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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Letter of the Week: x for fox in a box

The letter x is that last letter that prekinders learnt. And needless to say, it's one of the hardest letters to associate a thing with. Usually people would teach x for x-ray but for a phonics purpose it doesn't serve. So we'd take words that has an ending of x such as fox, box and six.

For our craft, we've made the crazy x character with foam eyes and mouths. We've also made fox in a box - what else?!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Spring Story Prompts to Help Children Write Download

Spring is in the air (at least it is in the southern hemisphere. What better way to get children to write than to give them some timely spring prompts to get their creative juices flowing?

Remember that to write a narrative, children would need to have a beginning, middle and ending. The beginning of the story is the introduction where the children would write the who, where, what and when. The middle of the story is where children write about the problem and action that is going on. The ending is the conclusion of the story and it is where children will have to write the resolution to the problem that was introduced. 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Book Review: Clear the Path

Title : Clear the Path
Author: Hosai Mojaddidi
Illustrator: Teresa Abboud
Publisher: Prolance
Ages: 5-10 year olds

An integral part of every Muslim household and Islamic school classroom is teaching children proper adab (etiquette). Clear the Path: A Rhyme Book on Manners for Little Muslims is a fun and simple collection of rhymes with colorful and relatable illustrations to help parents and educators teach their children and students the basics of Islamic etiquette in private and public spaces.

Inspired by nearly forty sound hadiths (narrations), all of which are included in the reference section, this book not only provides practical lessons in Islamic etiquette, but also serves as a valuable resource of essential hadiths every Muslim should know.

Clear the Path is a book with a difference. It's not a picture book but rather a 'comic' or graphic book. This will appeal to young readers because there is a picture for each set of sentences.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Spring And Fall Writing Prompts Download Sheets


Writing is probably the last to develop in children. They begin to read before they write in sentences. I don't know why but parents and teachers tend to focus on getting children to read more than write. I have parents telling me they have taught their children to read and they don't know what else to teach next. 

With prekinders, I tend to teach writing straight after they can sound out words and know a few sight words. These are the two skills they need for writing. As with everything else, practice makes better. Just as children need to read every day, they need to write every day. 
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