Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Aqeedah Activities for Preschool Children

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These reading comprehension worksheets are basic Aqeedah activities for children three years and older (in Arabic). I've designed the worksheets to compliment the level 1 textbook from Saudi Arabia. I've simply adjusted the material for pre-school aged children. The text from the first worksheet pictured is from the Aqeedah for Children book (I translated the questions from one of the pages into Arabic and made my own worksheet concept using the questions only) and because this is a copyrighted document, I cannot post the worksheet I made for it until I receive permission from the copyright holder. However, you can see the basic concept in the picture. 

The first worksheet, using the questions from the Aqeedah for Children book, teaches children that Allaah is the Creator of all that exists. Children are then asked to circle specific items in each box.

 A completed worksheet

The second worksheet (done the following day), reminds children about Allaah and then asks them by what do they know Allaah. The answer is provided and then two of the ways are discussed (i.e. that He Created the sun and the moon; the day and the night). Children are then invited to place the sun in the picture that shows the day and the moon in the picture that shows the night.

A completed worksheet


The last worksheet (again done on a different day), tells children that know they know that Allaah is our Lord and that He Created everything. Children are invited to draw some of the things that Allaah Created.


I remember that some sisters asked for work in Arabic (with tashkeel) and insha'Allaah these worksheets are of help/benefit.

You can download the worksheets here insha'Allaah:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Together We Read: February Book Activities

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This month we read Castles, Caves and Honeycombs


Using the following ayaat and ahadith, we discussed the different types of homes that Allaah has Created for different creatures.

We discussed that when entering a home, a Muslim must greet those (Muslims) inside with 'Assalamu alaikum' and other manners of entering the home. From the Qur'aan and Sunnah:

{...when you enter the houses, greet one another with a greeting from Allâh (i.e. say: As-Salâmu 'Alaikum - peace be on you) blessed and good. Thus Allâh makes clear the Ayât (these Verses or your religious symbols and signs, etc.) to you that you may understand. Surah An-Nur:61}

Our Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa salam) taught us that this fosters love between the Muslims:

{The Messenger of Allah, said: You shall not enter paradise so long as you do not affirm belief (in all those things which are the articles of faith) and you will not believe as long as you do not love one another. Should I not direct you to a thing which, if you do, will foster love amongst you: (i.e.) give currency to (the practice of paying salutation to one another by saying) as-salamu alaykum. Sahih Muslim:96}

And the manners of entering the home:

{O you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and greeted those in them; that is better for you, in order that you may remember. And if you find no one therein, still, enter not until permission has been given. And if you are asked to go back, go back, for it is purer for you. And Allah is All-Knower of what you do. There is no sin on you that you enter (without taking permission) houses uninhabited (i.e. not possessed by anybody), (when) you have any interest in them. And Allah has knowledge of what you reveal and what you conceal. An-Noor:27-29}

We then talked about the houses of humans and different animals that Allaah Created that are mentioned in the Quran:

{And Allah has made for you in your homes an abode, and made for you out of the hides of the cattle (tents for) dwelling, which you find so light (and handy) when you travel and when you stay (in your travels); and of their wool, fur, and hair (sheep wool, camel fur, and goat hair), furnishings and articles of convenience (e.g. carpets, blankets), comfort for a while. And Allah has made for you out of that which He has created shades, and has made for you places of refuge in the mountains, and has made for you garments to protect you from the heat (and cold), and coats of mail to protect you from your (mutual) violence. Thus does He perfect His Favour unto you, that you may submit yourselves to His Will (in Islam). An-Nahl:80-81}

{The likeness of those who take (false deities as) Auliya' (protectors, helpers) other than Allah is the likeness of a spider who builds (for itself) a house; but verily, the frailest (weakest) of houses is the spider's house - if they but knew. Al-Ankaboot:41}

{And your Lord inspired the bees, saying: "Take you habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. An-Nahl:68}

For the ants, we read and talked about ayaat 18 and 19 from surah An-Naml:

{Till, when they came to the valley of the ants, one of the ants said: "O ants! Enter your dwellings, lest Sulaimân (Solomon) and his hosts crush you, while they perceive not." So he [Sulaimân (Solomon)] smiled, amused at her speech[] and said: "My Lord! Inspire and bestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves." }

We did an activity for the following ayat:

{And Allah has made for you in your homes an abode, and made for you out of the hides of the cattle (tents for) dwelling, which you find so light (and handy) when you travel and when you stay (in your travels); and of their wool, fur, and hair (sheep wool, camel fur, and goat hair), furnishings and articles of convenience (e.g. carpets, blankets), comfort for a while. An-Nahl:80}  *Note: the word tent is not in the verse, we made the tent based on the meaning of the verse in English by Muhsin Khan.*

A little tent with sleeping bag, backpack and fire. Of course, looking back, the tent colour should have been closer to the colour of cattle because I've never seen cattle with green skin *smile*.

We did several other activities to compliment this book alhamdulillaah:

We did a math activity using turtles:

Using painted walnut shells to make the turtles, we worked on counting skills.



Numbers 1-6 are pictured here

Next we did more math work but used starfish along with a bean bag and starfish cards:


From behind a line on the floor, children throw the bean bag and whichever number it lands on, they are given the same number of cards. They then line the cards up on the floor counting them out as they go.


We also did an activity that is a very basic introduction to subtraction:

The tree is made from a paper towel roll, a brown paper bag and rocks. The birds that "live" in the tree are made from toy blocks.

Children are invited to place one of the birds into the hole of the tree. They are asked how many birds are left outside of the tree. They count and see that there are two birds left outside of the tree.

This continues until no birds are left outside of the tree. This also helps children understand the concept of zero as they see that there are no (zero) birds left outside of the tree.

There is a hole in the bottom of the tree so children can easily get the birds out of the tree by simply picking the tree up.

Next, I made a lift the flap book. Some of the animals from the story, and the type of homes they live in, are presented. You can say what type of home is on the flap and the child(ren) guess or tell you and then lift the flap to verify their answer.

The front of the book

Sample page

Sample page

Next, I made some worksheets to go along with the book. They also help assess reading comprehension, present math skills and allow practice with fine motor skills. 

This worksheet gives children practice with fine motor skills (tracing a line)

This worksheets presents some of the homes that were in the story and helps children identify shapes in the environment insha'Allaah.

These worksheets (there are two different worksheets in the file) assess reading comprehension skills. Children cut and paste the animal to match its home.

 Download files here insha'Allaah:

- Homes Have Shapes Worksheet

If you would like to participate in Together We Read, we'd love to see what activity you did with your child (please leave a comment with the link to your Together We Read post insha'Allaah). You do not have to use the same book used in this post. The only requirement is that the book's contents not contradict any aspect of Islaam.
Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Postcard: Harf Yaa

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Alhamdulillaaah, here is the postcard for the letter Yaa:





Alhamdulillaah, this completes the postcards for the Arabic letters.
 
You can download all of the postcards in one file here insha'Allaah.
 
Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Postcard: Harf Waaw

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Alhamdulillaah, here is the postcard for the letter Waaw:




Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Postcard: Harf Ha

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Alhamdulillaah, here is the postcard for the letter Ha:



Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Postcard: Harf Laam

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Alhamdulillaah, here is the postcard for letter Laam:



Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Postcard: Harf Faa

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Alhamdulillaah, here is the postcard for the letter Faa:



Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Postcard: Harf Dthaa

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Alhamdulillaah, here is the postcard for the letter Dthaa:



Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Postcard: Harf Dhaad

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Alhamdulillaah, here is the postcard for the letter Dhaad:



Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Remaining Arabic Letter Postcards completed alhamdulillaah

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Alhamdulillaah, the remaining Arabic Letter Postcards have been completed. Insha'Allaah, they will be posted by Monday. Check Back!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Toddler Driver License

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Children ask for the funniest things! I was asked for car papers today. For toddlers? Hmm....


When folded each side shows the tot driver license and the tot's box registration

I put the papers into a plastic card holder so it looks "official"

Of course this license only entitles the holder to drive a box (smile) but that seemed to be exactly what was ordered.

If your tot would like papers, you can download them here insha'Allaah

Toddlers Driving.....Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Postcard: Harf Saad

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Alhamdulillaah, here is the postcard for the letter Saad:



Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February Book Selection for Together We Read

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته


 The book we will use for Together We Read: February is Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs



This story is a fun poem that teaches children about homes: how they are different for people and animals in regards to their shape, size, texture, etc. The story also highlights that homes are for playing in, sharing things with your family inside of them, and being safe and secure inside of them as well.

Insha'Allaah, we will incorporate ayaat from the Quran where Allaah mentions the homes of different animals and also where He mentions the homes of human beings. We will also include, insha'Allaah, some authentic ahadith wherein the Prophet (sallallaaahu alayhi wa salam) taught us about manners of entering and leaving the home, how to treat guests who come to your home, etc.

You can also find wonderful ideas to use with the book in this Castle, Caves and Honeycombs Activity Guide.

You can peek inside of the book here insha'Allaah:


Insha'Allaah, this book is available at your local libarary and you can also find it on Amazon.com



Insha'Allaah, I will post the activities on February 15th and I hope you will join us too! Remember, you do not have to use the same book. Pick any book your child(ren) may enjoy, sit down together and enjoy the reading. If you do any activities that you would like to share, there will be a linky that will allow you to do so insha'Allaah.

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

For Children to Ponder

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

This is just a quick saying/proverb that I thought up/wrote for children to ponder
(click on the smaller image/thumbnail to see the full size which is easier to read).


Enjoy insha'Allaah!
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