12 July 2013

Ramadan Family Meeting Agendas

Talibiddeen Jr

Alhamdulillah, we finally got around to having our first Ramadan family daytime meeting. My plan is to hold them each day, but stuff often gets in the way, so I just try to have them as much as I can.  In addition, evening meetings can be very helpful.

Here are two agenda forms you can use (or use for inspiration) for your own meetings.  The meetings can help get your day off to a great start (or in our case, afternoons because that is usually when everyone is lucid as a collective group) and then at the end of the day to wind down.

Download Ramadan Family Meeting Agendas (oops, NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE)PDF, both morning and evening are in one download)

In them, I have included discussion ideas, these are merely a guide in case you find yourself like me, at times, drawing a blank. In the blank spaces, you can jot down additional items you want to cover, in shaa Allah.

You can borrow from traditional secular family meetings and let a different person lead the meeting each night (kids included) as well as let them add items for discussion to the agenda by hanging it in a public place, such as the fridge) or bulletin/cork board.

10 July 2013

Ramadan Morning Meetings

Talibiddeen Jr
In traditional schooling, teachers use morning meetings for a variety of reasons, one of which is to set the tone for the day, practice certain skills, such as language and math, and basically start the day off on a good foot.

You can use the same idea for a Ramadan Morning Meeting

The big idea:  Write a small routine to be carried out each morning of Ramadan to review Islamic concepts (related to Ramadan), basic Islamic skills, and share with  the family, each person’s Ramadan experiences.
Tips for Establishing a Ramadan Morning Meeting
  1. Before carrying out a morning meeting, establish a place to hold it and rules (must sit in a particular place, must pay attention, must not interrupt, must be nice to each other, etc). Go over the rules with kids. In addition, establish a regular time (give or take a few minutes) for the meeting to occur.
  2. Also, work out a draft routine BEFORE you sit down with the kids. You may have to tweak it, so try to be flexible, but it’s a time waster not to have yourself together before you start (and an attention span waster as well). Get input from kids as well.
  3. Keep the morning meetings short and sweet (don’t drag them out). 
  4. After a few times, you can see what worked and what didn’t. At this point adjust your routine.
  5. Try to remain consistent throughout each day of Ramadan by doing the morning meeting daily.

What are some things to include in a Ramadan Morning Meeting?
Here is an example Ramadan  morning meeting:
  1. GREETING- Start off with giving salaam and have children  return salaams (do this with every child so you can make sure they are pronouncing it correctly). Sometimes have the children initiate the salaam.
  2. DATE: Go over the ISLAMIC date (Today is Ramadan   ______, 14_____). You may want to make/use an Islamic Calendar display for this. Have children figure out the number of days remaining in the month (e.g. 2 or 3; 4 or 5—as it depends upon the sighting of the moon).  Have younger children count up to the day (e.g. on Ramadan21, they count from 1 to 21). This can be the time when you take off chains from the Ramadan Paper Chain or anything you use to count down the days of Ramadan. Also take this opportunity to learn/review the Islamic days of the week. (Today is, tomorrow is, yesterday was)
  3. TIME: Have students figure out the time between now and breaking the fast; how many hours of the day they fast.
  4. SHARING – Have each family member tell how their fasting is going (hard, easy, problems, a good deed they have done) (Mention that we don’t go around telling our deeds to show off, but that we are only doing it now to remind us to do good deeds)
  5. ANNOUNCEMENTS/SCHEDULE: Go over the daily schedule, make any announcements (such as we are going to host a dinner, etc)
  6. Add any other component that you feel would be great to review or address in this period
  7. You could also give students copywork/handwriting work at this time to gently ease into the day. Give older students an ayah or Hadith to ponder and write about in a daily journal. Younger students could get a vocabulary word to copy (Ramadan, Fasting, etc)
If Abu is at work during the day, you can also have a Ramadan Family Meeting in the evening to fill him in on the day’s events/what was learned, read Quraan, play a game, etc.

Also see Ramadan Family Meeting Agenda Templates (for morning and evening meetings)

09 July 2013

Ramadan "Kickoff" Meeting

Talibiddeen Jr
For those of you for whom the blessed month of Ramadan has not yet reached (or even if it has), here are some agenda items you can use  for a Ramadan "Kickoff" Family Meeting, insha Allah:

  • Go outside and try to sight the crescent moon, then record on moon phase journal; recite the duaa for sighting the crescent moon
  • Discuss wake up times and bedtimes
  • Discuss what your days will be like; come up with a schedule/routine
  • Discuss suhoor and what a good suhoor consists of
  • Make meal plans (if you haven't already)
  • Discuss examples of good deeds and things to do during the day
  • Set Ramadan goals and record
  • Set alarm clocks
  • Make crescent cookies or have a special treat to end your meeting!

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