Saturday, August 25, 2012

Interested in a Not-Back-to-School blog hop?

I've seen all kinds of interesting Not-Back-To-School Blog-Hop posts as we get nearer to the end of the summer, with lots of homeschoolers sharing their curriculum choices, schoolroom set-ups and daily schedules. It's all very helpful, since I plan to start our "official" homeschooling in a few weeks. But there's one thing missing: I haven't found any examples of how people plan to go about teaching Quran, which is the part of homeschooling I feel least confident about. When it comes to academics - reading, math, and so on - I'm pretty sure that all that will be fine insha'Allah, especially since Basbusa is only four! But for Quran, I'm always worried that I'm pushing too much (or too little?), or approaching it the wrong way, or being too picky (or not picky enough?) about perfect pronunciation, or getting the balance wrong between new surahs and revision... Maybe because I wasn't raised Muslim myself, or maybe just because it's such a big responsibility, I feel so clueless when it comes to teaching the girls Quran.

Would anybody else be interested in a Muslima-focused version of a Not-Back-To-School Blog-Hop, where we could share posts about our goals, methods and curricula for Quran and Islamic Studies with our kids in the upcoming academic year?

I'm totally open to suggestions, but what I was thinking, for example, is that anyone who would like to participate might write a post on their blog covering something like:

  • age of kids
  • goals for how much you'd like them to memorize this year insha'Allah
  • all the technical details of how you go about the process. How long do you spend per day? Do you use a tutor or an online program or website, or do it all yourself with your children? How do you balance review and new memorization? Do you have any kind of reward system?
  • any questions or worries you have about it (children not focused, reluctant, pronunciation difficulties, whatever)

Then I'd host a linky here, and we could all share our posts. If that went well, we could do another one on Islamic Studies. What do you think? Please leave a comment if you'd be interested! Jazaakum Allahu khayr :)


  1. Assalamo alaikum,
    Mashallah.. a great idea. I would LOVE to participate. I have done and still doing different things regarding Quran memorization with my kids over the past years. My methodology, style etc has changed at different times due to external situations, having more babies :):)kids growing up and simply with each individual child. I have lots to share and have been wanting to share on my blog for the longest time. Jazakallaho khairun for the push. I am too felt so many a times that not much is shared about this important topic in contrast to all other areas of our homeschooling. So please count me in and let's make a plan on how we'll do it as I will be discussing different approaches we took due to different circumstances and how they worked or did not work in the given situations Beidhnillah

    1. Jazaaki Allahu khayr, I'm soooooo glad you're interested and I can't wait to read all about your experiences insha'Allah. I had been thinking of asking for only one post per person just so as not to scare people away from participating, but obviously, the more detail, the better for everyone! How do you think we should set it up?

  2. Asalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,
    Sis you sound just like me! SubhanALlah the Qur'an I worry alot about teaching the children Qur'an, as I have learnt Qur'an as an Adult (well, still learning!)
    As I don't hacve that experience as a child myself learning Qur'an, its difficult to know or understand how my children feel towards how I teach them this important subject, so I love your suggestion tabarakAllah, I think alot of benefit could come sharig how how the sisters out there teach Qur'an to their children tabarakAllah!

  3. Assalamoalaikum Ukhti,
    I will start out by posting lil posts with different ideas for different age levels (things I`ve tried). Then you can tell me how to do the link up :)May Allah reward you immensely for initiating this and giving me push :):):):)

  4. Assalaamu Alaikum,

    I wonder how I missed this post sister. Inshaa Allaah you can count me in too, it is indeed a great trail for many of us, May Allaah make it easy.