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Education: Weekend School:

Getting the most
out of weekend schools

The amount of attention parents display in their kid's education is shown in the performance of the students in their exams and their attitude towards their teachers.

Below are a few suggestions on how parents can have their children extract the most out of Weekend School.

The weekend school usually last about 4 hours, which is not enough time for the teachers to cover the curriculum in a comprehensive way. The role of the parents come into play. Keeping a close attention on their children's homework and assignments, may help children remain focus on learning at the weekend Schools.

Showing Genuine Concern for Child's Education
Parents should exhibit as much, if not more, interest in the weekend school studies of their children. Usually this is not the situation. Parents usually drop off their children late to Islamic schools, many times don't even bring them, and further more if students do arrive at school, they have not completed the required homework, and frequently come without the necessary books or previous weeks handouts.

Frequent Meetings with Child's Teacher
Parents should have a private meeting with the principle and each of the teachers of their child on routine basis to evaluate the performance. This will also give a psychological boost to the teachers, who are mostly on a voluntary basis, and will help them to be more professional in their approach to dispersing their knowledge.

Parents Taking Active Role in Schools
Parents should become members of the PTA (Parents and Teachers Association) they can volunteer to be teachers in the school. This will place them in direct contact with the school administration and help them to submit proposals to transform the school for the better. The weekend school teachers are less appreciated and often times feel that parents just drop them off in the morning and go to shopping until the time of the end of the school.

The Bottom Line
Children follow their parents. When parents show interest and importance to something, children likewise will get motivated follow them. No wonder we usually see that children of highly educated parents who are involved in their children's studies also tend to excel in their studies. Since gaining knowledge of our deen is an obligation, parents should assist their children in fulfilling this obligation both at home and in the School.

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saida, Indianapolis - wrote on 9/5/2004 11:15:21 PM
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Comment: I taught Islamic Studies to kids ranging from 5 years old to 13 years old. Teachers of weekend school definately need to share what works and what not from their experience. Fun projects are great to share. Last year I got my 5th and 6th grader work on project .. making models and telling stories of any Prophet of their choice. All of them take turn everyweek presenting they stories to the class. It was very successful and they love it. One group made Prophet Nuh (as) ark with little animals on it!

asma, US, south - wrote on 5/22/2004 7:50:54 AM
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Comment: The islamic sunday school institution definitely needs more attention from trained professionals :) As a weekend teacher of kids ranging from 4-12 at entirely varied levels of understanding of arabic, islam, and the nature of classroom behavior, I would love Soundvision to establish a functioning messageboard or mailing list for other teachers. Developing curricula is tough, controlling mixed classrooms is tougher, getting parents to reinforce lessons throughout the week is toughest... alhamdulilleh this is an incredibly rewarding experience, and I wish we teachers could collaborate more.

Sister, New Jersey - wrote on 4/24/2004 7:30:03 AM
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Comment: Salam. I am a college student but I teach Arabic and Islamic Studies on Saturdays to a group of teens in a local masjid. It is a very good experience for me. I just have a few comments to make about this: 1) Teachers need to develop ways of controlling the class by positive reinforcement 2) Teachers need to communicate with parents often. 3) Parents should be more involved I find that controlling a group of teens is a difficult task, but it can be done. Parents sometimes tend to put their kids in a saturday school just to get them off their backs. Parents should be more open to teacher comments and feedback. Nonetheless, weekend schools are a great way of helping as many muslim youths keep in touch with Islam especially in the West.

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