At Arabic Seeds, like you, we are parents and our objective is to raise Arabic-fluent children.
- one of us was also an Arabic teacher and is raising his child in Arabic-only,
- and the other member is a non-native Arabic speaker who started from scratch and now uses Arabic as a daily-life language with her child, along with her mother tongue.
Thanks to our 2 experiences, we are here to help you whether you are a non-native speaking parent* or a native speaking parent:
*you at least know how to read and write in Arabic and some basic grammar.
1) What is the best way to pass on Arabic to my child?
Our own experience, as well as advice from multilingual parenting experts, show that the best way to pass on Arabic to your kids is to integrate the language into your daily life so it becomes a natural language, a meaningful language, a beloved language.
And it is never too early or too late to start! (of course, the earlier the easier, but even as an adult it’s not impossible!)
Waiting until your child reaches a certain age and starting directly with reading and writing exercises and lists of words and grammar rules to learn by heart is NOT effective.
- If you child is a baby/toddler, it is essential to expose him to the whole language by reading children books, having basic daily-life conversations (even if your baby doesn’t speak yet, talk to him in Arabic, describe what you do, describe what’s around you; as you probably already do in your other home language), playing simple games with words and basic sentences, reciting rhymes with movements, integrating more Arabic script at home (ex: through labels or decorations), introducing the Arabic alphabet through play.
Your child will start to acquire basic grammar rules just by being exposed to Arabic via books and conversations and by repeating sentences and language structures (truly experienced by us!)
Keep in mind that social interaction is the most powerful tool you already have (that’s why parents, relatives, friends and/or teachers can’t be totally replaced by electronics when it comes to language learning)!
- If your child is older, start by doing the same! And add writing and reading practices if he/she is ready (depending on his/her own development).
Don’t forget that the 4 skills of a language (writing, reading, listening and speaking) are inter-dependents. Like for babies/toddlers, your older kids also need to understand the language, to see it as a meaningful and interesting language.
One more important advice:
Start little but with regularity (for example, a routine of 10 min per day. this is better than going big and stopping, or doing nothing at all), be patient, persevere, you will improve as you go! Maybe you won’t see the results directly but don’t give up, the mechanisms in the brain are developing.
NOTE: If you are a non-native speaker, know that the majority of our resources are daily-life inspired and that you can re-use the vocabulary and basic sentences included in them in your daily life with your kids. We also plan to add audios to our resources so you can listen to the right pronunciation, and to develop our special section “Arabic for Mums” with daily-life dialogues.
Our mission at Arabic Seeds is to create the resources you need and to share our tips with you, so you can achieve this goal.
If you understand that your commitment is essential to raise an Arabic fluent child, here is what we have for you (and more is coming!):
2) Our Practical Tips and Resources for you (LINKS):
1. Practical and Motivational Tips from our blog:
- Raising my child in Arabic boosted my own learning (the testimony of our non-native speaking team member)
- Daily Tips to practice Arabic with your kids – part 1 (motivational tips + reading to your child)
- Daily Tips to practice Arabic with your kids – part 2 (listening skill practice, tips and resources, for you and your kids)
- Daily tips to practice Arabic with your kids – part 3 (about writing and speaking skills)
- Teaching Arabic Letters…to Non Native Speakers (methodology by the teacher of our team)
2. Resources for Baby/Toddler Age:
They are gathered in a special category on our shop, click on: resources suitable for Baby/Toddler
- Read Aloud: Words/Pictures Books, Stories and Describing Books with basic sentences. TIP: add intonations, sounds, gestures.
- Recite: Rhymes. TIP: add movements according to the meaning of the sentences.
- Talk to them in Arabic: re-use what’s in our resources, “Arabic for Mums” Dialogues with audios and exercises to then practice in the daily life (coming soon)
3. Resources for older Kids :
- Words/Pictures Books, Stories and Describing Books with basic sentences. (add intonations, sounds, gestures to improve the learning)
- Rhymes (add movements according to the meaning of the sentences)
- Bookmarks and Labels
- Coming: “Arabic for Mums” Dialogues with audios and exercises to then practice in the daily life.
4. Resources to teach Reading and Writing once the child is ready:
- TarkEasy: an innovative resource to teach how to connect the letters to build words.
- ReadEasy: flashcards designed by our experienced Arabic teacher to teach Arabic Reading.