Thursday, 4 September 2014

Back to Home School - School Year 2014/2015

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Alhamdulillaah another school year has started. We will be continuing with Cambridge Primary Curriculum Inshaa Allaah and here are the Resources we hope to use for this school year!

Islaamic Studies
We will be continuing with Usooluth Thalaathah Scrapbooking along with Shaykh Fowzan's explanation 

Also Important or Essential Lessons for Every Muslim Scrapbooking, The Inheritors of the Prophets and Our Role Models Sahabah. All this will be based upon Scrapbooking and on and off I will be testing her with questions and answers. Also we will continue with Seerah Worksheets using When the Moon Split and the Sealed Nectar.


Additionally we will be continuing our Tarbiyah Classes with the others where we cover Al Waajibaat, Book of Tahaarah from Umdatul Ahkaam, The Great Women of Islaam and Adab al Mufrad Inshaa Allaah.

Qur'aan and Hifdhl
Reciting and memorising the Qur'aan and Reading the Noble Qur'aan and understanding the meaning of what is recited everyday. We will be reading along the Qur'aan for each other during the day in English as well.

Additionally this year we are hoping start the Juzz Amma workbook that our dear sister has put out here

Once a week we will go through the Positions of Salaah, Recitals, and the Obligations and etc. We will use our Salaah Workshop Documents for this purpose. I think this is very necessary as children who have turned 7 need reminders very often to make their salaah proper and eventually we ask Allaah to bring khushoo in the salaah for them and accept their salaah. Aameen.

Now that Maimoonah is grown and able to read Arabic I thought this is the best time to give her a Duaa or Adhkaar Book where she gets used to reciting every morning and evening. Even though most of the Adhkaar are familiar for her I think as they grow having something to look at and read by themselves makes a big difference. I found this one pretty child friendly. May Allaah reward sister Umm Khadeejah for all her hard work. Aameen

To make the Bedtime rituals stress free I thought of giving this little booklet to her hand and make this a practice before going to sleep. Even though bedtime Adhkaar are memorised as they grow sometimes I notice things are not done as they were younger, hence giving something to the hand is safer Inshaa Allaah!

We are continuing with Madeenah Book 1 and started  Gateway to Arabic Book 2.

We will be using these lovely Everyday Arabic Books for reading.

We are using Nelson Developing Non Fiction Skills and Nelson Developing Fiction Skills, Nelson English Workbook 2 and Galore Park Junior English 1. Junior English is mainly used for Comprehension as most of the Nelson Non Fiction Comprehension Passages are not islamically suitable, We will use the Ronald Ridout English Workbooks as well.

For spelling we will use the Spelling Workout Book D

To improve writing we have started the cursive writing book and she does copyrighting everyday. For Copy writing we have chosen the Qur'aan. So she has started writing from the beginning of the Qur'aan.

We are continuing with Nelson International Mathematics Pupils Book 3 and Workbook 3. We may finish it before the year, so we will go on to Book 4 as well Inshaa Allaah. MEP maths we will use Year 2.

Last year we have been using many books and doing science from here and there. Starting this year we are a bit organized and following the Key Stage 2 curriculum. We are using CGP Key Stage 2 Study book and Question Book for learning in order and getting familiar with scientific technical language.  Along with these books we will use the wonderful science books collection at the QMuslimag Children's Library and the Galore Park Junior Science Book 1. Every now and then according to interest we will do some lapbooks and projects. 

And we are hoping to make a small mini lab at home with some of the interesting science kits we got from Rainbow Resources. This is to make things not that boring and to give a hands on experience Inshaa Allaah!

We are continuing with these Map Skills Work Books and Geography Success Book 1 along with the other Geograpghy books we have for referance. Addionally I also got the country study activity pack from Rainbow Resources with the Passport, Flags and World Map activity sheet.

We will start ICT this year. I have this CGP book with me and for now we will continue with it. Looks very outdated to me and will look for some other latest ICT books later on Inshaa Allaah!

Fun Activities
Fun Activities include Arts and Crafts, Sewing, Cooking, Games and little Experiments. We do these things every now and then.

So those are the resources we are planning to use Inshaa Allaah.

With all of the above I see that Maimoonah has come to stage where she needs a bit more challenging activities, Inshaa Allaah,  I am thinking of having some out of home activities for her this year getting together with our small homeschooling group in Doha where every month we do something solid outside home. May be an Arts and Crafts Lesson, Lego and Robotics session, a filed trip etc etc,

As for being more organized this year I have started writing down lesson plans for each subject. I do this for every 6 weeks and see how we have done and then write for the next 6 weeks. This is just an example of one subject. This way I hope we can be more organized and helps bring out all resources available.

Additionally this Homeschool Planner is indeed worthwhile trying for those of you who like to be organized Inshaa Allaah. We will be using some of the pages from this too.


Homeschool Diary said...

Asalamualaikum, another great post mashallah. Really enjoyed reading how you plan in doing Islamic studies. May Allah make your homeschooling year productive, beneficial and not too stressful. Ameen.

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam
Jazzaakillaah Khayr for your kind words. Aameen.

Inshaa Allaah our time table is not so stressful. Will post it next as to how we do our studies.

As they grow they are exposed to many many things that sometimes you really feel drained. But we cant stop them from some exposure at different stages, so the best is equip them with Islaamic Studies and drill things into their minds to understand what is right and wrong with what they get exposed to Inshaa Allaah. Thus I want the Islaamic Studies to be the core in our homeschool through bi idhnillaah!

Baarakallaah Feekum

Anonymous said...

Asalaamu Alaykum,

Ukhti, I was wondering if you noticed that the A Muslim Child is Born blog is gone now? I was doing some lesson planning and trying to save the workbooks to follow along with the pre-K curriculum from your site and I saw that it is all gone subhanaallah. Any chance you still have the workbooks saved and would be able to share them on your site?

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam Ukhtee,

I have not been able to contact sis Umm An Nu'man for sometime now which is worrying me. I hope she and her family are well by the Mercy of Allaah. Please send me an email to I can help you with some of the books that I already have Inshaa Allaah!

Baarakallaah Feekum

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