Saturday, June 26, 2010

Creating a Print Rich Environment: Camels and the Arabic Alphabet

Assalamu alaikum,

"A print rich classroom is one in which children interact with many forms of print including signs, labeled centers, wall stories, word displays, labeled murals, bulletin boards, charts, poems and other printed material."
U.S. Department of Education

*Post Updated - Files Added Alhamdulillah*

The importance of a print rich environment is essential to help children build pre-reading skills that are necessary to go on to become fluent, proficient, strong readers insha'Allah. For toddlers, the alphabet is one of the first things that they begin to learn on their road to becoming readers.

As we continue our summer enjoying ourselves with quality literature, I've been thinking of ways to introduce more print into the environment (visually) insha'Allah. I made this...what do you call it when there is a long line of animals trekking across the desert? I forget...well I made this to help on the road to learning the Arabic alphabet insha'Allah.

I had to back up far enough to get the entire line of camels
The lead camel ends his journey at the Ka'aba and they started their journey across our wall at these two palm trees (all of the letters are not shown in the close-up).

This little procession - that's what it's called yes? - is at eye level but just high enough that little hands won't tear the camels off of the wall insha'Allah. I placed it in the area where most of our read alouds are done but where it is also visible from most parts of the room insha'Allah. I think this can be converted later on to a bulletin board insha'Allah; sandy background, sun in the sky, a few clouds. What do you think?

Here are the files I used to make this: Alphabet Camels (Medium Size w/ Ka'aba included); Alphabet Camels Large (no Ka'bab); Palm Trees.

Enjoy insha'Allah!


  1. It's really a beautiful as well as interesting way to display the Arabic letter. I'll have to stick to my little poster until we get a more dedicated learning space for the kids. Thank you for all your great ideas.

  2. As Salaamu Alaykum,
    Na'am what a great idea for a bulletin board!Are you planning on offering the printable? The camels are they a bit small or are they larger than shown in the pic? I would love some larger camels with alphabet in them insha Allah *wink* As always, loving your ideas!~ Masha Allah

  3. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

    They look smaller in the picture b/c I had to back up so far to get the whole line. But....hehe...I will take another picture to show you the scale and if you want larger camels than no problem insha'Allah. Jazakillahu Khayr! *smile*

    I'll put the printable up when you let me know if you would like the camels larger insha'Allah.


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