What Am I ? – FREE For Five Days

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Assalamu aleikum,

My first children’s book‘What Am I?’ is out! Alhamdullilah.

The direct link is https://www.amazon.com/What-Am-Race-Are-Book-ebook/dp/B01N39Z3X4

– Click to buy at no cost to you with ‘1 click’ once on Amazon.

The paperback on the other hand is not free so make sure you pick eBook for a freebie.

**Based on numerous authentic ahadith saying that it is forbidden to draw animate beings, the characters in ‘What Am I?’ are faceless.**

– If you live in a country or zone where the title is not available, please change your address to a USA address and your country to USA. Then, you can download the story. When you are done, you can change your address back to your actual address.

– If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the app for your device.

  • You can read here on amazon’s cloud here

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Jazak’Allah khair for peaking here and supporting the work. Please leave a review.

Papatia Feauxzar

What (Race) Am I?

Bismillah,

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I was on maternity leave when one day I decided to turn on the TV and watch what kind of shows were on while I was at work. This is how I came upon The Real and this episode. Otherwise, I don’t watch much TV. I go through periods though where I only read or where I’m hooked on certain series. Other than that, it gets challenging to watch TV daily and alhamdullilah for that.

Anyways, the issue of race spoke loudly to me so I decided to author a book for the sake of my own child in America. Prior to that, I had met people in college who had issues with mixed couples like ours. They said that the offsprings of such unions are scarred for life; they longed for a sense of belonging. I thought, “That’s interesting. We don’t have that issue in Africa.” I did my research and BAM! There was some truth in it.

Anyways, the project was in the back-burner for a while and is now being designed alhamdullilah.

Below is a sneak peak page. A bit hard to see but you can have an idea…

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Description: When Nouredine goes to his first day of school at Fitra Pre-School, his joy is crushed when one of his schoolmates asked, ‘What are you?’ and mockeries ensued. He turns to his parents for an answer which satisfies him. This book uses a theist approach to discuss race issues with biracial children from Black and White parents. We can all agree that the ‘What Race Are You?’ is an inevitable question biracial and mixed race children will face at least once in their lives if not permanently. Nouredine’s father is an American citizen originally from the Balkans. His mother is also a US citizen originally from West Africa. Nouredine is American and was born in Texas. Depending on how the reader looks at it, Nouredine can be considered African-American, biracial or multi-racial.

Goal of this post: If you know anybody who is in a multi-racial or bi-racial family who might be interested in reviewing my children book when it comes out, please tell them to contact me here so I can tell them when the Amazon free kindle promotion starts insha’Allah.

Please keep us in your duas so that this project goes through  insha’Allah. May Allah protect us from the evil eye, amiin.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

Homeschooling Activities (HSA) : Puzzles

Bismillah,

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If I had to pick a kunya, I would pick Umm AB. And if I had to nickname my child, I would call this dragon/dinosaur ABsaurus. Seriously, he’s one *Laughs*.

So let’s start! Our Homeschooling Activities are a challenge as they should be y’all. Amonsgt other activities like building blocks, reading letters and words, we’re working on puzzles alhamdullilah.

We’ve first mastered this puzzle below masha’Allah.

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Then, in second position we mastered this one because the pieces are bigger and a bit rougher than the previous one. The tiny fingers had a tough time grabbing the knob of the pieces.

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We’re currently working on this one; the smallest and the most challenging one by far because it doesn’t have carved spots built into it. The toddler has to rely on his skill of being visual.

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We’ll get there insha’Allah *wink*. The first two puzzles were gifted to me by my former supervisor. She used it with her two sons and didn’t need them anymore. The last one, we received it as a gift as well alhamdullilah. See the back of one of the pieces of the third puzzle? The kiddo is a writer alright, he vandalizes everything! Lol. I guess he takes after me masha’Allah. My relatives call him L’écrivain noir even though he’s biracial…

At home, I won’t give him a pen anymore, just coloring pencils and it’s not any better because he will write on anything without exception; toys, children’s books, walls, kitchen cabinets… Subhanallah.

When we go out, I make sure I  always have a pen and a paper (or a receipt) because he will come ask for these two pieces. If I don’t have them, oh boy! I’m in trouble….

Actually, as soon as the cashier hands you a receipt, he will demand the receipt and the bonus; the pen, so he can write on it. Don’t ask me why.

Anyways, what are you guys working on?

Wassalam,

~Umm AB aka A Ducktrinor Mom~

Deeni Tales – A Review

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Deeni Tales is a 30 page children’s book composed of several short stories by Kadeeja Nourin Ibrahim. It’s the author debut book. These tales are aimed at Muslim children who love stories and can already read.

Pros: These eight stories will keep children’s minds stimulated while teaching them things about Islam.

Cons: It needs more judicious editing. In my opinion, it also reinforces certain stereotypes about certain races and portrays the objectification cliché of the virtues of wearing hijab a little bit.

Having said that, children will learn tenets of Islam in these concise short stories. I wish the author growth in her writing career and much success with Deeni Tales. Ameen.

Rating: 3/5

You can follow the author here on Facebook or on YouTube.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

A Ducktrinor Mom

~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review~

A Review of “I’m So Angry!”

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Author:  Sarah Javed

Illustrator : Yati Yusoff

Publisher : SH Publishing (Sarah’s Homeschool Publishing)

What to expect: Self-reflection, Better parenting tips, Wudu technique, and a Happy family

Summary: Huthayfah is an eight year old boy who struggles to deal with his anger when he doesn’t get his way.

What did the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) tell us to do when we get angry? Let Huthayfah share how he learns to control his anger.

Suitable as a point of discussion for a variety of ages, however, aimed at ages 5-8 years.

Our Thoughts: The only page that has a face is the front page with the worm. The pictures inside the book are faceless yet we can read the emotions of the characters. It was well done masha’Allah.

In the Gulzar’s home, life is beautiful. Huthayfah wants to go to the park alone but wise Mommy wants to bring the whole bunch on this trip and after she is at a good stopping point with her daily homeschooling activities in the house.

Huthayfah is not pleased with Mommy’s reply because he didn’t want a crowd. So he throws a fit and breaks a few things. Mommy could have hit him for his behavior but she didn’t. She sent him to his room instead to reflect on his behavior.

In his room, Huthayfah reflects and remembers several religious scriptures that help him calm down. After trying very hard to get Shaytan away from him, our protagonist succeeds and comes back down.

Buy your copy today on Amazon here to find out the rest of the story :). I ordered mine there and it came within a week! Alhamdullilah.

You can follow the author’s homeschooling journey and tips on YouTube  or in Instagram @sarahijaved.

Our Rating : 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

 

Build Your Arabic Vocabulary Series by Dr. Alia Khaled

 

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Build Your Arabic Vocabulary series is by Dr. Alia Khaled. She’s a multi talented person masha’Allah. I enjoyed reading her four free books while my son pointed at images or just sat next to me and being mischievous as usual. I can read Arabic but at snail pace… This series is perfect because not only it’s for beginners, it’s also visual. The series is composed of four books : Arabic Letters, Arabic Numbers, Colors in Arabic, and Shapes in Arabic.

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Link: https://www.amazon.com/Arabic-Numbers-Build-Your-Vocabulary-ebook/dp/B01F483B2G

Arabic Letters

This is assuming that your children or yourselves already know the different letter positions at the beginning, middle, and end.

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Link : https://www.amazon.com/Arabic-Letters-Build-Your-Vocabulary/dp/0997099941

Color names in Arabic

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Link : https://www.amazon.com/Colors-Build-Your-Arabic-Vocabulary/dp/0997099925

Shapes in Arabic

Arabic ShapesLink : https://www.amazon.com/Shapes-Build-Your-Arabic-Vocabulary-ebook/dp/B01F4837ZM

If you aren’t fluent like me, it’s definitely a collection to have to increase yours and your children’s Arabic vocabulary, some of which you might have known or not known they were the same in Arabic and in the different languages that you speak.

For instance, I drew some parallels with French words, English words, Turkish words, and my own very mother tongue (African Dialect) which borrowed many Arabic words too!

Now, if you’re fluent, it’s still a good tool for your children to have. It’s even better because it’s a complimentary teaching aid. There is no such thing as too much education.

To close, download a free coloring book here. You can get all these books on Amazon or at Alif Baa World.

Jazakh’Allah Khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

 

A Dress For Eid

 

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Author: Jameela Ho
Ilustrator: InikamiEDU
Format: Kindle eBook
Age: 2-5 years old
Summary : Learn the colours with Ruqayya and Rabeah as they decorate a dress for Eid.
Our thoughts: Ruqayya and Rabbeah are two crafty little Muslimah who will help teach your children colors like white, pink, black, yellow, blue, red, orange, purple and green. They also work with shapes like stars, ribbons, circles and half circles, hearts, and flower symbols.
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You can download the following printables on the Author website for your young children.
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My rating: 4.5/5
Thank you for reading,
~A Ducktrinor Mom~
*I received a free copy*

Parenting Guides and Some!

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Muslim Parenting Journal: The Journal  is about 42 pages. It includes plenty of space for you to write down the way you will implement your parenting skills after it gives you hadiths sherif, quotes or proverbs for each of the 19 strategies of better parenting. This is also a great writing prompt for parents to reflect on past and future actions.

Fitra Journal Volume 1 Issue 1: Whether you are a seasoned homeschooler or just curious about this educational option for your children, Fitra Journal offers a community of Muslim homeschoolers’ experiences so that we may travel this less-worn path together, in sha Allah. Our diverse contributors hail from both Muslim and nonMuslim-majority countries and have experienced a wide variety of homeschooling styles. The journal publishes personal accounts, methodology explanations, resource reviews and a bounty of general homeschooling information and ideas, always from a deen-centered perspective. Volume 1, Issue 1 – ‘Getting Started’ has several articles that are especially helpful for beginning and organizing your homeschooling lifestyle, such as budget planning, curriculum breakdowns, advice for reluctant parents and solid self-care tips to avoid burnout. We also hear from children who are homeschooled, a single-parent, homeschoolers in Pakistan and Morocco, and a mother of a child with Dyslexia.

The Shapes of Eid According To Me: From curvy crescents and swirly swirls to ovals, triangles and spheres, Eid is filled with shapes that are your very own. Follow this rhyming story of the many shapes of this special day.

How To Guide Children’s Behavior (From an Islamic Perspective): of about 37 pages goes deeper and coaches us on how to act and say things to our children. It makes us realize that it’s not what we say that have an impact on our children. It’s how and the way we say it. 

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Fitra Journal Volume 1 Issue 2 : Whether you are homeschooling temporarily or longterm, the Fitra Journal has brought together an international community of homeschoolers to provide you with the support and how-to for one of the most difficult tasks you will ever undertake. Written by Muslim homeschoolers for Muslim homeschoolers, the Fitra Journal uniquely addresses the issues we are most concerned about – striving to provide our children with both an academic as well as Islamic education, raising well-rounded, and deen-centered people. This issue of the quarterly publication includes: • How to build healthy boundaries with your children. • Deschooling explained. • Guiding Muslim children to responsibly use the internet. • The ins and outs of using technology in home education. • Worldschooling from your sofa. • One homeschooler’s experiences after high school and on to university.

The Guide Your Child’s Behavior Workbook is about 27 pages and it will give you many tips before you resort to corporal punishment if must go there as a parent.

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

Fitra Journal: The Muslim Homeschool Quarterly: Getting Started Volume 1 Issue 1

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Fitra Journal: The Muslim Homeschool Quarterly: Getting Started

is a nice collection of testaments by Muslim Homeschoolers, a few of which are men masha’Allah. I loved this free treat because the contributors provide many resources and some of their opinions mirror my current state of mind. I’ll not impose anything on my son. I’ll continue to let him roam free and discover things on his own and intervene when he needs me. This was reinforced by the scripture which says that for the first seven years of a child’s life, play with the child. In the next seven years, teach them, and in the last seven years (by 21 years), be a friend. So I plan to do just that because I have a full load of tasks already.

To get back to the review, Fitra’s first issue is divided in five chapters. Chapter 1 deals with ‘Where to Start’. Chapter 2 with ‘The Fundamentals’, Chapter 3 talks about ‘Socializing, Support and Self Care’, and Chapter 4 is ‘Further Outside The Box’. Finally, Chapter 5 is about ‘Resources We Love’. Each section is exactly what it sells. It’s on point.

Now, preparation is the key and this issue is very helpful and resourceful because I tell you homeschooling information can be draining and overwhelming! While I have to get the man of the house to agree to homeschool when the kiddo reaches 7 years old, the testaments of Karima Heraoua titled ‘How I Got My Husband To Homeschool’ in particular gives me hope. We have plenty of time to see eye-to-eye on this issue insha’Allah. The kiddo is such a social butterfly and socialization is the main concern. And contributor Jamila Alqarnain addresses this issue and ways to counteract it. Besides, I try my best to make sure the kiddo doesn’t become sheltered.

Klaudia Khan and Saira Siddiqui’s point of views were also very valuable as I felt like they were talking to me in ‘Learning to speak their language‘ and ‘Understanding Child’s Play’ respectively.

Now, I need to get my copy of Miraj Audio because I use an eclectic source with morals from traditional story books which is fine but I want religious tones instilled in my child as well as we ride this homeschool journey we started in November 2015. I’ve always wondered if there was such a thing like Miraj Audio or if it was something I needed to design for the needs of my child. And there is. Alhamdullilah for the help of all these homeschoolers trying to make it easy for us.Jazakh’Allah khair to y’all!

My rating: 5/5