Thursday, 20 July 2017

Light at the end of the tunnel!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


Alhamdulillaah! Children keep growing! Life brings new challenges, rather Allaah creates new situations for you! Your once set lifestyle takes a three hundred and sixty degrees turn! Routines are upside down! You long for sleep! You long for those memorable well organised homeschooling days! You dream of waking up fresh and energetic once again! You wish your little baby or toddler would help you make your day more productive! You yearn for that homeschool set up you had for years with all your materials and planning in place! You crave for those memorable moments of achieving your set goals. You wish you did not have to deal with pre teen syndromes in the house! You wish you were able to complete all that you planned for the year and you could get ready for the next year fresh! Furthermore, you just hope and hope that you settle back soon, Inshaa Allaah!

Home educating mums all around the world feel all of the above if not, even more, every now and then at some stage of their lives. Days and months and years may pass and you will still not feel you have done what you should have done! You may feel miserable especially during this time of the year where everyone is getting ready for a new school year! Changes may look so continuous! Relocation, illnesses, difficult pregnancies,  additions to the family, babies growing to be toddlers, young children growing up to be pre teens, pre teens becoming teenagers, once a little girl hitting puberty, sweet little boys entering manhood, change of attitudes in children, overnight behaviour changes, hormonal changes, family interferences, the list goes on and on! It may look like no end to your trials! But Alhamdulillaah hang on! There is indeed light at the end of the tunnel!

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Yes, babies will grow, toddlers will be young children, preteens will enter puberty, teenagers will be adults, children will learn eventually what they need to learn and Allaah will make your situation better Inshaa Allaah. The believer's affair is indeed so amazing that every situation you are in, it is an opportunity to earn rewards if acted and reacted as what it demands! 

Image may contain: one or more peopleFor us, it has been some really unsettled past few years with regard to homeschooling academically as well as Islamically, Qadrallaah. We have not been able to homeschool as we used to before for the last two to three years. We have had Ramlah, then many shiftings and relocations and still unsettled. There are days we wish that we could get back to that real study sessions and complete all that we want to learn and explore, dig deep into those books of the ulama and learn the important affairs, complete our innovative scrapbooks that we started a few years ago and much more.

I miss talking and discussing many different aspects and things with Maimoonah, I miss giving her all my time and attention, I miss planning and preparing lessons and projects for her, I miss initiating group activities and workshops so that she can have some out of the home learning, I miss our set up and our daily routine, I do feel bad that Maimoonah has to help a lot in taking care of Ramlah, and and and and, I can go on. But at the end of the day, Allaah blessed us with sweet Ramlah, she will grow and she is growing, Maimoonah is learning new skills of taking care of a baby sister, she is understanding her responsibilities and she is growing up too! And yes our situation will get better Inshaa Allaah.

 But with all what is going on comes more challenges to face with Maimoonah,  like a change of behaviour, lack of paying attention, losing focus, mood swings, over protection of her sister, socialising issues, being too playful and not serious with matters that are important, lack of concentration, difficulty in getting back to a routine etc..

I am sure most of us will have to deal with the above or even more throughout this noble journey. So what is the solution?

As always the first thing to do is going back to Allaah. Throughout this homeschooling and parenting journey at every point of a barrier or a hiccup the best action to take is to raise the hands and seek help and guidance from Allaah. This will surely bring tranquillity and a solution Inshaa Allaah.

Next is to identify the root of the problem. Why is the change? In our case, I know the root is not having enough time to give that once given full attention to Maimoonah. Therefore she does have mood swings plus it is her preteen years and there are hormonal changes happening too. So I need to remind myself and work out accordingly.

Baby Feet, Hands, Baby, Hand, Keep, Protected
Another cause is her added responsibility of taking care of her little sister. Why is she having some socialising issues especially relating to Ramlah? What I mean here is that she sometimes reacts hypothetically when Ramlah is about to fall or touch something dangerous and yells at others around her may it be us her parents or anyone else. She also has the habit of snatching Ramlah away from even the relatives if she feels that Ramlah will encounter some danger. This hurts people around her, which is reasonable. The root cause here is not jealousy. Alhamdulillah she has not had this trait from even very small days. May Allaah protect her continuously from not having it for the wrong purpose. Aameen. But she is simply over protective of her sister. And this is the only way she thinks best to react. This behaviour brings rifts between relationships and can cause misunderstandings. We as her parents understand her but it is unreasonable to expect others to understand. Therefore we need to firmly admonish her to be mindful of others and make her realise her mistake in hurting others and at the same time make her know that we appreciate her taking that big responsibility of taking care of her sister. I personally feel if this kind of behaviour continues it is best to not expose her into such situations at least for some time, until she grows up and understands with age and maturity, as changing overnight is something that cannot be expected from a child. Inshaa Allaah this phase will pass! Hope and Hope! Indeed a refreshing blessing from Allaah!

I have mentioned these couple of challenges in the post for my own records as well for Maimoonah to read and understand one day plus to address few of the concerns of some sisters who have emailed me. I am sure each of our households have many different challenges to over come every now and then. For me these have been something new therefore I desperately needed to find answers and solutions for them. Taking some time to think and blog makes gives me reassurance to handle things appropriately and provides that peace of mind, Alhamdulillaah. And yes sharing will always help another human being who is going through the same inshaa Allaah.

So, we need to work on cultivating firmness, we need to build her self-esteem, we need to appreciate her shyness while teaching her to stand firm with her words and actions upon truth, we need to establish the fear of Allaah in her heart, we need to give her that much-needed stability, we need to show her appreciation, we need to make her understand that we understand her, we need to assure her that we will be there for her when she falls, we need to make her feel stress free, we need to cherish her cheerful disposition, we just need to make her comfortable to be who she is, of course with what is right!  A new episode begins at the age of ten for Maimoonah as well as us! May Allaah guide us throughout, Aaameen.

Inshaa Allaah we hope to start our school work soon once we are settled. Routine and a space of our own will provide more stability and consistency Inshaa Allaah. With Ramlah growing up we can once again do more interesting learning and exploring, find places to go and meet people, attend interesting workshops and more! And yes we are waiting to start preschool with Ramlah!!!


Indeed there is light at the end of the tunnel! Just hang on there and keep your duty to Allaah! Patience, Patience, Patience!


Finally, I end my musings with this wonderful promise of Allaah!


 The Messenger sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam said:


مَنْ يَتَصَبَّر يُصَبِّرْهُ الله

man yatasabbar yusabbirhullaah


Whoever exerts himself to have patience and pushes himself, when he doesn't think that he can be patient anymore, Allaah will grant him success and Allaah will make him patient because of his struggle.


Source: Collected by Ahmad in his Musnad (3/12) from the narration of Aboo Sa’eed al-Khudree. It was also collected by al-Bukhaaree (1469) and Muslim (1089) with a longer wording. The narration found in the Musnad opens with the quoted wording
Translated by Abul-`Abbaas Moosaa Richardson who added ‘Note: The translations may seem a bit lengthy for only a few words in Arabic, but they are heavy Arabic phrases employing lots of linguistic devices.’


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Eid Mubarak - 2017

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


May Allaah accept all our deeds and forgive us our shortcomings. May you all have a wonderful Eid.

Stay tuned for a surprise gift from our team to every Muslim child Inshaa Allaah! Watch this space for details.

We are pleased that many families are taking advantage of our Eid Offer and due to many others are busy with Eid and family we have extended the Eid offer for the Nurture Islaam Series PreK Eleven Books till the end of the month. So if you have still not placed the order for them please do so before the 30th of June 2017, as after that the offer is not valid.

Enjoy your Eid. 

Baarakallaah Feekum. 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Eid Offer - Nurture Islaam Series 11 E-Books


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


Are you looking for something special for your little kids or your family and friends with kids for this Eid? Why not give beneficial knowledge presented in a child-friendly manner?

We have a great offer for you this Eid. Our popular Nurture Islaam Series E-Books are 25% off now until Eid. If you want to purchase additional licenses for gifts we give you another 40% off for every additional license. Download the books print, bind and offer them with some sweets!

What an awesome gift! Make your gifts stand out this Eid and get rewarded continuously too, inshaa Allaah!



Here is a preview of the books and details Inshaa Allaah.

Nurture Islaam Series PreK Level 11 E Books include the following titles. A5 Size and each book has 35 - 100 pages.

  1. Who is Allaah?
  2. Where is Allaah? and Allaah Sends Down Rain - Water Cycle Activity Book
  3. Who Created You?
  4. Allaah Created People
  5. Allaah Created Animals and Birds
  6. Allaah Created Nature
  7. Allaah Wakes Me Up
  8. Allaah Gave Me Food
  9. Allaah Gave Me a Special Book
  10. Allaah Gave Me Parents
  11. Allaah Gave Me a Sweet Home

These set of books are based upon a complete curriculum, which means for Preschool level (Ages 3 -4) it includes what a child would learn in preschool. The big difference is that Islaam is integrated into all the secular subjects, The series starts with Who is Allaah and Where is Allaah then goes on to Who Created Me and the other titles. The whole series contains 22 titles but this offer is only for 11 titles. And Alhamdulillaah all of the books are checked by a student of ilm.


 

 



The format and details of these Activity Books is as follows.

  • Simplified Text about the topic explaining all aspects pertaining to the title. This is a great teacher's resources as all information is in one place, simplified to make the little ones understand. This can be also used for reading aloud. And older children 4 - 7 can read the text by themselves if they are emergent readers, 

 



  •  Review Questions - Each book contains review questions after the text, which can be used for a recap or so comprehension purposes depending on the age of the child. 


  • Activities - Each book has different engaging activities based upon imparting many different skills for this age group. Activities have varieties where the teacher can choose according to the capability of the child. There are activities to cater to many different learning styles of the child too. 




  • Answers - Answers are provided for all the activities


  • Resources - We have also included the resources to cut and paste and for other activities. This will save time for you Inshaa Allaah.


  • Sources and References - As usual all that we do includes evidence, sources and references from the books of the scholars, students of ilm and also for secular topics the many different sites, links and books. You will find all of the at the end of each book. 


How to print and assemble the books?

You can view the video here as to how to assemble these books. We will be providing a written pdf with instructions to print and assemble the books Inshaa Allaah


How to purchase?
  • The whole set of 11 book is an E version. All are PDF files. You need to download them, print and use.
  • The whole pack costs US $75 per licence (Per user) which is the Eid Offer if not it costs US $102.If you want to use for more than one child and gift the same set to others for every additional license you purchase you get a 40% off on the price which will be US $45 for every additional license. 
  • If you want to use it in a classroom, then classroom license will be provided too.
  • To confirm the order and receive payment details and the download link simply click on this image on my website www.-umm-maimoonah.com , an email message will open up with required details on the body of the email. Please fill in the details and send.



  • Alternatively you can send me an email to ummmaimoonah@gmail.com with the following details:
Subject:  Order for the 11 eBooks - PreK Level - Eid Offer

Email Body Text:
I would like to buy the 11 eBooks, please send me the Invoice for the details below; 

Parent / Teachers / Organization Full Name: 
Current City: 
Current Country: 
Mobile Number: 
Number of Children (Licenses): 
Child/Children's Name: 

Hope this pack would benefit all of you Inshaa Allaah. Please share the poster or this blog post with your contacts and spread the word. 

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For any further queries, you may contact me at ummmaimoonah@gmail.com 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Ramadhaan a Grand Season Pack - Review by A Muslim Homeschool


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم



Umm Maimoonah's Ramadan Pack 2017 review from a Muslim Home School

Alhamdulillaah! Hope over to read the full review of our Ramadhaan a Grand Season Pack by my dear sister Umm Khadeeja at a Muslim Homeschool here

My sincere thanks to Umm Khadeejah and her children for this amazing review of the full pack. May Allaah bless them for their efforts. Aameen.

Click on this link below for the review
http://www.amuslimhomeschool.com/2017/05/ramadan-pack-2017-review.html 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Giveaway Winner - Ramadhaan a Grand Season Pack 2017

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Alhamdulillaah! We thank all those who participated in the Ramadhaan a Grand Season Pack 2017 Giveaway and all those who shared and spread the word. 

So we drew lots and the winner is 


Sister Desi Fitri please check your email, we will send you the download link for the awesome yet beneficial pack "Ramadhaan a Grand Season".

Those of you who want to have a look at the preview of our pack can see it here

Once again I thank all of you for all your encouragement and your continuous support.

Stay tuned for more Giveaways coming soon as we go on producing more beneficial and interactive materials Inshaa Allaah.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Giveaway - Ramadhaan a Grand Season Pack 2017


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


This Giveaway is closed now!




Alhamdulillaah we are pleased to announce an awesome Giveaway to all of you. Yes, we are giving away our "Ramadhaan a Grand Season Pack" Inshaa Allaah to one of you! Please read this whole post as the winner will be the one who has complied with all of the terms and conditions Inshaa Allaah.

How to enter the Giveaway?
  • Leave a comment on this post (blog post) stating your Name/Kunya and your current location. This is your entry to the giveaway. We will use your comment to give you a number in order to draw lots. Example: If you comment first then your number will be 1. 

What do you need to do to qualify?

Terms and Conditions
  • This Giveaway is open to all Internationally as the Ramadhaan Pack is an E version.
  • The Giveaway starts today (11th April 2017) and ends on Wednesday 19th April 2017 at 12 noon Qatar Time.
  • The winner will be chosen by drawing lots. 
  • The winner will be announced on Sunday 22nd April 2017 Inshaa Allaah.
  • The winner will receive a download link via email for the "Ramadhaan the Grand Season Pack 2017" with one license. 
  • The winner cannot share this link or downloaded files with anyone else nor upload them on the internet. 
  • The winner must claim or download the pack within the stipulated time and if not claimed during the time period the winner will have to forgo the "Pack". 
  • No anonymous posts
  • One comment per reader - One entry per person
  • All of the above MUST be done to take it as a valid entry
  • We may contact the chosen winner to verify the social media profiles
  • In the event the chosen winner has not complied with the above we will disqualify the winner and choose another. This will repeat till we choose a winner who has complied with all the terms and conditions Inshaa Allaah.
  • Our decision is the final decision Inshaa Allaah. 

So what are you waiting for? Enter the Giveaway and spread the word. May you all have a blessed Ramadhaan! 

Baarakallaah Feekum
Umm Maimoonah



Thursday, 6 April 2017

Ramadhaan A Grand Season Packs - Preview

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم




Alhamdulillaah! We have put together an awesome Ramadhaan Pack for 2017, suitable for ages 9 to 16 and Adults too. 

The Pack includes a scrapbook and 4 journals and 2 packs of Quiz Cards.

Here is a preview of what the pack contains.

1. Ramadhaan a Grand Season - Scrapbook Templates
  • This Scrapbook Templates is based upon the beneficial book Sittings During the Blessed Month of Ramadhaan by Sheikh  Muhammed Bin Salih Al Uthaimeen raheemahullaah. 
  • The E book of the  Sittings During the Blessed Month of Ramadhaan will be available with the pack
  • There are 161 pages which includes the scrapbook as well as the scrapbook elements.
  • Here are the contents
  • Instructions and suggestions are included along with images of samples done.
  • Here are some inside pages.


 

 

 


 



2. Quiz Workbook - Ramadhaan a Grand Season
  • This is a workbook with Questions based upon the Sittings during the Blessed month of Ramadhaan by Shaykh Uthaimeen which goes along with our scrapbook as well. 
  • This was done for easy revision and to remember the important facts.
  • Answers are included at the end of the document with sources and references.
  • It contains A4 size 51 pages.
 

 


3. Quiz Card Pack - Ramadhaan a Grand Season
  • There are 86 Question Cards.
  • Answer Cards are included with sources and references.
  • They are the same questions as in the workbook but made in card format for games and family gatherings. 
  • This document contains 89 pages.
 




4. My Character Journal
  • This Journal has selected Manners
  • It contains A4 size 39 pages
  • Includes an Example done by us.
  • Here is a preview of one Character
 



5. Heart Softeners
  • Includes selected sayings and stories from the Sunnah and the Salaf with Sources and References,
  • It has "Ponder Questions" to reflect and write
  • Includes some reminders in snippet format
  • It contains A4 size 41 Pages
  • Preview below

 




6. A Precious Blessing - Health Journal
  • Journal is based upon Islaam and Health taken from Ibn Qayyim's Medicine of the Prophet
  • Facts are simplified and allows you to write down points of benefit
  • Includes Health Tips from a certified health coach on Ramadhaan
  • Enjoy reading a true story of a sister who changed her lifestyle and was granted her health back by Allaah.
  • Menu Plans template is included along with goals and much more.
  • It contains A4 size 44 pages.
 


 

 

 



7. Health Quiz Cards Pack
  • It has 41 Question Cards
  • Answer Cards are provided separately with sources and references
  • Questions are based on the A Precious Blessing - Health Journal to make it easier to remember the important points.
  • Cards can be used for games and other activities.
  • Preview below








 How to purchase?
  • The whole pack is an E version. All are PDF files. You need to download them, print and use.
  • The whole pack costs $50 per licence (Per user). If more than one member in the family would like to use the same pack, we give 40% off for the 2nd family member onwards.
  • If you want to use it in a classroom, then classroom license will be provided too.
  • To confirm order and receive payment details and the download link simply click on this image on my website www.-umm-maimoonah.com , an email message will open up with required details on the body of the email. Please fill in the details and send.




  •  Alternatively you can send me an email to ummmaimoonah@gmail.com with the following details:
Subject: Order for the Ramadhaan Pack 2017 eVersion

Email Body Text:
I would like to buy the Ramadhaan Pack 2017, please send me the Invoice for the details below; 

Parent / Teachers / Organization Full Name: 
Current City: 
Current Country: 
Mobile Number: 
Number of Children (Licenses): 
Child/Children's Name: 

Hope this pack would benefit all of you this Ramadhaan Inshaa Allaah. Please share the poster or this blog post with your contacts and spread the word. 

For any further queries you may contact me at ummmaimoonah@gmail.com 


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