Ramadan – Lessons in Character Development
Today we are starting a new project in learning about Ramadan. Since the kids are older – I felt it more appropriate to use this time to teach them the importance of character building and self improvement. I thought this might be a good way to get them to see the steps in making positive improvements in one’s life. I think this will be an important lesson for them this Ramadan, insha’Allah.
This year, along with the Ramadan Journal I created last year, I am going to try some new ways to get the kids to think more deeply about Ramadan and being a Muslim. One of the things I have created is this:
Self Improvement Journal (Allah Helps You Grow)
Essentially, with this journal we are going to discuss the importance of self improvement in Islam – especially its importance during the month of Ramadan. We will also discuss things they may want to change about themselves or things they may want to learn to do or do more often. Once we compile a small list, I will help them put together their Self Improvement Journal.
I am hoping that this will teach my children the importance of planning for improvement – researching what Islam says about it – and charting their progress. Insha’Allah it will help them see the steps of self improvement more clearly.
This journal can definitely be used all year long – not only during Ramadan. However, since the month of Ramadan is a time to reflect and strive to improve oneself, I thought to introduce it to my children during this month.
By the way – this journal isn’t only for the kids – I’m also intending to use it for myself, insha’Allah. Let me know if you or your family find it useful, insha’Allah.
PS: The picture at the top of this post is another craft project we completed – a Mosaic Ramadan Moon. Essentially, you trace on a black piece of construction paper a moon shape. Then, tear our pieces of yellow construction paper. Have your child glue the pieces of yellow paper onto the moon shape until it is completely covered. We finished ours by using Glitter Glue to write the word Ramadan. You could easily do this craft with a picture of a masjid or anything else you can think of. The kids really enjoyed doing this craft – and they were especially happy when they saw how it would turn out.
Sumayyah Umm SAAK