To our precious children, we are the heroic knight who protects them with our shields of love in this vast world. Though to fulfill our roles, we can’t just fight off their demons, but we need to teach them how to defend themselves and become victorious in their battles with life.
Give them a sword and a shield of knowledge to become steady, and able to defend themselves, and let them wield a bow and arrows of culture and manners that set them apart from the crowd.
Introduction to Islamic Studies for Kids:
As an introduction to Islamic studies for kids, we need to address some of the challenges parents face while teaching their kids Islamic studies.
We will also give you some ideas on how to deal with such situations in a healthy way that doesn’t cause any harm to your kid’s personality or character.
1- They wouldn’t sit down:
Usually, children wouldn’t sit down for a long time during a lesson; because they have more energy than us adults, and it makes them want to move all the time.
Our children too would randomly decide to run around us in circles, or jump up and down while listening to us explaining the lesson, and then all I can think about is how would they ever actually understand a word I’m saying.
So, how can we deal with this? The solution is to adapt to their world instead of trying to force them to adapt to our world.
Make lessons into games:
Making lessons into games would definitely make your mission much easier, and it would allow them to have a healthy childhood; because as children, it’s their right to only play and have fun, and it’s our duty to teach them through the games they enjoy the most.
Improvise as much as possible, and receive consultation from your kid on the types and mechanisms of those games. It’s their realm, after all.
2- They are easily distracted:
Kids are easily distracted, especially when we involve them in a serious activity; such as: studying. We would be explaining a Hadith lesson, and suddenly they are talking passionately about their favorite anime or toy.
That isn’t their fault though; as they want to talk about what entertains them. Yet, when they grow up a little, they will need to do many things that aren’t amusing, and just hold on until the mission is complete; like teaching their relentless young children, and we need to teach them how to do that.
Making a schedule:
Making a schedule to solve this problem is an effective tactic. Use this tool to designate a period of time to each activity your kid does throughout their day.
It’s advisable to involve them into the process of making this schedule, and make a deal with them to abide by the schedule they have set themselves, and to only focus on the task in hand.
This might be difficult at first, but with much practice, and reminding them of the deal, it will pay off, and your child will grow up to be an individual who is able to focus on their tasks one by one, instead of getting distracted while working on one by thinking about the other.
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3- Lack of financial resources:
In many cases, we want to bring our kids to the sun and let them hug the moon and befriend the stars, but the lack of financial resources keeps our arms short and sore.
You might not have enough financial credit to offer your kid the valuable Islamic studies classes that will help them on their journey to the sun; Islam. We understand that this makes you anxious, and perhaps traps you into feeling powerless.
Rely on free educational resources:
You are powerful in the eyes of your kid, and that’s all that matters. You can simply rely on free educational resources, which will not be very far back from the other courses you wished your kid could join.
Now that your child doesn’t follow a systemized course, you will need to design a system for his studies, and to guide him through it all on your own.
Although this task isn’t easy, with hard work and persistence, your little one will one day touch the stars; because you were there for them.
4- Feeling like a failure:
In many cases, studying makes our kids start to feel like a failure; because while studying, there will be ups and downs, and not only ups. There will be difficult and tricky lessons that consume lots of time and effort to master.
This might cause our kids to feel frustration, and to think that their efforts aren’t enough, or they aren’t built up for it. This feeling can be very destructive and toxic, and it’s our responsibility as their parents to guide them out of this storm.
Constant encouragement and praise:
Only constant encouragement and praise can be a cure to such a problem. And make sure to make your praise just and reasonable, and avoid exaggeration; because they will sense it and stop believing your words, building walls of steel around themselves.
5- Difficulty with pronouncing Arabic sounds:
Some kids face some difficulty with pronouncing Arabic sounds, and can’t recite the Quran properly because of that. Arabic isn’t a simple or easy language after all, yet it’s extremely important to study it in order to be able to read the Quran correctly.
This problem can be quite discouraging to children; because they would try and try to pronounce those sounds correctly, but to no avail. The rules of Tajweed also adds to the difficulty of the situation, and makes reciting the Quran even more difficult and exhausting to our children.
In situations such as this, we need to act patiently and wisely, and to never blame our kid, or make them feel less smart, or less hardworking. Our only mission is to facilitate the process of learning as much as possible, and to stick by their sides until they succeed.
Improvise songs and Nasheeds:
To solve this problem, try to improvise songs and Nasheeds that have the sound or word that is difficult for your kid to pronounce correctly, and just sing with your kid.
Practicing in this way will reduce the pressure they feel, and will relieve their stress, in addition to turning this process into an enjoyable activity that brings you closer, and allows you to bond.
6- Memorization of the Quran is difficult:
Children might find memorization of the Quran difficult and boring; since they need to memorize all those big words by heart, which takes a long time and a lot of effort. This might cause them to get frustrated, and tempted to stop studying the Quran.
Because for them what they memorize has no understandable order or system that makes all that information steady in their memory, it’s all easy to forget; so, even after doing some successful memorization, they will be caught up in an endless cycle of revision and memorization.
Small portions and explanations:
You can overcome this difficulty by assigning them small portions of the Quran; no more than a few verses, and let them take their time in memorizing and digesting the words and sounds.
Explaining every verse they study is also an effective tactic to help them memorize the Quran; as through understanding what they are reciting and memorizing, the succession of the verses will make sense, and it will all make sense to them.
7- Islamic lessons can be difficult:
Islamic lessons can be difficult for young children, especially with all its details and embedded matters. For example, to teach a little child how to pray properly, and how each movement and each position has to be in a certain way can be tricky to follow up to for young kids.
It’s completely understandable and acceptable that they find this difficult to understand and digest, and we can never blame them for finding a lesson difficult to study.
To help them overcome this difficulty, simplify everything for them. First, choose lessons that are suitable for their age, and second, make sure to simplify all the details; so that they have time to understand and study without pressure or rush.
For example, start teaching them how to pray by teaching them the prayer movements vaguely, and make use of their excitement to imitate your every movement.
Secondly, teach them the Surahs of the Quran they will need while praying. Then, start to practice the movements with them more accurately. Finally, put everything together; so, they can pray.
Remember that today’s kid is tomorrow’s active member of our society, only with proper and healthy care that only we can provide them with.
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