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Sunday, September 26, 2010
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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.
I'm also using Arabic in our daily maths. These are pages from Saxon Math I that I use with my son.
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.
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, ;)
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
MashaALLAH, this sister is so creative and I love these links that she sent to me. I haven't tried teaching embroidery yet but my eldest might be interested since she's crafty. My middle daughter has spent quite some time dressing up her Muslimah.When you go to this link, just click on the picture to start, InshaALLAH.
AlhamduLILLAH, it has turned out to be quite a productive Ramadan. The decorations were set up, thanks to all of the sisters who have contributed to Islamic Bulletin Boards, including Umm Abdul Basir's good deed stars and a family portrait, lol. We quickly ran out of room for the stars, MashaALLAH since everyone was eager to outdo one another in good deeds. The mosque is the same one from Sister Farhana's blog, scroll down to "Mosque money box".
For the stars, we cut up recyclable food boxes and covered them with aluminum foil. Then I punched a hole in the top and added string.
We also began a new surah and reviewed those that were already learned. It's amazing what the younger children have picked up just by listening. They can almost recite as well as the oldest, MashaALLAH and they haven't had any formal lessons yet. Right now, we're working on Suratal Fajr, we have just a few more ayat to go, InshaALLAH.
We hardly dealt with our secular studies this month as we filled the time with more Arabic. However, we did make rain gauges to monitor the precipitation and we were so surprised by the amount of rainfall that we've had. Even before this weekend's storm, our gauges were almost to the top.
The older children worked on the verb forms and conjugated various words. They caught on quickly, MashaALLAH, as I remember it being quite a while before I could do it from memory.
I had a request for the Arabic pictures that we have hanging on our clothesline. I guess my brain wasn't working at the time, but I will try to scan those and make them available soon, InshaALLAH.If you're interested, you can visit Digital Dialects and play some Arabic language games too.
In addition to all this, my mother and nephew paid us a visit!
Edited to add: if you would like to print this alphabet bunting, go here. I may change it to "Eid Mubarak" tonight if I remember.
We hadn't seen them since last year and this was the first time that we celebrated Ramadan in the presence of any non-Muslim family members. I have to say, it was tougher to fast this time because we were out a lot and that took a lot of patience since there were so many excited children, lol. The Ukhti three doors down was kind enough to invite us all over and she cooked a great meal for us, MashaALLAH.
I hope that you all are enjoying these last moments of Ramadan and that you are taking advantage of this special time, InshaALLAH. Make du'a for us and InshaALLAH I will be making it for all of you as well. There are a few sisters who have emailed me and I apologize for taking so long to get back to you, I just haven't had the patience to do much concerning the blog during this time. InshaALLAH I will get back to you soon. Oh and from all of us,