We are already half way through the Reading Challenge. Can you believe it? If you haven’t been following along, with 3 weeks to go bows your chance to kick into gear.
We were a little slow this week too. There’s always room to do better I say. Each week comes with a new theme and new chance to get motivated.
This week’s theme is #fivepillars . There’s 5 different things within this topic and hopefully a lot of books to suit. Shahadah, Prayer, Zakaat, Fasting, Hajj. I’m already thinking about the many books we have that would fit perfectly with any of those topics. I can’t wait to see the range of books you all share this week. As usual, remember, even if you aren’t participating you can follow along with the hashtag #littlemuslimsread, and books specific to this week’s theme with #fivepillars.
It’s that time of the week again. Time for a new reading challenge theme. Is it just me or do these come around too quickly? Life seems to be set in the fast lane these days. I guess that’s why something like this reading challenge is so great. We all get so busy, so caught up in day to day life that we often forget to take a little time out. Reading is a great opportunity for this, whether for yourself or your children and the benefits are many.
I hope you’re still with us and continuing to find and read books, even if you’re sitting there quietly following along, without the tags and pictures. However, if you do want to share your finds, we’d love to hear from you, you don’t need to be on social media, even a picture to our emails would be great read [at] readlittlemuslims [dot] com or modestmunchies [dot] blog [at] gmail [dot] com .
How’d you go with last weeks challenge? We didn’t get very far. Hoping to do better in the coming weeks and even share our collections of books without necessarily reading each one, but I’m secretly hoping that having to go through the process of getting out all those books for pictures will be the motivation to read through all of them.
This week’s theme is #MyMuslimFamily. This should be fun! Remember they don’t have to be Islamic books.
As always, don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and look out for hashtags #littlemuslimsread on all social media.
How did you go with the challenge the first week? We did pretty well, I had to pack in a few towards the end. It was great seeing all the other books that are being read and shared.
What motivates you to read aloud to your kids? This challenge is definitely steering me in the right direction. My son always gets a bed time story when daddy makes him sleep, which is every night. However, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to fit in any quality time with him in the day, especially with day to day run of the mill stuff (like housework and laundry) and not forgetting my cupcake, the 1 year old I have strapped to my leg. So, I’m trying to make a real effort to get into some better habits and incorporate some reading time during the day. It will also give him some much needed attention that he’s been lacking lately.
This week’s theme is #WhoisMuhammad. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is an example to every muslim and it’s so important to teach our children about him and his life. Fittingly the second week of the challenge encourages love, learning and reading about the Muhammad (SAW). I can’t wait to see the books you all have for this theme. Don’t forget to follow along with #littlemuslimsread and check out Read Little Muslims for more.
I wanted to tell you about this awesome challenge happening right now. Razeena from Read Little Muslims has put together a reading challenge like no other, a weekly challenge to encourage reading aloud to children with Islamic themed prompts to keep you guided and motivated. The challenge will run for 6 weeks in which you can share your books surrounding each weeks theme. Each week brings a new opportunity to read to your children and share your books and finds using the #littlemuslimsread hashtag. We’ll be checking out the posts and hoping to see a great range of books by everyone participating.
And the best part, you’re all invited!
Use this as an opportunity to learn, grow and read (aloud) with and to your children. Let this be the motivation to read and make it a habit that sticks around even after the challenge is over.
This week’s prompt is ‘Allah is the creator’. Share books about Allah and his creation. Books for big kids or little ones, even books that may not have an Islamic theme but can be used to discuss creation and all its awe.
Join me as I co-host this event and share the books I read to my kids. You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to keep updated with Read Little Muslims on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and don’t forget to follow my fellow hosts too.
This Little Life of Mine : Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Emma Apple: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
The Muslimah Mommy: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Hijabi Mommy: Facebook, Instagram.
I can’t wait to see what you’re all reading.
The final guest post is from my dear friend Razeena at Read Little Muslims. I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this, but Razeena and I are not only virtual blogger friends but friends in real life too. We live a few minutes from each other, run in the same circles and have a shared enthusiasm for Islamic books/resources. Even our sons are good friends and are the same age too (they just turned 4, where does the time go, Alhumdulillah). Razeena has put together a great list of their top 5 Islamic Apps. I have all of these and they’re definitely favourites in our house too.
Our TOP 5 Islamic Apps for Kids
There’s no denying the influence that technology has on the children of this generation. Love it or hate, it’s sure to catch up to you sooner or later. Our kids both use the iPad and we have a variety of Islamic and other apps for them to both learn and play. Everything in moderation, we believe. 😉
These are some of our favourites
1. Ali and Sumaya Let’s Pray
An extremely high quality and well designed app. The two characters are just so cute and the little introduction to why Sumaya wants to learn to pray is endearing. We love that it makes learning Salaah so relatable for young children.
The easy-to-follow steps for making wudhu and Salaah make it seem lessdaunting to learn. The animation is fantastic and our kids have learnt so much. We can’t wait to see if there will be any more Ali and Sumaya apps.
2. Arabic with Taha and Mariam
A simple yet well-designed board game-style app that makes learning the Arabic alphabet fun and easy. You can choose from four characters and three different levels. The game works by simply tapping the dial and moving your character the number of spaces you have spun. Once on your spot, depending on the level you have chosen, you have to identify the Arabic letter that pops up. Every few turns you are introduced to a new letter and the best part is that you can store your names, and the app will remember you the next time round. A fun, interactive way to learn!
3. Kids of the Ummah
Another high quality app for Muslim kids. Designed by the well-known Peter Gould, the Kids of the Ummah are cute and colourful. The app features 26 kids, each one’s name corresponds to a letter of the alphabet and a city in the world.
There are puzzles of 26 different mosques worldwide and the illustrations and graphics are beautiful. It also features colouring and book mode. This is a fun, interactive app useful for exploring diversity.
4. Arabic with Zaky
Zaky is a well-known character worldwide. Most children will lovingly recognise the familiar purple bear. Our favourite Zaky app at the moment is this one. We love the Arabic alphabet song. It is catchy and useful when trying to teach young children. Also, introducing them to the colours and animals is a bonus with out making things too serious. It keeps their attention unlike some of the other apps that try to teach similar things.
5. Little Muslims memory match
A cute, simple memory match game with an Islamic twist. It has two levels of play – easy and hard – which is great for younger kids. The matching pictures include the Ka’aba, Masjid and Zakat among others. Once you find the match, a little voice gives you an explanation of the picture. This app is a nice alternative to other matching games that can give children that little extra.
Salaams. Tomorrow (actually, since it’s passed midnight, it’s today, eek) I board a plane and leave for India with 2 kids. Crazy, I know, my sister in law is getting married. I can’t believe the time has finally come. Whilst I’m I’m looking forward to the events that lay ahead, I am dreading the idea of travelling with the 2, will have to check for some ‘tips for travelling with kids’ from my good old friend, Google. I can safely say everything on my 10 Essentials for the Muslim Mum Traveller is checked except #1, which I’m about to go work on.
Before I go, I wanted to thank every single one of you for reading my blog. Thank you for making me love to do this little thing that I do. You have all motivated me to dream big and do more. I’m hoping 2015 will be a better, more productive year. Is there something you’d like to see here? Be sure to let me know, I want to make this blog better for all of you. I have big plans and In Sha Allah I can turn those into reality.
For now, have a look at the 5 most popular posts for 2014:
1. 29+ Ideas for Hajj at Home with Kids
This one broke the internet (just kidding), however it was a pretty big post for me with over 1000 shares on Facebook and over 600 pins on Pinterest, Alhumdulillah.
2. 30 Activities for a Ramadan Advent Calendar
Again, another popular post, it was full of ideas for activities during Ramadan and even included a free printable.
3. How to make cake pops!
I guess everyone is on the lookout for ways to make cake pops and it seems this post came in handy.
4. Baklava Cheesecake
The delicious creation was for Eid-ul-Fitr this year. Yum. It was also featured in Gaya Magazine.
5. Rose Halwa
A dish I took to a virtual iftar, delicious and refreshing.
Although I’ll be away for a few weeks, with the help of some great blogger friends the blog will stay active with some fantastic guest posts. Be sure to look out for them, they’ll be hitting your inboxes every Wednesday (if you aren’t already subscribed, you can enter your details into the boxes below).
I’ll also still be active on social media. You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, be sure to click #modestmunchiestravels , I’ll be using that # throughout my travels.