Thursday, April 28, 2011

Arabic Letter Identification Cards (Beginning, Middle and End Positions)

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A sister requested more cards to add to the set from this post. Dear sis, here are 8 more cards to add to the existing cards. If you need more than this please let me know. It may be a few weeks before I can upload more but insha'Allaah, for the sake of Allaah, I will be happy to do so. 

These cards are used with children who have a firm grasp of the Arabic alphabet and are ready to begin identifying them in their initial, medial and end positions insha'Allaah. Using a do-a-dot marker or a plastic chip, children indicate which letter is highlighted in red. 

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Who is Allaah? (Book 1)

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Alhamdulillaah, here is Book # 1 that compliments the Preschool Islamic Studies curriculum used by sis Umm Maimoonah. The book is called, "Who is Allaah?". This book was not originally done because sis Umm Maimoonah had already completed week 1 of her curriculum before this idea was born. For those who have looked for it, I apologize for the delay.
In this book children learn who Allaah is. They also learn two more of His Most Beautiful Names, and they learn about the vowels in English and the question mark. They have a chance to trace Arabic and English letters and more! 

Enjoy insha'Allaah! 

A side note: A sister emailed me a version of this book that she did. Dear sis, I have not had the chance to open that email and see the book but as soon as I am able I will most certainly do so with pleasure insha'Allaah. Jazakillaahu Khayr!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Allaah Gives Me Sickness and Cure (Book 14)

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Innal Alhamdalillaah, here is book #14 that corresponds to the Preschool Islamic Studies Curriculum used by sis Umm Maimoonah. The book is called "Allaah Gives Me Sickness and Cure".
In this book children learn that the sickness and the cure are from Allaah Alone. They learn the dua' that one says when feeling pain in the body, they have fun making new words and doing "Band-aide" math, and they learn two more of Allaah's Beautiful Names, plus more alhamdulillah!

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Posting Slow Down

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Due to current demands on my schedule, posting on A Muslim Child is Born will be a bit slower than usual. Insha'Allaah, I will resume posting the Islamic Studies Books soon as well as other activities.

If you have recently emailed me, please accept my apology for the time it is taking to respond. Insha'Allaah, as my schedule resettles, I will do my best to answer all emails.

Jazakum Allaahu Khayran

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Aqeedah Activity for Preschool (Part 4)

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Working with the sentence:

وَ هُوَ الَّذِي يُنَزِّلُ الْمَطَرَ وَيَرْزُقُ عِبَادَهُ وَيُعَافِيهِمْ وَيَسْتَحِقُّ أَنْ يُعْبَدَ وَحْدَهُ

{And He is the One Who sends down the rain and provides for His slaves and protects them and He deserves to be worshiped Alone.}

The following activities can be done insha'Allaah:

First, children listen to the teacher/parent read ayah number 11 from Surah An-Nahl:

 هُوَ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً ۖ لَّكُم مِّنْهُ شَرَابٌ وَمِنْهُ شَجَرٌ فِيهِ تُسِيمُونَ
{He it is Who sends down water (rain) from the sky; from it you drink and from it (grows) the vegetation on which you send your cattle to pasture.}

After a brief discussion about how the rain that Allaah sends down provides food for us by His Mercy and Permission, and how much of this food can be grown in gardens, children 4 years and older can make this garden activity (and children 4 and under can glue the raindrops into the scene after an adult draws the garden scene for them).

Using a paper plate, children draw a garden that has different vegetables and fruits. They then glue (or draw) rain clouds and rain drops into the scene.

 The gate/fence is done using construction paper and is not glued directly onto the garden scene, instead it is glued around the edge of the paper plate. Children can place cards in this little pocket that show different types of foods that are grown in gardens or you can make cards that have different ad'iya (pl. of dua') on them that relate to rain, and thanking Allaah for our food. It can then be hung on the wall insha'Allaah. 

Here are a few ad'iya related to rain that can be used: 

Supplication for rain: 

اللّهُمَّ أغِثْنـا، اللّهُمَّ أغِثْنـا، اللّهُمَّ أغِثْنـا.
Allahumma aghithna, allahumma aghithna, allahumma aghithna.
‘O Allah, relieve us, O Allah, relieve us, O Allah, relieve us.’

Supplication during rain:
اللّهُمَّ صَيِّـباً نافِـعاً .
Allahumma sayyiban nafiAAa.
‘O Allah, may it be a beneficial rain cloud.’

Supplication after the rain:
مُطِـرْنا بِفَضْـلِ اللهِ وَرَحْمَـتِه.
Mutirna bifadlil-lahi warahmatih.
‘We have been given rain by the grace and mercy of Allah.’

For the part of the phrase/sentence, "and He protects them and He deserves to be worshiped alone" you can talk with children about what type of clothing we wear and the things we need when it rains (i.e. raincoat, galoshes, umbrella, etc. and how Allaah has given us these things to protect us from the elements (i.e. weather) and we should remember that it is Allaah alone that deserves to be worshiped. We were unable to do this section of the activities but if you have a template of clothes worn in rainy weather, there are several activities you can do with your child(ren) insha'Allaah.

The next activity is a math activity: students work on sorting using umbrella mats and raindrops. Different colour raindrops are presented and then children sort the raindrops and place them on the appropriate umbrella mat based on colour.

 When done, children return the mats and raindrops to the basket and then return the basket to the appropriate shelf.

An art activity: Continuing with the part of the sentence that says, "And He is the One who sends down the rain...", children learn about the ways we keep ourselves from getting wet when it rains. You can invite children to make umbrellas.

Using construction paper, a dowel, a hot glue gun (teacher/parent only), and stickers, children can easily make these umbrellas insha'Allaah. For older toddlers and kindergarten students, you can invite them to decorate their umbrellas with markers or crayons (and even paint) before it is assembled. For young toddlers, they seem to enjoy the fun with stickers.

Next, the hard work begins. Well, not really... maybe it's fun work.

First, I put together an umbrella puzzle. You can find these type of puzzles easily on the Internet alhamdulillaah and they are very simple to make. Children around 2.5 years old can begin to complete these puzzles with accuracy insha'Allaah.

The pieces are mounted on very sturdy cardboard to withstand (as much as possible) frequent toddler handling. In the lower right hand corner there is a picture of the umbrella so children can check their work afterward to make sure they assembled the puzzle correctly insha'Allaah. 

 Piecing the puzzle together in progress.

I later added two other puzzles for increased challenge and/or variation:

I chose a fruit and vegetable to go along with the garden that was made.

Then, after reading aloud the book A Closer Look, I had the idea to have an activity that encourages children to guess.
 This activity uses the same concept from this post.
The raindrops inside of each envelope are not in sequential order, they are in random spots so that children may work on guessing and not say the numbers in order because they realize the raindrops follow the 1-10 sequence. 

Before the child opens an envelope, which is kept closed with little Velcro circles, they guess how many raindrops are inside of the envelope. Then they open the envelope and confirm their guess by counting each raindrop to see the actual number. You may notice that there are 11 envelopes and not 10; there is an envelope for 'zero'  to help reinforce children's understanding of this number.

The last activity is also a math activity and is for younger toddlers or older toddlers who are working on 1:1 correspondence. 

Using this little book, toddlers use confetti, glitter, crayons, or other art materials to colour in the rain drops on each page. The book covers the numbers 1-5.

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Allaah Hears Everything (Book 13)

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Alhamdulillaah, here is book # 13 that compliments sister Umm Maimoonah's preschool Islaamic Studies Curriculum. The book is called, "Allaah Hears Everything".

In this mini-book children learn that Allaah hears all things through a story from the Qur'aan. Children are then given several activities to do that involve learning about our sense of hearing. They are also introduced to decibels and learn how the ear can be damaged by being exposed to things that have decibels over a certain level. There is handwriting practice and children learn two more of Allaah's Most Beautiful Names.

If you find any mistakes in this, or any of the books, please contact me so that I may correct the error insha'Allaah. Jazakum Allaahu Khayran!

Enjoy insha'Allaah!


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