Friday, May 14, 2010

Together We Read - First Book Alhamdulillah!

Assalamu alaikum,

(I'm going to alternate buttons for each post insha'Allah...boy, girl, boy, girl...)

Here is the first book we read:

This is a really cute book that toddlers 18 months and older may find very enjoyable insha'Allah. Each page asks the reader if the cat could be in a different place and has a peek-a-boo window with a part of what appears to be the cat, showing. So readers think that yes, there's the cat but when you turn the page....well....I won't ruin it for you (smile).

We did several activities to supplement this book. The first was a direction game in Arabic using cats.

All cards are not pictured. There are cards for on, under, next to, in, behind, and in front of. 

I did this activity Montessori style. I placed one card on the right hand side of the mat and then placed three cards on the bottom in random order. The child was then asked to find the card that matched (i.e. where is the cat that is on top of the car?) and place it next to its mate.

Later, I intend to turn these cards into a memory game insha'Allah. I've include the back of the memory cards if you wish to do that insha'Allah. And the cards are in Arabic only or Arabic with transliteration. 

Then we put together a little book that helps children recall what items were in the shed in the story.

Then I felt this story was a wonderful way to introduce/include a short biography of Abu Huraira (father of the kitten). The book is small (in size and number of pages) and I printed it on cardstock and then had it spiral bound. 



Next, there are two activities to help practice handwriting and learn the word family" 'at' and for working with rhyming words (words that rhyme with shed in this activity).



If you laminate these pages (or use clear packing tape) you can give the child a dry erase marker. This way the little booklet can be re-used insha'Allah.

Here are the files for our activities:

See the crafts we did for this book here insha'Allah!

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And if you don't blog, leave a comment and share what you read and what you did. We'd love to hear about it insha'Allah!

So, what did you read? Link up insha'Allah!


  1. lovely set of activities masha Allaah! though my kids r not toddlers still they wanted "father of the kitten" and arabic position cards.



  2. Assalamu aliakum,

    Jazakillahu khayr dear sis Umm Ahmad (smile). I hope your children enjoy the book and position cards insha'Allah.

  3. assalamu alaikum,
    Sister Umm Nu'man mashaAllah very nice book and wonderful set of activities. Since we were on a trip last week, I just started searching for "Where is that Cat" unfortunately we don't have that in our location, but they have something similar in the library system. InshaAllah when they send it, we'll read and do the activities inshaAAllah.

    As far as understood you will be announcing what book we'll be reading on the 15th day of each month right? I was wondering if it is possible to mention the name of the book beforehand (so we will have more time to find it).

    Jazakillah khair,

  4. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

    Sis Umm Sara, wa iyaki wa barak Allahu feki for the suggestion. I have posted a response above this post.

  5. As Salaamu Alaykum, What a really neat idea! Masha Allah. A reading Program for us! You are so resourceful,Alhamdulilah. We aren't able to get out to the library as often as we would like so wouldn't be able to use the same books you are. I sure do love how you have made activiites to go along with the book though,masha Allah.

  6. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

    Oh Umm Abdulbasir, so nice to hear from you. You don't have to use the same book we're using to participate. Use whatever books are easy for you and grab a buttton and link up insha'Allah! We'd love to see what you all do with your book choice insha'Allah (smile) as you are sooo creative masha'Allah!

  7. Assalamu 'alaykum

    MashaAllah, this is a great idea to work with the little ones. May Allah swt reward you for preparing all this for us. I have one question about how you made that book. Did you bind that yourself or did you have it done somewhere?

  8. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

    Jazakillahu khayr for the kind comment dear sis Alena. May Allah make it to be of benefit to our young Muslims and may He accept it from us...ameen.

    For the book, the local copy/print centre bound it for me. After it was printed out, I cut the pages out and took it to them and they did the binding. It does not cost more than $2-3 here. Insha'Allah that helps.

  9. Salam Alekum sister

    I had a question about your shed activity and the word ativity as well.

    Are these part of a curriculum or just pictures you find and activities you make yourself and then put them together in this format? I found them to be very creative, mashaAllah.
    JazakAllah for sharing sister.


  10. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullaah,

    Dear sis Bariah, these are not part of a curriculum....I design them/make them up and put them in this format *smile*. Jazakillaahu khayr for your kind comment and wa iyaki!

  11. bismillah

    Jazakillah ukhtee fo rth ematerial , I was just wondering if you have the file for Abu Huraira Biography for Infants/Toddlers in alrger print so that i can print off each one on a page with a larger print.

    jazakillah khairun

  12. Assalamu alaikum,

    wa iyaki dear sis Umm Abdarrahman.

    Dear sis, what size did you need the book in? Can you tell me a font size and then perhaps, insha'Allaah, I can do it for you and send it you via email?

  13. Assalomu Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakotuh.

    I'm very sorry for asking the question, but where and how can I get this book?

    Thank you very much.

  14. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuh,

    There is no need to apologize. This book, if not available at your local library, should be available on insha'Allaah.


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