August 15, 2011

The 5 A Day Challenge

Whilst browsing the internet for some inspiration, I came across this post on a blog I frequent. (It's a really good resource for play based learning for kids and a lot of fun DIY projects! I would love to give them a go in the future when I have the time inshaAllah ;P)

Here's the link:

Now what I want to do is add a Islamic perspective to this challenge. Some of the stuff she mentions in her post are:
They suggest choosing short picture books which feature strong rhythm and/ or repeated refrain so that the children can quickly memorise the words and join in with the story-telling. This empowers them to be able to "read" and re-tell stories from a young age, and also makes them very fluent in a range of text types and literature styles. 
Why not use this to teach our children their deen? Repeatedly read to them stories from the Quran, short hadiths and introduce them to Arabic as a language.

She goes on to say:
after a term of switching the 5-a-day books each week, they had memorised a huge number of books and developed a real love for the pictures and characters within them. 
How would you like to see the results of your efforts when your child has memorised verses from the Qur'an, daily duas, hadith and duas for dhikr?
studies show that children exposed to plenty of strong, rhythmic text/ song from a young age become more literate. 
Bang! Right on. Are you thinking what I'm thinking B1? I think I am B2? It's Quran qirat time! ;) (sorry couldn't resist hehe)

So, now here's my proposal. Would you like to join me in the 5 a day challenge? We could pick short duas, hadith, ayahs from the Quran or even stories of Prophets, Sahabas, great Muslim men/women and read it to our children every-day for a week. And then report back with progress. Hopefully they would've memorised parts of it or better still most of it, inshaAllah. We can pick a theme each week, and depending on the topic allocate either 1 week or more for each set of 5 items.

So who's in? Drop in a line with comments, suggestions, ideas, tips and advice! Let's get the ball rolling ;)


  1. Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

    This really works I have been doing somewhat like this with my kids and Masha Allah they are picking up and memorizing faster Alhamdulillah. they remember the stories better. I first tried this method for their memorization of the lil chapters of the Quran. n then Arabic basics kinds when I noticed it worked well ,so on and off I do their regular subjects this way too now that am homeschooling them.

  2. sound like agreat idea masha allah.. May allah reward you sister for implementing islamic education for the kids and give us ideas about different thing. I would love to join in with my girls.

  3. Mashallah it's really a great I dea I know I have tried kind of this with mahad I used to read him surah fatiha everyday and he memorized it. It's just my laziness these days that I am not doing any effort inshallah will start again with him. Samreen

  4. Salaam Alaikum ladies. Sorry I didn't see your comments till now. It's been a bit hectic with sick kids, Ramadan, Eid and sick kids again Alhamdulilah. InshaAllah it's never too late. inshaAllah let's start from Monday next week (for those who haven't already) and we can share our tips, ideas, progress etc on here inshaAllah :)
    MashaAllah Sauda I didn't know you are homeschooling. It requires a great deal of commitment and I'm so proud of you on taking it on. My husband wants me to do it too, but I am so not confident atm! InshaAllah I can learn from you, so please do share your experiences.

  5. Wa alaikum Salam Naeela
    Yeah i am homeschooling It was a great decision n m enjoying so are the kids alhamdulillah. the problem is in Bangalore, in India as a whole there is no recognized system or center kinds where one can enroll the kids so the syllabus and all is my own tailor made. whatever subject i take i relate it with Islam n have formed the syllabus for the month. m going month wise forming syllabus as i go alhamdulillah. its a great way to spend time with kids n a great way to raise young Muslims( because in what is taught is conflicts what is taught at home kinds). its really really fun... go ahead with it seriously u wont regret. I am glad I started when my kids are really young itself.

  6. You're in Bangalore? Wow, we should meet up when I visit next then ;) My parents are there too :) So how long do you plan to homeschool? What happens if in the future you want them to attend high school? Here is it a lot easier to homeschool, in terms of a curriculum available that you can follow, and you need to be a registered homeschooler and you have plenty of resources etc. I'm still not convinced I can do it, but I really do admire those who do :)

  7. Yeah m in Bangalore.... u r from Bangalore?? how often do you come to India... Insha Allah we should meet up. Where are you from in Bangalore ??? I stay in Indiranagar.

    As long as Allah gives me the ability i wish to home school them. Insha Allah by then there might be something coming our way in India too. because there are a lot many homeschooling families here in Bangalore. yeah syllabus wise n stuff its easy for u people there, but here I make my own syllabus as i go incorporating Islam in the subject or lesson I teach alhamdulillah.

    BTW when are you planning to come to India ? Any time soon? do lemme know. Take care

  8. Yeh I am from Bangalore, my parents live in Benson Town. No immediate plans to visit, but when I do, I will let you know. :)