1. Learning must be holistic, catering to all five domains: physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual.
2. Islam is not a just part of our schedule or day; it should be integrated into our daily lives.
3. Learning is an enjoyable journey, not a destination.
At Al Hadi, we integrate Islam into multi-disciplinary study units through a process called project- based learning (PBL). These units usually run 6 – 8 weeks, during which students complete an in-depth investigation to answer one or more driving questions. These engaging units form the foundation of teaching, learning, and growth at our school. As home educators, you can achieve similar results by employing unit studies.
Unit studies do not employ textbooks, instead, the teacher (or learning coach) brings forth a variety of resources and activities to pull each child’s mind, body, heart, and spirit into the area of study. Unit studies give the learning coach a comfortable environment in which children of different levels, ages, and learning styles can be nurtured in their learning journeys. Moreover, unit studies allow a parent to effectively integrate all five domains (social, emotional, intellectual, and physical) of human development into learning.
It should be noted that learning for some subjects, such as Math and Reading/Writing are linear with more complex concepts built upon foundational concepts previously mastered. Thus, we include reading, writing and math activities in many of our units but we encourage parents to procure separate Math and Writing curriculums. If you need help in selecting a Math and Reading/Writing curriculum that works for your family’s learning goals, consider scheduling a consultation or joining an Al Hadi mentorship workshop pod with other like-minded families.
Download a sample of Al Hadi’s Unit of Study: Autumn’s Beauty here!
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I believe in the Maryland Al-Hadi Learning Organization’s philosophy and when I learned about the Autumn Beauty curriculum I decided to test out the sample curriculum with my 2 1/2 year old daughter. Even though the curriculum is catered to children just a little bit older, I wanted to see how my daughter responded to the holistic learning experience. My daughter did not know what Fall was and that leaves change colors, but in these last two weeks, she can now tell me that the weather is changing when there are strong winds, identify the changing colors of the leaves on the trees and the ground, LOVES the fall crafts, and absolutely adores her self-designed canvas bag for our nature walks. She thanks Allah for the trees, the leaves, and the chance for everything to start over again. She knows Allah created all of the wild animals and that they go to sleep or fly away when the weather gets too cold. She loves the falls books and likes to count the leaves on the trees in the books. She can’t wait to jump in the leaves once they all fall on the ground!
I was surprised to see how well she grasped the topic, concept, and activities. Given her age, I did not follow the curriculum exactly – we did not get a chance to do the cooking exercise just yet and we haven’t been to a museum, but we try to spend time throughout the day discussing and playing all things Fall. Of course, Allah has become very integral in all of this, and she always remembers Allah when we talk about the leaves and the trees, etc.
I am grateful that even though I live far from Maryland, I am able to incorporate the Autumn Beauty curriculum and the holistic learning experience in my own home, Alhumdullallah!”