Islamic Studies Curriculum Review

Salam and Peace all,

The best part about summer for a homeschooling Momma is the Curriculum planning! This year’s curriculum is finally here and I am excited to share with you guys our choices.ย  The first one in this series is the Islamic Studies curriculum.

If you would like to read my criteria for picking my curriculum keep reading BUT if you would like to watch the review right awayย  CLICK HERE.

What is my criteria in looking for Islamic studies curriculum?

As you all know we follow a Charlotte Mason inspired, read aloud, hands on learning inspired curriculum. So this year for Islamic studies I was looking for something that was compatible with our homeschool philosophy. The following is what I was looking for when I was going over the different curriculum.

Must be read aloud friendly.

My kids love it when I read aloud to them and I wanted something that would encourage that. Our primary mode of checking for learning will be forms of Narration. I say forms of narration because we plan on making narration interactive and fun.

Must be comprehensive

A lot of curriculum leave some thing to be desired. I wanted something I did not need to go do more research after.

Must be sources friendly

I needed to know where my information is coming from.

Must have good illustrations

A good story is held together by good illustrations that spark the interest in the child and start the imagination train rolling.

Must not dumb down the information.

A lot of books make the information brief and incomplete, and one of the things I love about the Charlotte Mason method is that it asks the child be treated like a whole person and a whole person is completely able to understand complex information even if they do not understand the depth of it.

Must have hands on activities.

Children learn from doing. I wanted some thing interactive.

After much research and deliberation I have decided to go with SAFAR PUBLICATIONS .

I did an unboxing and review of the books I bought.

Let me know in the comments below, What Islamic studies curriculum are you loving?

Keep an eye our for more curriculum Reviews!

 

 

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Ramadan Reads Game Plan.

Salam All,

Ramadan is quick approaching and I wanted to share with every one our 30 book picks for this month. I have selected books that are Ramadan themed and also some that are not. These are books I have collected over the year to develop our Homeschool Library. I believe in the importance of teaching our children the narrative they come from. When children hear about stories that connect with them and validate their culture and traditions it helps them in building their identity. For this reason I never shy away from investing into books and teaching from literature and storytelling. Also, they make great gifts!

How I plan on using our Books.

Ramadan this year is going to be a good 16-17 Hour long fast where I live, that’s a long day to keep my kids entertained and occupied, especially with my energy levels running low. So I plan on keeping them entertained with open ended play, a craft and a sensory activity that centers around the book we read each day. We will also be finding good deeds or moral lessons from the story and implementing it in our day. In addition to that we will be crafting a Alhamdulillah Journey Scrap book using the Alhamduillah series and reflecting in the Mini Muslim Journal by UmmAbdullah.

What books am I using.

  1. Stories of the Prophets The Story of Adam By DarusSalam
  2. Stories of the Prophets The Story of Ibrahim By DarusSalam
  3. Stories of the Prophets The Story of Muhammed in Makkah By DarusSalam
  4. Stories of the Prophets The Story of Muhammed in Medina By DarusSalam
  5. Thank You O Allah! by Aisha bint Mahmood
  6. Hilmy the Hippo by Rae Norridge
  7. Its Ramadan, Curious George
  8. My Special Angels: The two noble scribes.
  9. Golden Globes and Silver Lantern by Hena Khan20170517_112516
    10. Luqman’s Advice to his Son Quran Stories for Little Hearts by Goodward kids
    11. Allah Speaks to the Prophet Musa Quran Stories for Little Hearts by Goodward kids
    12. Allah made them All Quran Stories for Little Hearts by Goodward kids
    13. Love your Parents Quran Stories for Little Hearts by Goodward kids
    14. The travels of Prophet Ibrahim Quran Stories for Little Hearts by Goodward kids
    15. I’m So Angry by Sarah Javed
    16. First Fast By Uthman Hutchinson
    17. How Big is Allah By Emma Apple
    18.A trust of Treasures by Mehded Maryam Sinclair
    19. Ilyas and Duck and the fantastic festival of Eid al Fitr by Omar.S. Khawaja.
    20. Ilyas and Duck Search for Allah by Omar.S. Khawaja.

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22. Lailah’s Lunch Box by Reem Faruqi
23. The Most Magnificent Mosque by Ann Jungman and Shelly Fowles.
24. Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman
25. The Apple Tree by Mariam Al Kalby
26. The Three Muslim Festivals written by Aminah Ibrahim Ali
27. The House of Wisdom by Florence Heide and Judith Gilliland

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28. A Party in Ramadan By Asma Mobin-Uddin.
29. A Picnic of Poems in Allah’s Green Garden by Dawud Wharnsby
30. Night of the Moon by Hena Khan.
31. Ramadan by Suhaib Ghazi
32. Allah’s Zoo by Goodward Kids.
33. Migo and Ali Love for the Prophets by Zanib Mian

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That’s 33 for you, for the days you need more than one book!

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Some Activity books that we will also be using:

Owl and Cat Ramadan Coloring and activity book

Ramadan and Fasting Activity Book

Lets Learn from the Holy Quran

Allah to Z: Activity book.

The Giant Journey puzzle by Learning Roots.

 

Keep an eye out on this page for weekly lesson plans on activities for all the listed books!

-HAPPY RAMADAN!!!

 

 

 

 

Rebel Girls

How many children’s books can you think of that have a female character in a lead role who is strong, independent, positive and not just a damsel in distress?ย  Not many, right? Here we are trying to raise strong, positive, wholesome girls in the age of the historic Women’s March and what are we reading to them,ย  very few examples of such women.

So when I discovered Rebel girls, I jumped on it!

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We got Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, 100 tales of Extraordinary Women, and we love it! This book has short one page stories about amazing, accomplished, real women from different walks of life and from various places around the world. The stories are in a short narrative format with beautiful, eye-catching illustrations that keep the kids engaged. At the end of the book, the kids get to draw themselves and think about their own contributions and who they are and who they want to be. I thought that was a very inspirational thing to put in the book. My daughters are preschool and kindergarten age, but the stories kept them listening.ย  They may not retain all the information now, but this book is one for the library, and I am hoping they will connect with it over and over as they grow.

https://www.rebelgirls.co/