Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Everyday Arabic Book 4 - Kitchen Items

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

This is the review of Book 4 of the Everyday Arabic Series by Taalib Al-Ilm Educational Resources.

This question & answer sentence book has images of common items found in a kitchen along with their English and Arabic names and what they are often used for in both languages in color coded sentences.

The first page has the chart of Kitchen Items and their meanings making it easy for revision and vocabulary practice.

Now that we have come to book 4, the level of the book is also high as the words used are higher than the previous 3 books. Also you will find the method used from now is Questions and Answers. This makes it fun and opens up room for more activities.  For the kids who are finding it a bit difficult to read this book, you can read aloud to them and they will pick up fast. Maimoonah did struggle a bit but with practice she was able to read this book smoothly. 

Maimoonah loves to just keep on repeating "li maadhaa yusthakhtimu?" What is it used for? Somehow from day one of reading this she got attracted to this question and answer using the words.

The Kitchen items chosen to be displayed in this book are really fabulous and makes it different from all the other ordinary Kitchen item books. Here children even get to learn new English words, Maashaa Allaah. Usually even small toddlers love to master big new words, and in this book you will see words like spatula, ladle, slotted spoon, measuring cup and so on.

At the end of the book there are few activities for kids to enjoy!

This book could be purchased here for a reasonable price.
Again another nice topic to make the kids engage in some Kitchen fun. Since they have enjoyed cutting and cooking, nice way to introduce some kitchen items for the kids and talk about their uses. May be you can demonstrate each item's use. Example show them how to use a grater. When do you use a spatula, All this can be done while asking them to repeat the Kitchen items in English and Arabic. 

Older kids can play a game. Shouting out one Kitchen Item in Arabic and who can fetch it first for you. Or who can tell first what is each item used for, Each day you can rotate activities to make the kids familiar with vocabulary and sentences, as of course repetitions and practice makes it easier for them to remember. And most importantly start using the Arabic vocabulary learnt in daily life so that they do not get forgotten Inshaa Allaah.

You can have a baking day and try to use most of the items mentioned in the book and have a yummy revision session. 

What went off well for us is a traditional soup I make with vegetables and lamb chops or beef bones. Most of the items get used for this soup and everyone enjoys this at home too. You need to use the pot, peeler, grater, knife, measuring cup, colander, ladle, spatula, cutting board, slotted spoon, bowls, etc.

As an extension you can try this tot book  by our dear sister Umm An Nu'man which I remember using with Maimoonah when she was 3 years old. She uses it even now, so serves the purpose really for older kids as well.

What other activities can you do using this beneficial book? Share your thoughts and comments and watch out for the Giveaway of all 8 books soon Inshaa Allaah!

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