Although there are so many alphabet friezes to buy or print out there, we made our own. My decision behind this is that I find that my daughter learns a concept better when she has had an input in making a resource to do with it. So, for preparation, I folded 13 pieces of card in half, drew a line down the crease with a marker. And that was it! When it came to our lesson, we sat at her little table. I explained to her that we were going to make ALL the letters really pretty (for boys you could use another word ;)) and we were going to stick them all up on her wall to use during ‘school’. I allowed her to choose the arts and crafts materials she wanted to decorate the letters with. She chose glue, glitter and stickers. I began by writing the upper and lower case letters and asked her what letter it was, and what sound it make as I wrote the letters down. I then passed it to her to decorate. She loved it and was so proud when it was all put up on her wall. Since placing it on her wall, we have used it to test her phonic memory of the letters, to test her knowledge of the letter names, to sing the alphabet. She has a special wand made out of strips of tissue paper that she uses when I ask her to find letter ssss. We will be using this regularly insha’Allah and it was simply great fun to make together.
The tree with apples was a definite must to make. For preparation, I cut out a large trunk from an A3 size of sugar paper and printed the same apple ten times on card (I found the image in google images). In our lesson, I showed her that different colours can be mixed together to make other colours – she couldn’t believe her eyes! After allowing her to mix green and red to make brown, we painted the tree together. I let her paint over the lines as I could still see the shape that I needed to cut out. After allowing it to dry, we then took turns in painting the apples green and red. I found it easier to allow her to paint the apples going over the lines and then cutting them out afterwards. Once dried, we stuck the trunk and apples on the wall. I will be using this tree a lot insha’Allah. Some of my ideas for my apple tree are as follows:
Counting and sorting the apples
Explaining addition and subtraction by the apples ‘falling’ off the tree.
Making a ‘Allah Loves…’ tree. Whenever my daughter does something like obeying her parents, returning te salaam, memorising a new surah, it will go on the apple. Once she has completed all ten apples, she will be rewarded with something special.
Once we have done the above with our ‘tree’, I will then laminate the apples and stick magnets to the back of them and the tree, and we will do some lessons on magnets together inshaAllah.
This next activity – my daughter enjoyed very much. Children seem to love the computer and my daughter is no exception. So, when I cut out large bold letters from sugar paper and told her we were going to print pictures of things beginning with that letter from the computer, she was a very happy little muslimah! The choice of pictures were completely up to her. After printing them out, I cut around them – she glued the back and stuck them onto the large letter. I then wrote down the word for each picture and displayed it on her wall. We will only be making two of these a week until we finish the alphabet. I think I need more wall space…. !!!!!