Winter break can be a great opportunity for local mosques and Islamic schools to offer special Quran camps during which children learn about their deen, read the Quran and partake in many fun activities together, to build memorable souvenirs and positive associations about the Book of Allah SWT and Islam in general. If there are no such opportunities for your child in your area, or you are not able to enroll them for any reason, don’t worry! Here are a few tips to make your own Quran camp at home this winter!
1. Get another family on board!
Depending on how many children you have and how old they are, it might be a good idea to try and find another family or two to join in the fun! It could be relatives, your children’s best friends, or neighbors. Joining forces will make it easier to plan and organize the winter break schedule, and it might also help avoid power struggles with your own children!
2. Remember that connection is the key
As parents, we tend to have very high expectations for our children because we want the best for them. When things don’t go as planned, we can feel disappointed and sometimes even resentful towards our children: why aren’t they interested? Remember that guidance only comes from Allah SWT, and that all you can do is try your best to connect with them and help them connect with the Words of Allah SWT – then just make dua!
3. Know your goal and choose a theme accordingly
As you start planning for your child’s Quran camp, ask yourself why you want them to do this Quran camp and how you can achieve this goal. Are you trying to get them started on memorizing the Quran? Are you focusing on Tajweed? Do you want them to understand the Quran? Are you looking for a mix of all of that? Once you know your “whys”, choose a theme that will guide you through your planning. For instance: if you want your child to learn more about the Prophet (ﷺ), your theme will naturally be the Seerah and you can choose to focus on one aspect of the Seerah, such as the Prophet’s (ﷺ) character, and look for passages of the Quran in which Allah SWT tells us about our beloved Prophet (ﷺ).