Any text can become curriculum. We are currently using the book Revelation by Meraj Mohiuddin as our seerah book this year. We have been doing the seerah yearly since 2009, and each year, we choose a different seerah book. We started off with the Sealed Nectar, which is one of our favorites, and this year we are working through Revelation.
Now you can use my instructor and student study guide to accompany this book (or any seerah book). I’m open to feedback and suggestions! We use simple composition books for our daily narrations, but you can also use main lesson books which are designed for drawing and writing by having blank and lined pages. And if you have a Silhouette Cameo, you can use this cut-file to make a stencil of the Arabian Peninsula. If you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo, you can print off any map of the Arabian Peninsula and past it into your composition book. I’d recommend getting a geographical map over a political map.
You can see my Lesson Plans for our homeschool. We do three ‘Islamic’ subjects daily. Qu’ran for 30 minutes, Seerah for 30-45 minutes and our Islamic grammar lessons with uses the companions of the Prophet as the literature for our lessons for 45-60 minutes. The grammar curriculum is one I wrote for my kids which uses the Companions of the Prophet vol. 1-2 by Abdul Wahid Hamid as the text we read daily. The curriculum is still in the editing phase and isn’t ready to share, but you are welcome to peek at it 🙂
How we do our lessons:
When it comes to the Seerah, I read a passage aloud to my children (currently they are 5, 9, 14 and 18); we may discuss it a bit while I read, but mostly, I read or add commentary as I read. I have decided to skip much of the commentary in the book, but occasionally read it to my kids. I chose not to included it because the kids were getting confused by all the tangents. Next, the kids (my 9 and 14 year old), write narrations in the composition books. My five year old listens and plays in the room with us, but won’t be asked to narrate for years. My 18 year old listens but is not obligated to write a narration. The following day, I ask them the series of questions (I’ve been writing as part of the study guide) from the previous day’s lesson. I sometimes ask for an oral narration to recap were we left off. Then we go into the day’s lesson with the reading and written narration. I ask the kids to draw maps often where relevant and occasionally ask them to fill in charts that were from the book. We read one section a day. Each chapter is made up of many sections, so they are only a few pages or less for each section, making it really easy to read. There isn’t too much information in each section which makes it easy to include the seerah on a daily basis. We do our lessons Monday-Friday. We have always used adult seerah books, though we do own some children’s versions as well. The children’s version are read leisurely to my young children, but are not incorporated into our curriculum.
Do you do the seerah as part of your homeschool or home life? Let me know how you do it.