A list of summer research projects for kids that will have kids enjoying their summer even more!
Seasons, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Summer Research Projects for Kids

Summer vacation will undoubtedly be filled with many fun activities for kids to enjoy.  This doesn’t mean we can find small ways of keeping up studious habits, while still enjoying the break.  So, I’ve put together a list of summer research project for kids, that will get your kids excited about learning and also implementing their new found knowledge.  Here we go: Planet Research Have your kids research various planets, our solar system or the stars.  You could take them to a local science center or planetarium.  They could also supplement their research online (and which kid doesn’t love a reason to use the internet :)).  The best part: on a nice summer night, take theContinue reading

Seasons, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Using Summer Fun To Educate Kids

With summer in full swing, many parents fear that their kids will forget the valuable educational lessons they learned throughout the school year.  But, this doesn’t have to be the case.  There is a way to allow your kids to enjoy the full adventures of summer fun, while also sneaking in some valuable lessons.  Here are some wonderful summer lessons for kids! Explore Different Creatures As the weather improves, children have the chance to see various creatures in their natural habitats. Celebrate this by learning about various creatures and how they live and eat.  One great way to commemorate this is to build a bird feeder.  Another idea is to take your children on a crittersContinue reading

Great ideas to teach kids about Ramadan!
Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Teach Kids About Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is fast approaching.  It is a time for Muslims young and old to participate in extra acts of worship and good will.  Whether you’re looking for ways to diversify your classroom or teach your kids the personal importance of Ramadan, here are some ways to talk about the month! Phases of the Moon The month of Ramadan begins with the sighting of a new moon.  This is the perfect opportunity to teach young kids the phases of the moon.  Take a look at this simple craft, for kids of any age! Mosque Diorama During the month of Ramadan, men, women and children frequent their local mosques in the evening to breakContinue reading

A wonderful list of steps and lessons for teaching character traits.
Reading, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Teaching Character Traits

Often times, when kids read a story, they’ll love a certain character, relate to the character and learn valuable lessons.  But sometimes, the most valuable lessons are buried deep within a story’s framework, which means that kids need reading strategies to best understand a story and character’s full value.  One such reading strategy is determining character traits.  This is important because it allows students to examine characters and their growth, helps them obtain more meaning out of texts and helps them become more conscientious readers.  Here are a list of steps to help with teaching character traits.   Brainstorm Vocabulary for Traits and Emotions There is a long list of adjectives we can use to describeContinue reading

A cross-curricular book study about the book Nightly News with Safa. Topics include: media literacy, writing with details, reading skills and character development. The package also includes two rubrics, and a student self-assessment section.
Book Corner, Freebies, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Book Study Freebie – Nightly News with Safa

For those of you who have read and enjoyed Nightly News with Safa, here is a free book study package for you and your students/kids!  This is a cross-curricular book study and includes topics such as media literacy, writing with details, reading skills and character development. The package also includes two rubrics, and a student self-assessment section. Here are some snapshots of just some of the 13 pages in this package: If you like this package, please share it with friends, parents and colleagues.  Also, feel free to submit some student sample work for a shout out on our Instagram and Facebook page! Happy Reading!  

5 companies for kids that every parent and teacher should know about!
On Being A Parent, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

5 Companies For Kids That You Should Know About

After becoming a mom, I realized that the world of toys and books is a vast one.  I searched for products and companies that aimed to enrich my daughter’s learning experience in a unique way, and that’s when I stumbled upon these 5 companies for kids that every parent and teacher should know about!  I hope you enjoy these fantastic companies as much as I did! 1. Raddish Provider of edible education! This is such an awesome concept!  Raddish essentially provides children education through food and cooking.  They currently offer 4 cooking kits, with experiences which include Art, Chemistry, & international cuisine.  Their kits include recipe and creativity cards, table talk starters and more.  What’s so greatContinue reading

Classroom Organizaion, Reading, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Top 5 Classroom Reading Displays

If it’s not already clear, let me just say, I love reading in the classroom!  Kids with an array of interests can get lost in the right book, find inspiration in the right read-aloud and connect with their peers through a harrowing tale.  Join me in bringing a spotlight to our reading programs, whether at home or at school, by highlighting their appeal using creative displays. Here are my picks for some of the best reading classroom displays! 1. Author Studies It’s great for students to learn about and appreciate a variety of authors.  It’s provides wonderful inspiration for their own writing.  What’s more, kids can find common themes or connections between an author’s different texts.Continue reading

Science, Seasons, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Winter Inspired Science Lessons

Finally, this winter is starting to look like something I knew growing up!  This is my third post about winter inspired lesson ideas, but this one is all about science.  Here are some winter inspired science lessons to try our in your home or school.     Animal Habitats & Hibernation Winter animals can be so fascinating, especially because many children aren’t commonly exposed to them. Discussing winter animals is a great way to expand children’s horizon, while also following your Science curriculum.  Here are some ideas to try out:   The Scientific Process There are so many wonderful scientific elements available to discuss in winter, and this gives us a great opportunity for students toContinue reading

My Writing

3 Reasons To Pursue Our Goals

There have been so many times when I’ve been struck by a profound idea; the kind of idea I felt would make a difference in my life, my family life or my community. Then, as always (and almost as if on cue) I would convince myself that it was too far-fetched, I wasn’t capable or I was just too busy to take on a project.  But, something changed in me last year when I decided to finally take up a dream of mine and write a children’s book called Nightly News with Safa. Since the age of 16 I knew I wanted to be a teacher, and I spent a lot of my time preparing for that choice.  IContinue reading