(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!
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!