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Islamic Preschool – Week 2


I wanted to get a jump on planning, so I could make some things out by hand in advance, so here is week 2. Week 3 will post tomorrow and that’s as far as I have gotten with the “meat.” Hope these are helpful. We start week 1 tomorrow, insha Allah and I have been making up my little guy’s things by hand. I’ll think he’ll enjoy them as he likes the little file folder type activities that I have made for him in the past……..



clip_image002[4]Week 2

Theme: Where is Allah?

Day 1

Islamic Studies


Review Set 1 cards for "Who is your Lord? "(see Appendix for listing of card sets)


View “Where is Allah?” PowerPoint (available at TJ Islamic Studies Library) with your preschooler

Memory Work

Q: Where is Allah?

(Use sentence card for the Question only unless you feel student can do the answer by sight as well).

A: Huwa fee samaa (He is above the heavens); -see PowerPoint presentation for the proof if you want to verify. I do not teach proofs at the preschool level other than saying it’s found in the Quraan, etc.

Repeat drill several times. You may need to prompt s preschooler with answer in the beginning several times. You may want to include some physical activity such as taking a step towards a goal each time it is answered correctly.

Motor Skills/Conceptual

Coloring Page.

Outline of clouds, with Allah’s Name in bubble letters written over them for coloring.

Language Arts

Where is Allah?

1. Go over “Where is Allah?” sentence card.

Have student to tell you the number of words in the sentence (introduce this concept if not already introduced). Tell student that sentences begin with a capital (big) letter and end with a mark; if you feel student can comprehend, talk about the question mark at the end and the concept of questions. You may wish to drill student, giving some statements and questions and seeing if he/she can pick out which ones are questions.

2. Sentence Shuffle

Print each word of the sentence, Where is Allah? on a card. Have student put the cards in order. Use a master sentence card so student can check work.

3. 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.

Where is________?

_____ is Allah?

Where _____ Allah?

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. Writing practice, for those with good motor skills

Where is Allah? Sentence writing practice

Can also do sentences in pyramid fashion:


Where is

Where is Allah

Where is Allah?

Younger ones can copy the word “Where” or “is” or “Allah.”

Days 2, 3, 4, 5

1. Again, start each session with Review cards.

2. Give preschooler the opportunity to play with any of the activity pockets you have made thus far (sentence scrambles, word scrambles, etc).

Any day this week:

Science Connection

· Read about clouds and the rain cycle; talk about cloudy weather

· Make/keep a Weather Chart to count off cloudy days:

Art Connection

· Do a cloud craft (painting, cotton balls)

Preschool Cloud Puppets:

· Draw clouds, or trace dotted clouds.

Math Connection

· Make a dot to dot with a cloud picture for your preschooler

· Make cloud shaped number flashcards to practice counting, ordering, etc.

Life Skills – Cooking

· Meringue Clouds:—meringue-clouds


Go outside, look up at the clouds and see if you can find different shapes.



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.



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Posted by on December 12, 2009 in Preschool-Islamic


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Islamic Preschool – Week 1






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)

Day 1


Language Arts

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.

TJ worksheet:

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.


Islamic Studies

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.

3. Drill.

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.

Day 2


Language Arts

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.


Islamic Studies

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.


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Posted by on December 11, 2009 in Preschool-Islamic


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Preschool Curriculum – Week 1 – Revised

I updated Week 1’s schedule.  I’ve cut down the days to five; it was originally six days as that is what the big kids do, but since he’s younger five days is probably better; and the schedule is in table form with notes and more links following the table.




Week 1


Daily Skills Review:(can be done all at once in a little morning meeting, or do the math concepts at math time, the language ones at language, etc).


·     Say bismillah before we start

·     Respond to the Islamic Greeting

·     Rote count to  target number

·     Count a few candies, toys, etc

·     Talk about the weather (or its pretty much the same here year around, but…..) Is it sunny? cloudy? rainy?

·     Says name, first and last

·     says age

·     says gender (boy/girl) and genders or other family members

·     says the names of his family members and their genders

·     note the time of day (usually will be morning), I might ask him do we go to sleep in the morning or evening, etc.

-Quick shapes review



Basically add on any concepts that you feel should be reviewed daily.


Day #



Fine Motor

Gross Motor



Name concrete objects in rooms around the house or outside


Name recognition activities*



Number Sense: the Number 1


Number Sense: more/less

Copy lines (horizontal, diagonal, vertical)

Play Simon Says using activities such as jumping, hopping, etc.


Play Hokey Pokey



Name pictures of common objects (flashcards or in books)



Name recognition activities*




Number Sense: the Number 1


Geometry: Shapes

Lace sequences of holes

Stair walking

(of up to 8 steps, one step per tread)

Raising Rising Experiment



Name plural forms of things.

(i.e. dogs, cats, mice, books, etc)


Name recognition activities*





Number Sense: the Number 1


Spatial Sense: Positions

Use scissors (cut along lines or free cutting)

Bean Bag Toss (throw bean bag into at least an 8 inch diameter target from up to five feet away)


More fun: Make the bean bag yourselves.



Name uses of items


Name recognition activities*



Number Sense: the Number 1


Measurement: big/little

Coloring- free


Throw beach ball or other ball into a basket, box, etc. Vary the distance.




Name articles of clothing




Name recognition activities*



Number Sense: the Number 1


Algebra: sort objectsaround the house by size, shapes, color

Pour rice, sand, or water

Rolling a ball. Roll back and forth to each other. Include older kids as well.

Mini Ocean experiment

Additional Resources/Notes:

Language Arts

*Name Recognition Activities (Do Daily):



**Number Sense

Number Activities (done daily)

Numbers: This is really dependent on the child so its hard to say, ok, week 1, we’ll learn the number one, week 2, the number 2. So put number sense number activities in daily, if possible,  but work at student’s pace.  For each number the following concepts can taught or activties done:

  • Naming the number
  • Recognition of number (e.g, in a line of numbers, pick out the number one)
  • Counting sets of that number
  • Making sets of that number
  • Writing that number
  • Counting up to that number
  • Ordering numbers (once more numbers are taught)
  • Comparing two numbers (which one is smaller/larger)

Each day, do as many of the following activities as are appropriate or as much as child’s interest/attention span is held.

More or Less

Worksheets (below) from Kids Zone: (I suggest, cutting them into strips, laminating them and attaching to a file folder to make this a repeated activity).

More or Less Shapes Comparisons More or Less Shapes Comparisons More or Less
More or Less



This week, introduce/review the circle. Have child ID circles in nature, in worksheets, or file folder games, have student trace around circular objects, trace circles on paper, board, etc.

Spatial Sense:


Student tells where objects are (over, under, top, bottom, beside, inside, outside)


Posted by on October 8, 2008 in Preschool-Islamic


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Preschool Curriculum – Week 1

Note: The daily skills practice (see last post) can also be broken up by subject and done during that subject’s session.


Also, please excuse the formatting, it’s a little whacky.


Day 1

  • Name concrete objects in environment (house).

My 13 year old took him around the house and asked him what different things were.

  • Name recognition and name tracing (this is daily).

I have lots of ideas for this at TJ. TJ’s Daily Name Recognition/Writing Routine

Plus here are some more resources:

ABC’s and Names

Mrs. Stewart’s Kindergarten Names Activities has a 2 page PDF file with many name recognition activities.


Day 2

Name pictures of common objects (for example, flashcards)

Daily Name Recognition/Writing


Day 3

Name plural forms of things (dogs, cats, things around the house)

Daily Name Recognition/Writing

Day 4

Name use(s) of items (what is a hammer for? a pencil? etc)

Daily Name Recognition/Writing

Day 5

Name articles of clothing. Talk about what he/she is wearing today.

Daily Name Recognition/Writing

Day 6

Name pieces of furniture

Daily Name Recognition/Writing


Day 1

The Number One


  • Recognition  (line of numbers, pick out the number one)
  • Writing it (writing practice sheets, laminated, cut up and put into file folder
  • Matching sets to numeral, matching sets to oral directions (real objects or sets of drawn objects
  • More or Less

Show two sets of objects, which has more, which has less. I found worksheets at  and cut them up and put them in a file folder.

Day 2

Continue with number 1 activities this week, as needed


Day 3

Number 1


TJ has a powerpoint book on this topic:

I’ve also got this book in Arabic:

 Day 4

Number 1



Day 5

long/short, tall/short  –> TJ Powerpoint book:

I’ve also got this book in Arabic:

Day 6

Sort objects by size, shape, color (real objects or workshee or file folder activity)

Fine Motor

Day 1

Copy lines (vertical, horizontal, zig zag)

Donna  Young’s Handwriting Section has some really nice worksheets for this activity. I suggest cutting then up, laminating them and gluing to file folder to make a handwriting practice file folder.  He/she can use this anytime, insha Allah.

 Day 2

Lace a sequence of hole. Some templates can be found here:

Day 3

Use scissors to cut (lines or free cutting)

Day 4


Day 5

Pour rice, water, or sand

Day 6

Free painting

Gross Motor

 Play “Simon Says”  (or in our house, Samirah says)

Have him/her repeat activities such as hopping, jumping, skipping, marching, touching nose, etc. (You might name these actions in Arabic, if possible or the body parts you touch).

Play Hokey Pokey


 I’ve allotted science to 2 days a week, insha Allah. We just plan to do simple preschool experiments that I have found online (see my preschool science post for ideas). I will list some here, but of course any can be substituted. As of now, there is no real order or categorization of topics.

This week, I’ve picked Raisin Rising and Mini Ocean for our “experiments” insha Allah. They are the first two items on this page:

Social Development

This week we are working on independent bathroom skills. We are still not potty trained(we’ll he’s not, I am). My 13 year old (or I) take him to the bathroom, let him sit on the mirhad himself, make istinja and wash his hands by himself under our watch). So we’ll focus on that this week as well as continue after this week, insha Allah.

and that’s it for this week, insha Allah………..

I’d appreciate any comments you have if you decide to use the curriculum so that I can improve it, insha Allah.  Insha Allah, I hope to post the next 2 weeks this week insha Allah.  They are prepared, but its a matter of getting to the cafe and typing them up…………………


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TJ Preschool Curriculum

As I mentioned in a previous post, my three year old is now eager to “do school.” I was doing classes with the older ones and he sat down in front of me with a notebook and pencil and said, “teach me something.” 

So I am setting up a little curriculum for him.  I don’t feel a strict, formal curriculum is generally necessary, but because I have a lot of kids to teach, I wanted to be sure to get his time in and felt I could better do that, Allahu ilm, by planning out activities. Up to now I have just been doing stuff on the fly with him.

So, in hopes that it will be of benefit to others, I will post our curriculum here, insha Allah. I’ve planned about six weeks work and subjects like language and fine and gross motor skills will most likely just repeat after some time.

I prepared the curriculum from the following two resources:

A good deal of the activities are basic and won’t require any or too much prep.

To cut down on repeated prep, I highly recommend making learning file folders. What I do is just take worksheets and cut them up, laminate them and attach them to file folders. So if we are doing “more or less” I have a file folder all ready to go with that. And if I find more activities, I just add file folders onto the current ones. I like this idea because worksheets tend to be more monotonous, but it seems like the file folder activities are more engaging and re-do-able. (ok, you can put worksheets in page protectors too for repeated use).

Right now, I have the following areas: Language, Math, Fine Motor Skills, Gross Motor Skills, Science, and Social Skills. My plan is to incorporate Islamic Studies in these areas to give a more natural approach, so we’ll see how that goes. (i.e. find ways to talk about Allah, His Creations, etc in the topics we cover in those areas–). You could also infuse Arabic in by naming the Arabic terms for things as well, but I’ll probably do that sparingly I am thinking for now.

So, insha Allah, I’ll roll out the first week at least in this session. I will provide links to resources as well. In addition, I will try to make little explanation notes to show how we’ll expand on certain topics, insha Allah.

I hope to eventually turn this into a book for easier use, insha Allah.


Posted by on October 7, 2008 in Uncategorized


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