MahoganyMuslimah

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Why Homeschool? (plr)

There are many reasons why parents choose to homeschool their kids. For many it is because they want to add religious content to their children’s learning experience.

Making the decision to home school is usually a very difficult not and it is not one to be taken lightly. It is a personal decision that no one can make for you, but maybe I can help in the thought process by providing you with a comprehensive guide to making the choice to homeschool your kids a successful one.

When making the homeschool decision, you must first consider these things:

1. Time commitment that is involved. Homeschooling has a tendency to take up a lot of time in your day. It involves more than just sitting down with books for a couple of hours. There are experiments and projects that have to be done, lessons to prepare, papers to grade, field trips, park days, music lessons, and the list just keeps on going. You can go online and search for some sample schedules that will help to give you an idea of a typical day.

2. Personal sacrifice. The homeschooling parent has very little personal time or time alone and away from their children. If a lot of care is not taken to set aside time for yourself, it is easy for the parent to feel overwhelmed. Basically, the parent and child are together 24 hours a day and this can get frustrating on both sides.

3. Financial problems can arise. Homeschooling can be accomplished with very little cost to you; however, it usually requires that the teaching parent will not be working out of the home. Some sacrifices will need to be made if the family is used to two incomes. Of course, if you are a single parent, this could pose an even bigger problem.

4. Time for socialization. More attention will need to be given to getting your children together with his/her peers. The best part of homeschooling is being able to have more control of the social contacts your child makes. However, the downside is that you must prepare your child yourself on how to socialize with other kids. Homeschooling has a tendency to make your child feel isolated.

5. Household organization is harder. Housework and laundry and other house work will still have to be done, but it probably won’t get done first thing in the morning. If you are a neat freak, you might be in for a big surprise. Not only does housework need to be let go at times, but homeschooling creates messes and clutter on its own. You will have to get organized so that you can keep your home together.

6. Both parents must agree to it. It is important that both parents agree to homeschooling. It is very difficult for this to work if one of the parents is against it. If your spouse is against it at this time, try doing more research and talking to more people so that you can be absolutely certain it is something that both of you can agree upon. Otherwise, the chances for success are much smaller.

7. Your child has to be willing. A willing student is crucial to the success of homeschooling. Ultimately, the decision is the parents to make, but if your child is dead against it, you might have a very difficult time in teaching them. The fact of the matter is that an unwilling child can sabotage his/her own school efforts.

8. Know that it works one year at a time. It isn’t a lifetime commitment and doesn’t have to become one. If you find that homeschooling just isn’t worth it, you can choose to go the regular route.

There is a lot more to homeschooling than to just do it. As a parent, you must know that your child’s education is the most important factor in his/her future. You need to be thoroughly prepared for all of the time and commitment that is involved. If you are thinking of choosing homeschooling for your child (ren), this guide will help to make it a successful transition.

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Ways to Increase Metabolism

  • EAT HEALTIHER AND SNACK HEALTHIER
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY
  • GET ENOUGH OF REST
  • DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

     

Metabolism is how our bodies process and break down cells in our systems to convert them into energy. As you know, the older we get, the more our body changes and many things begin to slow down. But we will discuss that in a later posting. My top ways for increasing metabolism are as follows:

  • EAT AND SNACK HEALTHIER

    Add more fruits and veggies to your diet, especially ones high in water content.

  • EXERCISE REGULARLY

    Even if it is nothing strenuous, like push-ups, pull-ups, or Pilates, exercise will play a major role in speeding up your metabolism. Walking, jogging, doing squats and even doing daily house work is better than sitting around doing nothing.

  • GET YOUR REST

    I say this to myself first. Setting a routine of going to bed at a designated time and rising at a set time is much healthier than sleeping at anytime, day or night. Getting rest allows our bodies time to rejuvenate and restore the system for the upcoming day.

  • DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Water is a natural source of nutrients, amongst other things, that does more than hydrate our body. It regulates our body temperature, aids in healthier hair, skin, and nails, and helps to break-down and flush out fats (from by-products) in our systems. (http://www.mangosteen-natural-remedies.com/images/functions-of-water-in-the-body.jpg)

Benefits of Lemons

  • Aides in weight loss
  • Antibacterial source
  • Builds immune system
  • Has natural pectin
  • Can be used to make homemade products, such as all natural cleaner: lemon peels, vinegar and water. Equal parts. Let stand a week and place into spray bottle.


For more information and insight, please visit: http://www.beliefnet.com/Health/Physical-Health/Hidden-Health-Secrets-of-Lemons.aspx

Honey, Honey, Honey

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A Beautiful Dua….

Ameen! I love it, love it, love it!

Muslimah

A Beautiful Dua….  

“O Allah, help me to say words of truth in the face of the mighty…. And to refrain from speaking ill in order to gain the applause of the weak… And do not let me accuse my adversaries of treachery because their opinions oppose mine…   O Allah , should you give me wealth, do not take away my happiness… And should you give me might, do not take away my wisdom…. And should you give me success do not take away my humility… And should you give me modesty do not take away my sense of dignity…   O Allah, teach me to love others as I love myself… And teach me to judge myself as I judge others… And teach me that forgiveness is one of the greatest step towards strength…   O Allah, do not curse me with arrogance should I be…

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As salamu alaikum and hello to all. Sorry that I stepped away for a moment. I am working on making this blog into a an actual dot com site. I have managed to get it up and running but I am a long way from where I feel I need to be. Any suggestions, tips, and ideas are welcome. So, don’t fret, I will never leave you hanging, in sha Allah. Also, I have been working on so much new material. I have created several notebooks-from homemaking to homeschooling. I also have some DIY ideas, for example, I just made my first No Sew Apron, foam hand soap (using Soft Soap) and more. I will submit links and photos soon, in sha Allah. In the mean time, you can check out my site, http://mahoganymuslimah.com/  I look forward to your comments and suggestions! 🙂

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The Slow Foods Mama

I’m currently on a mission to cultivate my inner anal-housewife, and creating a homemaking binder has been a step in the right direction. Also, I think better when I have mindless tasks to do, so designing some pretty printables doesn’t seem like a complete waste of time.

I did a lot of poking around on other housewife-y blogs to learn about this magical and mysterious homekeeping / homemaking / family / mum binder.

I must say, I was completely unaware such things existed. Now that I am in charge of a home and family full time, I can see why.

The homemaking binder is basically Command Central for busy homemakers. (And a good way to get all of the crap that floats around on your mental to do lists down on paper.) I saw lots of examples online ranging from downright beautiful to simple workhorses.

I bought a cheapie three ring…

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Written by Theresa Corbin

Jihad! Yes, I said it *looks over shoulder to see if the FBI is going to pounce*.

Jihad is a source of fear and loathing the world over. It is embedded in popular culture as something crazed Muslims do in the name of their religion. But what does it really mean? Should we rely on the media to learn our religion or to learn about other’s religions? 

jihad graffiti

Nah, prolly not a good idea. Unless you like being ignorant and led down the path of bigotry. Is there a place we can go to find out the truth about such things? Is there a source? Somehow? Somewhere? Yes, and in the case of jihad it is the Quran. The source is the Quran. Not those who take Quranic verses and explain them out of context.  

Jihad does not mean to blow oneself up and kill…

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DIY POWDER LAUNDRY DETERGENT

    As salaam alaikum. Alahmdulilah, I think I have found it! After reading a million and one blogs and thorough Google searching, I think I’ve found the easiest and most basic mixtures. I will post various links so that you can all see the original works and where I got my ideas from directly.

 

My Recipe

1-Large Container for storing

2-3 Bars of Ivory soap (To be microwaved)

1-Box of Borax (Wal-Mart has 20 Mule Team Borax)

1-Box of Washing Soda (Arm& Hammer)

1-2 Containers of Purex Crystals or Downy (no liquid)

1-Container of Oxyclean (Dollar Tree has generic brand)

 

I microwave my Ivory soap first. (Some people use Zote or other castile soaps but they have to be grated.) Microwave one bar of ivory soap at a time for 2-3 minutes, keeping an eye on it. It will puff up! Microwaving the soap makes it easier to work with, as it is just crumbles with little effort. Some people prefer t grate the soap with a cheese grater, food processor or blender. I use Ivory and if microwaved, it pretty much grates itself.

My local Wal-Mart carries Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and 20 Mule team Boras. I’ve read many posts and blogs with people who have no access to these things. I also found a review for turning baking soda into washing soda for people who don’t have it available in their area. I at first thought there was no difference between the two. I was so wrong. Baking soda has more crystallized granules and washing soda is plain, dull and has smaller granules. Tips can be found here http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2012/05/ten-things-laundry.html

You can also do a Google search and find great homemade detergents, both powder and liquid. I will also be posting a DIY section so you will be able to find more ideas, tips, and tricks for cleaning, home maintenance, and other household areas.

Good luck! Leave me a comment if you have tried this or similar recipes, have tips or even if you make your own. Thanks in advance, MahoganyMuslimah

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Making Things Work

    Alhamdulilah, we live to see another beautiful day. I just wanted to write a bit about my family. As you know, my husband and I have only one child, who is also home-schooled. When we first began discussing the idea of homeschooling, everyone had something negative to say about how we could possibly ruin my son’s life. With our backgrounds, interest, beliefs, and abilities, we felt homeschooling was best for him. But what about the requirements, doesn’t he need to be around children his age, what on Earth will he do all day; watch television and play video games, don’t you need to have a break sometimes; this was just the beginning of the questions to come. We have only been homeschooling for a few months and everyone’s perception has changed. This is why I say, you have to do what is best for your family. Not just you, but better for the family.

    Where we live, there are no local home-school support groups or even buses or cabs for that matter. I rely on the internet for majority of our resources and support. We have a statewide home-school conference, which is a 2 ½ hour drive away, scheduled for May. Our plans are to be in attendance in sha Allah. If for some reason we can’t, well, Allah knows best. There are many support groups online. I am a member of a few on Yahoo Groups. I have met many beautiful homeschooling mothers from all around the country.

    I am a frugal home-school mom. I shop at Dollar Tree for many school and craft supplies, as well as informal posters. I do not spend a fortune on books. I frequent the local library, thrift store, and discount stores as much as possible. We also work with a lot of e-books. Kindle has great books that are free, especially for unit studies.(http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/ ) is a great website that has continuous updates of free or dirt cheap books for kindle devices. I usually print some e-books (the short ones) because my son seems to work better with something physically in his hand. I print a lot! I purchased my handy-dandy hp printer from Wal-Mart for 34 bucks. It does all that I need it to do. I also get the pleasure of purchasing cheap in refills/cartilages from various sites. ($14 for black @ Wal-mart) I recycle printer paper. I use the backs of pages for reprinting and scrap paper for crafts and working out math problems. I even take out my cartilages, give them a good shake and print for a few more times afterwards. I can’t complain! I don’t have the most in the world but I appreciate what I do have.

    We are also planting a small garden. We’ve purchased some seeds and some we just keep from the fruit and veggies that we consume daily. We started some container plants indoors but nothing has spouted yet. (only been 2 weeks) We’ll see how that goes, in sha Allah.

    The moral of this post is that you have to do what is best for you and your family. Everyone will have their opinion about what you should and/or shouldn’t be doing. Go with your better judgment. The more you do something, the easier it becomes to you. I wish you all the best.

Leave me a comment if you have had similar experiences or encouraging words to share. Love to hear from you. Thanks in advance, MahoganyMuslimah

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Allahu Akbar

    Today has been a great day for me! Alhamdulilah! I am somehow managing to get all of my housework done, home-school, and write without having a single drop of coffee. I really don’t know why but I am excited today. I also get to go house shopping (picking up supplies) today too! Yay!
I don’t know about anyone else but I get super excited about picking up things for the house and making sure we all have what we need (without breaking the bank). I have clipped my coupons and made a short list of things I need to pick up. The Frugal Girls (http://www.thefrugalgirls.com/) has a great list of DIY ideas that will really stretch a buck. There is a link for Dawn dish detergent DIY foam that I plan on making today for my project. It is very simple to do.

Tools Needed:

1-empty foam soap dispenser

1/3- Dawn dish detergent (a few teaspoons)

2/3- water

You will need to put the detergent in the container first before the water. ***Do Not Shake***

    This recipe can also be used for making foam hand soap in the dispenser.

I hope you will have as much fun making yours as I will. I also have my son making the foam hand soap for his bathroom. We’ll just have to see how well this goes.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment below with any ideas or suggestions. Thanks in advance, MahoganyMuslimah

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My Frizzled Fridays

    As salaam alaikum, happy Jummah. So my day starts off with me over-sleeping. I was working lat on The Night at the Museum (Battle of Smithsonian) unit study. I think it is the perfect thing! This movie brought so many characters to life and me being me, I had to make it into a project.

    I found a great blog who decided to do a Night at the Museum unit also. http://elementaryspirits.com/ They even have a list of historical characters form the movies that makes for great research, such as: Attila the Hun, The Tuskegee airmen, Easter Island, and Ivan the terrible. She has great ideas and I’m sure my son will love it also. He is also super excited. I have created a list of characters that would be great to do this unit study on that tie in with the movie.

The Civil War

Teddy Roosevelt

Al Capone

Amelia Earhart

Octavian

Sacagawea

Albert Einstein

The Thinker and Kahmunah

Abe Lincoln

George Foreman (Bio)

Ben Stiller (Bio)

    I would suggest doing the unit and research before watching the movie. When your child/children knows even the basics of the historical characters, it makes watching the movies afterward very interesting and rewarding.

    I hope this post was helpful. If you have any suggestions for this or other unit studies, or if you have any questions, just drop me a comment. Thanks in advance, MahoganyMuslimah

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