Our program is based on experiences that foster growth across a broad range of developmental and content areas. IFS offers a curriculum where academics is integrated with Islamic knowledge. It is well-articulated in the sense that in addition to concepts and skills it also aims at holistic development of a child. A gradual succession of challenges for different age levels unfolds to meet the needs and provide a platform for higher achievements. We infuse the teachings of Islam alongside subject areas.
Our program paves the way for a successful transition from preschool to primary grades by offering a program designed to encourage your child’s physical, emotional and intellectual growth. IFS is a is a place for children to expand their love of learning, their general knowledge, their ability to get along with others, and their interest in reaching out to the world. Multiple instructional approaches optimize children’s opportunities for learning. These approaches include strategies that range from structured to unstructured and from whole class to small group activities as needed. This is a consistent goal of the program as children bring to learning environments different backgrounds, interests, experiences, learning styles, needs, and capacities. The children are encouraged to play, explore, learn and create at the same time.
During early childhood years children engage in emergent reading and writing behavior that forms the foundation of language development. Children demonstrate phonological awareness, comprehend and respond to books and other text. They also listen to stories that teachers read aloud, which helps increase their vocabulary.
Our philosophy of beginning reading is to incorporate phonics, literature oral and written instruction into a meaningful context. We utilize Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys, a researched-based program for emerging and developing readers. Our program guides students through important skills and strategies while building knowledge and abilities so that reading and writing become integral parts of the kindergarten day.
In addition, we also use Primary Phonics books by educators publishing service to incorporate decoding, reading comprehension, and promote fluency through decodable storybooks.
Math starts out with focus on logical thinking, patterns and numbers. They can sort and match things that are the same or different; they can also arrange things in patterns, based on their characteristics; they are beginning to understand the meaning of words and phrases like “more,” “less,” “a lot,” and “the same as.”
This area of study progresses to Macmillan McGraw –Mathematics program which help students develop proficiency in conceptual understanding, computational and procedural skills, and problem-solving ability, and work cooperatively with their classmates. We also individualize the program in order to meet the needs of the children. Children who are ready for more advanced concepts are given instruction to continue developing their skills.
The science curriculum is designed to enable students to make sense of the world around them. Children order, categorize, generalize, discuss and make predictions based on their observations of the natural environment and natural materials. Our goal for science in the Kindergarten Macmillan McGraw-Hill Science program is to expose the students to a variety of scientific materials and concepts. The science program focuses on life science, earth science and physical science. The curriculum uses a hands-on approach that engages the student in each lesson
The Houghton Mifflin social studies curriculum is where we study concepts foremost to our children’s lives such as families, friends, the world, and our country heroes and leaders. These concepts are taught through a variety of whole–class and small-group activities.
The physical activities are part of the Pre-K curriculum. This will give children an opportunity to explore and expand their physical capacity, and learn how to control their bodies. Through the physical activities students develop their motor coordination, and engage in activities that require using their gross and fine motor skills.
Creative art helps the children to use materials to communicate through visual means. Children take great pleasure in their work and gain confidence in their abilities. With paint, crayons, play- dough, paste, paper-scissors, boxes and string children can represent things they’ve done, seen and imagined.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL
Children in the early stages of our program cannot express a wide range of emotions and are unable to use appropriate labels such as mad, sad, happy, and can’t differentiate their feelings.
First, the children learn about themselves and then that they are part of a family, a classroom, a school and learn to respect and cooperate with other children and adults. Having a warm and nurturing environment at school not only helps children to build trusting relationships with others but also enhance the learning in all areas.