If you are a homeschooler, you know the joy of finding easy-to-access good quality resources for your children. Such resources save you time when you are already juggling with so many plates in your home! Well, our founder at Arabic Seeds is a homeschooler and our membership reflects the vision she had for a comprehensive Arabic Resources platform that one can come back to again and again when planning for homeschool, therefore avoiding searching the whole internet, that time-consuming and frustration-fueling task.
With Arabic Seeds’ Membership, we want to provide a ‘feast’ of Arabic exposure: our resources are based on a wide variety of daily life and child-friendly themes and topics, and offer the opportunity to develop the 4 language skills (listen, speak, read and write) and to practice from letters to sentences and short texts. The objective is to make your children practice the language with confidence and develop a strong connection and familiarity with Arabic as a whole! The variety in our resources also means that you will be able to use our membership with your multi-age/multi-level homeschooled children. And if like us you believe that home educating actually starts naturally from baby age, we even have a “Baby & Me” and “Arabic in daily life” section for you!
In case you are new to our website, our membership is resource-rich, covering topics from seasons and greetings to animals, geography, space, and so much more. It is convenient, all you have to do is print, read the instructions, then teach your children and practice with them! You can also make them watch our read-aloud videos to develop their listening skills, speaking fluency and good pronunciation. For that bit of extra fun, we have developed several themed online Arabic games for our members. At Arabic Seeds, we believe that learning Arabic should be nothing short of a meaningful and an engaging experience!
More importantly, our membership is cost-effective. As homeschoolers ourselves, we know more than anyone just how expensive homeschooling can get, so we’ve kept our prices as low as possible. You also don’t need to buy a subscription for each of your children, one subscription is valid for your entire household!
With all that in mind, today we are sharing with you five ways to use our Arabic Seeds membership as a homeschooler. We have been asked this question frequently, and so we have decided to give you a detailed answer here. Please feel free to share any additional ideas you might have in the comments section below. We may even add them to this blogpost (don’t worry, we’ll ask you first!).
1) Add Arabic Seeds’ resources to your homeschool’s morning routine
2) Make Arabic a core subject in your homeschool by using our themed units
If Arabic acquisition is top on your list of homeschool priorities and you want to make Arabic a daily core subject in your homeschool (all you’d need is between 15 and 30 minutes per day, or alternatively, slot in your Arabic time several times a week), this is where our themed units are super useful! We designed them to give you a web of connected resources to use throughout the week/month depending on the pace of your family. We currently have a dozen of themed units ranging from Greetings to Space, and we are always in the process of adding more!
Each unit is purposely based on a printable book or story to give learners a meaningful and engaging context. Then, the other resources of the unit (worksheets, flashcards, crosswords and colourings, rhymes, read-aloud videos, quiz cards, games) make learners practice and reinforce the vocabulary words, grammar structures or sentences introduced in the book, as well as the 4 language skills (listen, speak, read and write).
TIP 1: You can also tie up a unit to what you are learning in your other subjects if it is relevant.
TIP 2: A unit can take several weeks to complete. We recommend not to rush through the units, repetition is essential and it’s important to take time so that your child take ownership of what he/she is learning. The main goal is to make your children confident enough to re-use in real life some of what they have learned so that the language is efficiently acquired.
TIP 3: We also suggest that you keep some days each month to review previous units’ materials or, if you have protected your print outs well (laminating the books or flashcards for example), we suggest that you keep them within reach of your children in their bookshelf or another place that allow them to grab them and use them whenever they want.
3) Use Arabic Seeds’ resources to play in Arabic
Games and play are never a bad idea when learning. Many resources from our membership can be used to play in Arabic. What a great way to develop connection and love for the language!
For example, your children can pretend to be our Arabic-speaking kittens Nashoot and Banoon (throw in some cat masks) and retell the dialogue of our “Nashoot meets Bannoon” story. Other stories from our library canoe easily used for pretend play.
You can also assemble the 3D Paper City from our City Unit (with building labels in Arabic) with your children, have them bring their toys (vehicles, characters) and help them to use the Arabic vocabulary and sentences included in the unit while they are playing!
One underrated yet extremely versatile resource that aids learning through play is flashcards. Instead of reserving them solely for matching activities, try to also use them as characters in an imaginary game. Take our Under the Sea flashcards for example. Print and laminate them for extra durability, then spill them out on any blue background you have on hand such a cloth or scarf – this is your ocean! Now name each sea creature and together come up with a storyline, using the flashcards to illustrate your story and bring it to life. It won’t be long before your children join in and add sentences!
We also provide scavenger hunt lists in our Fall’s Treasure unit and Park & Playground unit. Take Arabic outside!
Finally, in addition to our online games, you might also be interested in our printable Quiz Cards (if your children like competition, you can add in some rewards to win for the one who answers correctly the most questions) and printable games like our Snowman Dress up Game (play this game with a real snowman if you get snow in your area!)
4) Use Arabic Seeds’ resources at bedtime
Perhaps your morning routine is already full but you like the idea of having daily Arabic exposure? You could use our printable Arabic books as bedtime stories.
You can also use our bedtime rhyme and other Arabic Seeds’ rhymes to calm down and enjoy a lovely moment with your children.
5) Start an Arabic Homeschool Group or coop!
Learning in a group is a brilliant way to learn anything really, and Arabic is no different. Why not start an Arabic homeschooling group in your city and use resources from our membership as your teaching material?
Making Arabic special by learning it with friends is a very good way to develop a positive attachment to Arabic as a language. Also, learning in a group can be a very enriching experience for everyone. Once your Arabic homeschooling group is up and running, plan for special days such as park day (to practice what’s in our Park & playground unit) or beach day (to practice what’s in the Five senses at the beach unit) or aquarium/zoo day (to practice what’s in the “Under the sea” unit or in the Animals unit). Hold the events in Arabic as much as possible. Imagine how immersive these Arabic experiences will be!
You can also create an Arabic playgroup lead by an Arabic teacher. Read our blogpost written by a mom who created a playgroup with other moms.
Our resources in use by homeschoolers
So there you have it! Five ways to help you integrate our Arabic membership into your homeschool. Start off small, such as adding a resource or two to your morning basket. Once Arabic is firmly part of your daily routine, make your way through this list and add one suggestion at a time! Always remember that learning Arabic is a continuous journey. There is no arrival, but it is beautiful nonetheless. Trusting the process, commitment and patience are the keys!
We hope you love our membership as much as we love creating resources for you! Feel free to comment or ask your questions in the comment section below, we love to hear from you!