What is Maktabatee?

Marhaba! And welcome to the Maktabatee community! Maktabatee means "my bookstore" in Arabic, and was founded with a simple objective: to hand-select high-quality, engaging, and relevant Arabic books and goods for children and beginners. Through our curated collection of educational Arabic materials, we are dedicated to helping you raise multilingual kids who love reading and engaging with this beautiful language. Look around, and let us know how we can help in your journey to learn or teach Arabic!  

 

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How to Start an Arabic Storytime in Your Community

How to Start an Arabic Storytime in Your Community

When we launched Maktabatee in April 2016, we knew that we wanted books that could be read in this context, that would allow children to see the beauty of Arabic storytelling, away from some of the old school story lines and graphics that we were used to. Since then, we’ve heard from many community members who are hosting similar programs in their schools and libraries. If you don’t have one in your area, why not start one yourself? If you’ve thought about it, but are not sure where to start, we broke it down for you into five steps, drawing on our own experience as well as tips we gathered from talking to others who have been involved in starting or organizing an Arabic story time in their community.

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Arabic music for kids

How to Boost Arabic Learning by Playing a Tune

Arabic music has always been a part of my life—it was the way my parents entertained us in the car on road trips before iPads and car DVDs became popular, and one way we learned a lot about our religion, culture, and heritage. On our annual summer trip to Jordan, our aunts and great aunts would commonly bust out with a tabla and start a dance party in the kitchen while washing dishes, or even sing together cultural songs in preparation for a wedding or graduation party.

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How to Use the Arabic Letter Connector

How to Use the Arabic Letter Connector

Our goal at Maktabatee is to provide you with a toolbox of resources to make Arabic learning fun and accessible. Versatile, interactive, and innovative, the Arabic Letter Connector is the newest tool to be added to the Maktabatee collection. It is made up of 104 magnetic Arabic letters and accent marks and includes a magnetic board that allows Arabic learners to put the letters together to form words. 

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