How to keep up with housekeeping while homeschooling. 

Homeschooling 3 children with a baby and housekeeping is very challenging but not impossible! In our first year of homeschooling, we would complete our school work but the house would be a mess and I kept finding myself awake till late hours into the night trying to complete my chores. I would wonder how can I homeschool my child and do housekeeping without taking away hours from my sleep? Well, it takes planning, patience and technique to manage your time as a busy mum and homeschooler. Here are a few tips and techniques that have worked for me.

Make a schedule

To be able to complete your household chores while homeschooling you need to have a homeschooling and housekeeping schedule. This schedule should tell you approximately what time your homeschool will start, when it will finish and when you have spare time. For example, during your child’s copy-work or writing work you do not have to be present, they should be able to sit down and complete their work, during this time you can squeeze in a chore. Let your child know the schedule you have created and the different subjects you have set for the specific time of day. Set a time in the day for quite play, this will give you some time to finish a chore.

Distribute the chores

Once you have decided the best timings, look at all the chores you need to complete and distribute them throughout the week.

Get your children involved

Now, depending on the age of your children, you can get your children involved to help you with the chores. Let your child know how important it is to keep the home clean. Also let them know that mommy needs their help, she can’t do it all by herself! My 5-year-old daughter helps to set and clear the table at meal times, she helps to clean her room, make her bed, help fold the laundry, put away toys when done playing, dusting, vacuuming, take out the recycling, and even help with prepping meals. Your child might not be as small as you think and they might not get the chore done perfectly but it is a learning process and it takes practice to master it.

Combine the two: homeschooling – housekeeping

Getting your child to help with chores is a great way of implying what the child has learnt, for example, ask your child “how many plates do we need at the table” or “I need four apples for the pie, could you count me four apples”. By doing this they are practicing their numbers, counting and learning about the different objects.

Don’t forget the rewards

Create a chore chart and reward your child for helping, this way they will be encouraged to help out more and do not forget to reward yourself too.

Learning does not only happen from books and worksheets, be creative and fun and enjoy the early years with your child.

Salam,

NurturingEmaan.

 

Ramadan 2018: How to get your children involved!

Asalamulaykum!

As the Ramadan countdown comes to an end and we enter into this blessed month, I would like to take the opportunity to share with you some of what I have put together for my 5-year-old daughter to do throughout the month. SubhanaAllah, she is now old enough to understand what this beautiful month is about and comes to me with so many questions! Although your kids may be too young to keep fasts, there are still plenty of other ways to engage them with the month of Ramadan. InshAllah, this compilation of activities and lessons will be of benefit to you and your children this Ramadan.

  1. A “What is Ramadan?” Booklet

The Ramadan booklet is great for kids between the ages of 4-8, as they can read it by themselves and do the crossword and word search. For my daughter and other children between the ages of 4-6, mommy or daddy can help them to read and understand the booklet and do the fun crossword and word search!

Here is a preview of the booklet, you can Click Here to Download the full document.

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3. An Islamic Months crossword

 

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4. A Ramadan “Words to Know”coloring page

 

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5. Mini Hadith Booklet.

I created this Mini Hadith booklet to help children understand why it is important to be kind and well mannered. Often we tell our children to never tell lies but forget to mention that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has warned us that it will lead us to Jahanum. This booklet has 15 hadith all concerning good manners and habits, my 5-year-old daughter and I are going to be learning, understanding and memorizing these hadith during this Ramadan and you can do the same!!

Click here to Download!

 

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Have a blessed month of Ramadan!

Peace and love,

NurturingEmaan

The Night Journey (Shab-e-Miraj)

Asalamu Alaikum,

As the month of Rajab is coming to an end, the miraculous 27th night of the Israa (Night Journey) and the Miraj (Ascension) are upon us. I have written the story of The Night Journey of our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ from Makkah to Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem and then up to the heavens.

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Masjid Al-Haram, Makkah
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Masjid Al-Aqsa, Jerusalem

I wrote this story for my 5 year old daughter to help her understand this miracle of Allah. Since my daughter loves stories I always choose them as a method to teach her our great Islamic history. I plan on reading this story to her and as a hands-on activity to go along I found a great maze activity sheet on my friends blog! The story is great for children as young as 4 and the maze, I think, will help them to retell the story as they go along  from the Kabaa to Jerusalem and the heavens.

Click here to download the story of The Night Journey!

Click here to go to the maze blog!

To see our storytime and hands-on activity on Rajab 27th, follow me on Instagram NurturingEmaan

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Teach your Child the 99 Names of Allah ﷻ

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Winter Activity: Attend a Winter Festival!

Winter can have long, cold and snowy days but that should not restrict you to keep indoors. The beauty of every season should be enjoyed. One activity I had set for the winter was to attend a winter festival. We have never been to a winter festival so the whole family was very excited to go to one. Continue reading “Winter Activity: Attend a Winter Festival!”

How to homeschool your kindergartener.

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