Category Archives: Together We Read

A reading program initiated by Umm An-Nu’man (A Muslim Child is Born blog).

Together We Read – Story of Yunus (AS)

A Muslim Child is Born – Feb 2011 Together We Read

Story of Yunus (AS) from Dar-us-Salam Publications

We decided on this book for Together We Read as it is the current favourite book in our home. Also anyone else interested will be able to use any other book with the same story for the activities.

Things that we discussed:

1) Abandoning Allah’s commandment.

2) Repenting

3) Power of dua

4) Allah is all forgiving

5) Title of Yunus (AS)

Craft: Paper Plate Whale

You will need a paper plate, some markers, craft glue, paint blush, whale tail template from here.

Using markers to colour the paper plate.

Pour some glue onto coloured paper plate and use a paint brush to smear ink around.

Add fin, tail and eyes if you want.

Math: Boat Tangram

Tangram boat out on stormy sea.

Tangram template was from here. Using construction paper, I made a scene with the BW tangram pieces for a boat in a stormy sea. I then printed the coloured pieces for my son to place over the BW pieces.

We also did simple counting using gold fish crackers.

Rhyme time: Ocean creatures action rhyme

Ibn Jareer has narrated in his book of Tafsir that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “When Allah wanted to keep Yunus in the belly of the fish. He revealed to it: ‘Take him inside, but do not scratch his flesh or break his bones.’ When the fish went down in the depth of the sea, Yunus heard a voice. He thought of it in his mind and said: ‘What is that?’ Allah revealed to him that it was the glorifying acts of sea animals. Then he glorified Allah in the belly of that fish, which the angels heard and said: ‘O Lord! We hear a very weak voice in a very unusual land!’ Allah said: ‘This is My slave Yunus, who disobeyed me, so I detained him inside a fish in the depth of sea.’ They enquired: Is he Your pious slave from whom every day and night a good deed ascended to you?’ He replied: ‘Yes.’ So the angels then pleaded to Allah on behalf of Yunus, so Allah commanded the fish to throw him out on the shore.”

I wanted to include and activity where in the mind of my son he can imagine how Yunus (AS) would have seen and heard other sea creatures singing praises of Allah. Below is a modifies version of a favourite action rhyme of ours. We sometimes use little stuffed toys to act out this rhyme.

Ocean creature praising Allah song

We also have the CD below that has a very catchy song about the story of Yunus (AS). This CD only uses voice talent. My children love to hear the splash part. The Nasheed Shop has this CD.

Allah’s names

We discussed about Allah being Al-Ghaffar and Al-GhaffurThe Forgiving and Al-GhafuwThe Pardoner. He forgave the people of Ninevah and also Yunus (AS) because of their sincere repentance.

We spoke about Allah being As-Sami – The All Hearing and A-Mujeeb – The Answerer. He heard the dua of Yunus (AS) from a very unusual place and He answered the dua. I made a print out of the dua for us to Insya-Allah memorize.

As for what Yunus (AS) ate when he was thrown out, my children are still not fans of gourd/pumpkin ;). You can read our pumpkin post here.




Together We Read – Oct 2010

October 2010 Together We Read



This our very much “loved” Hungry Caterpillar board book. I had originally planned on a different book. However keeping in mind the purpose of Together We Read program I wanted to choose a book that was way more accessible. Also there are tons of resources that are already out there based on this book.

Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is definitely a classic. Simple words, classic Eric Carle style illustrations and absolutely has kid appeal.

Insya-Allah, if you do not have the book, you can print out a copy of the story from the link below.

Insya-Allah below are some of the activities that we have done so far.

Story Sequencing

These story sequencing cards were from DLTK’s.

This was a different type of sequencing. It incorporates counting as well. You can find this at Sparkle Box Insya-Allah.

Days of the Week Activities

I made these cards using pictures I found at Making Learning Fun. I also doubled them as lacing cards for some fun. This will make it real for the child as far as the caterpillar munching the food. I pasted the Arabic equivalent on the back. You can find the Arabic days of the week on Umm An-Numan’s website. It is in the Arabic calender set.

Pattern Card

I made this pattern sequencing card also using resources from Making Learning Fun.

Rhyme – teaching names of Allah

Allah Made the Caterpillar

This book presents many opportunity to reinforce that Allah is so merciful and “takes care ” of this caterpillar and makes it into a butterfly. I made this rhyme up to go with the book.

Insya-Allah there are other activities we have done based on this book. Will be updating as time permits.


Together We Read – September 2010

A simple board book that shows creatures and their homes using shapes. In the process it reinforces how Allah is Ar-Rahman, the most compassionate and that He provides us shelter.

On the very first page there is a picture of all the shapes that will be explored throughout the book. Each shape is actually a lift-a-flap which makes this book an interesting one for little ones.

I have had to reinforce my “circle” and “spiral” page several times as this is a popular book in our home 🙂

We did this button sorting activity for this book. You will be able to find huge shaped buttons at Scholars Choice. Star and heart were two shapes not mentioned in the book. I used them as my son was familiar with them. As for rectangle, I have never seen one and I hope to find one, Insya-Allah.


Lacing buttons



DS2 busy lacing



Laced buttons






We also did some lacing activity using the buttons. These were the buttons I found at a dollar store years ago for DS1. Alhamdulillah, now they are being reused by DS2.

I made this tracing worksheet that shows some of the homes that are shown in the book. Insya-Allah you can download it by clicking below.

Where is my home

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Posted by on October 13, 2010 in Preschool, Reading/Books, Together We Read


Together We Read – June 2010

Learning Numbers 1 – 10

Insya-Allah this will be our June book for “Together We Read“. This is a counting type book with Islamic elements to it. So each two pages has counting that involves Quran, Muslim sisters, Saf; rows in salah etc.

The artwork is mostly collage and most images use the tearing technique. Definitely different and quite captivating as far as illustration goes. DS2 loves this book!

On the text itself, it’s very straightforward . . . counting objects 1 to 10. The book will give opportunities to discuss many other details of life as a Muslim. For instance making wudhu before salah, giving salaam and using miswaak. I would say this book also presents a chance to introduce various adaabs and duas. Insya-Allah I am hoping to explore these possibilities through out this month. So far these are the activities I’m working on . . .

Activity 1:

I am planning to do the similar type activity as Umm An-Nu’man with Somewhere in the Ocean book. I am Insya-Allah using her number templates. As for the pictures to go with the book, I’ve made a set here Time for Isha’s picture.

Note: These images do contain a “face”. I tried my best, unfortunately I do not have the knowledge on how to eliminate the face without distorting the original image! Appreciate advice from all of you out there. Jazak-Allah.

Activity 2

Numbering our staircase so we can become familiar with how the look and sound (both English and Arabic) while we go up and down.

Activity 3

Salat Time Puzzle from Umm An- Nu’man’s website.

Activity 4

How Many Rakaat game again from Umm An-Nu’man’s website.

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Posted by on June 15, 2010 in Together We Read


Learning Colours

Our first book for this program – Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle. I chose this book because DS2 is quite familiar and likes this book. My aim for this month is to work on colours and shapes. I hope use this book to introduce colours and colour words in Arabic.

Activity Idea 1: Story sequencing

I got the template for this cards from Making Learning Fun. Besides the usual story sequencing, I changed the rhyme to “Brown bear, brown bear who made you?” We talked about Allah the Creator – He is “Al-Khaliq”.

I attached magnets to the back of these. This allows us to use them on our magnetic board (or a baking pan) and change how we sequence them.

Activity idea 2: Rhyme

Brown bear, brown bear who made? Who made you?

Allah made, Allah made me and you too . . . and so on

(Tune of Where is Thumb Kin nursery rhyme). We do have a Muslim Nursery Rhyme along this line, hence the idea.

Activity idea 3: Arabic colour words

I got these from an Arabic Yahoo Group. There are many Arabic resources on Yemen Link. Unfortunately my browser hasn’t been able to open the files on this website :(. With these we have been playing colour matching and practicing colours in Arabic.

Activity idea 4 : Colour dice game

I pasted different colours onto this oversized dollar store dice. The idea is to roll the dice and point the animal with the matching colour.

Activity idea 4: Matching tail

Got this idea from 1+1+1=1. I still haven’t had a chance to get it bound. Will update.

Insya-Allah I have been reading other concept books that emphasize on colours & shapes and we are doing some crafts as well.

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Posted by on May 30, 2010 in Together We Read


Together We Read Program

The wonderful sister at A Muslim Child is Born blog has started a reading program for children between 0-5 years of age. Insya-Allah I am looking forward to participating in this program not only because I strongly believe in reading to little ones but also I want to get into discipline about doing things with my children. I have always been a fan of literature based learning. I am hoping to teach my DS2 Arabic (I am a novice) and I know that this would be a great place to get ideas and resources from!

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Posted by on May 30, 2010 in Together We Read