Kindergarten

Curriculum Overview: Learning through creative play

Students in Kindergarten will master the following skills, inshaAllah:

  • Show interest in and enjoy books
  • Actively participate in shared reading activities
  • Build awareness that meaning comes from print
  • Know that books and printed material are read top to bottom, and left to right
  • Retell familiar stories
  • Demonstrate phonemic awareness
  • Use increasing semantic, phonetic, and structural skills to become an effective reader
  • Know all letter names and sounds
  • Retell stories; make predictions about events; personalize meaning from text
  • Begin to write to communicate
  • Use phonetic spelling, write name correctly, form letters of the alphabet with some accuracy
  • Use correct pencil grip
  • Begin to put spaces between letters and words
  • Build active and responsive listening skills through experiences with conversation, stories, songs, and poems
  • Share and take part in class discussions
  • Participate in singing, storytelling, drama, and poetry activities
  • Share information and ideas, speaking audibly in complete sentences

Mathematics

  • Count forward and backward orally and on a number line
  • Count with one-to-one correspondence
  • Count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Compare and order numbers and objects
  • Identify, match, and divide sets
  • Identify ordinal position to fifth
  • Act out and draw pictures for addition and subtraction stories
  • Identify a missing number in a sentence and a missing shape in a matrix
  • Know a symbol can stand for a missing number in a sentence
  • Identify and count pennies, nickels, and dimes
  • Identify quarters and one-dollar bills
  • Write money amounts using cent symbol (¢)
  • Select coins for given amount
  • Write numerals to 30
  • Identify right and left and use other positional words and phrases
  • Identify, sort, and compare geometric shapes and solids
  • Identify line of symmetry and create symmetrical designs
  • Sort and identify sorting rule
  • Identify and extend patterns and geometric designs
  • Graph real objects and pictures
  • Determine questions for a survey
  • Tell and show time to the hour
  • Use a calendar and identify its parts
  • Identify which of two events takes more or less time
  • Compare, order, and measure using standard and nonstandard units
  • Describe likelihood of an event

Science

Science in the early years is learned through the natural exploration of the physical world. The topics of discovery include life cycles, nutrition, animal habitats, and the seasons. The students will plant their own garden and participate in nature walks.

 

Visual Arts

  • begin to identify the elements of art in the environment, and in works of art, emphasizing line, color, shape, form and texture
  • mix secondary colors from primary colors and describe the process
  • form drawing – identifying patterns, shapes, lines
  • create artwork based on observations of actual objects and everyday scenes
  • select something they like about their work of art and something they would change

Physical Education

  • improve in balance, hand-eye coordination, ball skills
  • increase body strength through physical activities
  • participate in group games
  • demonstrate good health practices (e.g. nutrition, exercise, rest, and health care)

Qur’an Memorization

The Kindergarten class will come alive every morning with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an. Children in this class will learn about revelation and the etiquette of handling the Qur’an. They will develop a love and reverence for the words of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala through beautiful stories told about the revelation of the Qur’an and hands on activities. The Kindergarteners will inshAllah memorize twenty-one Sura’s of the Qur’an, starting with Sura Al-Fatiha to Sura Wa’duah.

Arabic

Arabic in the Kindergarten class in purely oral with absolutely no stress on reading and writing. Children will learn in a natural non-threatening environment the Arabic language. They will participate in activities, dramatic plays, sing Arabic songs, listen to Arabic stories and be involved in daily dialogue practices.

Seerah

The Seerah of the Prophet sal allahu alaihi wa sallam will be taught every Friday. Children will learn about the live of the Prophet through stories and hands on activities. Our main goal in this class is to develop in our students love and respect for the Prophet sal allahu alaihi wa sallam so that they use him as an example in their lives.

Phonics

In Kindergarten the students will learn the English Alphabet. They will learn to identify, sound out, and write all of the alphabet and learn to read by using easy to read decodables.

Storytelling

Storytelling is a very important time in the Kindergarten class. Children live in imaginary worlds and our storytelling time is when they can really enter into the world of imagination. Most of the learning done in the Kindergarten class is done through beautiful and colorful stories.