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Arabic Studies

Kindergarten

Age group: 4-5

Main Focus:  To acquaint the students with introductory Arabic letters, their sounds and basic shapes.  Simple words and grammar will be presented as well.

Learning Abilities: Limited to simple commands and instructions. Memorization is generally limited if it is not reinforced in different ways. Understanding of complex concepts is severely limited.

Formats to Avoid: Do not structure the class into a lecture format with a lot of note-taking or pencil work. Do not make memorization of words the main focus of the instruction.

Preferred Format: Oral drills coupled with practice exercises are a must.  Grammar can be practiced in simple dialogues.  Large ruled paper will aid in writing practice.

   In this grade, it is preferable that Arabic and Islamic Studies should be taught by the same teacher, in the same class, as an integrated subject. Unfortunately, for KG, there isn't any one book a teacher can use as a single "textbook" published yet. In this situation, then, several different materials will have to be incorporated. Each text listed can be used in sequence with each other. The teacher will give the lesson, based on the knowledge requirements they choose. Homework or classroom activities can be drawn from these books.

 

Primary Textbook

Sail Through With Arabic Letters

(IQRA)

Enrichment

Chart of Arabic Letters

(IQRA)

Primary Textbook

Arabic Letters Activity Book

(IQRA)

Enrichment

Large-size foam Arabic letters

(Teacher created)

Secondary Textbook

Arabic Numerals Coloring Books

(IQRA)

Enrichment

1.  My First Word Book
2.  Spot's First Walk
3.  Spot Goes to School

(Astrolabe)

Teacher Resource

IQRA Kindergarten Curriculum

(IQRA)

Nasheed (Songs)

Al Tuffel al Baher
Nasheed al Mustaqbal
Nabaa' al Hub

(Noorart)

Arabic Knowledge Requirements

1. Know how to pronounce and write the letters of the Arabic Alphabet.

2. Be able to pronounce the sounds correctly.

3. Be familiar with the shapes of the letters and how to join them to other letters.

4. Know basic Islamic phrases that will be taught throughout the year.

A.  Al humdulillah: Praise Allah.

B.  Shukran: Thank You.

C.  Afwan: You're welcome

D.  Allahu Akbar: Allah is Greater.

E.  La ilaha illallah: There is no god but Allah.

F.  Min Fadlik:  Please.

G.  Jazakullah:  Allah reward you.


5. Vocabulary:

A.  The names of fifteen nouns related to the Qur'an.  (Kitab: book, Youm: day, Alee: family, Jannah: Heaven, Nas: people, Talib: Student, Waraqa: paper, Madrasah: school, Qalam: pen, Bayt: house.  Ab: father, Umm: mother, Layl: Night, Baab: door, Kursee: chair.)

B.   Ten verbs.  (Hadar: to come.  Katab: to write. Arsal: to send.  Sa'al: to ask.  Ja'a: to come.  Sharab: to drink.   Akal: to eat.  Habb: to love.  Dhahab: to go.)

C.   The numbers up to ten.

D.   The prepositions: Eelaa (to), Maan (who), Fee (in), Ma'a (with), Hadha (this- masc.), Hadhahi (this- fem.).

E.   The interrogative: Hal (are ___?).  The declaratives: La, Na'am.  (No, Yes).  "Al" for "the".  "Wa" for "and".  Kayfa: "how".

F.   The pronouns for I, you- masc., you- fem., We, Him, Her. (Ana, anta, anti, nahnu, Huwa, Heya),

G.   Simple past tense use of verbs.  (Dhahaba eelaal Madrasah: He went to the school.)  How to form all the above things into simple sentences.

H.  Simple suffixes: Tu (I), A (he), At (she), Naa (we) and how to attach them to verbs.  (i.e. Darasa: he studied.  Darastu: I studied, Darasat: she studied.  Darasnaa: we studied, etc...)

I.  Don't bother with nunation (tanwin) or other detailed rules at this level, except with those brighter students and only on an individual level.   Remember, they're just learning so constant simple drills are needed.   Also, you the teacher, must be seen speaking Arabic phrases at least once a day with other teachers.  (Who also need the practice!)

J.  The following adjectives:  Bekhair: Good.  Tayyib: Fine.  Farhaan: Happy. 

6. Simple questions and answers relating to introductory conversation.

7. Minimum vocabulary: 25 words, 10 types of questions and answers.  (Kayf haluka/i? How are you?  Ana Bekhayr.  I'm Good.  Hal anta fil Madrasah?  Na'am.   Ana fil madrasati.  Hal huwa fil bayt?  La,  huwa fil maktabah.   etc...)

8. Goal: They should be able to translate the meaning of the simple Islamic phrases they have learned throughout the year into English and vice versa.

9.  Students should be taught the simple rule of merging "Al" with the following sun letter.

 

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