Since today is the first day of Ramadan, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some books and resources for kids to use during this holy month. In case you didn’t know, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is considered a holy month because it’s the time when the Prophet Muhammad began receiving the words of the Qur’an. Muslims believe that the Qur’an is the direct word of God that was transmitted through the Prophet. During this month, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and increase their prayers and good deeds. At the end of the month is a holiday called Eid Al-Fitr during which Muslims pray and eat together.
My first thought when planning any sort of unit study is: the library! So we went down and checked out most all of the kids books out local library had on Ramadan.
Most of these books are good. Two of them actually said that Eid al Fitr is a three-day holiday, which is inaccurate, but mostly the information is correct. Of course you can always just look at the illustrations and talk about them with your children if you find the text to be too informational or not applicable to your family.
I also wanted to gather a few resources for older children to share with you. My Boo-Boo isn’t quite old enough for these, so we haven’t tried them.
2. Ramadan Planner Family has up-to-date ideas as well as a calender and moon tracker.
3. Ramadan is the perfect time to talk about the moon’s cycle since the beginning and end of the month are determined by it. Living Montessori Now has a great collection of printables and activities you can easily do at home with your child.
4. For the older kids who may be starting to fast, here is a daily lesson plan for each day of the month. I like how they incorporated practical aspects like health and nutrition and controlling anger and speech, along with good information about Taraweeh, Laylatul Qadr, and Itikaf.
5. If you are looking for examples of mosaic patterns, Pattern in Islamic Art has 4000 examples that are free to download. I can think of several way to use these. Mosaics and tessellations have applications in math and they are beautiful decorations for your home as well.
I may attempt a toddler-friendly version of some of these activities throughout the month. If so, I’ll let you know.