Arabic Day 2012

Every year at my daughter’s school, they hold an event called Arabic Day.  The day’s focus is on, well, Arabic.  Each grade studies Arabic as a part of their daily curriculum in order to be able to fully understand and read the Holy Qur’an. 

There are several special aspects of Arabic Day.  Each grade puts on a play or sings songs entirely in Arabic.  A classroom is transformed into a display area featuring items from Arab cultures and showcasing the Arabic language in art and textiles. The grand finale is the Arabic meal prepared and served by some of the parents from the school. It’s a big deal.

This was my first year experiencing it as it is Jenin’s first year at the school.  I was excited to be invited to help with the display area.  After agreeing to help, I found out hours later that I was now the coordinator of that aspect of the day! Wait, what?! I had no idea what to expect or what the entire school was expecting to find that day.  Luckily, many mothers quickly filled me in and even provided me with pictures from the previous year. 

Ideas started flowing and I was eager to start.  I decided on a souk/souq theme:Souk Nejem Al Shamali, North Star Souk.  Families shared items to display ranging from traditional clothing to home decor and everything in between.  My goal was to create a life size illustrated dictionary by featuring little cards written in Arabic identifying each item.  Unfortunately, I don’t write Arabic and the head of the entire day was obviously very busy with the play.  Nonetheless, everything came together beautifully.

The day before the event, a team of incredible mothers joined me to transform the classroom.  The plan was to create a separate station for each group of items, like individual stands in a souk.  After a whole lot of thumbtacks, fabric, and safety pins, we all created a beautiful and intriguing display for the students to enjoy.

The food display was sort of my baby.  I was really happy with how it came out.  The little burlap sacks just might be my favorite. 

Taking advantage of the photoshoot area.

Proud Mamas

Next year I’m thinking of bringing a live decorated camel for the photo area. 

Just kidding.

Sort of.

5 Comments

  • Humaira says:

    Baby Z looks sort of startled by the camera! The girls and you look amazing mashallah and I LOVE how you transformed the classroom into a Souk. Make me want to go to a real life Souk now.

    • Amnah says:

      Z cracks us up with her many facial expressions. Thank you for your kind comments Humaira! Alhamdulilah, it was a group effort. The moms at school are awesome!

  • Mrs Gaeul says:

    Masha’Allah that looks so awesome! I love seeing when schools put 100% for stuff like this for the students. Also, your children are cute as a button mashAllah 😉

    • Amnah says:

      Alhamdulilah, thank you! Yes, it’s one of the things I love about our school. Each event is a really big deal and very special. Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  • Nadia says:

    Oh.My.Word. That looks sooo amazing!!! I wish we would do stuff like that here 🙁 I do not see your alphabet banner??? Also, the framed picture of the girl in the tawb-is that yours??? I love it!!!

    • Amnah says:

      Thank you! Alhamdulilah the mothers that came together to make this all possible were amazing. The Arabic teacher, also the head of Arabic day, loved the banner so much that she used it on the stage of the play. It was showcased front and center 🙂
      No, that picture is not mine. I wish it was! I offered to purchase it from the parent but she said her sister had created it for her daughter. I’m thinking about creating one.

  • Nadia says:

    Are you willing to make another alphabet banner and perhaps sell it?? I would buy one. Also, funny how you and I both wanted the same picture. Every time I go to Palestine I look for stuff like that for my home here (WI). AND if you do create the project of the girl in the tawb of course you must show us the tutorial…I know its hard with your little ones, I have four!!

    • Amnah says:

      I’m willing to make more, it just a matter of finding the time. With Ramadan a few days away and school beginning shortly after, it’s going to be a stretch. I’ll let you know if I decide to take on the project again. If I do, I’ll make more than one at a time so speed up the process.

      I really, really want to make a thoub embroidery. I just have to figure out how. If I make one successfully, I’ll post a tutorial 🙂

  • Hana says:

    Do they go to an Islamic school? just wondering 😀

    • Amnah says:

      Yes, Alhamdulilah my oldest daughter does. The other are too young for school

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