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torsdag 11. august 2011

Ramadan 1432, day 6-10

Bismillahi rahmani raheem

Assalaamu alaikum sisters,

subhan Allah the first ten days of ramadan has already past. I pray that you all are benefitting, taking advantage and enjoy this month. I have seen the other blogs of sisters how nice activities they do, and bringing the whole family into it masha Allah, may Allah reward you!

Here are some descriptions of how we spent our last days. By the way, I will give a summary post about how they are doing with their seerah introduction in the middle of ramadan insha Allah.

Day 6, what is ibadah
We discussed what worship is and I introduced them to the word ibadah. We used the sheet from TJ ramadan organizer to understand more about what ibadah is.

To obey Allah
To do the things He loves
To abstain from the things He hates

We put together the ibadah chart for our BB and filled in so far. But they are so happy with their good deeds tree so Im not sure we will use the chart the way it really deserves, but still it is a good reminder of what is ibadah and to do such actions to please Allah and we will fill in for some days each time and discuss insha Allah

Day 7, some coloring activities
Our plan says activity from the activity book but I realized I had only printed the iftar worksheet for this day, and that did Roqaya do earlier in ramadan, alhamdulillah. So then they used their islamic coloring book and got to choose which activity they would like to do. They both preferred to start from the beginning of the book coloring Allahs names, alhamdulillah. Since this is something we have continouesly been working on in the curriculum they are familiar with it and it was a nice conversation and a quiet time discussing some of the attributes of our Creator.

Day 8, what is suhoor and a masjid craft

We discussed a bit suhoor, healthy choices and when to eat. We did not do any worksheets as intented due to them noe being interested today, they are playing an imaginery roleplay these days and its sometimes different to reach them, lol.

But for the craft they were very happy and really enjoyed making something for their babysister masha Allah. I printed some masasjids for coloring from the activity book and they painted them with watercolors and then we glued into our self made frame, wrote on it ramadan mubarak with glitter glue

*Removed pictures of the kids making this poster*

Day 9, Ramadan in Morocco
So, Abu Adam is moroccan and we have been visiting his homeland twice, alhamdulillah. And today they learned some more abut it.
In Morocco 1431
They knew of some of the traditions for ramadan already, like at iftar moroccans have their soup called harira and the sweets with it called chebekia And we talked about the children there trying to sight the moon, about no one eating outdoors in ramadan and for everyone to go pray tarawih and the masasjids being filled insha Allah. These are experiences we dont get living in a non muslim country.

And we learned how their flag looks, what is the name of the currency they have, some geography- where is it in the world, where in morocco do they have family members, where have we been e.t.c. We used a presenation for kids from national geographic.

We learned about the most common animals in morocco, and about moroccos variatons in environment, from desert sahara to snowy mountains, subhan Allah.

picture from a mountain when we travelled by car to visit other family members

They colored the flag while I read to them and we watched some landscape pictures we got on our trip last summer.

Day 10, What is sadaqa - lets play a game

Today they learned about the term sadaqa and different ways to give sadaqa. We simply discussed the matter and this was the first day of a few days with sadaqa as our theme.

Then I finally got to introduce them to the smart ark game My charity shop which I have saved for them since I got it for us to use in ramadan. Alhamdulillah, they loved it! We played it together, they played later with their father, and they even played by themselves. It sure seems like other smart ark products we have, like great durability and even the box for the game is of nice quality masha Allah.


So now we continue our sadaqa theme for some days and we will insha Allah be having guests with us this weekend and I hope for their girl at Roqayas age to join our activities if she like insha Allah.

søndag 7. august 2011

Ramadan 1432, day 1-5

Our first five days

Day 1, Ramadan is here, alhamdulillah, find the moon for me!

Today Adam and Roqaya got to use their moonsighters. They have learned through the last three days that an islamic month starts with sighting the new month. We did talk about this hadeeth at the 29th of shabaan:
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fast when you see it [the new moon] and stop fasting when you see it, and if it is cloudy then complete the month with thirty days.”

And they understood why I couldnt tell them before they went to bed if its ramadan tomorrow or not. So when we had completed thirty days they were happy to "sight" the moon with their moonsighters.

*picture removed, it showed Adam sighting paper moons at the wall*
I had printed 8 crecsents and numbered them from 1-8 and made a simple worksheet were they could check off each time they sighted a new moon. I could not get a good picture of Roqaya as she insisted on facing me all the time.

I left the moons up for them and they kept coming back to the activity through the day.

Day 2, some nullifiers of the fast and sunnah for iftar

Today we learned about some of the things that annuls our fast, I did not introduce to them everything this year. Mostly because they are young and I guess its enough new things to grasp if I not also should add intimate and women issues on top at this time. We made the mobile from Islamic bulletin boards and we put it at our board, alhamdulillah.

I have no pictures when we were making it since my hands were full

We talked about iftar and breaking our fast and the sunnahs regarding it, to break our fast with dates or water and the supplication to be made and what it means. They will insha Allah memorize it when practicing it throughout this month.

Roqaya did this worksheet on iftar from the acitivity book of Umm An`numan

Day 3, a fasting day - and some things that affects our fast

Today we put together a fasting day wheel and went through it several times then and later on. I guess Adam realized for the first time what suhoor really is through this activity, masha Allah. He was like "its at night, when we are asleep, wow". And they laughed about the figure showed for controling anger, and this lead us into the conversation of things that may affect our fast. We went trough the sheet about things that affects our fast from TJ`s ramadan organizer. And sis Umm Suhaila: it was after this talk I got the comment of having sabr not to ruin my fast. May Allah guide us all and accept our fasts.

The pic of the bulletin board inlcuding our fasting wheel wouldnt upload now so I only have this pic of the materials ready to be used, you will see the finished wheel later insha Allah.

Day 4, good deeds- what are they and making good deeds tree

Today we talked about doing good deeds, we first used our lap book and read about the good deeds mentioned there.

And we talked about what can be good deeds. Then we read the dar ul kitab book about good deeds. We talked about surah al asr and amilus salihat. We also used the good deeds sheet with suggestions of good deeds for different occations from the TJ ramadan organizer.

So I asked them if we should make a good deeds tree were we could put a leaf on when they do good deeds and have their good deeds written down on it. Idea from Umm AbdulBasirs blog. And I briefly told them about the angels writing our actions and words for us ALL the time. They liked the good deeds tree idea, alhamdulillah since I had already prepared everything.

Day 5, we love dates - our entry for Umm Saras ramadan give away

The Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, “O Aisha! A house that has no dates in it their family is hungry. Oh Aisha! A house that has no dates in it their family is hungry.” [Saheeh Muslim (153), (2046)].

This was our main hadith that we talked about, and we also reviwed the ahadith from the lap book regarding dates and talked some more about them.

We made a date palm like this

*picture removed. It showed the kids watching the video of intructions of how to make the palm"

And we played the dates fall down game from a muslim child is born. Roqaya loved it, but it was too easy for Adam, he loved the rhyme though. Nice creativity from Umm An`numan as usual, masha Allah!

And then our muslim neighours got home from their vacation and we wanted to greet them ramadan mubarak so we printed some resources from smart ark fun stuff and prepared a small something extra for them connected with dates.

Adam and Roqaya prepared this card

And they made for their two youngest children these boxes and filled them with dates and sweets

Alhamdulillah, I guess five days reports will suite us, insha Allah. I have given up on the slide shows due to tech issues so bear with me if the posts get long sisters.

fredag 5. august 2011

Ramadan 1432, our pre ramadan activities

Assalaamu alaikum sisters,

I have made three slides to share how we did our pre ramadan activities, the last three days of shabaan.

I couldnt get the slides to show in the post for some reason, please click the links to watch the pics insha Allah.

On the 28th shabaan they colored the coloring book from TJ ramadan and we discussed every page while they colored:


On the 29th of shabaan we made a lap book together, inspired by Umm AbdulBasirs beautiful lapbook. Our became a mini version but we were all very satisfied with the result, alhamdulillah:

On the 30th of shabaan we made the moonsighters so that we could be ready to "sight the moon":

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