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Teaching Toddlers : Kindness and Making Friends

For playgroup in Week 3, we focussed on the theme Kindness & Making Friends.  Our playgroup ranges from kids between 18 months to 2.5 year olds. Around this age, children start to notice other kids and are curious to learn and interact together. So this week, since we had the kids meeting regularly now for 3 weeks, we focused on learning names. Here are the lessons for  Week 1  and  Week 2  which I posted previously on this blog. We have paused our playgroup for now due to coronavirus measures in Istanbul, so I'm sharing what we did before we closed to inspire and help Moms of little kids with ideas for teaching islamic concepts since I know there isn't alot available online focussed on under 3 years olds and I had to make it up as I went along :) We always begin our playgroup with Salaam song(  Omar Hannah ) and "Nabil & Noura say salaam" each week to build consistency. Related to the topic this week of  Kindness & Making Friends , we chose these concepts

Teaching Toddlers: Bismillah

Bismillah Activity  For playgroup in Week 2, we focussed on the theme  Bismillah:  "In the Name of Allah" For Moms: By saying this before we begin anything, it is a  way of remembering and thanking Allah. It is a practical way of making us more mindful of Allah. When we get into this routine, then we remember Allah and always try to do things that please Him. We get maximum benefits from whatever task we are doing by remembering to take Allah's name before it. Aishah [R] related that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "When one of you eats food, then let him say: 'Bismillah.' If he forgets in the beginning, then let him say: 'Bismillah Fi Awwalihi Wa Akhirih (In the Name of Allah in its beginning and its end.)" [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1858] A simple act, such as eating becomes a source of blessing (by the permission of Allah) and an act of worship.  Additionally, various Hadith and saying from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) show us that saying this phrase enables

Teaching Toddlers - Theme : Salaam

I was thinking about a structure for planning the content for our Muslim Mommy & Me Playgroup,  using the islamic toddler books I have at home for ideas. What I realised is that for kids under 3, the lessons have to be super simple. Instead of Aqaaidah (beliefs) or rituals, it's easier and more effective to  focus on Akhlaaq (morals, behaviour as muslims). My dear sister in law (a teacher and homeschooler) gave me a great idea to use the Arabic Alphabet as a prompt for a theme each week. So for (ا) alif, in week 1 you could do a theme around Allah. Maybe use play dough to write the letter ا etc. I may bank this one to use with my 3.5 year old, Insha Allah For playgroup in Week 1, I chose the theme Salaam.   Song: Salaam song( Omar Hannah ) and we use this every week Book : Nabil & Noura say salaam (I had it already at home) Activity : Colouring in with colour pencils (I printed a colouring in page from here ) We always end with a snack and for sunnah snack I offered date

Introducing our Muslim Mommy & Me Playgroup - first in Istanbul

Since my 3.5 year old daughter is now settling in at school, I turned my focus on finding activities or groups for my 2 year old son. With Covid restrictions, so much has changed and the options are limited and just so pricey!  We are lucky to have around us : enthusiastic moms + active toddlers + well-suited parks- put it together and I decided to start my own playgroup! And since we're always trying to find ways to inject some Islamic teachings for our kids as its not so easily accessible here, especially in the modern suburbs (ironic I know!), I've positioned it as  "Muslim Mommy & Me" Playgroup - the first English based one (that I am aware of) in Istanbul Turkey.  The aim is to introduce little kids to key islamic concepts and morals in a fun, social context. We meet outdoors at a local park and I bring along books, art supplies and snacks. Sample Format  🤸🏽‍♀️ exercise (3 mins) 📚 Circle time : salaam song , salawaat  Book/+song (15 mins) 🥒 Sunnah Snack (