Friday, January 9, 2009

Adzhkaar in Salaah

Teaching salaah to children has to start since they were young.

Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-As, narrated that the Apostle of Allah, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said, "Command your children to make salah when they become seven years old, and spank them for it (salah) when they become ten years old, and arrange their beds (to sleep) separately." (Abu Dawud).

Salaah is very important to muslims as the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w (sallaahu alaihi wasallam) said in the hadith that was narrated by Abdullah ibn Qart ...

"The first act that the slave (of Allah) will be accountable for on the day of judgement will be the prayer. If it is good, then the rest of his acts will be good. And if it is evil, then the rest of his acts will be evil." (Tabarani)

So it is upon us (parents/teachers) to teach them how to pray according to the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w (sallahu alaihi wasallam). has a complete list of adhkaar and reminders for making salaah. I printed out the tashahhud supplication page for my daughter. The adhkaar were devided into small sections, which made it much more easier for her.

She read them and I corrected her. After that, she sat with it and read. She even read it to her little brother too and he followed her. And mashaAllah, she could could memorize it within one week, alhamdulillah.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Why Homeschooling?

I started homeschool my children since September 2006. My eldest son was in Grade 5 and his sister, Grade 4. In the begining I wasn,t so sure how would I do it. But after talking to a few sisters from the masjid, I found out that there is an easier way to teach kids at home.

One of the sisters told me that we could enroll in the ILC (Independent Learning Centre)correspondence homeschool program. ILC homeschool program is recognised by TDSB (Toronto District School Board).

With the fee of $120 for each child, we received the course package to start the school at home. The program package came with 5 subject books. Maths, Science, Arts, Language Arts, and Social Studies. They were devided into 3 terms. The books also had lesson plan for each topic for us to follow every day. It is actually very convenient because I could adjust the time to teach at my own pace.

Anyhow, ILC would give dateline to complete each course. Usually they would give around 1 year to finish all the syallabuses. Still they'll give 2 more months extension if anychance we could not complete the course before the dateline. We have to apply for that though.

Back to the question, my husband and I decided to homeschool the children because we think that is the best for them. Being living in a multicultural and races community, we really wanted the best for our children. We want them to grow up with the good manners and good faith according to our religion.

Homeschool Websites

I created this blog hoping to organize and to share all the websites that I frequently use to get help with my kid's homeschool. There are a lot of great websites out there that allow people to print many lessons. I am so greatful to them. They make my work much much more easier.

For starter, these are a few of them.

I visited and printed from those sites almost everyday. They are great.