Our 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 and elementary school 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.
Project Based Learning is our method of pedagogy because it allows individualization and makes each child accountable for their learning. Each unit lasts about 6-8 weeks and is comprised of each subject/topic/educator working concertedly to create and responsive and cohesive unit that incorporate all aspects of their day.
During this unit, 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. The end of the unit is marked by a culmination project. 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 Studies at Al Hadi
At Al Hadi, we apply an integrated approach to teaching and learning. Hence, students will not be taught Islamic Studies as a separate and distinct subject. Instead, the facts, concepts, and ideas presented in traditional Islamic Studies curricula will be integrated across the curriculum. For example, students learning about ants would also learn about ants in the Qur’an and Prophet Sulaiman throughout the unit.
Under the guidance of Shaikh Trenton Carl, teachers will create robust learning plans that include Islam at their heart. We will use the standards below as goal posts for students to demonstrate their Islamic knowledge in action.
- Forbearance Standard: Students will demonstrate the age-appropriate ability to maintain relatively calm in situations of social discord (with teachers, peers, and family).
- Patience Standard: Students will demonstrate patience in situations that are out of his/her control (failure, sickness, accidents, emergencies, storms, etc).
- Gratitude Standard: Students will demonstrate gratitude to Allah for his/her successes
- Contentment Standard: Students will demonstrate the age-appropriate ability to be content and satisfied with what s/he has been given.
- Persistence Standard: Students will demonstrate the age-appropriate ability to work through difficulty without acting on negative emotions.
- Justice Standard 1: Students will demonstrate the age-appropriate ability to be pleasant and kind to someone who has hurt him/her.
- Justice Standard 2: Students will demonstrate the age-appropriate ability to encourage his/her friends to do the right thing.
- Effort Standard: Students will demonstrate his/her best effort to complete any task, even if s/he finds it difficult.
- Friendliness Standard: Students will demonstrate the age-appropriate ability to be friendly to his/her teachers, peers, and family members.
- Lenience Standard: Students will demonstrate the age-appropriate ability to overlook the errors and faults of others.
- Cooperation Standard: Students will demonstrate the age-appropriate ability to collaborate with teachers, peers, and family members.