If you want to get your kids reflecting about Ramadan, you may wish to help them create a Ramadan Journal in which they write down some thoughts each day of the month.
As usual, this year I have put together a simple youth journal with writing prompts and daily charts that help one keep track of prayers and other good deeds.
The idea of the prompts is to help kids think about various issues they may encounter as Muslims. Prompts include questions such as the following:
- Do you think that work and school hours should be reduced for Muslims in Ramaḍān? Why or why not?
- Do you ever feel tired of fasting? How do you motivate yourself each day?
- How does fasting in Ramaḍān help one develop feelings of compassion and empathy?
- If someone told you fasting was too hard, how would you respond?
- Brainstorm ways of sharing Ramaḍān with non-Muslims.
In light of the current Coronavirus situation (may Allah SWT keep all of us safe), I have also modified some prompts this year, with questions such as:
- What are some traditions your family implements in Ramaḍān? How will things be different this year?
The journal is in PDF format and can be downloaded here. Just print out the pages and staple them together, or insert the pages into a binder or plastic jacket. The file includes extra template pages in case extra space is needed or you want to write prompts of your own. Kids may decorate the journal with stickers or their own drawings and designs.
If you decide to use this journal, please provide feedback, including what age-range you think it is suitable for. Also let me know which prompts you did and did not like. If you have suggestions on how to improve the journal for future years, that would be appreciated as well.
The journal is free to use in the classroom, in the mosque, and at home (print as many copies as you like), but please do not use it for commercial purposes.
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