No pretty bells and whistles (no supporting materials), I just had to get the ideas down so I could do them (no printables as of yet). Here’s a simple weekly plan for week 1 of the Islamic Preschool Curriculum Outline……….
The Week Outlined (more or less)
Goal: To begin to recognize the Name of Allah in English
1.Write the Name of Allah in English on an index card or piece of paper while preschooler watches (P)
2. Tell preschooler that this is Allah’s Name written in English
3. Ask preschooler how many letters are in Allah’s Name in English.
4. Ask preschooler to tell you the letters in Allah’s Name. (If student has learned vowels, ask student to name the vowels in the word).
5. Point to random letters in Allah’s Name and have student tell you the name of the letter.
6. Explain to preschooler that names are written with a big letter in the beginning.
7. Give student a worksheet with squares. In each square, put one word that starts with an A (make them all capital). Sometimes make the word be Allah (more than not) and sometimes make another word. Have student pick out all occurrences of the word Allah by pointing or circling. (P)
8. Give preschooler worksheet with the Names of Allah written several times vertically. In each line, omit one letter of the Name and see if student can guess which letter is missing. Students who can write can write in the missing letter, otherwise, must make this an oral exercise.
A l l a h
A __ l a h
__ l l a h
A l ___ a h
A l l a ___
A l l __ h
9. Make small letter cards, one with each letter of Allah’s Name in it. On another big card, write entire Name on the card. This will be preschooler’s master card. Take the letter cards and mix up and have student put them in order, using the master card if necessary or to check his/her work. Keep cards in a pouch for storage.
10. Writing practice. For students who are learning to write, have student practice writing, A, l, a, and h and the word Allah.
You may also want student to write the Name in pyramid fashion a few times.
12. Give student the Name of Allah in bubble form to color.
These activities can be done daily this week and then once a week, then monthly or so after for review.
Later in the day, do the Islamic Studies session if possible.
Please note: You may not be able to get all of the suggested activities in in one day. These are merely suggestions. Whatever you don’t cover on day 1, save for following days. Then when all activities have been completed, choose which ones you want to do daily. Kids like repetition and like to play fun activities over and over again so don’t worry about keeping each day fresh.
Tip: Use the card method of learning. Prepare word and question cards for each lesson. Add on as you go. These become your daily/review deck. You may want to use different sizes for colors to distinguish between each type of card (word or question). You may also want to use sentence cards (explained below)
1. Hold up the Allah name card and ask student to tell what it says. Ask student to spell it.
2. Tell student that Allah is our Lord. Tell student that Lord is the One who is in control of everything and makes everything run smoothly. Allah is our Lord and there is just one Lord and that is Him. Show student “Lord” word card.
Give concrete examples of how Allah makes things run and is control over everything. He makes the rain fall on the flowers that grow and that feed animals that feed us; he keeps everything in order; He makes the sun rise and set every day, etc. Have student name some other things that Allah makes run smoothly.
Make question cards (write answer in the back). Hold up a Question and ask it. Then turn over card and answer it. Keep repeating the drill many times until student is fluently and concisely answering the question.
Q: Who is your Lord? (Man rabbuk)
A: Allah is my Lord. (Allahu rabbi)
Q: What is a Lord? (you don’t have to show student this card, mark this with a hidden or something to remind you that this is not one to show student, but just for oral practice.
A: One who controls everything. (or in your own wording)
Keep repeating drills until student is concisely answering the question with the answer you supply. (this keeps the definition crisp, insha Allah, and weeds out extra, small words that may get in the way of the definition when student is reciting them back).
4. For students who can write, have student practice writing “Allah is my Lord.” Provide one example and have student trace and then write on his/her own.
5. Make a worksheet with several rows of Allah is my Lord. In each line, take away one word of the sentence. Student must write in or tell which word is missing.
Allah ___ my Lord.
Allah is ____ Lord.
_____ is my Lord.
Allah is my _____.
You can also make this a hands on activity by cutting out each occurrence of the sentence in strips, and making word cards, each one with one of the missing words and have student place card on correct blank spot.
Also keep these in a pouch for storage.
1. Recognize Allah’s Name in print. Before hand, gather text with Allah’s Name written in English. Have student scan the text for Allah’s Name.
2. Make sentence cards with t he sentence Allah is my Lord. Write one word on each card. Student must take shuffled cards and put in order. Keep cards in a pouch for storage. Make a master card with the sentence in its correct order. Before starting this activity, have student tell you how many words are in this sentence. Ask student to find the word Allah, then Lord, then is, then my. Point to a random word and have student tell what it is.
3. Do any of the activities from day 1 as time allows. The pouch activities can be great independent activities for kids to do on their own.
Grab your review cards and review. You may want to write Allah is my Lord in bubble letters for student to color.
You may want to make a Allah is my Lord file folder or envelope to store all activities in or make the activities file folder activities. Whenever student needs something to do, he/she can grab the folder and go, insha Allah.
Rest of days this week
Choose the activities that student liked most and repeat. You may want to make the following activities part of each daily session(s).
1. reading of the word/sentence cards
2. provide daily writing practice related to topic. (letters, words, sentences)
3. Also, be sure to practice the Islamic Studies recitation drills (Qs and As) everyday.
Most of all, have fun!
If you do any of these activities and make your own print materials, please consider donating them to TJ and I’ll post them here, insha Allah, for time savers for others. I’d love to make them up on the computer (and you never know, I might), but for right now, insha Allah, I’ll probably be just handwriting the cards to save time.
Did You Do This?
If you follow this week’s outline, please let us (me and fellow visitors) know how yours turned out; what variations you made, by leaving a comment.