For the past couple of years, we published an annual list of Arabic summer camps in the US, and we were excited to share information for hands-on Arabic language learning opportunities for your children this year as well. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 social distancing stipulations, families aren’t able to travel abroad or send their kids to camps to enjoy Arabic linguistic experiences.
We’ve been on the lookout for virtual Arabic summer "camps" and classes that your children can easily attend from home, from anywhere in the US (and some beyond!) All of the programs mentioned below will be taking place throughout the summer, so make you sure you check them out and register as soon as possible!
How do we deal with a prolonged “shutdown” of normal activity in light of a pandemic like the Coronavirus? That is a question parents the world over are grappling with right now. With little time to plan or prepare, we are entering uncharted territory. For many of us, access to unlimited online resources that are being widely shared on social media can be overwhelming. For many, the idea of trying to homeschool one or more children while “teleworking” or managing a home is daunting at best.
Here are five ways you can make the most of this time with your kids at home (and naturally, use Arabic along the way):
For parents of multilingual children, libraries can be a great resource, although non-English titles in North American libraries can be limited. But that's changing, as librarians are becoming more attuned to their community's needs and the increasing diversity of cultures and languages spoken across the US and Canada.
Arabic children's books are increasingly making an appearance, much to the delight of parents on the hunt for resources to reinforce their children's understanding of Arabic. While some libraries do a great job of advertising these diverse titles, many community members still don't know they have access to multilingual books.