ABOUT ISLAMIC STUDIED WEEKEND LEARNING SERIES:
The Level 1 Islamic Studies book from Weekend Learning is for 5-7 year old children who can read short sentences and write short phrases. Ideally the book is for the 1st grade students. This is their first year in a formal Islamic class. The book uses easy to understand simple and child-friendly languages and sentences. The book has 28 lessons on Allah, the Qur’an, Islam, Rasulullah (S), the Hadith and Sunnah and 5-pillars of Islam and so forth. The idea is to cover the basics of Islam. For example, 6 lessons cover the concepts of 5-pillars, 5 lessons cover short introduction to 5 rasuls and nabis, 9 lessons cover Islamic values and morals.
Each lesson begins with a coloring page. The coloring time helps students settle down and be comfortable in the class before the lesson begins. Attention span of children is small; therefore, short paragraphs introduce two or three concepts. This is followed by in-class review section to allow for short break and reinforce learning. Some homework is included in the book, however schools and parents are encouraged to buy a separate workbook that has many more test questions and chapter-based activities.
The Islamic Studies books from Weekend Learning are based on a comprehensive 12-year curriculum. The curriculum contains broad aspect of Islam based on the Qur'an and authentic Hadīth. The topics in the curriculum are laid out in a systematic manner to suit the teaching needs in a weekend Islamic school. Topics are selected based on age, grade and learning levels of each grade. Some topics are covered in multiple grades to add different perspective, details and additional emphasis. The teachers and director of the school will find continuity in the curriculum as it unfolds year to year. Teachers will know how much each student will learn year to year, and how much they will have learned at the end when they graduate out of the school.
All Islamic Studies books from Weekend Learning have age and grade appropriate lessons. Even the length and depth of each lesson and sentences in the lessons are age and grade appropriate. The lessons are tailored for 50-60 minute classes. Students in all grades will love the simple and child-friendly language and sentences in the books. The language of the lessons and the treatment of the subjects are made from children's perspective. Even English spelling of Arabic words is age appropriate. The books do not simply disseminate knowledge, but make it relevant to the students life and their world. The lessons do not use a lecturing tone, but engage the students in a respectful discussion.
Each lesson in the Weekend Learning series books is followed by a wide variety of homework. Most homework can be finished within 10-15 minutes. The homework promotes critical thinking. Many of the homework require students consult an English translation of the Qur'an. The idea is to develop a habit of using the Qur'an as a ready reference guide. In course of time the Qur'an will become a companion in their life. When they will face challenges in life, they will remember to refer to the Qur'an the ultimate source of guidance.
Many of the teachers in weekend schools are volunteers who do not have formal teaching experience. Sometimes they feel lost when a text book is given to them to base their lectures. With Weekend Learning text books the teachers will feel comfortable as the lessons are structured, resourceful and easy to teach. In Mid-2009, many higher grade books will have optional Teachers Manual containing lesson plans and teaching guides. The manual insha-Allah, will contain a CD. The CD has question bank, ready-to-print exam questions and homework in PDF and Word files. The CD also has many of the lessons in Power Point.
Level 1 Table of Contents:
Allah: Our Creator
Prophet Muhammad (S)
Five Pillars of Islam
Shahadah: The First Pillar
Salah: The Second Pillar
Fasting: The Third Pillar
Zakat: The Fourth Pillar
Hajj: The Fifth Pillar
Saying Bismillah: Remembering Allah
Angels: They Always Work for Allah
Shaitan: Our Enemy
Adam (A): The First Prophet
Nuh (A): Saved From The Great Flood
Ibrahim (A): Never Listen to Shaitan
Musa (A): A Good Man Against a Bad Ruler
Isa (A): A Great Prophet of Allah
Makkah and Madinah: Two Great Places
Kindness and Sharing
Allah Rewards Good Work
Love of Allah
Eid: Two Festivals