Ramadan is less than a month away, and you may be thinking of beneficial activities to do with the children in your life.
Writing can be a great way to have children reflect on Ramadan.
With that in mind, I have put together a simple youth journal with writing prompts and daily charts that help one keep track of prayers and other good deeds.
The idea of the prompts is to help kids think about various issues they may encounter as a Muslim. Prompts include questions and exercises such as the following:
- Do you think that work and school hours should be reduced for Muslims in Ramadan? Why or why not?
- Do you ever feel tired of fasting? How do you motivate yourself each day?
- How does fasting in Ramadan help one develop feelings of compassion and empathy?
- If someone told you fasting was too hard, how would you respond?
- Brainstorm ways of sharing Ramadan with non-Muslims.
The journal is in PDF format and can be downloaded here. Just print out the pages and staple them together, or insert the pages into a binder or plastic jacket. The file includes extra template pages in case extra space is needed or you want to write prompts of your own. Kids may decorate the journal with stickers or their own drawings and designs.
If you decide to use this journal, please provide feedback, including what age-range you think it is suitable for. Also let me know which prompts you did and did not like. If you have suggestions on how to improve the journal for future years, that would be appreciated as well.
The journal is free to use in the classroom, in the mosque, and at home (print as many copies as you like), but please do not use it for commercial purposes.
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