Monday, November 29, 2010

The Next Learning Roots Giveaway!

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Alhamdulillaah, here is the next giveaway sponsored by

These are just amazing masha'Allaah! 'What's Next?' is a set of 40 beautiful cards that help children learn the correct sequence of the actions of wudhu and the salat. On the back of each card, children will find instructions about the action pictured on the front of the card. Even if your child(ren)/students already know the actions of wudhu and salat, insha'Allaah, they will still enjoy this game.

To enter this giveaway just leave a comment mentioning how you might use this game to teach your children/students the correct sequences of wudhu and salat. The giveaway opens today, Monday, November 29, 2010, and will close Sunday, December 5, 2010, at midnight Google time. 

There will be two (2) winners insha'Allaah, selected using

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Together We Read: November

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For November we read alhamdulillaah but I honestly forgot about the activities (the 'Eid was more important *smile*). I kept forgetting about the activities even after the 'Eid passed and now the month is nearly done subhana'Allaah. So, if you would like I can still post the activities or we can just skip this month and pick up again next month insha'Allaah.

Arabic Reader: In The Kitchen

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Here is the second book that was pictured in this post. This book is called, "In the Kitchen" and really was used to build vocabulary. The sentences are very short and repetitive so that children can easily memorize the second part of the sentence ("fil matbakh") and then fill in the first word in each sentence, which is a new thing found in the kitchen.

The book, "In the Kitchen" is on the left

The last words in the sentence is the same on each page - "fil matbakh"

Below are sample pages

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Arabic Reader: The Train

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This Arabic Reader is called, "The Train". It has simple short sentences that talk about places trains travel. It was a supplimentary book to Freight train by Donald Crews.

Insha'Allaah, I will put the second book pictured here in
a different post so the post does not get too long.

Below are a few sample pages from the book, "The Train".

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Arabic Reader: I Get Dressed

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Here is another Beginning Arabic reader dear sis. Let me know if you need a different level of difficulty insha'Allaah.

This book is called, "I Get Dressed"

Sample page: I bought photo album pages from the craft store and cut them into squares. This way, children can choose (and change) the colour of the clothes they want to use to complete the sentences.

Another sample page

Sample Page

Sample page

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Beginning Arabic Readers

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Dear Sis Umm Ahmad, these are two of the Arabic readers we were talking about. Please let me know if this is what you meant. The first one is the classic rhyme, "What Do You See?", with fruit, in Arabic. I've used this book in my class for years. The second book is a small story from the Medina Arabic Reade Book 1 (you can download the book here or here insha'Allaah). I thought this may be easy to read because the books are designed for students who are learning to read Arabic. I did not put the tashkeel (vowel marks) as you asked (the Medina Arabic book has tashkeel). I have another book that I just wrote for personal use and I will upload that later today or tomorrow for you insha'Allaah. Please let me know if this is what you had in mind.

The first book, on the right, is "My House" and is a short story from Medina Arabic Reader, Book 1.
The second book, on the left, is "What Do You See?".

Sample page from "My House"

Sample page from "My House"

Sample page from "My House"

Sample page from "What Do You See?"

Sample page from "What Do You See?"

Here are the files insha'Allaah:

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Morning Math: Make your own pizza manipulative!

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Math is fun alhamdulillah. Especially when your week starts off with art and pizza! Well, the pizza is not real but still, making it can be lots of fun alhamdulillaah. This is an idea that I got over the weekend at a strange time (there was nothing related to pizza going on!) it seemed like it would be so much fun so...I tried it.

This activity is for Kindergarten students (and can be used in grade 1 was well insha'Allaah. It can also be used with preschool students to teach sharing). It helps introduce fractions to students in a fun way. The art part of this activity is a two day project (or for homeschoolers it can be a one day project insha'Allaah). When the art part is done, students use their pizzas to solve the problems in their mini-math workbooks.

First: Students make their pizzas:

To do this you will need:

- Two paper plates per child/student
- Brown, Red, Green and Yellow non-toxic paint
- Markers (optional)
- Real empty, clean pizza box (optional)
- Imagination!

The first step: Students take one of the paper plates and paint it light brown (or any brown you have).

After the brown paint has dried, paint on a layer of red paint. Remind students not to paint the rim of the plate. That is the crust of their pizza. After the red (pizza/tomato sauce) has dried, students paint on a layer of yellow for the cheese. Again, remind students to leave a little of the red showing all the way around insha'Allaah.

Next: Students can use a pencil and very lightly draw in their toppings. If they draw them too darkly, the paint or marker that they use next will not cover the pencil outlines of their toppings.

If using paint, students then paint in their topping outlines with the appropriate colours. If using marker, students colour in their toppings.

 Now, the students use a ruler to draw lines across their pizzas to make the slices

Next, they cut out each slice, using the lines as a guide.

I've set up a way to store these pieces so they don't end up in places I would prefer not to see them *smile*. Using the second paper plate, affix Velcro circles to the backs of each slice of pizza and to the plate (in the appropriate spots). When students are done, they put the pizza back together on the second paper plate and if you've got an empty pizza box from your local pizzeria, they can put it in the box and place it on a shelf insha'Allaah.
This should make it easy to keep your pizza all in one place insha'Allaah

Now, insha'Allaah, students are ready to answer the questions in thier workbooks using this fun to make manipulative!

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Postcard for the letter Dhel

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Alhamdulillaah, here is the postcard for the letter Dhel.

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Check it Out!: Kitten's First...

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I think I've already mentioned this book, Kitten's Spring, in a previous 'Recommended Books' post.

Well, the other day, I stumbled across, Kitten's Autumn and it's just as a cute as Kitten's Spring!

These are two books whose rhyme is simple and easy for pre-schoolers to remember, allowing them to participate in the read aloud if they choose. The illustrations are delightful and it's just as much fun to search the pictures to see what you can find as it is to read the book!

Toddlers and Pre-schoolers may find these two books delightful and fun insha'Allaah. Next time you're at your local library, check them out insha'Allaah!

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winners of the Learning Roots Quran Opposites Puzzles

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Insha'Allaah, you all had a blessed and joyous 'Eid!

Jazakillaahu Khayr to all who entered the Learning Roots Qur'an Opposites Puzzles giveaway!

The winners of these delightful puzzles



Number 31 is sis Maleekah Umm Tahir and number 22 is sis Umm_souleymane.

Mubaraak dear sisters! Please email me with the postal address you would like your puzzles sent to and I will get them in the poste to you insha'Allaah!

To send the email please use the contact me link on the right side of the page insha'Allaah:

There is one more Learning Roots giveaway coming soon insha'Allaah! As with this giveaway, there will be two (2) winners insha'Allaah, so check back!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Eid Mubarak!

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Fun (Free) Stuff for 'Eid Baking and Decorations!

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Are you baking anything for 'Eid? If so, hop over to Smart's Fun Stuff section, scroll to the bottom of the page (after you finish ooohing and saying masha'Allaah! at the other free downloads on your way, and you'll see cupcake wrappers and cupcake toppers.  There is even an 'Eid banner!

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Have you entered the Learning Roots giveaway
for a chance to win these?

If not, click here to enter now insha'Allaah! This giveaway closes tonight, Monday, November 15th, at midnight (Google Time).

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Postcard for the letter 'Ayn

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Alhamdulillah, here is the postcard for the lettter 'Ayn:

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Last Minute Hajj Story Board/Game

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This is a game I thought up because I can use a story to teach math (subtraction) with it. I once read a picture book that had a cute rhyme so I adapted it to fit this story board:

Put the picture out and set five hujjaj on the board (see below)

Then read the rhyme (see below) and take away a hajji each time you finish the rhyme and then start again until all hujjaj have left the haraam.

Here is the rhyme:

Five Hujjaj went out one day,
Down to the Haraam because they wanted to pray.
The guide soon called for them to come pack,
But only four hujjaj came walking back.

**Continue changing the numbers in red until all hujjaj have left the haraam.**

Then read,

The worried hajj guide went on his way,
down to the haraam where the hujjaj went to pray
He called and called for the hujjaj to come pack
And all five hujjaj came walking back!

Then place all of the hujjaj back on the board if the child(ren) wish to play again insha'Allaah

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Oh! If you haven't already entered to win these

click here to do so. This giveaway closes this Monday, November 15th, at midnight (Google Time).

Together We Read: November Book

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The book that we will be reading for Together We Read for the month of November is A Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis.

Activities/resources will be posted after Eid-ul-Adha insha'Allaah!

Have you entered the Learning Roots Giveaway for your chance to win these?

If not, click here to enter.
This giveaway closes Monday, November 15th, at midnight (Google Time).


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