|Tips#1: Read Together Every Day|
|Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.|
|Tips#2: Give Everything A Name|
|You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"|
People are so busy today that life seems to be on fast forward most of the time. We seem to have become so busy and absorbed in the cares of every day that we have forgotten our obligation to take care of our neighbours.
As a faithful Muslim, it is important to find time to help the needy. This is one of the teachings of Islam. We are required to take care of the brother or sister who has less than we do.
While many of us would like to do the right thing and serve the poor and needy, we simply don't have the time to do so. We may also not be in a position to physically assist the poor or needy. This however, does not mean that we should give the idea up completely. There are many ways that we can still give a helping hand.
One of the best ways to give to the needy is through a charitable organisation. There are many Muslim run charitable organisations that will help you fulfil the requirements of Shariah law and help the needy in the process.
These organisations work in various countries offering assistance to those in need. These charitable organisations provide health care, food, clothing and shelter for those in need. Many of these organisations work with whole populations and without discrimination.
|Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together|
|Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.|
|Tips#4: Be Interactive|
|Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.|
These organisations are non-profit organisations. This means that they are totally dependent on donations from well-wishers. You can, therefore, give Lilah to support these organisations.
However, if you want to support these organisations for the long run, you can choose to channel your Zakah to the organisations. Many of these organisations will calculate what you are required to give and help to facilitate the distribution of the money you give to the poor.
If you choose to give Sadaqah to these organisations, you can sign up to their accounts and organise for the transfer of funds on a regular basis depending on what is comfortable to you.
It is important to ensure that you are giving your Zakah to a Muslim run organisation. Ensure that the organisation does what it says it does by researching about it online or asking around. There are various registries for non-profits, which you can look through to find out if the organisation is really registered.
Your Sadaqa will go a long way in assisting others who are living without basic needs. You will make someone's life much better.
|Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again|
|Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.|
|Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too|
|Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.|