60 Things to Say to Your Child for Encouragement and Confidence + Free Printable

As parents, it's our responsibility to raise our children, educate them, and also discipline them. But, sometimes, we can get caught up in what we consider to be discipline and loose focus of the ultimate goal. While we're at it, it is crucial to make sure that we raise them to be independent, positive, motivated, confident, and responsible individuals.

One of the most important things I've learned in life is the power of positive words. No parent is perfect, but there's something we all do that contributes to positive parenting that we can appreciate. I appreciate the fact that no matter how angry I get, I never (and I mean never) call my children names or insult them; not even as a joke. People often say what they really mean and mask it as a joke without realizing the impact it can have on others; especially children.

To raise children who feel confident about who they are, appreciate their contribution to this world, and feel motivated to accomplish their dreams, we must instill it in them from the very beginning. Positive words, however big or small, can make a very strong impact on who our children become tomorrow.

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Here are 60 things you can say to your children to help encourage them and build their confidence:
  1. I'm blessed to have you in my life
  2. You are a strong person
  3. You can do it!
  4. Don't give up!
  5. Keep trying
  6. You are worthy
  7. I appreciate you
  8. I trust you
  9. You are smart
  10. You are a good person
  11. You are kind
  12. You are gentle
  13. I love spending time with you
  14. Your presence makes me happy
  15. I love listening to you
  16. Your opinions matter
  17. I'm proud of you
  18. I understand you
  19. You are enough
  20. I love your personality
  21. You can make a difference in this world
  22. You are my best friend
  23. I love your company
  24. Your choices matter
  25. I will always love you
  26. I can't believe I'm blessed to have a child like you
  27. You are a gift
  28. You are a blessing
  29. You are very interesting 
  30. I'm sorry for my mistake
  31. Keep doing your best
  32. You are important
  33. You are a good friend
  34. We all make mistakes, and that's okay, we can learn from them
  35. You did a great job when ...
  36. Teach me how you did that
  37. You are right
  38. You were right
  39. I love talking to you
  40. Thank you for being you 
  41. Believe in yourself because you're amazing and have amazing ideas
  42. You're deserving
  43. Your feelings matter
  44. Don't be afraid to express yourself
  45. You can say 'no' 
  46. Let's talk
  47. I'd love to hear more ... 
  48. What's your opinion
  49. You're learning a lot!
  50. What was the highlight of your day?
  51. What did you learn today?
  52. You're an amazing person 
  53. You're caring
  54. You're respectful
  55. I loved when you did ...
  56. I'm rooting for you!
  57. I'm honored to be your mother
  58. I love you
  59. I like you
  60. You are beautiful

We should try our best as parents to make our children feel valued and appreciated. The power of words is indisputable, so whatever you choose can either have a positive or negative impact on your children. Again, we all make mistakes, but there's always room for learning and improvement.

Lastly, as Muslims, our ultimate goal is to please Allah and enter Jannah. So it is important to always reference it all back to Allah, the fact that He created us and made us family, the blessings He gives us, and the mercy He has upon us.

Download a PDF format of these positive phrases below.

Umm Sumayyah is a mother of two and a former teacher who turned into a home educator after becoming a mother. She is also an editor and a researcher who loves collecting and sharing information on social matters, education, career, and entrepreneurship.


My First Islamic Learning Binder - A Free Interactive Printable

What makes homeschooling fun is that you can try different ways of learning to see what works for your child. Not every child is the same, so the way of effectively receiving knowledge can also differ. Using simple interactive binders/notebooks can be a very fun and positive learning experience for some children. I've put together an Islamic interactive binder for my daughter and wanted to share it with you all.

I must confess, I first wanted to only share it with the subscribers of this blog, but later decided to make it public. The reason for is because of how my children have been overjoyed about this binder. I thought, maybe other children may love it just as much. So, here we go!
*This post may contain some Amazon affiliate links of items I recommend or use, please read my Disclosure for more information.  

Let's start with the content of this binder.
It comes with nine (9) different activities and a certificate of achievement at the end.

  1. I know Surah Al Faatihah
  2. Who do we worship?
  3. Allah is ... (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6?)
  4. How does Allah look?
  5. What did Allah create?
  6. The 5 pillars of Islam
  7. The 5 prayers of the day
  8. The 6 pillars od Emaan
  9. Character: Allah loves when we ...
  • Table of content
  • This binder is for ...
  • Certificate of Achievement
Total number of pages of the printable: 24

This project (as my daughter likes to call her activities and folders) is interactive and can be used independently by any child (3-8, less or more). It comes cut-outs to use as manipulatives and/or pieces of matching games.

What you'd need:
  1. A printer (obviously if you'd be printing)
  2. A4 papers
  3. A laminator (if you don't have one and aren't planning on getting one, you can use clear tape! I used to do that before getting a laminator. Shhhhh) 
  4. Laminating pouches
  5. A binder
  6. A hole puncher
  7. Scissors
  8. Self-Adhesive velcros (if you can get clear ones, great)
  9. Clear tape (optional)
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How to assemble it:
  • Print the cover page and the certificate of achievement on 'borderless' to extend the colors to the end of the paper (A4).
  • Print the rest of the pages (A4).
  • Cut out the manipulatives/matching pieces (or cover them with clear tape before cutting if you're not using a laminator).
  • Laminate all pages
  • Hole punch all pages and put them in a binder. If you can get a binder that stands, that would be even better. 
  • Put the pieces of velcros like the example in the picture below (you'll know by looking at the pages).
  • Put the opposite end of the velcros at the back of the manipulatives/matching pieces as shown above.
  • Tape the cover of the activity on the binder cover (optional).
And that's it! You're all done! Now play with your children and explain what should be done as you go. You wouldn't need to explain it much and before you know it, they'd be using it on their own. I believe the velcro part makes it even more fun for children.

Trust me, this may take you a little bit of time and effort to put together, but it will be worth it because it won't take much effort from your childen to use but still learn!  It doesn't hurt to try and see how they respond.

If you use this learning binder, I would really appreciate it if you would let me know how it went. Getting feedback would allow me to make even better printables for you all, in shaa Allah.
May Allah make it beneficial.

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Umm Sumayyah is a mother of two and a former teacher who turned into a home educator after becoming a mother. She is also an editor and a researcher who loves collecting and sharing information on social matters, education, career, and entrepreneurship.


HUGE Back-to-School Islamic Education Bundle for Muslim Kids - more than 10 Contributors (ENDED)

As it's almost time for most children (school-educated or home-educated) to go back to school/homeschool, this is the perfect time to gather useful educational resources. A group of Muslim educators came together to offer a HUGE discount deal as a back-to-school Islamic education bundle for children!

This bundle is full of various educational printables that you can use throughout the year. It is the value of $82+ that you will be getting at only $11! And guess what? The total number of printable pages you would be getting in this bundle is more than 500! That's a once-in-a-blue-moon deal to not miss!

Just to give you an idea, here are some of the resources that come with this bundle:
  • Teacher planner 
  • Arabic letter cards 
  • Du'a workbook 
  • Arabic activity
  • Stories of the Prophets workbook  
  • and much MORE!

 You can learn more about this bundle HERE or buy it HERE.

You wouldn't want to miss this deal!
Share it with your family and friends, and HURRY, get your copy NOW!

I wish you a wonderful and productive homeschool/school year.

Assalaam 'alaikum!
Umm Sumayyah is a mother of two and a former teacher who turned into a home educator after becoming a mother. She is also an editor and a researcher who loves collecting and sharing information on social matters, education, career, and entrepreneurship.


10+ Hajj and Eid Al Adha Resources and Activities for Kids + Free Printable

We're getting very close to the hajj season! Can you believe Ramadan finished and it's now almost Dhull Hijjah? Time's surely not waiting for us. This is the perfect time to talk about hajj and do activities with children. If you're homeschooling, you can make a hajj-related theme or unit study before Eid Al Adha. Here are ten (and more) resources, activities, and printable that you can use to introduce hajj and Eid Al Adha to your kids.

Article/Blog Post
7 Virtues of the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah and the Etiquette of Eid Al Adha - Global Muslim Writers 

Interactive Note Book
Hajj Interactive Notebook from Iman Home-school
She has many more very useful printables.

Hajj Lapbook by Umm Abdul Basir

Theme Project
Hajj Theme Pack from a Muslim Child is Born
She lists other useful projects below as well.

Hajj Activity Bank 
She shares ideas of what you can do with your child.
She's a sister who has been homeschooling for year. She shares lots of information on homeschooling.
Hajj by Day and Word Wall by Islamic Bulletin Board

The Story of the Zamzam by Islamic Playground
The Story of Zamzam by One 4 Kids (Zaky)

Ibrahim & Ismail (as) Build the Kaaba in Makkah by One 4 Kids (Zaky)

The Well of Zamzam is Built by Hajar by One 4 Kids (Zaky)

Sheep Cookie

Simple Eid al Adha Greeting Card by Ihsaan Home Academy

You'd need:
  • A printer
  • A4 200 GSM cards
  • A pair of scissors
  • Coloring markers
  • A pen
  • Glue
  • Cotton
  • Any decorative of your choice
How to make it:
  • Print the printable
  • Cut out the card, ka'ba, masjid(which ever you want or both)
  • Glue the ka'ba and masjid as shown above
  • Color the card and decorate it as you wish
  • Write whatever message you want 
  • Put glue on the sheep (inside)
  • Cut pieces of cotton balls and glue them on the sheep
  • Let the card dry and give it as a gift
I hope this list was helpful and will benefit you in shaa Allah. I wish you a very productive hajj season and blessed Eid. If you're going for hajj, may Allah accept your hajj. Please, keep us all in your du'a.

Umm Sumayyah is a mother of two and a former teacher who turned into a home educator after becoming a mother. She is also an editor and a researcher who loves collecting and sharing information on social matters, education, career, and entrepreneurship.


20 Powerful Life Lessons I've Learned - From a Mother's Perspective - Ihsaan Home Academy


Life is a journey that's full of lessons and reminders. Sometimes, we must go through certain experiences to grow and gain some wisdom. We never stop learning until we leave this world, so we may as well embrace the journey. Although I didn't need to be a mother to ponder on these life lessons, it definitely encouraged me to do it now and try setting a positive example for my children as much as possible. There are twenty life lessons I've learned so far that I would like to share, and maybe someone else may benefit.

1. Take advantage of each minute; enjoy NOW
Time flies, so we have to enjoy each minute as it comes. None of us is promised tomorrow, therefore, spending too much time on tomorrow takes away from enjoying today. True, we should plan as much as we're able to. But, most of our time should be on appreciating and enjoying this moment.

2. You're doing very well, keep pushing
Don't wait for anyone to tell you that you're doing just fine! Of course, there will always be room for improvement. But don't take away from the hard work you've already done. It's okay to appreciate the achievements Allah has allowed you to accomplished.

3. Trust your instinct
We all hear that all the time, and it's true. I can't count how many times I didn't feel right about something, avoided it, and was glad I did. And, there've also been times when I strongly felt off about something in my heart and didn't understand why, still went for it, and regretted it later. Our instinct could possibly be a sign from Allah telling us to go for something or avoid it. But when we don't listen, we end up in disasters. Allah knows best.

4. Love yourself; no one can love you more than you
Really; no one can love you more than you can love yourself. I'm on a journey of unapologetic self-love, and it feels good. Allah chose you to be YOU, and no one can be you more than you. Now that's a lot of 'yous,' but it had to be said. We have to appreciate ourselves and love who we are. Again, there will forever be room for improvement; that's a given. Only by loving ourselves would we feel worthy enough to improve on what needs to improve and appreciate what we're doing right. It can only make us better as you grow.

5. Believe in yourself
I love this one. I've heard it a million times, but I'm just internalizing it now. As cliche as it may sound, it's actually true. No one can believe in you more than you can. Most people either don't care, have their own worries, or may not want to see you do well. Besides, you have only yourself to prove to; others usually follow along after the hardest work is done. Don't take it personally; that's life.
6. Take a break
This is a big one for me. Sometimes, we just HAVE to take a break; and that's okay! We don't always have to be busy doing something. Let's relax, breathe, enjoy looking up the sky, and appreciate nature. Just take a break!

7. There's wisdom behind everything in lifeNothing happens by chance. There's always wisdom and calculated purpose behind everything that happens. We may not like it at the moment, but we'd either see that wisdom unfold itself eventually, or we may not even notice it. But, it's still there. We have to appreciate every experience and every moment.

8. Your journey is unique
Each person on this earth has a purpose different from the next person. Our main purpose is to worship Allah, but each one of us is unique and will have unique overall experiences and purpose. Let's focus on our own journey.

9. People treat you the way you allow them to
We've all probably heard this multiple times but we don't realize it until we go through certain experiences in life. People really do treat you the way you allow them to treat you! We HAVE to set personal boundaries and be firm. This didn't hit home for me until I sat down and thought, "How would I ever be able to teach my children self-respect and setting boundaries if I set a different example?" We can't control how others act, but we can control how we respond or how far we let it continue. Set personal boundaries that you let no one cross!

10. There is such a thing as being too nice
I've been told multiple times, "You can't continue to let people take advantage of your kindness" or "You have to learn to speak up for yourself!" I used to think they just wanted me to be a little rude. But no, and I've learned that the hard way. Again, here comes the setting boundaries part. We just have to learn to put our foot down when required.

11. Saying NO feels good sometimes
It really does. You don't always have to say 'yes' to people; especially when we really don't want to. It's nice to be kind and sometimes push ourselves to the limit, but we have to determine how far we can go. Don't let people take advantage of your 'yes.'

12. Trust no one
The only One worthy to be trusted unconditionally is Allah. Human beings are flawed so we can expect disappointments. Disappointments sometimes even come from ourselves. In addition, human beings can sometimes be worse than animals, as harshly as that sounds.  We study others' weaknesses and attack them from those very points. Try not to give that power to anyone. If you absolutely have/need to talk to someone, speak to an expert in the specific field related to what you want to talk about. Talk to someone trustworthy who is known to understand the type of situation you want to talk about. Most people talk without knowledge or experience when dealing with others. But, regardless, only allow yourself to be completely vulnerable to Allah alone.

13. Depend on no one
Other than Allah, we should depend on no one else. It is natural to interact with other people and sometimes need help because that's how we were created. From getting a job, traveling, eating, you name it, we all collectively depend on each other one way or another. But, we should try our best not to seek help from others no matter how small the help may be. Sometimes, life happens and we may not have any other choice. But, we should still strive to avoid it as much as possible. Most people will look down on you when you are at your worse and glorify you when you're at your best. Don't allow people to humiliate you and strip you of your dignity.

14. It could have been worse; be grateful
Whatever experience we go through in life, it could have been worse. Is it sickness, loss of wealth, natural disaster, losing something, losing someone, missing someone, or other hardships in life? It could have been worse. So, all we can do is be grateful and appreciate what we have now. Sadly, we usually only realize that when something becomes worse than it already was. Thoughts are powerful. Gratitude makes life feel a hundred times better. It is easier said than done, but we can do it!

15. Don't apologize for being you
Don't apologize for being yourself. Do what you want to do and don't let others' opinions overly influence your thoughts. Taking constructive criticism or advice is good, but ultimately, you should stay in control of your decisions. Just remember that with every action, there is either a reward or a consequence.

16. People are the product of their environment
Sometimes, it's best to forgive others just because... Not only does it make you feel much better, you gain rewards for forgiving others for the sake of Allah. Besides, people are the product of their environment. It doesn't excuse certain behaviors, but it sure does explain a lot. Free yourself by forgiving sometimes.

17. Children follow what you DO more than what you say
Becoming a mother made me realize that actions really do speak louder than words. I've watched my first child follow every little act she saw me do to the point where I was completely blown away. She's been on a watch for even simple things like saying a favorite word often, the way I walk, speak, and other little acts. It will not matter what you tell your children if you don't set an example.

18. Being a good Muslim is beyond appearance 
What you see isn't always the reality. Appearance is without doubt very important, but never limit your judgment of people on only that. Each one of us has a different journey, so we should assume the best and help one another when possible. Believe me, some of the worse people you would ever encounter in life may look like the most pious of people. Because of that, people tend to run away from those who look 'religious.' I've had people tell me they didn't expect me to be kind just because I appeared 'religious' to them. That's really sad because it should be the opposite.

"Kind speech and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. And Allah is Free of need and Forbearing." Surah Al Baqarah (2:263)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "I have only been sent to perfect good characteristics." Saheeh Al Bukhari

19. College/university is overrated 
There was a time when having a degree meant you were educated and could get a higher paying career. But, that's no longer the case. With the rise of the internet, people can be self-taught by specializing in different fields and getting practical experiences within a shorter amount of time. As for university, many spend years learning theories just to get a paper to prove that they sat on a chair listening to professors for years. And when they graduate, without some internship (practical experience) to back up their years of studies, the competition for getting a job becomes almost impossible to attain. So, don't waste your time, learn a skill, and get to work! Of course, there are some fields that do require years of structured learning in an institution.

20. Money doesn't buy happiness, but it can buy things that can make you happy
We often say "money doesn't buy happiness;" that's true. Gratitude, positive attitude, and contentment beat having money. But realistically speaking, that's only true after one is able to take care of the necessities. And in today's world, most people can only afford to take care of their necessities with money.
Disclaimer: That's only when it comes from halal sources because ultimately, we want happiness in this world and the Hereafter.

These are twenty of some of the life lessons I've learned so far and I'm more than happy to continue to learn as I go through my journey, in shaa Allah. Are there any life lessons that aren't listed here that you've learned? If so, share them in the comment section below.


Umm Sumayyah is a mother of two and a former teacher who turned into a home educator after becoming a mother. She is also an editor and a researcher who loves collecting and sharing information on social matters, education, career, and entrepreneurship.


2018 Back to School GIVEAWAY! - 3 Winners - Ihsaan Home Academy - 'ENDED'

Assalaam 'alaikum! It's summer now, but before we know it, school will be back on! I'm assuming that most of you are either home educators or aspiring home educators. Althought some homeschoolers have a different schedule than most educators, the majority still seems to start the school year around the same time. Because of that, I've put this awesome giveaway together as an appreciation and a thank you to all those who have been supporting this blog.

This is really my first "real"giveaway. I tried one before; I believe last year when I was newly starting out, but I wasn't too sure what I was doing. So, I'm happy to share this giveaway campaign with you and hope you'd love it as well.

This back-to-school giveaway will have three winners and each will receive a different prize.

Free Giveaway to Winner #1:
The first to be selected will receive the A-Z Muslim Preschool Curriculum Lesson Plans & Planner: 28 Weeks of English and Arabic Lesson Plans with Workbooks and Activities.
Worth £21.78, but currently on sale for £16.34

This bundle comes with:

Lesson Plans Package
Within the lesson plans package, you will find:
Important suggestions
Curriculum Overview
Learning Bags (ideas for child independent learning)
Basic Year Supplies
30-Week Planner
28 Weeks of Lesson Plans (with three days a week worth of learning plans, one day for free learning/nature walk/library, ability to check each accomplished day, weekly snack ideas for 10 weeks, and empty space for more snack ideas.): 
Morning Rug
Activities for one letter recognition and writing a week; English (upper and lowercase) and Arabic
One number a week (1-10); English and Arabic
One color a week (10 colors); English and Arabic
One shape a week (9 shapes); English and Arabic
Reading Log Sheet
Suggested Book-list

Morning Rug Package
(Commonly known as "calendar time"): One Surah a week, one name of Allah a week, Islamic & Gregorian months of the year, days of the week in English and Arabic, seasons of the year in English, weather of the day, English and Arabic Alphabet, numbers1-10/20 in English, 1-10 in Arabic.

English Workbook
With activities for each day of the planned week

Arabic workbook
With activities for each day of the planned week

Extra Activities 
35 different activities in English and Arabic ranging from letter/number games, puzzles, logic, object grouping and differentiation, beginning letter activities, matching, pillars of Islam matching game, and more.

Assessment Sheet
A list of what your Muslim child/student needs to know before Kindergarten

Preschool Certificate of Completion
Optional to use

319 Pages; no image making

In addition, the first winner will receive the First Day of Pre-K Poster.
Worth £1.99, but currently on sale for £1.49

Free Giveaway to Winner #2:
The second winner will receive the Learn to Read with 54 Easy Lessons - Phonics Bundle for Early Readers.

Worth £9.19, but currently on sale for £6.89

This is a 90-page bundle which contains:
  • 26 Parts
  • 52 Lessons 
  • 17 Word Families 
  • 28 Sight Words 
  • 21 Books 
  • 1 Certificate of Achievement 

Free Giveaway to Winner #3:
The third winner will get the I.H.A. 2018-2019 Homeschooling Planner.

Worth £7.85, but currently on sale for £5.89

It Contains:

1. Cover Pages (2 customizable)

2. Tabs (2 pages with different colors)

3. Planner Bookmarker

4. Notice Board

5. Homeschool Information

6. Goals (general and monthly)

7. Dividers (7)

8. Year Calendar (August 2018—July 2019)

9. Year at a Glance (2 types)

10.  Weekly Schedule (2 types)

11.  Month at a Glance (1, color coded)

12.  Week at a Glance/This Week in… (12, to print 5 each, color coded)

13.  Attendance (2 designs)

14.  Resources

15.  Field Trip Tracker (2 designs)

16.  Weekly Spelling Checklist (empty)

17.  Progress Report (can be used for anything academic)

18.  Weekly Assignments (2 types)

19.  Grades Record

20.  Reading Log

21.  Library Book Log

22.  Notes (13 colors)

How to enter the giveaway:
  1. Visit the Ihsaan Home Academy Facebook page
  2. Follow @IhsaanHomeAcad on Twitter
  3. Comment on this blog post answering the question: How do you plan on using the resources?
Optional: Pin this post if you like; thank you in advance :)

 Total giveaway worth: £40.81 or $52.53

This giveaway is opened for home educators, aspiring home educators, or anyone thinking of offering the giveaway as a gift.

Opened to everyone WORLDWIDE!
Age: 18+

 Giveaway Time: From August 8, 2018 to August 20, 2018

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I wish you all the best!

Before naming them, I would like to first point out that I didn't randomly select the winners as I would have liked to. The reason for this is because not everyone followed all three ways of entering the giveaway. Also, I couldn't verify some entries. So please, always submit using the same or a similar name/nickname on all entries. Next time, please make sure to submit all entries for a possibility of winning.

And now, the winners are:
  1. Nausheen
  2. Christin Wilbanks
  3. Melissa Ann Stacy 
Congratulations to our winner! I will email you your prize within 24 hours. So PLEASE, make sure to check your email. I hope you submitted the correct email, if not, I will message you on twitter to ask for your updated email.

Once again, congratulations!
Umm Sumayyah is a mother of two and a former teacher who turned into a home educator after becoming a mother. She is also an editor and a researcher who loves collecting and sharing information on social matters, education, career, and entrepreneurship.