Reading begins with familiar words and sounds and teacher-directed activities, then moves on to stories that are diverse and challenging. Instruction is done with small groups of students who are on the same level and includes a wide range of activities to promote phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension skills, communication skills, and critical thinking. We use the HMH curriculum for ELA. The curriculum champions new ideas and emboldens the thinkers and doers of tomorrow. Students are enrolled in the Renaissance Accelerated Reading program to encourage comprehension and fluency.
Writing is taught through a workshop approach. Children are exposed to a wide variety of genres (Opinion, Argument, Informational, and Narrative). The writing program includes daily lessons and writing experiences to help students become proficient at expressing themselves in all kinds of writing and learn to appreciate and critique the writing of others.
We utilize the Envision math curriculum from Pearson. Each new skill is introduced with hands-on manipulatives or real-life objects to help students develop a clear and accurate understanding. Before moving to the abstract concept (algorithm), Envision Math introduces a pictorial representation, often referred to as the model approach or bar models. Finally, once students demonstrate strong conceptual understanding, they are able to use the abstract (algorithm) approach. Instead of pushing through rote memorization, students learn to think mathematically and rely on the depth of knowledge gained in previous lessons.
We use the Pearson curriculum for social studies. The Social Studies discipline includes history, geography, economics, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and the humanities. The curriculum is designed to help students understand what’s going on in the world today through many different lenses
We utilize the HMH curriculum for science. The best way to learn science is by doing science. Our science program is rooted in hands-on investigation, comparison, organization, inference, and application (scientific inquiry/scientific method). The goals of the science curriculum include the attainment of rational and creative thinking processes, attainment of scientific knowledge, understanding the scientific process, using scientific tools and instruments, academic discourse and communication, and…having fun!
We teach the essentials of proper Quranic reading and recitation so that these skills can eventually be transferred to memorization of the Quran. This includes mastery of letter phonetics, Tajweed rules, and fluency of recitation. Furthermore, the students engage in memorization of passages from the Quran in a fashion that is catered to their current reading and memorization abilities.
Arabic being the language of the Quran, is reinforced by the reading skills focused upon in the Quran classes. The goal of our curriculum is simple: understanding Allah’s message. Reinforcing the vocabulary, grammar, and common phrases that occur in Quranic verses throughout the curriculum by means of verbal exercises, games, written exercises, and readings ensures retention of Arabic that students will access recurrently throughout the Quran.
We teach the tarbiya lessons of the Quran and Sunnah pertaining to the day to day life of an American child. Lessons are engaging and interactive to expose children to their faith in a manner that contextualizes their deen in order to counter the challenges of western life including opposition to faith, lifestyle, and social norms and empowers them to be confident in their beliefs, by satiating the curious mind of the 21st century, providing real answers to the questions they will face in life.