In 4th grade Islamic studies we’re finishing up a unit on Ramadan. I wish I had been a little more organized back in September and thought to teach to my students this Unit during the actual month of Ramadan. Alas, it’s now March and we are left to talk about Ramadan as a memory, not as something we’re currently living through.
It’s fun talking about Ramadan with my students. Their perception of Eid in school is so different from how I felt about it when I was their age. In my elementary school days I looked forward to Christmas parties, and Valentine’s chocolates, and Halloween candy. In their elementary school days, they’re excited to decorate the classroom for Eid, exchange gifts, and have extra time during recess to play with eachother. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Ramadan when I was little (and still do), but it wasn’t a love that I could take with me to school and talk about with my peers.
The point is… I gave my students an assignment to write about their favorite Eid they could remember. The stories were *wonderful*. And now I will share my favorites with you with the original spelling and grammar, of course
The night before eid I got into my bed and went to sleep. The next morning my dad woke me up. I got out of bed and dressed up. And then we went to the Eid place. We made ower sallah and went with my cousin (which I allways go with). Then I went to wallmart and byed my Nintendo DS. Then we played with Omer and Ommar. Then I played with my Nintendo DS. Then we went to chaky chies. Than I went to sleep warmly. – Abdulaziz
On the night before my favorite Eid, I went to the Masjid and got locked in the babysitting room. Luckily, Khaled was with me. The movie that they had was boring so Khaled and I devised a plan. Khaled was going to unplug the TV after I turned off the lights. Then we would run out. It worked completely! When I got home, I was so exhausted from running so much, that the minute I got on my bed, I fell asleep. On the morning of Eid, my mom made a huge breakfast. She made pancakes, bacon, waffles, eggs, omlets, and even French toast! I was so full. In the car, my family recited the takbeer. After the sallah, six 5th graders tried to beat me up, but they couldn’t! I don’t know why though. Anayway, after that, we went to Paradise Park. That place was awsome! It had go-carts, laser tag, a trampoline, rock climbing and a huge arcade! But before we went there, we went to GameStop. There I bought Star Fox Assult and Super Mario Duluxe. After all that, I fell asleep in the car home. that was my Eid. –Amer
One morning I got up very madly forgetting it was Eid. When my mom reminded me that it was Eid I got so happy, got dressed, woke up my sisters, ate breakfast, jumped in the car and drove to Zaynabs house. When we got there Hafsah opened the door. Hafsah and Maaria were already there. My mom and I blew balloons. Some other Muslims arrived. After that Noor and her friend Sarah arrived. Then my mom left and said Eid Mubarak to everyone. Then we ate some delicious food that Sr. Rizwana made. Then Sarah, Noor, Zaynab and I played alot of fun games in the basement. –Muneerah