This file folder game is used along side an audio program for children that introduces at-tashkeel but can be used independently as well (i.e. teacher/parent-teacher speaking).
How it works: Three blank white squares are glued/placed as shown above or in a manner you feel is best (i.e. you put the dhumma between the fatha and kesra). The cards showing فتحة (fatha),كسرة (kesra) and ضمّة dhumma are glued/placed in their proper positions. The alphabet cards are stored in the envelope below. Depending on which letter is being studied, the teacher/parent-teacher may choose to place only that letter in the envelope.
The teacher/parent-teacher prepares the audio program (i.e. CD recording, computer program, etc.) for the child(ren). When the child hears the letter with a particular tashkeel, he/she places the letter on the correct white box below or above the correct tashkeel. An example:
The letter being studied is: ن
Audio Recording or Teacher/Parent-Teacher: "Noon kesra nee".
The child moves the noon letter card to the correct square.
The child goes through the sequence placing the letter in the correct box for each harakaat/tashkeel, repeating as often as needed until it is mastered. This mastery may take a few or several sessions, depending on the child.
Because this is introductory, each letter is represented once only (i.e. there are not three cards for each letter. There is one letter noon and the child physically moves the letter around as needed). To help the child focus on the tashkeel and how it affects the letter, they move the one card and are not distracted with seeing one letter two or three times. This also helps the child focus on correctly identifying which harakaat they need to produce the sound they have just heard. If, for example, there are already two cards showing the letter noon on the fatha and the dumma spaces and the teacher says, "Noon kesra nee", the child sees only one box available and will automatically put it there. This may not give the teacher an accurate picture of the child's level of mastery of this particular task. Having three empty boxes at all times allows the child to take time to think about which box they need to place the letter in to represent the sound they have just heard.