Homeschool Upper Grades on a Budget

There are lots of budget friendly resources for homeschoolers in the younger grades, but as kids get older, it’s harder to find free printable packs, unit studies, or other free and cheap options. Plus, regardless of your homeschool philosophy, as you head closer toward high school, textbooks become a bigger part of your homeschool life. So, how to do you use upper grade homeschool curriculum on a budget? By knowing your resources and giving yourself time. First, take heart, I’ve found it (Read more...)

Hearty Beef Lentil Soup Recipe

It was super cold at home and I was feeling for something warm and comforting. Soup! But not the watery type that leaves you wanting more food to fill your tummy. No, I needed something satisfying. I had a ⅓ lb of minced beef in the fridge and a great recipe idea brewing in my head! I dislike to cook, but I’m also picky to settle for an outside meal right now. Sorry, it’s a fault you pick up when your mom is an absolutely amazing cook. The following recipe is something I put together and (Read more...)

Why I Closed Our Facebook Fan Page

I know some might think its blatant or too dramatic, but my intention wasn't to make a statement, nor do I think it is such a drastic measure. I mean come on, Facebook is just a drop in the online ocean, what's the big deal? I'm truly fed-up with this social network and its new policy for fan pages. It was something I have been mulling over for a long time, and finally found the insight to close our Muslimommy and Muslim Kids Digest fan pages, albeit over 32,500 fans collectively who liked our (Read more...)

Feeling Close to Allah During Haidh

I have heard it time and time again, many women feel that when that time of the month is upon them, they are ‘cut off’ from worship, or some women view it as a ‘vacation’ from worship. However, we must realize that we are NEVER ‘cut off’ nor on ‘vacation’ from worship. How could it be so, when worship is the very purpose for which we were created? “I have created the jinn and humankind only for My worship.” (Quran 51:56) It is true that it is haram (forbidden) for a (Read more...)

How I Explained Charity To My Child

Alhumdulillah for the little things in life, I thought, as I heard footsteps racing through the hallway calling out my name, "Asalamu alaikum mommy! We're home and we brought some biryani!" Smiles on their faces, arms wide open and ready to jump into mine. Who would have thought a few hours ago my kids were misbehaving, talking back to me and giving me a headache. My awesome other half saved my day, by taking our boys with him for Jummah prayer, alhumdulilah! It's amazing what a little break (Read more...)

Teach Your Kids To Manage Money With Compassion

Grandparents, uncles, aunts and friends love to shower our children with money at the Eids, and some on their birthdays. We appreciate their kindness, because it brings joy and sweet memories to the giver and the receiver, but the problem arises not in the act of giving, but by the outcome of the receiver. A day later, the only thing your kids want to do, is spend all their money on toys  or candy for themselves, and you're left thinking, “They already have way too many toys and definitely (Read more...)

Wading Through Homeschool Resources

I remember when I was still using a virtual school, I asked a friend of mine, "How do you decide what resources to use, it seems so overwhelming!" Now, I find myself comfortably working through all the curriculum resources, weeding out what is not of interest to our family, and finding what will work, in sha Allah. Worldview First in the world of homeschooling resources, is finding curriculum that aligns with your worldview. Without any Islamic homeschool publishers, this can take a bit of (Read more...)

How I Taught My Kids To Make Salaah

In a previous post I wrote earlier this month, I shared some ideas on how to make kids love to pray. After some requests, I thought I would share some tips on how I actually taught my kids to make salaah. SubhanAllah, it is so nice to see my children mimicking prayer! Whether I see my younger or my older kids in salaah, their rukus and sajdas are simply beautiful, mashaAllah! Though, I can’t help but wonder, are they doing their salaah correctly? Do they know what to say? My kids attend (Read more...)

How I Homeschool Without Losing My Mind

I get asked almost weekly by someone, "how do you cope homeschooling?" and you know, it's not that bad. I think the reason I do not find it so horribly difficult, is because I have learned how to make it work for us and how not to make it such a big deal. I have also gained much insight into how my children are learning, and that learning is not doing 'school' but is really a daily, lifelong part of life. I also have become an eclectic homeschooler (a mix of this and that) and I do not use a (Read more...)

6 Ways To Parent With Less Hassle

O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and let every soul look to what (provision) He has sent forth for the morrow. Yea, fear Allah: for Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do. (Qur'an 59:18) If you are a parent who has daily house chores to complete, regular meals to prepare, perhaps a homeschool to maintain, or maybe an outside job to answer to, and of course last but not least, your children who need to be managed, then you have a grand opportunity to put away provisions for the morrow. With (Read more...)

4 Reasons Why I Give My Kids An Allowance

Growing up, I was never given a weekly allowance. We had chores to do around the house and it was expected to be done, end of discussion. I wish that explanation would work on my kids. I’m not an advocate for rewarding kids for every little thing they do, but I do believe in motivating them to want to do it and do it well. 1. Deciding How Much To Give Them I know that things have gotten really expensive to purchase out there. But I realize why I am giving my kids an allowance. The money is (Read more...)

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Assalamualaikum dear readers, I plan to bring you recipes that are tasty, quick and easy to prepare InshAllah. I love cooking, but the thought of spending hours in the kitchen does not appeal to me. I would rather spend that time with my kids and browsing Pinterest. Most of my dishes are prepared in under an hour, and is aimed at intermediate cooks who need ideas, and want to make delicious and fast meals with a healthy twist. Welcome to my kitchen, and enjoy the meal! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:4] Love (Read more...)

High School Basics In Homeschool

Most families feel relatively confident they will be able to homeschool in the elementary years, but as your student gets older, your confidence wanes. What if you didn't do well in high school? What if you didn't go to school in this country? These are reasonable concerns, but not reasons to walk away from homeschooling high school entirely. Homeschool Laws The homeschool laws throughout the US are vastly different from state to state. It's your responsibility to ensure you are familiar with (Read more...)

5 Ways To Make Your Child Love To Pray

Like some mommies out there, ever since my baby turned 'the big 7', I’ve struggled on how to encourage him to pray consistently. I say the big 7 as a joke, because we all know they're not so grown-up, actually quite far from it. However, we are well aware that this is the age we need to get a bit serious and encourage our kids to begin good, wholesome habits. And what better habit is there than our five daily prayers. Here are some things to think about when encouraging this wonderful habit. 1. (Read more...)

Make Your Android Tablet Safe For Kids

I have a small 8" Android tablet (sorry Apple folks), that we recently began to allow our older kids to use for educational purposes, to listen and memorize Quran, listen to audio books, nasheeds, to take photos of nature, and correspond with distant family (to name a few). We did not always have a tablet, because my kids would use the computer occasionally when they needed to do some work, and I thought that having both a computer and a tablet was a waste. That is, until I was given a tablet (Read more...)

Disciplining Our Children With Respect

Do you need some effective discipline tips? Try this! The next time your children need correcting, let them know they are loved and that their feelings do matter. One way this is done, is by correcting them with respectful words and actions. It can also be achieved by being patient and understanding with their mistakes. In addition, allow your children to express their feelings in an acceptable and considerate way. Regarding the subject of hitting children when disciplining them, there (Read more...)

4 Things You Should Know About Homeschool Standardized Testing

Does your state require standardized testing for your child? And if so, what are the requirements? If your state doesn’t require testing, what reason is there to still use a standardized tests? Standardized testing doesn’t have to be a big ordeal for homeschool families, and once you understand the various options, it can become part of your regular yearly routine. 1. Testing requirements by state Not all states require standardized testing for homeschoolers, others require that you take (Read more...)

Easy Ash Recipe – A Greek Inspired Dish

Assalamualaikum dear readers, I plan to bring you recipes that are tasty, quick and easy to prepare InshAllah. I love cooking, but the thought of spending hours in the kitchen does not appeal to me. I would rather spend that time with my kids and browsing Pinterest. Most of my dishes are prepared in under an hour, and is aimed at intermediate cooks who need ideas, and want to make delicious and fast meals with a healthy twist. Welcome to my kitchen, and enjoy the meal! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:2] Love (Read more...)

Steps For Your Middle Homeschooler To Become More Independent

So many homeschooling families worry about teaching older kids, and how their kids will keep up with the workload, but the truth is, most older kids can work independently. Removing this burden to teach all the material to your child, can give you more time to focus on teaching a few more important subjects to them, in sha Allah. However, moving from complete parent involvement to independent work, is not something that happens overnight, but with a little patience over the course of a few (Read more...)

A Social Media Web Detox

Assalamu Alaikum! I pray that you all had a wonderful Eid break with your families InshAllah. I know I have been scarce and I haven't posted anything for two weeks now, but I was enjoying a lengthier Eid break and needed to rethink many ways of how I was approaching life with my older kids. My eldest daughter is almost 13 (going on 16), and I saw that my current approach to parenting needed a major fine-tune. So what has that got to do with my topic of a social media web detox? Simple! I needed (Read more...)