AHLAN WASAHLAN YA RAMADAN!
This Ramadan quite a few of our ideas were extended continuations of last year, some our own some inspired from Umm AbdulBasir's blogs Mashallah! Others we made new this year. I will be attaching pictures, explanations, files and links of all below Inshallah
First we printed the ramadan border, coloured it in and laminated it with transparent protective sheet from the $ store.
Lil Muallim # 1 made a small chart on what fasting is. In his words : "Fasting is a state of Ibadah I should spend it Glorifying and Praising Allah"
Ofcourse Ummi needs to remind but then isn't that what Ummis are for?
WHAT FASTEING TEACHES ME
As the kids are fasting there is a definite need to go over what fasting really means. through the Quran and Sunnah. We made a small chart with a cute image in the middle. We choose the particular image because it looked like Lil Muallim # 1 (who loves to eat.... waiting for the Iftaar time :). The heading was stencilled in and the points were written around the image. The points were thought out independently through self study and then discussed with Ummi.
We got the image from: http://newmuslimkids.blogspot.com/search?q=coloring+pages
This is what it looked like in the end. Mashallah!
One my favourite projects this year. I was going through a lesson on levels of fasting in a book and had a Eureka moment. I instantly started making this project with Lil Muallim # 2. We titled it, FASTOMETER, how did I fast today? Then we drew a kind of a thermometer, dividing it in 3 parts. Level 1: Ordinary, Level 2: Special and Level 3: Extraordinary. We pasted related images in front of each level. Again we used images from : http://newmuslimkids.blogspot.com/search?q=coloring+pages
Then I made a surprise for the kids when they weren't around. I doubled a piece of bristol board and cut one edge like a pointer. Then I cut a slit along one side of the Fastometer and slid the arrow through it till only the pointer showed on the fastometer. Then I folded the point of the extra length of the arrows extended part onto our chart so as to secure it.
Voila! So now they can judge their own fast everyday self assessing themselves. But how would they know how differentiate between the levels. That brings us to our next project below. But first see the pictures of our fastometer. I am attaching pictures of how I made it too. :)
LEVELS OF FASTING
Once kids show the will and desire to fast, there needs to be be a clear understanding on what are the requirements of fasting, and even better........what beatifies it. We studied the ahadith on fasting and made the following chart on Levels of Fasting.
Level 1: Ordinary - Abstaining from food
Level 2: Special - Fasting with all 5 senses (keeping oneself away from any unfavourable act or deed)
Level 3: Extraordinary -
Will be adding picture soon Inshallah
IFTAR DUA MAGNET
Project for Lil Muallim # 2. Made a printout with the iftaar and drew the pictures and coloured it. Next we stuck it on a recycled piece of carton and laminated it with protective sheet. Lastly we stuck 2 pieces of magnetic sticker strip at the back. Voila our Iftaar dua fridge magnet was ready.
See it here:
First of all we made the Ramadan chain. Got the idea from : http://www.jannah.org/ramadan/ramadanforkids.html
The Lil Muallim # 1 has been doing Lunar Phases extensively for the past couple of years so we are starting it now with Lil Muallim # 2 in more detail. He had a vague idea but now it's time for the real stuff. We are using the info flashes around the calendar. We colour the point we have read and studied and then go to the next one.
So last year we made our tree with left over scrap bristol board pieces and then covering it with crushed golden tissue paper gave it a barky texture as well as a grand Jannah tree look for kids. Alhumdolillah. Whereas a friend of mine had made one, by recycling cereal boxes and having her kids paint it Mashallah. Also they cut out lots fruits to put on for the good deeds and called it the "Fruitful Deed Tree".
Our tree this year. Will add the final picture at the end of Ramadan Inshallah.
GOOD DEED CARDS
Again we got the good deed cards from Umm Abdul Basir's new blog.
LAILATUL QADR ACTIVITY
A common practice in our household to encourage kids to stay up on Layla tul Qadr is that they are allowed to stay up and make Lego on the condition that they will do adhkaar with every piece they put on. With the blessings of Allah they look forward to those nights every Ramadan and remember them as special days through out the year Alhumdolillah.
Last year when Lil Muallim # 2 was younger I had him count out 33 Lego pieces each, from 3 colours. He then made different things out of them while repeating Subhanallah, Alhumdolillah and Allaho akbar. (Mashallah)
Here are pictures of their this years Layla tul Qadr Adhkar buildings / vehicles and more
Lil Muallim # 1's Dhikr Mosque, Dhikr Motorbike.........
Lil Muallim # 2's Dhikr Car, Dhikr Motorbike.........
This one is actually our 2 year old project but we try and add something in it every year. This one was ofcourse done with Lil Muallim # 1 and it was our first lapbook so pretty much everything is printed. It was made in an attempt to encourage Lil Muallim #1 about lapbooking with the hope that the end result would excite him enough to write in the next one himself. Alhumdolillah it worked.