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The younger children that I teach absolutely love colouring! After they have been over their letters with me and independently had a go at reading the Alphabet or their joint letters, I usually have a colouring or craft activity ready to go.
Teaching Arabic letters to young children
As my new Qaida starters are quite young, I keep their reading to a maximum of about 20 minutes. This ensures that they don’t get bored sitting there or don’t waste valuable time just staring around or simply not reading. I also remember being told in my teaching degree about how long children can actually concentrate. To work out how many minutes they can sit for, take the child’s age and just add 2 minutes. So a 5 year old for example can only actually concentrate for about 7 minutes. Working as a Quran teacher for 15 years and a supply teacher for 3 years, I’ve found that this varies widely. Some can concentrate for longer and some can’t concentrate for more than a few minutes.
When teaching them the alphabet make sure you:
- Keep the session short
- Introduce only 1 or 2 letters at a time
- Give them lots of hands on practise
- Revise letters learnt each day
- Learn through playing games like our Arabic alphabet bingo
- Use flashcards
- Use image association and actions if possible
After about 20 to 25 minutes, they can start their memorisation. I give each of them a Daily Dua book that they move onto. Most of them can read English and just learn it for 5 minutes. I might tell them a few words of Arabic and tell them to repeat it. They then test each other for 5 minutes and go over their previous memorisation if they have time. For children who aren’t able to read the english in their dua books, I have different boxes of related Arabic letter activities that they can complete. I will Insha’Allah write a blog on those activities in the near future Insha’Allah.
Setting up the Arabic Alphabet colouring sheets
I have a basket of colours that I keep in easy reach so that they can access them anytime without having to ask me for the colours.
I bought a pack of 5 clear pencil cases from wilko. They are perfect as they are easily cleaned and if the zip breaks it’s not a big deal as they’re quite cheap. Saying that, they have lasted me for over a year now and no zip has broken Alhamdulillah. I have filled 2 with colouring pencils and 2 with felts. This way they have a bit of choice over how they colour. As a child I loved felt tip pens but surprisingly most enjoy both and switch it up from time to time.
Whenever I introduce a new resource within the class, I remind the kids to look after it and they’re quite good at taking care of the stuff. Putting lids back on felt tips is a bit of a different story especially with my 5 year old kids. A simple reminder at the end and a little bribe in the form of dojos works a treat 😉
Printing Arabic letter worksheets
When printing the worksheets, ensure your settings are set to ‘fit to printable area’ if using microsoft edge. The setting can be accessed if you scroll down after clicking on print and click on ‘more settings.’ If you are printing from chrome, go to more settings and select ‘fit to paper’ under the scale option. This will hopefully ensure that none of the images or borders get cut off.
Mac, ipad and android phone users should hopefully not need to adjust as the settings are usually fine.
How to use the Arabic Alphabet colouring sheets in the class
- First, introduce your student or child to one letter
- Practise saying it and get them to repeat
- Tell them to trace the letter- we have Alif to Yaa posters in A4 that you can print and laminate. We also have smaller cards that are free to print. You can bind them together or have them as separate cards for tracing
- Finally give them a letter to colour
Giving them just a letter to colour every other day might get a bit repetitive and boring. If that’s the case, maybe ask them to ‘colour in’ the arabic alphabet colouring sheets using paint, crayons, pastels or glitter! They will love experimenting with different colouring techniques.
You can also split an Arabic letter using random lines and they can then colour in each section using different colours.
Arabic Alphabet sheets for preschoolers pdf
These fun sheets are a great way to introduce your pre-schooler to the letters in a fun, practical and hands on way. I sometimes put out some playdough and whiteboard markers to round off a lesson. These are available to download for Primary Ilm members. If you’d like to join the Primary Ilm membership, which gives you access to over 500 worksheets, please click here.
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