ARABIC Leveled Reading Program
Enrollment is now closed in ALEFE's program for Winter and Summer 2021.
In addition to helping students improve their reading skills in Arabic, this class introduced them to Arabic folktales and cultural stories such as Kaleela wa Demna, Alf Layla wa Layla (A thousand and one nights) and Joha, in a more simplified way.
Zoom Summer Program (closed)
ALEFE Arabic Program (Summer 2020) consisted of free zoom classes for 1st-6th grade students. Classes started on Monday June 1st, 2020 and lasted throughout the month of June. They were offered Monday through Friday from 10am to 11am. No prior knowledge of Arabic was required.
The program was intended to help students improve their reading skills in Arabic based on their current level of proficiency (1,2 or 3). Students with little exposure to Arabic (level 1) learned the names and sounds of Arabic letters and learned to recognize the various shapes of each letter (beginning of the word, middle and end). Students with some knowledge of the Arabic Alphabet (Level 2) learned to combine reading their letters with Tash-keel (fat-ha, kas-ra and dum-aa). Students with beginner reading skills (Level 3) learned to read words with Tash-keel and simple sentences.
Arabic After School Class
Fall Program (Closed)
Elk Grove Charter - Fall 2019
The ALEFE Arabic Program (from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020) is now closed. It consisted of two classes: an Arabic calligraphy class and a story authoring class. Both were offered at Elk Grove Charter School (10065 Atkins Dr. Elk Grove, CA 95757) every Thursday (4:00-6:30 pm). Classes started last Oct 24th, 2019 and concluded on March 26th, 2020. No prior knowledge of Arabic was required.
Program was FREE for STARTALK students of 2018 or 2019.
Arabic Calligraphy and Story Authoring Class
Alexander Twilight Charter
For 1st-6th graders
No prior knowledge needed.
Program was successfully offered in Spring 2019 at Alexander Twilight Charter School.
STARTALK: Celebrations of Arab Nations
Summer Program, July 1st - 26th, 2019 (Closed)
California Montessori Project Charter
Through a STARTALK grant, ALEFE summer program “Celebrations of Arab Nations” offered an authentic opportunity to twenty K-2nd grade students to experience the several ways in which the Arab World expresses itself linguistically and culturally to celebrate two special occasions: weddings and baby showers. During a four-week summer camp, heritage and non-heritage students reflected on the similarities and differences between the ways cultures celebrate these two occasions in terms of food, costumes and social figures/characters. Students were kept engaged through a number of sensorial activities in a Montessori classroom setup. In this student-centered classroom, students got to decide on whether they would like to learn about the studied celebration through language jobs/activities, cultural jobs/activities or math jobs/activities. Each of these three areas of learning have authentic materials related to the studied celebration to ensure that students discover the Arabic language and culture through as many venues as possible.
Arabic Montessori After School Class
Atkinson Charter Academy - Spring 2018
The Arabic Montessori after school class was for K-2nd grade students (beginner level). Classes met twice a week (Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:30-6:00pm) to work on a "me-museum". Through this Montessori inspired project, students learned to communicate in Arabic to:
Introduce and describe themselves (outside) : body, actions, and senses, etc.
Express their feelings (inside): likes vs. dislikes, manners and emotions, etc.
Introduce their environment (outside): school life, where their live, male and female, greetings, etc.
Describe their immediate social environment (inside): family members, relatives, etc.
The class was offered at Atkinson Charter Academy - Carmichael.
Arabic in Charter Schools
Charter Schools strive to offer enrichment opportunities to their students. ALEFE is now an approved vendor with several homeschooling charters including VISIONS in Education and INSPIRE. If ALEFE is not an approved vendor with your school and you would like to see us added, please do not hesitate to let us know!