In my humble opinion, Islam should not be taught to young children as an academic subject, with workbooks and heavy texts. Instead it should be learnt naturally and organically by children from watching their parents and peers throughout their daily lives.
Learning about Islam should lead to it becoming a natural part of your child's being and a part of who they are. This cannot be achieved from books and academic exercises, but from good company and righteous parents who set a good example.
That being said, I have listed some materials we use to direct our learning and spark conversations.
1. I Love Islam by Noor Art
This curriculum can be purchased from Noorart. We set aside time to read one chapter a week from this book. We are using Book 1 with our Kindergartner, which is aimed at children aged 5-6. There are five more books in this series covering ages 4-9.
This book is divided into five units introducing the Muslim child to:
- Basic beliefs (Aqeedah)
- The Life of Prophet Muhammad pbuh (Seerah)
- The Five Pillars of Islam
- The Muslim World
- Prophetic Manners
This book also comes with a CD, with nasheeds and stories to go along with each chapter. There are also workbooks available at NoorArt that can be used with this book, although we have not tried these ourselves.
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I Love Islam also introduces children to the Ninety-Nine names of Allah. We have been supplementing these lessons with lots of Arts and Crafts:
2. My First Quran Story Book
As part of our morning routine, w read a story from My First Quran Story Book every day. This book is a collection of Quranic stories and is aimed at children aged 3-9 years-old.
3. Memorisation of Quran
As our boys are still young, we don't teach memorisation of Quran yet, but rather focus our efforts on instilling a love for the Quran. However we do expose the children to Quran as much as we can through Audio CD , listening to us recite, and Youtube videos:
There is also a fantastic series of books, The Mini Tafseer Series from Ad-Duha institute that introduce tafseer (explanation) of Juz 'Amma to children. They are based on the teaching of Ibn Kathir and are really excellent. I have personally learnt a lot from them myself. They're written for children to understand and enjoy.These can also be purchased from NoorArt.
4. Homeschool Co-op
We are fortunate in my community to have a number of other Muslim families who home-educate their children. Our children all come together once or twice a week to learn about Islamic topics in a relaxed and fun environment.
So this is how we 'teach' Islamic studies in our Muslim homeschool for my Kindergartener.
If you have any resources that you use with your children, please let me know in the comments. It's always interesting to see what other Muslim families are using to teach Islam in their homes.
Also if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will answer them as best I can insha'Allah.
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