As part of the Ramadan for Kids, we have an exciting series here for little children 2-10 yrs old. This series runs all through Ramadan and is intended at teaching our children morals and manners using the letters A-Z. I am calling it A-Z of Akhlaaq Series. This post is just an intro talking about what we will be doing.
We love 5 minute lessons in our home. Children understand and remember better by doing things rather than being taught to listen. When they are given a chance to experience something or interpret meanings themselves, they will remember the lessons for life. For this reason, I prefer to teach my children with simple 5 minute hands-on activities. My kids love these spontaneous science, art or craft ideas and they always remember better. I am applying this same trick to teaching manners this month. I will be using books and every day items from around the home to teach children meaningful lessons.
Please Note: These words, manners and activities in the series can be adapted by any faith. You are welcome to join us or take our ideas to teach your children no matter what faith you belong to.
Akhlaaq is an Arabic word which is understood in Urdu too. It means morals and manners. The series is based on the book ‘A To Z of Akhlaaq: Moral Values for Children
Everyday starting from the first of Ramadan (18 June 2015) to the 26th of Ramadan (13th of July 2015), InshaAllah (God Willing), I will be posting a letter with a word and couple it with either a book , an activity or a craft so that the child can understand and remember the word. For the parents, I will be including positive parenting tips wherever appropriate.
We live in a multicultural society. Over the past two years since my son started primary school, I have found that it has become increasingly difficult for me to make him understand what is right and what is wrong manners wise. Although all cultures of the world have similar morals, manners differ. As Muslims, we have teachings from the Quran and Sunnah that we follow. Most of these manners are much similar the world over. Simple lessons on gratitude or how to treat your neighbor go a long way in making the world a better place for all of us.
I intend to share ideas and activities to help teach your child the letter and the word. You are welcome to join me in the comments or on our Facebook page. I am also using the hashtag #AtoZofAkhlaaq on Instagram, Twitter and where ever I share these posts. You can easily use the hashtag to search for these posts. You are welcome to join me and invite others to this series too. Let us teach our children together.
A single good deed in Ramadan is multiplied many folds. My intentions for this series are to send it forward as Sadaqa (charity). By sharing this, you are doing the same. If you have any suggestions as to how we can better an activity or if you have ideas of your own to share, books to recommend or any word of advice, I welcome you in my comment box and on my Facebook page. You can also subscribe to my blog to make sure you don’t miss an update ever again.
The Letters so far:
*K is for Kindness
*P is for Patience
*Q is for Quran
*R is for Right hand
*S is for Sleeping
*T is for Toilet
*U is for Understanding
*V is for Vanity
*W is for Wudhu (Instagram)
*X is for ‘X’( Instagram)
*Y is for Yelling
*Z is for Zulm