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 🙂