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Create A Children's Ramadan Journal (For Ages 7-11)

Friday, 20 July 2012

In the name of God, Compassionate, Merciful بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

ramadan children lapbook guide journal
Create a Ramadan "lapbook" for growing minds using my Ramadan journalling page (below). Easy to fill in, exciting and personal, use one per fasting day or scale to A3 to fill in as a family.

Upcycle Your Ramadan Log
Pictured above is a Ramadan Journal I made for my younger brother. I found an old low-quality paper sketch book that is spiral bound with a card cover. I covered the front and back with scrapbooking printed papers and decorated it with stickers related to Ramadan. I layered a blank journalling tag with vintage papers and wrote the date in marker pen, 'Ramadan - July/August 2012'.

I also punched two eyelets into the back cover and threaded red elastic string through them, tying a knot at the front. This acts like a sketchbook fastening, ensuring loose papers don't fall out.

Insha-Allah, as I personalised this book especially for my young brother with projects and prayers, I will share more photos of them at a later date.

Use Creative Fonts For The Title Page
To make your own title page use a fun 'school' font to type in the child's name. I've used two Kids Alphabet fonts which are free for download from Fontspace.com.

Young Muslim's Ramadan Journal Page
Now then. There are 30 days to Ramadan, and most children love having one page per day to draw, journal, play games and monitor their progress. Instead of drawing out tables and charts thirty times, I designed a child-friendly Ramadan journal page which can be used for children aged 7-11.

To all who download the journal page, please make du`a for me and mine. Download link below.

This page includes a variety of charts which children can fill in independently, or in a healthy competition with siblings, or at the masjid or with each parent. The tasks include:
  • Du`a I Read: A bubble for tallying how many times your child read a short du`a, or writing what the du`a is about.
  • My Good Deed: A bubble for mentioning any good deed your child did. This doesn't have to be a great act, it can be something as small as saying 'bismillah' when getting into the car, or giving a sandwich to a homeless person. The aim is to do small things consistently.
  • Salah Chart: This page has a salah table which children can use to tick when they have completed each prayer each day. Encourage a point system so that at the end of each week or day, prizes are given such as a light dessert at the iftar meal or a larger `Eid gift for effort. For a detailed A4 chart use the separate Salat Achievement Chart for kids.
  • What I Did At The Masjid: This cute mosque-shaped building allows children to write in what they learned at the madrasa class or at Tarawih prayers. Sometimes, good incidents happen that children naturally talk about. Presents are given and snacks are shared; at my local mosque, my father creates attainment certificates that are issued to everyone, even to students who might have learned half an ayat. This is all important progress so having a personal space to talk about that is really, really, cool. {Buy a Madrasa School Bag}
  • Sunnah Power: So often the sunnan acts in a child's worship (`ibaadat) can be neglected because of laziness or just not knowing their importance and wisdom. A child can list and tick off whether in that day of fasting he/she picked up litter, gave food to a pet, hugged their brother or sister, tried to replace negative comments like "I don't like the heat and long fast" to, "thank Allah it's sunny and not cold."
  • Suhoor & Iftar Check list: Did you share a little of your meal? Did you help make the bread / or bagels / or roti / or naan / or tortillas? Did you stay healthy by drinking only pure fruit juice at suhoor? More ticks mean a healthier fast!
  • Me & My Parents: This section is dedicated to time spent with each parent. Make this a time to sit together and MAKE something. Make a mobile, make star/paper chain Ramadan decorations, make a family tree, make home-made lemonade to open your fast with, but do it together. A young child wants this encouraging, self-affirming attention from each parent: love from one's mother, and good listening skills from one's father. Afterwards then, the child can write about what you both did together. It makes wonderful memories.
  • Games & Sports: Another section on monitoring health. Use this to see which sports can be avoided due to thirst and tiredness, and which help keep children energetic.
  • How Was My Fast? Use this bubble to write how the fast was overall. A happy one? A frustrating one? Why? This bubble can also be used to write one good thing about that day's fasting so each child is aware of their good qualities.

View the complete Ramadan Journal Page online or download {https://db.tt/JgMZY8wH}.

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Erum Syed said...

Salam, I would like to download this for my children but i am unable to access teh file. can you please help

Zaufishan said...

Here you go Erum, click to download for a full colour page:
https://db.tt/JgMZY8wH.

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