Adventures in the Land of ض

The magnolias, cherries and azaleas are making us all dizzy with the arrival of spring. We are emerging (I just got my second COVID vaccine!) from a year of lockdown. It is hard to resist the impulse to shout exultant nonsense syllables like “Woohoo!” But the Al-Bustan organization, which has given me joy for over a decade now, has, this…

Thoughts from Al-Bustan’s Tutor Amna

I am currently a tutor for Al-Bustan in an afterschool program called طموحات, or Tumuhat that serves students from grades three to eight in the ESL program. Initially, this began as a volunteering opportunity that I sought out in September with Al-Bustan. I have been tutoring students learning Arabic at Drexel since sophomore year and I…

Temple Practicum Students Share their Experiences with Al-Bustan After-School Arab Arts Program

Al-Bustan was fortunate to have three graduate students and aspiring artist-educators from Temple University join us for our After-School Arab Arts Program this year, Mary Kate MacFarland, Sophie Shields, and Charlotte Calautti. Check out the reflections of Sophie and Charlotte below, as they talk about what they learned from observing the program!  During my time observing the afterschool program…