Notes on Raising Readers, and a Chapter Book Reading List

A voracious reader as a child, I handpick most of the books my school-age children read. This informal book-review habit is part-recreation, part-precaution, and part-service for other families. A librarian once asked if I would be interested in a job at the local library, because “you know how to find the best books!” Here is our GrowMama Chapter Book Reading List for Elementary Readers. I developed this list over months of reading aloud, scanning library shelves, reading Amazon’s reviews, and … [Read more...]

Grow Mama Picks for December 2014

We are wrapping up 2014 with our picks for December. Enjoy!We loved this juz' Amma chart for encouraging kids to meet the goal of memorizing the smallest chapters of the Quran. This beautiful photo essay broadened our view of maternity leave around the world. These are super awesome ways to infuse mathematics education in natural and organic ways! Our siblings occupy a special place in this world. They share half our genes, and this article makes the argument that they maybe the s … [Read more...]

Grow Mama Picks for October 2014

These great reminders for ways to help new moms are spot on. The school year is in full swing, but are you feeling overwhelmed with all the additional time commitments that come along with it? Read here from some tips to achieve a better balance between your (and your  children's) expectations and abilities. Try taking a personality test with your spouse and then sharing the results together. It could be a great conversation starter and might even give you insight to some of the issues you … [Read more...]

Grow Mama Picks for May

Do not miss what promises to be a very beneficial online "Greatest Moms of All Time" event by Nouman Ali Khan, Omar Suleiman, and others June 8th; they will be discussing biographies and practical lessons from the women that raised the Greatest men and women of all time!  Here are some great ideas for birthday party or play-date activities under a budget. Are you getting ready for Ramadan yet? This online "Rabata Ramadan Readiness" conference features many notable speakers, so take no … [Read more...]

Grow Mama Picks for April

We found this free, live, online course about the female companions starting Sat. April 26 for 11 weeks. Be sure to mark your calendar!  Is there are more fun and excellent way to teach your children the meaning of Quran than with legos?! If you are wondering about all the steps you need to take to get your role as "homeschool teacher" working for you- listen to this seminar on 5 keys to stress-free homeschooling while transitioning from mom to teacher" We need to increase awareness among o … [Read more...]

Belated GrowMama Picks for January 2014

We are always on the lookout for good Arabic resources for kids. Take a look at these and make sure to print out some Islamic-themed coloring pages for your kids while you're at it! Check out these 12 handy tips for eating habits that prevent bloating. Many of them (like eating only when truly hungry, or eating fruits before meals) are found in the sunnah, too. What are some essential books a 4-yr old should read? Check out this awesome book list, which allows you to customize your book list … [Read more...]