Thank you Dad and Mom

Reem’s Comment:

You might think it is a bit early for me to thank my mother and father. I know in Canada there is Mother’s and Father’s Day, but we do not have that in Saudi Arabia. And I know I can thank my Mom and Dad everyday. The words below are from my heart. There can never be enough words to express how I feel.

My Mom and Dad are the most beautiful and wonderful people in my life, as parents are in everyone’s life.

It’s nice to tell my Mom and Dad how much I love them and how thankful I am for all the things they do for me.

A poem often allows a child to express their feelings better than “just” writing. Writing a poem is a good way to develop their vocabulary as they search for just the right word. This improves their reading skills as well.

Thank You Dad


A great many thanks for all you have done.

Without you my life would not have begun.

You have been there when I most needed you.

You have helped to guide me my whole life through

We have shared both the good times and the bad.

But most of all, thank you for being my Dad.

I love you Dad.

Thank You Mom

A mother is special, she’s more than a friend.

Whenever you need her, she’ll give you a hand.

She’ll lead you and guide you in all that you do.

Try all that she can just to see you get through.

Good times and bad times, she’s there for it all.

Say head up, be proud, and always stand tall.

She’ll love you through quarrels and even big fights,

or heart to heart chats on cold lonely nights.

My mother’s the greatest that I’ve ever known,

I think God made my mother like He’d make his own.

A praiser, a helper, an encourager too,

nothing in this world that she wouldn’t do.

To help us succeed she does all that she can,

helped her young girl become a wo-man.

I want to say thank you for all that you do,

Please always know mom, that I love you.

Source: A True Angel, Mother Child Poem

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Secret Reading Place

Reem’s comment:

This is an interesting idea that parents can use in their home to help children increase their reading. We don’t have to have a fancy tent, we can use a blanket. Children like to have a special place that is their own.

Parents can set a special time to read to their children. Not only does this help the child to read, and to know how special reading is, it also helps the parent / child relationship.


Posted in It takes a village: Parents and Teachers working together | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Good Readers: Stairway to success.

117726977728801307_hF92z3ig_cReem’s Comment:

This is like a stairway to increase reading ability. I will follow these ideas and print on large paper to hang in my classroom.

Let’s do this together.

Please take a picture, send to me and let me know how it worked.

Posted in It takes a village: Parents and Teachers working together | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reem’s Comment:

I like this idea because it encourages children to learn. When children know there will be an activity after the reading, they will pay more attention. 

This concept gave me some ideas. For example, the teachers draws the tree, and then (depending on their age) she can give each student some paper, and they can write a word about what they learned from the book. If they are unable to read and write on their own, she can ask them to offer their ideas and she can write their comments on pieces of paper.

The key to this is to lead a discussion with the students asking them what they think about the ideas and the story.

As I want to share these ideas, receive new ideas, and discuss the ideas with you, please contact me at:

I appreciate and read your comments, please continue to do so!

Thank you



Rhyming Tree – Word Game

October 27, 2011

My son is all about games and challenges and this rhyming tree was just the right amount of learning ( and fun) after a long day at preschool.  Whether you homeschool or just add little bits of learning into a day full of errands and play remember that lessons don’t have to be long, they just need to be targeted. This morning as I nursed my daughter my son and I played with rhymes so when he got home I had this tree prepped for him to revisit the rhymes and some new ones too.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some sticky back foam( I used up lots of scrap pieces finally), construction paper ( I also used part of a paper bag… I love reusing things), markers , scissor and a glue stick.
  2. Start by drawing a tree without leaves.
  3. Write one word on each branch.
  4. Cut out and glue on the construction paper.
  5. Write rhyming words on the foam and cut out in the shape of leaves.
  6. Glue the tree on the paper.
  7. Add one rhyming fool . Peel and stick the words onto the rhyming branches. This isn’t a quiet time activity because I added some words to spark discussion like pair and pear as well as said which he recognizes in books but I suspected ( correctly) that out of context he doesn’t recognize. So even a little lesson( or game as my son calls it) like this can let me talk about homonyms and check on his sight words stress free.
  8. He loved it and laughed hysterically at me when I asked if I could add one becuase I was SURE that chair and bee rhymed. Another reason to stay and play… giggles! When we were done he counted up all the words on each branch to see which branch won. Yay a little math too !

The best part about learning to read are these games and play that becomes possible so don’t forget to make words a game…even if there is a lesson or two hidden inside.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

كيف تشجع أبناءك على القراءة

كيف تشجع أبناءك على القراءة

هل تريد أن تعود طفلك على القراءة (reading)، وتريد أن تنمي به حب هذه الهواية؟ مجتمعنا يعرض العديد من التحديات لتحقيق هذا الهدف. حتى الأطفال الذين يحبون القراءة يستنكفون أحيانا أن يفعلوا ذلك مع جميع الخيارات الأخرى للتسلية. يرغب معظم الأطفال اليوم أن يلعبوا الالكترونيات بدلا من قراءة كتاب جيد. لا يجب أن يكون الوضع على هذا النحو. هذه المقالة سوف تقدم بعض الأفكار الجيدة حول كيفية تشجيع الأطفال على القراءة. ومن الممكن جعل حتى أكثر الأطفال مقاومة للقراءة أن يقرأ.

  • حاول الانخراط ببرنامج للقراءة جيد. يمكنك وضع برنامج قراءة بنفسك من خلال تقديم مكافآت لطفلك بناء على عدد الكتب التي تمت قراءتها. ويمكن أن تجعلها مكافأة أسبوعية تعطي لاستكمال جميع ساعات القراءة  لهذا الأسبوع.
  • ابحث عن أدبيات (مواد) تكون ضمن اهتمامات الطفل. توفر الكتب والمجلات وحتى المجلات الكرتونية مجموعة كبيرة متنوعة من المواضيع التي قد يهتم بها الطفل.
  • حدد وقتا معينا في اليوم للقراءة. احرص على أن يكون هذا الوقت هادئا ورائقا. احمل جميع المتواجدين في المنزل على المشاركة. اقرأ أنت أيضا، أو اقرأ لأطفال الذين لا يستطيعون القراءة. عندما تشارك طفلك تجربة القراءة فإنه سيبدأ في حب هذه الهواية.
  • احرص على الذهاب إلى المكتبة مرة كل أسبوعين. سيتطلع طفلك إلى هذا الوقت. أخبره أنه يحتاج إلى اختيار عدد من الكتب للقراءة خلال فترة أسبوعين. أو يمكنك اختيار بعض الكتب بنفسك تعتقد بأنه قد يكون مهتما.
  • قم بشراء شريط فيديو جديد لطفلك كي يشاهده بعد أن يكون قد أنهى الكتب التي حددتها. سيكون هذا حافزا إضافيا. ومن الممكن للفيديو أن يكون مبنيا على أحد الكتب التي قرأها.

ولكن يجب عليك كولي أمر أن تقوم بتفحص ما سيقرؤه الطفل قبل قراءته للتأكد من أن الكتاب مناسب له من الناحية العمرية وفي المحتوى. ويجب أن لا تحتسب الوقت الذي يقضيه في القراءة على الحاسب الآلي كجزء من وقت القراءة المطلوبة.

المصدر: How to Encourage Kids To Read بتصرف

Posted in Arabic Language اللغه العربيه | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quran for Children – IN ENGLISH

This video is non-fiction.
It is a fabulous video. It teaches children the importance of reading, “Kahf” from the Qu’ran, on Friday. Not only that but it also helps them to practice to remember it in an easy and very pleasureable way

Posted in Let's read online! | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How Big Are You? An Amazing Presentation


Children  can  learn a lot and a lot of things through these images
For example,  children  can writes there own story using there  imagination
Also  know the names of the planets and simple information about them
And other wonderful great things. I really like this idea 

Now, this is really fascinating. This image shows the size of Earth compared to some other planets in our solar system.

sun moon earth

The image below shows Earth compared to some of the larger planets in our solar system. Look how small we are compared to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune! About 1,400 Earths can fit inside the Jupiter.


jupiter saturn earth

The image below shows the sizes of the huge planets compared to the Sun. There is no comparison! The huge Jupiter looks tiny compared to the Sun. About 980 Jupiters can fit inside the Sun.


sun jupiter neptune

Now going beyond our solar system, it’s a big universe. Look how tiny the sun is compared to some other stars.


arcturus sirius pollux

Finally, the huge stars above is tiny compared to the stars shown below! The Sun is only 1 pixel in size in the image below. Subhan Allah.


stars betelgeuse rigel aldebaran antares







Posted in It takes a village: Parents and Teachers working together | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment