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!
Wouldn't it be amazing if we could get the whole summer off and travel abroad to give our kids an immersive cultural and linguistic experience? If only that was an accessible option for most of us! From juggling work schedules to being able to afford international travel, many obstacles stand in the way of such experiences.
For those summers where you can save up enough money and vacation time to travel, DO IT! We were incredibly lucky enough to travel to Jordan almost every summer of our childhood. Our parents were teachers who scrimped and saved to be able to give us the opportunity to connect with our extended family members, practice our Arabic for several months, and get out of the bubble of our American childhood. If only we appreciated it as much as we do now!
But back to reality, it's time to plan for summer camps! And if you can't travel, the closest you might get to practicing Arabic is an Arabic-based or themed summer camp. So we pulled together a list of summer camps around the US to get you started!
Some of these camps are more Arabic-focused than others, but everyone on this list has at a minimum an Arabic language component. We tried to only include those who had updated information for 2019 camps and had an updated link or flyer. So, if you’re looking for an Arabic summer camp for this year, check these out! If you have others to add, please comment below and let us know or email us at email@example.com to add to the list. Happy camping!
Kalimah STEAM Arabic Immersion Camps
Kalimah’s STEAM Arabic Immersion Summer Camp is the only theme-based Arabic language immersion camp for kids 5-12 years old in the greater Metro DC region. Their curriculum employs Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL), drama, and experiential learning to achieve measurable outcomes aligned with the ACTFL standards. Field trips, guest speakers, collaborative projects, and more help solidify the interwoven STEAM concepts under the larger theme umbrella of the Silk Road then and now. As little chefs, scientists, traders, entrepreneurs, and engineers, Kalimah campers meet new friends and build communities while making everlasting memories of fun times!
Aya Montessori Global Citizens Summer Camp
Join Aya Montessori for a fun and interactive summer camp filled with fun STEAM activities catered to ages 3-6. Your child will explore the world through (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)nginering, (A)rt & (M)ath + Arabic, Islam & Quran. Field-trips & Daily fitness/workout.
Arabic Immersion Summer Camp- Diyanet Center of America
Are you looking for a fun Arabic Immersion experience for your child this summer? Do you want him or her to learn the Arabic language in a comfortable and fun-filled environment? The Arabic Immersion Summer Camp at DCA for children ages 5 to 9 is a one-of-a-kind opportunity!
Smart Minds Learning Summer Camp
We don't just teach kids phrases and words on paper, we speak with them in Arabic. What better way to learn a new language than to just speak everything you have to say in it? With that in mind, we've developed a curriculum for our Arabic Summer camp combining unique, exciting, challenging, and fun activities! We just can't wait to have you with us!
- Reston, Virginia
- Register here: http://www.smartmindslearning.com/register-your-child/
Children of the World Arabic Immersion Summer Program
Make the most of summer vacation by enrolling in our 2019 summer program! Don’t sit at home bored, wondering what to do – have your child come learn, explore, and have fun with us! Each week is a new themed adventure and we take regular field trips to exciting destinations to connect our lessons with the world around us. From crafts and games to zoos, museums and water parks, we make each day count!
- Chantilly, Virginia
- Register here: http://bit.ly/2KMFjbC
Ihsan Muslim Explorers Summer Camp
This year's Ihsan's Summer camp will be open to ages 3 - 12 year olds. The program will be based on the names of Allah, nature and science and 3 beautiful classrooms set up as learning through play. To add to the beautiful experience, a team of educators and moms will prepare indoor and outdoors activities to best achieve the goals of the camp.
Seattle Arab Cultural Camp
The creative mind behind A Crafty Arab hosted her first Arab Cultural Camp where she put together fun, educational camp stations. These art lesson stations include themes about Arab hospitality, Arab countries, Arab literature, Arab traditional instruments, Arab spices, etc. The camp day will start with a Arabic story time/ song/ reading activity, time in her studio library which includes hundreds of crafts and Arab children books. The children will be able to check out any of the books at the end of the day for enjoyment at home with siblings or other family members.
- Seattle, Washington
- Check acraftyarab.com for updates on the 2019 camp
The Language and Total Immersion Summer Camp is for children ages 3-7 years and will include participation from all age ranges in daily activities, including geography, food, art, dance, and more!
- Washington, DC
- Register here: http://www.mindbloompreschool.com/camps.html
Al-Bustan Seeds Summer Camp
Rising K-8th graders will enjoy daily Arabic, visual art, singing, dance, drumming, and science activities at St. Peter’s School. This summer Al-Bustan Campers will learn about Al-Andalus and co-existence (convivencia, tayaush) in an era of thriving arts, science, and multi-faith communities.
- Register here: http://www.albustanseeds.org/teaching/al-bustan-camp/overview/
Noor Summer Camp
Noor Summer Camp Activities include arts & crafts, cooking, science projects, sports, halaqa circle, Arabic, Quran, water fun, and field trips.
- Dublin, Ohio
- Register here: https://www.noorsummercamp.com/about.html
Arabic Summer Academy
The Arabic Summer Academy is a four week intensive (Monday through Saturday) Arabic course for 40 high school students from the Boston Public Schools and other schools in the Boston area. Every day, students rotate between Arabic language and culture classes that are focused on communication from day one. All students learn the alphabet and learn how to talk, write, and read in Arabic. The curriculum centers around the theme of navigating and describing a modern Arab city. Students go on field trips to use their new language abilities in real-world situations in the city of Boston.
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Register here: http://www.arabicsummeracademy.org/
Startalk Arabic Language Camp
Fun, interactive learning experiences with hands-on cultural activities, including delicious food. Build proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and get a jumpstart on Arabic in college.
- Provo, Utah
- Register here: https://startalkarabic.byu.edu/
Alkawthar Learning Center Arabic Immersion Camp
Children will be introduced to the Classical Arabic language through the “total immersion” method where language is acquired through conversations, games, free play, storytelling, songs, and fun activities.
Concordia Language Villages
At Al-Wāḥa, you’ll experience an oasis of cultural richness and diversity with counselors and teachers who speak a variety of dialects from across the Middle East. Enjoy traditional camp activities while you live the language surrounded by Arabic sounds, sights and flavors of the world’s fifth most populous language—in the heart of the Midwest!
- Several locations in Minnesota
- Register here: http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/youth-dates-and-rates
STARTALK: Queens Summer Institute in Arabic
STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. STARTALK offers students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development.
- Several locations around the USA, including MA, CA, PA, MI, NM, GA, VA, and others.
- Register here: https://startalk.umd.edu/public/find-a-summer-program/arabic
[Disclaimer: Maktabatee has not vetted these camps and is only providing this list as a community service. Parents should do their due diligence to ensure a camp meets their standards.]
If you are a teacher based in the US and are associated with an Arabic full-time or weekend school program, you can enter the giveaway by completing the application form at http://bit.ly/ArabicTeacherGiveaway.
We'd love to hear about your experience and any highlights or memorable experiences of your Arabic teaching journey. How did you become an Arabic teacher? What do you love most about your job? What's the most challenging aspect of teaching children Arabic? What resources would you like to have in your classroom to help make teaching Arabic more fun and accessible?