Muslim Kids Netflix? WHAT?!

Before I had the blessing of becoming a mother, I *thought* I had my motherhood style figured out. I knew that my kids would only be fed home-cooked meals made with love, their clothes would be pure cotton or linen, they would be home-educated in a far away exotic land where we would be living off-grid completely self-sufficient and in tune with nature technology-free. Fast forward a few years and well, some of those things ring true – we are living abroad (Turkey could be considered exotic and far-away!), home-educating and eat mostly home-cooked meals with organic veg when possible!

We aren’t quite technology-free or self sufficient because living far away has meant technology has become somewhat essential and necessary – a way of communicating with family and the greater virtual community at large. Living away from family alongside home-educating can sometimes be tricky to manage. How do I get the cooking and cleaning and the list of chores awaiting me? My daughter often reads as her form of entertainment but with her reading speed; we often find ourselves already needing another trip to the library to stock up. Side note: my daughter reviews books she reads on her blog if you would like to check it out, click here. So sometimes, I am slightly ashamed to admit, that although we don’t own a television and never have. I occasionally turn to Netflix or YouTube to source meaningful or educational videos my daughter can watch whilst I get the cooking done. However, there isn’t much out there that is something I am comfortable with her watching and even if we do manage to find something on YouTube, I find the adverts can become a bit of a nuisance!

Long story cut short – enter ALI HUDA TV, dubbed Muslim Kids Netflix! I was offered an opportunity to review this an ad-free subscription based service, similar to Netflix that has a variety of shows catering to age. I like that we can search for shows according to age or content (Arabic, Nasheeds etc). Our favourite shows currently are ‘Mini Reflections’ and ‘Everything Kids’.

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It is also available on multiple devices including iPhone and iPad as well as Android – which makes it ideal for travelling!

Interested? You can sign up for a 7 day free trial and get 50% off your first month (just $3.98 for the first month and $7.95 after) by using code: NOMADIC. All you need to do is go http://tv.alihuda.com and scroll to the bottom to sign up for the trial and enter code: NOMADIC

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Disclaimer: I was given a free trial for purposes of writing this review. All opinions are my own. The code is an affiliate code

 

 

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Nature journaling 101

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We have recently discovered the joys of nature journaling in our home education journey. Nature journaling is all about observation, documenting what you see around you (vegetation, trees, animals etc) and your feelings, to put it quite simply. There are many forms that a nature journal can take, and many resources available online, that I will link below, to help you discover what exactly you would like to explore in your nature journal.

 

 

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We currently have the blessing of living in a very green environment, near a nature reserve in Turkey. There are pine trees adorning the pathways, juniper berries glistening in the sunshine, conkers and pinecones carpeting the ground at our doorstep. It truly is a beautiful place. It only seemed natural to document the beauty we see around us, and also to explore the emotions it stirred up within our souls.

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I find myself unable to name common trees or mini beasts that we find along the way, and so this is just as much a learning tool for me, as it is for my daughter.

John Muir is quoted to have said ‘In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ‘To be outdoors, to observe what is around you, to then translate it in to a picture, drawing, sketch or painting is quite fulfilling, and a reminder of the vast and beautiful grandeur of God’s creation.

 

Here is some guidance on starting a basic nature journal with kids:

  1. Decide where you want to go (a local park, woodland, beach, your own garden etc). Take a  good quality note-book and some pencils or sketching pens, and any other supplies you may need.
  2. Find some animals or trees and plants you would like to focus on.
  3. Think about the details of your focus – the colour, the size, the surrounding environments. Nature journaling means that you will observe closely, really see something, and not just look at it.
  4. How does what you see make you feel? 
  5. Make a note of your observations, reflections. Take photos, for reference, if needed. Collect something to take back home with you, if possible – try not to take something from a tree or plant that isn’t already on the ground.
  6. Get drawing (if you are fortunate to be able to do so in the moment, go for it!) If not, get home and draw.
  7. Search for further information at the library, or the reference to learn about your plant/tree/animal.

Recommended links where you can learn more:

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Our works in progress

 

Handbook of Nature Study

The Nature Journal as a tool for learning

An Autumn point of discussion: why do leaves change colour? (England)

Autumn activities

 

 

We were also lucky enough to discover a nature walk in our locality for children by an organisation called Usturlab (Astrolabe). They conducted a ‘Forest Explorers’ walk where they looked at different trees and plants at Ankara Botanical Park. The children were given a tour and information about the local vegetation and then created a collage of the different bits they found. Totally recommend this walking tour, if you find yourself in Turkey! Here are some photos from the day:

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How do you connect with nature?