Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Koran for kids

How do your kids learn koran?
I have had a hard time with this. DS1 used to go to Islamic Center, but he hated it, he cried the whole time he was there. Out of the hour he was there the maulvi (teacher) spent about 5 minutes teaching him. The rest of the time he was reciting what he needed to know. If you have ever been to a Islamic koran class, especially the pakistani ones you know what I mean. I would drive 20 minutes to get there and sit outside and wait for him and then take him home.
Then last summer a new Islamic center opened in our town, it was such good news, we were so happy! It is very kid friendly and modern, clean and decorated beautifully. They also saturated koran classes and I took both kids to the classes. The teacher was a young American born maulvi and very nice, the kids loved him. He would bribe the kids with pizza and other relevant kid bribes. Then there was talk of him leaving! all the moms were horrified, the board of the masjid wanted him to work more and the teacher was asking for more money. So in the end the teacher left, the moms, me included even offered to pay fees to supplement his salary, but the board refused. The kids were so sad and the classes stopped. To save money the board decided the regular Imam of the masjid can teach the classes, so he started and the kids went to one class, after there were no kids showing up that stopped too.
I am sure there are more sides to this story, I only know this side and I know my kids loved that teacher. Anyway, this summer I started quran learning online, It is an online service which provides tutors to teach children the Koran. The price is very reasonable, cheap I would even say. There are three free classes and there are various times and days you can set it up for. I set up a 3x a week program for both kids, there is a sibling discount too. The teacher my kids have is very nice and teaches the kids through Skype and Gotomeeting. You don't have to buy any software, everything is provided by the company.
DS1 is doing so well with this and I am hoping he will be on Suparh30 by Eid and DS2 is on Kaida and learning the compound words. I am so glad I found this service! I know how important it is to teach the kids Koran, and in the country it is very hard, I am ashamed to say I didn't start it earlier, I finished koran when I was 8years old thanks to my mom teaching me. I am ashamed I did not do that for my own kids. But Inshallah this method will work.
As for how may day is going, DS1 is complaining of toothache so off to the dentist we go!....

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