Sample weekly summer plan for kids ages 7 to 11

JULY 2017

WEEK 1

  • Start a summer garden. Choose plants and flowers that are easy to grow (e.g. carrots)
  • Begin swimming classes. Muslims are encouraged to teach their children swimming, horse-riding, and archery. If your child already knows how to swim, consider archery and horse-riding as a summer sport this year
  • Help the kids build a summer Masjid in your home (See the “Build a Masjid” section here)
  • Organize all paperwork from the year that has just passed. Throw out what's not needed, keep what may be useful for the coming grade, or anything that has sentimental value
  • Have the kids attend children's activities in your neighborhood being held in honor of Independence Day on July 4th
  • Hold a family meeting about the history of Independence Day, with presentations, videos, talk, popcorn, and games about the history of this day and what it means to us
  • Choose four Surahs to memorize over the summer or more, and start memorizing this week
  • Attend Friday prayers every week for the rest of the summer starting the Friday of this week

WEEK 2

  • Visit a local Masjid and learn about its history, how it was built, what kind of activities it holds, etc. While you’re there, teach the kids basic Masjid manners, ranging from staying quiet and being in a state of Wudu, to offering the two Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid prayer recommended when we arrive in the house of worship
  • Encourage your child to write a letter to a relative of the same age. Sent it via snail mail
  • Register for any interesting activities at the local library. If there is a summer reading contest, have them sign up for it and stick to the reading schedule
  • Teach the kids how to cook macaroni and cheese or any other easy recipe for kids
  • Check that Quran memorization is progressing
  • Teach them how to do one load of laundry from start to finish, including folding and putting it all away

WEEK 3

  • Go camping. Take lots of pictures and record running commentary on your phone. Don't forget to pack songs and games for the ride. Also pack CDs of the Surahs they are memorizing during the summer
  • If you're not going camping out of town, set up a tent in your backyard. Help the kids roast marshmallows over a fire (if that's allowed). Tell scary stories, but also a few about the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, in the wilderness. One that comes to mind is his journey from Makkah to Madinah during Hijra. Don't forget to use lots of bug lotion
  • Check that Quran memorization is progressing
  • Teach them how to make brownies or a cake and take it to a neighbor who may be lonely, especially the elderly
  • Teach them how to keep the outside of the house clean and neat

WEEK 4

  • Visit a local beach at Fajr time. Pray together and enjoy the cool breeze. Discuss some Quranic verses about water and life in the sea (like 11:7, 13:17, 2:60, 5:96). Discuss the story of Prophet Nuh, peace be upon him
  • Hold a garage sale, selling any clothes or toys that are unwanted but in good condition. Whatever money is raised goes to charity
  • Contact a local food bank. Ask them what items they need. Then, invite a couple of your child's friends to either cook the food if it's easy to make or pool their money to buy it. Organize a group shopping trip for the items, then drive them to the food bank together to drop off their donation
  • Check that Quran memorization is progressing
  • Teach them how to make French toast

AUGUST 2017

WEEK 1

  • Hold Bike Washing Day (see “Bike Wash Day” here)
  • Host an astronomy ice cream party in your backyard. Buy, borrow or rent a telescope for the evening. After everyone's enjoyed their ice cream, they will turn their telescopes upward to enjoy the night sky
  • Check that Quran memorization is progressing
  • Arrange a visit to a hospital with sick children. Make sure to bring toys or other items to give out

WEEK 2

  • Grab a few trash bags and disposable gloves. With the kids in tow, clean up the front of your lawn, the backyard, your part of the street, and even better, the local park. Make sure your kids don't touch dangerous or questionable items (e.g. needles or sharp objects)
  • Hold Seerah Storytelling night in your backyard. Get a tent and a flashlight. Everyone gets in to enjoy one (or more) story about the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. The focus though, should be on knowing the beauty of his character. For ideas, check out A Treasury of Islamic Tales
  • Check that Quran memorization is progressing

WEEK 3

  • Visit the amusement park. Make sure to pray together when it’s time
  • Volunteer for an hour at an animal shelter, or drop off needed items
  • Clean up the outside of your local Masjid
  • Help your child choose five goals for the coming school year. These could be getting a better grade in math, making the soccer team or winning the Student Book Award at his or her school. Write the goals down in a special notebook and share this with your parent or older sibling.
  • Check that Quran memorization is progressing

WEEK 4

  • Hold a family Quran recitation competition. Everyone gets to share what they've memorized during the summer. The winner gets a cash prize
  • Host a Back to School BBQ Party for your child and his or her friends. Have them share five things they want to accomplish in the coming year, if they feel comfortable. Otherwise, just allow them to enjoy these last moments of summer
  • Donate any fruits or vegetables in the garden that was started the first week of summer (see week one of July 2017) to the local food pantry 

Photo Attribution  -  Angela Sevin  -  http://www.flickr.com/photos/58117789@N00/79683879/

Comments

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