Some sisters asked me regarding teaching methods and approaches for different subjects. I thought it would be nice to provide a short teaching guidelines here on separate page and inshaAllah if anyone has any queries we can always discuss it on the comments section.
QUR’AN HIFDH– Arrange listening to Qur’an sessions lasting for about 30 mins daily, preferably in the mornings (breakfast time is ideal). It should be active listening rather than engaging in something else with Qur’an in the background. Check the child is listening and trying to repeat after sheikh. Use Minshawi Child Repeat recitations recorded for children trying to memorize the Qur’an (you can buy the CD or find on youtube). After listening ask child to recite up to 5 surahs (depending on the length of surah 3-4 should be enough) daily off his/her memory. Always play Qur’an CD whilst cooking/baking/travelling in the car (Note: we should not talk about worldly matters when Qur’an is playing but rather listen to it actively). For further info read my articles on How to help a child to memorize Qur’an at https://raisingsahabas.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/how-to-help-a-child-memorize-quran/
Introduce only after child has memorized more than 15 surahs, covered some seerah, aqeedah and learned about 5 prophets of Allah (Adam, Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, Esa alayhumussalam). These will lay foundation for understanding of the Qur’an. Use pictorial tafseer worksheets from http://thelittlestarsofislam.wordpress.com/ to start off and move on to mini tafseer books published by Ad Duha
Read Goodnight Stories from the Qur’an, Goodnight Stories from the Seerah, hadith and ask a child to narrate a story at a time.
Qur’an centred word workbooks from http://amuslimchildisborn.blogspot.com/2012/02/quraan-centre-word-work-surah-al.html
Word Flow flashcards from http://www.learningroots.com/new/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=81
Ahsanul Qawaid- traditional learn to read the Qur’an book. Excellent resource to be used in conjunction with the above
Tracing and Copywork for handwriting, Memorizing the words for vocab and then learning to read using short story books.
Use Islamic Studies Mini-Books PreK from http://amuslimchildisborn.blogspot.com/search/label/Islamic%20Studies%20Mini%20Books%20%28PreK%29
Good Word Islamic Studies Grades 1, 2 and 3. Revise and reinforce ideas at circle times with Q&A
Use Prophets’ stories from the Quran books. I use the ones by Learning Roots (they only have 5 prophets at the moment so will use GoodWord books wherever needed). Do follow up activity and get a child to narrate the story in the right sequence/order of events. Discussion at circle times to reinforce morale of the story.
Provide more hands on approach. Do lots of cut/paste, matching, sequencing cards, drawing, colouring, painting activities on salah and wudu. Ask kids to pray salah in jamaa with one leading others following. Read hadith on salah/wudu
LITERACY, NUMERACY, GEOGRAPHY AND WRITING WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO ONE/ALL OF THE ISLAMIC SUBJECTS ABOVE.
ITEMS TO BE PURCHASED BY PARENTS
Ad Duha mini tafseer books (optional)
Prophets’ Stories short story books either from Goodword or Learning Roots (compulsory)
Tell Me About Prophet Muhammad (saw) (compulsory)
Word-Flow Arabic words flashcards from Learning Roots (optional)
Scribe Arabic handwriting Book (compulsory)
Ahsanul Qawaid (optional but highly recommended. Can be bought cheaply from any local Islamic bookshops inshaAllah)
STRUCTURING THE SESSIONS
For any homeschoolers mornings would work best for studying and engaging in more focused/constructive activities. We always start the day with Qur’an Hifdh and thereafter have 3-4 subjects depending children’s aptitude and interest. Below is a sample structure, it is nothing rigid but it might give some of you an idea on how to arrange subjects and to present them. (It is always nice to have a structure even if we dont follow it all the time. We do mixture of structured/unit studies on some days and unschooling on others. Alhamdulillah children teach us how to quickly change our plans and move from plan A to plan B)
10-10.15 am- Circle Time. Each child recites 1-2 surah off memory, dhikr followed by dua. We use this time to recap and review the previous lesson/lessons as well
10.15-10.35 am Quran hifdh, Quran reading, Qur’an tafseer in varied order each day.
10.35-11 am Seerah. Together We Read Aloud followed by arts/crafts project based on the stoy read from the seerah. Ask children to narrate the story during make/do things.
11.00-11.10 am. Recess. Snack. I provide healthy snacks-yogurt, fruit, toast etc.
11.10-11.30 am Prophets’ Stories. Choose to learn about one prophet for the duration of one week. Some prophet’s has longer timeline to learn so may take several weeks (i.e Ibrahim a.s, Musa a.a). Read a book with follow up activity. Narration+Discussion.
11.30-11.45 am. Fiqh. Watch power point presentations on Wudu/Salah, read books, do colouring, drawing, painting, matching and sequencing cards. Hands on approach. Physically perform wudu/salah from time to time
11.45-12.00 am Aqeeda. Read books, discussions, narration.