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When we first started out homeschooling we decided my wife would teach Math, Sciences, and Reading in English and that I was in charge of teaching Arabic and Islamic studies. I was posed with the challenge where unlike in English there were not a whole lot of options for teaching your child to read Arabic. No 100 Easy lessons, or anything like that. Even finding suitable children’s books in Arabic was difficult (yes even living in the heart of the Arab world). At one point I wrote a picture book that became famous in our house called داود الدب (Dawood the Bear). Once my child had a grasp of the alphabet and the harakat I wanted to move on to teaching my son to read but I had nothing to work with. My wife was breezing through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, and I was envious so I decided to try and write up my own Arabic version. This was an OK start but it wasn’t tried and tested and didn’t have the proper progression.
Someone had mentioned to me القاعدة النورانية (Nooraniya) so I picked up a copy. Although this book is very famous and used throughout the Muslim world I couldn’t grasp the reasoning behind the order of the book and found the progression to be quite confusing. There were certain pages that I just wasn’t sure what was expected of me or my son. Needless to say my son did not like this book at all and rejected it quite quickly. As I love searching through book stores a short time later I found this book called خلاصة القاعدة البغدادية and I was in love with it as soon as I opened it up. The book was self-explanatory. It covered all of the aspects of reading Arabic and it went in a very gradual progression. It would only use in each new lesson what it had taught in previous lessons, and it would only introduce one new concept at a time. What was even better was the amount of practice it provided. I started to use this book and it was like breathing a fresh breath of air. My son responded to it well, and it has now earned a permanent spot in our library and we’d like to share it with you.
The book stands out for several reasons.
1. The author put it together for parents to use at home
2. It is gradual in that it teaches only one new concept at a time
3. It covers all necessary aspects of reading Arabic
4. It provides an excellent amount of practice
5. It is available for free in a color PDF on our download page
For those of you who are new with us. We have been doing a series on the steps you need to take in teaching your child how to read Arabic.
Part 1: we discuss how to determine if your child is ready to start learning
Part 2: we discuss teaching your child the Arabic alphabet
Part 3: we discuss teaching your child the phonics of the Arabic alphabet
Part 4: we discuss teaching your child the harakaat and their sounds (this section comes with a free download for a template of a flip book)
And now we would like to bring to you
Part 5, our latest video which is a comprehensive review of all of the sections covered in خلاصة القاعدة البغدادية