As we are looking forward to 2017 with all its uncertainties and yet many opportunities, we are wishing you to stay true to our values, as per the inspiring poster below.
Let's preserve this fine line that makes us who we are.
Let's keep focused on what we do best, and
work hard to make the world a better place for our children.
!كل عام وانتم بخير
NEWS FROM ALEFB:
ALEFB IS EXPANDING TO NEW YORK:
Thanks to a group of dedicated parents, Alefb was able to add its program in Brooklyn, at the PS 58 Caroll School, as an enrichment activity. Read more here and here.
If you would like Alefb to come to your school, please contact us.
Together, we can make it happen.
NEW AlefbAlumni LINKEDIN GROUP:
All Alefb alumni, students, teachers parents are encouraged to join our AlefbAlumni group on LinkedIn. This group aims at connecting like minded people and sparking conversations about their experience as speakers of Arabic in today's job market, and in the professional world. This is a private group. Ask to join now.
ALEFB PROUD SPONSOR OF THE ARAB FILM FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO:
In the framework of our mission to support the Arabic language and culture, we are grateful to the Arab Film Festival organizers for the opportunity to support their offering, this year again.
The Arab Film Festival is evolving into the Arab Film &Media Institute, an organization much needed for promoting a better understanding among the people, and creating a safe environment for our children. As the director Serge Bakalian puts it: "One of the most powerful things we can do is to lift up our own stories and our own voices". I truly encourage to participate in this effort. If you want to know more and donate to this organization, please click here.
ALEFB IS NOW OFFERING ONLINE SKYPE CLASSES:
We are working with Natakallam organization to provide 1:1 Skype lessons to our students. Alefb is augmenting Natakallam's refugee conversation partners with educational material, and skills to teach younger children. You can contribute to give refugees a decent livelihood, while increasing your children's practice of the Arabic language, at a very affordable cost. If interested send a note here.
ALEFB WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU: Receive a 10% discount on your first year Alefb tuition when you fill out our Interactive Story Book Feedback Survey here.
This will take only 5 minutes of your time, and will pave the way for many new opportunities to teach Arabic to our children. Offer ends on January 30, 2017.
Now is the time to enroll or re-enroll your kids for our second session.
Please note that all children enrolled in our first session will automatically be enrolled in our second and third sessions for 2016-17.
We have classes in Arlington-VA, Brooklyn-NY, Courbevoie-France and Paris-France. Check them out here.
Deadline to register is January 2, 2017.
We are hiring.
We are recruiting teachers, site coordinators, interns and volunteers in all of our locations.
We are also looking for board members who share our vision, and who would like to be part of a rewarding mission. If you feel you have the drive, the interest and the time, please contact us.
YOU CAN REINFORCE YOUR CHILDREN'S ARABIC:
Take time during this holiday season to play with your children in Arabic. You can find some inspiration here.
Did you know that it is part of the Lebanese tradition to try your luck on New Year's eve? Play with you kids the game of Basra in Arabic of course. Here are the instructions!
Send us a picture of the winner and we will post it in our next Newsletter.
Visit our Facebook page to access more inspiration and online educational games here.
FROM AROUND THE WEB:
Storymine-Hikayat: This holiday give the gift of Arabic Reading. Hikayat is an interactive stories app for children ages 1 to 10.The stories are designed to motivate and inspire kids to be independent readers in an enjoyable and entertaining way
Children Books: Check out this website to chose from a list of award winning picture books and youth literature.
Try Alefb free Arabic Interactive Story Book with your child, for hours of fun and learning.
Give it a few seconds to download and let the magic begin....
CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES:
If you would like to share an event, or suggest a field trip, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share our Arabic culture with your children. Here are some ideas and events coming your way:
Arab American National Museum
STORIES FROM OUR ALEFB ALUMNI:
If you once took part in the Alefb adventure, as a parent or a teacher, please share your story at email@example.com.
Please meet Samaa Haridi - Alefb Parent, NYC
A Dedicated Parent who made it happen!
Samaa Haridi is an international arbitration partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells in NY, who lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Samaa is Egyptian, and is married to an American citizen, and they have two children, Maya (9) and Zakaria (6). Samaa grew up in several francophone countries as a result of her father's diplomatic background. She pursued her law studies in Paris, France before settling in Brooklyn, New York.
With strong will and perseverance, and with the help of two other NY based parents, Julie Malahi and Roula Raad, Samaa was able to give the gift of the Arabic language and Culture not only to her kids but to many others. It takes a village to raise a child....
Be part of it!
You can read her experience below:
"When my kids were born, I was torn between speaking to them in French or in Arabic, as both languages are native for me. Ultimately I decided for French, while their father spoke to them in English. It was difficult in a setting where each parent spoke a different language to the kids to introduce a 3rd language through the parents. But I knew that I wanted my children to speak Arabic. Arabic is not only the language spoken in their mother's country, and the one their maternal grandparents speak, it is also a beautiful, rich and rewarding language skill to have. I have seen first hand, through my own legal profession, how important and unique it was for me to speak (and read and write) the Arabic language. It has helped me in many ways in my career, as very few international arbitration practitioners in the U.S. possess that skill.
I tried in different ways to introduce the Arabic language to my children: books, TV shows, Youtube videos, at-home tutors/play partners. Nothing worked. They were interested, but none of those options were good enough to generate a real ability to speak and engage in the Arabic language. I looked for more classic Arabic classes for children in the neighborhood, and even outside the neighborhood. I found nothing. I then decided that rather than focusing just on my own children, the answer lied somewhere else: in their school. In their community. My kids attend PS 58, a public school in Carroll Gardens that offers a French-English dual language program (DLP) and that has been recognized for years as a leading force behind the institution of DLP education in New York. I knew the school would be welcoming of even more robust and diversified foreign language education. I also knew a number of parents in our and in neighboring schools who felt my predicament, and who wished their children could learn Arabic. So I decided to put together an afterschool Arabic program to be added to the school's standard offerings, and I worked with the school administrators to achieve that goal.
It was then that I met Michelle Tager, through parent connections, and I immediately saw the light. Alefb offered exactly what we needed: a curriculum, and a structure, to make sure the kids were taken care of in the most effective manner possible. We implemented two different classes (by age groups) to take into account differing maturity levels for the children, and we convinced the school to welcome not only interested PS 58 families, but also families from neighboring schools. We managed to garner sufficient interest to be able to start the two classes with a wonderful and dedicated teacher. It has only been 4 months, and my children can now have light conversations in Arabic. They recognize letters and they enjoy going to Arabic class. They also met new friends and share North African and Middle Eastern treats in every class. They are learning a new language but also a whole new culture.
When people ask me what was my proudest achievement in 2016, my answer is, without a doubt: starting the Alefb Arabic program in Brooklyn, and allowing a growing number of children to learn this beautiful language."
Please drop us a note if you wish to open your own Alefb program in your school or city at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas
a Linguistically and Culturally Wonderful 2017!