In this counseling answer:
“Help them to utilize all their senses in their learning also, taking a more practical and visual approach will help to make learning more fun. For example, as you teach about the Hijrah you can be working on a practical task of getting a big piece of card and designing a big map following his journey so they can visualize the route he took and when remembering what they have learned have a visual image to reflect on. When making this map they can use their creative skills perhaps making little model tents, caves and mountains as part of a larger project.”
As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuh,
Teaching our children about Hijrah and the Prophet (SAW) is very important. Teaching them about these things from a young age will help them to develop a sincere sense of love for him as they appreciate the hardships he faced and his beautiful character as one for us to emulate.
The first thing to consider before you start is to make sure that you that teach in accordance with their ages. This not just in terms of the material you use and how appropriate the words are for their age range, but also in terms of the length of time you spend teaching them, so, for example, older children can maintain their attention for much longer than younger ones so make sure to tailor your teaching accordingly.
Even if your children are in different age ranges, it is useful to have them all involved together to some extent, but simply ensuring that materials are appropriate for their age, but at the same time are covering the same general topic that is being covered that week. This will empower the older ones to teach the younger ones as well as encouraging the younger ones to seek assistance from the older ones when needed.
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There are many books available and many online resources also that will greatly support you in teaching your children about the life of the Prophet (SAW). This will also lessen the time that you need to spend preparing lessons and teaching material for them and focus more on actually teaching them.
Children learn very well from stories, so breaking his life down into the various major events will help to make learning more fun for them. When learning is more fun they are more likely to retain the knowledge that they have learned. Breaking learning down like this into the different events will also help to keep their learning structured which again will make it more likely that they will retain the knowledge.
Likewise, give them sufficient time to have an in-depth knowledge of each event; don’t rush. So, for example, take an entire week to focus on each event, perhaps one week you focus entirely on the battle of Uhud, and then the next week you focus on the battle of Badr, and so on. It might be ahead of time you write out the schedule of what you will cover each week and tick it off as you accomplish them. This way they can also know what to expect each week too.
Help them to utilize all their senses in their learning also, taking a more practical and visual approach will help to make learning more fun. For example, as you teach about the Hijrah you can be working on a practical task of getting a big piece of card and designing a big map following his journey so they can visualize the route he took and when remembering what they have learned have a visual image to reflect on. When making this map they can use their creative skills perhaps making little model tents, caves and mountains as part of a larger project.
You might also consider giving them tests at the end of the week. This is so that you can assess how much they have learned as well as so they can see their accomplishments and reflect on how much they have learned also. Results or some kind of reward chart could be included on their weekly schedule so that they can visually see their progress and accomplishments.
May Allah reward you for teaching your kids about Islamic history. May your children benefit from your teaching and get the best form it in this life and the next.
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