About the Books
1How old do children have to be to use your Lets Learn Islam textbooks?
We recommend that the children should have started reciting the Quran when they begin to read the Let’s Learn Islam textbooks. On average that is around 7 years of age but if children can learn to read and write in English before that age then they can start benefitting from them earlier. However parents can read them to the children at a much earlier age if they want.
2What are the textbooks used for, why do you have text books?
The purpose of reading the Quran is to understand what Allah is telling us and how we should be living our lives. As we don’t know Arabic and don’t understand the Quran we need those teachings to be presented into English and in a format familiar to children. The Let’s Learn Islam series of textbooks introduces the Fardh ul Ain (essentials) that every Muslim must know to be a Muslim.
3Are the books child-friendly and are they easy to use?
The books have been designed with children in mind. The layout is very clear, colourful, engaging, with age relevant sentence structures and adorned with appropriate images to stimulate the young mind. We knew from the outset that the textbooks had to compete with those children are used to at school. The workbooks are deliberately designed to challenge the children’s understanding further, helping them to retain what they have learnt even more.
4Why do you have three Qaidas instead of one?
Children feel a sense of achievement when they reach a milestone. Instead of having a single Qaida, which will take an average child about two years to complete and which will have to be replaced several times before the child completes it, we have split the same content into three parts and then extended the exercises. This way each Qaida is easy to handle by small hands, colourful and engaging.
About the Course
1Who approved your course and why is it different from others?
The course was written by experts and qualified teachers who have an in-depth knowledge of Islam and how children learn. It has been tested and modified until it was felt it was ready to market. It has been scrutinised by experts along with other courses available and has been declared as one of the top three courses available in English in the world specifically for Quran Schools.
2Other than the Quran what else do you teach children?
We teach children to recite the Qaida and Quran with Tajweed and when they are advanced reciters, to memorise the Tajweed rules. In addition to this the children learn about Fiqh, morals, manners, Sirah and Aqidah. They memorise Duas and Surahs that are reported from the Beloved Messenger (peace be upon him). Allah’s beautiful names are memorised over the years and sung with melody. ‘Theme of the Week’ is a very important element of our course. The children learn about 45 different themes throughout the year that are linked to their moral, social and spiritual development. They have opportunities to make recitation, Nasheed and speech presentations during class and school assemblies boosting their confidence and self-esteem.
3How long does it take an average child to complete the course?
The course is designed such that when a child joins the Quran School at the age of 5/6, they should have completed it by the age of 13/14. Most children start dropping out of the Masjid when they start their GCSEs, so we aim for them to have understood most of their Fardh ul Ain by then. It is vital that our children keep a vital link with the Masjid right throughout their lives and especially at their impressionable teenage years. To that end we are continuing to develop the course for teenagers so they can attend the Quran School a few days a week even when they are preparing for their GCSEs and beyond.
4How many children do you have in a class?
Our upper limit for Qaida classes is 15 pupils and Quran classes is 20. Keeping the numbers low ensures the quality is maintained and ensures each child gets the attention they deserve.
5Are boys and girls taught separately?
Very often we have parents demanding that their children be taught separately from when they start Qaida class. They forget that all day their children are in mixed classes at school and when it comes to Allah’s house they start making unreasonable demands. In all of our Quran Schools, during the Qaida classes children are taught in mixed classes but when they start Quran classes they are taught separately.
6How is children’s progress assessed and reported to parents?
Staff keep daily lesson plans showing progress made each day. On top of that each child has a Personal Learning Record for their Let’s Learn Islam course. This is updated regularly. End of year exams, written reports and parents evenings are held to ensure all parents are aware of their child’s progress. Parents are encouraged to attend the Quran School regularly and ask the teachers how their children are progressing.
7When the child completes the course can they do Hifz?
If a child is capable enough and shows a strong ambition to memorise the Quran, Hifz classes are offered in selected Quran Schools. The parents and children are asked to sign a pre-Hifz agreement that explains the unique nature of Hifz classes. Very often when a child has memorised a few chapters of the Quran and the going gets tough, the passion is lost and they start dropping out. What has to be made clear is that the memorisation has to be done by the child and that all depends on his/her ability and devotion. Very often this overlaps GCSE years and progress drops frustrating parents.