As much as it is important that parents introduce Quran at an early age to their kid’s life, it is equally important for you to not force them into reading it and that they must read and learn the holy Quran with interest. This is the only way they’ll be able to learn the true meaning of the Holy Scripture and its benefits for one’s life.
There is no doubt that parents are the best teachers to impart education to their kids including Islamic education, and what better source than the Holy Quran to do that. However, there’s also no denying that children have short attention span and it is not easy to read or learn the Quran. As much as it is significant for every Muslim child and adult to read the Quran religiously, learning Quran with tajweed (set of rules to correctly recite Quran) is not an easy feat. It takes a whole lot of desire and dedication to learn on the part of the student. There’s no better Quran teacher than parents, at least when it comes to introducing the sacred book to their children.
Here are a few ways on how parents can pique an interest of children in Quran. Once children develop an interest, there’s no looking back for them:
Variety in their modes of learning- Boredom can easily creep in as you try to teach your kid Quran through one particular mode of learning, resulting in them losing interest eventually. Parents must pursue various modes of learning in imparting Quran education. For example, one day let them read the Quran, allot the next day to teach them to recite the same verses, and another day to memorize a particular verse. This will ease any kind of pressure of learning that they may be having. This will keep them hooked and keep boredom at bay, and they will become proficient in no time.
Fun and Entertaining- Most schools are resorting to entertaining ways to impart education, the same holds true for Quran. Make Quran learning entertaining so that they always look forward to the lessons. For example, parents can become storytellers (explaining the stories in Quran in an engaging way) and then ask their kid to read the stories and give their feedback, then you can hold quizzes at the end of a lesson and pay rewards (chocolates, ice creams) when they are right. This will also help you assess how much or not your kid has learnt.
Regularity- Reading Quran shouldn’t be a one-off happening once in a week. In order to learn the Quran, the student has to read it religiously. He/she will have to practice consistently for hours every day. There should be no break in learning. Then your whole purpose of teaching the Holy Quran will be lost. Parents should devise a proper plan prior to embarking on the journey of Quran teaching.
Technology- In this digital age, in would be silly of someone to not leverage technology. Technology makes everything easy and interesting especially for children. There are so many Islamic learning apps parents can capitalize on, which will help your child grasp things in no time. It is wise to explore some good Islamic learning apps for Android and iOS.
To sum everything up, reading the Holy Quran should be fun and engaging because it will shape your child’s life relationship with the Book of Allah and mould them into the humans that they grow up to become tomorrow. Children should not take learning or reading the Quran to be a daily chore. This can easily be dealt with parents taking the right approach and their encouragement. This is the best and the only way for parents to get their children into the habit of learning Quran from a young age. By doing this, your child will become their best possible versions when they grow up. So it’s definitely a worthwhile investment of your time to figure out a few ways to make Quran learning and reading interesting and captivating.
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