1) What is the best way to pass on Arabic to your child?
Waiting until your child reaches a certain age and starting directly with reading and writing practices and lists of words and grammar rules to learn by heart is an approach that is difficult for children.
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.
Your child will start to acquire basic grammar rules just by being exposed to Arabic via resources and conversations and by repeating sentences and language structures.
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!)
Read our best tips below:
When your child is a baby or a toddler,
Expose him/her to the whole language and lay a wonderful language foundation by:
- talking in Arabic to him/her in your daily-life (describe what you do, describe what’s around you; as you probably already do in your other home language). If you have relatives who can speak Arabic fluently, make it a family affair and ask them to only speak Arabic to your child!
- reading aloud Arabic children books,
- playing simple games with words and basic sentences,
- singing rhymes with/without movements,
- providing an Arabic-script rich environment at home through labels, wall displays and decorations,
- introducing the Arabic alphabet through play (puzzle, cubes etc.).
When your child is a preschooler or older
Start by doing the same as mentioned above! That will lay a wonderful language foundation before moving onto writing and reading practices.
Add writing and reading practices if he/she is ready, according on his/her own development. Be his/her partner and bear in mind that children are different, some can read at 5, others can read at 7 etc…
Be patient with your child and continue to expose him to Arabic through play, crafts and daily life. You can also look for Arabic playgroups or Arabic kids clubs in your area.
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, start with a routine of 10 min per day. That’s better than going big and stopping, or doing nothing at all!
Be patient, persevere, you will improve as you go!
If you are a non-native speaker:
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. That’s the best way to acquire the language and avoid forgetting it.
Our membership includes read-aloud videos of our printables as well as other videos and audios to help improve the listening and speaking skills. We also offer members priority support, you can ask us your questions, ask us to help you correct a worksheet or a writing of your child etc…
2) Our Articles and Resources for you (LINKS):
1. Our Resources for Baby/Toddler Age:
- Read Aloud: Words/Pictures Books, Stories and Describing Books with basic sentences. TIP: add intonations, sounds, gestures. Check out our printable books.
- Sing: TIP: add movements according to the meaning of the sentences. Check out our Rhymes.
- Talk to them in Arabic: re-use what’s in our resources (what’s you read is what you can say!), and learn some Arabic commands from our freebie.
- Providing an Arabic script rich environment: check out our Labels, bookmarks and wall displays.
- Play with the Arabic Alphabet. From our blog, read the guest post: Five sensory play activities to teach the Arabic alphabet
2. Our 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)
- Flashcards, Games, activities sets
- Wall displays, Bookmarks and Labels
- Everything related to Seasons, Weather and Date
3. Our 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.
- All Alphabet, Reading, Writing Resources
4. Practical and Motivational Tips from our blog:
- Raising my child in Arabic boosted my own learning (the testimony of our non-native speaking founder)
- 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)
- How I started an Arabic Playgroup (guest post)
- Parent Child: the 6 senses associated with learning Arabic together (guest post)
- How to Teach Arabic to children the right way [guest post]
- Teaching Arabic Letters…to Non Native Speakers (methodology by the teacher of our team)