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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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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

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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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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

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Creating Atmosphere: The Sounds, Smells, and Rituals of Home

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman(Originally Posted: June 21, 2020) One of the biggest things that I remember about my childhood is the sounds, smells, and rituals of my home. It was always a place that felt warm, smelled good, and was bursting with love, alhumdulilah. I don't for a second, overlook the time,… Continue reading Creating Atmosphere: The Sounds, Smells, and Rituals of Home

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Feeling the Ramadan Spirit for Children

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm ImanOriginally Posted: May 8, 2020 Ramadan is such an exciting time of year, and as parents, we want our children to feel the Ramadan spirit! We decorate, we plan activities, we enroll in programs, read stories, and exchange gifts. Because children also like to sing and dance, I made… Continue reading Feeling the Ramadan Spirit for Children

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Children’s Daily Routine

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman(Originally Posted: May 7, 2020) One of the biggest ways that we as parents can support our children is through creating predictability. This happens by establishing set routines, so that they know what to expect and when to expect it. Having the knowledge of what has passed and what… Continue reading Children’s Daily Routine

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Building Concentration and Focus

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman One of the aspects of the Montessori classroom that was particularly appealing to me was the emphasis on having young children build concentration and focus through practical life activities, which would then carry over into longer math works or other areas of the classroom that required attention to… Continue reading Building Concentration and Focus