Nothing is more exciting for a parent than when their child completes a milestone. For Muslim parents, learning the complete Arabic Alphabets is another step on the stairs of progress for their kids. It means their little one has graduated to another level of Islamic learning and is ready to start on reading Arabic words and sentences!

Whats so special about the Arabic Language?

Learning the Arabic Alphabets will become so much more interesting for your child once he understands its significance. Explain the reasons which make Arabic a very special language in order to hype his eagerness. Once your child gets to know what he is getting into, he will be jumping up and down with excitement!

  • Arabic is the language of the Quran

Tell your child that the Quran consists of Arabic Alphabets which are formed into words. Abdullah ibn Masood (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAWS) said,

“Whoever recites one letter from the Book of Allah, he will receive the reward of it and the reward of ten like it. I do not say that Alif Laam Meem is one letter but Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter.”

Once they master all the alphabets, they will be on their way to start the Quran and earn rewards for every single letter that they worked hard on. The plus side is, they don’t have to wait till they start reading the Quran. Just make the intention of learning the Arabic Letters so they can later on read the Quran and they will be collecting reward while studying and learning. That is a very big amount of rewards!

  • Arabic was the language of our Prophet(SAWS)

You can instil the love of the Prophet(SAWS) within your child by emphasising on the importance of learning Arabic. You can explain to your child that these are the alphabets which our Prophet(SAWS) used in his language. The words of Hadith which came out of our Prophet(SAWS)’s blessed mouth were in Arabic. We can be imitating the Prophet(SAWS) by putting effort into learning the letters. Just like that, we are getting rewarded for following the Sunnah as well!

Umar (RA) states,

Learn the Arabic (language) because it is from your religion, and learn the laws of inheritance because it is from your religion.”

Prime Aspect to Focus On When Teaching Arabic Alphabets:

Teaching Arabic Alphabets is more easy than teaching the alphabets of any other language. Allah (SWT) says in Surah Maryam

“Verily, we have made this (Quran) easy in your language (Arabic)”

Children get the hang of ABCs pretty easily if they are taught in the correct way. Same is the case with Arabic. Implement the right strategy and you will see your child enjoy as he makes his way towards the end! Initially, target one main element.

Recognition.

Focus on recognition of the letters before you focus on anything else. Teach your child to relate the name of the alphabet to its shape and formation. Make it creative and enjoyable! Instead of sitting down with a Qaidah or a simple book of the Arabic Alphabets, try these methods to engage the child in learning while he gets to have his fair share of play.

1. Paste pictures of the Arabic Alphabet on different toys.

Look around and find your child’s favourite toy or one which he is most interested in at the moment. Stick pictures of the Arabic Alphabet on them. Now he will be learning while he plays! Pitch in after every little while, point to the pasted alphabet and say the name. For example, if your child is playing with a toy house, stick a picture of a letter on it and say, “Oh wow is this a house? What does it say right here? Its a ‘ب’ (Baa).”

In my case, I had recently bought new magnet tiles for the kids and it was their latest obsession. Here’s a picture of how I used magnet tiles to make my child familiar with the letters.

This was something new and exciting for my son! He felt like this was a new toy altogether. Instead of associating each tile with the colour or shape, we started using the letter on it. He would say, “Mama, I need the blue square.” and I would reply, “You mean the ‘ج’ (Jeem)?” This method was so captivating and easy as well.

2. Imaginative Play with The Arabic Alphabet:

Label a toy your child uses to do imaginative play with the Arabic Alphabet. It could be cars, small figurines, dinosaurs, or any other (make sure to mutilate any toy with faces). Explain to your child that these are the toys names. For example, label a taxi with ‘ت’ (Taa) and a jeep with ‘ْث’ (Thaa). Now instead of referring to them as ‘taxi’ or ‘jeep’, use the letters, ‘ت’ and ‘ث’.

Say, “‘ت’ wants to be friends with ‘ث’. Let’s take both of them out on a walk. ” Continue on with the imaginative story and slowly add more letters to the scene. Your child will be exposed to the shape and form of the letter every time he looks at the toy and be reminded of the name. Learning while playing is the most effective method!

You can use the following techniques to label the toy.

  • Write down the letter with a permanent marker
  • Stick masking tape on the toy and write on top of it
  • Write the letter on a piece of paper and stick it on with transparent tape
  • Use Dot stickers for labelling

3. Dot Sticker Activity with the Arabic Alphabet.

Write the alphabets in bubble writing on a big chart paper. I use the big kraft roll paper but you can use whatever is available. Fill in the dot stickers with all the letters on the activity chart. Hand the sticker sheet to the child and ask them to stick each letter on the matching letter on the chart. It keeps the child engaged for hours, improves motor skills and is very easy and quick to prep.

Moreover, this activity can be implemented with numbers, colours, shapes and many other things.

Have a look at my 3 year old doing this activity.

alphabet Activity

Meanwhile, my 5 year old set himself to give bubble writing a try and this is what he came up with.

4. Play with Flashcards.

Practise with flashcards as well. Make sure the cards are colourful and captivating for the child. Focus on one letter at a time. Say the letter multiple times and let your child repeat after you. Go according to your child’s space. This is not the same as play so it might bore him easily. Let him choose the time span for himself.

Once he gets the hang of some letters, set them down on the floor and play a ‘find the letter’ game with him. Say the name of a letter and let him use his memory to find the correct one.

5. Invest in Arabic Alphabet Toys.

By now, I guess you must have figured out my main strategy when teaching little kids anything.

Learn through play.

It develops an interest in learning and promotes the child to learn more. Try investing in Arabic Alphabet toys that are engaging and not that pricey. This will also signify the importance of the Arabic language to the child.

Here is the list of Arabic Alphabet toys you can buy for your kids.

6. Match the letters game.

Play a game of Match the letter. Stick a poster of the Arabic Alphabet on the wall or write them down yourself on a big Paper and stick it on the wall. Take sticky notes and write the Alphabets on them as well. Hand the sticky notes to the child and watch as he glances at the letter on his hand and tries to match it with the same one on the wall. The child will not only learn through visual memory but also increase his attention to little details.

You can try this match game using different techniques like laying down the Alphabets on the floor or hiding them around the house.

7. Read an Arabic Alphabet Book.

Reading books together with your child is an incredible way to bond with them and enjoy quality time together. Select a fun, creative and engaging book of the Arabic Alphabet to read with your child. Make sure the content is easy and kid friendly. This will also help your child to relate the Arabic words with the letters they begin with. Point to the letter and say the name then say the word it begins with.

My favourite Alphabet book is ‘My Touch And Feel Alif Baa Taa‘. It contains sensory pictures for kids and amazing pictures. My 5 year old loved to reinforce the letters he learnt by reading this book.

8. Offer colouring Pages.

Download and print Arabic Alphabet colouring page printables or you can bubble-write them yourself! Let them choose from different art supplies like, marker, crayon, colour pencils and paint to fill in their Alphabet. You can also turn this into an art and craft project. Let them decorate it with stickers, glitter, pom poms, thread and different materials around the house. This will not only amuse the kids but also increase their creativity and help with fine motor skills.

Start with one letter at a time and showcase the letter on the wall to appreciate your little one’s effort!

9. Sing A Poem.

Sing together an Arabic Alphabet Poem with your child to make this learning experience more enjoyable. Learning through a poem is also a very effective method for memorisation. The best part about this is you can sing while doing work or other household chores. You do not have to put aside the task at hand to use this strategy with your child.

You can also play it on the computer while they are engaged in their own game or use it as a lullaby when they are going to sleep.

Check out an Arabic Alphabet poem by clicking here

 

Which approach do you think you will try out? Why not try all of them and tell me how fast your child learnt the Arabic Letters in the comment section down below.

Have fun!