Beginning of the month I had mentioned a sale on the Arabic Letters Cubes. Here is the long awaited review for that product. You can also read the review for Arabic Puzzle by ThinkerNation here
Helps your child to spell and recognize the different formation of letters according to where they come in the word. Consists of 40 blocks and a horizontal rod which can be assembled or unassembled, all stored in a wooden box with an illustrated base matching the blocks. Patterns are available presenting 3 different levels of exercises.
What to expect: Fun, Innovative, Educational, Interactive and Engaging
Suitable for ages 4+
How we use it:
These Arabic Letter Cubes are apart of our homeschooling morning routine for all my kids. I love the fact that it is so versatile and easy to use that they are all able to benefit from it regardless of their age! It is so much fun and engaging to play with, that I find myself fiddling with it at times.
My youngest is in Kindergarten and has very limited exposure to Arabic reading/writing. The Arabic Letter Cubes allow her to understand how Arabic letters change depending on its position of the word. Also, she is learning spelling and vocabulary all at the same time. The blocks come with flash cards which show her how the words are spelled with each letter broken down within its own cell, so that it is easy to differentiate what each letter looks like. I think this is a crucial step for beginners learning Arabic as it may be confusing for them to know when one letter ends and another begins as it is often connected together. It makes things a lot easier when I am teaching my daughter how to read, as we can work on sounding each letter (within its cell) separately before putting it together.
My 2nd grader who is actually in 3rd grade (long story…) is also gaining a lot from it. He had limited Arabic instruction at his previous school (before we started homeschooling) so he is still struggling when it comes to reading. I completely understand as I too struggled to learn how to read Arabic, as it can be a daunting language to learn for non-native speakers!
My other 3rd grader and 5th grader are much more proficient but growing up in America, they lack the constant exposure to Arabic. The Arabic Letter Cubes helps them to gain that extra exposure and build their vocabulary. After putting the words together, I have them write the words on a dry erase board with marker, so they can get more writing practice. Eventually, I will have to come up with my own flash cards, which should not be too hard. This is so that the kids can progress further after they have learned the set of cards the blocks come with.
Suggestions For Improvement:
One thing I would have like to see with the Arabic Letter Cubes is the option to buy a set of more vocabulary words, and to have the tashkeel written for the words, perhaps in a different section so it would help non-native speakers with the pronunciation of the words.
Overall, I am so happy with the purchase. The Arabic Letter Cubes are sturdy (very important for kids who are destructive like mine lol ), interactive, and fun!
Read more reviews on the Arabic Letter Cubes on Amazon or Noor Art
Are there any other Arabic resources that you can recommend?
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