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October 24, 2011

Noor Kids: A Lot Of Light In Our Homeschool

Alhamdulilah we used Noor Kids today for our homeschool lessons!

Started by two brothers Amin and Mohammed Aaser, it was made to inspire children to become leaders in their community and show others that Islam is a peaceful and compassionate religion alhamdulilah. Noor Kids is doing an excellent job in shedding light for little Muslims around the world. I am happy to say the Noor has entered our home.

 

Our children were very excited to read Noor Kids and discuss with us all the cool characters. My oldest son fell in love with the lovable Asad, the curious, smart, and kind lion. My second oldest son loves Amin, an athletic, witty and playful panda. Would I be bias if I said that I related to Amira, not only because we have the same name but she is creative, bubbly, and caring..like me 😀 mashaAllah!!

I found Noor Kids to be a very good tool in our homeschooling, from the coloring exercises, to the decoder message, your children with enjoy every page!

 

The educational benefit to me was the very important part! It’s educational, fun, and something we can enjoy over and over again.

Our two yr old enjoyed coloring the pictures and our four year old used the decoder section to practice his writing and reading.

We appreciate the increase in Islamic literature for children, it is important for children to be able to identify with what they are reading.

In our home it is important that the children grow up with good Islamic literature so they can learn more about helping others, Islam, and doing the right thing. Something that you will find in Noor Kids

 

 

 

My best hours growing up was indulged in a book and reading until it was time to turn the light out and go to sleep.

As a homeschooling mom of four children, it is important to pass on that love of reading to my own children. So they can experience the joys of reading and the benefits of it. We all know that we are living in a society of technological advancements and video games,  and there is less time being spent reading.

In our goal to raise children who love to read we are asking parents to join us for 5 a day, reading 5 books daily with our children, to our children, or having them read a loud to us. For us we will turn the book into lessons and hands on fun.

Today one of reading materials came from Noor Kids and you can find more about them:

official website:  http://www.noorkids.com/home/ and twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/NoorKids

 

 

 

Like them on facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/NoorKids

June 22, 2011

Ready Set Go! Racing Cars

My friend Saba on twitter came up with this idea of having the boys race their cars in the dirt for another dirt based activity.

My husband said we should build a ramp and pack it with mud. The boys loved that part of pouring water on the soil and then packing it on the cardboard that we made into a ramp

All you need for this really is soil. cars, card board box, plastic to cover the floor and a great imagination.

We went to the beach yesterday and the boys had so much in the sand, I believe almost two years ago they were so scared to touch the sand and wanted to stay in the stroller. This year they loved the sand and throwing it all over the place.  I say this because my husband felt as though our last two dirt based activities help them prepare for the wet sand.

 I think it did as well, in our last post about being paleontologist, I mentioned the boys were a bit timid putting their hands in the dirt and really getting messy but after hours of it, they loved it and asked every day since then can they play in the dirt lol. Before we went to the beach we did this idea and it was also a big hit, we even turned the soil into a volcano after racing cars together for almost 3 hours.

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June 20, 2011

Cooking Challenge- Banana Muffins

It had been awhile since I and my little princess had any kitchen cooking fun. I had these ripen out bananas in my kitchen and there was no way anyone going to take and and eat, as its skin was getting the black spots on here and there. And recently I had bought new muffin tray and wanted to try it out too, so with bananas, new muffin tray and Habeebee Homeschooling, cooking theme, cake, banana muffins was a perfect idea for a cooking fun.
I prepared all the ingredients for my little princess, and layed them on my counter top so it would be easy for her to add and mix them together.


Here were the ingredients we used for our banana muffins:
2 ripen out bananans
1 1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup oil or melted butter ( I used oil, as I forgot to keep the butter outside the fridge)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
and a pinch of cinnamon (I love its taste and smell) ^__^.

My little princess peeled the bananas into the mashing cup, but didn’t want mash it with the hand blender as she hates its sound!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In goes all the dried ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Had fun making well inside them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As my little princess didn’t know how to break an egg, I had fun watching her attempts to break the egg, you can see in the picture, she’s trying to break it off with her 2 hands ( but I was afraid it might break off and scatter all around )but finally I showed it to her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then added the oil and the mashed bananas.

 

 

Mixed the batter altogether, I helped her in here as to have a homogeneous batter.

 

 

Bushed muffin tray with oil.

Poured them into the muffin tray, half cup in each. And off we kept into pre heated oven of 180 degrees for 30 mins almost.

 

 

The banana muffins really turned very delicious and soft,my little princess didn’t like the taste, but was very happy to tell everyone that she had made muffins all by herself.الحمد لله & ما شاء اللّه.

 

(Editors Note: Looks yummy and awesome mashaAllah. We had to laugh at the not liking the sound of the banana squishing, our children would have loved that, mashaAllah so adorable. Thanks for another lovely entry you ladies are doing excellent work with your children!) 

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June 20, 2011

Cooking Challenge- Couscous Colorful Rolls

 This is our 3rd entry from http://ilearnireadiwrite.blogspot.com/ 🙂

What is Couscous? Couscous ( /ˈkʊskʊs/ or /ˈkuːskuːs/) is a North African dish of semolina, traditionally served with a meat or vegetable stew spooned over it. Couscous is a staple food throughout West Africa, the Sahel, France, Spain, the Canary Islands, Portugal, Madeira, Brazil, Italy (particularly in western Sicily’s province of Trapani), as well as in Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, the Middle East and India. The couscous that is sold in most supermarkets has been pre-steamed and dried, the package directions usually instruct to add 1.5 measures of boiling water or stock and butter to each measure of couscous and to cover tightly for 5 minutes. (From Wikipedia)

In our post today, we are not having another cooking activity or a recipe sharing but a craft :). This is our 3rd entry for the Habeebe Homeschooling “cooking” theme week. Although it’s not cooking but I guess cooking, kitchen, food anything related to these words can be go under one belt, Don’t you think?.

I had lots of empty foil and cling film rolls lying in our recycle corner, and wanted to make a nice craft out of them. So this is what we did. Cut out the empty rolls into equal sizes.

Apply the glue all over the tube, we diluted the glue with one part water and one part white glue so it could be easily applied onto the tube.

Roll the tube on a tray where the couscous is layed.

 

Here are all the rolls after being stick with the couscous all over it. And left them for awhile until the glue and the couscous is firmly stick onto it.

 

Finally, here are our rolls beautifully painted and glazing. We will be using as color organizers for my little princess different art materials, pencils, crayons, etc.

 

(Editors Note: We are always amazed by your work Safiya with your daughter. This one left us pretty speechless. MashaAllah beautiful end product and thanks for sharing the history of the word couscous, we really enjoy the dish here in our home, but you took it to a whole new level. Excellent work – Habeebee Homeschooling)

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June 19, 2011

Cooking Challenge- Fruit Kabobs!

Yummy yummy!  This fruity treat was a hit with our boys. It was fun and easy. One of the best ways to get children to eat is allowing them to take part in the process of making the food

This recipe is good for the summer time, a nice healthy snack, and  oh so tasty. This awesome idea came from My Halal Kitchen: http://www.myhalalkitchen.com/2010/06/26/fruit-kebobs/

IWe were exploring the website and saw this idea. Wanted to try it for awhile and when we decided to do the cooking challenge this was the first idea that came to mind.

All you need for this recipe are skewers and fruits of your choice.

For us we used blueberries, bananas, strawberries, peaches and kiwi.

The boys put their own fruit on and ate it off.  It was nice to see them make their own design.

 

Thanks to My Halal Kitchen for such an awesome idea. Hours later the children are asking can they do it again. Wonder if we can get away with this using veggies? 😉

Its not quite heavenly fruit but its the best we could do 😉

We must admit this is our favorite of the Habeebee Homeschooling Children’s Crafts Challenge, the cooking theme.  We had so much fun and will continue outside of the challenge doing more cooking ideas. What we love about these challenges are that they promote family bonding, fun, and closeness.  Its all about making the best memories, even at the dinner table.

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