SubhanAllah, another term at Al Barakah is coming to an end and unlike the first term, this one has flown by. But time usually goes fast when you’re having so much fun.
To remind the girls to review their Arabic grammar over the holidays, I went out and bought a few goodies for the girls to celebrate how well they have done this term masha Allah! For example, my year 10s were able to translate the first few sentences of the story of Habil and Qabil in Arabic using previous knowledge of vocabulary and Arabic grammar they have learnt so far. That is a huge achievement and I was blown away in class with how well they translated the text!
So here is a peak at the goodies 🙂
The above is for my little year 8s. I’ve just added a little tag to each present – lolly pop dips. If you want to print this class for your class, here is the PDF Dip tag.
Here are the presents for my year 10s and 9s. Crisps with their own tag. If you want to print your own tag, here is the PDF Chip tag.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome!
The last lesson of term saw my Year 8, 9 and 10 students exchange gifts. Why? Because I introduced a new concept called “Surah Surprise”. I know during Christmas time, students in their schools take part in “Secret Santa” and so I adapted the concept to Juz `Amma. I’ve been debating for a while whether I’m simply “halalifying” something, but I believe for those Muslim students who don’t participate in Secret Santa at school, this might be something they would feel comfortable participating in.
Each student had to get a small gift for another student in the class. They each picked another student’s name and had to make or buy something small that was either related to a keyword of one of their 3 Surahs or a something related to a key theme in the Surah. Alhamdolillah, most of them understood what I was trying to get them to do.
Surah Surprise only works if the students stand up and explain why they got/made what they did. It’s not just about getting gifts for each other. But even if they do just get a gift: explain to them that they have just acted on one beautiful Sunnah: “giving gifts”. For those who know me personally, I love giving gifts and will happily spend all my money on getting just the perfect gift.
Ashkur Rabbi that he has put me in a position where I can encourage others to follow this Sunnah. As a teacher standing looking at 25 faces eagerly waiting to gift and be gifted to and the smile that follows when they get something is beyond glorious.
Here are some example of what the girls came up with. They were very creative Mashallah.
To help review the keyword: حامية
An ayah from Surah al-Bayyinah. My favourite gift because it’s very creative!
Infinity pendant to help review the keyword “forever – khalideena”
“Olives – at-Teen” keyword from Surah at-Teen
to hep review the keyword “star – at-Tariq”. Handmade gift made out of loom bands.
Hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it has given you a new idea for your class insha Allah 🙂
Most teachers give end of year presents, but this year I want to give a gift at the start of the year. Something which will motivate them and encourage a classroom atmosphere that is not just focused on learning but where we can make friends and grow.
Here’s the pdf for the survival kit
I’ve put two on one page. Just cut them out and stick them into party gift bags. All the things on there are easily obtainable. I bought the party see through gift bags from ebay and they come with silver ties which are really hand.