Principal's Message

Message from the Principal: Brother Eric Ali-- When guiding our children toward proper Islamic character, we must remember that part of being a wise teacher or parent is being kind and gentle with our children. During the time of the Prophet (saw), a Bedouin urinated in the masjid. Immediately the Prophet’s companions rushed toward the man to beat him. But the Prophet (saw) told them to leave him alone. After the man finished urinating, the Prophet (saw) told him, “Verily, filth and urine are not permitted in these masjids. Indeed, it is for the remembrance of Allah.” The Messenger said to his companions, “I was sent to make things easy, and I was not sent to make things difficult.” And he poured a bucket of water over the urine. Even though our children were raised in Islam, eventually they will have to choose to be Muslims. Let’s help make the proper decision easy for them.-- Al-Madinah School: 1635 South Saint Andrews Place, Los Angeles, California 90019-- (1-323) 296-5961

Friday, November 7, 2014

Teach Your Child with ADHD at Home (By: Grandma Jeddah)

Teach Your Child with ADHD at Home (By: Grandma Jeddah)

If you have a child with ADHD, If at all possible, homeschool your child. Most regular school settings are not suitable for children with ADHD. Schools and classrooms have rigid schedules and rules that many children with ADHD find great difficulty adhering to. In your home setting, you can setup your schedule and teaching programs around your son. This will alleviate the ongoing problems he encounters in school, such as continued discipline complaints from teachers and even his own feelings of failure to comply. 

Teaching your child at home is certainly no easy venture, but it is well worth the effort. Your child will be able to learn in an environment he feels comfortable in and in one that understands his challenges, insha'Allah. For instance, he may find great difficulty sitting in his chair focusing for an hour in class. However, at home, you are free to break up his teaching sessions into 20-minute-or-so periods and then allow him a break. Simple things like this can make a big difference in your son's learning experience as well as improved self confidence.

Some believe that this method of working around your child rather than enforcing him to comply to set rules handicaps him even further because he will eventually have to learn how to comply once he becomes an adult. From my experiences, allowing your child to grow up in an environment in which he feels accepted and feels others understand and care about his unique qualities will give him the self-confidence and security he needs to function better as an adult, insha'Allah. Know, too, that some of the characteristics of ADHD may continue with your child into adulthood, but on a much milder level. Some of the characteristics of ADHD happen to be the same qualities that have made many famous people exceptionally productive and creative.

Grandma Jeddah is the mother of 11 children and 13 grandchildren. She has taught hundreds of students for over 30 years at an Islamic school in Los Angeles, California.She is the author of, Discipline without Disrespecting: Discover the Hidden Secrets of How to Effectively Discipline Your Muslim Child--And Keep Your Peace of Mind while at It.  Order her e-book or Subscribe to her free newsletter at --  and

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