Sunday, 22 October 2017

Cushion Doll Review

This weekend DD3 received this lovely gift from Hijabi Mama Treats
a cute, canvas tote bag and a cosy cushion doll. They were beautifully gift wrapped and DD3's name was written on tag for that personal touch.
DD3 was so excited to receive this big, gold, spotty parcel through the post on a dull Saturday morning, it probably felt like Eid again! She couldn't wait to tear it to pieces and see what was inside!

The cushion doll is so soft and squidgy she gave it a big squeeze after unwrapping it. DD3 decided to name her 'Laila'. She's the perfect size for DD3 to carry from room to room and the perfect buddy for story time snuggled up with books and blanket.
She's found a special place to keep her, next to her pillow at night, ready to carry downstairs at breakfast time! and with the fabric different shades of pink she's been an instant favourite for my little girl who just loves all things pretty and pink!

I think the cushion doll is such a fab idea, as it's not only a doll she can use for her role-play around the house with her tea set but she can also use it as a comfy cushion when she's ready for her nap.
The cushion dolls at would make the perfect gift for young children on Eid or even as Aqeeqah presents.

We will be taking Laila on a little adventure next week, so keep a lookout here on the blog and on Instagram @theworldistheirclassroom . Where would you like Laila to visit? The park, the supermarket or the Masjid?  Please post a comment or email me :)
to be continued.................................. :)

WWF - Go Wild

DS5 playing the games and reading the stories on WWF Go wild today, learning about endangered species along the way.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Recipes for home ed mums by home ed mums

Thank you to mummy_honey_bee for this recipe. Follow on instagram!!!
Dessert topped with icecream or cream.
For the filling:
500g pumpkin boiled.
1 tin evaporated milk
2 eggs, beaten
5 dates
1 tp of honey
1 tp ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice
1/2 tp salt
Icing sugar for dusting
For the pastry:
200g plain flour
90g butter
2 tlsp cold water
*Place in fridge for 30mins before use.

Filling: Place the pumpkin in a saucepan and Simmer in water for 15 mins.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
Roll out the pastry and place in baking tin.
Line the pastry with baking parchment and baking beans, then bake for 15 mins.This is called blind baking.
Then remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Increase oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
Place dates in a small mug topped with boiling water to soften them for 15 mins. Then puree the dates. Blend the pumpkin in a blender.
In a separate bowl, combine the dates, honey, salt and cinnamon.
Mix in the beaten eggs, and evaporated milk, then add to the pumpkin purée and stir to combine.
Pour into the tart shell and cook for 34-45 mins 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
Leave to cool.
Dust over icing sugar and Serve.


Friday, 20 October 2017

What is Home Ed? - this is my first blog post, but posting again for those who haven't read it

Asalaamualaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathu

I decided to Home Educate back in 2003 when I had my first child, and now teach all my five children at home, they have never been in the schooling system, not even nursery. There were many reasons which influenced my decision but the main was to enjoy watching my children learn, develop and bond with each other and I didn't feel I needed any external help. Now in 2017 I am happy I made those decisions and my eldest in now studying for her IGCSES. Home Education is on the rise and many people have asked me over the years many questions such as What is Home Ed all about? Where do I start? Which books should I buy? Do you need to be a teacher or have a degree yourself? So I have put this short article together so that Inshallah it may benefit someone.

What is Home Education?

Home Education is when children do not enter the school system at age 5 rather they are educated at home by parents or tutors.  According to the 1996 Education Act in England and Wales, it is the parents (not the state) who are responsible for providing their children's education 'at school or otherwise' so long as the education is suitable for the age, ability and aptitude of each child. For more information about Home Education please visit

Why do people Home Educate?

People choose to Home Educate for different reasons. Some children are taught at home due to bullying, illness or cannot attend their choice of school, others have been taught at home from the start and have never been in the school system.

How do I go about registering?

If a child has never been in the system then your Home Ed begins whenever you choose. You are not obliged to inform the local authority, it's your choice. If a child is at school and you wish to start Home educating then you need to write to the Head of the school to inform them of your decision. If the Local Authority are informed then you will receive a letter with a questionnaire about your decision to Home Educate and then once a year an inspector will ask if he can visit you. Some families agree to this and others do not. From my experience the inspector has been very helpful and enjoys looking at the children's work as well as giving us good feedback in the form of a report.

'The law says parents must ensure that any child of compulsory school age receives ‘efficient full-time education suitable to his/her age, aptitude and ability (and to any special educational needs he/she may have) either by attendance at school or otherwise’ (Education Act 1996, Section 7).  This means that parents may decide that they would prefer to educate their child at home rather than send them to school.
If a parent wishes to remove their child from a school roll in order to home educate them, they must inform the school in writing.  Parents have the right to do this and do not need permission from the school or local authority.  If a parent informs you that they wish to home educate their child, you should remove them from the school roll from the date that you receive notification in writing, and contact this department straight away.  
The exceptions to this are when a child is placed in a special school or is the subject of a school attendance order, when permission from the local authority is required.  Please contact us before removing a child from your roll in these circumstances.
Once we receive notification that a child is being home educated, we will register them as such and make contact with the family and with the school in order to fulfil our duties with regard to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.'

How do I Home Educate and what about exams?

All children learn in different ways. Some children will enjoy learning through workbooks and sit for long periods with pen and paper. Others, such as my boys for example, are not so keen. They enjoy more practical, hands on activities. This is fine. Follow your child's interests by starting projects and adapting lesson plans. If they are into Lego for example make comics, build structures. If they enjoy sports then get outside and teach maths through skipping the correct answer to a times table question. They do not have to be sat in a room at a table to learn. The world is their classroom!

When Home Educating you do not need to follow the National Curriculum as exams and tests are not obligatory. However, many Home Educators like to have some structure and buy a curriculum that's available on the market. When you have decided and bought your curriculum then you can begin teaching your child at home. I have seen many families buy books but then as they grow more confident in teaching their children and seeing how they learn, they easily find other ideas and projects to start. For those thinking about exams please check out the Home Ed Wiki here
Here are a few websites that may be useful.


Primary/Secondary - buy at tutor price

For more information please get in touch & follow us on Instagram at:


or email:

Recipes for home ed mums by home ed mums

Garlic Lemon & Herb Roast Chicken with sautéed cabbage and roast potatoes

Chicken: 1kg chicken pieces on bone

1tspn Garlic Paste
1tspn Ginger Paste
1tspn Paprika
1tbspn Dry Mixed Herbs
1tspn Salt
1tspn Coarse Black Pepper
1/4tspn Turmeric
Juice of 1 lemon
2tbspn Olive Oil

Mix into a Paste and coat over the chicken (slit the chicken slightly and rub some inside the slits), put it in a pan and cover with foil. Bake on 180 until cooked. (You can also cook it in a slow cooker).

Cabbage: Thinly slice cabbage, sautée in a pan with a bit of garlic butter & dash of lemon

Potatoes: Peel and parboil, cover with a thin layer of olive oil, salt and black pepper. Place in oven and roast until the outside is crispy and inside soft

Thank you to @raisingtheummah on Instagram

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Family night!! Kids quizzes

  1. Which big ocean lies between America and Britain?
  2. In the children's book The BFG, what do the intials BFG stand for?
  3. The pyramids are found in which country?
  4. How many sides does a cube have?
  5. What colour is Dory, the fish in the film Finding Dory?
  6. Which fictional detective had a friend called Doctor Watson?
  7. There are two species of Elephant, the Asian elephant is one, can you name the other?
  8. What name is given to the spear thrown in athletics in competitions such as the Olympics?
  9. Which very important job was once done by Barack Obama?
  10. Which flower is the emblem of Scotland? And what about Wales?
  11. What name is given to the famous English prehistoric circle of stones monument?
  12. Which cartoon character was known for saying: 'What's up, doc?'?
  13. Incisors and molars are types of what?
  14. What number house does the British Prime Minister live in?
  15. What kind of creature is a seahorse?
  16. Which famous Victorian author wrote books such as A Christmas Carol?
  17. Answers:

    1. The Atlantic
    2. Big Friendly Giant
    3. Egypt
    4. 6
    5. Blue
    6. Sherlock Holmes (created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
    7. African Elephant
    8. Javelin
    9. President of the United States
    10. Thistle. Daffodil.
    11. Stonehenge
    12. Bugs Bunny
    13. Teeth
    14. Number 10 (Downing Street)
    15. Fish
    16. Charles Dickens

    Kids' Questions II

    1. The Statue of Liberty is in which city?
    2. What sort of animal is Mumble in the film Happy Feet?
    3. What does the word 'diminish' mean?
    4. Which large desert is the biggest in Africa?
    5. How many stars are there on the American flag?
    6. In which month of the year is Guy Fawkes Night?
    7. What does the word 'serene' mean?
    8. Which famous battle was thought in 1066?
    9. Calais is a port in which country?
    10. What does the word 'impending' mean?
    11. In Britian, what season comes just after the Summer? And what do American's call this?
    12. In the Holy Quran, who built an ark?
    13. Complete the helpful memory aid: "I before E, except after ...'?
    14. In which number Century are we now living?

    15. Answers:

      1. New York
      2. Penguin
      3. Get smaller or decrease in size
      4. The Sahara
      5. 50
      6. November (5th)
      7. Peaceful or calm
      8. Battle of Hastings
      9. France
      10. Close in time or just about to happen
      11. Autumn. It's called 'The Fall' in America.
      12. Noah
      13. C
      14. 21st Century

      Questions III

      1. In which country are the Pyramids?
      2. Which boardgame do you place tiles with letters on them to form words which win points?
      3. Which occupation uses a trowel and spirit level?
      4. In America they call it a sidewalk, what do we call it?
      5. Who wrote the book Winnie the Pooh?
      6. Name the imaginary line that runs around the Earth's surface the same distance between the North and South Poles?
      7. Which country has an island called Sicily at its southern tip?
      8. Name the two planets closest to Earth?
      9. Which agency or organisation is responsible for the American space program?
      10. What word is missing at the end of this famous book title: 'The Lion, the Witch and the ...@?
      11. Which flower is associated with Remembrance Day in Britain?
      12. The Eiffel Tower is in which city?


      1. Egypt
      2. Scrabble
      3. Brick layer
      4. ement
      5. A. A. Milne
      6. Equator
      7. Italy
      8. Venus (closest) and Mars (the moon is not a planet!)
      9. NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
      10. Wardrobe
      11. Poppy
      12. Paris

Recipes for home ed mums by home ed mums

Jerk Chicken Wings

These are really nice are really easy!

How to prepare & cook

chicken wings, jerk bbq sauce, chilli flakes, mix all togther and put in oven or you can steam on hob. They go down as a treat. Everyone who has tried them has loved them and yet so simple to make!

Thank you to Shab Ateeq @ateeqhomeed on Instagram 

A World without Maths

'A World Without Maths is a collection of animated films exploring multiplication and division.
Alongside each, there is more information about the content of the film, and suggestions of how it could be used in the classroom.
These resources are suitable for use with pupils aged 5-7.',9NH6,3GU73A,YZ2E,1

Making the news

'A series of films exploring the various techniques used by BBC News to make the news for different audiences.
Alongside each film there is more information about the content and suggestions of how it could be used in the classroom.
These resources are suitable for use with pupils aged 11-14.',9RIX,3GU73A,ZFEI,1

Remember Remember Hedgehogs this Bonfire Night!

With Bonfire night approaching the kiddies always ask, 'Aren't the animals and birds frightened by the fireworks?'

Last year we made a Hedgehog home in our front garden out of bricks, wood and leaves. Here's a nice, simple one to follow:-

The kiddies have been researching wildlife on Bonfire night and have summarised the following ideas which you can do to keep wildlife safe at the time of year:-

1) Hedgehogs and other wildlife may take shelter in the bonfire you've prepared in your garden, so please check them before you light it. Shine a torch inside, move wood around and give wildlife time to leave. The best thing to do would be building it just before lighting.

2) Only have bonfires/fireworks on the 5th of November so that local wildlife don't have to endure days/weeks of bangers!

3) Take care that floating ash doesn't fall on bird feeders, so cover them up!

4) Start your fireworks after dusk, animals come out to eat at dusk!

5) Make sure wildlife can get to safety easily. Some may fall into ponds, so make sure they can get out.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Minecraft Hack Jam

Europe Code Week is a grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way and it's come to Bradford!!

This evening Abdullah attended the Minecraft Hack Jam event. Here are the pics!!!

Food Route - A journey through food

'Food route: a journey through food is a range of colourful age-appropriate resources designed and developed to enable young people to gain food and active lifestyle related skills and knowledge.'

Resources and certificates to print for ages 7 - 14 years.

Aged 7 - 18? Vote now - Young Reader Awards

'The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, sponsored by National Book Tokens, are one of a kind. They’re the only book awards with shortlists curated by bookshops – and the only major awards voted for by book lovers. Returning for a second year, the awards now include two new categories for books written for younger readers, alongside six adult categories.'

and there's still time to enter the October competitions:

Free Toucan Box?

Or type the referral code: NICOLA-A2IB

The younger ones are loving their Toucan Boxes which I recently reviewed here

If you'd like to claim your free box then click the link at the top. You'll have 10 days from the day the box is dispatched to cancel future boxes if you don't wish to continue!! X

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

New from STEM Learning

Scratch for Beginners

'This unit of six lessons does not assume any prior programming knowledge and covers the following guidelines in the National Curriculum.'

Presentations and Placemats in six simple lessons!

Multiplication Makes Sense

'This resource from SMILE contains 15 activities focusing on multiplication, arranged in order of difficulty. The activities address different aspects of multiplication and are appropriate for a range of working styles. Each activity is accompanied by teachers' notes, which give guidance on whether the activity is best used by students individually or in groups, an objective and any extra resources that are required.'

Recipes for home ed mums by home ed mums

I've been asking Home Ed friends for their quick and simple recipes when you're a home ed mum on the go!!! Watch out over the next few weeks for easy peasy meal ideas. Today it's......

Chicken soup


Small chicken legs (chicken giblets)
1 onion finely chopped
1 tblspoon oil
1 tblspoon butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp turmeric
3 cinnamon sticks
4 elachi /cardamon pods
4 black cloves
4 pieces chopped fresh ginger
1 pint water


Melt butter and oil over medium heat
Add the chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides.
Add all the other ingredients & and cook on a slow flame for approx 1 hour.
Drain the soup through a colinder to take out the hard spices and ginger pieces.

Serve with bread.

Thank you to Sakinah x

Monday, 16 October 2017

Wear it Wild - 20th October 2017

Don't forget 'Wear it Wild' this Friday 20th October! Click the link for free resources!

Young Writers

New for November! The following competitions will be starting soon, so why not order your free resources and start planning!

Live in the USA? Young Writers now have competitions and free resources for those in the USA. Get in touch at

Chellow Dene Reservoir

If you're ever here in Bradford then try to visit Chellow Dene Reservoir for a lovely walk around the  popular local beauty spot comprising of two Victorian reservoirs lying in a deep wooded valley near the villages of Allerton  and Sandy Lane in the city of Bradford. 

It's well within the city boundaries Chellow Dene provides a safe haven for local wildlife - including herons, tawny owls, and woodpeckers. Overlooking the valley is a fine golf course - home of the West Bradford Golf Club.

The kiddies love walking around the Victorian reservoir which was emptied for repairs in the early 1990's. It is very deep and people are advised not to go into the water.  

See this video footage of the work carried out on the reservoir here:

Fancy fishing? there are plenty of fresh water fish such as Carp, Bream, Trout, Chub, Perch, Orfe, Rudd, Tench, Pike, Roach,  check out this link showing the prices:


Encourage instant recognition of numbers

This morning we have been using the resources from

* Spread the cards out and agree how many spots are on each

* Collect the cards back in and hold them facing towards you. Find the card with two spots and any other card.  Hold the two cards up so that your child can see them and ask them to point quickly to the one with the two spots. Did they have to count the two spots?

* Now find the card with three spots and any other card. Again show your child  and ask them to quickly point to the card with three spots.

* Repeat this, encouraging them to recogsnise the number of spots without counting them.

The above link is a pdf for the Mathematical activities for the Foundation stage Reception and covers counting and recognising numbers, Early addition and subtraction, measures and Space and shape.

Review - doll from Tifl Creations

A friend of mine makes lovely faceless dolls by hand and was kind enough to gift my 3 year old one today.

As soon as DD3 took her doll out of the bag, she was attached to it, taking it everywhere with her around the house and it even came to the library this afternoon with us! My eldest daughter never really liked dolls so it was nice to see her playing the role of 'mummy' and looking after the doll which she has since named 'Rosie'. DD3 is loving her new doll which sits beside her now at breakfast whilst she's playing or just sits looking pretty on DD3's bed.

Rosie has been handmade with high quality fabrics, made to last, and the stitching is perfect, the kind of doll which will be much loved and perhaps passed on to her own children.

I'd heard about dolls and other lovely children's products from Tifl Creations for a while now, so it was nice to finally see how great they are. They are ideal for role-play for young children as well as making unique gifts.

Rosie is approximately 44cm long and DD3 can easily carry her around. She was able to carry all the way to our local library where she made Rosie read books! It has a lovely floral dress and a small silver heart, attached at the front, engraved with the words 'made with love' which I thought as a cute touch to the overall product. The shop website 'Tifl Creations' tag is also attached on the leg. 

Please check out their website below for further details and more great products:



So if you're looking for an amazing present for someone, perhaps for Eid or an Aqiqah, please take a look at these handmade gifts from Tifl Creations at:
Thank you for reading x

Home Education Guide

Asalaamualaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathu I decided to Home Educate back in 2003 when I had my first child, and now teach all my ...