Continent Shapes

I KNOW WHAT AFRICA LOOKS LIKE

In continuing our world map activities I asked Lil Muallimah which continent would she like to do first, and she chose Africa.

I gave her this printable I got from curriculum click, when it came as a freebie. You will notice her own Africa is spelled as “AfNicA” (hehe) because she had mistaken the lines of r and i as one letter making it n…,

I am totally fine with that, she will get it eventually 🙂 If you look closely she even colored the lake in the middle, blue 🙂

Then I asked her if she wanted to make it with  modelling clay ? And she said “YES!” So I grabbed her foam puzzle and we ran downstairs.

I asked her to point out Africa on this foam puzzle I got from the $ store. (it doesn’t have the same colors as Montessori maps, so ayounger child might get confused) Thankfully Lil Muallimah got it right but I do see the wisdom and benefit in the Montessori Maps.

Nonetheless the rest is pretty much clear through the pictures. She was quite enthusiastic throughout this activity and wanted to get it just right 🙂

 

The yellow tool actually came in a play dough set, my kids had got as a gift yeaaaaars ago 🙂

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TAA  DAAAAA !!!

Don’t you just love such multi level activities, encompassing, mapping, recognition, hand eye co-ordination, motor skills…..:):):):)

Other related activities:

Continent Recognition

Continent Shapes

Coloring the large scale World Map

Continent Tracing

Flagging the continents

Continent Game

Push Pinning Continents

 

Flagging the Continents

This download from Montessori Print Shop is a wonderful way to practice recognition and naming the continents. I printed out the black and white pages from the file and colored them in, by hand and  followed  the instructions to laminate and make the pinning flags.

Next day, I actually asked Lil Muallimah to help mak eher new activity.

First I asked her to place the flags on to a styrofoam sheet.

Next I asked her to make some balls with sticky tack

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Then I asked her fix the balls of sticky tack onto the black dots on the continents, on the World map.

Finally she got to do her activity. Pin the correct flag on to the corresponding continent matching the color and shape.

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Now the same activity with a twist. Matching the names of the continents

The control of error in Montessori Activities does give a boost to the child’s confidence. Love it 🙂

 

Continent Game

CONTINENT FUN !

Right after Lil Muallimah finished coloring her World map, (see post here) we went upstairs to turn it into something cooler, our very own…………

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 We have played this way before two with the older ones, but those printed maps were played on and thrown after the wear and tear.This time I thought of sticking it onto a bristol board. Picking through our bristol boards in our stationary closet, I thought it would be much cooler if I stuck it onto blue bristol board. Now that way I wouldn`t have to colour in the continents, Phew! BUT……that meant I would have to cut around the continedsc05833nts. Sigh….. which I did but not around the smaller island parts.

I even made Antarctica from the left over cut out which was missing in the original map as Lil Muallimah pointed out.

Then I laminated it with shelf liner… and we were all ready to play.

Right foot Asia , left foot North America

Right foot Africa , left foot South America………

…..and Right hand Asia , left hand North America

Right foot Asia , left foot North America

By the time of the last picture she was giggling and asking me… could you please make it simpler now ! …..because she was getting all criss crossed … hehe

 FUN FUN FUN

 

Our World Map

LARGE SCALE WORLD MAP

Lil Muallimah got to color her own world map. I got the 6 page print out from Owl and Mouse website. and Lil Muallim 1 and 2 put it together as a puzzle with Lil Muallim #1 folding the sides to match it up.

Got to love team work. It is an important lesson to teach kids…….  helping out siblings. A true blessing when they do….Alhumdolillah!

She used her World Map to match the shapes of continents and colors. She was quite excited and did Australia and Africa in one sitting.

Just so she wouldn’t stress out if a bit of color came out of the lines, I oulined the continent with a think line at the borders as you can see in the picture below.

She did South America and North America next with others to follow.

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Her neatness shows how much she prizes this 🙂

Asia is waiting to be completed for the past week 🙂 I think today will be the day.

UPDATE:

Yup…we did finish it today. First when I laid it out and asked her if she wanted to do it she said no. A little while later, I sat down and asked her if she would like me to make the outlines. That’s all I needed to say. We were all done in less than 5 minutes 🙂

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We also fixed some mistakes in the coloring by pasting a paper over certain parts (border of Europe and Asia) and reduced the size of Greenland. Different map projections have varying size for some areas. But that I’ll talk about in another post.

Next post will be about what we did with this map…. so stay tuned 🙂

Dot to Dot Continents

GUESS THE CONTINENT

I found these really neat printable at Making Learning Fun. Lil Muallimah got the easier ones Lil Muallim # 2 got the harder ones. They both like there continent dot to dot sheets.

I put Lil Muallimah ones in protective sheets and in a file to keep them safe and reusable.

Today I took Lil Muallimah’s out of the file to see if she could recognize her continents without tracing them first. Mashallah she got them all right, as she named them ans explained her observation, why she thought it was that continent. She described how she knew, giving details of the shape and surrounding. I was very impressed. The nomenclature cards and her big map really helped Alhumdolillah

Here’s what I mean

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You’ve got to like the subtle element of Math (counting beyoind ten) while tracing the continents. Just the perfect out of the box Math activity Math on the Level style.

Before she can be done, she has to clean her tracings so there are no marks left on the protective sheet and pick up her cards. :):):):):)

These were done very enthusiastically and with concentration with me beside her 🙂

 

Cool Crafts with Popsicle Sticks

Lil Muallimah and I have dabbled in popsicle stick crafts. After making some typical geometric shaped baskets using a glue gun, we went in popsicle craft frenzy. Infact Lil Muallimah started craving to make things on her own. So I opened pinterest for ideas and voila! Following are some of her copied and original ideas…. Mashallah!

COPY WORK

Earing Stand & Wall Decore Snowflake

ON HER OWN

Apple tree

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She made up a story about these characters

ALLAH Lapbook

OUR ALLAH LAPBOOK

Age level 3-6

We made an Allah Lapbook some time ago… My main focus was to teach the kids that “ALLAH LOVES US”

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The cover was made out of orange Manila folders bound together like a book. I had some wallpaper border lying around I used it for the border and Lil Muallim # 1 helped with the coloring.

Surah Ikhlas

We reviewed Surah Ikhlas and made a four flap square to fill in essence of the Surah

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On another accordion flap was added for the Kalimah. One side of the accordion shows the Kalimah in Arabic and the back side shows its translation. We are using this lapbook as an Islamic concepts SIGHT WORD tool.

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Allah gave us Quran flap was made in an accordion fold in the shape of a book. The flap says:

Allah gave Quran to Rasulullah (sallalaho Alaihi Wasallan) for us. the salawat are stamped with the salawat stamp from Learning Roots “Noble Seal”

Allah Loves to Forgive

Children in their innocence, sometimes get really upset with themselves when something goes wrong or they make a mistake…. Infact as adults we sometimes mishandle the situation and make them feel even worse.

This is an excellent to opportunity to remind them and ourselves that……….. the important thing is that we realize the mistake and ask for Allah’s help and try our best not to do it again…..because if we take a step towards Him He runs towards us…..as He loves us more than 70 mothers……..Subhanallah!

A story book that we love and which we keep going back to for this concept is “A boy not too far away” by Salafi publications

This leads to the favourite part of our lapbook…..the hearts!!

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The heart on the right says “Don’t be sad” and the heart on the left says “Smile”………..Really gets the kids excited Alhumdolillah!

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See pictures below to see what’s inside the Don’t be Sad flaps.

Don’t be sad when something goes wrong or you make a mistake just……..

Smile Allah Loves You

Here is our heart with a Smile

 

Here’s a nasheed I made to go along with it, on the Barney tune. You can find some different style printable for it below. You can choose from Beautiful or Cute

I Love Allah, Allah Loves me Craft

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This is a a hot favourite and kids may want to keep go onmaking copies if this….if you ask me THAT’S GREAT!!!

The hearts were actually printed by applying red paint to the sides of their fists. One with the right hand the other with the left. 🙂

We will be adding more things to it as we go… so I will keep updating this post.

Allah Puzzle Game

The inside of the lapbook is entirely dedicated to sight words , related to the main topic as well as 2 Allah spelling puzzles. One in English the other in Arabic.

Allah’s name is actually a very easy to teach through sight. Just having the visual around makes it easy or the kids to build the spelling themselves.

Currently the  puzzles are kept on Lil Muallimah’s shelves as an activity and will be added onto the Lapbook as components as follows.

Our Allah English Puzzle: is simply letters cards to be put in order.

Our Allah Arabic Puzzle: is  to be built with felt. Felt actually sticks very well on felt, and is  a very sensorial way of making learning how to write Allah in Arabic

Surah Ikhlas Flash Cards

Surah Ikhlas through flash cards. Thinking of making flash cards for each word of this short surah on an index cards for Lil Muallim # 3. This idea is actually an informal way of introducing different forms of the Arabic alphabet, promote reading readiness for the lil ones and sequencing as well as a way to discuss tajweed rules for the older ones.

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