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Back to school

It’s actually been quite lovely to be back in Islamabad. I was grumbling inwardly during the flight and still miss my family in Singapore, but now that I am all settled in, I am quite alright really. There, I’ve said it. Yes, we’ve had mountains of laundry from the trip and still more from the

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Young Muslim Rhymes

My young friends, Haadiyah and Aymum Sajid, are two creative homeschoolers who are just brimming with ideas. They are always working on one creative project or another, ma shaa Allah. Haadiyah is 10 and Aymun is 8 and, together, they have produced a lovely book of poetry for the young ones. Young Muslim Rhymes teaches

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Leaving on a jet plane…

The madventurers are off to the sunny isle of Singapore! We encountered madding crowds, enraged aunties squabbling with army personnel and sick, lethargic children… And we hadn’t even boarded the plane yet! It does seem like madness and mayhem are a mainstay with us, doesn’t it? ;) I must be getting mellow with age because

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Bear’s Garden Series

“All this is stale knowledge to older people, but one of the secrets of the educator is to present nothing as stale knowledge, but to put himself in the position of the child, and wonder and admire with him; for every common miracle which the child sees with his own eyes makes of him for

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Mars’ Garden Series

They must be let alone, left to themselves a great deal, to take in what they can of the beauty of earth and heavens. ~ Charlotte Mason, Out-Of-Door Life For The Children Children should be made early intimate with the trees, too; should pick out half a dozen trees, oak, elm, ash, beech, in their

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Chilly Days

There is a definite chill in the air these days. We used to stumble bleary-eyed and half asleep to the bathroom to make wudhu for Fajr, but are starting to brace ourselves mentally every morning now, just so the cold floor doesn’t rudely shock us out of our stupor. It feels like we are rushing

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Little Stitches

I have amassed a mother lode of embroidery patterns and am missing the feel of needle, thread and calico between my fingers. Peep’s been quite the little rascal though, so I haven’t able to get back to stitching. The girls, on the other hand, have been quite productive, ma shaa Allah. Mars went through a

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Back! I think…

It’s been ages, I know… but if you are a long-time reader of my sad and oft-neglected blog, then you would know the drill by now. I get inspired and carried by wave after wave of industry, which means the blog gets frequent and oh-so-pretty updates. Then, real life (in my case, mess and mayhem)

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Arabic Studies

I have a painful memory from my younger days. My parents had returned from Hajj and had brought back the recording of the recitation of the Qur’an by Sheikh Abdul Rahman as-Sudais. I pounced on the tapes and rushed to the privacy of my bedroom to listen to them. I opened up my mushaf and

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Urgent help needed

I need to move my blog to a new host… I’ve encountered security and other issues with my present one and it’s come to a point where my patience has run thin. This blog means a lot to me and it really pains me to see everything going wrong. I already have a host lined

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Rocket…

He was just a wee little thing when we found him waltzing into a fast food joint. He didn’t have a mum and the waiters urged us to take him home, for they had seen too many cats being run over in their car park. He was such a an adorable creature that it didn’t

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Instagram Instances

The entire house has been down with either the ‘flu or allergies – we are not sure which as it is pollen season right now in Islamabad. Apparently, Islamabad is one of the cities that has the highest pollen count in the world. There were high temperatures, blocked noses, sore throats and sore eyes all

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The Little Big Sister

Here’s my little Bear… once the baby of the family, she seems to have grown up overnight, ma shaa Allah. So my smally molly, I love how you comfort me when I get my horrid migraines. I love how you forgive me when my awful temper gets the worst of me and those around me.

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You know what they say…

Good things come in little packages :) Alhamdulillah, this little guy is now the newest member of our student body. Little `Isa aka Peep was born in late January and he’s kept us all busy, dizzy and in a tizzy! We’ll be back to our regular programming pretty soon in shaa Allah :) In the

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Homeschooling – Our Joyful Journey

I come from a dual-income family – my mother was a nurse who worked shifts and my father was an Assistant Commissioner of Public Health in Singapore. During early childhood, my siblings and I had a helper who took care of us when my parents were at work and in later years, we became latch-key

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Notebooking – Prophet Idris

Continuing with our notebooking adventure… here is the second set of notebooking papers in the Lives of the Prophets series :) This is for the story of Prophet Idris `alayhis salaam. His story is a little short, but I’ve included different papers that you can use depending on how you want to write out the

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Making Your Own Notebooking Paper

I am rather enjoying making our own notebooking papers. There are several sites offering such papers for sale, but I’ve found several advantages to making my own. It is more affordable and I’ve also been able to customise them to my children’s tastes and writing. There are several programmes that you can use like Free

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