Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. Montessori classrooms are beautifully crafted environments designed to meet the needs of children in a specific age range. Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that experiential learning in this type of classroom led to a deeper understanding of language, mathematics, science, social interaction and much more.
Montessori is focused on giving support to the natural development of the child (Age 4-6). At Al-Manarat Heights Islamic School, we aim to further this natural development by introducing basic Islamic Etiquettes and building blocks of Islam.
Grade 1 – 8
As part of the holistic education, Al-Manarat Heights Islamic School aims to infuse Ontario Curriculum into the Islamic curriculum. Education of this world without appreciating the Creator of that system is detrimental. We aim to make the concepts learned in any subject as a means of getting closer to Allah (swt).
Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies, French, Quran, Islamic Studies, Art and Craft
Tajweed, Memorization, Word-to-Word Meaning, Tafseer, Arabic Language, Pillars of Islam, Pillars of Imaan, Akhlaaq (Character Building), Seerah (Life of Prophet Muhammad PBUH).
The Hifz Integrated program at AlManarat Heights Islamic School is catered towards children between the ages 6 and 10 years. Students will be taught a customized Math and English curriculum along with the memorization of the Quran. The students must be able to recite Qur’an fluently with Tajweed. Parents and students interview will be conducted prior to interim admission. Final admission will be granted after the interview.
facilitation of content
Students are exposed to plethora of knowledge throughout their stay at the school.
The teachers are trained to disseminate and educate in a manner which facilitates retention and understanding more than coverage and exposure. Among the different strategies for the facilitation of content are:
1. Layering Approach- The students will be taught in 4 layers to facilitate retention and understanding. The 4 layers are Exposure, Competency, Consolidation, and Mastery. The goal is to allow the students to view the same content from different perspectives and depths.
2. Student Focused Sessions–Low student to teacher ratio allows the teacher to give focused attention to each student and to recognize the exact issue that can cause a student to lag.
3. One Classroom system – Each class will be in the same classroom for several years. This allows the students to be comfortable with their space and keep their setting changed so they may focus on the content more than the learning environment.
4. Elongated time with teachers– Students will be spending years and years with qualified educators without feeling any sense of abandonment. For example, the same Maths instructor for three years can do much more refinement than three Maths teachers in three years.
Al-Manarat Heights is very proud to have initiated a didactic sports program that is rooted in providing students fitness, the essential skills to excel at soccer and basketball, and to learn other life skills.
These are module based workshops in which aspects of life that Islam comes to refine are enhanced in and outside of school walls. Workshops will be conducted on leadership skills, character development, speech training, ecosystem and living in harmony with nature, dental hygiene, calligraphy e.t.c.
These are developmental skills essential to holistic learning and for the right cognitive frames, healthy comportment and social benefit.
Each student from grade 3 to 8 is assigned a topic on specific dates. After Dhur salah, the assigned student addresses the school for 5 minutes on special topics like modesty, etiquettes of masjid, controlling anger, respecting teachers, honoring parents, Staying away from verbal or physical abuse, loving the Messenger of Allah and more. Not only do these speeches serve as a reminder to the fellow students and teachers but they also train the presenter in delivering effective speeches. The topics are chosen by the teacher. While preparing the khatirah, the students are to follow the khatirah template. The khatirah template requires the students to:
- Praise Allah and His Messenger
- Seek the du’a for ease and confidence
- Convey Salaam to the congregation
- Grab the attention of the audience with a ‘Hook’
- Present the thesis and its relevance
- State an argument established through the Qur’an
- Support the above argument with a Hadith
- Explain the argument through quotes, insights, and ideas
- Review the take home points
- Conclude with a memorable ending
Friday is a special day at Al-Manarat. Students are reminded to come in their best uniform, clip nails, take a bath and send prayers on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Scholars, speakers and sometimes students are chosen to deliver a powerful reminder on issues pertaining to student life. Khutbah is part of Salah, students are advised to remain focused during the period of the sermon. Charity is also encouraged on this blessed day.