Third grade readers have entered what may be termed the cognitive threshold. From third thru fifth grade there is not too much marked difference in reading ability other than in the acquisition of vocabulary.
This is the age when basic attitudes and world views begin to be solidified. If you present the world through Islamic lens to the child, they will see the world as a Muslim. If you don't provide any lens, they will pick up the lenses left lying around by the Kuffar.
Many Islamic schools make the mistake of using reading books filled with stories and adventures about non-Muslims. In addition, those schools which have libraries usually have only a few Muslim written stories in them and instead fill the shelves with hundreds of exciting non-Muslim fiction stories and biographies.
Muslim schools are the willing participants in the process of de-Islamization! Although some Muslim administrators and teachers would complain that there is a lack of good reading material to replace the non-Muslim books, part of the problem lies with them in that they rarely seek out Muslim titles and even worse, Muslim schools rarely ever purchase any books written by Muslims. Since no Muslims can earn a living writing, few books are written of great quality. It's a vicious circle that must be broken!
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