Early Childhood Program
In the three-year-old program, we help children carry out personal care routines on their own, solve problems and resolve conflicts, reason, and think. We use feedback and assessment to expand the child’s knowledge and build skills.
We help children develop a sense of self identity and purpose. By allowing ample opportunities for exploration and building self-help skills, children become adaptable to varied environments and develop a sense of independence.
Milestones this year include the ability to handle scissors, hold writing instruments in their fingers, and draw shapes and objects in relationship to each other, memorize short chapters of the Qur’an and recite their daily duas. In addition, three-year-olds are developing more complex language and social skills. They are able to demonstrate greater dexterity and hand-eye coordination as well as strength, balance, and fluidity of movement.
In our four-year-old program, we honor and enjoy children’s natural curiosity, competence, and exuberance. We are especially interested in supporting these foundational skills children gain through play and exploration:
- Developing social connections to peers and adults through successful communication and problem-solving
- Strengthening fine and gross motor control and organization
- Supporting transitions and adjustments to school routines
- Helping each child feel comfortable and happy in a learning environment
These foundational skills are critical for a child’s future success in school through the primary grades and beyond.
Through guidance from their teachers, the Kindergarten class works both independently and in small groups to progress toward their goals for the year. They are immersed in a culture of learning and discovery.
- Short Sura’s from the last Juz of the Qur’an
- Introduction of Arabic letters and sounds
Kindergarten Islamic Studies
- Selected stories from the Sirah of Rasul Allah, Peace and blessings upon him
- Daily dua and hadith
- Nasheeds (songs) inspired by love for Allah and Rasul Allah
- Islamic habits
Kindergarten Language Arts
- Early phonemic and print awareness and listening comprehension skills
- Communicate through writing by moving from drawing to spelling using more conventional spelling rules
- Know the parts of a book and their functions
- Understand that words are made up of a sequence of sounds
- Make personal connections to written materials
Kindergarten Social Studies
- Essential concepts of neighborhood, school, interdependence, diversity and community, and communicating within a community
- Patterns, sorting and graphing
- Strengthen counting, adding and subtracting skills
- Measure objects using non-standard units and construct and identify two-dimensional shapes
- Concepts of odd and even, coin values and skip counting
- Plants and seeds including life cycle of plants and what seeds and plants need to grow
- Nature explorations
- Natural resources
- Line, shape, color, space, form, texture and value; the language artists use for thinking and describing artwork
- Fiber arts: students work with wool shorn from our sheep or silk from silkworms raised in the art classroom
Kindergarten Drama, Percussions, and Vocals
- Perform class plays of the Fables of Aesop and others
- Sing nasheeds and rhymes
- Students learn to sing collectively and individually
- Running, jumping, galloping, sliding and hopping
- Play with balls, ropes, hoops and beanbags to learn tossing, striking and catching
- Practice elaborate movement skills
Arabic for Early Childhood Center
Beginning in preschool, Peace Terrace students study Arabic in classes led by teachers who are native speakers of the language. The program begins with a focus on oral communication through everyday expression to familiarize students with sounds, intonation, and pronunciation of the Arabic language.
At this level we want to create an environment where the children can enjoy and be eager to learn a new language. We use active and engaging activities for the students to experience. At this young age we have what is called “the silent period” in which language patterns and sounds are absorbed by the children. As they become more familiar with their teacher, they begin to communicate in the new language. The curriculum in preschool concentrates on basic vocabulary. The students learn through songs, visuals, games, and hands-on materials.
Goals and Objectives:
- Listen to and act out a song
- Reproduce sounds and words in Arabic
- Demonstrate active listening skill
- Instill an early awareness and understanding of different cultures and people, and the richness of the many ways of being human
Our students learn about the history, geography, music, art, traditions, and culture of the Arabic speaking world. Their experiences in the Arabic program provide important preparation not only for future language study, but also for their participation as members of the global community of the future.