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KEY PHILOSOPHICAL MESSAGES THAT MAKE AL SHOROOQ PRESCHOOL UNIQUE:

• Safety:

PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY

In Al Shorooq Preschool we don’t compare children to each other OR to some manufactured standard. Your child works at their own pace. Hence, we maintain the safety of the child’s feelings and natural curiosity.

PHYSICAL SAFETY

We have fixed CCTV Cameras in operation around the building, ensuring safety and security always. In addition, our playground surface is anti-slip and impact absorbent, which can help stimulate creative, SAFE, free play, amongst children. There are also gates in to keep the children away from the stairs. Moreover, we have a first aid equipped clinic and CPR trained staff.

• Deep respect for children as individuals.

• Multi-age classes allow teachers to develop close and long-term relationships with their students, allowing them to know each other's learning style well, and encourage older students to become role models, mentors, and leaders to younger students.

• Integrated curriculum is carefully structured and connects subjects within programs (e.g., history and cultural arts to maximize the opportunity for learning and builds from program to program to progress from concrete to abstract learning).

• Independence is nurtured and leads to children becoming purposeful, motivated, and confident in their own abilities.

• Peace and conflict resolution are taught daily and children learn to be a part of a warm, respectful, and supportive community.

• The child creates, in a very real sense, the adult that is to be, through his/her experiences, interactions, and environments.

• Hands-on learning is central to the curriculum in all programs and leads to children being engaged rather than passive with their work.

• The environments are responsibly and carefully prepared with multisensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials to support self-directed learning.

• Teachers and children and teachers and parents work together as a warm and supportive community.

• Self-expression is nurtured in all children. Children experience art, music, poetry, theater, writing, and other forms of creative arts with confidence and passion.

DESIRED LEARNER OUTCOMES:

Soul:

Implanting moral values and Islamic ethical standards, to dramatically affect his/her daily conduct:

-       Taking into account human nature.

-       Promoting moral behaviour which is instilled in the soul of the child.

-       Encourage advice to peers.

-       To let children learn to help and be helped by other children.

-       To let older children learn to be patient and tolerant, and serve as role models and teachers for younger children.

-       To not discriminate based on class, religion, skin color, ethnicity or accent.

Belonging:

-       Citizenship rights and duties.

-       All children are part of both a world political system and a world ecological system.

Language:

-       The child then learns the language phonetically until the point where he is taught the different “rules” in both Arabic and English and the exceptions to those rules he will need to know in order to spell and read fluently.

Personality:

-       Help the child to properly take care of himself so that he may feel as though he is independent and does not have to rely on an adult for his basic needs until he becomes purposeful, motivated, and confident in his own abilities.

-       To guide the children peace and conflict resolution and make them feel part of a warm, respectful, and supportive community.

-       Self-expression is nurtured in all children. Children experience art, poetry, theatre, writing, and other forms of creative arts with confidence and passion.

-       To encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.

-       Promoting critical thinking and reducing intellectual intolerance.

-       Ability to Handle External Authority.

Environment:

-       Teachers and children, and teachers and parents, work together as a warm and supportive community.

-       Take into consideration the individual differences of each child and their miscellaneous needs, tendencies and skills.

-       Provide continuous training for all teachers.

-       Multi-age classes allow teachers to develop close and long-term relationships with their students, allow them to know each others' learning style well, and encourage older students to become role models, mentors, and leaders to younger students.

Knowledge:

-       Integrated curriculum is carefully structured and connects subjects within programs (e.g., history and cultural arts to maximize the opportunity for learning and builds from program to program to progress from concrete to abstract learning).

-       Hands-on learning is central to the curriculum in all programs and leads to children being engaged rather than passive with their work.

-       Become a child who can appreciate colour or texture differences, organize his thoughts and objects in his environment.

-       Learn to count from 1-10 through the understanding of the concept that those numbers represent a specific amount.  Through each material, the child will learn addition, subtraction, and other calculations and truly understand what each one means in their deeper sense.

-       Environmental awareness and the conservation of wildlife.

Physical:

-       Free play is a great way to help child develop muscles and coordination and run off extra energy.

-       To promote good nutritional eating habits.

Special Needs:

Giving special care to students with special needs and those who have physical disabilities and providing the appropriate teaching and training programs for this group.

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