My First Period/Period Kit

(From 2012--formerly at Raising Muslim Daughters)

One of my daughters passed this milestone earlier this year (quite later than expected) and so when we were out buying pads I was looking down the aisle at all sorts of things that would make this experience more comfortable for her.

I thought I would compile a list of things that I had gotten (or wished I had gotten or provided) for that first time, as well as to keep on  hand for good feminine hygiene.

  • Menstrual calendar (if your daughter has a smartphone, there are also some good apps out there for tracking periods)
  • Fabric Bag for storing period supplies ( a nice color/design that fits your daughter)
  • Period travel/emergency mini bag (small bag that can fit in the purse to hold pads, etc)
  • Pads (heavy duty and regular)
  • Pantyliners
  • Flushable wipes
  • Teen vitamins
  • Extra set of underwear to wear during period
  • Disposable bags for pads
  • Heating pad for cramps
  • Menstrual medicine for cramps, bloating
  • Hand wipes
  • Period answer book (purchase or make your own; for Muslim girls, can include Islamic books/ahadith on the topic as well as general hygiene information )
A good idea would be to have a kit already prepared before the start of the first period and to always keep these supplies on hand afterward.

Alhamdulillah, I have talked to my older daughters to various extents about getting their periods, so I hope that it will not be traumatic for them.  I hope to be prepared beforehand, (as I wasn't this time).

Are there any items you would add to a period/first period kit?


To help teach your daughter about her period as regards to ibaadah, an excellent book is Natural Blood of Women, by Shaykh Muhammad bin Salih Al-Utheimeen.

Solving Linear Systems of Equations by SUBSTITUTION Noteable & Foldables

Solving Linear Systems of Equations by SUBSTITUTION Noteable (TJ)
Includes step by step instructions, and 3 sample problems to be worked by the student (answers are for one solution,  no solutions, and infinitely many). Also reviews classification of systems to help student tie in with what may have previously been learned on classifying linear systems.

Solve Systems by Substitution Foldable
A foldable found at the Simplifying Radicals blog.  This booklet requires no staples or glue and there are booklets for solving by graphing and by elimination.

Blog post with pictures of the booklets.

Classifications of Systems of Linear Equations - Foldables and Noteables


Classifications of Systems of Linear Equations Foldable 

Graphs and diagrams that can be used in foldables/noteables:
 Classification of Systems of Linear Equations

My noteables for this topic:
(I love the idea of foldables, but my kids are more straight forward and seem to prefer more structured notes and guided notes that we cut out and paste into their notebooks/binders. I think they like having the information right there without having to lift flaps, etc.

  • Reviews concepts of systems of equations and includes chart of classification of linear systems of equations.

Sample Sequence for Teaching Salaat

Muslim children pray at a mosque

A sister had asked about a sequence for teaching the salaat. At one time, I made what I thought was a pretty good outline on one of the older TJ sites, but can't find it, so I brainstormed again. I have a 7 year old who I am gearing up to teach, so this was helpful for me to get this together too.

This is just a sample of what I thought was a good order to teach. It also depends on the child you are teaching; you can get into more detail with some and for others, not as much or you may want to skip some topics for now.

Sample Sequence for Teaching Salaat

  • Why We Pray and Benefits of Prayer
  • The Names of the 5 Daily Prayers (also teach their approximate timings: pre-dawn, noonish, late afternoon, sunset, evening)
  • Before We Pray

o   Making Wudhu (merits of making wudhu, how to, introduce duaas after or just the fact that we say them; maybe not get into memorization for younger learners)
o   Things that Break Wudhu
o   Making sure our clothes are clean and suitable for prayer; go over what is appropriate to wear, what should be covered
o   Intention (not something we pronounce)

  • Facing the Kabah/The Qiblah (what is a qiblah; what is the qiblah of the Muslims, where is the Kabah)
  • The Sutrah (what it is, things that can be used for, why we need one)
  • Prayer Positions (qiyaam, rukoo, sujood, jalsa) – how to make each one correctly; learn what a rakah is; (could also teach how many rakah are in each salat or just mention it and memorize the number of rakah when each specific prayer is learned)

·         Parts of the Prayer in Detail
o   Opening the Prayer (takbeer: where to look, how hands should be, how to say)
o   Opening duaa (for younger children may want to explain that we say one but decide if now is the time or not to teach one)
o   The Istiadhah
o   Reciting Fatihah (go over that it must be recited in every rakah of every prayer, that is should be recited slowly
o   Rukoo (how to make, what to say; for younger children may just want to teach the movements at this time); straightening up from rukoo
o   Sujood (how to make, what to say; for younger children may just want to teach the movements at this time)
o   Sitting in between sujood (what to say, how to sit)
o   Tashahhud (for younger children, may just want to teach the positioning of the hands and the sitting and explain there is thikr that we say here that we will learn later, in shaa Allah)
o   Tasleem (how to end the prayer)
o   Prostration of Forgetfulness
o   Thikr after prayer (how to make)
  • ·         Praying Fajr
  • ·         Praying Dhuhr and Asr
  • ·         Praying Maghrib
  • ·         Praying Ishaa

For later lessons/older children, add in:
·        -sending salaat upon….. and
·         -seeking refuge from 4 things and
·         -mistakes made in prayer;
·         -having khushoo.
·        - making ghusl
·        - things that break the salah
·         -the proofs for various things done in prayer

Other Teaching Tips

  • All the while, have the kids pray with you or siblings daily to practice the movements and get in tune with hearing what is recited. 
  •  Can use prayer charts to track prayers made as well as parts learned (milestones)
  • Make file folder games or lapbooks/scrapbooks/notebooks to accompany your study (they serve as good review resources); make flashcards (pictured or with terms); make sequencing activities or matching activities

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