Aaaaaand we’re back…

Assalaamu alaikum blogland…I have not written in a while , please forgive me.

I hope to continue documenting our homeschool journey, insha Allah along with my daughters Imaan, Zahra and Sakeena.

 

The Bread Post

Assalaamu alaikum 🙂

Bismillah

OK… sisters who are dieting, going low carb or just don’t like crusty home baked bread look away 🙂

The rest of you bread lovers this is a bread you have to…  have to make! Here’s why:

  • It is quick.
  • It is easy.
  • It is tasty.
  • It is crrrusty.
  • It’s more nutritious than shop bought bread.
  • It looks gorgeous!
  • Your kids will think you are amazing.
  • Your husband will think you are amazing.
  • You will therefore earn Rewards in Dunya and Aakhira (insha Allah)
It is not my recipe I found it here.
It is a great blog and there are step by step pics of what the dough should look like at each step. Here is what they have to say about it:

What if I told you that instead of buying bakery bread for four or five dollars a loaf, you could make delicious handmade bread whenever you wanted, at a fraction of the cost and it is so easy a kid could do it?  Well, read on because this method of making artisan bread at home will change your life.

You can make incredible bread without having to do all the usual time consuming tasks of breadmaking:

  • no need to make a new batch of dough every time you want bread
  • no need to proof yeast
  • no need to make starters or prefermented dough
  • no kneading! 

In the last few years, several methods for making easy no-knead bread doughs have crept up on the internet and gained popularity.  Among the most popular have been Jim Leahy’s No-Knead Bread and Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois’ Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  These breads drastically cut down the amount of time and work that it was always assumed had to go into artisan bread making.  Even the Zen Master of bread making, Peter Reinhart, has jumped onto the bandwagon, admitting that these no knead methods have made him rethink everything he knew about breadmaking:

“The results have forced me to reconsider all of the premises I once held sacrosanct”.

Have I convinced you to make it yet?

OK… now I need to warn you:

This bread will make you fat. LOL!

So go over to the italian dish blog and you can also make yummy bread like this (Insha Allah!):

Praying Mantis Lapbook

Assalaamu alaikum!

We had one of those amazing learning moments recently, alhamdulillah. Imaan and Zahra were playing in the back yard with some friends when they came across a praying mantis! They came running  inside  shouting for me to come and see. So out I went to see what they were so excited about, they were so amazed to have found a creature which camouflages itself so well. We discussed that for a bit then I reminded them to leave it alone as we don’t want to harm it. A bit later they came shouting for me to come see their amazing find. I went out to find them hopping about in excitement pointing at a spot on the wall. The praying mantis was laying eggs.

Imaan: “What is it doing Mommy?”

Umm Imaan: “Its laying eggs…”

Nusayba: “What is the white stuff?”

Umm Imaan: “Hmmm….”

Rabia: ” When will it hatch?”

Umm Imaan: “Ummm….”

I realised that I knew next to nothing about Praying mantes… I fended off most of their questions and ran inside to fetch my phone to take some pics. Here’s the Praying mantis laying its eggs.

 

  That evening I researched Praying mantis and downloaded a few pics and videos. Prepared a quick lapbook and felt a bit better about not being able to answer their questions! Here is a pic of the “white stuff”

According to wikipaedia:

 The female then lays between 10 and 400 eggs, depending on the species. Eggs are typically deposited in a frothy mass that is produced by glands in the abdomen. This froth then hardens, creating a protective capsule. The protective capsule and the egg mass is called an ootheca. Depending on the species, the ootheca can be attached to a flat surface, wrapped around a plant or even deposited in the ground.

As for when it will hatch…according to my research the female lays the eggs in autumn and the case (ootheca) protects it from the elements and predators and it will hatch in Spring insha Allah…so the girls will have to wait.

Over a few weeks we learnt lots about this fascinating creature. Here are some pictures I found from the blog:  Mrs Warner’s 4th Grade Classroom, she has some wonderful printable resources which she has made available on her blog.


Here are some pics of the different types of Praying mantises we found. I showed these to highlight the fact that there are different coloured Praying matises as they live in different environments.

According to wiwkijunior:

” A mantis will often roost in something close to its own body color. Most mantes are green or brown and they perch in grasses, bushes and trees. However, some other species are brightly colored and depend on flowers for camouflage.”

Here are some amazing examples:

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Homeschool share has some nice printables to create a lapbook or project

Here are some links to clips:

mini clip  from Animal Planet. (with music)

Amazing  you tube clip of the life cycle of the praying mantis.

Here is another life cycle clip.

Here are some links where you can find more info on Praying mantises: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/praying-mantid/ http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/praying-mantis/ http://www.exploringnature.org/db/detail.php?dbID=43&detID=887 http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/mantids/Prayingmantidprintout.shtml

I will post pics of our completed lapbook once we are done insha Allah.

I hope you will find benefit insha Allah.

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 🙂

Learning about Muharram

Assalaamu alaikum sisters 🙂

Here’s a peep into what we have been up to for Muharram. Masha Allah the unit study that dear sister Umm Ibraheem over at Talibideen Jr. created for Muharram was perfect. Some parts were for a higher level and we just read and discussed but Imaan completed most of it masha Allah.

I was busy facilitating most of the time and I didn’t really want to interrupt the flow too much so there isn’t pics of everything. Here are a few pics I managed to take.

Muharram

Assalaamu alaikum Akhwaat 🙂

I thought I would point you to a lovely resource that the wonderful Umm Ibraheem over at Talibideen Jr. created for the blessed month of Muharram.

Here it is:

The Month of Muharram

Masha Allah it is a great Learning Unit and Lapbook Starter kit.I hope to use it in the next few days insha Allah.

May Allah reward her in dunya and aakhira and grant her Jannah, Ameen.

Fee Amaanullah

Umm Imaan

 

Eid Mubarak


Fun with craft sticks

Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu

I wanted to share a cute activity using craft sticks. I saw it online (Searched for it but can’t find it now.) and it was pretty easy to do once I got my stash of craft sticks. There are so many ideas with crafts sticks 🙂 I have a few in the pipeline 🙂

You will need:

Steps:

  • Pick number card
  • Choose that number of craft sticks
  • Create a design/pattern
  • Choose same colour pencils as the craft sticks
  • Draw the design/pattern on a piece of paper

Imaan wrote the number after she completed drawing the design.

The girls both enjoyed it, I helped Zahra(3) choose lower numbers as reproducing the design was harder the larger the number.

All in all great activity to have on the shelves. I love finding things that they can do together 🙂

I hope you find benefit in it too insha Allah.

Have you seen Pinterest?

Assalaamu alaikum sisters

I wanted to share this really great resource for finding resources:

I use it to search for ideas, save ideas and post ideas. By typing your search term into the Pinterest search you get taken to a page chock full of other peoples pictures (which they have pinned) relating to that topic!

OK reading that makes me wonder if I should just use Pinterest’s description of what they do:

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.

Our Mission

Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.

I have added a link to my side bar and if you click it it will take you to my pinboards which you can follow to see things which I have found, loved and re pinned.

Just this afternoon I was looking for ideas to use with my stash of popsicle sticks, I had some ideas but wanted to see what math related posts was out there. I found some great ideas alhamdulillah. I have searched for:

Kindergarden math

Word family games

Phonetic blends activities etc!

It really is very helpful when thinking up creative way to make teaching fun.

May you have a beneficial “pinning” experience insha Allah 🙂

Literacy jewels

I have been wanting to share some of the literacy jewels I have found online!

OK! I sooo love the idea behind Read! Build! Write! I love how it encourages you to use all three mediums, I love how you print out the sheet and laminate it, or put it in page protector or you can even cover with contact paper for longevity…all appeals to me 🙂

The frugal…tight budgeted…me 🙂

I like to combine it with these home made magnetic letter tiles from http://www.mamajenn.com. Its sooo simple! She even provides the printable, it doesn’t get any simpler…..erm unless of course you just buy magnetic letter tiles…yes…but that would not be frugal! I had an idea to recycle an old scrabble set to make the magnetic letter tiles if you have one that is lying around.

So you would print out and laminate the page, vocabulary cards and the tiles and use it on a cookie sheet or something similar. Because it is magnetic the tiles won’t slide all over the place.

Laminating is a great idea if you have other kids you need to teach as well because lets face it, resources like printer ink and card stock are expensive and by just adding this extra step you can reuse the material again and again insha Allah.

I can get lost in some sites they are filled to the brim with wonderful resources!

Sparkle Box

Homeschool Creations **

1plus1plus1equals1 **

Mama Jen **

To name just a few!

(**Please note my disclaimer regarding this type of site.)