We chose to read "Luqman's Advice" from Qur'aan stories (From Ibn Katheer's Qur'aan Stories and "My First Qur'aan Stories")masha Allaah. This goes with the topic of our week "I must Obey my Parents" from our Pre school Curriculum.
We read the Advice of Luqman.
We learnt that Luqman was a wise man who was a black person with thick lips and with excellent manners, masha Allaah. And Allaah bestowed upon him wisdom and he was a thankful slave. We also learnt that Luqman used to always advise his son to the extent that he used to keep a bag of mustards beside him and started to advise his son, giving him with every piece of advice a mustard till it all ran out. Subhanallaah!
Then we typed and printed out Luqman's Advice and made a poster with pictures.
This is how the poster looks..
And here is a closer look.
Then we discussed all the contents again. Discussion was fruitful. I asked Maimoonah why do you think Luqman is advising his son like this, she said "To correct him". Hmm.. So we spoke about how much parents want their children to be good Muslims, well mannered Muslims and how much they love that Allaah is happy with their children. She understood very much masha Allaah.
Then I gave her some mustard seeds to explain the advise "O my son! If it be (anything) equal to the weight of a grain of mustard seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens or in the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Verily, Allah is Subtle (in bringing out that grain), Well-Aware (of its place)" . That was something exciting for her. She was also playing around with the seeds.
We also spoke about walking moderately, not being proud and arrogant, speaking softly and not shouting like the braying of the donkey.
Masha Allaah this is a great story to talk about with toddlers, They learn so much and most of all this is from the Qur'aan. I am sure we will have many discussions throughout the week Insha Allaah!