Once a day Me and Noori learn our Islamic studies together online using Sunnikids. One part of this online course teaches us some Arabic words. To carry on from that I make the words we have learnt into flashcards so we can learn them without having the computer on.
We could just use the flashcards as you normally would but to make it more interesting I added them into this story‘We’re Roaming in the Rainforest’.
I went through the story and picked out some of the flashcards we already have. The words we didn’t have I looked up online and made some more.
As we have no ink in our printer I drew the pictures out copying from the book and writing the words. This time Noori wanted to colour them. We then laminated them so they will last a long time.
Here are the words we used:
Spider – Ankaboot
Butterfly – Farasha
Tree – Shajara
Swim – Sibaha
Fruit – Fakiha
Cuddle – Einaq
Monkey – Qird
Parrot – Babagha
Snake – Thuaban
Moon – Qamar
Young Boy – Ghalam
Some of the words such as young boy aren’t in the story, rather in the pictures. Using the flashcards for the pictures is another way of using all our flashcards to repeat and learn words.
We laid the flashcards out around the book and she read the story. Whenever a word appeared she replaced that word with the same word in Arabic and said it in the sentence.
We even found some soft toys that matched the story and kept the baby entertained.
I bought this book for Abdi when he was first born as it was so colourful and he was instantly attracted to the bright pictures.
It is quite a long book for a baby so we usually just look at the pictures rather than say all the words.
At the end of the story it gives facts about rainforests, conservation, and Tribal people.
I learnt a few things from this map myself.
This story is published by Barefoot Books who care greatly about the environment from their printing processes to the messages in their stories. The pictures in this book bring the rainforests to life and introduce us to new exciting animals.
As Earth Day is coming up this is the perfect book to introduce conservation, show how we as humans effect our planet and what we can do to help.
Here a some fabulous activities you could do together with your child for Earth Day.
If you like sensory play here are two fantastic conservation themed ideas:
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