after memorising the Qur’aan, the hope is to move onto the smaller texts about Aqeedah like Usool ath-Thalaathah (The 3 Fundamental principles) and the small collections of ahadeeth.
Shaikh Muqbil (raheemahullaah) was a great Scholar who specialised in the science of Hadeeth from Yemen. He always advised that you start with the Qur’aan and then move onto memorising hadeeth afterwards. He said the reason for this was that once you start with the ahadeeth basically you wouldn’t stop. He himself never completed the Qur’aan and there are those that say he had difficulty memorising it but his daughter said that it was because he became too busy with the ahadeeth and this was the reason for it and Allaah knows best.
One of the first collections of Ahadeeth we’d like to learn is 40 ahadeeth by Imam An Nawawi raheemahullaah.
Someone (may Allaah reward them with good) just directed me towards a lovely collection audios where the ahadeeth are being recited rather than just read. I think it’s easier to learn this way and Allaah knows best. I learned some tajweed poems like this too.
Anyway here’s the link to the audios, I hope that you can benefit from them. I’m going to make a CD for the children in-shaa Allaah, they’re already trying to read along so I think its safe to say that they like them too alhamdulillaah.