Is my child too young to start an online program? The short answer is maybe.This is one of the most popular and most asked questions we get at IQRA Network. Parents want to know what age is appropriate for learning Qur’an online.
At IQRA, we have children as young as 5 that are engaged, able to finish a task and sit for the entire class. However, in our experience, the perfect age, and that recommended by our beloved Prophet (pbuh), is 7 years old.
In a 2014 Brown University study, they concluded that responsibilities and most habits are formed in children by 9 years of age, around 3rd grade. So, it’s best to start encouraging them before that. Subhan’Allah, more than 1,000 years ago, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) already delivered that information.
If you are eager to introduce your children to learning online earlier than 7 years of age, the key is to be engaged with them. Young learners need support and a parent or guardian should be present during the class to help them with the mouse, clicking items and talking to the teacher.
For the young learner, whether 7 years of age or younger, the key is the support of the parents or guardians. If they are excited and ready to take the class with the child, the success is far greater. Parents have the power to make the experience enjoyable and something kids will look forward to as they get to be with their parents and play on the computer.
Instead of making it a formal class, allow time for stretch breaks. Take time to get up and “shake off the sillys,” make it fun and light. For leaners 7 years of age and younger, we recommend classes no longer than 30 minutes.
Congratulations on this important step in your chid’s education and creating a lifelong love of the Quran!
May Allah help keep our children on the straight path always. Ameen.