Making Learning Fun: Keepin’ It Real

25 Sep

Textbooks are great, but real life applications of concepts can help to cement concepts more deeply, insha Allah.

Language Arts


Instead of doing a grammar lesson from a book on nouns, introduce the concept (and you can use the book if necessary) then have student look around the room and list nouns that he/she sees in the room. Have student categorize these into people and things.

Have student list as many nouns that are places in 30 seconds (or a minute or whatever). “Compete” withyour child to see who can come up with more and this can make for a fun activity, my kids love it. You can limit it to nouns in the room or nouns in the ocean, etc.


Have student pick three objects and describe each one. Write these words on the whiteboard/paper. Tell student that these words describe nouns and are called adjectives. Have student write a sentence about each object using the adjectives he came up with.


Have student watch a sporting video or another video that features lots of action. Tell him/her to come up with words to describe what is going on (dribbling, running, tackling, etc), and tell that these words are verbs.


For older students, let them practice their proofreading skills for a purpose. Project Gutenberg has a Distributed Proofreaders program. They need help proofreading their texts and getting them ready for the web:

Description from the site:

“Distributed Proofreaders provides a web-based method to ease the conversion of Public Domain books into e-books. By dividing the workload into individual pages, many volunteers can work on a book at the same time, which significantly speeds up the creation process.

During proofreading, volunteers are presented with a scanned page image and the corresponding OCR text on a single web page. This allows the text to be easily compared to the image, proofread, and sent back to the site.

Proofread as often or as seldom as you like, and as many or as few pages as you like. We encourage people to do ‘a page a day’, but it’s entirely up to you!”

Once all the pages have completed these steps, a post-processor carefully assembles them into an e-book, optionally makes it available to interested parties for ‘smooth reading’, and submits it to the Project Gutenberg archive.”

To sign up, go to:


  • Use menus from your favorite restaurants and order a meal and have student add up the prices.
  • Have student add up the prices on your grocery list so you can budget.
  •  Have student survey how many of certain items there are around the house and graph. Have student survey family members of their likes/dislikes and graph.
  • Have student walk around the house and find numbers to round to the nearest 10 (look on food packages, in books, sales papers.
  • Have student write down sports scores from games and find the difference between the winning and losing scores.
  • Got tiles in your bathroom? Use multiplication to see how many tiles there are or how many cookies on a cookie sheet of cookies you are making, etc.
  • Use coupons to practice subtracion

Take the Class Outside

Sit outside of your study area and have class.

Take a walk and do class. Have student names the nouns he/she sees.

For math, count the cars that pass. Take a sheet of paper to record the colors of cars that pass and then later graph that data…….


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Posted by on September 25, 2008 in Making Learning Fun


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One response to “Making Learning Fun: Keepin’ It Real

  1. Umm Hashim

    August 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Salaamu Alaikum sister

    Ramadhan Mubarak to you. I’ve been reading in one or two of your articles how your 11 year old is not much of the studious type and wanted to get some advice insha Allah.

    My 9 yr old son is a difficult home schooler too in that he is constantly moaning about everything he has to do which can make the whole daily routine really stressful for me.

    I put alot of time and effort into trying to make the work as interactive and engaging as possible but as you know, some things are just a grind but they have to be done!

    I’ve also tried to engage him in different interests and hobbies to no avail.

    Is there any advice you can give me?

    Jazaka Allah

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