IQRA’ Preschool Curriculum teaches both Islamic values as well as knowledge of secular subjects like science, math, social studies and language arts. This is a comprehensive course which children between the ages of 3-5 years can study at school as well as home.
An Islamic school, with social studies curriculum, should provide young students with knowledge that will connect human knowledge and experiences so that they can know about Islamic living and citizenship education. This means membership in the Islamic, American, and other communities and a commitment to work effectively with diverse people within the framework of Islamic laws and principles. Besides, children can understand the differences in culture, in values and in response to various social, political, and religious issues in the light of the Qur’an and sunnah. On the preschool level, this teaching takes place in a very basic way and focuses on direct interactions within the classroom. The preschool is generally the first learning and social experience for the child outside home.
This entire program of preschool including nursery and kindergarten is actually a study of social living. At this level, an emphasis should be given on the skills and attitudes of working and playing with each other and on following Islamic social etiquette:
- Sharing with others
- Respecting the rights and values of others
- Accepting the authority of adults
- Turn-taking and waiting for turns
- Caring for personal and group property
- Understanding the independence of people
- Taking commitment and responsibility to complete an assignment
- Helping others
- Developing a positive self-image
- Respecting parents, teachers and other elders
- Being proud of their Islamic heritage
- Understanding the word ‘Ummah’