Alhamdulillah we manage to practise few surahs from the Qur’an every day in the mornings.
Sumayya has finished memorizing surah Mutaffifiyn. She has 3 more surahs to memorize (Naba, Naziat, Abasa) to finish juzu Amma- the last ten pages of the Qur’an. Because we listen to surahs from juzu Amma a lot she knows the first 5-6 ayats of all three remaining surahs. We only have to focus on one at a time, listen more with repetition/drill inshaAllah. Normally she recites 3 longer surahs and 3-4 short ones by heart daily.
Safiyya has finished memorizing Asr, Alhamdulillah. She is learning fast because she is still on short surahs. She has memorized Fatiha, Ihlas, Falaq, Nas, Masad, Kafirun, Kavthar, Fat’h, Fil, Quraish, Asr. She recites all these every morning by heart- it doesnt take long as these are really short. She is memorizing surah Maun at the moment.
We have been doing more Qur’an centred work with Sumayya the past couple of weeks . I hope it will make it easy for her to use mus’haf and she will get used to Arabic print, thus finding it easy to read later on.
I self-taught myself how to read Qur’an this way. I would play a surah by Sh. Hudhayfi from http://www.quranexplorer.com and follow it with my finger from the mus’haf. I would listen carefully, notice the sounds and rules and make notes on the go. This method helped me to improve my reading (I still have a lot to improve but at least I can read now). So, I have been trying to teach Sumayya how to follow the surah whilst reciting it, her finger should point the correct word she is uttering at the moment. My philosophy was ‘You recognize the letters so you should be able to recognize what word you are saying’ and mashAllah she was very keen to able to identify the words of an ayah. I would never push if she doesnt want to follow from the mus’haf but just wants to recite the surah itself.