we have now started a new review schedule alhamdulillaah.
We used to read half a juz (10pages) every day before breakfast but now that they have memorised that amount I felt that they would need to increase the amount they review to 1 juz per day so that they can read it all in a week. I think that even though its more work it makes things firmer in the memory to review everything in a week. The plan is to eventually read 5 ajzaa per day but that is much much later. We tried reading the other half juz in the evening just before bed but that was an unreliable time as sometimes we would be tired or I would be busy with other things.
Now we read the whole juz in the morning, still before breakfast but we stop at 10pages and scream “Date-Break” lol. Then we have a few dates to relax our eyes and boost our energy and then we carry on reading the other 10 pages.
They feel quite happy that they’ve read a whole juz and sometimes in the evening I remind them of that showing them that they can still have a whole day of work and lots of fun. It also emphasises to them the benefit of finishing the important things in the morning.
I think we’ll stick to this for a while even when we have to read 2 juz in-shaa Allaah as it works. We’ll just increase the number of “Date-Breaks”. Its also nice to spend that time together.
It can be tricky reading with them in the morning as they like to interrupt with little complaints of “she read it wrong” “hes poking me” etc So what we do now is read with an audio in the background. We follow the recitor and because no-one wants to get left behind by the recitor it stops them from interrupting.
We read at a faster pace when we review so the audio we use has to be a quite a fast pace too. We have an audio player that has a function to speed up anything it plays. I bought it from www.highcriteria.com I have used this throughout my whole memorising life and I really love it maasha Allah. Its called Total Recorder. I paid but i really do think it was worth it alhamdulillaah. There are also some fast reciters out there that we could use for review like Saood Ash Shuraim.
May Allaah make our affairs easy for us ameen.