the worse parent alive or feel as if he/she is doing it all wrong. Titles like, "10 Things You Should NEVER do as a Parent" sound very alarming, but not necessarily bad. It may become an issue when the list is comprised of things like "Do NOT tell your child 'Good Boy'" or "Do NOT tell your child 'You are Beautiful.'" Of course, there are always reasons people give tips and back it up with experiences and sometimes social studies. But, we should be very careful how such tips come across. Someone reading a title and tips like that could easily feel like a failure as a parent. Some things really aren't as much of a big deal as they are made to be these days. But even when we think they are, they probably shouldn't come under such alarming titles. People usually parent the way they know best, so we should assume the best, even when we disagree. That being said, tips are also welcome. We just need to make sure our tips come from a helpful, understanding, encouraging, and non-judgmental place. There are always extreme cases where some parents or parenting acts don't fit the acceptable norm. Such cases should be treated differently.

5. People have different cultures and different understandings
One thing I've always found interesting is when people disregard that what's acceptable in one culture may not necessarily be acceptable in another. One of my passion in life is learning different cultures, languages, and trying to understand different people as best as I can. Whether I agree or disagree, I'm always fascinated with the way people think and behave based on where they come from or the ethnicity they belong to. Parenting also comes under the umbrella of things people do differently based on their environment and cultures. A good example of that is spanking. We can go back and forth about whether spanking is acceptable, but we can't deny the fact that depending on the society we have that conversation in, the conversation would be very different. There are extreme cases where we can all agree would be flat-out wrong, but even what the borderline of extreme is could differ from society to society. What makes a person a 'bad' parent in one society may not necessarily make him/her a 'bad' parent in another society. That's a reality we have to be willing to consider when talking about parenting; especially when addressing a diverse group of people. That's not to say that we should never challenge some of those cultural norms; we just have to come from a place of understanding and consideration.

It's wonderful to share parenting tips and take tips from others, but we should try not to consider tips as facts that everyone should abide by. When reading parenting articles, take every advice with a grain of salt; including this one. Bookmark or take notes if you have to, but never feel the need to take on every advice as something you must do. Leave room for reflection, questioning, maybe consideration, or simply moving on. It's okay, and you're not a 'bad' parent for not taking every advice or abiding by everything you read.





3/22/2018

FREE Printable - Beginning Letter Sounds and Recognition - Letters A-B

 


When teaching children how to read, one of the crucial steps is to make sure they understand the concept of beginning letter sounds. Once they matter this, they aren't far from reading. I believe the hardest part of reading is understanding that letters make sounds, when they come together, they make words, and that's how we get meaningful words, sentences, and stories. After learning the alphabet, learning beginning letters of words makes it easier for children to start reading. It is often difficult for some children to grasp this concept, but once they do, everything starts falling into places.

I have some free beginning letters activity printables available on this blog, but this one (Beginning Letter Sounds and Recognition) is a little different. This activity book has three parts to it. One is where images are displayed and students point to the ones that start with the given letter of the page, the second part is where students draw an image that starts with the letter, and the third part is where they trace the letter. This activity is simple and yet packed with multiple beneficial features.

Benefits of this activity:
  1. Helps children master their alphabet letters
  2. Helps with learning the beginning sounds of words
  3. Helps strengthen children's fine motor skills (i.e. holding pen/pencil) 
  4. Helps children improve in art (i.e. drawing, imagination)
  5. Helps children improve in writing 
All 26 letters will be available to you for free. As I finish the project, I will upload the pages I work on in shaa Allah, then you'd be free to download them. Once the project finishes, subscribers will have the opportunity to download the whole book with all the pages together in shaa Allah. So if you're not yet subscribed, subscribed by clicking the red button on the upper right corner of this blog to gain access to the subscribers' page when a new post is uploaded.

More activity info:
  • A4 landscape
  • Can be laminated for better duration and for multiple uses

I hope this activity will benefit your students/children. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.



3/11/2018

My First Alphabet Game Book + Free Printable - Ihsaan Home Academy

    

Whether your child is a preschooler or kindergartener, it's always fun to learn phonics while playing a game. Learning the alphabet is one of the first official learning materials children get exposed to when starting school or homeschool. Making it fun and interactive not only makes the learning process easy, it also pushes children to want to learn more. This is the reason why I put this alphabet booklet together.

My First Alphabet Game Book is a book with letters, short stories, and rhyming words from A to Z. Each page has a star at the top right corner for coloring, once the child knows the letter.

As you read the book to your child, you can play the game by putting some alphabet letters in a container and asking your child to give you the correct letter as you read it.
Example:
"Give me a 'B.'"
Once the child gives you the letter, you say, "What does 'B' say?"
Then you continue reading the page.
You can also put the letter on each image and say for example, "'B' is for Ball, 'B' is for Bed, etc"

An additional great thing about this book is that each page has a Muslim kid holding the letter. The kids have different clothes and skin color to show diversity.

More info about the book:
- A4 Booklet format (A5 for each page)
- Print on both pages
- Laminate each page for a better duration and to reuse it
- Use a hole puncher to put holes on the corner of the laminated pages
- Connect the pages with binding rings

Price: £3.99
Click HERE to Buy

Now, here's the free printable I would like to share with you. It's the first page of the Alphabet Game Book (A4 page). If you would like to get all the pages, you can purchase the book from my store.

If you have any questions, contact me or leave a comment below in shaa Allah.

2/14/2018

80 Free English Curriculum Resources for Homeschooling - Ihsaan Home Academy


    
Here's another list of free resources for you. Whether you want to teach English Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Phonics, or English literature, you can do that without spending much or anything at all.Textbooks usually come with a table of content to make it easy to see all the chapters in the book and to easily divide them into lesson plans. Some of these resources are PDF textbooks, some are practice books and workbooks, and a selected few are websites. I already had these resources posted on my blog since last year, but I've decided to post them all (including the previous ones) as independent blog posts to make it easier for people to find them. Now let's get into the list; shall we ...
Quick Note: Download the resources immediately because they may not always be available. File links change when the locations change. Although I have the downloaded files of documents that may go missing because of a link change, I will not be able to share them with you if I don't have the most current links. For copyright reason, I can only share links and not direct pdf files.

Pre-K  
For a whole list of Preschool resources, Click HERE.

Kindergarten
Progressive Phonics
Jolly Learning Phonics Activity Sheets
Reading Bear 
StarFall (Reading)
McGraw Hill Workbook 

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Grade 1
Activity/Workbook
McMillan McGraw Hill Grammar Practice Book
McGraw Hill Language Art (Reteach)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Extend)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Practice)
McGraw Hill Practice Book O
McMillan McGraw Hill Spelling Practice Book
K12Reader 1st Grade Master Spelling List




Grade 2
Activity/Workbook
McMillan McGraw Hill Grammar Practice Book
McGraw Hill Language Art (Practice)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Reteach)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Extend)
McGraw Hill Practice Book O
McMillan McGraw Hill Spelling Practice Book
K12Reader 2nd Grade Master Spelling List
Common Core Differentiated Reading for Comprehension 

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Grade 3
Activity/Workbook
McMillan McGraw Hill Grammar Practice Book
McGraw Hill Language Art (Practice)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Reteach)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Extend)
McGraw Hill Practice Book O
McMillan McGraw Hill Spelling Practice Book
K12Reader 3rd Grade Master Spelling List
3rd Grade Spelling Dictation Sentences 

Grade 4
Activity/Workbook
McMillan McGraw Hill Grammar Practice Book
McGraw Hill Language Art (Practice)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Reteach)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Extend)
McGraw Hill Practice Book O
McMillan McGraw Hill Spelling Practice Book
K12Reader 4th Grade Master Spelling List
4th Grade Spelling Dictation Sentences 

Grade 5
Activity/Workbook
McMillan McGraw Hill Grammar Practice Book
McGraw Hill Language Art (Practice)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Reteach)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Extend)
McGraw Hill Practice Book O
McMillan McGraw Hill Spelling Practice Book
K12Reader 5th Grade Master Spelling List
5th Grade Spelling Dictation Sentences 

Grade 6
Activity/Workbook
McMillan McGraw Hill Grammar Practice Book
McGraw Hill Language Art (Practice)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Reteach)
McGraw Hill Language Art (Extend)
McGraw Hill Practice Book O

Grade 7
Activity/Workbook
Sorry, all file locations have changed.

Grade 8
Activity/Workbook
Sorry, all file locations have changed.

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Grade 9
Activity/Workbook
High School Spelling Word List (9th to 12th Grade)

Grade 10
Activity/Workbook
High School Spelling Word List (9th to 12th Grade)

Grade 11
Activity/Workbook
High School Spelling Word List (9th to 12th Grade)

Grade 12 
Activity/Workbook
High School Spelling Word List (9th to 12th Grade)

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Other Resources 
Khan Academy Grammar
K12 Reader 
K-12 Reading Comprehension (Online Reading Activities)
Early Readers' Books (PDF, phonics)*
Worldly Wise 300 Vocabulary (Grade 2-12)*
Daily Oral Language (PDF, Grade 3-5)
Grammar and Writing (Grade 1-6)
Grammar Usage (Grade 6-8)
Harcourt Language Art *
Language Art (Middle School) (Grade 6-8)
Language Art (High School, 9th to 12th Grade)(Grade 9-12)
Harcourt Spelling - Word Builder *
GradeSpelling (Spelling word lists for Grades 1-8, by lessons. PDF)*
English Tests and Games
Free Children's Books
More Free Children's Books
Free Children's Stories (videos)
Phonics Books
Letter Books
Glencoe Literature 
Starfall (Early education, learning to read, more)*
iStoryBooks (Lots of books, and optional audio. App available)
Internet4Classrooms
101 Printables for English Lessons
Daily Grammar *
Learning to Read
Dolch Word List (PDF)
Reading Bear (Learn Phonics)
IXL

Games & Activities
Book Adventure 
Learning to Read

Non-Free Resources (extra)
Eemaan Reading Series  

Please be cautious of whatever information you get from the resources. It's your responsibility to make sure you check everything before introducing them to your children. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or message me (females only) privately in shaa Allah.

2/08/2018

Appreciate Your Parenting Skills + Few Things I Appreciate About Mine - Ihsaan Home Academy

    
When it comes to parenting, I can easily give a long list of things I believe I'm doing wrong. But, I've decided to start looking at my parenting skills from the bright side. It's true that no parent is perfect, and it's also true that we should try our best to improve as much as possible and become better parents. That being said, we shouldn't forget to also give ourselves credit for the good we do. Being always negative can lead to stress, depression, and WORSE parenting. If you're happy and positive, you're more likely to make your children happy. Happy mom, happy home.

I'm usually quite negative about my parenting skills and always criticise myself. I often think that I'm the worse parent there can be and wish I could be a worthy parent to my children. I've realized that being so negative helps NO one! Yes, it may temporarily humble me and look for ways to improve, but ultimately, it just stresses me out and the circle continues. I've noticed that when I acknowledge that some things need to change while still appreciating the good that I do as a parent, it encourages me to be a BETTER parent. It energizes me, makes me grateful to Allah for choosing me as the mother of my children, and keeps me going stronger! I believe that it's important for parents to do the same. Appreciate your parenting skills. I've thought of few things I believe make me a good mother to my children and would like to share some of them.

Quality Time
From the moment they were born, spending lots of cuddle times is something I've always enjoyed. While cuddling, I sometimes talk to them, just stare at them while rubbing their back, listen to them, read to them, listen to the Qur'an together, or anything else that comes to mind. As my daughter grew up, we read more books together, discussed various topics, and did (still do) research by watching videos about different animals. She has a very curious mind, Allahumma baarik, so she always asks very detailed and specific questions. When I don't know the answer, I simply tell her, and we start researching. Our quality time has definitely left a positive impact on both of us. We both love it!

Teaching
I took it upon myself to educate my children because I strongly believe that it's primarily my responsibility. I make lots of research by collecting educational resources and by making my own as well. I try my best to adjust what I make to my daughter's learning style and to our Muslim lifestyle.



Positive Words
I appreciate the fact that no matter how angry I get, I never call my children names. I know how it feels to be called names, even unintentionally, so I decided not to fall into that hole. Alhamdulillah, it has been working out great. The few times I heard my daughter say words like 'naughty, rude, bad, etc,' I knew automatically that she had heard them from outside while playing with other kids. And of course, I told her not to say such words and explained why she shouldn't.

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Positive Reinforcement
I appreciate the fact that no matter what our children do, such as coloring, drawing, first steps, first words, my husband and I become overjoyed and show our support. This builds confidence in them and encourages them to do more.

Being a Muslimah
I try my best to be the best Muslimah I can be. The point here is not about being the "ideal Muslim mother," but the fact that I'm trying helps my children. Through the struggles, ups, and downs, being a Muslimah is the best thing I could ever offer to my children. Why? Because children learn more by observation than by what they're told to do. And of course, I aspire for them to be much better Muslims, take the good, and leave the bad. Although my daughter is still little, I still let her know that I'm a human being and not everything I do is what should be done. It's NOT my way or the high way! I'm ready to learn from her just as much as she learns from me. She has taught me a lot and continues to teach me so much about myself, life, and the wonderful creations of Allah.

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Becoming a parent is one of the biggest blessings Allah has offered me. I do not take it for granted, and I'm ready to improve and be the best mother I can be. But through it all, I've decided to start appreciating the good that I do as a mother. The reason is to encourage myself, get out of the semi-depressing mindset that only keeps me behind, fully appreciate the abilities Allah has given me, be grateful, and continue to strive for the best! All credits ultimately go back to Allah because without the will of Allah, we wouldn't even be able to move a finger. Our ability to love, care for, or even be present is still from Allah. So appreciate your parenting skills; appreciate the mother/parent of your children!

Alhamdulillah

1/25/2018

Kindness - FREE Children's Book


    
I hope you're all doing well. I have a new free children's book for you. It's about kindness. That's self-explanatory. But in short, it talks about what kindness is and how we should always be kind and considerate towards other people.

It also talks about how smiling and being gentle are part of being kind, and smilying is Sunnah. It is a very simply non-fiction book. It has some colors, but not too overwhelming to make it easy on printing.

This book printables is A5 and you can print it however you like. If you have specific questions, you're free to comment below.

Enjoy!