Category: Teaching Tips


I finally got this book from the library yesterday and I really like it.  This lady has some really nice ideas that I’m excited to try out with the children so they can get started on their writing skills.  I found her website where I believe there are sample pages for you to check out if interested. 

http://www.peggykaye.com/target.php?ct=welcome

I’m reading the Games For Writing but I also have The Math and Reading ones too.  I’m going to have to check out the other ones here next time.  All I can say is lots of great ideas.  Masha Allah.

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Multiplication Struggles

For the past 3 weeks I have been struggling with teaching ds his 3 and 4 times tables.  I remember as a kid mom made me memorize skip counting all the rows up to 12 so this helped me until I memorized the equations.  My son however was really struggling so I watched this little video and tried it today and so far it has really helped his little sis is joining in on it also.  So I’m sharing just incase it can help someone else  Insha Allah.

It’s a video from Math Mammoth.  I’ve heard of them just haven’t used any of their products.  http://www.mathmammoth.com/multiplication_1.php

The other day my son pulled out a pot and some measuring cups. He filled the pot with water and began to compare measurements.  I asked him questions like; “how many 1/8 cups does it take to fill a 1/4 cup, and so on.  He would guess then fill.”  Before hand I also explained that the bottom number of the measurements (ex. 1/8) tells how many it would take to fill 1 cup.  Then I would ask things like  how many 1/3 cup will it take to fill 1 cup?I think we will have to try measuring spoons next.  He had a lot of fun and that is what is important.

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They are ESL sites but they can still be used for grammar games and whatever you  can imagine.

Daves Esl Cafe

 

Teach English in Asia

 

ESL Flow.com

 

MES-English

 

Three Wise Monkeys

 

Games and Activities

Awhile back I joined this yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GamesForLearning/ and found some really great ideas in a download that someone spent a lot of time on.  Well today we played a baseball game using her ideas for spelling.  What you do is make a spinner that has 1-4, fly ball out and homerun.  Well as the child spins they have to spell the word right in order to move.  I used their spelling lists and since I only have 2 littleones we had to bring in some stuffed toys.  The kids really liked this.  I would really recommend joining this group if you haven’t.

Well today we began using Mini Offices so far we only needed the math one today.  I had to introduce all the things there, so my son would know what was available to help him.  So we will give it a week and see how it works.  I will keep you posted Insha Allah.

http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/

Has some good Foreign language ideas too.

For our Writing and Math mini offices  I basically printed up whatever  my son needed right at his fingertips for quick reference.  Especially the things he struggles with.  I also put whatever we review daily.  For example with Math I used this clock printout because my son gets confused which hand is which.  

For our Arabic/Islamic mini office.  I used the charts that I made awhile back.  I also made some charts to use with the vocab we are learning in the first lesson of the Madina program.  I printed up a chart that shows the different positions of the letters and a surah chart both from TJ and a poster that I made to help my son pronounce Iman Mufassal (we are all trying to memorize this right now.)  All of these were minimized before printing to about 50 or 60%. 

I hope insha Allah that these mini offices will help us to stay on top of things that sometimes get neglected when we are spending so much time on one subject.

I’ve been looking into mini offices a lot lately.  We are so cramped for room in our house so posters aren’t really happening here.  So I’ve decided to try mini offices and since I’ve figured out how to reduce the size of things when I print them  it has worked out well Masha Allah.  I made 3 different ones for my son who is 2nd grade (Writing, Math, and Arabic.)  and I am currently working on one for my daughter who is 1st grade.

Some great sites to find out more and to get printables are;

http://www.squidoo.com/minioffice  this site will tell you all about mini offices and lead you to the other sites that are available out there.

http://talibiddeenjr.amanahwebs.com/index.html  ofcourse who can forget this one.

I’m planning insha Allah to begin using them Monday, so we will see how it works out.

As salamu alaikum,

Awhile back I had drew a game on a file folder called Arabic Party I just drew a path with some go ahead _spaces, go back_spaces and a short cut and added pictures of Arabic letters some cakes and goodies and at the end it says you made it to the Party Masha Allah. 

I also had a couple of file folders with a game I printed from yemen links http://www.yemenlinks.com/Downloads/Arabic%20Alphabet%20II.pdf My children would use these from time to time to match the letters.

Well I used both sets of letter cards and one of the folders as a poster.  I would have the kids roll a die and pick a letter card for them to read.  If one didn’t know I would let the other one help.  If they both didn’t know then we would ask the Alphabet.  Which I would take the card in hand and we would recite every letter until we got to the one in my hand and then I would let the one whose turn it was go.  Basically no one got a wrong answer and it was a lot of repetition when they couldn’t guess.  Insha Allah it will help them remember their arabic letters eventually.

As salamu alaikum