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Awaiting Ramadan...

Though Ramadan has begun for most by now, we're anxiously awaiting it in the next hour or so.

Since we've been back to the states from the gulf region, the past few years of Ramadan haven't had the same feel, but alhamdulillah it feels like this year we are more in the swing of things as we have  new littles who are just now understanding what it is and are excited.  It's been so long since I've really done a lot of the creative things that we used to when my older kids were little.

So, I've just printed out our Ramadan journal covers




and inshaa Allah we'll have a Ramadan kick off meeting tonight where we'll read a little of Sittings in Ramadan, read Quran and start on our Ramadan board/wall.



For those for whom Ramadan has arrived, Ramadan Mubarak!






Daily Quraan Reading Schedule for Ramadan

If you are looking to complete reading the Quraan during the month of Ramadan, in shaa Allah, the RamadhanPlanner blog has a helpful daily reading schedule for Ramadan that breaks down the reading of the whole Quraan by day (a portion is read after each of the five daily prayers).

RamadhanPlanner Daily Quraan Reading Schedule


Tips for Setting Up a Ramadan Schedule



Tips for Creating a Ramadan Schedule

(From 2014): I'm just now getting into the Ramadan organization mode and sat down today to try to put together a schedule for our Ramadan days.  I find that they are more productive when we have some sort of schedule in place even if it is only loosely made or followed.  

Here are a few tips/things to consider when setting up your Ramadan daily schedule:

1. Set up a regularly scheduled time to prepare sahoor
2. Set up a regularly scheduled time to wake up the rest of the fasters
3. Decide on post sahoor/post fajr activities:
Examples:
Go back to sleep
Exercises
Recite Quraan
Schoolwork
Housework
4. Set up a time to wake nonfasters
5. Set up a time for nonfasters’ meals and snack times
6. Decide on regular afternoon activities (read quraan, school work, etc)
7. Set up regular time for reading quraan (juz a day or whatever you choose)
8. Set up a regular time for preparing iftaar
9. Decide on normal after dinner activities (read quraan, housework, family time, etc).
10. Set up appropriate bedtimes for each family member

11. Set up a time to do any needed prep for suhoor to make the next morning go more smoothly, in shaa Allah.

Sample Ramadan Routine


  • Wake Up/Say Duaa for Waking Up/Make Wudhu/Pray Tahajjud
  • Prepare/Eat Suhoor
  • Pray Salatul Fajr
  • Read or Memorize Quraan (family members can take turns reading)
  • Clean up
  • Brief Ramadan family meeting (discuss how fasting is going so far in the month, discuss what the day's plan is, read an Islamic article, read Quraan together)
  • Free Time or Nap
  • Non-faster (kids) wake up/eat breakfast/get dressed/clean up
  •    Learning Activities, such as from TJ Ramadan :)
  • Pray Dhuhr/Lunch for non-fasters
  • Nap for little ones (and fasters if desired)
  • Pray Asr
  • Read Quraan or Ramadan related articles or story or ahadith or Ramadan Craft
  • Clean Up; Get Dates/water ready for breaking fast
  • Break the Fast
  • Pray Salatul Maghrib
  • Eat Dinner
  • Clean up
  • Pray Isha
  • Brief Ramadan Family meeting (discuss how fasting day went; review meal plan(make sure have everything for next day’s suhoor); review behavior charts
  • Free Time/Read Quraan/Clean Up/Bedtime for younger children
  • Prep for suhoor in the morning, if needed
  • Go to Bed 
If you have a facebook account, you can get some more inspiration from the sister at Creative Motivations' wonderful schedule for her family.




Half Moon Cookies


half moon cookies




Source: In Our Kitchen

HALF MOON COOKIES
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper
Makes approximately 30 cookies

Cookie Ingredients
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
2 cups cake flour
3 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder – the better the powder the better the cookie
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk

Cookie Preparation

  1. Cream the sugar, brown sugar, and shortening.
  2. Add egg and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, and baking powder until cocoa is distributed throughout.
  4. Add this to the wet ingredients and alternate with milk a little at a time and mix until thoroughly combined. This mixture will resemble a thick cake batter.
  5. Scoop and drop onto lined cookie sheet. If you shake each cookie slightly is will allow the batter to settle down.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and remove from oven. Before placing on a wire rack to cool let the cookies sit on the pan for a minute or two.

FROSTING INGREDIENTS
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons hot milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted (reserve this for the chocolate frosting)

FROSTING PREPARATION

  1. Combine all ingredients except the cocoa.
  2. Beat until smooth.
  3. Divide this mixture in half.
  4. Add melted chocolate to half of the frosting and stir well.
  5. Keeping  the frosting slightly warmer than room temperature allows for easier spreading.






Moon Fonts

Add some zip to your projects and learning materials, use a moon font:



Moon phases font


KR Moonlit font


Moon font regular


101! Star Lit Night Font

A Juz a Day Reading

Many people read/recite a juz of the Quraan each day during Ramadan.

Here is a breakdown of the juz from Islam.about.com.
  • Juz’ 1 – Al Fatiha 1 – Al Baqarah 141
  • Juz’ 2 – Al Baqarah 142 – Al Baqarah 252
  • Juz’ 3 – Al Baqarah 253 – Al Imran 92
  • Juz’ 4 – Al Imran 93 – An Nisaa 23
  • Juz’ 5 – An Nisaa 24 – An Nisaa 147
  • Juz’ 6 – An Nisaa 148 – Al Ma’idah 81
  • Juz’ 7 – Al Ma’idah 82 – Al An’am 110
  • Juz’ 8 – Al An’am 111 – Al A’raf 87
  • Juz’ 9 – Al A’raf 88 – Al Anfal 40
  • Juz’ 10 – Al Anfal 41 – At Tauba 92
  • Juz’ 11 – At Tauba 93 – Hud 5
  • Juz’ 12 – Hud 6 – Yusuf 52
  • Juz’ 13 – Yusuf 53 – Ibrahim 52
  • Juz’ 14 – Al Hijr 1 – An Nahl 128
  • Juz’ 15 – Al Isra (or Bani Isra’il) 1 – Al Kahf 74
  • Juz’ 16 – Al Kahf 75 – Ta Ha 135
  • Juz’ 17 – Al Anbiyaa 1 – Al Hajj 78
  • Juz’ 18 – Al Muminum 1 – Al Furqan 20
  • Juz’ 19 – Al Furqan 21 – An Naml 55
  • Juz’ 20 – An Naml 56 – Al Ankabut 45
  • Juz’ 21 – Al Ankabut 46 – Al Azhab 30
  • Juz’ 22 – Al Azhab 31 – Ya Sin 27
  • Juz’ 23 – Ya Sin 28 – Az Zumar 31
  • Juz’ 24 – Az Zumar 32 – Fussilat 46
  • Juz’ 25 – Fussilat 47 – Al Jathiya 37
  • Juz’ 26 – Al Ahqaf 1 – Az Zariyat 30
  • Juz’ 27 – Az Zariyat 31 – Al Hadid 29
  • Juz’ 28 – Al Mujadila 1 – At Tahrim 12
  • Juz’ 29 – Al Mulk 1 – Al Mursalat 50
  • Juz’ 30 – An Nabaa 1 – An Nas 6

For kids, you might want to make a chart or other creative method to track daily quraan reading, such as making little blank book outlines with each juz number written on them and kids color them in or hang them up when a juz has been read.

You might also want to schedule a regular time each day for every one to sit in the same room and recite quraan individually or take turns.

 Though you may  not read/recite at the same pace as during Ramadan, don't leave off Quraan reading/recitation once Ramadan is over!

Reading the Quraan in Ramadaan

By Shaykh ’Abdullaah Ibn Saalih al-Fawzaan

Short essay outlining some of the "heart-warming ahaadeeth about reciting the Qur`aan in and outside of Ramadaan."



Sighting the Crescent Moon of a New Month

Islamic Fatawa Regarding Sighting the Moon



Duaa for Sighting the Moon


Learning Poster

Duaa for Sighting Crescent Moon

This poster is currently available in my Ramadan TJ Organizer which you can download for free. (In shaa Allah, I'll work on providing this as a separate download

Moon Ball Cookies (No bake cookies)

Source: Space Place NASA.gov


(No baking)
Measure the following ingredients into a big, big bowl:
1/2 cup wheat germ
1-1/2 cups peanut butter
1-1/2 cups honey
3 cups dried milk
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
Mix everything together first with a wooden spoon. Now use your hands to shape the dough into small round balls or moons. Or you can shape crescent moons too.
Roll each moon in powdered sugar. They are ready to eat!
If there are any left over, keep them in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.
Makes about 5 dozen moons.

Make your own moon telescopes!

Make a telescope to observe the different phases of the moon before and during Ramadan.. Make a simple cardboard tube telescope or get techie and make a real one. 


Source: PaperCraftsforChildren.com 

Telescopes without Lenses


Telescopes with Lenses