A Ramadan Journal for Little Muslims - Ihsaan Home Academy

I made a Ramadan journal for Muslim children titled 'My Mini Ramadan Journal' last year. I wanted to share it on my blog, but I got carried away with other things until days into Ramadan. Here comes another Ramadan, so I decided to take the opportunity to share it now. I hope it's not too late.

This is a simple, yet informative journal that children between the ages of 3 - 10 will enjoy in shaa Allah. Actually, it could be for children of any age. The little writing part can be done by the parent/educator when the child is too young to write. 

Here is what the journal consists of:

1. Ayah about Ramadan
Before officially beginning using the journal, children are introduced to an ayah (verse) from the Qur'an that mentions the revelation of the Qur'an and more. 

2. Countdown page
The countdown is for children to color-in each day of Ramadan that passes. It helps them keep track of their progress in the journal and of the days of Ramadan. It's also fun to look forward to coloring a box every day.

3. Thirty (30) pages of activities
There are thirty pages of activities, each dedicated to a day in the month of Ramadan. Each page has an empty box at the top, an image of what the activity is about below, a fun fact after that, and two lines for writing. 

The first line is where children (or their parents) would write what they are grateful for. The next line is where they would make a du'a. The purpose of adding this part is to encourage Muslim children to actively think about the blessings in their lives, be grateful, and to practice turning to Allah first for everything they want in life.

4. Thirty (30) Ayat cards
I got this part of the activity from a blog called Parenthood Muslim Style. Click the name to be taken to the blog. You can download this part of the activity there. I use it in my activity a bit differently than the sister uses it. 

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The cards basically have an Ayah on each and an image representing the Ayah. Each day of Ramadan, children search for the verse in the Qur'an. These cards can be used in many ways. It was a perfect fit for my activity and I didn't have to make new cards. May Allah reward the sister with the best of rewards for making these cards!

5. Laylatul Qadr section
After 20 days, there is a section with Ayat and ahadith about Laylatul Qadr. Children get to learn about this blessed night found in the last ten nights of Ramadan.

6. Eid Page
The last part of the activity is a page about the celebration of Eid.
It has Eid Mubarak and a du'a of Eid. Below, there's a space for children to write what they got for Eid as gifts and a place to write the gifts they plan on giving others. 

How to Use this Activity
1. Prepare the activity by printing it and binding it into a book. Next, print out the 30-Ayat cards after downloading it from the blog, then cut them out into cards. Get coloring pencils, a pencil, and glue. 

2. Start the journal by generally talking to your children about Ramadan. You can also read verses from the Qur'an, read ahadith, watch videos, etc.

3. One day at a time, mark the Ramadan day on the countdown page by coloring the corresponding box/number. 

4. Glue the first Ayah card on the page for the activity of the day. It should be glued in the empty box. Search for the Ayah in the Quran (audio or book). Read it or listen to it, then read the meaning (translation, if needed).

5. Talk about the word of the day mentioned on the card. 

6. Read the fun fact of the day and discuss. 

7. Next, children should write about things they are grateful for and ask Allah for something through a du'a. 

8. Once you reach the last ten days of Ramadan, read the information about Laylatul Qadr. Feel free to expand by doing many other things related to the specific topic. 

9. After the 29 or 30 days of Ramadan, go to the Eid page and write the gifts received and the ones to be given.

10. Enjoy EID!

  • To learn about Ramadan
  • To practice searching for verses in the Qur'an
  • To listen to the Qur'an and build a bond
  • To learn new Arabic vocabularies from the Qur'an
  • To learn fun facts and be informed
  • To practice gratitude
  • To practice remembering Allah and asking Him for everything
  • To look forward to doing something productive every day of the month of Ramadan
  • To make learning easy, straight forward, and FUN

I truly hope this mini journal will benefit everyone who downloads and uses it. Please, share this post with others so they too could benefit in shaa Allah. May Allah forgive us all for our sins, guide us, help us catch Laylatul Qadr, and make Ramadan successful for us. 

Ramadan Mubarak!

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.


Our Updated Full Kindergarten Curriculum - Ihsaan Home Academy

If you regularly follow this blog, then you've most likely come across the post where I detailed our Kindergarten curriculum. Well, guess what? There's an update! I intended to write about this months ago, but as you probably already know, I was away for a while. Now I'm back, so let me update you on our curriculum.

One of the reasons why I like sharing our homeschooling journey on this blog is to give ideas to other homeschoolers or aspiring homeschoolers. It is to also to encourage others to not be afraid to explore, make plans, change plans, take a break if needed, and know that each family experiences home education differently. 

In the previous full Kindergarten curriculum, the daily plan was to go through a list of subject curricula that I authored, each one taking no more than a few minutes at a time. Although that was all nice and easy because it took almost no time, it did get a bit stressful for me to constantly keep track of the next subject to cover and where we had previously stopped. It seemed too rigid for me, especially for Kindergarten!  
So, I decided to make it more flexible and fun!

Here's what we ended up doing instead and still continue to do...
We now start the day by going over the weekly Surah of our choice and learn the meaning.
Next, I let my daughter choose at least 1 or 2 subjects she would like to do after making sure that we do something in Math and Language Arts. But, here's another major change, I allow her to choose whatever page she prefers. She could literally choose the first page today and go to the last page tomorrow. 

What I find fascinating about this new method is that it keeps us both stress-free and allows my daughter to feel in charge of what she's learning. She enjoys it more and is excited about the new lesson. Another interesting observation was seeing her more focused and willing to do more pages than required. I literally have to sometimes force her to stop. It's now a 'game of learning' for her. She always says, "I want to do more!" She even cries sometimes when I stop her. 

Since I created each subject curriculum keeping in mind what I believe she should know or be familiar with by the end of Kindergarten, I'm not stressed about what she learns first or last. By the end of the school year, we would most likely cover all pages and even go over many of them multiple times, in shaa Allah. 

At the end of our homeschooling day, I read aloud from her preferred book and we do Arts and Crafts if she wants to. We go out to the garden or park as often as possible for Nature Walks or to enjoy the fresh air. I also allow her to help me with Cooking and Baking at least once a week (still working on it). We do homeschooling 3 to 4 days a week and remember to keep it fun!

Don't be afraid to make changes along your homeschooling journey. Try different things and see what works best for you, and most importantly, your children. I hope you've enjoyed reading this post and got some tips out of it. Until next time in shaa Allah, 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.