Do you want your child to be well-rounded in Arabic and to be able to speak it properly? Learning Arabic is not only about learning the vocabulary and rules of the language, but it is also the development and implantation of the Arabic identity within the child.
Listed below are six practical and effective ways for a child to learn Arabic:
1. Reading Stories in Arabic
A child must be encouraged to read stories in Arabic. Children love to read and listen to stories. There are tons of great resources and books available for kids to engage with Arabic at all ages. These stories are written in Arabic, not in English, of course, and they not only help the child improve the language but his or her development, creativity, and imagination. However, one must be cautious not to use translated versions of Arabic books as some books might not be well-translated.
2. Creating Thrill and Excitement
Children are the most curious creatures on earth. This curiosity helps them grow intellectually. Their inquisitive nature can be used to create a love of books by subscribing to a magazine or book editions suitable for their age; to make them wait with a great passion for the issue and to know the sequel of a particular story, solve a puzzle, or the outcome of a contest.
3. Learn the Holy Quran
As for the steps to learn the Arabic language, the most valuable solution for a young mind is that the child learns the Holy Quran from his early years.
There are many courses for memorizing and learning the intonation of the Holy Quran for children. The more a young child gets used to listening to the Quran, the more this helps him understand the correct Arabic language in terms of pronunciation and accent.
4. Focus on Skills
When learning Arabic, a child should stay away from hollow rules and focus on skills—for example, focusing on teaching the child new words, saying them correctly, or saying them back to reading short and suitable paragraphs for his/her age in Arabic.
5. Use of Variety
Be creative. Use a variety of resources such as videos, games, puzzles, toys, apps, etc. Numbers, colors, and alphabet can be easily taught via these resources.
Be patient, and do not wait for immediate results when applying these tips. Remember that forcing a child to read and learn loses his/her pleasure, and whoever loses the joy of something leaves at the first opportunity available. Make learning Arabic fun and exciting and not a chore.