Marking Ramadan with Older Children - Idea 5: Split the recitation of the Quran

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To try and finish the Quran on your own isn’t easy – but why not split it between your family to try and get it done? With older kids this is quite do-able and even if it doesn’t get done in the month, it can be something that will help maintain the regular recitation of the Quran in the days/weeks after Ramadan.

Here is some advice sent in by a mum on a practical way to do this:

“Each part (para) is 20 pages so we can split into 5 – so by reading 4 pages after each salat, we can finish a part a day (and the whole Quran in 1 month). The 4 pages can be split between the family so for example, if a family of 4 shares it, it would be only 1 page after each salat.”

Marking Ramadan with Older Kids - Idea 1: Quran competition

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Now that my kids are older (10 and 12), I find that a lot of the activities/books/calendar inserts out there are not quite suitable for them. So I have been looking out for a few things that are and which I have found useful, and thought I’d share here in case anyone else does!

First up, check out this Quran competition. It’s very cool! Each day, 2 questions become available online and you and your kiddos can look inthe Quran and read through the designated verses to find the answer.

More details below!

Quranic Ramadhan Competition
**Spend your Ramadan with the Quran and Feed Your Soul**

**In this competition, two questions will be asked from one ‘juz’ of the Quran on every day of the blessed month of Ramadan. The reference for the answer within the verses of the ‘juz’ will be provided as a guide. This means that in the 30 days of Ramadan, 60 questions will be asked. Participants who obtain an overall high score will be the winners of the competition and will receive prizes**

Starts On: 16th May 2018
Length: 4 weeks

http://lms.darulquran.co.uk/en/course/view.php?id=65

Quran Teaching Ideas - Tanveer Shares

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Here are some useful resources to help our children learn the recitation of the Quran in fun ways, and which appeal to all the different types of learners!

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

Download the template and rules here.

Quran Day at School

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Alhamdulillah, we were invited back to our local school to share some more of our religion with them. We decided to focus on the Quran! This time, we decided to foster more independent learning and allow the children to learn by interacting with the material on their own, with us around to supervise and help where necessary. This worked really well with the older children!

Each class had a different time slot to come in to the hall. We first welcomed the children, reminding them of how Muslims greet each other. We then introduced the topic and equated the Quran to the holy book of the Muslims, similar to the Bible or Torah. A little clip of the recitation of the Quran was played for them, and then they went off!

Here are the different areas we covered:

God is Everywhere – The children looked at the verse describing God as being everywhere, and were then invited to play with the Plasma Ball and think about how they were related. Everywhere their fingers touched, there was a connection to the source, even if many fingers touched or moved at the same time!

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Animals in the Quran – The children were invited to read the posters abou tthe different animals and a little bit about them, and then make a playdough model of an animal of their choice.

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Fruits in the Quran

The children had a matching game to play here! After reading the posters, they then had to match the correct fruit picture to the poster. A plateful of the fruits was in the middle for them to look at, touch and smell also.

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Prophets in the Quran

This was an area for them to have a seat and browse through the information on the different Prophets mentioned in the Quran, through books and posters. Emphasis was made on the similar Prophets we share!

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Science in the Quran

  1. Birds: On one table, we focussed on the verse about birds staying in the air. Here the children made a balloon stay in the air with a hairdryer, and then notice how as soon as the hairdryer stopped blowing, the balloon fell. They then thought about how Allah made the birds fly without any help, and how airplanes also have been inspired by this.

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2. Water Cycle: On another table, we looked at the verses about the water cycle. An experiment showing the water cycle using shaving foam and blue food colouring proved to be a hit!

Here is the link to the experiment:

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3. Others: For the last Science table, we created boxes with a range of different Science topics linked to verses from the Quran, which they could peruse and read about on their own.

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Manners in the Quran

  1. Bullying: We looked at bullying using the simple example of a sheet of paper. The children scrunched up (or bullied!) the paper, then apologised as they opened it up and tried to smooth it out. They compared the paper to how it was before, and noticed how it was still crumpled despite their best efforts. They then thought about how this was like someone after being bullied; even if the person apologises, it still affects them inside. The verse focussed on how God tells us not to ridicule one anotehr or call each other names.

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2. Anger: For this, they read the verse on anger and shook the lemonade bottle as hard as they could. At the end of the session when we gathered the class back together again, we shook it one more time and opened the bottle. The kids watched the lemonade explode out and compared it to how we act out badly when we are angry, and this is why God says to control out anger.

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3. Forgiveness: After reading the verse and poster on forgiveness, the children thought about how staying angry makes them feel and how it is better to forgive. Thinking of someone they wanted to forgive in particular, they popped a tablet in the water and watched it fizz and melt away, like any grudes they may have felt.

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4. Good deeds: To help the children see how God sees all the good that we do, big or small, we invited them to think of any good deeds they may have done as they popped some coins into the rice and hid it in there. Using a magnet, all the coins were then pulled out and related to how God always sees our good actions and accepts and loves them!

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5. Good words: Using the verse about good words being like a good strong tree, the children were invited to think of words that were good, write them down and hang them on a tree. By the end of the day, the ‘good tree’ was full of beautiful words!

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Women in the Quran – 

To highlight the different women mentioned in the Quran, and again emphaise the common women we all believe in, we all wore a poster with the name of these women!

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At the end, we brought the class together and invited them to share their thoughts on the Quran and what they had learnt. We asked them to share their thoughts in writing:

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Alhamdulillah, all in all we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and so did the kids! The head and the teachers were also very appreciative of the efforts put in.

To download all the posters and extra bits and bobs, please click here. Both Word and PDF versions have been given, in case you want to make any changes! If you do run this session in your local school, do let us know – we would love to hear all about it!

P.S. Received this and thought ‘d share as it has a few extra ideas!

“Salaams, hope you are well. I just wanted to say thanks for the ideas on your blog! My kids go to a catholic school and for Prophets kushali every year we have a theme, this year was charity. I spoke to the school and they gave me free reign to come in, talk to all the kids and do whatever activities I wanted!! Woohoo!! So I “stole” some of your ideas from Quran day and mixed them in with what I had planned. It was a hit!! Even teachers said they learnt something!!

We had each class come down individually, and started with a PowerPoint where I spoke about who was HP and his message, then where the Quran came from and some examples from the Quran. The In front of the classes we did the bottle (anger), paper (bullying), effervescent (forgiveness), prayer (coin clean) and the rice (love) experiments.

We then let them loose to animal, Prophets, women, Quran, goodness wall and food stations. Then we gathered them all together to talk about charity and launch our collection for the food bank.

When they went back to their classes they made a moneybox (nets) and had a multiple choice quiz (PowerPoint) on what they learnt.”

 

 

8 Hadiths on the relationships between parents and children

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“The relationship between parents and their children is one that cannot be compared to anything else in the world. In the Holy Quran, Allah (swt) prescribes the following: “And your Lord has decreed that you do not worship except Him, and to your parents, [show] good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age while with you, say not to them [so much as], ‘uff,‘ and do not repel them, and speak to them a noble word.” [17:23]. The Holy Quran exalts the status of parents, and hadiths do too; here are some great ones for everyone to take in, with an insight on how the child plays an important role in the relationship between them.”

Read more:

8 hadiths on the relationship between parents and children

Ramadan Activities for Young Ones

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So here is what one mum did to help her kids benefit from this month in so many amazing ways!

Imam Ali (AS) bags for the less fortunate: Great activity for little toddlers. They love filling bags. First explained how Imam Ali always helped people…. Went to the store had her pick items she thinks everyone would need on a daily basis- comb, toothbrush, snacks. Came home and she packed everything into ziplock bags and asked the grandparents to come home to help write Hadith from Imam Ali (as) on the hearts which we put in the bags. IA to disburse them throughout the holy month.

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Shahru Ramadhan treat boxes for little friends: Cookies made and decorated by little one and family, kajur, and a small toy to help celebrate the beginning of this awesome month!

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Good Deeds Tree: pick a good deed from the jar, implement it and get to decorate a heart ornament to put on the tree. Just like a tree grows beautiful hearts good deeds will make our hearts grow and make us shine. The tree will light up every time they were able to do the good deed.

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Quran Wall: Use this wall to learn all about the awesomeness of this great book. Focusing on Surah Qadr memorization and suwer of Juz Ammah. Each time she memories a Surah she gets to put the sticker on the Juz Ammah tree.
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 We have a light up Quranic box which we will put different objects that are in the Quran inside and begin discussions from them. Example- we will put animals in the box. Create excitement by turning the lights on the box on and off, open the box and talk about the story of Prophet Nuh. Box credit goes to HIC Quran Club.
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Following the Footsteps of Imam Ali (AS):
Learn all about our amazing Imam and give children examples from his life the little ones can implement. Children will cut out their own footsteps and put it on the wall to help them see the path to Allah is always going to be through the our Ahlul Bayt and Quran. We will post different activities we do that relate to the Imam on the Black cloth and end it with his martyrdom.
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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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Our Blessings Garden: Helping children see how beautiful our blessings are and how we need to nurture them and appreciate them.
Each flower will have a theme in the center and the petals we will write why that blessings is important to us. One of the theses will be Allah- we are thankful to have the one and only beat God. On the petals we will put Allah’s names and discuss how lucky we are to have Allah who is Al-Khaliq he made everything and go into discussion of all the creations.. How Allah is Al-Wadud and go into discussion of how He loves us soo much.
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Arabic letters centers: toys, puzzles, games, flash cards to help the children learn their letters!

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