Ramadan Planning

(Sorry for the mess in the post… the editing doesn’t seem to be working for me)

How do you plan for Ramadan ?

There are some really helpful free resources out there to help you plan effectively for Ramadan. With the help of these you can Inshallah enter Ramadan :

  • More organized
  • More prepared
  • More enthusiastic
  • More Focused
Inshallah
Here are some Awesome Tips & Free Resources
Deep Cleaning & De Cluttering Checklist @ The Organized Muslimah

DECLUTTERING YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SPACE BEFORE RAMADAN @ The Healthy Muslimah

 

The Ultimate Ramadan Tools Review: Worksheets, Planners, Apps and Doodles! The Ultimate Ramadan Tool @ Productive Muslim

 

 

 

 

 

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Ramadan Planner very cool @Oraganized Muslimah

 

 

 

 

Ramadan Meal & Activity Planner Sample Advert
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Ramadan Jornal for Moms @ A Muslim Homeschool
Kids Ramadan Journal advert (1)
Kids Ramadan journal @ A Muslim Homeschool
Also by A Muslim Homeschool
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Ramadan Planner @eezeehomeschool
Ramadanm & Eid PLanner for 2016 @ Happy Muslim Mama
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Ramadan Prep Webinar Explained

Update: This is a Webinar I did last year… We all need reminders and I felt I needed to hear it for myslef too this year to get my act together… SO I am sharing a clipping from it here for all of you. First …..
(NOTE: this is from last year so you can see the old Logo)
WHAT IS THE RAMADAN PREP WITH KIDS WEBINAR ALL ABOUT ?
 
 
 
 A very logical question many of you may have……..
How many times do we just fall into Ramadan, scrambling to manage all that we have to & would like to do. As mothers we sacrifice a lot of time for our kids, and other household duties on a daily basis. Many a times mothers feel they can’t gain as much from Ramadan as they need to fulfill the needs & demands of children, or keep children engaged in Ramadan.
In fact, in Ramadan mothers actually end up craving the “personal Ibadah time” even more, because they know it’s such small pocket of time for gaining EXTRA AJR & EXTRA HASANAT, and just like everyone less they would like to maximize it too!
This is something ALL MOTHERS can relate to. Depending on whats happening in our lives and the ages of our children, we find ourselves combating the SPIRITUAL LOW in Ramadan. I’ve been there…..many times! More, than I would have liked to be and it was mostly because, despite my wanting to I wasn’t able to prepare for Ramadan ahead of time. I didn’t know exactly what to do and what not to do. In Ramadan I wanted to feel:
  • more peaceful
  • more connected to Allah
  • more diligent in ibadah
  • more involved with kids in the spirit of Ramadan

Yet I would find myself feeling sad, sometimes even bitter for not being able to achieve what I would have liked to in Ramadan. I wan’t to help others not feel that way…… There is a solution. There is a guideline that we can follow as closely or as loosely as possible, given our own unique circumstances.

This webinar is for mothers, to enter Ramadan prepared and focused. It is not only a means of offering ideas, suggestions, reflections & activities to mothers to consciously involve their children in their preparation for Ramadan but also to enjoin their kids to be happily engaged & busy in the spirit of Ramadan, Beidhnillahi Ta’Allah.

If you relate to the above or know someone who needs it …… Watchthis clipping and share with others too.. Jazakallahi kahirun katheerah

THERE’s 21 DAYS LEFT FOR RAMADAN

 

Ramadan Countdown

HOW MANY DAYS LEFT FOR RAMADAN

 
Alhumdolillah…….We started off with our Ramadan countdown a few days ago with Lil Muallim # 3. Its will be a game of patience for him…. to count ONLY 1 square everyday.
 
But if needed we can print a new one for him… hehe


Our’s is in our Ramadan Corner, that we are setting up.

 
Here’s what it looks like now. Our intention is to collect all our Ramadan related activities in here, to pull out as needed before and during Ramadan Inshallah.
 
 
Cork Board on top of the Chest of Drawers
 
Inside Drawer 1
 
Inside Drawer 2
 
This set up is right next to our Ramadan Readathon Challenge collection. You can read about it here.

What do we Waste ?

TOP 10 THINGS WE WASTE

Recently I made a chart for my kids inspired by an entry in our planner by Busy Homeschool Mom Planners. There are other versions online to, but I liked her Islamic version. I am sharing it here with permission with the hopes that others can benefit too.

Most of it is quite obvious, but some may have you scratch your head

So here’s the list:
  1. Knowledge
  2. Action
  3. Speech
  4. Body
  5. Love (and we do love so many things)
  6. Heart
  7. Intelligence
  8. Wealth
  9. Time
  10. Service
Beidhnillah I will add links to each  of the above listed titles as we do detailed lessons for each.




  




Feel free to download the Poster, the explanatory Notes  and Worksheet for kids to do their own write up.


For now we are working only on the first three. So during the day whenever any of the kids show wastage of Knowledge, Action or Speech I gently ask or remind them what they are wasting……..In a house of young children waste of speech and actions towards siblings is quite common.

BUT the best part is that to implement this I have to be as CONCIOUS of myself too !

Oh Allah Make us steadfast in this endeavor and help us improve ourselves to become better human beings and even better Muslims.


If you use this idea please share ideas on how you applied it in your home. 
  

Pre Ramadan Planning

MAKING A CONSCIOUS EFFORT
 
I’ve noticed a pattern in my blogging… It’s usually most active during and around Ramadan. So without further ado, here’s what we are trying to do this year.

 

Every year I found myself planning and working with the kids right before Ramadan or during it. But I really want to spend my Ramadan with less planning and organizing and more achieving in the sense of Ibadah and organized learning and Ramadan themed activities with kids. I’ve been wanting to start early and vowed not to let time pass away this time. This is exactly what I told my kids.

I also told them that Inshallah we will all try and work together to raise our level of Eiman BEFORE Ramadan so we can enjoy the best RAMADAN we’ve ever had in terms of perfection of Ibadah and in making conscious efforts in gaining extra Hasanat.
 
So here’s what we did. May Allah bless our efforts Ameen.
 
I sat down with the kids with calendar pages from March to June  printed from worksheetworks.com and asked them to mark Ramadan and Eid. Then we counted how many days we have left for Ramadan starting from March 2nd.


You can get these from our PDF link here

 So we’ve got approximately 108 days…….. Now what can we do make the most of these days to increase our levels of Eimaan. What areas do you think we need to work in…. let’s Brain storm.
 
Here’s what we came up with between Lil Muallim 1, 2 and Lil Muallimah…..
 
  1. Improving Salah
  2. Regularity in Quran Reading
  3. Understanding Quran
  4. Improving Duas
  5. Improving Dhikr habit
  6. Charity: monetary and through doing EXTRA good deeds
  7. Learning Hadith and Sunnah

Alhumdolillah the brainstorming was fruitful and by the Mercy and Grace of Allah the kids came up with all the aspects I was hoping for.

 

 
Next up we brainstormed on what we had to do to achieve what we want in each area. You can also download a sample of our table or an empty template to work on your own
 
Finally we marked what we wanted to start out with first. I told the kids we will ease into those slowly making sure our progress is constant cause if we get into it full  force ahead we might loose our steam and then not be able to achieve what we are hoping for. 
 
We would like to move slowly but surely gaining momentum and Istiqamah Inshallah 
 
Will try and post our progress as we move along with our plan….. First off kids are attending a Halaqah every week where they work Basic Islamic Concepts, Surah Translations, Duas and more through mini lapbooks and other wonderful resources graciously shared by Muslim Homeschool Moms.

Ya Ar Rasheed….The Guide the Righteous teacher….please help us achieve our goal this year and let it not be just a plan….
 

Ramadan Sensory Tub

LET’S TALK ABOUT RAMADAN

Back in 2011 when Lil Muallimah was a toddler, in an effort to get the kids excited about Ramadan I made a Ramadan Sensory Tub. What had been just a brain wave and ended up becoming a fun and enriching experience for all of us by the blessings of Allah.

I spread out an old bordered cloth in tupper ware. Then I made prayer mats & kufi with felt and hijab with left over cloth from an & torn, cloth baggy. Lil Muallim 2 & Lil Muallimah had become really excited seeing those… wondering what they were for. They even laid down the prayer mat and and held the kufi on their heads and made sujood saying: “Look I did it! I made the smallest sajdah ever!”

The idea of a “Ramadan Sesnsory Tub” is to get to talk about Ramadan, it’s importance, requirements and activities.

Ramadan Sensory Tub Contents:

  • crescent moon and masjid with shiny card stock
  • two prayer mats
  • a hijab and kufi
  • a date wrapped in cling wrap
  • an empty wooden case of a very tiny mushaf for “Quran”
  • coins to show we should give Zakat
  • a small canvas frame with “Allah” on it to discuss dhikr, remebrance of Allah and being concsious of Allah at all times

When I introduced it to Lil Mualliamh. We got to discuss quite a few things Alhumdolillah! I got to see how her understanding of things could be enhanced by each time we went through the sensory tub Inshallah…..especially the importance and need of Dhikr and Zakah.

All my Lil Muallims really liked the Sensory tub and the older ones found it very cute.

Sensory Tub Vocabulary Words

  • Allah
  • Ramadan (9th Islamic Month)
  • Quran
  • dhikr
  • tamr (date fruit)
  • kufi (head cover for boys)
  • hijab (head cover for girls)
  • sajjadah (prayer mat)
  • hilal (crescent)
  • masjid (mosque)
  • sadaqah (good deed)
  • khairat (charity)
  • zakat
  • and hopefully more as we go

This year I will be redoing this for Lil Muallim # 3, but in a different way… Stay tuned.