Curriculum & Instruction
Our 2, 3 and 4 year old and KG programs are guided by Montgomery County Public School and Howard County Public School Standards, Maryland State Learning Standards. Elements from Montessori, Reggio, Waldorf, and traditional preschool approaches are used within the classroom to teach students. We challenge our teachers everyday to incorporate best practices and research in the daily instruction.
Much of the learning by our students is done through play and exploration. For this reason, Al-Hadi has chosen to set aside a block of time for the three and four year old students to engage in project based learning. During this time, students gain knowledge and skills in all academic areas by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a question, problem, or challenge based in real-world context. Some projects may span a week and others may take a month to produce. With the facilitation of the teachers, the students make most of the decisions during this time. At the end of each project, all students will have engaged in an extended process of thinking that includes:
- In-depth learning about a topic they are interested in
- Working cooperatively
- Finding appropriate resources for research
- Applying information they have learned
- Showing off their learning by creating a product of their choice
Islamic values and principles are integrated within the curriculum to create a balanced and holistic curriculum. We do our best to tailor the curriculum based on our student and family needs. Our curriculum may look different from year to year depending on our student enrollment and family dynamics. The co-op model provides us the unique opportunity to elicit our families’ talents, experiences, and interests to create a shared learning environment where every individual at Al-Hadi including parents, teachers, and students are part of the learning journey!