The 5 C’s of Setting Ramadan Goals for Children

Another Ramadan is upon us alhumdulillah! And this year, don’t let it slip by without achieving something for your child. The reward is great during this month, so any good done now will be rewarded many folds. What are your goals for your child this Ramadan? Do you want your child to try and fast a whole day or the whole month of Ramadan? Is it time your child memorizes certain surahs of the Qur’an, or complete a certain juz? How about practicing and improving on a characteristic such as generosity, (Read more...)

How to Get Your Child To Focus on Learning

In my last article I wrote about the importance of the teaching loop. In this article, I want to discuss the details of each, specifically on how to get and maintain your child’s focus and attention to the lesson that he/she is learning. 1. Gaining Attention In the first step of the teaching loop, you need to alert your child’s attention to what you’re about to teach her. Whatever method you use, it needs to be interesting and related to the lesson. Here are some things you could try: (Read more...)

How to Guide Your Children’s Behavior Ebook

Sometimes parenting can be overwhelming! Because you don't know which is the best parenting strategy to use. Sometimes parenting can be frustrating! Because the method you're using, doesn't seem to be working with your children. Wouldn't it be great if you knew exactly what to do in each situation with your child? Wouldn't it be great if you had a range of parenting strategies to choose from? How would it be if you had the confidence to guide your children to be the best Muslims they can be with (Read more...)

How To Teach Your Young Child Anything

The way you teach your child will determine whether your child will learn or not. One way to teach is to use the teaching loop. Research has found this to be the best way to teach. There are four steps. 1. Alert You begin by first alerting your child to be ready to learn. This is obvious, as you would want to draw your child’s attention to what you’re about to teach. Without focused attention, your child will not be able to concentrate to learn. Gain your child’s attention, by showing (Read more...)

Preparing Your Child For Number Activities

Learning about numbers is more than just counting. By the end of the first school year, not only do children need to be able to count, but also be able to recognise numbers, count each item, and write the numbers. Each of these requires a different set of skills. To prepare your child and give him an advantage, you can start teaching him these concepts in a fun and playful way. 1. Rote Counting To say numbers in sequence is to rote count. Most children can do this easily through listening (Read more...)

3 Tips to Help Your Child Learn Better

The way children learn has an impact on how much they will retain. You want your young child to take in as much information as possible. Learning has not occurred if there is no change in a child's knowledge base. There are certain conditions that make learning easier for your child. Here are the most important 3 tips: 1. Learn Early in the Day A child's best concentration occurs early, when their mind is fresh in the morning after waking. By the time the day wears on, your child will become (Read more...)

Making Eid Special For Children Without Over-Indulging

Undoubtedly, Eid is a special time for Muslims, children and adults alike. What makes it extra special is the quality time spent with family, friends and the community. It doesn't have to mean spending a huge amount of time and money on buying food, toys and clothing for our family. These days, some Muslims living in Western countries try to overcompensate their children for not being able to join-in with the non-Muslim festivities by overspending on them at Eid time. Sadly, it has become materialistic. We (Read more...)

Ramadan Reading Activity For Kids

Ramadan is a great time to teach a series of lessons to your kids, as you have the whole month to focus on them. You can select a related story to read with your child and formulate an activity for each day. If you don’t have much time to spend teaching and doing an activity, then have a 30 Day Reading Challenge, where you or your older child, must read a story each day out loud. You can make it extra special by selecting an Islamic book a day. If you decide to have a Reading Challenge, then (Read more...)