A creative list of fantastic ways to teach character traits and enhance reading skills.
As a teacher, I used to select picture books that reinforced the curriculum I was teaching. If those books included diverse representation and wonderful moral lessons, that was a fantastic bonus! However, as a mom, I sought books in an entirely new way. I searched for books that would show my daughters reflections of themselves and their peers in a positive and empowering light. I sought to show them an embodiment of who they are and can be! That’s how Secret Recipe Box was born. Growing up as a Palestinian-Canadian woman, I *never* once saw myself mirrored in the books before me. This lit a fire underneath me. I wanted to show young readers theContinue reading
We’ve had a really hectic start to our summer, and so I thought I’d skip doing a big birthday party for my girls this year. However, my daughter really wanted to celebrate her birthday with her cousins… and I just couldn’t say no. So, we decided to host a casual tea party themed birthday at our home. This was the best option since we kept the guest list small, the food simple, and the decor store bought. My daughter is also the ultimate girly girl, so this theme was right up her alley. Take a look at the details below. General Set Up We tried to go with an elegant setup, that still felt likeContinue reading
As Eid fast approaches, many of us are starting to think about how to make the day memorable for our kids. And… if you’re family is full of kids like mine is, that can be a pretty expensive undertaking. But, don’t fret! I’ve come up with the perfect list of Eid gift favors, that are all UNDER $10! There are so many opportunities to get creative with our Eid gifts. We can give gifts that get kids playing, problem solving and having fun. Here is my list of 5 Eid gift favors that (aren’t candy 😀 and) are under $10! 1. Dollar Store Mix & Match The key here is to pick a theme and these favorsContinue reading
As Ramadan approaches, I started to think about ways to engage my children in this wonderful month. For those of you who may not know, Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims around the world, in which they fast during day time hours and engage in extra worship. While coming up with this basket I wanted to: Make this month special for my kids, and Ensure that they were engaged in something fun & beneficial This way, I could have some time to reflect and pray without the guilt of having bored children. A kids Ramadan basket serves as both an exciting gift to mark the commencement of the month, as well as a littleContinue reading
I love the idea of turning simple and seemingly useless objects into fun educational resources or toys. It shows kids the importance of innovating, being creative and valuing what’s around them. Take a look at all of the fantastic activities I have created and found using mainly popsicle sticks! If you’ve got a stash of popsicle sticks lying around or you’re looking for a fun and creative lesson idea, keep reading! 1. A Probability Game This is such a fun probability game, and it’s super easy to create! All you need are popsicle sticks, a paper towel roll, scissors and a marble (or small ball of playdough). See the pictures and captions below for moreContinue reading
The winer of the comic contest is 6 year old Hafsa!! Check out her wonderful comic below: Comic by the amazing Yes, I’m Hot in ThisWe’ve partnered with the amazing comic author behind Yes, I’m Hot in This to give your students or children a chance at a fun opportunity. Here are all the details (please read carefully): Check out my post about Comic Writing for Kids Download our Comic Strip Writing Package (at the bottom of this page). Have your kids/students complete the package and submit (only) their completed comic strip to firstname.lastname@example.org Our two teams will choose one lucky winner who will receive a free copy of Nightly News with Safa AND willContinue reading
Comics. How can something that looks like such a simple literary genre, carry so much weight? Comics hold the heavy task of pointing at many social, personal, national and political problems. But…. they can come in such a cute package! Getting students familiar with this genre can be a very fun task, and one that we should all undertake at some point. It’s an art to be able to talk about a legitimate issue, with an air of satire or comedy. Let’s show our kids that they can effect and create change in their world, through literature. If you want to teach your students comic strip writing, follow these simple steps below: Comic Writing –Continue reading
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