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Montessori Practical Life Lesson: Pumpkin Pounding

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Here is a fun, "Practical Life" activity for littles that is seasonally appropriate. Context: The Practical Life area of the Montessori classroom is the first space that children see when they enter the classroom. The reason for this, is because it is the most familiar to children in… Continue reading Montessori Practical Life Lesson: Pumpkin Pounding

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Envisioning My Village

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman The need to be part of a community is essential to humanity. We need friends, confidants, role models, peers to learn from, and people of varying ages to be part of our daily lives. Communities and villages are comprised of people from various walks of life who each… Continue reading Envisioning My Village

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Not Everything Cherished Need Be Owned

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman I have always been a person inclined toward purging. I am constantly giving away or selling items that are no longer needed and reevaluating the purpose of the things that I do own. When I came across the term minimalism it seemed to suit me perfectly! As time… Continue reading Not Everything Cherished Need Be Owned

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Homeschooling: It Doesn’t Have to be Complicated

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Homeschooling is a choice that many families have decided to make. For some, this was a conscious-decision long before the Pandemic; but for others, the state of world affairs has pushed them into this role and opened up a can of worms in trying to navigate it. It… Continue reading Homeschooling: It Doesn’t Have to be Complicated

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Simplicity Parenting: Things You Will Always Find In Our Home

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman I truly believe in the simplicity and magic of childhood. Children have an unique ability to see wonder and amazement in the most simple of things. Take for example the common observation that children will play with the box that the toy came in for hours, rather than… Continue reading Simplicity Parenting: Things You Will Always Find In Our Home

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Setting Up Our Homeschooling Space

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman A successful homeschooling experience looks like having a space for your learning and your playing to take place. Consider the design of a classroom, library, or museum. The design incorporates beauty, sparks creativity, encourages critical thinking, and ideally, makes a person want to be and learn there. These… Continue reading Setting Up Our Homeschooling Space

atmosphere, concentration, connection to Allah, family culture, focus, motherhood, peaceful environment, personal development, routines, spirituality, time at home, unity

The Necessity of Consistent “Tech-Free” Time

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman My family and I have recently taken up the challenge of going tech-free for 24 hours, every weekend. For us, this means: no televisions, no screens, no laptops/devices, no radio, and no phones (we do use my actual camera if I want to take pictures). This has been… Continue reading The Necessity of Consistent “Tech-Free” Time

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Hifdh Kids: Safe Media for Muslim Children

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman This post is a redirect to the original post by Hifdh Kids in support of my friend, Maryam Binbrake. Please check out the post, along with the website for accessing your child's favorite Islamic shows in a safe way--free of ads, free of inappropriate targeting and content, and… Continue reading Hifdh Kids: Safe Media for Muslim Children

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Becoming a Family of Prayer

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman One of my spiritual goals has always been to be a person of prayer. For me, this means: being a person who truly finds peace, comfort, and contentment in the salah; developing concentration and connection in the salah; fulfilling the salah at the earliest timing with a fresh… Continue reading Becoming a Family of Prayer

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The Autonomy of Creating Family Culture

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman I have had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a year-long, parenting program that centers around creating "family bliss." Each month has a specific theme with tons of videos, resources, guest speakers, and live sessions to diver deeper into the objectives of that theme. The month of July… Continue reading The Autonomy of Creating Family Culture