Several weeks ago, we did an impromptu lesson on Jinns. Through one of my homeschooling groups, I learned about a great site with authentic articles and treatises which I think is perfect to use as source material for your homemade homeschooling lessons: http://abdurrahman.org/character/index-shytaan.html (this is the main page for works regarding Jinns/Shayateen.
As I said, this wasn’t a planned lesson that we did, so I just got some of the articles from the site and started reading them to the kids. As I went through, I jotted down points that I made (so that I could go back and review them). I am learning more and more, insha Allah that sometimes you just have to forego the fancy lesson plans and worksheets that you don’t have the time to make and tell yourself just do it, just pick up a book, article and read it and see where it takes you.
After the lesson, I decided to make up some more structured lessons and insha Allah, the next time around we’ll use those. I took some of the things that we had gone over, some of the impromptu activities that we had done and added some ideas that I thought would have been great to do as well.
One thing I have learned is that the longer I homeschool, better I get at giving impromptu lessons, masha Allah. Instead of just reading the article, I may stop and think, hey, we can make up a little chart or brainstorm more on this and we go at it, so its not just me reading. Another helpful thing, which I am sure most of us do anyway, is to stop and make sure that they comprehend what’s just been said. When we get to a little break in the material, before going on to the next section, I take a few seconds to review concepts from not just the last section, but preceeding sections.
So if you are feeling that you have to have everything planned out, and yes that’s a great thing to do, don’t panic if you are unprepared, make the best of it, but do try to do something. I look back at all the times I could have at least done something, but didn’t because I wasn’t prepared. My advice to others, and myself, is that even if its just reviewing something from previous sessions, just do something. Even if you are just reading an article to your kids, just do something.
Saying all that, lol, here is my lesson on Jinns for elementary students. I like to keep away from explaining things in my own words as I feel its better to leave it up to the scholars, so most of the text is straight from articles. Of course, at times, a lower level explanation must be made.
There are 8 lessons in total and activities to go along with them.
Lesson 1: What is a Jinn?
Lesson 2: Why Were Jinn Created?
Lesson 3: Everyone Has a Jinn
Lesson 4: Types of Jinn
Lesson 5: Do Jinns Eat and Drink?
Lesson 6: Do Jinns Have Powers?
Lesson 7: Where Do Jinns Live?
Lesson 8: Protection from Jinn