Kalimah is pleased to announce our self-paced family program to learn 1001 Arabic words “Alf Kalimah wa Kalimah” starting on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
Weekly story time, song, and conversational practice for the whole family on Saturdays 11:30-12:30 ET.
Kalimah's play-based STEAM Arabic programs integrate culture, science, history, arts, social studies, and more, but no religion.
We combine Fus7a (Modern Standard Arabic MSA) and dialect (mostly Shami) in a relaxed, collaborative, welcoming environment. No language prerequisite: all are welcome and will be accommodated based on their starting levels.
Synchronous times are via secured Zoom meetings and mostly in small groups of 3-5 kids/teacher.
Each child gets a one-year school subscription to 3asafeer.com where some of the Arabic learning takes place via assigned, themed e-books and videos, interactive worksheets, standard-based assessments, and much more.
Sample Sight Word Page
Frequently Asked Questions
What platform will the virtual classroom be on?
The platform is Google Suite: the digital materials and resources will be made available to subscribers to access any time. There will also be weekly meetings on Zoom on most Saturdays: 11:30-12:30 to do live story, songs, conversations, and games related to the montly theme.
What ages is this ideal for?
The program is for whole families, so all ages are welcome. The content, just like you see on the second page of the virtual classroom, will be coded by recommended age/level. So there will be something for each person in the family.
When can students access the material?
Resources will be made available to subscribers to access any time.
What are sight words and why focus on them?
Sight words "are used so often it is important that readers be able to recognize these words on sight (hence the term “sight words”). When a reader masters sight words she is able to understand at least half of the words in a particular text. By eliminating the need to decode these words, the reader is able to focus on those that are more difficult and less familiar. Beyond this, sight words offer important clues about the meaning of a sentence." - https://www.k12reader.com/what-are-sight-words/
Which Arabic version/dialect do you use in your instruction and communication?
We combine Fus7a (Modern Standard Arabic-MSA) and dialect (mostly Shami) in a relaxed, collaborative, welcoming environment.
What if our child has no background knowledge or previous instruction in Arabic?
Our programs do not require any language prerequisite: all are welcome and will be accommodated based on their starting levels.
Is there a set curriculum or reading material?
In addition to Kalimah's STEM-based, integrated (culture, history, arts, social studies, and more, but no religion) multimedia interactive content, each child participant gets a one-year school subscription to 3asafeer.com where some of the Arabic learning takes place via trackable, assigned, themed e-books and videos, interactive worksheets, standard-based assessments, and more.
Please note that what we offer is not a stand-alone curriculum to teach Arabic reading/writing. It is rather a fun, interactive, game-based, self-paced learning adventure for the whole family that emphasizes Arabic sight words as the missing link between the phase of letter identification/pronunciation and reading fluency with enriched comprehension and valuable connections to relevant topics and everyday language!
What are the different membership or subscription options and what do they include?
1) Full Access: Monthly package & digital access ( $ 90.00 for the first month then, $ 45.00 for each month )
A package sent in the mail beginning of every month containing a set of sight words for the month (number of words is based on age and ability but will generally be 10-20 words) as well as materials for 2-3 hands-on, multi-sensory activities related to the word set and unit theme. The first package* will contain a folder, a set of reusable tools in a special Kalimah box, a decoder wheel for escape room puzzles, as well as customized Arabic name art activities for each listed participant.
Cancel anytime: you will stop receiving updated access and content the last calendar day of the month of cancellation.
3) Annual Digital Access (2 months free!) ( $ 250.00 for each year )
(digital access only)
all options include weekly story time, songs, games, and conversational practice for the whole family on Saturdays 11:30-12:30 ET via secured Zoom meetings and mostly in small groups of 3-5 kids/teacher.