Memorizing Qur’an & Duas with Toddlers

Assalamu’alaikum and hello!

One night during our bedtime routine while I was saying the du’a (supplication) before sleeping with Little Duck, she repeated a couple of the words along with me.  It dawned on me that she was ready and capable of memorizing.  I asked her to repeat it word by word after me every night.  A couple of nights later, she had the du’a memorized in its entirety (albeit – it is a short one), Masha’Allah.  Her milestones always amaze me and are a reminder of the beauty of creation, Subhanallah.   Continue reading

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Maple Leaf Marble Painting

This week was spent recuperating from the traveling and so I won’t be posting “Our Week in Pictures” since I did not really document our activities this week.  However, we did try to get into the fall spirit by doing some marble painting of a maple leaf.  I had no idea what marble painting was until I found this on Pinterest.  It can be done with anything really, but we used it to paint a fall leaf.

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Updates & Tot School

Apologies for my long absence.  I was busy having my second baby (Masha’Allah!), helping Little Duck adjust, and hosting visitors.  All that is done now.  We are getting into more of a routine and I hope to be blogging more regularly.  I had some awesome Ramadan activity posts planned – that are sitting in my drafts section – but they will have to wait until next Ramadan, Insha’Allah.

Before I had my baby boy, let’s call him Peanut, I decided it was important to create a twelve month plan for my daughter.  I knew once I had him, I would be all over the place and wouldn’t have the time to give it as much thought.  Not only that, a lesson I learned while teaching was the importance of taking the time to prep.  Being prepared helps things run more smoothly and increases your chances of success.  I definitely felt that my friends with older children thought I was being idealistic and naive.  Maybe I am in over my head, but I think I owe Little Duck the effort.  I just have to be adaptable and understand that I may not accomplish everything I have planned.  I will consider myself successful if I get to a fraction of the activities and Little Duck is having fun and learning. Continue reading