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Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 1: Learning how to read Arabic, the Language of the Quran

Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 1: Learning how to read Arabic, the Language of the Quran

A little while ago, I had come across a clip of young Christian children who were eager to share their favourite verses from the Bible with each other. They knew exactly where it was, and the Bible was obviously much loved and familiar to them… I began wondering how much that is the case with our (my!) children. I think they know verses here and there but i would love for them to have that familiarity with the Quran such that they can pick it out in an instant. We give recitation a lot of focus in our communities, and also memorisation (to check out our series on help with that, see: https://www.buzzideazz.com/quran-memorisation-series/ but that’s really only the first step. I turned to you amazing folks for inspiration, and you didn’t let me down! I thought i would turn it into a series and share some of these ideas that have come up for inshallah all to benefit.

The first one is starting with the basics – helping our children learn to read the language of the Quran, Arabic.

  • Toys and Games – there are many many toys and games out there which can help with the initial familiarisation of the letters of the alphabet, from building blocks, to peg boards, foam mats and more.
  • Linkage – As well as learning to recognise the sound of the letter, why not take it one step further and link it to Arabic words and even Quranic ayahs to enhance learning all round? That is exactly what Islam From the Start has done – check it out here for NOON, and AYN for example.
  • Technology – there are many apps and websites which make learning the Arabic language fun, and can even help with practising writing the lettes. These are always changing and updating, so it’s worth doing a quick search and finding something that suits. Here is just one example.
  • Books and Cards – There are also many books and card games available. The one featured as the main pic is a great one as it also helps with joining letters.
  • Posters – there are also great visuals out there to have up in the house. Here is one beautiful one.
  • Make it FUN and APPEALING to all learners – the videos below by Tanveer Shares contain many ideas on how to teach the alphabet and then tajweed rules and so forth.

Here are some for the Alphabet:

Here’s one for joining letters:

Here is a Quran Bingo game to use to assess the children:

Here is the template to download and use for the Quran Bingo.

And here’s another alternative assessment:

And here’s one for the rules of Nun Sukun and Tanween:

Download the template and rules here.

  • These videos and more are also great for reinforcing the Arabic alphabet as tunes are easy to retain 🙂

Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 2: Quran Journalling

One mum suggested this: “Try Quran Journalling! You get the kids their own Quran so they can decorate, mark ayahs, etc. We actually went all out and got scrap booking stickers and materials… after a majlis when we hear something we come home and mark it.”

  • QFatima has been encouraging Quran journalling for years and has recently published this helpful guide: http://qfatima.com/quran-city/journaling-the-quran/
  • The tricky part is to find the right Quran to Quran journal in… many Bibles that i’ve seen in Bible Journalling posts have a lot of space on the sides to draw pics on, etc. You also need a good Quran with a good translation… I ended up choosing Aga Quli Qarai’s Quran for my kids and QFatima has previously advocated Shakir.
  • Here is a great article on Quran Journaling for Kids with access to tabs and other resources to use.
  • And if you want a separate book to journal in, this reflective journal by The Tasbih Project is an excellent resource to print and use!

And here is a lovely clip on how she journals:

  • Quran in Mind Map Juz 1-29 in a series of Mind Maps as journalled by someone (source unknown)
  • Quran_Quest is a comprehensive workbook by Kisa Kids and includes lots of useful information plus a list of verses to tab in your Qurans.
Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 3: Quranic Calendar

Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 3: Quranic Calendar

This awesome resource sits on our dinner table, and while we are eating we look at an ayah every now and then. We discuss it, and try to memorise it – and I will also test them sometimes, both by giving them the English and asking for it’s translation and the other way around.

I think what I’m going to do next is ask them to look up the verses we cover in their Qurans and highlight or mark them: https://sunbehindthecloud.com/islamicvalues.html

 

DIY Puzzles with Islamic Themes

DIY Puzzles with Islamic Themes

I LOVE this idea that a mum sent! Check it out:

“Salaam, wanted to share a simple activity you can do with any image. Since it was the Prophet’s birthday, we printed images relating to the prophet (his name and masjid).

Then you take Popsicle sticks (as many as takes to cover photo) and glue with mod poj glue, then put image on top and add another layer of mod poj glue.

Be generous as it dries clear like you see in picture. Then take a box cutter and cut picture between Popsicle sticks and voila you have a DIY puzzle for kids!

You can do any image like Kaaba for Eid ul Adha or Imam Hussein’s shrine on his birthday, etc. I’m planning on taking these to mosque also to keep the kids busy.”

Kindness Jars – Favours for Schools or Parties

Kindness Jars – Favours for Schools or Parties

Check out what school favours one family gave out for the Prophet’s birthday! Kindness Jars!

The creative mum got some spice jars from IKEA (size is 5h x 5.4w), and printed out some acts of kindness (downloadable here) and put them in the jar.

These tags were then printed and stuck on the side of the jar (downloadable here). Here it is as a PNG image also.

She printed out instructions and added them to the jar (downloadable here), and added some sweets and balloons.

And finally, she topped off the jar with a Lindt emoji chocolate!