Friday, July 19, 2013

Recycled Crayon Rocks

Assalamu alaykum,

We  had a lot of crayons that were in pretty colors but broken, rendering them unusable. The hoarder in me had won making them take up space in quite a few places  Since I'm one for recycling any day, I thought this would be a lesson in recycling and reusing for DS10.

We sorted them into like colors and broke the bigger pieces. I had a few egg cartons lying in my cupboard for such an activity and I lined it with butter paper and filled them each with a separate collection of crayon bits.
I heated the microwave to 220 degrees centigrade and cooked on high for 5 minutes. This melted the wax and then I let it cool on the counter. Kept it in the freezer for five minutes and viola.
Crayon Rocks ready to go. 
DD4 has started using them already :).

 -Pour the melted wax into candy molds from paper cups and freeze for 20 minutes. They pop out and are ready to use.

 -You can use metal cookie cutters on flat butter paper/ cookie sheet lined with tin foil in a regular oven.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Supplications from the Qur'an

Assalamu alaykum,
We have entered upon the month of extra sdua and worship, Alhamdulillah.
Here are some of theAdiya (supplications) from the Quran, 
These are the ones that begin with Rabbana ( Our Lord/Rabb).
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ 
Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: For Thou art the All-Hearing, the All-knowing
Rabbanaa taqabbal minnaa innaka antas Samee3ul 3leem
رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ السَّمِيعُ العَلِيمُ
[البقرة :127]
Our Lord! Make of us Muslims, bowing to Thy (Will), and of our progeny a people Muslim, bowing to Thy (will); and show us our place for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in Mercy); for Thou art the Oft-Returning, Most Merciful
Rabbana wa-j'3lnaa Muslimayni laka wa min Dhurriyatinaa 'Ummatan Muslimatal-laka wa 'Arina Manaasikanaa wa tub '3layna 'innaka 'antat-Tawwaabur-RaHeem
رَبَّنَا وَاجْعَلْنَا مُسْلِمَيْنِ لَكَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِنَا أُمَّةً مُّسْلِمَةً لَّكَ وَأَرِنَا مَنَاسِكَنَا وَتُبْ عَلَيْنَآ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ
[البقرة :128]
Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire
Rabbanaa aatina fid-dunyaa Hasanatan wa fil 'aakhirati Hasanatan waqina '3dhaaban-naar
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
[البقرة :201]
Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance, make our foothold sure, and give us help against the disbelieving folk
Rabbanaa afrigh '3laynaa Sabran wa thabbit aqdamanaa wanSurnaa 'alal-qawmil-kafiriin
رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْراً وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى القَوْمِ الكَافِرِينَ
[البقرة :250]
Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error
Rabbana la tu'aakhidhna in-nasiina aw akhTaa'naa
رَبَّنَا لاَ تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا
[البقرة :286]
Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us
Rabbana wala taHmil 3layna iSran kama Hamaltahu '3lal-ladheena min qablina
رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا
[البقرة :286]
Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against faith
Rabbana wala tuhHammilna ma la Taqata lana bihi wa'fu anna waghfir lana warHamna anta mawlana fanSurna '3alal-qawmil kafireen
رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لاَ طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا أَنتَ مَوْلاَنَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
[البقرة :286]
Our Lord! (they say), Let not our hearts deviate now after Thou hast guided us, but grant us mercy from Thine own Presence; for Thou art the Grantor of bounties without measure
Rabbana la tuzigh quloobana ba'3da idh hadaytana wa hab lana milladunka raHmah innaka antal Wahhab
رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ
[8: آل عمران]
Our Lord! Thou art He that will gather mankind Together against a day about which there is no doubt; for Allah never fails in His promise.
Rabbana innaka jami'3unnasi li-Yawmil la rayba fi innAllaha la yukhliful mi'aad
رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ جَامِعُ النَّاسِ لِيَوْمٍ لاَّ رَيْبَ فِيهِ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ
[آل عمران :9]
Our Lord! We have indeed believed: forgive us, then, our sins, and save us from the agony of the Fire
Rabbana innana amanna faghfir lana dhunuubana wa qinna 'adhaban-Naar
رَبَّنَا إِنَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
[آل عمران :16]
Our Lord! We believe in what Thou hast revealed, and we follow the Messenger. Then write us down among those who bear witness
Rabbana amanna bima anzalta wattaba3'nar-Rusula fak-tubna ma'3ash-Shahideen
رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا بِمَا أَنزَلَتْ وَاتَّبَعْنَا الرَّسُولَ فَاكْتُبْنَا مَعَ الشَّاهِدِينَِ
[آل عمران :53]
Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and anything We may have done that transgressed our duty: Establish our feet firmly, and help us against those that resist Faith
Rabbana-ghfir lana dhunuubana wa israfana fi amrina wa thabbit aqdamana wanSurna 'alal qawmil kafireen
ربَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَِ
[آل عمران :147]
Our Lord! Not for naught Hast Thou created (all) this! Glory to Thee! Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire
Rabbana ma khalaqta hadha baTila SubHanaka faqina '3dhaban-Naar
رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَذا بَاطِلاً سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
[آل عمران :191]
Our Lord! Any whom Thou dost admit to the Fire, Truly Thou coverest with shame, and never will wrong-doers Find any helpers!
Rabbana innaka man tudkhilin nara faqad akhzaytah wa ma liDh-Dhalimeena min ansar
رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ مَن تُدْخِلِ النَّارَ فَقَدْ أَخْزَيْتَهُ وَمَا لِلظَّالِمِينَ مِنْ أَنصَارٍ
[آل عمران :192]
Our Lord! We have heard the call of one calling (Us) to Faith, 'Believe ye in the Lord,' and we have believed.
Rabbana innana sami'na munadiyany-yunadi lil-imani an aminu bi Rabbikum fa'aamanna
رَّبَّنَا إِنَّنَا سَمِعْنَا مُنَادِيًا يُنَادِي لِلإِيمَانِ أَنْ آمِنُواْ بِرَبِّكُمْ فَآمَنَّا
[آل عمران :193]
Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, blot out from us our iniquities, and take to Thyself our souls in the company of the righteous
Rabbana faghfir lana dhunoobana wa kaffir '3nna sayyi'aatina wa tawaffana ma'3l Abrar
رَبَّنَا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَكَفِّرْ عَنَّا سَيِّئَاتِنَا وَتَوَفَّنَا مَعَ الأبْرَارِ
[آل عمران :193]
Our Lord! Grant us what Thou didst promise unto us through Thine apostles, and save us from shame on the Day of Judgment: For Thou never breakest Thy promise
Rabbana wa 'atina ma wa'3dtana '3la rusulika wa la tukhzina yawmal-Qiyamah innaka la tukhliful mi'aad
رَبَّنَا وَآتِنَا مَا وَعَدتَّنَا عَلَى رُسُلِكَ وَلاَ تُخْزِنَا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّكَ لاَ تُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَاد
[آل عمران :194]
Our Lord! We believe; write us down among the witnesses.
Rabbana aamana faktubna ma'3 ash-shahideen
رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاكْتُبْنَا مَعَ الشَّاهِدِينَ
[المائدة :83]
O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us - for the first and the last of us - a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs)
Rabbana anzil '3layna ma'idatam minas-Samai tuknu lana '3idal li-awwa-lina wa aakhirna wa ayaatam-minka war-zuqna wa anta KhayruR-Raziqeen
رَبَّنَا أَنزِلْ عَلَيْنَا مَآئِدَةً مِّنَ السَّمَاء تَكُونُ لَنَا عِيداً لِّأَوَّلِنَا وَآخِرِنَا وَآيَةً مِّنكَ وَارْزُقْنَا وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَّازِقِينَ
[المائدة :114]
Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be lost.
Rabbana Dhalamna anfusina wa il-lam taghfir lana wa tarhamna lana kunan minal-khasireen
رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ
[الأعراف :23]
Our Lord! Send us not to the company of the wrong-doers
Rabbana la taj'3lna ma'3l qawwmi-Dhalimeen
رَبَّنَا لاَ تَجْعَلْنَا مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
[الأعراف :47]
Our Lord! Decide Thou between us and our people in truth, for Thou art the best to decide.
Rabbanaf-taH baynana wa bayna qawmina bil Haqqi wa anta Khayrul FatiHeen
رَبَّنَا افْتَحْ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ قَوْمِنَا بِالْحَقِّ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الْفَاتِحِينَ
[الأعراف :89]
Our Lord! Pour out on us patience and constancy, and take our souls unto thee as Muslims (who bow to thy will)!
Rabbana afrigh '3layna Sabraw-wa tawaffana Muslimeen
رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَتَوَفَّنَا مُسْلِمِينَ
[الأعراف :126]
Our Lord! Make us not a trial for those who practise oppression; And deliver us by Thy Mercy from those who reject (Thee)
Rabbana la taj'3lna fitnatal lil-qawmidh-Dhalimeen wa najjina bi-RaHmatika minal qawmil kafireen
رَبَّنَا لاَ تَجْعَلْنَا فِتْنَةً لِّلْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ ; وَنَجِّنَا بِرَحْمَتِكَ مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
[يونس :85-86]
O our Lord! Truly Thou dost know what we conceal and what we reveal: for nothing whatever is hidden from Allah, whether on earth or in heaven
Rabbana innaka ta3'lamu ma nukhfi wa ma nu3'lin wa ma yakhfa '3lal-lahi min shay'in fil-arDi wa la fis-Sama'
رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ تَعْلَمُ مَا نُخْفِي وَمَا نُعْلِنُ وَمَا يَخْفَى عَلَى اللّهِ مِن شَيْءٍ فَي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي السَّمَاء
[إبرهيم :38]
O our Lord! And accept my Prayer.
Rabbana wa taqabbal Du'3a
رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاء
[إبرهيم :40]
O our Lord! Cover (us) with Thy Forgiveness - me, my parents, and (all) Believers, on the Day that the Reckoning will be established!
Rabbana-ghfir li wa li waallidayya wa lil Mu'mineena yawma yaqumul Hisaab
رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْحِسَابُ
[إبرهيم :41]
Our Lord! Bestow on us Mercy from Thyself, and dispose of our affair for us in the right way!
Rabbana 'atina mil-ladunka RaHmataw wa hayyi lana min amrina rashada
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً وَهَيِّئْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًا
[الكهف :10]
Our Lord! We fear lest he hasten with insolence against us, or lest he transgress all bounds
[20: 45]
Rabbana innana nakhaafu any-yafruTa '3layna aw any-yaTgha
رَبَّنَا إِنَّنَا نَخَافُ أَن يَفْرُطَ عَلَيْنَا أَوْ أَن يَطْغَى
[طه :45]
Our Lord! We believe; then do Thou forgive us, and have mercy upon us: For Thou art the Best of those who show mercy
[23: 109]
Rabbanaa aamanna faghfir lanaa warHamnaa wa anta khayrur RaHimiin
رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ
[المؤمنون :109]
Our Lord! Avert from us the Wrath of Hell, for its Wrath is indeed an affliction grievous,- Evil indeed is it as an abode, and as a place to rest in.
[25: 65-66]
RabbanaS-rif '3nna '3dhaaba jahannama inna '3dhaabaha kaana gharaaman innahaa sa'at musta-qarranw-wa muqaamaa
رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا إِنَّهَا سَاءتْ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَمُقَامًا
[الفرقان :65-66]
O my Lord! Grant unto us wives and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous
Rabbana Hablana min azwaajina wadhurriy-yatina, qurrata 'a3yyuniw wa-ja'3lnaa lil-muttaqeena Imaama
رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا
[الفرقان :74]
Our Lord is indeed Oft-Forgiving Ready to appreciate (service)
[35: 34]
Rabbanaa la Ghafurun shakur
رَبَّنَا لَغَفُورٌ شَكُورٌ
[فاطر :34]
Our Lord! Thy Reach is over all things, in Mercy and Knowledge. Forgive, then, those who turn in Repentance, and follow Thy Path; and preserve them from the Penalty of the Blazing Fire!
Rabbana wasi'3ta kulla shay'ir-Rahmatanw-wa '3ilman faghfir lilladhina taabuu wattaba'3u sabilaka waqihim '3dhabal-JaHiim
آمَنُوا رَبَّنَا وَسِعْتَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ رَّحْمَةً وَعِلْمًا فَاغْفِرْ لِلَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَاتَّبَعُوا سَبِيلَكَ وَقِهِمْ عَذَابَ الْجَحِيمِ
[غافر :7]
And grant, our Lord! that they enter the Gardens of Eternity, which Thou hast promised to them, and to the righteous among their fathers, their wives, and their posterity! For Thou art (He), the Exalted in Might, Full of Wisdom. And preserve them from (all) ills; and any whom Thou dost preserve from ills that Day,- on them wilt Thou have bestowed Mercy indeed: and that will be truly (for them) the highest Achievement.
Rabbana wa adhkhilhum Jannaati '3dninil-lati wa'3attahum wa man Salaha min abaa'ihim wa azwaajihim wa dhurriyyatihim innaka antal '3Azizul-Hakim, waqihimus sayyi'aat i wa man taqis-sayyi'aati yawma'idhin faqad raHimtahu wa dhaalika huwal fawzul-'3ADheem
رَبَّنَا وَأَدْخِلْهُمْ جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ الَّتِي وَعَدتَّهُم وَمَن صَلَحَ مِنْ آبَائِهِمْ وَأَزْوَاجِهِمْ وَذُرِّيَّاتِهِمْ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ وَقِهِمُ السَّيِّئَاتِ وَمَن تَقِ السَّيِّئَاتِ يَوْمَئِذٍ فَقَدْ رَحِمْتَهُ وَذَلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
[غافر :8-9]
Our Lord! Forgive us, and our brethren who came before us into the Faith, and leave not, in our hearts, rancour (or sense of injury) against those who have believed.
Rabbana-ghfir lana wa li 'ikhwani nalladheena sabaquunaa bil iimaani wa laa taj'3al fi quluubina ghillal-lilladhiina aamanu
رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا وَلِإِخْوَانِنَا الَّذِينَ سَبَقُونَا بِالْإِيمَانِ وَلَا تَجْعَلْ فِي قُلُوبِنَا غِلًّا لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا
[الحشر :10]
Our Lord! Thou art indeed Full of Kindness, Most Merciful.
Rabbanaa innaka Ra'3ufur RaHim
رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ رَؤُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ
[الحشر :10]
Our Lord! In Thee do we trust, and to Thee do we turn in repentance: to Thee is (our) Final Goal
Rabbanaa '3layka tawakkalnaa wa-ilayka anabna wa-ilaykal maSiir
رَّبَّنَا عَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْنَا وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ
[الممتحنة :4]
Our Lord! Make us not a (test and) trial for the Unbelievers, but forgive us, our Lord! for Thou art the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
Rabbanaa la taj'3lna fitnatal lilladhiina kafaruu waghfir lanaa Rabbanaa innaka antal 'Azeezul-Hakim
رَبَّنَا لَا تَجْعَلْنَا فِتْنَةً لِّلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
[الممتحنة :5]
Our Lord! Perfect our Light for us, and grant us Forgiveness: for Thou hast power over all things.
Rabbanaa atmim lanaa nuranaa waghfir lanaa innaka 3laa kulli shay-in qadir
رَبَّنَا أَتْمِمْ لَنَا نُورَنَا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا إِنَّكَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
[التحريم :8]

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ramadan Notebooking Pages Free

Assalamu alaykum,

As I had mentioned here, there is a nw set of Note-booking pages, to help your child's study of Ramadan, try these out with free download Alhamdulillah!!!

These two sets are made available FREE by the gracious sister at her Diary Blog HERE.


There is another set by sister Iman at her blog which looks like this HERE.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Great Arabic Learning Material

Assalamu Alaykum,

This is a great site with lots of stories, games and Arabic learning material for Arabic Learners.

Click here to go there.

Science Study: The Human Body

Assalamu Alaykum,

We have been studying The Human Body. DS10 reads portions/ topics that I tell him to. Sometimes we do it together. We use this book.

Then he copies the drawing that relates to the topic from this book on to a big book with unruled paper.

We also use


The Usborne book of food, fitness & health.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Our recycled Art

Assalamu Alaykum,

Our fridge broke down. It not only meant a new refrigerator, it also meant a big carton and lots of Styrofoam which in turn meant
FREE material for art!
So, just a little demo and DD4 was ready to make an Artwork.

We had a lot of fun filling in the crannies. Yeah 'we'. I couldn't resist. :))


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Copy Work for 40 Hadith by Imam an Nawawi

Assalamu alaykum,

This is one thing that had been on the wishlist/ bucketlist.
I wanted to do a study of the book Imam Nawawi's 40 Hadith. I had been wanting to start copywork for DS10 but really wanted the topic to be valuable for him for life. Search on TJ led me to this sister site of theirs which has a the whole book and copy-work template ready to use. Do you think finding this is a bad idea?

For those who would like to know what copy-work is, it is actually a great tool used to help the child with their writing skills. It is an important element of the Charlotte Mason method. 
Its purpose is to improve the child's handwriting, expose them to noble thoughts, rich vocabulary, good sentence structure along with spelling, and introduce basic punctuation and capitalization rules thus adding up to learning grammar. 
Of course, it is not limited to that, as it can also be successfully used for memorizing ayaat/ hadeeth of study( I'm planning to use the one for Ramadan, too starting with memorizing the Ayah on the commandment to fast)Insha Allah. It's quite amazing that way!

Both the files in pdf for Forty Hadith of An-Nawawi  and the ones for Ramadan can be found here 

Please share any other ideas for Islamic copy-work in the comments.