Welcome to Kindergarten at the Islamic Academy of Columbia!In Language Arts, K5 students use the Reading Street program to develop the five core areas: phonemic awareness, blending and segmenting, phonics-word reading, fluency, and vocabulary. Students also focus on reading comprehension and grammar such as identifying nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Students also explore different genres of text. The goal is to have K5 on or above a first grade reading level by the end of the school year.
In Mathematics, the students begin with math readiness for addition and subtraction and continue on with counting and number patterns to 100. The students learn to use graphs, recognize and create patterns, tell time, count money, and are introduced to geometry and fractions.
In Islamic Studies students learn supplications, sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), and stories of the Prophets. In Arabic, the students begin learning the alphabet and for Qur'an, students memorize collectively starting from the end of the Qur'an. Most importantly, students are taught simple manners and life-long etiquette lessons.
During Arabic class, students study six units, two of which are used for extra reading. Over the course of 23 lessons, students practice through educational CDs, conversations, videos, songs, drawing, coloring, writing, and story time. By the end of the year, students should have full knowledge of the following: connecting and kicking letters, long and short vowels, reading words and sentences, making and analyzing words, prepositions, interrogatives, and conjunctions, parts of the body, feminine and masculine forms of verbs, shapes, and numbers, one to ten, numerically and in word form.
The Science Curriculum is divided into four units: Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Space and Technology. The curriculum connects science skills with reading which helps improve comprehension in both reading and science. Students receive introductory instruction, have an opportunity to practice, and are assessed on science and reading skills over the course of each chapter.
The Social Studies Curriculum consists of six units: Who We Are, Communities, Work, Earth, The United States of America, and Family Stories. These units provide rich comprehensive content that captures the student’s imagination and makes them eager to learn more. The students also have extracurricular activities such as field trips and cooking classes.
Elementary School >