4/14/2021

5 Things to Do with Children During Ramadan

Ramadan is blessed month and the month of the Qur'an. This is a time when we strive to be our best selves and hopefully improve for the rest of the year. Although adults are usually the ones who participate in fasting and other acts of worship during Ramadan, there are a few things we can do to get our children excited and involved throughout the month. 

There are five tips for what we can do with our children that I forgot to share earlier, so here we go ...

Saying Adhakar

Get them involved during the morning and evening adhkar. If they are sleeping during the first one, try the one before Maghrib. It could be as little as one or two du'as and they can walk their way up.

Practicing Salah

Whenever you go pray, ask your children to join you. Even if you did this before, try making it more consistent during Ramadan. Hopefully, by the time the month ends, your children would build a stronger habit of joining you for Salah. This of course depends on their age.

Learning the Qur'an in Depth 

Most of the time, we try to finish reading or listening to the whole Qur'an during Ramadan. Although this is great because we should strive to increase in worship, it can sometimes take away from the quality of our worship. It's not a race and the whole point of reading the Qur'an is to understand what Allah is telling us and proving our lives. This is the perfect time to help your children fall in love with the Qur'an. Keep it simple and learn a few ayah at a time with your children. Read the meaning and tafseer to help them to better connect with the Qur'an. This goes for both those who speak Arabic and those who don't. People sometimes think that making children do a lot is what proves that they are learning. That could sometimes do the opposite as some children resist learning when they feel overwhelmed. Remember, children have a shorter attention span. When it's nice and short, they retain the information much better; and that's the goal. 


Related Post: A Ramadan Journal for Little Muslims


Practicing Fasting 

Depending on the age, they can practice fasting a part of the day, half or even the whole day (for a few days) if they can. It could be as little as a few hours after waking up or even skipping breakfast. It obviously doesn't count as a day of fasting, but they'll eventually get there in shaa Allah. You'll be surprised how proud children can be of themselves for doing that. It makes them feel like they're doing something valuable; and they are. 

Journaling:

Your children can draw or write about the highlight of their day, what they did or learned. Again, it doesn't have to be much. Writing even a sentence is good enough. It's also a great reading and writing practice for children. They improve without even realizing that they're learning. It's a win-win. It's also an opportunity for your children to practice gratitude and communicating with Allah more. 

Keep in mind that even if all you did with your children this Ramadan was reading or listening to the Qur'an, it would be huge. This is the month of the Qur'an, so let's strive to go in depth with it. Remember, quality is better than quantity. If you can do more, great, but focus on getting your children to understand the Qur'an and fall in love with it by the will of Allah.

May Allah accept our efforts, acts of worship, forgive us and grant us all success. 

Ameen!

Ramadan Mubarak!

3/05/2021

FREE Ramadan Card Game for the Whole Family



Are you ready for another Ramadan?
This is the perfect time to start planning what you would like to do during this blessed month.
I've shared resources such as planners and activities on my blog over the years, but today, I'd like to share a Ramadan card game that I made. It can be played before or during Ramadan. The aim is to have a little fun while also learning new words related to the month of Ramadan. 

How to Set Up


  1. Print all cards (front and back) using A4 paper. 

  2. Cut out the cards following the dotted lines.

  3. Laminate each card (optional)


How to Play


  1. You will need at least 4 people to form 2 pairs of team (you can probably make it work with 2).

  2. One person from a team chooses 6 cards randomly (you can decide to change the rule to more cards if you wish).

  3. The person looks at one card at a time, pays attention to the word written on it and tried to explain what the word is to his/her team member without mentioning the word, making obvious sounds, giving definitions in another language or making sign language.

  4. The other member must shout out the correct word. Failure from doing so would mean a lost point.

  5. Before each team starts, a 30-second timer must be on to limit the time for each word guessing.

  6. A person from the other team or someone else may keep count of the time using a sand timer or any other timer.

  7. The score of each correct answer must also be recorded.

  8. After finishing the six cards from the selected ones, switch to the other team. Go on until each member from every team gets a chance to play.

  9. Record scores on the score sheet (laminate it for durability and to use it multiple times).

  10. Calculate the final correct answers from each team and announce the winner.


If you use this resource, please let me know what you thought of it in the comment section or tag me on Instagram.

May Allah make it benefit you and your family.


10/31/2020

Inspired - Muslimah Productivity Life Planner


Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh!

It's been a while that I published a blog post. Well, let's just say that I had a lot on my plate.
As home educators, especially to early learners, it can be a roller-coaster of trials and errors. My biggest challenge was organizing myself properly without feeling overwhelmed. So, I decided to create a life planner that encompasses everything to help me do exactly that.

I would like to present to you Inspired - Muslimah Productivity Life Planner.

This planner took lots of planning, thoughts, research and effort. I'm very pleased with the result, so I decided to share it:)
It is a 300-page life planner that was created for Muslim women, mothers and home educators.

The idea first came when I decided to organize myself a bit more. However, I didn't want to divide my attention into multiple planners, notebooks and apps, so I decided to make an all-in-one life planner for myself.

While making it, I thought to myself, "I like how this planner is coming along. Why not share it with other Muslim women who were looking for something similar?" So, I modified it a little to leave more room for customization.

With this life planner, you won't need to use multiple notebooks or apps to stay organized.


Here some of the content:

1. Home Management (including financial planning, recipe writing and much more)

2. Business Management (vision board, monthly financial planning and much more)

3. Homeschooling Management (resource management, learning goals, reading log and much more)

4. Ramadan Journal and Planner (daily planner, Eid planner with detailed ways to plan and summary)

5. Journal (10-day intensive and guided journal to help you overcome some personal drawbacks/obstacles and see your fullest potential)

6. Year Calendar
(undated calendar for you to fill out by looking at any calendar for the year you need).

7. Year at a Glance

8. Monthly Planner

9. Weekly Planner (urgent to-dos, general to-dos, meal planning, mood tracker, daily habit tracker, grocery list, general shopping list, reminders for the week or next and notes for weekly summary)

10. Notes









Perks:

1. Undated (you can use this life planner any month or year. If you don't use it right away, you won't have to purchase another)

2. Black & White Version or Colorful Version (the simple black & white version of the planner is much more affordable and gives you the chance to create your own theme color. The colorful version is bright and simple and still leaves room for additional customizable theme colors)

3. Perfect-Bound (the planner is a paperback book with perfect bound, so it's durable yet flexible enough to use it on flat surfaces)

4. All-Included (home, business, homeschool, Ramadan, & more)

5. Inspiring Quotes (you'll fine lots of uplifting quotes and reminders throughout the planner)

6. How to Use It

7. Decorate as you please

8. More Editions to Come (in shaa Allah)


How I Prepared and Decorated My Planner:


I kept my life planner very simple. Here are a few things I added:

1. Tabs: I used paperclips and hot-glued laminated papers on them. I added the tabs on each major parts of the planner that I would like to easily find.

2. Pen Holder: I used a foldback paper clip, hot glued a piece of large elastic band at the top (one side at a time) and secured the paper clip on the back cover of the planner. I made sure the elastic band had enough space for a pen to be put in.

3. Bookmarks: I made two different bookmarks. One is a paper clip with a ribbon hot glued on it. You can also use buttons or anything else you find beautiful. For the second one, I used a cord/ribbon, glued one side at the back of the planner and brought the rest to the page I intend to bookmark (weekly planner). I added beads at the end of the cord/ribbon.

4. Pocket: I laminated some laminating sheets with glitters in them, cut them, glued them on the inside of the cover page using a glue gun and put washi-tapes around for more decoration. I made two pockets, a small and a big one.

5. Closer: I used a white elastic band and glued both sides on the back cover of the planner. To close the planner, I simply pull the elastic band towards the front cover.

6. Year Calendar: I made a 2020-2021 calendar and glued it on the Year Calendar empty page. Fill out the calendar.

7. Theme Design/Colors: You may use washi tapes as theme designs for each month.

You can look on Youtube for more ideas on planner/journal decoration. 



Please, don't forget to leave a review of how you found the planner. It would help me to continuously improve and help others know what they would be getting.


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5/09/2020

Free Memory Game for Kids



This is a free memory game for children available for subscribers. 
It's for children age 3 to teen. 
It helps strengthen memory by stimulating the brain.
How to Use & Play
  • Print and cut out the mats.
  • Print the image mats and cards twice.
  • Cut out one and leave the other whole.
  • Laminate everything.
  • Add velcro on the empty mats and one the cards to stick the cards (optional).
  • Play by putting an image mat on the floor/table and an empty mat next to it.
  • Look at the picture mat for a few seconds to memorize what you see.
  • Next, cover the picture mat and try to replicate what you saw (in order) on the empty mat, using the cards.
Total Set of Cards: 10
If you're a subscriber, you should receive the link and password to the subscriber's corner.
If you're not a subscriber, you can purchase it by clicking here.
Enjoy!

4/14/2020

Free Card Game for Kids and Families


Playing games is a great way keep children active and excited. It challenged them and pushed them to think critically and be creative.


I was sitting with my family chatting and having fun, and for whatever reason, the thought of playing a game to my mind. I automatically took my laptop and say "I'll make a game!"

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I thought of a one that I used to play when I was a kid but wanted to make it different and a little more fun. Since I couldn't remember the original name, I made one up and called it "Family Card Team Game."



Instead of simple wooden manipulative or rocks, I decided to make colorful cards with images on them.

 Children and adults from the age of five and up can play it. It's also a mind-stimulating game that helps children develop their critical thinking. However, the whole family can plan!

What You Need:

  1. A4 papers
  2. Laminator
  3. Laminating sheets
  4. Scissors 

How to Set the it Up:

  1. Cut out the mat and cards.
  2. Laminate everything for durability.
  3. Stick Velcros behind the cards (optional).


How to Play:
  1. It’s a two-team game (each team can be one or more people).
  2. Choose a team-card.
  3. Decide who will start.
  4. Put the cards in the rectangles (on the mat), one team after the other.
  5. Whoever gets a straight line of the same cards (3) first is the winner!
  6. Start over.
If you play use this card game, please message me to let me know how you found it. If possible, also send me some pictures on instagram at @ihsaanhomeacademy or by email at info (at) ihsaanhomeacademy (dot) com.

Have fun and don't forget to share!



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4/12/2020

Free Ramadan Journal and Planner (Full Bundle)




Ramadan 1441/2020 is getting closer! This is the perfect time to start preparing and praying to reach it safely and make it be our best Ramadan thus far.


So, I've decided to create a free Ramadan bundle for planning and journaling. I have other free Ramadan printables on my blog, but the updated one has everything I wanted in a Ramadan planner. If I love it, there's a chance you may also love it; at least I hope.


Selected Posts for You:

This Ramadan journal and planner is ideal for any Muslim to create a productive Ramadan, stay focused and eliminate distractions. 

It comes with the following content:
  • Page with quotes from the Qur'an and Sunnah
  • Planner for du'as you want to memorize
  • Ramadan goals checklist
  • Eid goals checklist
  • Daily planner with the following:
    • Du'a upon waking up and sleeping
    • Adhkar
    • Fasting log
    • Prayer log
    • Daily activity checklist
    • Daily goals checklist
    • Daily meal plan
    • Daily quote
    • My Du'as checklist
    • Thoughts/reflection journaling
    • Daily rate
    • More
  • End of Ramadan journal
  • Eid planner
Number of Pages: 71


If you use this bundle, please share your experience after Ramadan by leaving a comment below or sending me an email to info (at) ihsaanhomeacademy (dot) com. 

Have a productive Ramadan and may Allah help us reach it in good health and emaan.


Note: Please, upon sharing my resources, ONLY share the link to the posts. Kindly do NOT share the files directly. Jazak Allahu khayr for the support.


For an undated version, click here.

(Early) Ramadan Mubarak!

4/11/2020

Free Cut and Glue Activities to Keep Children Busy


As most of us have been quarantining around the world, I'm pretty sure it's been a challenge for many parents to keep their children busy and active. However, with some fun and hands-on activities, you can save your children from boredom and get them excited at home. But today, I'd be sharing only one new secret that has kept my children busy most of the day.



Before proceeding, I'd like to point out that it isn't necessary for children to always be busy. What we consider as boredom can actually be a wonderful opportunity for children to practice being present, aware, relax and even stimulate their imaginations. So allow your children to sometimes figure out ways to entertain themselves.

Now, on to the "secret" activity.
My daughter has been looking forward to going out, since we can't do that just yet, I've been looking for different activities and games for us to do. I was sitting and the idea of cutting came to me. She LOVES cutting and sometimes leaves pieces of papers everywhere. Yea, I don't like that part ...

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So, I thought, "why not make a bundle of shapes and images she would love cutting?" But to take it even further, we could match those images to similar ones by gluing them. It was also an opportunity for the baby to practice cutting as well.


Needless to say, I made the bundle, printed it out and the whole day was full of cutting and gluing for both of my children. The best part was when they ran to me to show their awesome skills. However, not all cut-ups ended up glued; some ended up being used as toys, as I expected.

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The bundle includes:

  • Shapes (perfect for learning shapes for toddlers)
  • Numbers (great for learning numbers)
  • Letters (awesome opportunity to learn some letters)
  • Fruit and Vegetables (an opportunity to learn new ones)
  • Animals (learn new animals for toddlers and play animals and the sounds they make)
  • A Mixture of Images (for extra fun)

Let me know how you find it after using it.
Have fun!

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