Benefits of Continuing Quran Classes in Summer
The weather is warming up, the sun sets later, and school is almost out! Prevent the summer slide, the time during which students regress academically, and keep learning Quran. According to Scholastic, during summer, students lose 20% of their school-year gains in reading. That’s almost all their time spent in after-school Quran and Islamic Studies.
During the school year, parents are keen to keep their children’s time slots and schedules. Children progress from simply learning letters to connecting them and gaining fluency.
But then it all stops. Parents pull them out of Quran classes in the summer.
When school starts up again, parents re-enroll their children in classes, but sadly, many have forgotten a large part of what they learned. It’s heartbreaking for teachers to see them lose their hard work and effort, and for the child to have to go back and start from the beginning.
It is a year-round endeavor to learn Quran.
1. Learn Quran All Year
Quran cannot be seen as any other subject in school because it’s an essential part of our daily lives as Muslims. Without knowing how to read Quran, it is tough to memorize. Without memorizing, we are unable to read our salat. And without reading our salat, we are directly disobeying Allah. This is where we lose our children in the long run.
Narrated Jabir: that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Between disbelief and faith is abandoning the Salat.” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2618)
Many children complain about summer Quran classes, don’t worry, this is normal. Sometimes, they aren’t happy. Of course, a child wants to have fun. They want to spend their time playing video games, go outside, chill with friends, etc.
Making sure your children continue to learn Quran teaches them to prioritize worship. A child’s greatest method of learning is by example. If parents show that the Quran can be put away for the holidays, that tells children it’s not important. Being Muslim is not just during the school year, but all year.
By leaving out Quran classes as a daily practice, our children learn that it’s not that important. We never want to impart that to our children! So, our actions must stay consistent with the lessons we are trying to instill.
Not everything we do for our kids is what they want, but it is what they need. When a child is sick, we are strict about giving them medication, even if they don’t want to take it. We take them for vaccines and injections, even though they don’t want it, because we know it’s for their good. They may not understand now, but they will thank you later.
2. Schedule Summer Quran Classes
There’s so much happening in summer! Even when parents want to keep up with summer Quran classes, it’s hard for them to schedule a time with confidence. Still, don’t let that be the reason to stop you.
Instead of cancelling completely, shorten the class or move the time.
Perhaps you’ll have to shorten classes a bit, go from 1 hour to 30 minutes or make them earlier in the day, so they have the rest of the day to play. Whatever it is, make sure you have your children continuing their Quran, even if it’s not as much as during the year.
At IQRA you can access your Quran class on any device. This way, even on vacation, it’s easy to do!
3. Keep Your Teacher
In Islam, the teacher holds a place of respect and honor. The teacher imparts knowledge, which is key to our mental and spiritual growth. We get messages from students telling us how much their child loves their teacher. One young student said, “He’s my best friend.” The relationship is beautiful!
Some parents don’t realize though that their teacher can only maintain a fixed number of students. Once they reach this limit, students must be scheduled with someone else. We’ve had upset children who lost their teacher because they stopped for the summer and the time slot was taken by another student. Our teachers depend on a full schedule for their livelihood and if they lose students, they will open their time to accept new ones.
Ensuring your Quran classes are consistent, even if they may be shorter or less often, reserves your spot in your teacher’s schedule.
4. Allah Loves Consistency
Lastly, one of the top motivational factors to avoid slipping with your Quran practice is this hadith.
Narrated `Aisha: The Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked, “What deeds are loved most by Allah?” He said, “The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few.” He added, ‘Don’t take upon yourselves, except the deeds which are within your ability.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 6465)
Whether you’re an adult or a child, staying consistent is where success lies. In doing what Allah loves, we become successful. Keep this in mind during the summer, so you don’t lose the beautiful habits you have.
Re-Cap: 4 Reasons to continue to learn Quran in summer
- Keep your children’s Quran progress undisturbed
- Ensure you keep the teacher your child is comfortable with
- Teach through example the importance of worship no matter what is happening in life
- Allah loves consistency
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