Iqra' has been introduced in Malaysia for some time now and kids these days don't read much Muqaddam like I did when I was 6 years old. My 2 sons started Iqra' when they were 5. Wazif completed all 6 Iqra' when he was in Standard 2, right before the final exam. Shawqi is still struggling with Iqra' 4.
When Wazif completed Iqra', his ustazah recommended to go straight to reading Al Quran. She said it's okay to just skip Muqaddam. I was okay with it.
This year I decided to monitor Wazif's Quran reading, so I asked him to recite the page that his Ustazah taught him in the morning. One night, after dinner we sat in front of the TV and I checked his reading. His Al- Fatihah was okay but still can be improved. When he started with one of the Ayat from surah Al Baqarah, I almost fainted. He just bulldozed through. Every 'baris' was read with the same 'harkat', no 'sabdu', no 'waqaf', no nothing. Basically none of the Tajweed rules was applied.
I questioned him whether his Ustazah teaches Tajweed, he said no. It's confusing because he could recite most of the Ayat Lazim with the correct Tajweed (I later found out that they have Hafazan classes at school - the kids just memorize.....). When I checked back all the 6 Iqra', they have all the complex Kalimah which contain 'Sabdu' and different 'Harakat'. I suspected the kids were also thought to just memorize and didn't really learn on how to spell out each Kalimah (like we did long-long time ago...) Knowing Wazif, he's really good at memorizing things, I'll not be surprised if he could remember all the Kalimah used in all the 6 Iqra'.
Iqra' method might be able to get kids to learn Quran faster but I sensed something amiss here. A few things are compromised; one is Tajweed and the other is spelling. You can call me old-school but still my stand is if modern method will only lead you to the wrong way, why should we follow? However, I've yet to find out whether the teachers were applying the method correctly or just doing it like 'melepas batuk di tangga....' Well, that part is quite difficult for me to tell unless I sit in my kids' classes and listen to their Ustazah (which I'm not permitted).
So, now I need to find a good Quran teacher who can teach my kids using the old-method. (Lepas tu, I pun boleh tumpang sekaki buat revision... hehehe) Hopefully the Ustaz will bring a 'rotan' with him so that Wazif and Shawqi lagi cepat pandai... ;)