ISNA Elementary Academic Program

At ISNA Elementary School we are very proud of our academic program. It encompasses the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines and expectations as well as the all important knowledge that students obtain in Islamic Studies, Quran and Arabic. Our academic program is set upon high standards of instructional integrity and demonstrates the latest trends in education such as the emergence of blended learning environments (e-learning).

Philosophy

Program

The investigation of human knowledge and the acquisition of skills within a vibrant Islamic setting inspire and provide focus.

ISNA Elementary School’s academic program is grounded in Islamic context. It demands good teaching and student accountability. A focus on learning and practicing Islamic values, along with developing academic skills and applying them in all endeavours, is the hallmark of our program.

The school program demands total participation in the exercise of the intellectual, physical, and spiritual faculties found within each member of the ISNA Elementary School community.

The educative process is both formative and summative. Quizzes, tests, assignments, projects, portfolios, presentations are a regular part of the student’s work. All of our students continue to secondary schools and perform quite well.

A successful year for students is measured by their diligence in studies and their initiative and responsibility as contributing members of the school and its community.

ISNA Elementary School has a challenging academic program that helps students develop the skills needed to live and work successfully in a fast changing world. In particular, ISNA Elementary School effectively prepares students for secondary school enrollment and success.

The academic program at ISNA Elementary School is fun and challenging at the same time. Students enjoy a wide variety of teaching techniques and strategies ranging from teacher centred approaches to student centred approaches and even collaborated learning methods. Students learn through discussions, cooperative learning, Socratic lessons and traditional methods.

One of ISNA Elementary School’s academic goals is that students become efficient and wise problem solvers. This is accomplished by various methods such as, guiding students through inquiry based lessons, as well as activity based learning.

ISNA Elementary School adheres to the Ontario Ministry Guidelines.

Introduction

Welcome to the world of Kindergarten. You and your child are about to embark on an exciting adventure. We look forward to working with your Kindergarten child this year. School is a partnership of parent, child, and teacher. In order for it to be successful, a climate of trust and sharing is crucial. We would like to take this opportunity to familiarize you with some aspects of our program. We hope it answers many of your questions. If you have further queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Prepare for Success
It is important to talk with your children. Through conversation, children develop language skills necessary for literacy.
It is important to read to your children. Every time you read to your child, you extend their vocabulary, understanding and background knowledge and you build their appreciation of books.
In preparation for school, your children could be encouraged to fasten and unfasten clothing, put on socks, put on shoes, hang up a jacket or sweater on a hook, and put on a jacket independently.
It is important to listen to your children. If you want your children to listen to you remember to extend them the courtesy. Acknowledge their ideas when they communicate needs to you.
Even young children can accept responsibility. By encouraging small tasks to be completed, your children will become more self-reliant and develop their accomplishments.
Maintain regular routines and keep your children well rested.
First Steps - preparing for kindergarten

How ready is my child for school? That’s the question many parents ask. Generally, any child who is excited and enthusiastic about learning is well equipped to do well in kindergarten.

Think about how much your child has learned already. Before ever starting school, your child has mastered some of the most important lessons in life. She knows the difference between herself and others, between family and strangers. He grasps the connection between cause and effect. She has a developing sense of time—of past, present, and future. He understands and can express spatial relationships—up from down, in from out, front from back. She can use the grammar of her language and has a large vocabulary of words.

These are tremendous achievements, and you were the teacher who helped your child accomplish them. Your child will build on these skills during the early years of school.

Please note that all children applying for the Kindergarten Program at ISNA Elementary School must be fully washroom trained by the beginning of the school year in September.

However, there are additional skills and knowledge you can help your child acquire during the next couple of months that will ease the transition from home to school.

Parent Involvement

The support of parents is a major factor in successful early childhood programs. We believe that we can make a difference when we work together towards the common goals that we hold for children. Today’s busy lifestyles do not always make this easy. We invite you to be actively involved in your child’s school career.

The following are some suggestions:

Help in the classroom on a regular basis or for specific activity ( e.g. craft, class trips)
Join us for formal get-togethers (e.g., interviews…)
Contact us to share concerns
Help your child with their homework
Read the newsletters that inform you about classroom and school "happenings"
Helping Your Child to Get Ready For School

The following suggestions will help to make school entry a happy experience:

Downplay the significance of the first day by keeping all activities related to attendance as low key as possible.
Help your child to recognize their first name by displaying it clearly in lower case letters (e.g. on the fridge)
Encourage independent dressing and toileting – praise all successes.
Introduction

Welcome to ISNA Elementary School’s Junior division. The Junior School is for Grades 1-5.

Courses
Core Subjects

Junior students are taught their core subjects from the Government of Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines catered to our school. This represents courses in Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education and Visual Arts.

Languages

French: French starts in Grade 4.

Arabic: In order to maintain the Islamic religion and culture, Arabic is taught to students as its own course. The Arabic program is specialized catering to the diverse needs of the students. Students are appropriately placed in either a “General” Arabic course stream or an “Advanced” course stream within each grade based on their proficiency and demonstration of course requirements.

Islamic Studies

Quran: Students will memorize the Quran. From Grade 4 students will begin to analyze Tafseer (the meanings of the verses of the Quran). They will also learn various styles of reading as well as correct pronunciation and the rules of Tajweed.

Islamic Studies: There are a number of topics in this subject that students will cover. Aqaa’id (Beliefs), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Seerah (Life of the Noble Prophet peace be upon him), Ilm al-Hadeeth (Sciences of the Narrations of the Prophet peace be upon him), Tarikh (History), Adab wa al-Akhlaq (Ettiquettes and Manners), Tazkiyah al-Nafs (Purification of the Soul), Qasas al-Anbiya (Stories of the Prophets) and more.

Computer Studies

In addition, Grades 4-5 students will have a specialized Computer Studies course as well.

Introduction

Welcome to ISNA Elementary School’s Middle division. The Middle School is for Grades 6-8.

Courses
Core Subjects

Middle-school students are taught their core subjects from the Government of Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines catered to our school. This represents courses in Language, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education and Visual Arts.

Languages

French: Students continue their studies of the French language which they started in previous grades.

Arabic: In order to maintain the Islamic religion and culture, Arabic is taught to students as its own course. The Arabic program is specialized catering to the diverse needs of the students. Students are appropriately placed in either a “General” Arabic course stream or an “Advanced” course stream within each grade based on their proficiency and demonstration of course requirements.

Islamic Studies

Quran: Students will memorize the Quran as well as analyze Tafseer (the meanings of its verses). They will also learn various styles of reading as well as correct pronunciation and the rules of Tajweed.

Islamic Studies: There are a number of topics in this subject that students will cover. Aqaa’id (Beliefs), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Seerah (Life of the Noble Prophet peace be upon him), Ilm al-Hadeeth (Sciences of the Narrations of the Prophet peace be upon him), Tarikh (History), Adab wa al-Akhlaq (Ettiquettes and Manners), Tazkiyah al-Nafs (Purification of the Soul), Qasas al-Anbiya (Stories of the Prophets) and more.

Computer Studies

Middle-school students will complete a course in Computer Studies for each year. This program is more specialized focusing on different computer skills that students must know in the current age.