The run up to Ramadan for us has been one of connection with family and the stories of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). We were blessed to have my father and sister’s family join us for over a week on their Umrah trip, and were able to join my father giving us a full tour of Makkah and Medina alhamdulillah.
During that time, I was thrilled to have been asked by Janine from the Gentle Art of Schooling to join herself and other lovely Mama bloggers to collaborate in sharing our Ramadan Baskets for this year. Whilst I’ve always set up a display and activities, I was excited at the thought of having a basket of books and activities the kids would be choosing from throughout Ramadan to allow for a more child led approach to our homeschool this year. Apart from a few new Islamic Book purchases, we are completely reusing many of our Ramadan resources from last year. I was glad I stored them away neatly into a folder, in fact when the girls saw all that we did, they pushed me to get started with setting up our Ramadan Decor!
When I asked the girls what we should do this Ramadan, they themselves reminded me of the Islamic Studies projects we are currently doing and how we haven’t finished them. In other words that’s what they wanted to continue with. So let me know take you through what’s in our Ramadan basket and the projects we will be doing completely at our own pace with no attempts to complete anything through the month of Ramadan at all. In fact we will be continuing with our much loved projects that we focused on in this month prior to Ramadan.
What’s in our Ramadan Basket?
Islamic Studies Projects
Our 3 ongoing projects include Stories of the Prophets, the 99 names of Allah Project (click here for more) and our NEW Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) project. All 3 of these are BIG projects so we are continuing them slowly throughout our homeschool and the girls want to focus on them some more this Ramadan. More on our Islamic Studies Projects can be found here.
Using Naima B Robert’s lovely book we will be starting off Ramadan sighting the moon and doing our much loved OREO phases of the moon activity – last year we also tracked the phases of the moon throughout the month.
Ramadan Around the World
Last Ramadan we used this book and created some fabulous posters that we will be reflecting on this year. We loved that we were able to connect with many Muslims across the globe!
My first Ramadan
Now that my children are growing in their learning some of our previous bought books like this one will be much loved this year.
Giving Iftaar and feeding others
I purchased some new books to add to our Islamic Book collection including Who will help me with Iftaar and The Secret Recipe Book. These books will be great to encourage my daughters to help in the kitchen and add some recipes to their new recipe books – which they have recently taken an interest to.
Tarawih – Keep busy activities
My first Quran with pictures By Shereen Sharief is a favourite here and now that we have the colouring books too, it’ll make memorising our surahs even more fun! These will be perfect to take along to the masjid along with some colours at Tarawih Time.
Mindfulness this Ramadan
This Ramadan we want to bring in mindfulness through some books we have, the fabulous cards we downloaded from Mini Mindful Muslims, and by slowly introducing the concept of Hadith – now that my girls have become somewhat familiar with the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). I will introduce Hadith as what the Prophet did and told us we should do as Muslims. We are hoping to become more aware of gratitude towards Allah by means of making dua and giving to others.
Our Favourite Islamic Books
Some of our favourite Islamic Books also made this year’s Ramadan Basket including:
I hope this post has been useful – For links to all our previous posts on Ramadan click on the links below:
Ramadan Activities & Resources
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