Phonic Time!

Assalamu aleikum bloggers!

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So the kiddo is quite chatty these days alhamdullilah. I taught a small human being how to speak English! Yay, me. I know, it’s giving me a little of a big head I must admit. Anyway, it’s time for phonics which of course he doesn’t care much for. He throws any letters at me that he has heard from alphabet songs…laughs.

The Islamic reader depicted above is the one we are using. You can get it on amazon or here along with other Muslim homeschooling tools.

Hoping y’all are staying warm! Thank you for reading,

~ A Duckrinor Mom ~

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Reading Journal by Shoohada Khanom – A Review

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Summary: An easy-to-use journal to keep track of reading. With 115 pages to make note of books being read, there’s space to write the date, title, author, number of pages, and new words. 5 bonus pages are featured at the back to write a list of books to read. Suitable for all ages.

About the Author’s Name: Shoohada Khanom was born and raised in London. She is a writer and a children’s books author Shoohada Khanom who has authored and traditionally published four children’s pictures books. Today a mother of six, Shoohada lives a busy life, splitting her days between home educating her children and her motherly responsibilities. She shares her home in Bolton with her family, and anytime she has a moment to herself, she reads and writes. Visit her website.

Illustrator’s Name: Reyhana Ismail is a graphic designer specializing in book and magazine design, including children’s book illustration. She has been designing since 2001, working both freelance and as an employee and consultant for various companies.  Using high quality, beautiful imagery as her foundation, Reyhana’s minimal style reflects her belief that when it comes to design, less is more. She is also a firm believer that if you love what you do, it will reflect in your work – and in this regard she is one of those rare people who has successfully combined her career and passion. Visit her website.

Review: I have always wanted a neat reading journal a little more private than Goodreads and receiving one from Shoohada Khanom to review was just perfect. It’s very creative and cute. I love the cover too; especially the two girls at the bottom, masha’Allah. While my son sat on my lap to take advantage of his allotted screen time, I filled the journal with children’s books on hand that we read alhamdullilah. I’m not sure if I filled it the right way but this works for us for now.

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My son suggested that we color the stacks of books; I’m still entertaining the idea of letting him pilot this reading journal alone *haha!* I can’t blame him; we are color-maniacs around here.

Anyway, if you run out of pages, you can select from many other designs with the same contents that the author also has in her repertoire. See below.

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set of three reading journal

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I plan to get the one below for myself insha’Allah. It’s befitting.

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Merci to Shoohada Khanom from sending us a reading journal for our homeschooling activities purposes all the way from the UK!

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Reading Journal with Over-Caffeinated Pumpkin Spice Latte and Chocolates

To close, check out these journals and Khanom’s other works on Amazon here. They are a must-have. I almost never log the books we read. This will definitely help us keep track. Who knows? Perhaps, we will know if we read thousands of books before the normal age for kindergarten like one of my friend bi’ithnillah. *winks*

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom aka The Unicorn-Alien Mommy ~

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Library Fun and Different Foodies…

Assalamu aleikum!

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My son and I love to go to the library. It’s in walking distance but we drive due to the heat these days…Lazies…We know.

Today, he did the most peculiar thing or not! He picked up a book on food! He is a picky eater, and I was too. But we both love tasty foods. To back up a little, I say peculiar because my upcoming book is a cookbook! I pray it can be of use to him insha’Allah when he grows up, aameen. I also pray Ivorian students find it useful. Please make dua for us so that the book also be sadaqah juwayriyah, allahumma aameen!

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Anyway,  Eat, Leo! Eat! is a fun and smart story where Leo always hides when it’s time to eat. To make him eat, his Nonna started telling him a tale with multiple parts to it. She stops at a cliffhanger and prods the boy to eat. And he does. His hunger of stories led him to be hungry for food. What a smart grandma!

Children are the best business people you will ever meet! You always have to give them something in exchange for a good behavior until they start doing it on their own. At least my son and Leo are!

For the rest of the books we picked together, while all don’t have the best of illustrations, the creativity is on point, and the quality of the books are great.

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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Believe – A Journal Review

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Summary: …a raw list…of the rules, obligations, guidelines, regulations, orders, directives, instructions (or however you’d like to perceive them) derived from the 114 chapters, 6,236 verses and 77,449 words in the Quran – the Holy Islamic book.

Author’s Name: A.E.

PublisherProlance

Review: Believe is 34 pages long. I thought it was about what to do and not do with the Quran. But Believe is a simple journal filled with Quranic verses to help the believer live and act by golden rules.

It can definitely be useful when looking for a quick Quranic verse to support a point because the book is divided into 5 easy categories:»»worship »»character»»giving & taking»»relationships »»eating & dressing. In the last section, I found it a bit peculiar that there is a lot of stress on Quran (24:31); I mean the verse is mentioned three times. It would have been better if Quran (33:35) was also added to balance out things. Even adding Quran (24:30) would have worked too. That said, the »relationships » part before the last part helps into smoothing things out because men’s duties are also highlighted.

Moreover, Believe can be used as a reflective tool. Having read the whole transliterated version of the Quran myself and working on reading the whole Arabic version, I recommend using Believe in addition of this short guide titled The 5 R’s of Tadabbur al-Qur’an: A Family Halaqah Guide by Umm Afraz Muhammed. Muhammed’s short guide is about sixteen pages including front and back covers. It’s also an easy and simple read. Check it out here.

The 5 5s of Tadabbur al quran

Below is a sneak page for Believe. Each of these pages is followed by a page to jot down thoughts or ideas.

sneak page of do and donts of the quran

You can purchase Believe here.

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom ~

The Ducktrinors I & II – A Review by The Tsundoku Chronicles

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“I really enjoyed this book. It was so nice to see Muslim characters and I love that more books are coming out with Muslim rep. When I first heard of the book I was really intrigued as it was a science fiction book and I don’t really see that in Islamic fiction.
I enjoyed reading this from the first page. I really liked how brave and courageous that Hanifa was as she lived in a world where any small indication that you practice and religious activity is punishable by death. So no one can pray, fast or anything else that shows you practice a faith. It’s a world where technological advancement is the most important thing. She eventually becomes the leader of a rebellion in which people seek the freedom to practice their religion and she goes in search of the people of cave.
She also gains the support of her siblings and grandfather. I also liked her brother Malik who also plays a main role. We see everything happening from both their point of views.
I loved how the history of the world is shown to us with memories and flashbacks. The plot is great and kept me interested throughout and i loved the build up. It’s definitely worth reading especially for teenagers and young adults.”— The Tsundoku Chronicles

Rating: 4/5

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Meet Yasmin | REVIEW

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Art by: Hatem AlyNote: Review of Advance Reader Copy Provided by Capstone | Book Releases August 1, 2018Tales With Mimi Book Rating:

Four Story Titles-

Yasmin the Explorer: After reading about explorers with her Baba, Yasmin decides to become one herself! Now all she needs is a map for her explorations. Find out what adventures or misadventures await her.

Yasmin the Painter: An art competition, a special prize, and Yasmin, the Painter. Time for some creativity! Join Yasmin for her artsier pursuit!

Yasmin the Builder: Building a city for a class project, sounds exciting! With a lack of ideas, will Yasmin be able to pull through this time?

Yasmin the Fashionista: Grandparents…

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It’s Jummah! |Review

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It’s Jummah! The SUNNAH AND ETIQUETTES OF FRIDAY!

Teach your child about the Special Sunnahs of this Extra Special Day.

Written by: Najia Rastgar & Lyazzat Mukhangaliyeva

Illustrated by Zainab Irshad Recommended Ages:Birth-2 Rating- [4/5] Available for purchase at the following links, 2 CURIOUS HEARTS and AMAZON We all know the lifelong benefits of early literacy and the pivotal role they play in a child’s scholastic achievements. Furthermore, the efforts done by these remarkable ladies in their joint venture, 2CURIOUS HEARTS  is admirable & is a project that aims to fill in a large literature gap for little Muslims. (Read into their STORY and find out more about their vision and more board-book wonder). REVIEWA colorfully fun, sweet and straight-forward board book, perfect to teach your lil’ ones about the etiquettes of Jummah. My first thoughts when I glanced at the cover & book title? How wonderful!…

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Bilal and the Big Bully

There is a book with my son’s name on it! Masha’Allah alhamdullilah :).

Hey, I Wrote A Book

In August 2017 I introduced my third book, and very first children’s book. I never really intended to write a fiction book, but someone in my Toastmasters club suggested I write a children’s book. I went home and thought about it that day, and in a week I had a rough draft down. I was happy with how the story was developing, so I decided to go ahead with it. Besides, I like a good challenge.

Bilal and the Big Bully is about a boy who is starting at a new school, one in which there happens to be a rather large bully who likes eating a bite of other kids’ lunches. The main character is of a minority background because I wanted to add some diversity to the world of children’s literature.

Furthermore, I figured I would write not just a fun story, but one that could help make…

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Tips to Raise an Inspired Child

Assalamu aleikum!

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How have you guys been? We have been busy between homeschooling, all my hats (my different jobs), and a lot of etc. alhamdullilah. I have a small list of things that have worked for us alhamdullilah. Check them out.

1. Making Time for Child Play

During the week, we strive to go outside at least three times. There are weeks where we go to outside playgrounds more than three times. Every week brings its own challenges. So, do what works for you but take them out to play so they can bloom and let out that bouncing energy and joy they possess masha’Allah.

2. Going to Creative Children’s Playgrounds

Crayola experience, Children’s Museums and Lego stores are just a few places that will spark your child’s creativity. Watch out for discounts and free promotions. Then, go enjoy a nice time with your family. You will witness a genius in the making just by them being in such colorful environments and brushing shoulders with other wonderful spirits like them masha’Allah bi’ithnillah. May Allay preserve and protect our children, aameen.

3. Freedom

If they mess up the carpet or write on the walls or floors with crayons or paint. That’s fine. It’s not the end of the world. The mess can be cleaned. Let them express themselves but give them limits or where it’s appropriate to let their imagination flourish every now them. That way, they don’t take too much advantage of your leniency. Besides, all this is part of their development.

4. Teach them with Patience

Check yourself often so that your momentary crankiness doesn’t spill over. They will notice that you’re less nice than the people around you if you don’t have an handle on your mood. Also, tell them new words and believe that will absorb quickly and fast! Masha’Allah, they have a computer (brain) that still has a lot of memory. It’s the only way they will learn from you and talk. There is no magic. The vocabulary you expose them to, is what they grasp and run away with. Remember that if you’re struggling to get your only child to speak.

5. Dua

This is everything. Without constantly supplicating, your mental shield will disintegrate. Once they start misbehaving and that you keep your cool while supplicating and carrying on, you will notice that the screams, the cries, etc. will not penetrate and mess with your vibes. You will be like walking in the rain without getting wet. Trust me on that *wink*.

And when they show you an inspired side of them, make dua for them too so that Allah always increase their knowledge, allahumma aameen.

That’s it for now. Thank you for reading.

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

Episode 31 with guest Papatia Feauxzar Author of The Ducktrinors (Book I & Book II)

 

Recently I was able to review ‘The Ducktrinors Books 1 And 2 ‘YA. It was a nice change to read a YA book for Muslims, it had a lot of Islamic history and tradition but also addressed some of the issues that Young Muslims are facing in today’s Society. As a mom of pre-teens Its exciting to finally have books for their age group and older.

The Novel was written by Papatia Feauxzar an American author, barista, and publisher of West African descent living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. After working as an accountant for a corporate firm for almost five years, Feauxzar decided to pursue Accounting from home while homeschooling her son. She is currently working toward obtaining her CPA license. Feauxzar then plans to obtain her Ph.D. in Accounting. Feauxzar also blogs at Between Sisters, SVP! or A Ducktrinor Mom. She is the Love and Relationship Editor at Hayati Magazine, and she has written for AboutIslam, MVSLIM, and SISTERS Magazine. You can visit her websites at www.djarabikitabs.com or www.fofkys.com.

Summary:

“The world is coming to an end and Hanifa Ducktrinor can feel it. The seculars rule the world. And keeping the sunnah and the deen intact becomes a challenge then. Hanifa, the cadette of the Ducktrinor family, is a courageous young Muslim living in a time where practicing her religion is really hard. She wants to be the courageous educated Coreishy woman she dreams of every day.

She also wants to find the people of the cave and fights alongside with them, Jesus (Issa-aleihi salam), and Mahdi with the vouching cloud when the cave opens and the prediction about Yajud and Majud (Gog and Magog) will occur. When the opportunity presents itself to Hanifa to fight for her dreams, she realizes that she might have gotten in way over her head at the Battle of the Stadium.

Her brother Malik wants to be a teacher. And he knows that be a scholar, you must have ilm-knowledge, amal-obedience to Islam do and don’ts, and ikhlas-doing everything only to please Allah subhana wa ta ala. Malik Ducktrinor really knows this. Since childhood, he has always striven for a steadfast faith so that he could perform a keeramat. Thus, he learned the deen and took his connection to His Creator seriously. Will Malik be able to save the day at the Battle of the Stadium?”

In this Episode we discussed

  • Why Papatia chose a young Adults Novel
  • Which is harder being an Author or Publisher?
  • Which Characters we liked the most
  • How Papatia balances, being a Wife, Mother, Author, Publisher, Accountant, and Blogger.

Here is where you can Purchase the book:

Amazon eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BRHLSCD

Amazon paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1947148109

Immediate press release: https://www.djarabikitabs.com/bloge/2018/3/7/press-release-the-ducktrinors-book-i-book-ii-by-papatia-feauxzar

Djarabi Kitab Publishing website: https://www.djarabikitabs.com/bookstore/the-ducktrinors-book-i-book-ii 

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