Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Hear ye…hear ye…ALIMkids Playschool would come to town…;-)

Yess…you hear it right. We are going to have the playschool as well besides the bookshop & the playgroup. The playschool will commence in February insya allah. So for those who are staying in Wangsa Maju & the nearby areas, do come to the preview to know more…

In this preview, we will brief about the fees, rules & regulations, aims & objectives as well as the syllabus. Kindly visit the blog if you want to get some insights about the playschool beforehand.

So should you feel like coming to any of the session, kindly call first to confirm. See you there!

Sessions on 7th January 2012

Alhamdulillah the session for the first group doing module 1 had successfully been carried out. I could see the expressions on their faces the first time they came – beaming with excitement anticipating new experience in their lives. And of course…mommies (& daddy) were there all along to give them full support.

So what did they do? They started off by introducing themselves using a ball (with mommy’s help). Then they sing, they read, they did their Me Flag & they got to know the first 2 alphabets.

Widad, Amy, Aiman & Izzat painting their palms & print it on a coloured paper before they sticked it onto a stick to make their Me Flag. There were 6 of them in this first session: siblings Nuqman & Widad, Amilyn, Aiman, Nabilah & Izzat. But teacher Fiza only managed to snap 4 of them..:-(

For the trial session right after, the responses were overwhelming. Some turned out without confirming with teacher Fiza first, so there were hiccups here & there before we could really start. THOUSAND APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE & SHORTCOMINGS. But it was worth it in the end where the teacher could see many happy-and-not-shy faces anymore, alhamdulillah..:-)

Some of them…:-).They were supposed to pose with the spider they made but the spider was somehow couldn’t be seen…:-)

All in all, everything went well Alhamdulillah. May what we did for our kids today would be a very good investment for them when they grow up. And we at ALIMkids Wangsa Maju is just happy to do our part…;-)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Mini Library @ ALIMkids Bookshop Wangsa Maju

Just wanna introduce you to the Mini Library at ALIMkids Bookshop Wangsa Maju...;-)

It's still very minimal but a very good start hopefully. If you have any preloved books that suitable for toddlers/preschoolers/primary/secondary children or even for parents, you may donate them here. May Allah reward you more & bless you always for your kindness...:-)

With this mini library, we aim to instill reading habit in the children. They can read Malay/English storybooks here, Islamic books, Reader's Digest, encyclopedias or read/learn along with the CDs (provided that they bring a laptop). Parents could also spend time reading together with them. For more pictures, do check out our fan page in FB (i.e ALIMkids Wangsa Maju).

So the next time you wanna go to Carrefour or Wangsa Walk, do check out our place as well. Who knows that later the trip to those hot spots would no longer be as interesting & exciting to your kids (& may be to you too!) than the trip to our mini library or the bookshop as a whole ;-)

ALIMkids Playgroup…a refresher

Assalamualaikum…SALAM TAHUN BARU 2012!

How’s the new year so far? And what’s your resolution for this year? We at ALIMkids Wangsa Maju aims to be more productive in providing quality early childhood programmes for your children. Besides that, we wish for the place to be one-stop centre for preschoolers, as well as primary & secondary children, to have academic & religious guidance through the activities carried out. So, let’s make du’a for this to happen (while we are working extra hard here) & do check this blog more often for the latest updates, Insya Allah…J

I would like to start this year’s entry with a refresher of ALIMkids Playgroup. Above all the promotions in the last entries, some of you, who might be new to the ‘playgroup’ concept or even ALIMkids in general, may wonder what is it all about. Let’s get the simplest definition of ‘playgroup’ - as a group of toddlers age 18-36 months old playing together. These children are usually accompanied by their mothers where the mothers would also get the chance to socialise and also exchange stories & experience in bringing up their kids. Initially it was popular amongst the expat’s wives who found it as a means to connect with others & the surroundings. The content of the playgroup is usually not structured, which more often than not is just letting the children playing together. This would last for 1 to 2 hours, once a week or once a fortnight.

Based on this, ALIMkids took it further by incorporating Islamic values through the Khalifah method. Now what is Khalifah method? The Khalifah Method was founded by Prof. Dr. Muhammad al'Mahdi. He designed it to provide parents and teachers with a simple method to help them raise children of excellent character who can succeed academically, socially, and professionally in today’s world without losing their traditional Islamic beliefs and practices.

In ALIMkids Playgroup, we try to incorporate the Khalifah method through the 6 modules that are supposed to be completed in a year.

Specifically in ALIMkids Playgroup Wangsa Maju where I am the teacher, I structured the one-hour session into 5 segments: THE WARM UP SONG, READING CIRCLE (RELATED TO THE TOPIC), ARTS & CRAFTS, ACTIVE PLAY & PHONIC INTRODUCTION. I do it this way due to the short attention span that the toddlers have and also to avoid them from feeling bored doing an activity for too long (to them). Above all, it’s about ISLAM that I want to introduce & instill in them. May they grow up to be better, stronger & wholesome Muslims of tomorrow…insya allah..:-)

So, now that it’s clearer about ALIMkids Playgroup, how about you? Are you clearer of which early childhood programme you would like to give your child? May be this would help you to decide…J

Come & visit us some time…see for yourself what we have to offer. Hope to see you soon…J

Note: Teacher Fiza is a TESL graduate from University of Exeter, UK. She had the experience of teaching English & MUET in secondary schools, tuition centres & also a private online IPTS. She also had the experience of developing and designing printed & online learning materials for another private online IPTS. After 10 years of working 'formally', she decided to work with young kids, to nurture & prepare them for the bigger worlds of school & higher learning institutions. Her vision is to bring the children & youngsters of today back to the basis of knowing Allah & Islam before anything else. She can be contacted at ALIMkids Bookshop Wangsa Maju.