She uses the ipod for memorisation. We have downloaded the Qur'aan Majeed Apps for her. It has many features for memorization, like different Qaaris, repeating soorah or aayah, book marks for soorahs, translation of the meaning of the Qur'aan Aayah by Aayah.
I have also printed out little cards that sis Fehmida did for me which is also now available here for downloading. (so far you will get only the soorahs for Juzz Amma) This is mainly for revision.
So this is how it goes.
- Qur'aan/Hifdhl is part of our school Time Table, so it has one work-box.
- Each day I place about 4 or 5 cards with old soorahs for revision and the card with the new soorah in the work-box.
- She will listen to the soorahs for the day and when she is ready, she will call me to check her memorization of the old soorahs.
- She must listen to the new soorah 5 times during this session.
- When she starts a new soorah, first I will recite to her and then she will listen to the Qaari.
- Then we read the Tafseer of that Soorah.
- After few days she would tell me now she has memorised the new soorah and she is ready to be checked.
- I check her memorization and if it satisfactory I stick the sticker on the Hifdhl Shelf.
- This whole process takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour every day or sometimes more.
- Except for reading the Tafseer and checking, the rest is done independently by her.
- Later in the evenings after we finish school, she will listen to all the soorahs she has memorised while she is busy with playing, or some days she would listen and recite with the Qaari while she in engaged with her own work.
- Also sometimes while she is listening to the soorahs she would read the translation while the aayahs are being recited. This way she has learnt the meaning of many Arabic words and when she recites she knows what she is reciting. This has become a great plus point with the Mercy of Allaah. Every now and then she would talk about an Aayah and tell me the meaning and will start asking questions about it which will lead to a fruitful discussion.
This is how it is going so far and one thing to always keep in mind is that with age and maturity things change, and if you had read my previous posts of Qur'aan you will know the stages and phases Maimoonah went through with this journey, where she used to have melt downs as well as losing self confidence to recite and memorise, and I had to stop Qur'aan completely with her for about 6 months fearing that she would start hating the book of Allaah, Allaah forbid.
And this is something that happens to other kids too as many sisters have written to me with regard to this and asked advise. Each child is unique and forcing anything onto them is going to be disaster, especially the book of Allaah. We need to handle each child accordingly and our goal should be to make the child love the Book of Allaah. Memorising the Qur'aan in the early ages is the best but we got to be careful as to how we are doing this without stressing the child.
Lots and lots of Duas are the main key to success Inshaa Allaah. And then when a child listens to the audio again and again the memorisation comes easily and effectively without any stress Inshaa Allaah.
I ask Allaah to make this task easy for all of us and make our children love His Book and act upon it till the end. Aameen.