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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Shawwal: Arabic Immersion - sort of

We're keeping busy over here after Ramadan - I don't want to lose the momentum since we were so productive. I've tried to be mindful of our Arabic use in the house. A few days ago I was asked what I am using to learn and teach Arabic and admittedly, I'm not tied down to one resource. MashaALLAH, I've been given a lot of resources over the past few years and I am doing my best to take the really crucial parts from each. You can take a look at some of them and decide for yourself if you would find any of them useful. There are so many different Arabic learning materials out there, AlhamduLILLAH and I have only now discovered that you can buy them all but if you don't use them in your every day life, you won't learn Arabic!

AlhamduLILLAH, we are finally starting to use it here and there. Actually carry on tiny, baby-like conversations, lol. The kids learned how to say their colors, so for practice, I ask them to bring me something of a particular color in Arabic and they run off to find random objects. It's sort of like a mini scavenger hunt and they love to compete with one another.

A book that I am finding really useful is The Usborne First Thousand Words in Arabic. It's a quick resource when I need to know the name of a household object or something in the yard, etc. It doesn't replace a dictionary or my 501 Arabic Verbs, but it's nice to have around, especially with all of the illustrations. I found it used on Amazon for about $8.

I'm also using Al Arabia Bain Yadaik - Arabic Between Your Hands and Rosetta Stone Homeschool Arabic. We recently started reading (myself included) the Scholastic Arabic grade 1 books as well.

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I'm also using Arabic in our daily maths. These are pages from Saxon Math I that I use with my son.

It is fall. Almost


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We use it in our calendars and we've filled out the hundreds board as well. Sorry if there are mistakes. We put it up before I could thoroughly check it over, lol.

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Hundreds Board

A little at a time, we are using it. I also ask them things like what is your name, how old are you, where are you from, body parts, etc.

You can visit Maha too. She's a Palestinian Christian Arab who tutors online in many languages.



Maria also has quite a few videos. She helped us learn our numbers and seasons.




The only real advice that I can give is stick with it. As you remember things and begin to use it regularly, it will be less daunting and become fun :) InshaALLAH.

Oh, and before I forget, you can always use Arabic Keyboard too. It helps me translate all of those first grade readers when I get stuck, ;)

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