ALIF Arabic letter crafts for Pre-schoolers

We are close to ending our journey of English letter crafts. During the process, I found crafting has helped my kids learn their letters and phonics so much faster. It turned out that my kids are so engrossed and engaged in crafting the letters that they are automatically learning them.

This discovery has made me wondered if I could do the same with Arabic letters too? and then maybe with Urdu letters – since I want to raise bilingual or maybe trilingual kids insha Allah – teaching them multiple languages would be much easier once they have a good grasp of their letters.

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Letters Crafting has also helped them gain their vocabulary. My kids are always asking for the urdu/arabic/english alternative word of things, and they are learning them very quickly too. Continue reading

Harbouring Hobbies.

My article for the Muslimah Bloggers.

Holiday

It’s not just your name; a lot of things, if not everything, change when you get married. Sometimes even as much as your whole outlook on life, your idea about yourself, your priorities, your dreams, your goals, your career aspirations in addition to the change in relationships and circumstances and homes and lifestyles! Allah o Akbar.

And in the pursuits of settling in a new home, learning to live life with a new human being, even giving birth and nurturing more human beings, and all the mayhem marrying and the consequences of marrying bring, us women, somehow forget that once upon a time, we used to be our own idiosyncratic individuals ourselves. We used to don our own colors with pride and carried a soul wild with our passions and desires.

In raising families, many women often neglect the most important thing – taking care of themselves and pursing their own interests. Even if they had hobbies before, they think that now that they are married, they don’t have the time, the energy, the desire or even the need to have a hobby. Continue reading

Letter N Crafts

Last week we did letter N crafts, Kids loved the night, abi made a separate Night craft as well. Ib (of course) loved the hammer the most (N for Nail craft)!Toddler & Preschoolers Letter N Crafts (9)

What I have begun loving about these craft series is that kids love to go back to all the crafts and read them, since we are doing phonics these days Abi is practicing phonics with our Letter-craft-book that we made ourselves. She even loves to teach it to her younger sib pretending that she is the teacher, and he loves it all already too 🙂

I can’t wait to put up my energies and do rest of the letter crafts and also begin our Arabic letter Crafts too.  Continue reading

DIY Touch & Feel Arabic letters

One of my favorite Montessori pre-writing activities were sand letters, or for that matter, any touch & feel letters. These are incredible tools because they guide the child’s finger onto themselves enabling the child to grasp the shape of a letter which will help him/her recognize letters and then write them.

But they were expensive! so I thought of trying few methods of making my own touch and feel letters. Here are the first type of Arabic Touch and feel Letters:

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