Sunday, October 23, 2011

Worksheets (Space and Autumn)

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Here is a space phonics worksheet. Children who are becoming readers listen to the words being said (children who are beginning readers read them if they are able) and circle the letter that represents the beginning sound they hear.

Click on the picture for better view insha'Allaah 

And a little Autumn math worksheet:

Certain numbers are missing in the sequence in each row. Children cut out the acorn numbers on the bottom of the worksheet and glue them in the correct space.

 Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Space and then back to Earth insha'Allaah

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

The unit on transportation took a turn and led to an exploration of space alhamdulillaah. From here, it's back to earth to explore the desert and learn about how the Prophet - salllaallahau alayhi wa salam- traveled from place to place. And this will lead into Hajj insha'Allaah. 

Here are snippets from the transportation unit as it lead into space:

 Math work included number puzzles and patterning
(click on the pictures for larger view insha'Allaah)

Language Arts included Montessori 3-part cards and many storytimes about space.
In this packet there are about 9 cards (cards with words, cards without words and words only) for children to work with. Also inside of this packet is a mini-reader for students about space. You can download the book here insha'Allaah (Arabic only).

Download Space 3-part cards (Arabic only) here insha'Allaah

For a tutorial on how to make the pockets (the pocket is about 14cm x 13cm) to store Montessori 3-part cards visit this website insha'Allaah.

Language Arts also included a workbook about space 
(the workbook is about 26cm x 19.5 cm). 

Children complete the sentence: "This is..." by cutting out and gluing the correct word based on the picture on the page. There are 6 pages of this nature. Also included in the workbook is a page for students to draw a line to match the word to the correct picture, count the number of space objects and trace over the number (not pictured), a space words memory game (stored in the zip-lock bag on the inside cover of the workbook), and glued to the inside back cover of the workbook are ayaat from Surah Ash-Shams. Students listen to the teacher/parent recite the ayaat and when they hear one of the words that have been studied in this unit, they highlight the word using a highlighter.

It was enjoyable to watch the transportation unit move from the ground to the sky. The interest in space was very evident and each activity was either asked for or done with joy alhamdulillaah. But as al-Hajj is upon us alhamdulillaah, it is time to head back to Earth and visit the desert insha'Allaah.

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Check it Out: Kitten's Winter

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Author Eugenie Fernandes has written three other books about a little kitten and its adventures on the farm: Kitten's Spring, Kitten's Summer, and Kitten's Autumn. All are books that young readers, ages 4-8, may genuinely enjoy. And the newest book, Kitten's Winter, is just as well done as the other books in this series.

The mixed media collage illustrations invite exploration and the rhyming, bouncy text is wonderful for young readers. Children learn about the different sleeping habits of different animals in the winter and they also see how different animals forage during these cold, snowy months. Children will also learn about different behaviours of animals during the winter while they romp along with Kitten on a frosty winter day on the farm. 

You may wish to check the shelves at your local library for Kitten's Winter and insha'Allaah, your preschooler or kindergartener will enjoy the winter as much as Kitten. 

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

DYI: Preschool Geometry Game

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

This is a little game that I thought up for math the centre:

The game is a geometry game and also helps children work on visual dexterity skills insha'Allaah.

 This is the game board before play
 The little box is attached to the board. Inside the sticks children will need to build each shape are stored
 The children place a shape card on the black square with the side showing them how many sticks they will need. They remove the indicated number of sticks from the wooden box.
 They turn the card over and it shows them which shape they will be building insha'Allaah
 Here the shape has been built
There are a total of seven shape cards, all of which can be built with the mini Popsicle sticks.
The shapes children will build are: Rhombus, Rectangle, Square, Diamond, Triangle, and a second Rhombus from a different angle.

What was used to make the game:
  1. Old puzzle - pieces removed and board flipped over
  2. Piece of sandpaper glued to the puzzle board
  3. Small wooden box affixed to the puzzle board
  4. Mini-Popsicle sticks
  5. Small pieces of felt to attach to the back of each stick
  6. Piece of black construction paper cut into fourths and affixed to the board
  7. Shape cards
  8. Glue 
  9. Glue stick (to glue the shape cards together)
The Mini-Popsicle sticks have felt attached to their backs so that they will stick to the sandpaper but still be easy to remove. This is to help children focus on building the shape without the distraction of the pieces moving around but if they need to modify their work, the sticks can easily be removed from the sandpaper insha'Allaah. Everything that the child needs to begin building the shape is located on the child's right hand side to reinforce right to left directionality (for reading and writing). It would be reversed for children learning in English. I purposely did not add an element of trying to see who can build the shape the fastest or the one who does so wins as I would like children to feel free to build visual dexterity at their own pace. 

Reflections after use: After introducing the game and showing how to use it, if the mini-Popsicle sticks were painted red ( the colour of the shapes on each card), maybe it would help some students see the shape easier in their mind and duplicate the shape on the board. Waallaahu a'lam.

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mini-Book error

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Alhamdulillaah, a dear sister brought it to my attention that one of the pictures in the Mini-book "Where is Allaah" may inadvertently lead young children to think that Allaah is in the clouds....astagfirullaah. Therefore the link to this book has temporarily been removed while I change the picture. For those who have downloaded and used this book, please explain to children that Allaah is not in the clouds. La hawla wa la quwatta ila billaah


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