Archives for January 2012

Our first foray into geography

Assalaamu alaikum

We have been totally taken with our geography studies alhamdulillah with a little prompting and a few selected resources Imaan has fallen in love with a new subject. Zahra has read her first 6 letter word after scouring our new map for ages she spelled out Alaska with the happiest smile masha Allah.

There are so many great resources and while we are just reading about different things and exploring the continents and the names of different countries I am plotting and planning a nice curriculum for next term insha Allah.

Here is a list of the resources I will be using, a few sites which are currently inspiring me and the materials I have made and/or plan on making insha Allah.

  • “Where I live”

We will be reading the book “Me On the Map” this will tie in with the “All about me” lapbook we will be doing insha Allah.

If you are in South Africa you can get it here:

And elsewhere you can get it here:

I found this worksheet from enchanted learning

This video illustrates “me on the map”

This is something I found on pinterest and simply love. Here is another version.  So in preparation I have cut and prepared all the elements so it is ready when we need it.

  • Continent and oceans study

I love the felt map idea I found on United Montessori and may make it using craft foam as in this post I will post pics once we have completed the work insha Allah.

If you use the Montessori method here are some links to free 3 part cards ETC press has some very beautiful nomenclature cards for free download. I have printed and “laminated” my set and it is ready to go on the shelves. I also prepared some continent print outs that they can use with pinning.  This post outlines how to use this activity with your geography work. Here is an excerpt to explain:

The felt pad is placed flat on the table.  The traced continent is placed on top of the felt.Then they use the puncher tool to punch holes along the outline of the continent.  This perforates the continent so it can then be “punched” out of the paper surrounding it and ultimately glued onto their map.

I simply love the continent bags by Counting Coconuts.

The Little List is a useful site which will direct you very accurately to what free resource you are looking for 🙂

This is another nice resource for continents study.

A cute continent memory game on the National Geographic website click  here and you will go straight there 🙂 *note there is a sound which sounds almost like piano as you click, the game can be played with the sound off it is just a bit more difficult.

  • Maps and mapping

I have such a nice mapping unit study which I downloaded from Scholastics when they were having a special sale so we will be using that aswell as the Intellego Unit Studies on mapping.

Wonderful interactive map also by on National Geographic’s website

World atlas lists pertinent data for the different aspects of the world.

Using the mapmaker tool you can download and print a map of any country you choose.

  • Children of the World

A sister over at Noor Janan Homeschool has written a blog post about her children of the world stamp cards which she has made available as a free download masha Allah.

  • Animals of the World

Confessions of a Homeschooler has free downloads for Animals of the World.

  • Free online geography curricula

National geographic have free down loadable lesson plans for K-2

  • Art

Umm raiyaan has shared some nice activities relating to geography studies. I like this art project.

There are numerous activities on My Montessori Journey, I really like the Paint the earth activity and the continent work.

So that is just a peep into what I have been looking into for our geography studies insha Allah. I hope this prep work will help you in your geography work 🙂 insha Allah

So what do you do with your littlest tot?

Assalaamu alaikum 🙂

Our littlest tot : Sakeenah didn’t have as great a presence when we were schooling before the holidays, she took two long naps in the day so I had ample time to do what needs doing. Now however she is everywhere!

What do I do?

The schoolroom is the place to be as far as she is concerned. If I leave her anywhere to crawl freely that is the first place she will crawl to! It has lots of math manipulative, craft supplies and it is all accessible to the older girls. Now I am either going to have to change the whole lay out of the room or keep her out.

I love that everything is there for the girls to see and choose from, but I don’t like keeping Sakeenah confined to a stroller or the passage as I had been doing previously.

She seems pretty contented in the space I have here but this plan wont last much longer as she is starting to climb over the barricade!

Then what?

Do you have any ideas?

What do you do with your littlest tot?

OK not quite so seamless!

Assalaamu alaikum

Bear with me while I play around and do some redecorating…the process is turning out to involve more work than I was planning on doing! I just noticed that my pics are missing from all my posts so I will have to put them back in! ugh! Sorry if things are going to look a bit topsy turvey for a while 🙂

We have a plan!

Assalaamu alaikum


It feels almost impossible to document our plan for the year term insha Allah as our resources comes from so many places. This is just a rough idea of what we are covering. When it is going to be done will depend on the girls’ interests at the time.We may go deeper into some topics than planned so I am not putting a time frame on this plan.

Circle time: This needs its own post to outline what we will be doing insha Allah. I may be a bit over ambitious with regards to all I would like to include so I will tweek it until it suits us insha Allah.

As it stands I would like to include:

  • Greeting
  • Reciting morning athkar
  • Quraan
  • Duah of the week
  • Name of Allah of the week (Discuss/revise)
  • Question of the day
  • Hadith of the day
  • Writing in calendar file

We will do another circle time after lunch and Thuhr Salaah to regroup before the afternoon slot insha Allah.

Islamic Studies:

We will be using this Islamic studies framework as it is clear and concise masha Allah. Umm An Nu’man over at A Muslim child is born wrote about it here.

  • Tauheed
  • Aqeeda
  • Quraan
  • Seera
  • Akhlaq
  • 5 pillars
  • Wudhu
  • Salaah

I will write a more in-depth post about  each of these as there are so many other links to great works that other sisters made available through their blogs but for now here are some resources I found:




I have been holding out and waiting to find an Arabic teacher for the girls but in the meanwhile I better just try my best with them insha Allah. We will be using these resources and other craft and worksheet based activities

We will use these for Arabic Writing

Lives of Prophets:

We have read all the Prophet’s stories but now we will do further studies to develop their comprehension insha Allah. I have prepared units on three Anbiyaa and insha Allah I will make some more as we go along insha Allah.


Zahra: MEP Reception year

Montessori numeracy activities

Imaan: MEP Year 1 (to go over some basics)

Singapore math 1A

Worksheets, games, hands on activities for practice:

  • Addition and subtraction (practice number bonds)
  • Place value
  • Measurement
  • Graphing
  • Estimation
  • Time
  • Money


Zahra: Montessori method, we are currently using the moveable alphabet and doing work with the Pink Series masha Allah. Using handwriting worksheets and A LOT of prereading activities I have found online.

Imaan: Montessori Blue and Green level along with loads of hands on materials I have made to facilitate fluency insha Allah. I forgot to add that we are using the  Progessive Phonics program (free printable phonics program available online) I will post how we are using it when I get a chance insha Allah.

Grammar: First Language Lessons and Scholastics Grammar, along with the sight word activities and many many other resources I will share as we go along insha Allah.


She loves reading so I am searching high and low for good reading material for her. I don’t understand why fantasy and witchcraft have to be so prevalent in the children’s reading material! I ended up printing off a few readers for her to use alhamdulillah. According to the this guideline with regards to their Primary English Curriculum Framework Imaan is doing quite well but I don’t want to move through to stage two as I want to encourage fluency as I believe it is more important to have solid foundations than to rush to reach higher levels. She can enjoy having mastered this level a bit longer and if I feel she needs more stimulation we can move on insha Allah.


I have a post in the works which has more details. Here it is

Nature Studies

We will be using UmmTafari’s 6 week Nature Studies Unit which she has provided on her blog (River City Homeschoolers). I love it because she has made it so hands on and brings in Quraan Ayaat as well!! 🙂 May Allah reward her.

We will also be doing lapbooks on a few topics which tie in with her Nature Studies Unit.

  • Birds
  • Plants
  • Clouds
  • Water Cycle


I have prepared unit studies on:

  • Phases of matter
  • The five senses
  • The body
  • Reuse, reduce and recycle

OK so that a verrry rough idea of what we will be doing I hope to post details of each of the subjects to share my links and resources with you all insha Allah.

Please make duah that Allah grant us success in Dunya and Aakhira and that we please Him in our efforts . We make duah that Allah correct us and keep us on the Siraat Al Mustaqeem and never leave us for even a second. This is hard work but if Allah wills      the rewards is surely greater!