In the world of homeschooling or even just parenting, who doesn’t love great resources that are interactive, colourful and make learning fun for our kids? In the Muslim Homeschooling World (or not), many of us may decide to teach our children Arabic, whether as a language or in order to read the Qur’an. You may have heard me talk about Gambian Mommy resources for a while now in my Tuesday Teaching Tips series on Arabic language learning with Yomna from @happyhomelearning. I highly recommend them. I wanted to interview and get insight into the Gambian Mommy I have got to know over the years. Her passion for teaching Arabic to her daughter and creating Arabic resources for non-native Arabs like myself is just inspiring. So I wanted Gambian Mommy herself to give you all an insight into her resources and next steps for Arabic Series III. Here’s what Gambian Mommy had to say when I asked her the following questions:
Which is your own favourite resource you have created so far?
What is your vision in teaching Arabic to your child?
I’d love for her (and all my kids) to love and have a personal connection with the language! I am hoping she will become fluent in the language and if not, at least the love I have instilled in her for the language will cause her to yearn to be fluent and more conversant with the language, that way, when she reads the Qur’an she will not find it difficult, but will enjoy it and have a thirst for it!
Can you give more insight into the resource packets you have created?
I try to create resources by focusing on skills that are important in learning the language, my resources are always created based on research. So for example the first series, Arabic Alphabet Series I
includes the following skills necessary for first exposure, skills that are important to learn from the get go.
1. Letter formation: these packets focus on learning how each letter is formed in non-traditional ways, it includes a lot of hands on activities and can be used in sensory or art play.
2. Handwriting: next stop is handwriting, following learning letter formation, naturally the next stop is handwriting.
3. Letter recognition: by this stage learners should be able to recognize their letters among a group of letters.
4. Beginning Sounds: and of course these packets focus on phonics, an essential skill in learning to read, especially learning to read Arabic which is a phonetic language!
The second series, Arabic Alphabet Series II
which teaches the contextual nature of the Arabic letters has the following skill sets:
1. Visual teaching aids: makes teaching a breeze when there’s a source of reference for you and your kids to refer to whiles explaining how the letters change based on their position! My absolute favorite is the Hound Charts as each section highlights what the letter looks like as it moves from beginning to ending.
2. Phonemic awareness: one of those skills that you can’t miss teaching out on! I taught my kid phonemic awareness in our English Language lessons and she picked up on phonics and reading super fast Allahuma barik lahu! So I had to add that here! In case you are wondering what phonemic awareness is, it is the ability to hear, identify and manipulate sounds and that is why the resources in these set contain only images for kids to listen for and identify where the sounds are in a word!
3. Phonics: being able to link letter sounds to their written forms is another important aspect of reading so I added a couple of resources to deal with that
4. Recognition/Recall: What does a letter look like in the beginning of a word? What about the middle and ending? One of my faves in this skill set is the Flap Books, the words are not connected and are written in there isolated form, so little learners will have to recall what they have learnt and write the word out correctly using the correct letter forms! I absolutely love this packet (and yes I should have added it to my faves)
5. Beginning Reading: contains some of my favorite resources and if you are teaching harakat (short vowels), you can add these to your lessons.
6. Writing: a language pack is not complete without handwriting/writing as writing plays a vital role in helping kids be better at reading… so if we want our kids to be better at reading the Quran we cannot teach the Arabic language sans handwriting and a lot of the time that is the mistake we make as we assume we are only going to read the Qur’an and not write it, but fact of the matter is kids learn to write better by reading and learn to read better by writing so phonics cannot and should not be taught in isolation.
Where are you moving to next in your Arabic resources series?
I am currently working on the Arabic Alphabet Series III, the third and final series in the Arabic Alphabet Series inshaaAllah. It will focus on learning those special letters/sounds that are not part of the 28 letters of the Arabic Alphabet such as taa marboota, alif maqsoora, laaa-alif, hamza (other forms), alif (is no longer included in Series I & II as it does not occur at the beginning of a word) etc.
Letters that we see a lot of in the Quran but are not taught these letters usually and learning and knowing their sounds are also absolutely vital in learning to read the Quran
Here’s a sneak peak of what’s inside the Taa Marboota Pack! (Cover page, All About Taa Poster and Taa Sentence Puzzles which is used together with a sound card to differentiate the fact that taa marboota has two sounds)
How can anyone access your resources?
Here’s the link to my TpT store: GambianMommy Tpt store
. I am currently having a BOGOF (Buy One Get One free on any resource, including bundles, of equal or lesser value) for the month of Ramadan!
So there you have a fab range of Arabic resources aimed at those teaching and learning Arabic as a second language.
For more on our own Arabic Teaching Tips series click here.
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