I dont want to make blogging a burden on myself lol. So, inshaAllah whenever I get time and motivation, I will share our updates and progress on each subject. So this is the Arabic progress so far.
Alhamdulillah, Safiyya now recognizes all the letters of the Arabic alphabet. She has kinaesthetic learning style which means she likes to touch, feel, hold, make and do things in order to learn. My two main tools of teaching the Arabic alphabet has been the Arabic Alphabet wooden puzzle set and Arabic Alphabet blocks- both from emaan.productions.com.
She does the puzzle and we sing along the “alif, baa, taa” nasheed pointing to each letter at a time. Then I ask her to point to letter ‘daal’ etc. Then it is her turn to ask, she pretends to be a teacher and asks me to show letter ‘x’ etc. She loves being a teacher lol.
With building blocks, I ask her to make a train by putting all the letters in the alphabetical order alif-to-ya. Alhamdulillah she has just mastered to put all the arabic letter blocks in the right alphabetical order by using our Arabic Alphabet poster as a reference. Then again I ask her to show me different letters one at a time. Then it will be her turn to ask. At the moment she is trying to write her name in Arabic as she started to attend the Arabic school on Sundays with her sister. She knows ‘sod’ ‘fa’ ‘yaa’ the letters used in her name and she can identify the beginning letter in simple words such as Qaf for Qolam, Mim for Masjid etc.
These are the books she uses in Arabic school. As she joined the school after two terms due to her young age we have a lot of catch up to do within the books. (they wouldn accept in September as she was not even 3 then. They accept from 4 but Safiyya was crying for her sister every single Sunday and was so adamant that we had to put her in following Christmas holidays. Alhamdulillah she loves it there)
One is a workbook or exercise book as Arabs call it :). It introduces the letter, has some coloring and tracing. Then it offers really interesting exercises matching or identify which word begins with a letter learnt above. Last week she learnt the letters Baa, Daal, To, Ha and did all the exercises
The second book is to introduce reading and learning the vocabulary by heart. For each letter, there is 3-4 words where the letter is used a couple of times and highlighted for easy recognition. She can recognize most of the words once we learn them.
Sumayya has just started reading and writing in Arabic, alhamdulillah. She can read words and sentences from her Reading book. She copy writes most sentences from her books but at the moment she is practising to write 3 letter words without looking at a book.
She has 4 books. 1. Handwriting 2. Vocab and Reading. 3. Workbook. 4. I love my deen- Islamic Studies
She learns 3 letters a week. Handwriting the letters in beginning, middle, end forms as well as the stand alone form. She finished her handwriting book and learning all letters in different shapes and forms. These are sample pages from her handwriting book.
Sample pages from vocabulary book. Alhamdulillah she memorizes words very quickly and can read this book very easily. Good thing is there is no fatha/damma/kasra and she can still read it because she has memorized the word and can recognize it.
Sample pages from her workbook. She can read and match the words to a picture. She can identify the letter ‘x’ within a word. It is like letter hunting game. You present several different words written in Arabic. Child has to identify weather the letter ‘x’ is in the beginning, middle or end,she has to find and circle the letter.
Some more sample pages from the workbook. It might give some ideas for those who want to make some engaging Arabic learning worksheets. You can easily do so with the ideas presented in the book. I am no good at making worksheets but a lot of the time I just use their ideas to practise vocab and writing with kids. Whilst cooking for example I sound out the letters Qaaf, Laam and Meem. Sumayya has to find the word Qolam and say which letter is in the beginning, middle, end etc. I write several words on a plain paper when we sit down and ask her to find the word ayn (for eyes) or find all ‘mim’ letters and how many times it has been used in how many words etc. I copy the ideas used in books to review as and when we get 5-10 mins here and there. You dont need planning or anything as far as you have paper and pen within your reach :).
Phew, I guess my blogging skills are just coming along lol. I was hoping to do 3 posts today but I am going to leave the Qur’an progress for tomorrow now. It took me ages to do the Arabic and Seerah. And subhanAllah it was a small showcase of what we actually do. Anyway, if anyone has tips on how I can do less time consuming posts in the future please leave your tips in the comments section below. I would really appreciate it and jazakAllahu khayr in advance :)