Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Quraan Centre Word Work: Surah Al-Kawthar Activities & Workbook

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 Alhamdulillaah, this is the word work for surah Al-Kawthar:

In this packet children go on a word hunt for post-it notes that have words from this surah on them. They also continue identifying letters in isolation, work on their handwriting and sort words from the surah. Also included in this pack are three boards that have three different words from the surah on them. These boards can be laminated and used for fine motor skill work with Play-Doe, or students can use dry-erase markers to colour them in, erase and colour again. Children have their workbook where they identify words from each ayah in the surah and more!

Insha'Allaah, your students/children benefit and enjoy this. Please note that all material on A Muslim Child is Born is copyrighted by Umm An-Nu'man unless otherwise noted. The files are not to be altered in any way, shape, form or fashion without prior written permission from Umm An-Nu'man. For complete information on the terms of use for all material on this blog, please take a moment to read the terms of use. Jazakum Allaahu Khayr. The file is available for download above or here insha'allaah. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Game ideas for 2 and 3 year olds

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These game ideas can be used when teaching concept development, pre-reading skills and other cognitive skills to 2/3 year old children. They can be used in the classroom as well as the homeschooling environment. 

Shadow Matching

This shadow matching game is a little more advanced than those commonly found on the Internet. The pictures in this game have a bit more dimension and are somewhat more complex in shape. When children have used and mastered the shadow matching game in this post, you may find that this game is a great next step. This game is not free and can be purchased and downloaded from this site insha'Allaah. There are 15 photographic images of objects and 15 silhouettes of the objects in the file.

Beginning Sounds game

This game idea is helpful when studying the letters and the sounds they make. It is also helpful when children begin identifying the beginning sounds they hear in words. The game also helps build students' vocabulary. The teacher/teacher-parent can introduce new and more complex words to children as the children study the alphabet. The teacher/teacher-parent sits with the child and tells him/her what the object is on each card (if the child needs this support) and the child, listening for the beginning sound in the word, places the card under the letter that represents the beginning sound he/she hears. The child is listening for the beginning sound in each word but in the process he/she will also acquire new words and expand his/her vocabulary insha'Allaah. You may wish to start with 1 or 2 letters (with object/word cards for each letter) only when playing this game and as students gain skill and confidence you can use 3-4 letters (and object/word cards). If laminated, this game can be used in your classroom each year and will, insha'Allaah, withstand student handling. 
Children self-correct with ease in this game which makes it ideal for learning centres. To confirm if they have placed the cards in the correct row, children simply turn the cards over one at a time and check to make sure the first letter - highlighted in red - is the same letter on the letter card at the top of the mat. Children do not need to know how to read to play this game.

Control of Error

The next game helps children work on concept development. 

What Goes Together Game

Children are presented cards and must decide which cards go together. This association is based on how we use objects and/or how objects are complimentary. The teacher/teacher-parent prepares cards that show objects that he/she is confident his/her students are familiar with and know the usage of (i.e. the object).  

One way this game can be used is: the teacher presents the lesson and may begin with four cards (i.e. two pairs of objects). For example, the teacher may present a card with a toothbrush, a card with a pair of socks, a card with a tube of toothpaste and a card with a pair of shoes. The teacher, simply and briefly, discusses with the child which objects go together and matches the cards accordingly. The teachers takes a minute to discuss why these objects go together and then he/she using the same cards and a new set of cards as well, invites the child to do the activity independently. 

Before explaining to the child why two cards go together, you may wish to allow the child to draw on his/her prior knowledge and work from there. So before telling him which objects go together and why, ask him/her which cards he/she thinks go together. Allow the child to match the cards. If they are incorrect do not immediately correct the child. Invite him/her to explain their reasoning for placing the two cards together. If it is indeed an error, discuss with the child the reasons the two cards do not go together and then show and discuss which cards actually go together and why.

Making your own set allows you to expand the set as needed. For example, you may start with a set that has 10 cards (5 sets) and end up with a game that has 15-20 cards (or more!).

Insha'Allaah, you find these ideas helpful and beneficial for your class/child(ren). 

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Quraan Centre Word Work: Surah Al-Kafiroon Activities & Workbook

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Alhamdulillaah, this is the word work for surah Al-Kafiroon.

In the workbook for surah Al-Kafiroon, children are introduced to begin identifying letters as they are represented in the beginning, middle and end of a word.  In the word work packet there is a word hunt, a movable Arabic alphabet activity that has two flashcards with words children are invited to spell using the movable alphabet, Arabic handwriting practice and more alhamdulillaah!

Insha'Allaah, your students/children benefit and enjoy this. Before downloading this file, please take a moment to read the terms of use for this and all resources on A Muslim Child is born (if you haven't alerady). Jazakum Allaahu Khayr. The file is available for download above or here insha'allaah.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Introduction to Tashkeel Game

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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. 

Insha'Allaah, your students/children benefit and enjoy this. Before downloading this file, please take a moment to read the terms of use for this and all resources on A Muslim Child is born. Jazakum Allaahu Khayr.  The file is available for download here insha'allaah.

Enjoy insha'Allaah!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Check it Out: I Spy With My Little Eye

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I Spy With My Little Eye is a book that is not only interactive but a teaching tool as well. Many children are familiar with the game of I Spy and in this book children enjoy that game in a new way. Peeking through die-cut holes, children are invited to guess which animal they will encounter on the next page. They are given a factual clue about the upcoming animal and when they turn the page they have a chance to confirm their guess ( a nice way to work on predicting skills with young children).

The text of the story is simple and catchy enough that children quickly learn the words. During your classroom or home storytime, you can invite children to choral read with you but do not be surprised if you find the book being read, with or without you, many times.

The last page of the book is quite impressive when you take time to consider what has been conveyed with a single picture. This time, do not be surprised if you find yourself saying "Subhana'Allaah" as you consider Allaah's Ability and Power.

The next time you're at your local library, check the shelf for I Spy With My Little Eye and if you find it....Check it Out insha'Allaah!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Quraan Centre Word Work: Surah An-Nasr Activities & Workbook

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Alhamdulillaah, this is the word work for Surah An-Nasr:

In this word work packet students have the workbook that they have become accustomed to. They also have word cards that the teacher/parent-teacher cuts in two and the students must rematch the cards to make the correct words from the Surah. There is also a flip book that is easy to assemble and comes with word cards with words from the surah and also blank word cards for teachers/parent-teachers to add more words later. With the flip book, the cards can be placed inside the book using Velcro or easy to remove tape to allow the cards to be changed easily. Students can play several games with the flip book to help them learn the words from the surah insha'allaah. There are tracing worksheets for students to practice their handwriting and more!

Enjoy insha'Allaah!


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