Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lessons in Karbala

Our 7-8 Year old class did an amazing job examining their own lives and how they live up to the lessons Karbala has taught us.

Zainab Lamented

The children worked so hard to learn this beautiful maatam that they recited in the ladies Majlis on Ashura Day. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Be a super Friend!

Our topic tonight was Be a Super Friend.  We talked about Habib Ibn Mazaher being Imam Hussain's childhood friend and rushing to his side as soon as he was called.

The 2-3 class made adorable masks to remind them that being a good friend makes u a Super hero!

Our 4 year olds looked at the characteristics of a Super Friend and put them all together to make this fun craft.


Book Fair

Tonight the SIJNY Moms had their first ever Pre-Loved Book Fair!  Children donated books they'd already read and loved, then got to shop for new ones!  It was so nice to see the kids looking through the books to find their next read! Alhamdulillah we raised $635!  Thank you to all our donors, shoppers and librarians who kept everything nice and neat!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Majalis 101

This Muharram, in addition to our regular workshop classes for 2-8 year olds, we started a new initiative for our 9-12 year old children. In an effort to get them ready to join the regular majalis sessions, we thought it necessary for them to go through a 'training' on how to listen to, reflect on and absorb a majalis before being thrown into it like many of us were.

Our SIJNY 9-12 year olds put on their thinking caps to learn, share, and discuss the significance of Muharram and how/why we commemorate the Ahlulbayt. MashAllah we should be proud of our children and their eagerness to partake in these sessions.  (Photo and caption courtesy of Rahela Sachedina)

Brother Mazaher Tejani has been kind enough to share his time and knowledge with our children and help prepare them for the many many majalis they will be exposed to in their lives.  His workshop promotes healthy discussion and conversations about azadari and the story of Imam Hussain and his journey to Karbala.  The children are in a safe space where they can ask questions that they may not be able to ask a maulana sitting on the mimbar in the middle of a majlis.

Inshallah these sessions will make this group of children better prepared to take in the messages delivered from the mimbar or any lecture in an educated, organized and meaningful way. Thank you to Little Muslim Learners for this amazing printable note taking guide that the children have been using to organize their notes and thoughts!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Kids Helping Kids!

Congratulations to our 8-10 year old workshop class for choosing, planning, and taking the first step towards their first independent fundraiser for underprivileged children.  

They raised over $300 on Sunday night for their worthy cause.  The money they collected will be used to buy toys and activities that will be sorted into goody bags to distribute to the children when they come to the soup kitchen.  In addition we will be able to send some bags to less fortunate Muslim children in NY. 

The children have been learning about the power of kindness during the month of Ramadhan and took it upon themselves to do something good for others. 

We are very proud of these children!  They may be your children, but they are also our children 😊

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Noor Kids Special Workshop

On Saturday June 11 we had the pleasure of welcoming Br. Amin Aaser of Noor Kids Book into our center.  He conducted two presentations for our children. One for ages 2-7 and the second for ages 8-14.  

During the first session Amin told personal stories and engaged the children using his dynamic storytelling ability.  The kids laughed as they learned important lessons about being good Muslims.  

The second session was much deeper and using a very difficult time in his life he related to the children how stories from the Quran about the prophets, helped him gain hope, patience and a strong work ethic to bear the weight of his mothers illness.  The children were captivated by his rich storytelling and the passion with which he spoke of his mother and how much she meant to him.  

The ease with which he tied in the quranic stories was beautiful and showed the children how these stories from so long ago are still relevant to our daily lives and problems.  

His books are fantastically written and illustrated and the children love the animal characters that show what it means to be a good Muslim.