Umm Adam recently sent me an email with some excellent suggestions to extend the learning for the Cloud Letters Game and the Hajj Game....barak Allahu feha. Here are her suggestions and insha'Allah, you will find them beneficial and fun!
"One extra idea to suggest for your cloud-game is to every time while the cloud is placed at its correct position to stop there and consider together with the child one word that starts with that letter. Like this they [the children] will learn the sounds in practice. In the beginning it can be the adult who helps, but after a short while the child understands the idea and suggests by themselves the words insha'Allah. Like this it will be easy after a while for the child to start reading."
"The new idea for using this material is to focus doing hajj in the correct order. We played this so that we turned all the cards upside down. But not to loose from our sight the cards of Allaah. That is because you never should forget Allaahs position in your life. The child who knows how to read, reads for getting the reading practice. And the child who doesn´t know will be taught to read, for example, one word. One step at the time to figure out what we need to go for looking after. Then we started to turn the cards for finding the correct card in order. It was not allowed to continue the travel forward before all the players had found their required card. Other players are helping each other like we should do in real hajj also. It was so fun and so educational. It was pleasure to answer for the childs´questions of what we are doing at here, and why we do this and what we might feel or see while continuing our hajj etc. "
Jazakillahu Khayr dear sis Umm Adam!