Never Cry

Never cry for any relation in life
Because the one for whom you cry does not deserve your tears and the one Who deserves them
Will never let you cry………

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you, not because they are not nice but because you are nice…….. ……… ……

Never search for your happiness in others
Who will make you feel alone;
Rather search for it in yourself – you will feel happy
Even if you are left alone……. ……… ……

Happiness always looks small when we hold it in our hands.  But when we learn to share it,

We realize how big and precious it is!……… …..

Parents and Teachers, You Don’t Want To Miss This!

Parents and teachers, this ones important!

If you want to save yourself a ton of time, money and effort, and gain a lot more satisfaction, you’ll want to grab this free bonus quickly before it’s gone.  Check back often to catch it as soon as it arrives.

In the mean time, read Science Fair Secrets to learn more!


Self-Esteem v.s. Self-Righteousness

Educating Our Children

Educating Our Children?

Welcome to the jungle. Are you ready to begin?

The quest is to raise a child that has a good sense of self. You’ve been told that praise is the key but be careful because what you haven’t been told is that this key can also open the door to a pack of troubles if praise is the only thing you do!

Praise, like any tool for raising children, can be used inappropriately. Praise tends to imply attaching a value to a child for demonstrating particular behaviour. However, children are valuable and should be loved for the mere fact that they exist. Even though there is a connection, there is also a difference between valuing children and facilitating appropriate behaviour. While it is true that children who are valued tend to behave and perform better, children who are only praised and whose misbehaviours are not dealt with tend to believe everything they do is all right and that the world revolves around them. This in turn leads to the development of self-righteousness.

Self-righteousness can best be described as an attitude about oneself. It is characterized by a feeling of being important to the exclusion of anyone else, so that what the child wants or feels or does, counts for everything above anyone else. Children with this kind of attitude tend to be bossy, telling others what to do, or loners because no one else can measure up. While valuing a child is absolutely important for the development of a healthy sense of self, praise without direction, feedback and consequences, turns out to be a prescription for a self-righteous attitude.

Rather than self-righteousness, self-esteem is the true prize to be sought in terms of a child’s healthy sense of self. Self-esteem is relational. With self-esteem the child not only feels good about himself or herself individually, but also in relation to others. Self-righteousness is egocentric while self-esteem is social.

Children with healthy self-esteem understand and respond to limits. They feel good about themselves at no one else’s expense. These children tend to be kind and considerate.

So it’s time to ask yourself, which one are you fostering in the children around you?

Amanda Adhami

How to Pray Fajr On Time, Every Time

Fajr Prayer

Fajr Prayer

As Muslims, Fajr prayer always seems to be the hardest one of the five to do on time.  Dawn always comes so early, and our evening activities are often just too enjoyable to leave, or so many people say.  So how can we do it?

I searched for a few ideas and found the common responses – make the intention to do it, and have a lot of determination.  Well,  I think you do need both of these, but I wondered what specific action steps you could take to get where you want to go – in other words, what could you do to wake up early enough every day to pray Fajr on time.

I came across an article that was written, not with reference to prayer, but to teach you how to get up early every day.  But wouldn’t that help with being ready for fajr?  For sure it would.

Become an Early Riser

Take a look at the article by clicking on the photo.

And, most importantly, remember to use the Qur’an as your guide. Recite verse number 127 of Surah Baqarah or the last four verses of Surah Kahf before going to sleep. By reciting these verses if you intend to wake up at a particular time, Insha Allah you will.

By Sonia Dabboussi

Reflections in the Eyes of a Child

Have you ever really looked into the eyes of a child?  You may be amazed at what you find there.

By Sonia Dabboussi

But I have to teach gym!

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If you Google the words ‘how to teach’ you’ll get some interesting results.  You’ll find out how to teach handwriting, or how to teach baby sign language, or even how to teach teens to drive safely, but how about just how to teach?  The most important part is missing.

Here’s Tip #1 to get you started:

One of the most basic rules of thumb is to teach what you love.  But I know you don’t always have that choice.  You adore elementary math, but you’ve also got physical education in your timetable.

“How am I supposed to love to teach phys. ed. when I hardly even know which end of a tennis racquet to hold?” you ask?  Here’s the secret:  you find something, anything, that you even remotely enjoy about teaching gym and focus on that when you’re with your students.  Maybe you think it’s really interesting to see the patterns in the racquet strings (think art), or how a slight twist of the wrist creates such a magnified change in the direction of the tennis ball (think science).  Choose what you’d like, but find something you truly enjoy and keep that idea in your mind.

The positive feelings that you have while you’re focusing on your wrist, and on all of the wrists of your students, will be passed onto your young learners.  Before you know it your class will become more interesting and more enjoyable for all because those good feelings you’re emanating will become associated with tennis, with phys. ed., and with you.

Then the rest of the classes from here on out are smooth sailing…until basketball season.

By Sonia Dabboussi

And so we begin…

Welcome to Classroom Keys.

If you haven’t yet done so, take a quick look on the next page and read what this is all about.  If you’re an educator in an elementary or secondary classroom, or an administrator at either level as well, you’ll find some very valuable information on this site that will make your educational career just what you’ve always wanted.

I’ll bet you just can’t wait to get started.  Enjoy!

By Sonia Dabboussi