I came to Islam at 24, and as you may guess, I didn’t know Arabic. My oldest daughter was 7, and it was quickly impressed on me that her learning Arabic was a priority.
I wanted her to have the best head start in Islam as I could give her, even though my knowledge was very limited, and my knowledge of Arabic was non-existent.
And of course, this is before the age of smart phones and apps. The world is a different place when it comes to availability of information, even just 10 years later!
Now with apps, almost anything we want to learn is a download away, but then it begs the question, what should I download? What is actually useful, and what is just fluff?
We’ve had some success with watching videos on YouTube, but that’s not something I want to just hand over to my kids without direct supervision. I am looking for apps and resources that they can use independently, in sha Allah.
The following post is an app review. I was compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own.
Easy to learn Arabic alphabet
I was very excited to be given the opportunity to review Alif Baa as I was looking for a way to add in some supplemental review for my Kindergartener. We are using Ad-Duha as our main curriculum for Islamic studies, including learning Arabic, but unless she’s submersed in it a bit more, than it’s hard to remember the difference between Jeem, Ha, and Kha, or Ba, Ta, and Tha.
It fills a direct need in our homeschool to have an app that is nice to look at, easy to use, and inexpensive.
Learn Arabic animals
It’s been years since I had the idea to correlate each Arabic letter to an animal. I have illustrated dictionaries, I’ve looked up information online, and I always have holes in my list, handicapping me from making this for my kids.
Well, Alif Baa has paired an animal with each letter of the alphabet. Awesome!
My kids are obsessed with Wild Kratts, and dinner time conversations often include something my kids learned on Wild Kratts lately, or, every mom’s greatest dream (/sarcasm), it’s prompted my daughter to beg me to get a bat house to put up in our yard. Mmm, no thanks, but I enjoy the enthusiasm.
Animals are such a perfect way to get kids excited about a new language, because well, animals are exciting to them!
Learn proper Arabic letter shapes
I avoid worksheets in general for a couple reasons:
- I don’t want to waste paper
- My child half the time only fills out half of the sheet and then is totally uninterested in it
I really enjoy the game within the app that helps you learn how to make the letter shapes, similar to how parents will teach letters by tracing it with their finger in the sand, but without the mess. It’s ready for us when she’s interested in working on it, and we’re not wasting paper if the mood switches.
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Take a peek!
Want to see for yourself? I put together this short video so you can see inside the app!
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