Did or do your children find the qaaidah boring? I know that R did when she was using it. But its just one of those things that needs to be learnt.
A sister I know set up a system to teach children how to read Arabic which reflects the method children are taught to read in English.
It uses a step-by-step approach and focuses on building the child’s confidence in reading Arabic with each step that they take. Although R has gone through the qaaidah many times, we used the ‘Steps to Arabic’ pack to increase her confidence in reading both the Quran and Arabic. I can see the difference in using this great system already. It is much more enjoyable for the child, it is easier to use and the child really does feel a sense of achievement as they move on to the next ‘colour’ in the program. The first part of the cards in each coloured set have sentences which are broken up into words. Each set focuses on a particular aspect of reading, for example kasrah, sukoon, maad etc. The ‘focus’ is highlighted in a different colour, so it is easier for the child to practice that particular aspect of reading. It also encourages sight reading too which works towards fluency in reading.
The last card in a set then joins up all the words from the previous cards so that the child is now able to easily read sentences. Many Muslims tend to teach their children from a young age to read the Quran and I do feel that the traditional qaaidah is both daunting and quite tedious for little hands and little eyes. This is quite sad because the child perhaps has a negative association with Quran from the beginning which shouldn’t be the case. Steps to Arabic really is perfect for children in that it is colourful and easy to use and learn. I even think adults could benefit from it too.
Had I known about this program when R was younger, I would have definitely used it instead of the qaaidah as I can see the difference. I think it is definitely a good buy as this can be used for other children and so I will inshaAllah be using this with Z and baby Y.
We also have the Arabic Tool Kit (above) which teaches children the Arabic alphabet and the letters with vowles. I haven’t used this with R as it is too basic for her now. But it is something that I look forward to using with Z inshaAllah. I really like how this is set out too. When I start this with him, I will be writing a separate review inshaAllah.
Do check out the website inshaAllah and inform your family and friends about this new effective way in teaching children to read Quran and Arabic: www.gardensofarabic.com