Try working in mini sessions with smaller targets. Working in short bursts helps to maintain focus and motivation. 5-15 minutes may seem too little to some but for them its perfect.
This is a somewhat extreme example of a short session versus a longer one:
1. Complete concentration for a small amount of time.
2. Complete concentration for a small amount of the time then, trying to stop your mind from wandering for the rest of the session.
Things don’t always go this way but this shows an example of how things can be when you have a short attention span.
Studying this way can help keep things interesting and stop them from making the negative association of boredom with hifdh and Allah knows best.
hifdh with children can be a challenge but when you have a child that has difficulty focusing or seems to have legs that that run on never-ending batteries, it can seem near impossible!
Having ADHD or ADD can definetely make things a bit more of a challenge but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. You just have to sometimes, approach things from a different angle. You have be willing to go through some trial and error to see what works best for you. We’re all different so what helps one person might not be good for you. It may already sound like a tedious process but this is why before you start, you and/or your child need to understand what makes this so important? They need to know how special they will be and feel. Sit and brainstorm the benefits with them or by yourself (it worked for me *smiles* ).
These reasons why, by the permission of Allah, will be the fuel to their engines, the very thing that will help keep them coming back again and again to keep trying. If the reason why their doing it isn’t strong enough or appealing to them, this is where things can become difficult so be as elaborate as you can. Mention everything they’ll like. The ayat, the ahadeeth, the praise, special trips out , the cake lol! whatever works for them. Things like the hifdhspiration journal we spoke about, can be very helpful for adults and children as it’s created by them and it contains what personally motivates them.
Make lots of dua and then make even more as every drip of knowledge we gain is only there with Allaahs permission so we must always continue to ask and teach our children to ask too.
Alhamdulillaah, there are some other things you can do to help hifdh with ADHD/ADD children so we’ve decided to make it into series In shaa Allah rather than trying to cram it all in here.
I pray that Allah bless you all, make your affairs easy for you and and accept all your efforts and this from us Aameen .
Maa shaa Allaah I recently came across some really nice audios alhamdulillaah.
It was a collection of different parts of the Qur’aan being read by various young reciters. My children love to hear young voices reading The Qur’aan. They even seem to pay more attention when they can hear that it’s a child reciting . It motivates them to hear other children that have progressed to such a high level maa shaa Allaah, It makes them feel like they can do the same.
I uploaded them to our audio blog “Muslim Listening” so that others could listen to them and download them too. I put the names so that maybe you can search for more surah recited by them on other websites in-shaa Allaah. (more…)