Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Blog Posting and Emails

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Once again the time for blogging has decreased. But, as in the past, the blog has not been forgotten - only put aside temporarily. 

And I apologize to those of you who have sent emails and have not yet received responses. I ask for your patience in this matter, and I hope, insha'Allaah, I will be able to respond soon.

Jazakumallaahu khayran for your understanding and patience. 

Umm An-Nu'man

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fresh Baked Place Value: A Kindergarten & Grade 1 Math Resource

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Is your kindergartner learning place value? If so, this resource may help him/her master the teen numbers (11-19). Click on the picture to check it out insha'Allaah!

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Be Back Soon insha'Allaah!

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Posting should resume soon insha'Allaah! 

And insha'Allaah, your homeschooling year has been fun and beneficial (so far). May Allaah accept your efforts and work!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

[FREEBIE]: Preschool Version of My Morning Book

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Alhamdulillaah, this is the preschool companion book to My Morning Book:

This book covers the basic skills that preschool children learn during the school year and includes Islaamic concepts that are age appropriate insha'Allaah. Children will learn some short ad'iyah, learn about different prophets of Allaah, and become familiar with other Islaamic concepts such as caliphah, jannah, and obedience to Allaah, His Final Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa salam), and our parents. 

Because preschool children learn by moving and doing, it is not recommended that the activities in this book take longer than 2-5 minutes. Additionally, the activities are meant to be completed with assistance from a teacher/teacher-parent, although some children may be able to complete several of the activities independently. This may be especially helpful when homeschooling children of different ages - the littlest will have his/her own "work" to do as well alhamdulillaah! 

Children will have the opportunity to explore the following concepts insha'Allaah:

  • Becoming familiar with some of the prophets of Allaah
  • Becoming familiar with some notable figures in Islaamic history
  • Learning some short ad'iyah
  • Colours 
  • Shapes (there are shapes for the child to cut and paste onto the morning book pages. These shapes are located at the end of the file.)
  • Numbers 1-10
  • Handwriting practice
  • Different and Same
  • Counting to determine how many in a set

The pages in the book are also not meant to be taught in sequential order because it is not recommended that the English alphabet be taught in order( a-z). Several letters have similar features which can lead to children easily confusing the letters that share a similar shape/curve/etc. Letters such as M and N, B and D, E and F are a few examples (this confusion can be compounded when children begin learning the lower case form of the letters). 

Also, like My Morning Bookthe pages of the Preschool Morning Book fit very conveniently into a three-ring binder for easy access and storage alhamdulillaah. Lastly, some of the wonderful Islaamic in the book is courtesy of Easel & Ink (may Allaah reward the sisters and accept from them their efforts and work).

Click here to download the Canadian Version
(i.e.colour spelled with a 'u')

Click here to download the US Version
(i.e. colour spelled without a 'u')

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Back to School: Books to consider for your bookshelf

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Although school has been in session for a few weeks now alhamdulillaah, you may still be in the process of selecting new books for this school year. If so, you may want to consider the following books:

From right to left:

From "When a little bird awakens to find that all of his friends and family have gone south for the winter, it takes a surprising friendship with Mooch the cat to help him find his way. This is a wordless and moving story that explores being lost and found, crossing boundaries, saying goodbye, and broadening horizons."

This story explores a toddler's busy day. When the little boy's mother tells him it's time to leave each activity/place, he does not want to go but he soon discovers that having to stop one activity does not mean that more fun and adventure is not close at hand. The story also shows how bedtime is (necessary) fun too! **As you read the story, replace bye-bye with Assalamu aliakum"**

This book can be used when teaching your colours unit this year! From "Baby Bear has so much to learn about the world! From the moment he wakes until it’s time to curl up and go to sleep, he explores outside with his mama. They see green leaves, blue jays, brown trout, and—best of all—a patch of yummy red strawberries. [This is a ] concept book that combines engaging and intricate linocut illustrations with a story that enthusiastically encourages children to identify a variety of vibrant colours. Young readers will delight in this chance to join Baby Bear as he discovers the colourful wonders of his lively, leafy forest home.

For kindergarten and grade 1, this book can be used to help children understand the concept of odd and even. From "Every animal on Farmer Bill's farm is missing one mitten. Readers can investigate odd and even numbers as they unravel this mitten mystery!

This is an interesting and fun book that invites the reader to see the world from different perspectives - namely that of many different animals. When teaching direction words (i.e. up, down, under, over, etc.), this book can be used for storytime to help children understand and further explore the concept. 

While a little fox is romping and playing he stumbles across a goose. Intending to play a joke, he sneaks up on it and scares it and the goose flies off, leaving her egg behind. The fox, realizing that he has made a mistake, feels bad and then discovers the egg. Determined to correct his mistake, he decides that he will take care of the egg (and eventually the baby goose) since he was the reason its mother was not there to care for it. When the egg hatches, the two animals form a friendship and the fox helps the baby goose find its flock. With embossed illustrations, this is a nice story for the beginning of the year as you are teaching children manners and classroom routines. 

7). Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green
When you start your unit on telling time this year, this book can be used as you're teaching telling time to the hour. And, it's just nice for toddlers because the story is sweet. From "From the moment Little Bunny wakes up in the morning until the moon comes out and the stars shine, every hour includes a warm hug from Big Bunny. Whether they bake or build, bike or hike, a caring hug always feels just right. This is a book that is generous with love, and full of sweet illustrations."

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ages & Stages: What Many Children Can Do - 5 Year Olds

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Five-year-olds are cheerful, energetic, and enthusiastic. They enjoy planning, and spend a great deal of time discussing who will do what. They especially enjoy dramatic play, usually with other children. Five-year-olds are more sensitive to the needs and feelings of others around them. It is less difficult for them to wait for a turn or to share toys and material. "Best friends" become very important.

Many 5-year-olds will be going to kindergarten. Be sensitive to the needs of a 5-year-old returning from school. She may want to rest, play by herself, be free for a while from adult-directed activity, or catch up with the group happenings. Pace afternoon kindergarten children during the day with a balance of rest and activity. All-day kindergarten children need to be given every consideration when they return to your home as they may be tired, talkative, hungry, or wanting to share the day's happenings.

  • invents games with simple rules
  • organizes other children and toys for pretend play
  • still confuses fantasy with reality sometimes
  • often fears loud noises, the dark, animals, and some people
  • can take turns and share, but doesn't always want to
  • expresses anger and jealousy physically
  • likes to test muscular strength and motor skills, but is not emotionally ready for competition
  • carries on conversations with other children and adults
  • often excludes other children in play - best friends only
  • [may] use swear words or "bathroom words" to get attention
  • sometimes can be very bossy
  • likes to try new things and take risks
  • likes to make own decisions
  • notices when another child is angry or sad - more sensitive to feelings of others
  • prefers company of 1 or 2 children at a time; may become bossy or sulky when others join in
  • likes to feel grown up; boasts about self to younger, less capable children
  • begins to have a very basic understanding of right and wrong
  • plays contentedly and independently without constant supervision
  • takes turns and shares (sometimes)
  • understands and respects rules - often asks permission
  • understands and enjoys both giving and receiving
  • enjoys collecting things
  • sometimes needs to get away and be alone
  • can understand relationships among people and similarities and differences in other families
  • seeks adult approval
  • sometimes critical of other children and embarrassed by own mistakes
  • less fearful of the world than toddlers because understands the world better
  • has a good sense of humor, and enjoys sharing jokes and laughter with adults
  • weight: 31-57 pounds
  • height: 39-48 inches
  • requires approximately 1,700 calories daily
  • sleeps 10-11 hours at night
  • may begin to loose baby teeth
  • able to dress self with little assistance
  • learns to skip
  • throws ball overhead
  • catches bounced balls
  • rides a tricycle skillfully; may show interest in riding a bicycle with training wheels
  • balances on either foot for 5-10 seconds
  • uses a fork and knife well
  • cuts on a line with scissors
  • left or right hand dominance is established
  • walks down stairs, alternating feet without using a handrail
  • jumps over low objects
  • can run, gallop, and tumble
  • can skip and run on tiptoe
  • can jump rope
  • interested in performing tricks like standing on head, performing dance steps
  • capable of learning complex body coordination skills like swimming, ice or roller skating, and riding bicycles
  • may be able to tie shoelaces
  • may be able to copy simple designs and shapes
  • understands about 13,000 words
  • uses 5-8 words in a sentence
  • likes to argue and reason; use words like "because"
  • knows basic colors like red, yellow, blue, green, orange
  • able to memorize address and phone number
  • understands that stories have a beginning, middle, and end
  • able to remember stories and repeat them
  • enjoys creating and telling stories
  • understands that books are read from left to right, top to bottom
  • draws pictures that represent animals, people, and objects
  • enjoys tracing or copying letters
  • can place objects in order from shortest to tallest
  • can understand and use comparative terms like big, bigger, or biggest
  • sorts objects by size
  • identifies some letters of the alphabet and a few numbers (if taught)
  • understands "more," "less," and "same"
  • counts up to 10 objects
  • recognizes categories ("These are all animals; these are all toys.")
  • understands before and after, above, and below
  • block and dramatic play is much more elaborate and complex
  • has good attention span and can concentrate well
  • is project minded - plans buildings, play scenarios, and drawings
  • interested in cause and effect
  • can understand time concepts like yesterday, today, and tomorrow
· Encourage body coordination and sense of balance by playing "Follow the Leader" with skipping, galloping, and hopping.
· Teach sack-walking and "twist-em," or "freeze" games to provide an outlet for their drive for physical activity.
· Play games that can teach right and left directions
· Help children learn to use a pair of scissors by letting them cut out coupons.
· Provide a plastic needle, thread, and beads to encourage small muscle development.
· Provide carpentry, take-apart, and put-together experiences with junk clocks and old small appliances.
· Show children how to repair toys and books.
· Add drama to your reading sessions each day by using different voices for different characters. While reading a familiar story, stop before the end and ask children to add their own end to the story.
· Ask 5-year-olds to tell you a story. Write it down and post it on the wall or refrigerator.
· Ask "what if" questions. What if there were 5 little [ducks] instead of 3?
· Involve children in writing "thank-you" notes, cards, and letters. If a 5-year-old enjoys copying letters, let him dictate a short message to you and copy it from your writing. Old typewriters are favorite writing tools.
· Give 5-year-olds opportunities to sort, group, match, count, and sequence with real life situations such as setting the table, counting the number of turns, sorting out socks, and matching fabric swatches.
· Help children learn to make rules and play simple games by providing opportunities for them to play in small groups.
· Help children understand and cope with strong feelings by giving them words to use when they are angry. "I can see you are SAD about going home, ANGRY at your friend ...."
· Observe how a child plays with other children. Teach him to request, bargain, negotiate, and apologize.
· Take questions seriously. Talk to children about what happens and why. Give answers they can understand.
· Specific praise helps children understand the true value of their actions. Say "Stacking those toys on the shelf that way really helped – [jazakallaahu khayr]!" rather than "You did a good job!"
· Provide a comfortable place to be alone. A large cardboard box makes a wonderful hideaway.
· Take fears seriously. Reassure children that you will make sure that nothing bad will happen to them.
· Allow 5-year-olds some privacy in the toilet. Remind them to wash their hands until it becomes a habit.
· Be patient with the untidiness and clutter. Allow plenty of time to clean up. It helps to store and organize materials on low, open shelves so that they can be found and put away easily.
· Five-year-olds will show an increasing interest in numbers. Encourage them to count anything of interest - cups, leaves, drums, number of children absent, meters, etc.
 Reprinted with permission from National Network for Child Care - NNCC. Oesterreich, L. (1995). Ages & stages - five-year-olds. In L. Oesterreich, B. Holt, & S. Karas, Iowa family child care handbook [Pm 1541] (pp. 207-210). Ames, IA: Iowa State University Extension.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Preschool Assessment (Islaamic)

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Here is a quick preschool assessment for the new school year.

 Click on the picture to download the assessment

This assessment allows the Qur'aan teacher, Islaamic Studies teacher, and the general education teacher (if used in a school) to get a quick glance of where his/her students are at. The results from the assessment are on one convenient sheet and can be placed in the students' portfolios. Of course, homeschooling parent-teachers can also place this assessment in their child's portfolio too!

To use this assessment you will need:

  1. To photocopy the two pages front to back so that you only need one page for each student (optional).
  2. A set of flashcards with the alphabet (upper case letters only).
  3. Flashcards with basic shapes (you can download some here)
  4. Flashcards with the colour (you can download some here)
  5. A set of 10 or more objects (i.e. blocks or counters)
The Qur'aan and Islaamic Studies teachers/parent-teacher can use the top section of the assessment sheet and the homeroom teacher/ parent-teacher uses the above-mentioned materials to administer the assessment in the following suggested manner: show the colour cards, shape cards, and alphabet cards to the child one at a time. The teacher marks off/circles the child's answers in the appropriate sections of the assessment sheet. Next, ask the child to count as high as they can starting from the number one and record the results. Then ask the child to name the days of the week that they know and the months of the year that they know. After that, present the child with a set of objects and ask them to count the objects and record the results. Lastly, ask the child to print his/her name in the space provided (if they know how to write). Now, insha'Allaah, you have a snapshot of where your child(ren)/students are and you know what you will need to teach insha'Allaah. This assessment is also useful for parent/teacher night so parents can see the current level of their child.

And remember, there is usually no need to panic if your child does not know most (or any) of the material on the assessment. The results of this assessment guide when you start putting together your curriculum (if homeshooling) and/or your lesson plans; the results just let you know what you need to teach insha'Allaah.

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

[Cross-Post] FREEBIE: Qur'aan Workbook

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Alhamdulillaah, school is set to begin for many schools and homeschoolers. The beginning of the school year is a very important time for many reasons. It is during the first weeks of school/homeschool that students learn new routines that will help contribute to a positive learning environment. It is also during the first weeks of school that teachers/parent-teacher set expectations for the school year. These first weeks are critical then because they often set the tone for the entire school year. To help set a tone that is pleasing to Allaah, SK/Kindergarten students can work on this Quraan workbook (*Note: some SK/Kindergarten students may not be ready for the materials in this pack - you as the teacher/parent-teacher will need to determine this).

Click on the picture above to download the workbook insha'Allaah

Some of the material students will encounter in this workbook include:

Reading Comprehension
Retelling a story
Answer questions about details in a story
Begin to recognize that words are separated by spaces and begin to apply this to own writing

Use pictures, words, and dictation to tell about a story
Talk and write about what happened to the main character in their story
Recognize, name, and  use end punctuation
Begin to edit their own pieces of writing

There are 3 rubrics included for each type of writing students will do, 3 student editing sheets - with these students self-edit prior to submitting their work with the happy proclamation that it is 'done'.

Students will also:

  • Make lists
  • Learn to add details to their writing by describing something/an object with strong adjectives
  • Learn about Makkee and Madanee suwar and be able to list a few suwar that fall into each category (This may be an activity that you chose to introduce later in the school year to kindergarten students)
  • Make a plan for the suwar they will read from al-Quraan and start to take ownership in making sure they read the Quran daily insha'Allaah.
Are you ready to start school? Then let's begin insha'Allaah! Click on the picture above to download the workbook insha'Allaah or you can download it free from the Teacher's Notebook store!

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