How to Instill the Love for Quran Among Children
It was narrated by Uthman, that the Prophet said: “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Quran and teach it.”
Learning, reciting and understanding the Quran is a mandatory part of every Muslim household. Parents, being the primary caregivers for their children, have a special task to instill interest and develop a love for the Quran among their little ones.
But how can parents do so without forceful learning? SalamWebToday had the opportunity to interview Noretta Jacob, the founder of Safar Training Consultancy and Hanisah Adam, the founder of Salwa Circle both from Singapore who gave tips on creating a meaningful environment while instilling a love for the Quran among children.
The duo will be conducting a workshop called ‘Connecting Kids and Al-Quran’ for parents on August 10, 2019, at Al-Qudwah Academy in Singapore, sharing useful knowledge that parents can benefit from.
What are some of the tips you can share with parents on the techniques to instill interest in the Quran among children?
Hanisah: First, you would want to make things fun for the kids. Back then, our earliest memories of learning the Quran would be associated with the ‘rotan’ and the ‘muqaddam’. Inevitably, it implanted a sense of fear within us as we often get punished with the rotan for our mistakes. The goal is to make kids love the Quran. Be consistent with scheduling ‘Quran time’ and learn to make things interesting and fun for them. One of the ways parents could do that is through the approach of storytelling. Storytelling is a great way to spark curiosity among the little ones. When you keep their minds intrigued, they would want to know more. Read to them stories on the meaning of Surah Al-Fatihah, for example. I am an avid storyteller as I always believe it’s a great way to educate the kids in a fun manner.
Noretta : Use the right resources when teaching your children. Try scout for good resources that can instill fun – you can use loose parts and transformative materials which can easily be found at home. For example; straws, bottle caps, ice-cream sticks, and things like that. Through our workshop, we want to educate parents that there is no need to buy expensive toys to create fun activities. Practicality and creativity are the most important thing. With children, it’s all about visuals. Sometimes parents undermine these materials. Inculcate the habit of seeing how you can make use of the things that you see around you.
WALK THE TALK
Hanisah: When it comes to implanting interest among the children, parents need to set an example and join them on this journey as well, don’t just instruct them to do it. If parents want their children to memorize the Quran, then they must memorize it too. That way, it’s much more fun because you go through it together. You make mistakes together and laugh at each other, thus creating a relaxed and fun environment for the whole family. Always be in a good mood when teaching kids, because a happy parent brings out a happy child.
At what age should parents start to foster the love for the Quran among their children?
Noretta: With storytelling, you can start reading to the child even at the age of 2 to 3 months. When you read the stories to them, make it interesting. They will listen.
With daily commitments, it can be difficult for parents to stay consistent to pencil in some Quran time for the day. How can they make it work?
Hanisah: It’s a common scenario to see parents having little time to spend with their children, after a long day at work. Especially for working parents, the only quality time they have with their kids is during dinner time and before bed. It’s hard, but you have to make time. Before the kids go to bed, what do you do with them? Use this small window of opportunity to squeeze in some time for the Quran. A 5-minute storytelling session would do. Be smart and keep the stories interesting enough. You don’t have to finish an entire story each time, as it will help to spark curiosity. Leave them wanting to know more.
Children differ in intelligence levels and mental capacities. How can parents determine the right approach in getting them to focus on learning?
Noretta: Parents would know their kids better than anyone else. Whether they are musically or artistically inclined, or if they like to be outdoors for example. Parents would know where their children’s strength lies. In our workshop, we teach parents on how they can incorporate that together with the holistic tips which will be shared by Hanisah.
Hanisah: That is true, but essentially, parents need to know their own strength too, and what makes them happy. They need to understand themselves first before they can cater to their child’s needs. They should be able to understand the type of children they have.
About the workshop
The workshop will be an interactive one where parents can engage with other parents on ways to create fun activities at home with the kids when it comes to learning about the Quran. Noretta, who is an early childhood practitioner and specialist for more than 15 years will provide her insights and point of view on the importance of understanding how young minds learn, in order to create a pleasant environment for them to learn the Quran or any educational matter. Meanwhile, Hanisah will share tips and techniques on how to teach kids at home through creative activities. At the event, participants will also receive a Mini Tafsir book, which is an easy reference for both parents and young children to understand more about the verses in the Quran. The book helps to guide parents on how to teach kids at home.