Introducing New Kids’ Arabic Classes at Compass this Fall!

Ahlan wa Sahlan

(Hello and welcome!)

Welcome in Arabic Script

Compass is pleased to offer kids’ Arabic classes this fall! Two classes as scheduled for elementary-aged homeschoolers:

  • Arabic for Little Kids (Wednesdays from 2:00 pm- 2:55 pm) for K-2nd graders
  • Arabic in Action (Wednesdays from 3:00 pm – 3:55 pm) for 3rd-5th graders

Both Arabic classes are fun, up-beat, and interactive! Students will be introduced to the Arabic language through songs, games, and stories. Each week, the class will focus on fundamental greetings, common nouns and verbs, and simple phrases, all under the exploration of a specific theme. Quarter 1 explores the theme “Around Town” to include common places visited in a town such as a train station, a restaurant, a library, a museum, or a park. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in Arabic.

In each level, students will learn how to write their names in Arabic. While the “Little Kids” level will focus on spoken Arabic (with little reading, writing, or spelling), “Arabic in Action” will be exposed to vocabulary words using both Arabic letters and through transliteration (written phonetically in English letters.)

The new Compass Arabic classes will be taught by Heather Moussa, a native of Palestine and Arabic speaker. Ms Moussa taught Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Levantine in Palestine before coming to the US. She has taught at both the Washington Language Center and the International Language Institute in Washington DC. She teaches Arabic at the Islamic Weekend School in Maryland, and has experience with young children through adults. She adapts her approach and customizes lesson plans to the enrolled students but emphasizes the fun in learning Arabic through age-appropriate games and interactive play.

Classes begin Wednesday, September 9 at Compass in Oakton. Register for these classes or any others online!