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Reading and Writing Class
Why Teach Preschoolers Reading and Writing in Persian?
The phonemic skills and strategies needed for learning to read are the same, regardless of language. After completing our year-long Persian reading program, students enter English speaking Kindergarten with a very strong foundation in reading and writing. Most importantly they know and believe they are readers!
Students are more likely to continue with their Persian into adulthood if they can read and write in Persian.
Our class will be following a Kindergarten pace. Since it is only one day a week, for children to receive the most benefit out of the class, parent involvement outside of class is very important. There truly is nothing more rewarding for a parent to spend time with their child as they enter the magical world of reading and writing!
What can parents do at home before the quarter starts?
Putting Persian Alphabet Posters in Child's Room
Putting them in your child's bedroom is a great place for them to familiarize themselves with the Persian alphabet. They will not be effective unless you use them with your children. Some suggestions are having a nighttime routine of singing the Persian Alphabet Song. Later on, you can talk about what names and words start with which letter sounds. They can be a lot of fun!
Putting the Persian Alphabet on your Home Computer*
It just takes a few minutes to add the Persian alphabet to your computer. Here is a link YouTube video to show you how. And you can order clear stickers to place over your keyboard easily on Amazon.
Kids often see their parents on the computer so you can use it as a special treat for them. To see how fun it can be, check out this home video of this enthusiastic little guy typing away on the keyboard. He started out simply just typing the letters on the keyboard while singing the alphabet song and within a few months he was typing words and later sentences. Most recently he even wanted to translate his English books to Persian! There is so much you can do with this. Here is a hint if you want them to print and trace what they write. Use bold, size 90, gray, "B Traffic" font. I've attached a sample word document. Letting them choose what words is key and don't forget to let them illustrate their words or pictures-they love that part!
*UPDATE* That preschooler you saw in the video now reads to his English speaking dad in Persian. They shared their home video here.
Using the same alphabet cards mentioned above, you can print them 16 per page in your print settings and make an 8.5" x 11" placemat. The only thing is, in this particular case, make sure to use the PDF file below titled "Persian Alphabet Placemats and Folders" to make sure they appear in correct alphabetical order when you print 16 per page. Since in Persian we read from right to left, accidentally printing the file titled "Persian Alphabet Cards Copyright" will not give you the desired result.
Teaching Persian Using Highly Effective Teaching Techniques Used in America
Guided Reading, Reading Strategies, Word Walls, Phonemic Awareness, Repetive Texts...
Those are all terms used in effective reading classes across the United States. What is unique about our Persian Preschool Reading Program is that we teach reading in Persian using proven and successful techniques used in teaching reading in English.
One example is Reading Strategies. When children begin reading and reach a word that they do not know, successful classrooms do not simply say "sound it out" (in Persian "hejee kon"). That is a good strategy but that is not the only strategy.
When children are tested in Reading when they reach Kindergarten, did you know that they are actually encouraged to look at the picture as a clue? That strategy and more are shared on our Reading Strategies Poster available to download below.
*Disclaimer for Mac users: Since the Persian (Arabic) Alphabet is unique and most letters change when connected to another letter, we were unable to write the alphabet successfully in Microsoft Word for Mac. When typing in email form and Google Documents in a Mac, however, the letters did connect appropriately. If you use a PC, the letters change correctly when connected.