17 March 2018
29 Jamadil Awwal 1439
On the seconday of the camp, the Pre-school and Lower Primary children from Madrasah As-Soabereen (Bishan and Eunos) arrived at Masjid An-Nahdhah on the Saturday morning at 9am for a hearty breakfast; sponsored by our very own student’s parents.
The main objective of the day was to increase the Arabic word bank, well- remember the benefits of bee and honey, and learn how to identify halal food.
Following breakfast, they started off with an energised morning workout. The re-charged little talents were all set for an Arabic word search activity that was meant for the students to increase their Arabic word bank. The children were tasked to go to each picture associated in their camp activity booklet such as chair, house, door and apple. They had to find a bag of letters that will have the Arabic term of the resptive items, if unscrambled correctly. They then had to paste the newly-learnt Arabic term against the right image, in their camp booklet. Though, the young ones took some time, they managed to find all the Arabic words of the items invloved in the activity. Therefore, they could add 10 new Arabic words to their word bank.
The Pre-schoolers also joined the Quranic Exhibition at level 1, where they memorised characters mentioned in the Quran that they successfully recalled through a ‘Heads Up’ game. The Pre-schoolers also discovered words from the Quran that starts with the Arabic letters; for an instance, باب baaboon (door). To remember better, they then selected an Arabic word and drew the picture relevant to the selected Arabic word.
Prior to their tea break, the Pre-schoolers made beautiful flowers and cute bees, as part of their learning objective for the day – Bee and Honey. A video on how a bee makes its honey allowed the Pre-schoolers to understand the inter-depedency between flowers and bees. Their learning objective was re-iteraed via honey cornflakes baking session, which was the children’s favourite.
With overwhelming amount of energy, the children started off their day themed, “Arabic and Islamic” by learning about Dhuha and Tahiyathul Masjid Prayers. They were offered with an excellent opportunity to chose an Imam amongst themselves to lead both the prayers. Masha Allah! It was heart-warming to idnetify the young leaders blooming through the acivities lined up for the camp.
As s starter for the Arabic aspect of the day, the Lower Primary boys got to get their hands dirty with painting their own bookmarks with Arabic as the theme. For instance, some wrote their names in Arabic and decorated the bookmarks. The activity plastered a wide grin on each of the child; as they were enlightened with the discovery of the meanings to their names. The boys definitely had an artistic side to them, which was well brought out through the bookmark-creation activity.
While the boys were doing the bookmarks, the lower primary girls were involved in yet another meaningful activity. As Ramadhan is approaching, to encourage the act of giving, they were to make their own saving box from used packet drink that has to be decorated. Their goal was to save money whenever possible and follow-up with their ustazas on how much they have saved. Indeed, the activity thought the students a very important quality of saving.
The next section of the Arabic Day involved the children joining the Quranic Arabic Exhibition specially organised by the Upper Primary and Secondary girls rom Madrasah As-Soabereen (Bishan and Eunos). There was a vast variety of booths set up, from which the students had so much to learn from! The booths consisted of Arabic Language’s History, Decoding of Arabic scriptures, Huroof corner, Arabic calligraphy, Values from the Quran and Arabic Names. The kids went to the various booths and were rewarded with sweets when they answered questions correctly. They were exceptionally excited when they got their hands on the ink and colourful markers at the Arabic Calligraphy booth. They got to learn on how write Arabic Calligraphy and managed to attempt writing their names in Arabic. The ustazas at the booth gave out customised keychains with the respective child’s names. The keychains were considered to be a worthwhile token to keep! Indeed, the whole exhibition was very insightful.
طَلَبُ الْعِلْمِ فَرِيضَةٌ عَلَى كُلِّ مُسْلِمٍ
“Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.”
Sunan Ibn Mājah 224
It was then time for Lohar prayers and the children prayed together. The kids then got ready to go to level 1 for another scrumptious lunch prepared by our cooking team. The children were all seated in groups of 4 with 1 ustaza and ate in groups. Thus, they had an opportunity to know one another well.
After the hearty lunch, the children were all ready for a Treasure Hunt that was centered on food items; each with an Islamic background. There were a total 5 stations that the kids had to go to, to find their treasures. Each station focused on a fruit that includes dates, honey, yogurt, banana and grapes. The children had to go to all the 5 stations and redeem food items that was essential for the final activity for the day; “Do-It-Yourself “tea break.
They devoured their tea break with the help of their ustazas. Through both the activities, the children learnt the health benefits and a quran ayat/hadith about each of the food items.
Abu Hurairah (R.A) reported: Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous decendant who prays for him (for the deceased).”