Ramadan is an exciting time for Muslims all over the world but, as homeschool mothers, we can often find it exhausting. We are busy running around after the children, preparing and teaching lessons and doing the household chores on top of fasting. Some may wonder how they will be able to cope! Others may find fasting quite easy but would like to know what they can do differently in their homeschool to make the most of this blessed month.
Here are some tips to help you homeschool during Ramadan.
Focus on Islamic Studies
Weronika from Multicultural Motherhood says:
Ramadan is such an important month and we should try to make the most of it. Therefore, I like to spend the month focusing on Islamic studies and putting other things aside. There will be plenty of time to catch up with other subjects once Ramadan has passed. By doing more Islamic studies with your children, it will also help you to concentrate more on Islam during this blessed month. As well as focusing on specific Islamic curriculum, you can also get the children involved with the acts of worship you do. Let them listen to you read the Quran. Pray together. Read about the life of the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, together. Connect with your children over Islam and reap the blessings of this special month.
Adjust your schedule
As far as our daily routine of homeschooling goes, Ramadan doesn’t halt our work, but makes some beautiful adjustments to it. Rather than the normal curriculum we use daily, the reading, writing, and history are all based in Islamic Study.
We also make it a lot lighter than normal days (for the fasting mama.) We start late—after Suhoor and Fajr, we read Quran and work on our memorization for the day and then everyone heads back to bed for the most incredible sleep of our lives! So, everything is pushed back—and everything is laid back.
Make Ramadan special for children
When my older kids were younger, I remember deciding to make their Ramadans extra special so that they would carry the memory forever. From the practical aspect, it was also to provide an alternative to all the celebrations going on around us such as Halloween, Easter, and birthday parties. Instead, we celebrate their accomplishments, and we make Eids and Ramadans as memorable as we can so that they treat these as being truly significant events in their lives.
Since we are homeschooling,. Ramadan planning involves coming up with Ramadan-centered activities for each day of the month. I have written about all the Ramadan activities we have done in this post.
Learn about nutrition, agriculture and science
Maryam from Scholarship Plaza says:
In the month of Ramadhan, we take a slightly different approach towards homeschooling. We make the month of Ramadhan be the compass for learning and delve into any subject with a focus on connecting Ramadhan in every angle we deem fit.
Since Ramadhan involves sahoor and iftar every single day throughout the month, I always put nutrition education as one of our main subjects. This is because I don’t just want food to be limited to cooking. I want my children to know the miracles behind the growth of every food-producing plant. Without the presence of the sun, air, water, soil, and earth, there will be no food. This is a huge favor from Allaah. From there, we delve into the beauty of agriculture and science.
In addition, I stress upon the importance of eating wholesome, earthly, permissible food. Just breaking our fast without reflecting on where our foods come from, is something to deeply think about. I make sure I remind them that the Qur’an is and will always remain our guide when it comes to eating, drinking, and other aspects of our daily lives.
Keep the children busy
Noor from Simplify Homeschool says:
Ramadan is a go-with-the-flow kind of month for us. We focus on what naturally fits in with the theme of this month. We break away from our regular schedule to make room for Ramadan-related activities. I do give them assignments to do independently but the goal with that is to keep them busy with work so they can let me sleep in and so they can stay in touch with the core skills.
I assign the pages for the day every morning and they can finish them at their pace. The key here is, it should be an easy and lightweight and train them a bit before Ramadan. But I am not rigid at all. It’s important that I don’t lose my peace of mind. So everything they do in this month is treated as a bonus.
I hope this article has given you tips to help you homeschool during Ramadan. Do you have any extra tips? Please let us know them in the comments below!
Weronika is a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in bilingualism. She lives in the South West of England with her Turkish Kurd husband and their four young children. They are a multilingual family, speaking English and Turkish at home and learning Arabic as a third language. Weronika shares information about her multicultural family life on her blog, Multicultural Motherhood, where she writes articles about homeschooling, bilingualism and speech and language issues. She can also be found on social media.