Saturday, July 23, 2011

Learning the technique of teaching Quran to babies and children

Today I went to the workshop on how to teach Quran to babies and children. You can find the information from here. If u have not heard about Darwish & Darwisya, u can read their stories from the mom's blog or from her facebook page.

There are loads of information and sharing from her on how she teach her 2 kids to memorize the Quran. I have been reading her blog for quite some time, and was so excited to go to the workshop this morning. It was from 9am-2pm, and the time just flies. At the end of the workshop, she brought in the 2 kids to recite some surahs. Darwish recited Al-Buruj and Darwisya (who despite the minor accident and her face still wet with her tears) recited the whole As-Sajadah so fluently. I was so speechless, bordering to teary....isk isk isk...hahaha...but seriously they are uber cute and gorgeous and listening to them reciting the surah with their kiddos' accent make them super gorgeous and adorable. It's just too overwhelming for me "the emo" mommy.

Anyway, the mommy, Pn Mazlina Karim is a very low profile woman. If u read her blog, u will notice u will never see her photos. What is so inspiring to me is when you meet her as a person. And u get to know her and her background. She is a working mother, with no religious background (as in no formal Islamic education). Her kids are not genius. At least not any genius than your kids or my kids. They start talking and walking relatively late. Which means they are just like normal kids.  And she is very open with their upbringing, in the sense that her kids have friends from different races. And they go to "western" kindergarten. Montessori, Vital Years, Early Learning Centre.Which is also why I admire her so much, coz I think we share similar thinking. Well, at least, some lahhhh :)

You don't have to send your kids to a formal religious school to make them a religious person. Sometimes, it may backfire too. To nurture them in an open environment will probably be better for them to learn how to be good Muslim in "real" life. And for parents not to take for granted that they have the biggest role in educating their children. I totally disagree with people who think religious school is a quick fix. If your kids are not performing well academically, or is having discipline problem, send them to a religious school for them to get fixed. Hmmm...don't u think that is so naive??

Religion is your way of life. And our life will be so imbalanced if everybody decides to just focus on the spiritual part. It becomes so textbook. The world will stop revolving if everybody becomes a religious scholar. You can be a religious scholar AND a professional. Everybody has the responsibility to contribute to the world and make this place a better place. And if u have the Quran in your heart, it will guide u to the right path. In moments of uncertainty, in moments of despair. Coz we the parents, can't protect our kids all the time.

At 4+yo, Darwisya already memorized Juz Amma and a few of the major surahs including Yasin, Ar-Rahman & As-Sajadah. Darwish who is 3+yo, which is about Medina's age (actually he's younger by few months), has memorized more than half of Juz Amma. Before he celebrates his 4th birthday he will probably completed the whole Juz Amma too. All the mother does is 1 hour of Quran every night with the 2 kids, 5 days a week. And mind u, that 1 hour is never a solid 1 hour. She shared a video of one of her Quran sessions with the kids where Darwisya was reciting the Quran, and Darwish was somersaulting at the background. It was quite hilarious, but it just shows how despite all that, with the right knowledge and technique it still can be done.

What is amazing about this woman is she is a true manifestation of everybody can do this. Every kids can memorize the Quran. IF the parents want it to happen. Especially the mothers. Mothers can make so much difference. That's why William Ross Wallace said it's the hand that rock the cradle that rule the world, NOT the father's ;)

I will not divulge so much on her lectures. If u r interested, go to the blog and read. If u want to know more, please join her workshop.  But seriously, I honestly feel what makes her so successful is her consistency in nurturing her kids. The only thing that set her apart from the rest of us is her mission and vision for the kids. And her persistence to pursue the vision and make the Quran a big part of their life.

I have wrote before how I have always felt guilty of slacking in putting more efforts on balancing the kid's education. Spiritually and academically. You can read my previous rambling here. Though it's probably relatively late, I am just grateful that Luqman and Hajar oblige to go to the tahfiz class. I am a strong believer that it will never be too late with your kids. And I hope that Emily will progress with her reading and memorizing this year, good enough to qualify her to join Luqman and Hajar next year. The speed might not be as fast as a young kid anymore, but whatever that they can achieve is good enough for me. As for Ms Maddie, I guess it's about time to start it formally. Come on Medina (and ummi), u can do ittttt!!!! ;)

Last night I finally found this video that I have been looking for agessss. The classic case of a cluttered mind. Found something interesting and never bookmark it properly. And then start looking high and low for it.

There is a bunch of people in Bayinnah Institute who is doing really great job in educating people around the world. May God bless them. I like this video because it teaches the way to pronounce the Arabic letters in a very fun way. Pronounciation is very important to start reading Quran correctly.

So let's hope my spirits keep soaring and this is not a "hangat2 tahi ayam" kinda of thing....M.U.S.T stop giving excuse and procrastinating woman!!

Let's do our best to nurture our kids to become a tahfiz professional who can rock the world. InsyaAllah ;)

44 comments:

  1. It is really useful. Tq for sharing

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  2. BTW, just sharing. In my "gung ho"ness nak start mengajar cik Medina last nite, and cannot find the 1st Iqra' book to teach her the hijaiyah alphabet, I stumbled upon these 2 marvellous apps on ipad ; Muslim Kids Series; Hijjaiya (Arabic Alphabet) and Abata Hijaiyah. It covers the reading and writing of hijaiyah alphabet. And it's FREEEEEEEEE ;) The Abata hijaiyah is also available on android. Check it out. So fun ;)

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  3. Interesting. My boys are also memorizing the Quran. Wonder if the technique u mentioned can help them be better n faster at it. Will chk it out. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Great post.Well memorizing and learning the Quran is very necessary for kids, as small kids don't read the Quran properly with proper tajweed.The Qari in the Masjid, or some Quran tutors teach the Quran to kids with proper tajweed.They start them from Qaida.which is easy to read and memorize the Arabic words easily.Your technique is interesting and effective for all kids and students who want to memorize Quran.

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  5. Salam Sis.

    I was at the Malaysian Homeschooling Network FB group, and somehow ended up at your blog. Subhan'Allah, this reminded me of when I was much younger where my dad used to prop me up on his lap just to teach me the Surahs. :)

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  6. Salam Hajar,
    U homeschooling too?? btw, my 2nd child is Hajar too :-)

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  7. Jazakallah for sharing info on doing hifz.i checked out that sister's site but everything in Malay.can u share some more useful info.

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  20. Thanks mellymilly for sharing this techniques. It will really help us for online quran classes for kids.

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  21. As-salaamu alaykum!

    HELP! I don't know Malay and I'm very interested in Sister Mazlina's workshops. Would you please share her contact info with me (ask her first, of course).

    I'm part of a big Muslim homeschooling community ma shaa'Allah, and I imagine many other families would also be interested in shaa'Allah.

    Jazaakum Allahu khayra!

    Salaam from Canada.
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  32. salam alaikum. where can i read this information of how to teach my kids quraan in english?

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