Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran - Idea 1: Quranic Calendar

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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.

So here is Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 1: 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.

The crafts in the Islamic Values book are also an awesome way to reinforce learning in a creative and fun way, and which really helps drive the message of the verses home!

https://sunbehindthecloud.com/islamicvalues.html

YOUR Ramadan Calendars - 2016

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  • Check out this one by Umm Aiman! Each day is a 4 piece puzzle with 4 good deeds on it to do. Each day, they have to complete the puzzle, colour it in and hang it back on the line! There are some goodies added as an extra treat

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To download the puzzles, click here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12898635/ramadan2016.pptx

  • I love this Ankabut calendar! It fills up over the month…

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  • In this advent Calendar, each bag has a good deed to do, a Quranic Word, money for sadka. Bags are decorated to also show days of sadness (black bags) and happiness (glitter bags). Some bags have special presents to help reinforce the extra special days and likewise for the days of mourning.
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YOUR Ramadan Calendars - 2015

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Here are the ones you sent in!

I love the idea of using little bags and decorating them:

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Here, each window has space for the children to write the Asma they learn that day:

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This one has a good deed box as well for the children to pick a deed and do it every day:

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This is a cute little basket with card envelopes to be opened each day:

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This calendar has an Asma and an act of kindness to do daily:

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The beautiful drawers for each day have a worksheet on the Quran and a sadqa coin for each child:

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Another example of pretty little bags hung up:

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Last but definitely not least, how about this one which was actually set up in the children’s section of a mosque! This is what they said: “After a short speech, a child is picked to choose something. It is either read dua, salaat or sometimes says each child gets a treat!”

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YOUR Ramadhan Calendars - 2014

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Wow! There is mashallah some talent out there 🙂 Check out all the calendars sent in by readers:

This is all home-made!

This is all home-made!

Each bag has a little treat (candy, gum, small toy etc) a coin for Sadqa and a card with either a good deed to do or something to recite or make dua for :)

Each bag has a little treat (candy, gum, small toy etc) a coin for Sadqa and a card with either a good deed to do or something to recite or make dua for 🙂

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A candy-land style calendar

A candy-land style calendar

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Fun filled envelopes for her son ... He has recite a Surah, be thankful about something, or do a good deed to open an envelope - which contains $1-$2 dollars or fun gift card!

Fun filled envelopes for her son … He has to recite a Surah, be thankful about something, or do a good deed to open an envelope – which contains $1-$2 dollars or fun gift card!

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Muharram Idea 16 - Create a Muharram Calendar

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Muharram is here…and so begins our mourning, reflection and Inshallah, change. This year we will be looking at even more ideas that we can implement to share this with our children, Inshallah!

How about this calendar from www.busymummys.co.uk?

“Busy Mummys:
My Islamic Calendar

We nearly missed a couple of very important dates last year.
So this year, we’re trying to make a conscious effort in knowing the Islamic dates as much as we know the Gregorian calendar.

We made an A2 kitchen wall calender,consisting of a pic, a calendar activity and the calendar itself, that is filled out by kids. A great way to practice number writing and counting for little ones.

The A4 calender in the picture was solely for the purpose of this post, as the A2 calender contains personal information. We use the A2 as the main family calender with appt dates, our schedule, smiley faces, sad faces, birthdays etc..

Whenever the new moon sights, we will sit down to make a new calender for the month.

A great way to show kids when birthday parties they’re invited to coincide with Islamic dates that they’ve filled in themselves and marked as happy or sad.

And do you have dads who sometimes forget and plan meetings and trips on important Islamic dates? Well get them to fill out the calendars with kids, that way the whole family is more attuned to important Islamic dates.

Templates will be available soon. Inbox if interested.

Muharram and Safar are sad months so we chose a grey background but have colorful ones for other months.

Pic: We chose to insert a picture of something significant we did that month e.g for Muharram last year we made Alams, for Mahe Rajab we made tasbihs for Amaal of Rajab so we put a pic of that, etc

Activity: Together with a pic, it’s great when kids learn something about the personality of Masum born/died in that month.”

YOUR Ramadan Calendars - 2013

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Here are some amazing calendars that you have done!

Here is one from 2012:

30 days of fasting; 30 balloons. Kids pop one balloon each evening and find varying amounts of cash inside. Added a “sadaqa” (charity) box to remind us all of our responsibility to help those in need, especially in Ramadan.

And here is an idea sent in this year:

“FZ and I have been working on a calendar countdown for the month of Ramadhan, leading up to Eid, insha’Allah. We used foam sheets in different colours that we then stapled together to form cone shaped ‘pockets’. We decorated and numbered these and then pinned onto a big sheet of cardboard.

I am going to fill up each ‘pocket’ with a moral story from the lives of our Masumeen as, a treat such as Kinder Egg Chocolate, a party popper and a scented tea light that we will light in remembrance of whichever personality we talk about each day in the month of Ramadhan, Insh.

The stories I plan to link with short qur’anic verses as well that FZ and I could work on memorising together. FZ is already so excited for the month to start so as to look in the ‘pockets’ for her special surprises. Bring on Mahe Ramadhan!”

 

And lastly, I love how this creative mum has linked each of the little goodies to an Islamic concept 🙂

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Ramadan Idea 1: Countdown Calendar Ideas

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One great idea to help mark Ramadan is to have a countdown calendar. I will share specific ideas of what parents do every year on another post, but here i would like to compile some ideas of different types of calendars:

  1. Cloth calendars: These have boomed over the last few years – check out this very reasonable one: https://eidparty.co.uk/collections/ramadan-calendars – or you could just make your own!

2. Now there are also chocolate/candy calendars out for the month! Some are available through main stores, and others through individuals. I suggest you do a google search and see what comes up! Check out this one:

(For those in the UK interested in the above, contact Faiza on 07826 865 244 )

3. Check out this twist on an advent calendar – where the emphasis is on giving during the month.

Try and find a charity near you that is running one! If not, simply collect some items over the month in a box (one a day!) and hand it to a food bank.

4. Make your own! There are LOADS of ideas out there – and we have also shared them here on Buzz Ideazz for inspiration. Check them out here.

Here is a round up of ideas for you for some printable calendars and loads of fillers for your home-made ones:

Toddlers:

4 and older:

7 and older:

14 and older:

 

 

 

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