I recently read the book, “Nightly News with Safa”, by Helal Musleh to my children. Just by looking at the cover of this book, I knew it would be a hit with my girls! It is a sweet little book about a girl named Safa and her desire to create a joyful news broadcast, unlike the sorrowful news her mom watches everyday. Safa creates her own cardboard box television and tells her mom about all the wonderful things she has done at school that day.
I love how a few lessons are subtley integrated into the story. The reminder to parents to connect with their children when they’ve spent time apart. Children have things they need to tell us and a few minutes of undivided attention goes a long way. Also the idea of trying to cheer someone up who is not in the best of moods, like when Safa showed her mother a happier version of nightly news.
After reading the book, my crafty girls wanted to make their own TV. We looked around the house for things we had on hand and used a piece of foam board, and a recycled cardboard box to assemble our TV. We simply cut a large hole in the foam board with an X-acto knife. Then we hot glued it onto a cardboard box that would hold it up and act as a desk for the girls.
The girls brought out their notebooks and read their news reports to us. We recorded some great family videos of their shows!
For my eldest daughter who is in Grade 4, I printed the free Book Study worksheets that Helal has on her website, My Everyday Classroom. It looks at the key components in Safa’s news story and aids children in composing their own news article, along with other great worksheets.
“Nightly News with Safa” provides a gentle way to start talking to your children about media and the news, and about their thoughts and feelings. My eldest daughter is more aware, than my younger ones, of what is happening in the world and always has a lot of questions. Insha’Allah tomorrow I will show you some of the ways that we teach world events in our homeschool.
Disclosure: I was provided with a free PDF copy for my honest review of “Nightly News with Safa” by Helal Musleh. I only recommend products my children and I truly enjoy and use in our homeschool.