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Homeschool Science: Drinking Water Quality; Water Filters

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I came across an article on Yahoo this morning that I thought was a good article for some practical, applied homeschooling science, especially if you live in an area with not so great water…..

 

The Article: The experts’ take on tap water safety

(on a side note, lol, examining the headlines, I missed when it became acceptable to NOT capitalize the main words in a headline; I see this all the time now in news articles..guess I have to modernize our writing curriculum some……….)

ANYWAY:

Here’s the link: http://green.yahoo.com/blog/the_conscious_consumer/134/the-experts-take-on-tap-water-safety.html

The article talks about what could be up with (or rather in) your water if your water looks bad, smells bad, and/or tastes bad…………………

It is a super short read, but still handy.

 

Choosing Water Filters: Writing About and Applying What You Learn

One of the links from the article was about choosing a water filter: http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/getawaterfilter, I thought that might be a neat one to read with the older kids if you are thinking about getting a water filter.

It talks about water filter technology, styles of water filters, and then after you get “schooled” on those, there’s a neat drop down gadget that can help you select a water filter based upon your needs (do you need it to be mounted to faucet, are you trying to get rid of a particular contaminant, do you want a specific filter technology?…)

In the article, they compare different types of water filters; perhaps older students can write an essay on  choosing a water filter, comparing types of water filters, an essay that persuades people to buy a particular kind of water filter; make a poster about the different types of water filters; make a poster on the keywords related to water filters. They can be involved in selecting a water filter based upon what they have learned; they can make a “so you want to buy a water filter” guide.

Saw lots of possibilities with this…………………

 

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First Aid for Young Muslims

first aid kitNew TJ Lesson!

It started out as me trying to introduce my 4 year old son to the duaa that is said when you feel pain…………………..

Hope you find it helpful. I rate it as ages 4-6, and probably adaptable for a little older…….(may also be helpful in general for non Muslims as well)

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Table of Contents

Lapbook planner ………………………………………………………………..3
What Is First Aid? …………………………………………………………..4
The Duaa for Pain …………………………………………………………….5
Duaa for Pain text Card …………………………………………………..9
When We Get Hurt, There is a Reward ………………………… 10
We Need a First Aid Kit! ………………………………………………. 12
What to do if you get a cut/scrape ………………………………. 17
When to call the doctor ………………………………………………… 19
Teacher Resources ……………………………………………………….. 22
Lapbook Clip Art …………………………………………………………… 24

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Posted by on December 2, 2009 in Health/Fitness

 

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Are vaccinations permissible in Islam?

This question had recently come up on one of my egroups. Masha Allah I had had the same question myself as I know some sisters do not get their children vaccinated. I do not follow the vaccination schedules in the states, mostly because its hard to get out and get them (they do have them here, but I’ve had a hard time trying to get them because the places we have gone, the people have only spoken Arabic). Here in Yemen, every now and then, health workers come to the door giving immunizations, I think for polio. Diseases that are pretty much eradicated in the states are still prevalent in poorer countries like this.

At any rate, this is the fatwa that was posted and I thought I would share for others who had the same question.

The source of the fatwa was: http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=6&Topic=1597

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was
asked:

What is the ruling on giving treatment before sickness occurs, such as
vaccinations?

He replied:

There is nothing wrong with giving treatment if there is the fear that
the disease may occur because of the presence of an epidemic or other
factors which may cause disease. There is nothing wrong with giving medicine to
ward off the feared disease, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah e upon him) said, according to the saheeh hadeeth, “Whoever eats seven
dates of Madeenah in the morning will not be harmed by witchcraft or
poison.” This is a kind of warding off a problem before it happens. So
if here is the fear of sickness and a person is vaccinated against an
infection that is present in the land or elsewhere, there is nothing
wrong with that, because it is a kind of protection.

But it is not permissible to wear or hang up amulets etc against sickness, the jinn or the evil eye,
because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade
that, and explained that this is a kind of minor shirk [associating
others in worship with Allaah], so it must be avoided.

Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 6/21

With regard to the harm suffered by those who are given some
vaccinations, namely a short-lived fever or other side-effects, these drawbacks may be
overlooked when compared with the great harm that is warded off, namely
the diseases that may kill or cause great harm to a person’s health.

This is similar to the case of circumcising boys by cutting off a piece
of kin and the intense pain that is caused to the infant; this is
outweighed by the great benefits that are served by this action, serving the
religious interest of purity (tahaarah) and numerous worldly benefits.

The general shar’i principle with regard to this matter is that the
lesser of two evils may be done in order to ward off the greater evil, if it
is necessary to do one of them. Al-Ashbaah wa’l-Nazaa’ir by al-Subki,
1/45.

But if it is medically proven that a specific vaccine causes harm to
the body or that its harmful effects outweigh its effects of warding off
disease, then it is not permissible to use it in that case, because the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “There should
be either harm nor reciprocating harm.”

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2008 in Health/Fitness