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10/2015
We're using this program right now, level 1. My daughter loves it so far.

Learn the Names and Order of the Five Daily Prayers

Are you teaching the names and order of the five daily prayers? If so, this collection of resources might just come in handy.

(Note: As the day in Islam begins at maghrib, the numbering of the prayers in these resources starts with maghrib as the first prayer of the day instead of fajr)

5 Daily Prayers Foldable

Cut out the flap booklet and time of day pictures and glue in the pictures to match the prayer name.



5 Daily Prayers  Flashcards

These can be used as flashcards, for sequencing, or for a matching activity

5 Daily Prayers File Folder/Sorting Activity

4 sorting activities in one! Kids can sequence the names of the five prayers, match the time of day picture to the correct prayer, match the number of rakaat to the prayer, and finally, show which prayers are jahri (recited aloud) or sirri (recited quietly).



5 Daily Prayer Learning Pack

This pack, in shaa Allah, can help kids learn the names of the five daily prayers as well as their sequence through a set of 7 learning activities.






Learning the Prayer Positions

These are just some notes I wrote up for activities to teach the names of the prayer positions, which I am working on now with one of my kids.



Introduction
1. Demonstrate and name each move as you make it (qiyaam, rukoo, sujood, jalsa).
2. Do each move repeatedly and randomly several times, naming each one as you make it.
3. Repeat step 2, but elicit a response from your student instead of you naming the position. (Of course provide the correct name if student incorrectly names a position).
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times throughout the day (at each prayer time is a great time). Do daily until mastered, then every other day, then weekly, then monthly.  In addition, play games and activities such as the ones listed below.

More Activities

Materials:

  • Cards with pictures of each position
  • Cards with the name of each position (English, Arabic, or both)

1. Show  picture card and have student say the name of the position
2. Show a name card and have student perform the correct position
3. Show student a name card and have him/her show you the correct position card (or have student match up these cards by himself.
4. Show student a picture card and have him/her show you the correct name card.
5. Put the position and/or name cards in order that you perform them in


Make notebooking pages to keep in a binder/notebook for review (or make this part of a salaah lapbook)
  • Notebooking page: a page which shows the position name and picture of the position together
  • Notebooking page: a page that shows the positions in correct sequence


Moon Connection.com

Moonconnection.com - nice, simple site to get quick info on the moon and it's phases.

moon phases diagram

Flying High for Red Baron Brick Oven Pizza


I love frozen pizza. I never really get why some people think it tastes like cardboard, but hey, different strokes for different folks......

I have always loved Red Baron frozen pizza so when I got invited to the Bzz Agent Red Baron Brick Oven pizza campaign, I was on cloud 9!

In my "Bzz Kit" I received 1 coupon for a FREE pizza and 2 $1off coupons:


There was just one problem.

My  family and I cannot eat pork so we could obviously only eat the cheese variety.

But I couldn't find it!

I went to several stores in my area and simply could not find it so I left a comment on the Red Baron facebook page and they responded with the suggestion to use their store locator. With the locator, you can specify the exact variety of a product (in my case the cheese variety) and it pops out a store that carries it. And, it worked! I had so much trouble finding the cheese variety because only ONE store in my area carried it.  And, unfortunately, it was not a store I usually frequent. But, I went there and the cheese variety WAS indeed there, so I was happy.  I used my free coupon, but struggled with using the $1 off coupons there because the pizza was so highly priced there.  So, we left with just the free pizza.

It did not disappoint. As I said, I already loved Red Baron Pizza and my family and I equally enjoyed the Brick Oven variety.  The cheese variety has a trio of cheeses: mozzarella, parmesan, and provolone. I can't say that it tasted over and above any other Red Baron pizza we have tried, but we did definitely like it and I recommend it if you like frozen pizza and don't think it tastes like cardboard.......


If you'd like to take a look at other great stuff I have received from Bzz Agent, stop by my BzzAgent Pinterest board:

Follow TJ HOMESCHOOLING's board WordofMouthPrograms-BzzAgent on Pinterest.

High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia announces `Eid al-Fitr 1436

Look What I Got From BzzAgent!!!

If you are not familiar with it, BzzAgent is a word of mouth program through which you can receive free products to try in exchange for your honest review.  I've written about other things I've received from BzzAgent which you can check out in my BzzAgent tag. It's been a while since I first posted about what I have received and I've gotten some more items to try since then:


Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Booster

A skin care product created to reduce fine lines and wrinkling.....

I got 5 trial size samples, plus coupons, a beauty myths booklet.


Crest ProHealth HD two step toothpaste system





Red Baron Brick Oven Pizza



We love frozen pizza and Red Baron as well. With this BzzKit, I got a coupon for a free Brick Oven Pizza and two coupons for $1 off.  I'm having a little trouble finding the plain cheese variety (the others all have meat on them (pork).



So these are the things I am working on trying out and reviewing now. If you are interested in signing up for BzzAgent and trying great stuff, go to BzzAgent.com

You can also check out my BzzAgent products at my Bzz Agent Pinterest Board:



Follow TJ HOMESCHOOLING's board WordofMouthPrograms-BzzAgent on Pinterest.







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Hijri Calendar Templates for Wall Displays

Here are a few older hijri calendar templates for wall displays. I have used these as large wall calendars by choosing  the"2 sheets by 2 sheets" setting in Adobe Reader.

The first one has the gregorian days of the week, the hijri days of the week and the transliterated hijri days of the week names.
Hijri Calendar Wall Calendar Display 1


This second one has the gregorian days of the week names and the transliterated hijri day  names.

Hijri Calendar Wall Calendar Display 2


You might also want to include Islamic calendar event cards to put on your wall display calendar. These are old and a little wonky, but I included them here for inspiration if they are a little too old school for you.


Islamic Calendar Events Cards for Calendar Display


original post date: 9/8/11

The Months of the Hijri Year - PowerPoint

Great PowerPoint donated to TJ by Umm Bashaa'er. It shows the spelling of the Arabic months and has audio of the pronunciation of each month.


The Islamic Months of the Year PowerPoint





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Islamic and Gregorian Month Names in Arabic

Here's a reference chart I made up some years ago that shows the Arabic equivalents of the gregorian month names. It also includes the Islamic (hijri) month names.

If you are unfamiliar with the hijri (Islamic calendar), please note that the Islamic months do not coordinate with those of the gregorian calendar (i.e. the first month of the gregorian calendar (January) does not line up with Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.)

Islamic and Gregorian Month Names in Arabic



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Islamic Months Calendar Banners


Individual Islamic month banners. Great for a Hijri Calendar Bulletin board!

Islamic Months Calendar Banners

original post date: 9/8/11

Kids' Arabic Calendar Reference Chart

Great reference tool for younger students. Keep in their Islamic Studies notebook.


Hijri Calendar Quick Reference Chart for Kids



original post date: 10/18/12

Hijri Calendar Basics - Reference Chart Set

Help your students learn and review the basics of the hijri calendar with this 3 chart reference set! Great addition for your Islamic Studies notebook.
Hijri Calendar Reference Chart Set


original post date: 11/25/12

Do Your Children Know Who To Take Their Islamic Knowledge From?



When it comes to studying our deen, I am my children's sole resource for Islamic knowledge.

I bring the knowledge to them.

I bring ahadith,

I bring scholarly articles.

But there will come a day, in shaa Allah, when they will be out on their own and they will need to seek knowledge for themselves.

Learn knowledge, for indeed learning it for the sake of Allaah is awe (of Him), seeking it is worship, studying it is glorification (of Allaah), researching it is Jihaad, teaching it to those unaware of it is charity, and giving it out to one’s family builds ties. It is a friend in privacy, a companion in solitude, a guide in times of ease, an aide in times of difficulty, a counselor to the friends (of Allaah), a close-relative to the strangers, and a lighthouse for the path to Paradise. (Muaadh, one of the Companions, Salaf us Saalih.com)

And they will need to know where to get that knowledge from.

And today, there is a wealth of Islamic knowledge in books and on the internet.

But as we know, not all of that knowledge is reliable. Not all of it comes from reliable sources.

So, I don't have to tell you, that as parents, it is our responsibility to make sure our children know firstly that we take our deen from the Quraan and Sunnah and after that, we must seek out reliable sources such as the ulema kabeer (major scholars) and students of knowledge.

Today, I was discussing the menses and fasting with my daughters and I always tell them where this information and that information comes from. But I know, that if I left them on their own, they wouldn't know where to get this knowledge. Sure, they can surf the web, but what would they come up with?   So, I made up a sheet for them to place in their Islamic Studies notebooks where they could list scholars, students of knowledge and authentic websites to take from.  I thought others may find it helpful as well, in shaa Allah, so I thought I would share it.

Where Do We Take Our Knowledge From?


In addition to the sheet where they can quickly look up names, I am hoping to start a section of their Islamic Studies notebooks for scholars and students of knowledge and to begin studying their biographies so they know more than just their names, in shaa Allah.


Also check out my Scholars section for links to scholar biographies

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