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Write a novel with #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month takes place every November. Writers sign-up for the challenge through the NaNoWriMo’s website any time during the year but must write and submit the novel between November 1 and November 30 i.e. they have to write a novel in exactly thirty days which may sound over whelming but NaNoWriMo is there to help you with the process.

The thing that matters most in NaNoWriMo is output. Our high-velocity approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly. Make no mistake: you will be writing a lot of strange stuff, and some of it will be just plain bad. But that’s a good thing! For 30 days, you get to lock that inner editor in the basement, let your imagination take over, and just create!

Even if you have never written a novel, you can still participate in this event. NaNoWriMo’s resources section contains free, detailed, and downloadable workbooks to take the budding writers on a detailed novel writing journey. The “100% Awesome NON-LAME workbooks” are highly recommended because they help writers learn about the elements of a novel and provide plenty of explanation in an engaging way. The workbooks are available for elementary, middle, and high school levels. NaNoWriMo also features tips from published authors, links to other writing challenges, and a blog-style section for event-related

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Stop for science

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Stop for science is a site by Chandra X ray observatory. This site has tons of high quality content available for free.There is a set of beautifully illustrated posters on many scientific concepts including force and motion and when stars die. Poster are informative without being too detailed and the facts are explained with the help of pictures. They can be a good visual reference when studying one of these topics. There are many videos and animations on topics like Solar system, Photon emissions etc. Or you can download and print Chandra coloring and activity book, one of many printable content available, a 28-page coloring and activity book which includes general information on X-ray astronomy, Chandra and the STS-93 mission. It also looks at black holes, supernovas, galaxy clusters and more. Activities include mazes, word searches, connect-the-dots, crossword, code break, and word jumble. There are also presentations and powerpoints, screen savers and many other stuff so take some time and explore this site.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1031″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fchandra.harvard.edu%2Fedu%2Fstop%2F||target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”science”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Sharh Madina Arabic Books

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]I have previously written about how much I love Madina Arabic books and how they have helped me learn the Arabic language on my own. So I always get excited when I find additional resources to supplement studying Madina Arabic books. The Sharah of Madina Arabic books give a detailed explanation and grammar analysis of the three Madina Arabic books. I am currently preparing to teach my first beginners Arabic class and I am already benefiting a lot from the sharah of Madina Arabic books.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”838″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]You can download the books by right clicking the following links and select save as. Alla downloads are in PDF form.

Sharh Madina Book 1

Sharh Madina Book 2

Sharh Madina Book 3

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Application of Deen in Daily Life

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]Create a story encompassing aspects of daily life. Deliberately make your characters do unislamic actions, and the children must point the wrong behaviour where it occurs, tell the right action and support it with any ayaa-tul- Quraan or ahaadeeth they already know. For smaller children you may use a puppet and make him do the actual actions e.g. eating with left hand etc.

Below are 10 short ahadeeth which can be easily memorized by children and a story encompassing all aspects learnt in the ahaadeeth as an example.

STORY:

One day, Zayd entered his home and found his mother seated in the kitchen. She greeted him as he went to the cupboard to take a piece of cake. Just then the cell phone rang. He answered his phone, which was in his right hand, while he munched on his cake with the other hand.

After speaking to his friend he went to the fridge and began drinking some juice. As he stood drinking, his mother called out, “what are you doing?” You have a bad cough, do not drink anything cold!”

He replied, “I am not drinking anything.”

“All right, bring me a glass of water,” requested his mother. “Aw! Mom, I’m busy –  get it yourself,” he replied. He continued munching on his cake, dropping crumbs all over the floor and spilling juice on his clothes.

The doorbell rang. He went to the door and there stood a beggar asking for some food. Zayd very rudely refused to give him food and chased him away.

Before shutting the door he thre the cake wrapping which was in his hand, into his neighbours yard. His mother called out, yet again. “Who was at the door?”

Zayd replied, “A beggar asking for food.”

“Did you give him any food?” asked his mother.

“I did not give him anything. He will make a habit of begging. I just got rid of him,” replied Zayd.

Can you teach Zayd any ahaadeth regarding his conduct?

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Similarly you can make up other storied encompassing other ahaadeeth or islamic teachings.

(story and pictures taken from Tasheelul Ahaadeeth 1 by Jamiat Ulama South Africa)[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]This activity supports:[/custom_headline][skill_bar heading=”Independent Learning” percent=”0″][skill_bar heading=”Parental/Teacher Involvment” percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Subject areas covered:[/custom_headline][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/4″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Islamic Studies[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Hadith[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Fiqh[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Madina Arabic Books

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]When starting a series of posts on learning Arabic language, I can NOT start it any other way except to start it with Madina Arabic Books. May Allaah grant great reward to the author Dr. Abdur Raheem who has put great effort in writing these books. You can view Shaykh’s outstanding scholarly profile.[/text_output][blockquote type=”center” cite=”http://drvaniya.com/”]

50 rich years of teaching the Arabic sciences to non-natives around the globe, 30 years as Professor of Arabic and then Director, at the world renowned Islaamic University Madinah, an expert in the etymology of foreign languages, recipient of national awards for outstanding scholar, and currently serving as Director of Translations at the renowned ‘King Fahd Glorious Qur’aan Printing Complex’, Madinah.

[/blockquote][text_output]There are three books in the series which can be downloaded for free from here. (No copyright infringement since they are made available by the kind permission of respected author) Goodword books has also done a colorful and illustrated version for kids which is currently being used as text books for GCE O levels and A levels examinations.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”479″][text_output]I like the way information is presented in these books. Studying them reminds me of Sudoku puzzles where each block of knowledge learned helps one in understanding further block of knowledge. Grammar is not presented as a jumble of rules to memorize, rather every rule is taught through its application in language, in context of dialogues along with vocabulary.

Another thing that I like about these books is that they present both classical and modern Arabic and there are copious examples from the Quran. But the thing I like the best is that along with some study aids these books are perfect for independent learners. (I will share many high quality study aids for these books in the following posts, insha Allaah). These books are by far my most recommended resource in learning Arabic language.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]This activity supports:[/custom_headline][skill_bar heading=”Independent Learning” percent=”80″][skill_bar heading=”Parental/Teacher Involvment” percent=”20″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Subject areas covered:[/custom_headline][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/6″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Arabic[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Grammar[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Grain Chain

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]Grain Chain is a fun and interesting website to find out how grains are grown
and harvested, what happens to them before they reach your plate, and why they’re so good for you! Investigate healthy eating and meal planning, or go behind the scenes of the flour, grain and baking industry. With different sections appropriate for different ages, this website gives a very good and thorough understanding of the journey of a loaf!

They have a separate section for classroom recipes where you can find a small collection of easy to make recipes or you can go to the resource bundles page where they have all the videos and activities for things like bread, biscuits and cakes in one place. If you prefer to learn by playing games you can visit the games section although the games are not very interesting.

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