The Ideal Muslim (or Muslimah) Journal - Ihsaan Home Academy

I hope you're all doing well in shaa Allah. I have another planner/journal for you. This time, it's a full journal for both Muslim men and women. I believe we need to make planning and productivity an essential part of our lives. Some people use technology to do so, but there are still many people who prefer writing on paper. Wheven I try journaling using apps or software, I always find myself back with a pen and paper. So, here it is; a nice and complete journal for Muslims who want to be productive.

Planning is important for everyone; especially parents! It becomes more crucial when parenting comes along with being an educator, and... an entrepreneur. One person can only take on all these hats with extra planning or journaling. Journaling helps in having something to look back and see what was done right or wrong, and what needs to change. I find myself much more productive everytime I plan and write in a journal. There are two covers in this journal; one for the Muslim, and the other for the Muslimah. Let me give you more details.

Page Size: A5 ( 8.27 x 5.83 inches)
Journal contains:
  • 2 covers (one for the Muslim and the other for the Muslimah)
  • A "This Journal Belongs to" page
  • 2 pages of the journal x 4 (to be printed as many times as needed)
  • Copyright page
  • Back page

The two pages of the journal contain: 
  • Date
  • Upon waking up and going to sleep du'a check boxes
  • Adhkar check boxes
  • Salah check boxes
  • Favorite Ayah/hadith
  • To do list
  • Goals/extra daily habits
  • Gratitude lines
  • Qur'an/hadith lines
  • Great things that happened
  • Things learned
  • Things to do better next time
  • Extra notes
  • Rating stars

Price: £15.99 on Ihsaan Home Academy Shop
Click HERE to buy.

I hope you'll like it and find it useful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me in shaa Allah.


The Muslimah Daily Planner - Ihsaan Home Academy


Planning is a very important aspect of productivity. As human beings, we easily forget, lose focus, and are quick to find ourselves doing little to nothing when we don't plan our day. There's so much that could be done in a day if only we manage to maximize it. People who accomplish multiple projects aren't any different from those who don't. It's all about planning. The Muslimah Daily Planner makes it easy for Muslim women to plan their day and stay productive.

Page Size: A4 (8.27 × 11.69 inches)

The printable contains:

  • 2 styles of cover pages
  • A "This Planner Belongs to" page with an ayaah from the Qur'an
  • 7 planner pages (to print as much  needed)
  • A back cover
  • Copyright page

The daily planner has:
  • The date
  • Du'an check points
  • Salah check points
  • To do (empty)
  •  List of to dos for every Muslim (Qur'an, workout, gratitude, and more)
  • Ingredients and meal plans (empty)
  • Extra notes 
  • More

Price on Ihsaan Home Academy: £5.45
To buy this planner, click here.


80+ FREE Arabic Curriculum Resources for Homeschooling - Ihsaan Home Academy

Learning Arabic is not a requirement, but it's a very useful language to learn if you're Muslim. Although there are translated books of the Qur'an, hadith books, and other books of knowledge, we should all know that translation never does complete justice to languages in general. When it comes to the Qur'an, it gets even trickier. The meaning of the Qur'an can for sure be translated, but it's impossible to translate the Qur'an along with all that comes with it (i.e. the deep meanings, the choice of words, the patterns, the rhyming, and more). There are Tafseer books (explanation of the Qur'an) that we use (translated or in Arabic) to help us understand the Qur'an as it should be understood. But, it's also important to directly understand it while listening, without always opening books.

Experiment with word-for-word Qur'an learning
Listening to the Qur'an should be a daily happening for every Muslim. It helps us boost our eemaan (faith) and hopefully gets us closer to Allah. It becomes sweeter when one understands while listening. Try this by learning the meaning (word by word) of a short Surah, then read the Tafseer to have a complete understanding of the Surah. After mastering it, listen to that Surah without translation or recite it in your daily Salah. You'd be amazed at how much focused you could get. I tried this with some Suwar (Surahs) and felt a level of sweetness I had never felt before. Doing this may encourage you to learn Arabic (Fus-ha; Arabic of the Qur'an). It may take you much longer to learn the whole Qur'an word by word. The easiest and shorter cut may just be to learn the language.

Understanding the Qur'an for both Arabic speakers and non-Arabic speakers
Of course, the above experiment isn't only limited to non-Arabic speakers; I'm speaking to Muslims in general. Understanding the language along with the Tafseer should always come together. One who speaks Arabic should read the Tafseer, and the one who doesn't speak Arabic should try to learn it and read the Tafseer as well in shaa Allah. If you've tried or decide to try the above 'experiment,' please let me know how it went.

Choosing Fus-ha over simple Arabic dialects
You probably know that there are many dialects and versions of Arabic. When learning Arabic for the Qur'an, try learning Fus-ha Arabic. It is a more classical, rich, and original version of Arabic. If you learn Fus-ha, understanding the Qur'an should be easier in shaa Allah.

Exposing children to Arabic while their brains are still fresh
Please, don't wait till your children are grown to introduce Arabic to them. It's easier to learn a language when the brain is young and fresh. Do them a favor and expose them to the language while they are young. You'd be amazed at how much they could absorb. Also, don't make it as basic as knowing few names of animals and food items as it's usually done in most Islamic schools and homeschools. There are more than enough FREE resources online to help you help your children learn Arabic fluently. They could also practice with each other, watch Islamic Arabic cartoons sometimes, and/or listen to Arabic audios to help them master the language. Now, let's get into the list of free Arabic curriculum resources that you could use for yourself and/or for your homeschooled children in shaa Allah.

Note: Download the files you find useful as soon as possible because they may not be available all the time. Sometimes, file locations change if edited, so the links also change.

Pre-K - Kindergarten
Arabic Alphabet Cards
Reading and Writing Skills
Shapes Flashcards
Fruits Flashcards
Colours Flashcards
Numbers Flashcards
Nature Flashcards
Animals Flashcards 1 
Animals Flashcards 2
Body Parts Flashcards
Adjectives Flashcards
Colouring Book 

Grade 1
Grade Book 1 p1
Grade Book 1 p2

Wordsearch 1
Wordsearch 2
Wordsearch 3
Wordsearch 4
Arabic Crossword 1
Crossword 2
Crossword 3
First Thousand Words in Arabic (can be used for any grade level)

Grade 2
Grade Book 2 p1
Grade Book 2 p2

Grade 3
Grade Book 3 p1
Grade Book 3 p2

Grade 4
Grade Book 4 p1
Grade Book 4 p2

Grade 5
Grade Book 5 p1
Grade Book 5 p2

Grade 6
Grade Book 6 p1
Grade Book 6 p2

Grade 7
Grade Book 7 p1
Grade Book 7 p2

Grade 8
Grade Book 8 p1
Grade Book 8 p2

Grade 9
Grade Book 9 p1
Grade Book 9 p2

Grade 10
Grade Book 10

Other Resources
(Storybooks, information, useful websites, etc)
Al Mawrid (PDF. Arabic to English Dictionary)
Hens Wehr (PDF Dictionary)
Al Arabia Bayna Ya Dayk 1
Al Arabia Bayna Ya Dayk 2
Al Arabia Bayna Ya Dayk 3
Al Arabia Bayna Ya Dayk (Audio in a Masjid)
Audio Arabic Teaching (Al Arabia Bayna Ya Dayk)
Madinah Arabic Book 1
Madinah Arabic Book 2
Madinah Arabic Book 3
Madinah Arabic English Key 1
Madinah Arabic English Key 2
Madinah Arabic English Key 3
Madinah Arabic Solution Key 1
Madinah Arabic Solution Key 2
Madinah Arabic Solution Key 3 
Madinah Arabic Book 1 on Memrise
Arabic Through the Qur'an
80% Qur'an Words PDF
80% Qur'anic Arabic
Madinah Arabic Website
Omar and Mariam 
Children's Library 
School Arabia 
Arabic to English Glossaries 
Arabic Story Books Grade/Set 1
Arabic Story Books Grade/Set 2
Arabic Story Books Grade/Set 3
Arabic Story Books Grade/Set 4
Arabic Story Books Series 1-7 PDF
Arabic Story Books Series 8-14 PDF
Arabic Story Books Series 15-21 PDF
Arabic Story Books Series 22-28 PDF
Arabic Story Books Series 29-38 PDF
7 Short Arabic Stories
Arabic Story Books Audio
First Thousand Words in Arabic 
More Arabic Books (Learning books and story books)
Digital Teaching Aid 
Arabic Videos with Zakaria
Kids Arabic Nasheeds/Nursery Rhymes (please, do NOT over-do this!)

Games & Activities 
Omar and Mariam 
Islamweb (for kids)

There ya have it; more than eighty resources to learn Arabic. Now it's only a matter of willingness, discipline, and action. If you thought that the only or easiest way to learn a language was to just live in a country where the language is spoken (as I thought), it's time to change that mentality. Thinking like that only puts obstacles on your journey. Do it at least for your children who have fresh brains ready to observe new information. Imagine your children not always needing translation every time they listen to the Qur'an. Right; you get the point. May Allah make it beneficial for us all.


74 FREE Mathematics Curriculum Resources for Homeschooling - Ihsaan Home Academy

Yep! Another list of free resources; this time, it's Mathematics! If you're planning on buying Mathematic textbooks and workbooks for your homeschooling, why not first check these free resources out? You may end up using them as primary curriculums or as supplementary resources. Besides, they are real textbooks used in some traditional classrooms. The only difference is that they are PDF files instead of hardcopy. If you don't mind printing out papers, well, there ya have it; free books! To be honest, you don't even have to print out all pages. Just print whatever you need for each week of your homeschooling days. These resources include arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and more. Let's get to the resources!

Note: Download whatever needs to be downloaded as soon as possible while the links are working. I had to take out some of the links because they no longer worked. I do have the PDF files, but I wasn't given the permission to share them, so I only share links. Hurry; download them!

Reteach & Skills Practice Workbook (Mcmillan/Mc-Graw-Hill)
188 Pages 12 Chapters
Homework Practice Workbook (Mcmillan/Mc-Graw-Hill)
85 Pages 12 Chapters

Kindergarten Mathematics Week by Week Essentials
244 Pages

1st Grade (Grade 1)
GO Math Florida (Not PDF, G1, Student Edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
529 Pages 12 Units

Reteach & Skills Practice Workbook (Mcmillan/Mc-Graw-Hill)
299 Pages 14 Chapters
Homework Practice and Problem-Solving Practice Workbook (Mcmillan/Mc-Graw-Hill)
243 Pages 14 Chapters

First Grade Mathematics Week by Week Essentials
487 Pages
Grade 1 Math Packet
11 Pages

2nd Grade (Grade 2)
GO Math Florida (Not PDF, G2, Student Edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
529 Pages 12 Units

HSP Math Practice Workbook (Harcourt School Publishers)
204 Pages
Reteach & Skills Practice Workbook (Mcmillan/Mc-Graw-Hill)
300 Pages 14 Chapters
Homework Practice and Problem-Solving Practice Workbook (Mcmillan/Mc-Graw-Hill)
244 Pages 14 Chapters

Second Grade Mathematics Week by Week Essentials
467 Pages
Second Grade Summer Math Packet
19 Pages
Math Review Packet
32 Pages
Summer Math Review
29 Pages
Summer Math Reinforcement Packet
33 Pages
Summer Math Packet for Students Entering 3rd Grade
16 Pages
Math Packet Addition Practice Worksheets
19 Pages
MNSD Summer Math Packet
25 Pages

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3rd Grade (Grade 3)
GO Math Florida (Not PDF, G3, Student Edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
539 Pages 12 Units

Daily Math Warm-Ups
129 Pages
Harcourt Math Practice Workbook
164 Pages
Reteach & Skills Practice Workbook (Mcmillan/Mc-Graw-Hill)
299 Pages 15 Chapters
Homework Practice and Problem-Solving Practice Workbook (Mcmillan/Mc-Graw-Hill)
239 Pages 15 Chapters

Third Grade Mathematics Week by Week Essentials
481 Pages
Summer Math Packet
15 Pages
Summer Math Reinforcement Packet
27 Pages
Summer Mathematics Packet
15 Pages

4th Grade (Grade 4)
GO Math Florida (Not PDF, G4, Student Edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
551 Pages 13 Units

California HSP Math
200 Pages
Reteach & Skills Practice Workbook
309 Pages
Homework Practice and Problem-Solving Practice Workbook
243 Pages

Fourth Grade Mathematics Week by Week Essentials
458 Pages
Fourth-Grade Math Minutes
112 Pages
Summer Math Review Packet
33 Pages
Summer Math Reinforcement Packet
40 Pages

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5th Grade (Grade 5)
GO Math Florida (Not PDF, G5, Student Edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
527 Pages 11 Units

Harcourt Math Practice Workbook
173 Pages
GO Math Practice Book (Not PDF)
291 Pages 11 Units
Reteach & Skills Practice Workbook
249 Pages
Homework Practice and Problem-Solving Practice Workbook
205 Pages

Fifth Grade Mathematics Week by Week Essentials
427 Pages
Summer Packet
12 Pages
Summer Math Packet
17 Pages
Summer Math Reinforcement Packet
35 Pages

6th Grade (Grade 6)
Accelerated Math Practice Book
161 Pages

Sixth Grade Mathematics Week by Week Essentials
478 Pages
6th Grade Summer Math Packet
9 Pages
Summer Math Packets
9 Pages

7th Grade (Grade 7)
Texas GO Math Student Resource Page (Multiple PDF Files)

Seventh Grade Mathematics Week by Week Essentials
410 Pages
Summer Math Packet
21 Pages

8th Grade (Grade 8)
Eighth Grade Mathematics Week by Week Essentials
292 Pages

Other Resources
Maths Review (Grade 3-6)
Math Facts Practice (PDF, Grade 1-3)
Math Brainteasers (PDF, Grade 4-5)
Carson Dellosa Math Practice Book

If you use any of these resources and find them useful, I would love to hear your experience. Message me and let me know how it went. Don't forget to check back for more resources in shaa Allah.

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Simple Ways to Teach Preschool + FREE Printable - Ihsaan Home Academy


Many homeschooling parents wonder whether they should start homeschooling their preschooler. There isn't a right or wrong answer to this, but there could be better options for each and every child. Every child learns differently and has different interests. The average 'preschool' age is between 3-5, but less than 3 is a also preschool. I talked about whether it's necessary to homeschool preschool in a previous post. The post also comes with a preschool assessment sheet for Muslim kids. Ultimately, parents should stick to what's best for their children. Even though there really isn't one way to answer this question, it's still nice to see different perspectives and probably take tips or inspirations from them. Let me share with you what I've been doing with my daughter.

Read books
From the time she was a newborn, I enjoyed reading books to my daughter. She loved it! I was sometimes amazed by how concentrated she was and how much interest she showed. Through books, I believe she learned most of what she knows today. I was never afraid to read 'advanced'  non-fiction books! I believe her learning grew from there. Everything we read had something new to learn from it. To get her attention, I made it as fun and silly (sometimes) as I could. The things parenting would made someone do! You gotta do what you gotta do.

To make the more 'complexed' books easy for her to understand, I pause a lot throughout our reading times. I ask her questions and answer my own questions by saying something like, "Where do elephants live? They live in the Savannah, right?" Ok, I failed at attempting to make you visualize what I meant. I hope you still got the point. Moving on... Oh, by the way, I always elaborate on new words. We even watch videos when we learn about new animals or objects. She loves when we do that!

Overtime, I saw her love for books grow stronger and stronger. Today, if all she could do was read books all day, she would be over the moon! I even started a challenge few months ago to read her at least 10 books a day. I remember some people wondering on Twitter how I did it and what kind of books I read to her. It went very well for some time and we both enjoyed it. I think I just burned out eventually. Guess what... 10 books were NOT enough for her! Allahumma baarik 'alayki (may Allah bless her). She cried every time the reading came to an end. I just couldn't keep up with it, but I really wish I could do that ago. Maybe not ten books, but a little less may be okay too.

Here are examples of the non-fiction books we sometimes read:
These are just some examples. As you can see, some of the books are word-picture books. They are usually animal, insect, object, opposite, and first word books. She learned many words through these books. She could name most of the animals and objects before the age of 3. Another thing I do is that I incorporate Islam when we read. An example would be while reading about animals, we talk about who created animals, the amazing things they do, and how the creation of Allah is amazing; Subhaanallah (Glory be to Allah). I buy some of the books and we borough some from the library. We do also read some kid fictional books with meanings.

As much as I like to be patient with her learning to read, I feel the pressure to just teach her now because she's ready. She wants to read on her own and even pretends to be reading sometimes. We started with letters, then moved up to blending the letters to make sounds. We later started reading small words, and the plan is to move on to blending more words and learning sight words in shaa Allah. We're currently on blending small words. I'm planning on soon making an A-Z phonics booklet for beginners in shaa Allah. I think that will help me stay focused a bit more. I'm currently not as focused and consistent as I should. I like everything structured or else I lose my focus.

Encourage questions and look for answers together 
My daughter LOVES asking questions. She always wants to know what something is, the purpose of it, what it does, and what people do with it. She loves details and hates being clueless. When she doesn't know, she asks! And she won't stop asking until she gets an answer. Sometimes I don't know the answer. I happily tell her "I don't know." What I do to follow up the "I don't know" is by letting her know that we can find out in shaa Allah. So, we go on the Internet and start researching. I read what needs to be read and explain it to her, get a video for us to watch, and we talk about it. When she learns something new, you better believe she will mention it a million time. Well.. not literally a million time, but... you get the point!

Independent play to encourage imaginations
She started playing alone since she was a little toddler. It helped her grow her imagination and find new skills on her own. I talked about independent play in a previous post.
She learned to draw, color, mold, and perfect her fine motor skills by herself! She would wake up in the morning, take her pen and notebook, and start drawing whatever she wants. She also loves painting. She may not be perfect at it all, but she learned it all on her own before the age of 3. Let your kids explore on their own! It helps them develop and help you find time to work on different things.
Here are few examples of what she did on her own:

My husband and I always encourage her in what she does. Whenever she makes something new, she runs to us to have a look. She really enjoys making things on her own. As you can see, her drawings have faces. From the beginning, I tried talking to her about no-faces, but since she taught herself to draw by observation, she tries to draw things as she sees them. Whenever I draw without a face, she tells me, "Where are the eyes? Where's the mouth," or whatever else. In shaa Allah she'll eventually understand.

Have conversations
I've always talked to my daughter as I talk to someone much older. The baby language thing; nah, we don't do that. Because of that, when she talks, she sounds like a child much older than her age. She's really quiet when she goes outside, but she's far from quiet at home. She loves playing, but also loves "grown-up-ish conversations." She likes pretending to be a woman and mother sometimes and it's cute because she obviously knows she's a kid. The important part of it all is that we have fun while we're at it.
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Do housework together 
I need to improve on this one. She always likes to help around when I'm cleaning, cooking, washing clothes, or doing any domestic chores. I lose patience and just want to do it all. I'm working on this. I really should let her help out more. She loves it, and it helps her learn more.

Do crafts
Doing crafts is fun, kids love it, and they learn a lot. I make printables, we do painting sometimes, drawing, learn letters and numbers in a fun way, cut papers with scissors, glue, and do whatever comes to mine. And NO, we don't do all of that every single day. You don't have to make printable sheets. You can simply do something like this when learning letters and numbers:

Do activities and worksheets
You don't have to do this one, but if you choose to, there are many free printables online. I piled a number of preschool resources and printables here. I also have a complete Preschool-Kindergarten curriculum for Muslim kids. It comes with English and Arabic activity books and lots of extra activities. I made it for my daughter and to share with others who may prefer having everything in one box instead of printing different sheets from different places. I'm more productive with my daughter when I know exactly what I want to do; well, sort of. I need to at least have an idea from the beginning even if I I later venture off a bit. But, you can totally do without any of that. keep it simple, fun, and creative!

Now that was a bit personal. I don't usually talk much about my personal life or experiences in detail, but I thought this post may help someone out there. I'm not an expert, so just read this article as just someone else's experience that you may be able to take tips from. Most importantly, please, do NOT compare your children to other children. Every child is different and learns in his/her own way. Do NOT pressure your children while trying to catch up with other children. Doing so would be harming them. Instead, find the balance by being very attentive to how they learn and what makes them happy. Encourage, complement, and let them explore. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

34+ FREE Islamic Studies Curriculum Resources for Homeschooling - Ihsaan Home Academy

I've said this before and I'll say it again. You CAN homeschool completely FREE because there are countless resources out there. Of course, you can always buy more curriculums to supplement. If you have a curriculum that you prefer to buy, great. But if you're totally undecided, I wouldn't advise you to start buying. Many homeschoolers find themselves wasting money and multiple curriculums that they end up not using. Textbooks can be very expensive, so slow down and be 100% sure before buying full curriculum boxes. I previous shared 70 free Science and 39 free Social Studies resources, now I would like to share 37 free Islamic Studies resources with you. 
Note: Please make your own research before using or teaching the information from any of these resources.  

1st Grade (Grade 1)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
164 pages

My Faith Islam (by Mawlana Feizel Clothia and Mu'allimah Neema Desai)
310 pages

2nd Grade (Grade 2)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
149 pages

My Faith Islam (by Mawlana Feizel Clothia and Mu'allimah Neema Desai)
396 pages

3rd Grade (Grade 3)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
122 pages

My Faith Islam (by Mawlana Feizel Clothia and Mu'allimah Neema Desai)
460 pages

4th Grade (Grade 4)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
190 pages

My Faith Islam (by Mawlana Feizel Clothia and Mu'allimah Neema Desai)
516 pages

5th Grade (Grade 5)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
168 pages

My Faith Islam (by Mawlana Feizel Clothia and Mu'allimah Neema Desai)
575 pages

6th Grade (Grade 6)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
250 pages

7th Grade (Grade 7)
Islamic Education (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
249 pages

8th Grade (Grade 8)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
342 pages

9th Grade (Grade 9)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
228 pages

10th Grade (Grade 10)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
252 pages

11th Grade (Grade 11)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
266 pages

12th Grade (Grade 12)
Islamic Studies (by Maulvi Abdul Aziz, Darussalam Publication)
242 pages
Other Resources (Storybooks, information books, audio books, etc)
*Goodword Islamic Studies Textbooks* (Grades 1-10; FREE PDF)
My Islamic Village Stories (1-6; FREE PDF)
Qur'an Stories (FREE PDF)
My Qur'an Stories for Little Hearts (FREE PDF)
Stories of Prophets & Companions
Story of Prophet Adam (a.s.) PDF
Story of Prophet Nuh (a.s.) PDF 
Story of Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.) PDF
Story of Prophet Musa (a.s.) PDF
Story of Prophet Eesa (a.s.) PDF
Abu Ubaidah Ibn Al-Jarrah PDF
Day in the Life of a Muslim Child PDF
Khattab Bin Al-Aratt PDF
Lots of Worksheet Islamic Printables
Juz 'Amma Workbook

Games and Activities
Islamic Playground 

Non-Free Resources 
Safar Publication

If you're homeschooling now or plan on doing so, don't wait till the last minute to start gathering up resources. It's never too early to make research or make a collection of useful resources you may use in the future in shaa Allah. I hope this list will be useful to you.