Our Approach - Learning Center

Children, when nurtured, are eager learners and develop best in settings that promote learning, self-esteem, confidence, self-expression, and creativity. Iman’s Early Learning Center offers just this type of setting.

To implement our philosophy, IELC takes specific approaches that make our program educationally unique and responsive to families with young children.

Standards

We base our curriculum on the Creative Curriculum approach. This methodology embraces children as active learners and promotes classrooms with discrete and well-equipped interest areas. Creative Curriculum is a validated and effective learning approach that is used successfully worldwide for early childhood education.

IELC follows the developmental guidelines set forth by the U.S. National Association for the Education of Young Children. These guidelines are specific to preschool children.

We emphasize the whole child (physical, social, emotional, mental, behavioral), noting windows of opportunity (especially sensitive periods) for helping each child grow and develop to their fullest potential.

We maintain small class sizes and appropriate student-teacher ratios.

In The Classroom

IELC teachers nurture children’s academic performance, self-confidence, responsibility, and skill development. All children have daily opportunities to develop their sense of self, make choices, act on those choices, and be kind and helpful to others.

 

·  Each day, we encourage children to plan , make a choice, and recall their own activities. Each child learns to question, plan, experiment, explore, and actively make              decisions and assume responsibility within the safety of a structured environment.

 

·  We help each child develop intrinsic self-discipline, critical thinking and decision-making skills. Teachers also foster and support children’s learning and play through group activities, to strengthen each child’s social interaction and appreciation of his or her role in a larger social network. Children learn to share, cooperate, and negotiate.

 

·  We incorporate time spent outdoors into each day’s activities, building on children’s natural curiosity about the world around them and their place in it.

 

·  IELC also integrates computer-based learning in the classroom and promotes familiarity with computers, to prepare children for modern educational settings and knowledge-based economies in the rapidly developing world.

 

·  In line with current understanding of cognitive development, IELC teaches music awareness to enhance cognitive and numerical skills. Culture is also promoted to foster security and a sense of place. Aesthetic skills are introduced to foster the creativity required for lateral thought and skill application to take place. 

 

·  Teachers promote whole language development and literacy through simultaneous bilingual exposure in both the Arabic and English languages through a structured and integrated program.

 

·  Children are empowered as thinkers and doers, the teacher facilitating the process through an awareness of the developmental stages of childhood, taking into account individual differences such as cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development.

 

·  Teachers and staff use positive reinforcement with each child, creating a safe environment and helping children to build self-discipline.

Valuing the Whole Family

We value the participation of each family and parent in our program. Parents and families are important members of IELC’s learning community and contribute to our program in many ways. A cooperative interplay between parents and staff is essential for the well-being and growth of children in the Center. Parent-teacher meetings are held frequently to ensure educational continuity between home and school.

 

Staff also inform parents about school activities and provide guidance for parents through various communications, including the IELC Newsletter, Yellow Papers, Parents’ Bulletin Board, and Home Notes. Parents participate actively in the Parents’ Association and the Class Mom’s Committee.

 

To learn more about our parent committees, click here.

Asscessment

IELC uses proven, ongoing assessment tools to evaluate each child’s performance based on the child’s learning style, interests, and needs. Together with parents, teachers use this evaluation to plan, tailor and improve children’s learning experiences at IELC and at home. Parents are informed of progress in twice-yearly reports.

IELC keeps in touch with parents regularly through various communications, including the IELC Newsletter, Yellow Papers, Parents’ Bulletin Board, and Home Notes. 

 

To learn more about our parent committees, click here.

Current IELC parents: To access your child’s reports, click here.