Like many teachers, each year I usually send home a classroom newsletter that lets parents/guardians know what we will be doing the upcoming week in class insha'Allah. Hmm...little grey cells working again alhamdulillah....
I think this idea may be a way to accomplish several things at one time (at least in one area of the curriculum) insha'Allah: 1). Writing practice, colouring, word/picture association 2). Learning the names of family members/their titles and the proper way to spell them 3). Learning to correctly print and spell your own name - the child that is...hehe 3). Teaching children the proper way to address a letter (this is part of the kindergarten curriculum in many places too) 4). Increasing Arabic word vocabulary 5). And it's a cute way to keep parents informed about what their child is learning. So this idea? Arabic Letter postcards:
The front of the postcard which the child will colour insha'Allah.
This shows the letter we are learning this week and some words that begin with this letter.
The back, which has pre-printed text for children who are not at the composing stage yet. This one has a family members title already inserted but children get one with a blank line and they will write the person's name/title on the line (or teacher/parent can write what the child dictates) insha'Allah.
We also completed a multi-sensory activity for the letter zay - a harf zay mobile with foam flowers (zahrah) .
Give children a large construction paper letter zay and some foam flowers. For the glue, the parent can put the glue onto the back of each flower and then let the child glue each flower onto the letter zay whereever they please insha'Allah.
Tomorrow, insha'Allah, we will being doing a craft with buttons (zirr) to continue our study of the letter zay. Hmm...I wonder if I can locate some different carpet (zarbeyah) squares to make texture circles (there is a reason they will be circles *smile*) for children to explore insha'Allah.
As for the postcards, insha'Allah, each week/month I will make a postcard to correspond to the letter we are learning. These will be completed and mailed out insha'Allah (if the poste service here allows that insha'Allah...but we'll try insha'Allah...lol).
If you happen to be teaching your child the letter zay...poste away insha'Allah!
Here's the file: Postcard: Harf Zay