If you are agonizing over your Islamic Studies "program" for your older children, I’ve got a simple suggestion.
Use the Tafsir of the Quraan. Start at the beginning, or anywhere, and just read a few sections each day and to practice Arabic, be sure to read all the ayaat and ahadith mentioned.
I have found that when I get burnt out or do not stick to my current regular schedule 🙂 that this is a quick way to get into Islamic Studies.
Studying the tafsir is great because you get it all: adab, seerah/history, ibaadah. We have gotten some great Islamic history lessons from the tafsir. In many accounts, there is so much detail of battles and events.
We usually take and read sections of the tafsir according how the ayaat are broken up. Tafsir Ibn Kathir, for instance, separates the ayaat by meaning, and then gives tafsir (explanation) on those few ayaat. So in a session, you can discuss the ayaat and corresponding tafsir that you read. Or if you want to get more "schooly" you can prepare some written work to go along with it, comprehension or reflection questions. Of course, being me, I usually prepare something written to go along, but there are times when we just sit down and discuss and that is beneficial as well.
I’ve finally finished my written lessons for Suratul Fatihah, that are based upon the Tafsir. I’ve written a full lesson for Suratut Tur, and some partial lessons for Suratul Kahf which can also both be found at the link above.
So if you are getting stressed out or haven’t finished planning your curriculum (or not sticking to it) why not take a break and just sit down and read tafsir? If you are working on a specific surah, incorporate the reading of the tafsir into your lesson. I like to try to rely on the tafsir for lesson material more than some sources found online that are written for children, as sometimes they seem to take a little too much liberty with the topic.