Friday, October 26, 2007

Learning Arabic

Assalam alykom:

My son Nour who is eleven and my daughter Muryam who is nine can read write and speak Arabic fluently. Now, is the time to teach my daughter Zaynab who is five and my daughter Faatimah who is three. Even though I am American, I have been blessed to be able to speak, read and write Arabic. I speak formal Arabic and it was my wonderful husband who taught me. I can teach the children myself, until they reach the level of needing the grammar. This is where I have never been able to excel, yet! However, I am not giving up. As far as teaching the young ones, this is how I began. We start about four years of age just recognizing the letters and their sounds. This lovely sister has a great site for manipulatives. I have used many things on this site. After they are able to recognize the letters and the sound of the letters, we began writing the letters and using words that began with each letter. This is what I will concentrate on for most of the year. Arabic has many curves in the letters and this will take a great of practice for the child to master it. Probably towards the end of this year, I will start to introduce the Tashqueel. This is the Fatah, Dumah and Kaserah sound for each letter. Next year, I will start to work on the letters when they are in different positions in the word.

The notebook pictured above is a composition book for early years. I just draw a picture in it of the letter, and she practices writing the letter. Here are letters that I printed out from sister Sumayyah's site. I printed the clip art from Microsoft. I printed two pictures of each sound of a letter. We use it as a memory game or just matching letter sounds. I laminated them before I cut them all up to preserve them longer.

Here is a connect the dots using the Arabic alphabet. I just drew it myself first and then erased the lines.

Here is the finished picture that Zaynab did.

Here is another worksheet that I made Zaynab. I just typed the letters out and then used clip art to match a picture that has the beginning sound. If anyone would like me to email this one, just send me an email, and I will be more than happy to send it.


Latifah said...

Assalamu alaikum sister:

Is really amazing to open the web and find all this thing to teach our kids arabic, math, etc. Well I justa to send me this worksheet. Pls to teach my baby, his name is Hassana allhamdulillah. He has 3 years and a half and he dont recognize the letters yet.
Well inshaAllah you can send me.

wa assalamu alaikum...


Um Nour/Hollie Moore said...

Assalm alykom sister:

Send me your email. I will email you a worksheet. You can send it through my contact form on the side bar.

Anonymous said...

assalamu alaikum
masha allah really amazing.could u pls send me some worksheets so that i can teach my son.hez 3 years old and he recognise all arabic alphabets

Anonymous said...

al salam alaikum-

how did your husband teach you? Did he use a book?

Um Nour/Hollie Moore said...

Asslam alykom:

My husband first started with me when my son was born. Everything I needed to say to my baby I asked my husband. Eventually my vocabulary increased. We really did not use to many books. I just learned to read and write in a notebook. My husband only spoke to me in the formal Arabic, and this is what I learned. My grammar is still pretty bad, but I can communicat pretty good. I can read and write and I can understand the T.v., lectures and Quran. Keep in mind, I do not understand every word, but I usually get the main idea of what is going on.

umm,muhammad said...

masha allah, very interesting

Seema said...

Assalmualaikum, I homesch my 4 yr old son and I would looooove to have all these wonderful arabic worksheet/ ideas inshaAllah. Please do send me any ideas for islamic edu. for kids inshaallah.

Ahmed Aburatam said...

Assalamu 'alaikum.

Wonderful what you have achieved, ma-sha-Allah. I have been speaking only standard Arabic to my 18 month daughter Amal since she was in the womb. Sad, that most practising Muslim Arabs choose to speak their colloqial languages to their children, when it is so much easier to pick up colloquial Arabic after learning standard Arabic than the other way around, let alone the immense benefit of speaking the language of the Qur'an and the Prophet ('alaihis-salatu was-salam).

Incidentally, the terms are FAT'HAH, DAMMAH, KASRAH and TASHKIL.


gazala said...


I am from India and a mother of a 6 year old girl. While my daughter goes to a Convent school, and learns to read Arabic/Quran at home, I really wish that I could teach her to learn the Arabic language entirely with understanding and not just reading.

Can you please advise me how I can do it myself at home? considering that I am also not very well-versed with the language (I can only read the Quran and understand very elementary Arabic).

Jazakallah Khair

S Aamina said...

mashaAllah, this is very inspiring. I am also teaching my children proper Arabic after learning it over the past few years. My children are 4 and 2, and can converse with me ok. I have been looking for fun resources to help them to recognize letters and words and had only come across the Yemeni site. I like your ideas! Instead of us newbies doing it all from scratch, if you could keep as much of your work available, for ex. the microsoft pictures, there are many who could benefit, and you will get the ajr. Please send me any worksheets and links! Also, have you found proper Arabic online shows/programs for kids? Please respond
to may Allah bless you.