With so many moms around the world turning to online education, I thought it would be a great time to share some tips about how you can teach all of your kids Arabic at the same time.
It sounds daunting to think about teaching Arabic to your kids when you’re trying to study it yourself. The trick, differentiation.
Differentiation basically means that you have one main lesson for your kids and you tweak things a bit to fit each child.
You can think of each lesson in layers. Some children will understand and be able to engage with the lesson in depth, others will only be able to handle a small slice from the surface. Having all of these levels present in one class actually supports the learning of children at all different levels.
As you 5 year old listens to her older brother reading, she becomes more aware of Arabic letters and patterns of speech. As your 10 year old reads to his sister, he becomes aware of small idiosyncrasies in the language that require extra attention.
In this post, I’ll explain why you need to learn the art of differentiation. Next week, I’ll go over exactly how to differentiate your Arabic lessons for your kids. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. It wont take a lot of time, but it will make your lessons run a lot more smoothly, inshaa Allaah.
Why you should differentiate your kids' Arabic lessons.
When learning Arabic, there are tons of different grammar and vocabulary concepts that you could focus on. Most Arabic courses are designed to fit the needs of adult students. Even popular children’s Arabic programs like Arabiyyah Bayna Yadak are just a more colorful presentation of the same Arabic lessons that were designed for adults.
A lot of moms that I talk to struggle with getting their kids to be engaged and excited about learning Arabic. Kids often protest either by not participating in lessons or by expressing disdain for their Arabic lessons.
One of the main reasons for this is that the lessons that they are using for Arabic aren’t for kids. If we want to teach our kids, we have to adapt the lessons to our children.
One of the greatest things about teaching our kids at home is that we can customize our lessons to fit the needs of each child.
Even in schools, the best classrooms use differentiation. Every child will have different interests, learning styles, and abilities. Differentiating our lessons helps us to acknowledge these differences and create an environment where each child can thrive.
It’s important to note the strengths and weaknesses of each of your children when you are teaching them. This is true in any subject. When you’re just starting out with teaching Arabic to your kids, it’s even more important. Arabic is literally foreign to them. It’s just a bunch of strange shapes and awkward sounds. Your kids won’t be able to make the connection between learning Arabic and being able to appreciate the Quran and the Sunnah until they are much older.
The things that matter to your five year old will be completely different than the things that matter to your eleven-year-old. Your hyperactive seven-year-old will likely enjoy a different set of activities than your bookish ten-year-old. You need to adapt your Arabic lessons to fit the age and the learning styles of each of your children. Once you do that, inshaa Allaah, you will find your Arabic lessons much more enjoyable for you and for your kids.
*It’s up to us as parents to make sure that Arabic lessons are captivating to our children. The key to keeping our children engaged and actively participating in their Arabic studies is to carefully craft their lessons.*
Hopefully, you now have a clearer picture of why you should differentiate your Arabic lessons for your kids. Check back next week to see exactly what we can do to tweak our lessons to fit the needs of our kids. Don’t worry, it’s actually super easy and kinda fun.