Archive for ‘Reading’

March 31, 2012

Journal Writing and Letter Writing In Homeschool

It has been awhile since I have updated the blog!

MashaAllah there is so much going on, but there are many updates to share.

My four year old son has been writing a lot, for awhile now. He just recently began showing interest in writing letters and putting them in an envelope. ย Well he had no one to mail them to! I decided that this would be a good time for him to get a penpal. Not only are we at a time where is emailing and texting, but when was the last time you wrote a letter, and bought a stamp? I want my children to experience the joys of letter writing, as I intend on scrap booking it, so he can see it as he grows up and it also helps me to see how much his writing has improved!

Also we started a few months back the Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons Book. Sent to us by my dear friend at Homeschooling Muslimah Mommies. While my son has been reading since two alhamdulilah..I actually use the book to reinforce and make his reading stronger mashaAllah..the book is to help children read at a second grade level upon completion. We love the book, we are flying through it and I like that at the end it has SOUND writing, so it just adds extra practice to his writing. He even has his own journal, which I date every time we use it and what lesson we stopped on.

A few tips and advice from our family. To get the children excited about writing, we let them pick their own pencils, books, crayons etc they hcan have their own person writing station

We also bought several books, a few of them to doodle in, practice writing, and have fun with and a few on the side only used for homeschool purposes. This does not confuse our children, it actually helps them practice. Our oldest son took his journal on the train and would write in it until we got to our stop.

I am very certain he will enjoy his new penpal adventure. We will be starting our first letter today inshaAllah and it will be good to practic his writing, spelling, and appreciate the joys of getting mail. I LOVE to get mail mashaAllah!

What are you doing to encourage your child’s writing? ๐Ÿ™‚


I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.–Anne Rice

December 1, 2011

DIY- Double Sided Personal Puzzles


We had fun today making our own personal puzzles. We each drew and colored a picture, glued it to the back of the cereal box and then cut them out and put them back together.


After we finished playing with them we put them in ziploc bags to save for next time.

The children liked picking the picture and coloring it, we also showed them that when they flipped it over the cereal box in the back also becomes a new puzzle, so two puzzles in one ๐Ÿ™‚ pretty neat right?

For literacy fun we added vocabulary words for reading practice (rocket, R, and cat)

We plan on making a few more inshaAllah as the more personal the games and ideas are the more the children enjoy it, the more they talk about it, and the more they love to work with it.


November 10, 2011

Word Family Web

Today we did some work on word families, we have been doing a lot of review this week with the kiddos

We have been envisioning a web on the wall and turning the spider web into a word web.


It was fun making this with the children. We decided we would change the word family each week depending on how soon the children catch on.



There are insects etc trapped in the web ๐Ÿ™‚ each with a word that belongs to the family of the spider..this week is “an”.






The spider is heading towards the insects to eat them so he can get his words!

September 15, 2011

Peek-a-boo Word Families!

To continue with the lesson on word families, I came up with open the flap kind of game. We used index cards, wrote several word families and words too that go with the family. We covered the first letter with construction paper.

We named a color and then they would lift the flap of the color and read the word. Also along with reading the word we named what family it belonged too.


After we used the cards we put them on the back of cardboard and we will hang it up on the wall.


We will use it for morning drills! It was simple and fun, the children always loved those kind of books, where you had to discover what was behind the flaps. We knew this one would be a hit.

They were even gentle with it and curious as we made it, about what was behind the colored squares.

September 15, 2011

Orange Word Family Trees

This is a great idea, that my friend Jamilah came up with for her class. Making a tree and putting the name of the word family on the trunk ( in her case she made apples, we made oranges) Then we made different words fitting each family and had the boys place the word on the right word family tree. We mixed up the words too as Jamilah recommended.

This is a great literacy game that we had to try as soon as we saw it.

The boys loved the idea of putting oranges on their orange tree.

I think this is a good way to teach and remember word families.

We made sentences using the words, practice spelling them and placed on the tree, showing why which word went to a specific family because of the last two words

We did the following word families:




And now that we got that concept a bit better we move on to other ones such as ake! Cake Bake Make