Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ramadan Mubarak!

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The Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia... 
since the moon of Ramadhaan was not sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing thirty (30) days of Sha'baan (1432 A.H.), in accordance with the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wa salam):

((Fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha'baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days)), 

[transmitted by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim].  

We shall be starting our taraaweeh prayers tomorrow evening (Sunday 31 July 2011) after the 'Ishaa. prayer, in preparation for the first fast of Ramadhaan on Monday 1 August 2011, inshaa'Allaah.


And a small gift from A Muslim Child is Born:  
8 Ramadan Mubarak Bookmarks (different colours and designs)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Problems Downloading Ramadan Activity & Baby Quran Books

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Jazaakunnaallaah khayr, several sisters have left comments or emailed that they are receiving an error message when trying to download the Ramadan Activity Books and the book Baby Reads Quran in Ramadan via Box.net. The bandwidth has been exceeded and insha'Allaah, the issue should be resolved soon.


Alhamdulillaah, I have re-linked the books through Google Docs and you can download them by clicking on the name of the file you'd like to download. In the Ramadan Activity Book and Baby Reads Quran in Ramadan posts you will see "Download Through Google Docs". Please use the links directly below this title to download the books insha'Allaah. You will be redirected to Google Docs and you will have an option to download (see red arrow in the screen shot below) the books by clicking on 'file' and then 'download original file'.



Jazakum Allaah Khayr

Blog Button Now With Transparent Background

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If you have the blog button for 'A Muslim Child is Born' on your blog you may have noticed that the background was not transparent. Alhamdulillaah, the blog button has been updated and now has a transparent background (jazakillaahu khayr ya ukht Aisha from Easel & Ink!).

You will simply need to copy the new code on the right hand side of the blog under "Grab A Button" to update the blog button on your blog insha'Allaah. 


Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Baby Reads Quran in Ramadan (Book)

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This is another book in the "Baby in Ramadan" Series *smile*. One last post before Ramadan insha'Allaah...
 
After listening to a small, short poem, this little book introduces baby to some of the ayaat in the Quran. Mother and Father then have the opportunity to decide which suwar (pl. of surah) they would like to read with baby during Ramadan and check them off on the checklist provided in the book. This book is intended to be a gentle read aloud that introduces baby to the beauty of the Quran and what benefits it has thus teaching baby that a Muslim's only source of sound knowledge and guidance is found in the Quran and Sunnah.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ramadan Activity Book for Kids!

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Alhamdulillaah, here is the Ramadan Activity Book. It is hoped that this book will assist parents in teaching their children about his Blessed Month. 


There are 75 pages of various activities and games for children to play that cover the areas of:
- math
- reading
-cognitive skills
-find motor skill practice
and more alhamdulillaah!


Download books here insha'Allaah:

Download the Ramadan Activity Book (Blue Cover) here insha'Allaah 


**For languages other than those listed, if you would like the book without any text allowing you to hand-write the instructions in the language of your choice, please contact me by email insha'Allaah.**

Enjoy insha'Allaah! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Baby Counts Dates in Ramadan (Book)

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Here is a little Ramadan counting book for babies. 


Front and Back Covers

A small book for introducing baby to numbers during Ramadan insha'Allaah. The numbers 1-5 are covered and the last page of the book gives baby an opportunity to see the dates graphed 1-5 in descending order. 

A small way to include baby in this Blessed Month. 


Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ramadan Game: Dates and Dots

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This game, Dates & Dots, can be played in several ways insha'Allaah. 

1). Make two copies of the cards. Take the first set and tape them around the house with the dates showing. Give the child the second set of cards with the dots showing. Invite them to find the date cards that match the dot cards they have. 

2). Make two sets of the cards. Play memory. Place the first set of cards with the dates showing and the second set of cards with the dots showing. Children have to find the dates that match the dots. 

3). Or it can be a handmade variation of the Ladybug/Ladybird Game (which has many variations). There is a great version of the Ladybug Game here.

To play: Turn all of the cards down with the dots facing upward (for young children it may be a good idea to start with cards 1-3 first). Children take turns spinning the spinner (or you can put the number cards 1-10 in a box and children pick a number randomly). Whichever number they land on (or pick), they find the card with the corresponding dots. They turn the card over and count the dates on the opposite side of the card to confirm they picked the correct card. If they did, they keep the card. If they did not, they put the card back and the next person takes his/her turn insha'Allaah. There are cards in the file for numbers 1-10 but the spinner in the file goes to 8 only. 




...What way would your children play Dates & Dots?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Coming Soon insha'Allaah: Ramadan Activity Book for Kids!

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A simple Ramadan Activity Book that has various activities for children to do throughout the month of Ramadan insha'Allaah. 
 
There will be two different book covers to choose from insha'Allaah, the one pictured and a more 'printer-friendly' cover 

The activities are around 40 in total and in no particular order so that you may pick and choose to print which activity you wish to do on any given day in Ramdan insha'Allaah. The activities are for children from birth to 5 years old....and it's coming soon insha'Allaah!
 

Check back soon insha'Allaah!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ramadan Game: Dates Fall Down

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This is a game that can be used to introduce subtraction to young toddlers during Ramadan insha'Allaah. The game is called "Dates Fall Down" and is simple to play alhamdulillaah. 


Give each child a palm tree math mat
 
and Date Game Pieces 
 
Put the numbers 1-5, into a box. Invite the child to close his/her eyes and take a number from the box. This first number they select will be the number of dates they put into the date palm tree. Ask the child how many dates are in the palm tree. You may also wish to encourage the child to count the dates as he/she puts them into the tree. 

Invite the child to again close his/her eyes and select another number from the box. This is the number that the child will take out of the tree (subtract). Tell the child, "At first there were _____ dates in the tree. You took ______ out/off of the tree. How many dates are left in the tree now?" Invite the child to count to see how many dates are left in the tree. 

Here, the first number selected was 5 and all date game pieces are in the tree
 
 


The second number selected was the number 1


So the child will remove one date from the tree and set it aside. The child is then invited to count the remaining dates in the tree insha'Allaah.


The games continues in this way until the child no longer wishes to play. You may also wish to use the following story to play the game insha'Allaah:

This date palm grows sweet dates,
Wonderful treats Abu Musa makes
From all of the dates that fall down,
Quietly and gently, without a sound.
(whisper here)
Abu Musa often looks just to see,
How many dates are in this tree

Let us count, you and me!



Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Free Ramadan Kit!

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Click here to download a FREE Ramadan Kit for children from Mini Mu’min Publications!

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ramadan Book for Babies

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Many of our dear sisters have recently given birth and for their newest additions to the family this will be their first of, insha'Allaah, many Blessed Months. I thought it might be nice to have a little keepsake book that records baby's first Ramadan and some of the things that baby experienced.



Within this small little book, there are personalized sentences that mother and/or father can complete. There are also pictures of specific items/events related to Ramadan and to baby. Baby also learns a little about this blessed month and what we do during Ramadan. Toward the end of the book, there is also a little list that parents can fill out that mentions things that they hope to do with baby each day in Ramadan insha'Allaah. 

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ramadan Charity Game: "Sadaqah! Sadaqah!"

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With Ramadan fast approaching, sister Umm Yusuf, like many other sisters, is planning for ways to help children get the most of this Blessed Month. She asked if I could post a game/activity about charity. Sis Umm Yusuf, this is what I have come up with but if it is not what you had in mind please do not be shy to tell me and we can discuss more so I can try to post an activity that was closer to what you had in mind insha'Allaah. 


This game is called, "Sadaqah! Sadaqah!

Sample game cards and number card
 
The objective of the game is for children to learn to give away things that they may usually be inclined not to give to someone else willingly due to their affection for the object or food. 


The game is easy to play insha'Allaah:

1). Explain to children that during Ramadan we compete in doing good deeds and race to give sadaqah. Explain that we do this seeking the Pleasure of Allaah Alone and His Noble Face. Tell them that they will have a chance to practice giving away things, for the sake of Allaah, that they may wish to keep. 

2). After cutting out and assembling the number cards and "Sadaqah! Sadaqah!" cards (there are 25 game cards and 10 number cards and 2 "Sadaqah! Sadaqah!" cards),shuffle the number and "Sadaqah! Sadaqah!" cards (together) and place them face down on the floor.

2). Shuffle the game cards and divide them among each player evenly, if possible. Extra cards can be set aside insha'Allaah.

3).  Players take turns taking a number card from the stack/deck. Whichever number they pick, they must give that number of their own cards away to the player to their right. They can choose which cards they wish to give away (as long as it is the amount on the card they picked) but this may mean that they end up with a lot of cards by the end of the game. They must train themselves to give away that which they like. If they pick a number that exceeds the amount of cards they have, they return the number card to the stack and the next player takes their turn.

4). If a player picks a "Sadaqah! Sadaqah!" number card that has no number on it and only a money bag on it, they can keep the card and this gives them the right to decline taking cards from any player once only. They have the option to choose another player who will receive the cards and that player must take the cards. After a player has declined once, they must place the card back into the stack/deck (at the bottom or in a random place). They must accept cards from the next player who gives them cards because they no longer have the  "Sadaqah! Sadaqah!" card in their possession. 

5). The winner is the player who gets rid of all of his/her cards first (i.e. gives the most sadaqah)

The file includes, directions for play, 25 sadaqah cards, 10 number cards, and 2 "Sadaqah! Sadaqah!" cards.


Enjoy insha'Allaah! 

**If you and your children play this game, please take pictures (without any people or animals in the picture) and perhaps we will have several guest posts from readers and their children about their experience with the game insha'Allaah** Please email me with your pictures and post insha'Allaah.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Next School Year Preparations

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Back to School Preparations before Ramadan alhamdulillaah. 
(click the pictures for better view) 

 


I even had the pleasure of making days of the week tags for sis Umm Suhailah!


"What is the Weather Today" Cut & Paste Book for students

 Ice Cream Match File Folder Game (for when children are asked about their summer break, what they ate, did, etc.)

 I saw these on a blog this weekend (in English) and thought this is a great way to teach/reinforce opposites!

What else do I have to do?

 Enjoy insha'Allaah!





Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Recommended Book: شُكْراً

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This book,  شُكْراً (Shukran: Thank you), is simply lovely for children birth to five years. 


The book publishers list the suggested age group as five years and older but the art work is delightful and drawn with such warm colours masha'Allaah and the simple, short sentences are those that children under five can easily relate to and understand insha'Allaah. Young children may find this book delightful and visually appealing....waallaahu a'lam. 

The book lists different situations when we should say thank you but this is easily changed to jazakullaahu khayr. The story ends by mentioning how the child looks out of the window and sees the sun, the river, etc, and he hears the sounds of the birds and other things and for this we say to our Lord subhana wa ta 'ala, alhamdulilaah. 

This book may or may not be part of your local library's collection (It is an Arabic book) but it can be purchased here insha'Allaah. But if you do happen to find it at your local library....check it out insha'Allaah!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Allaah Gave Me Clothes (Book 18)

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Alhamdulillaah, this is book #18, 'Allaah Gave Me Clothes', that compliments the Preschool Islamic Studies curriculum used by sis Umm Maimoonah (and recently I have learned that it is being used by many others alhamdulillaah). There are 22 mini-books in this series and this book was missing but alhamdulillaah with the posting of this book, the series is complete. Indeed, all of the praise and thanks are due to Allaah Alone who has allowed me to complete this series. I ask Allaah to accept this small, humble effort from me and to make it a source of knowledge and benefit for the youngest of our ummah. Jazakillaahu Khayr dear sis Umm Maimoonah for inviting me to take part in this wonderful endevour.


In this book children learn two more of Allaah's Beautiful Names and they are invited to explore clothing in its many shapes, sizes and colours. They have a chance to sort clothing according to the attribute of colour, they enjoy colouring activities, they listen to and indicate beginning consonant sounds of items of clothing and objects related to clothing. They also learn the dua' that we say when dressing and the dua' we say when undressing and more!


Enjoy insha'Allaah!

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