The Islamic Studies books from Weekend Learning Publishers are based on a comprehensive 12-year curriculum. The curriculum contains broad aspects of Islam based on the Qur’an and authentic Hadith. The topics in the curriculum are laid out in a systematic manner to suit the teaching needs in a weekend Islamic school. Topics are selected based on age, grade, and learning levels of each grade. Some topics are covered in multiple grades to add different perspectives, details, and additional emphasis. The teachers and director of the school will find continuity in the curriculum as it unfolds year to year. Teachers will know how much each student will learn year to year, and how much they will have learned at the end when they graduate out of the school.
All Islamic Studies books from the Weekend Learning series have age and grade-appropriate lessons. Even the length and depth of each lesson and sentences in the lessons are age and grade-appropriate. The lessons are tailored for 50- 60 minute classes. Students in all grades will love the simple and child-friendly language and sentences in the books. The language of the lessons and the treatment of the subjects are made from children’s perspective. Even the English spelling of Arabic words is age-appropriate. The books do not simply disseminate knowledge, but make it relevant to the students’ life and their world. The lessons do not use a lecturing tone, but engage the students in a respectful discussion.
Each lesson in the Weekend Learning series books is followed by a wide variety of homework. Most homework can be finished within 10-15 minutes. The homework promotes critical thinking. Many of the homework require students consult an English translation of the Qur’an. The idea is to develop a habit of using the Qur’an as a ready reference guide. In course of time the Qur’an will become a companion in their life. When they will face challenges in life, they will remember to refer to the Qur’an – the ultimate source of guidance.
The books come with optional Teacher’s Manual and a CD containing lesson plans and teaching guides. The CD has question bank, ready-to-print exam questions, and homework in PDF and Word files. The CD also has many of the lessons in PowerPoint format to enhance teaching efficiency.