When homeschooling, there are times when you’re not sure that your child’s grasping what you’re teaching them and I’ve felt like this on many occasions with Junayd. Sometimes I ask my husband whether my expectations are too high or whether it’s just too early – he usually agrees with both statements. Nonetheless, I remain determined that I shall not, inshaa`Allaah, put him into a public nursery. Therefore, I’ll continue to persevere inshaa`Allaah.
I like to make sure that Junayd’s actually grasping what we do. I know there are those who don’t believe in testing children and the like, but I need to satisfy myself that the whisperings which I get (that tell me that I’m wasting my time and that he’ll never ‘get it‘) are wrong. So, what I’ve started with him recently are what I call ‘letter picking’.
–> card (or what Americans call cardstock) – any colour will do, but I used white;
–> scissors – I used zig-zag ones;
–> coloured pencils or felt pens
The child will need:
–> glue – I’ve used PVA and the stick glue with Junayd, but I think he prefers PVA;
–> coloured paper or card – we’ve used both.
What you do:
1. Cut out equal square shapes, maybe 10-25. Make them small enough for the child to handle, but big enough for you to write individual letters clearly on each.
2. Write a letter on each card. What I did here was limit the letters from A-D, including both capital and lowercase letters. I wrote in various colours and about 3-6 of each letter.
3. Choose a letter or letters which you want to focus on and tell the child to pick them out. I’ve always done it with one letter at a time – it’s not so overwhelming. Be sure to guide them gently if they get it wrong.
As you can tell, this is a pre-K activity, but can be done for the Arabic alphabet, numbers, colours, shapes,… you can do it for anything really.
Junayd loves this activity because he gets to do two subjects in one: English (or Arabic depending on the language we choose) and crafts (using his fine motor skills with the handling of the letters and gluing). Sorry for not posting pics to demonstrate.
It’s something to try.
~ Umm Junayd.