Our Program

IELC promotes active, purposeful learning and experience through a wide variety of play and educational activities. The Center’s curriculum focuses on the whole child addressing all of these areas:

  • Physical development
  • Personal and socio-emotional development
  • Cognitive skills
  • Creative representation
  • Attitude toward work
  • Moral self

Physcial Development

How does your child grow?

IELC student programs are planned to develop children's gross and fine motor skills in indoor and outdoor activities. Learning to control and balance their bodies is an important part of muscle and neurological development. Students also learn to use each of their senses, and to discriminate by taste, smell, and sound. Field trips to explore nature offer students a variety of firsthand experiences to complement their learning from books and media.

Personal and Social Emotional Development

What does your child feel?

Being attune with one’s own emotions and being able to express one’s needs and vocalize responses are important aspects of being a young child – and a mature adult. To foster good personal behaviors, IELC helps students learn self-help skills such as using the toilet independently, acting independently, and putting their playthings away. We promote each child’s self-esteem and positive self-image. Students learn to be positively assertive and to express satisfaction for their own accomplishments and benchmarks.

Successful human interaction linked to behavioral norms marks the harmony of one’s place within society and the environment. IELC students are encouraged to interact with their fellow students and to respect the feelings and emotions of others in the wider context. The place of man in the cycle of nature is also stressed, with an emphasis on environmental education, while responsibility of self is also seen as key in respecting the study area and the property of others.

Cognitive Skills

How does your child think?

IELC’s program to enhance children’s cognitive skills has four components: language and emerging literacy, logic and thinking skills, concepts and information, and reasoning and problem solving. We work closely with parents to help their children acquire and apply information. Through personal time and group discussions in line with personal growth, students learn to use language to follow directions, express ideas or feelings, read simple stories, and begin to write. Most importantly, the children learn to enjoy books and stories in many forms. Teachers provide language instruction in both Arabic and English.

IELC believes in a whole-language approach to reading and the incorporation of literacy into everyday activities and daily life. Our reading program is exciting and fun, and we prepare our students to become excellent readers and to have a lifelong love of books. Our library has many books for students to choose from, thereby building skills for the future access of information and reasoning.

Understanding relations and patterns, in both words and numbers, is a first step toward reasoning and problem solving. IELC students learn to recognize series of objects, predict patterns, order and classify, and understand cause and effect. They learn basic shapes, colors, and concepts, and how to count in both Arabic and English. They become aware of time and of the roles that individuals, including themselves, play in society. Applying their enhanced cognitive skills, students learn to identify problems and make options for problem solving.

Creative Representation

Who am I?

Self-expression, individuality, and originality are the essence of each human being’s uniqueness. IELC fosters the creativity of every child at the Center and engages each child’s parents in this effort. Through imaginative play, role-playing, drawing, and painting, students explore and develop their own abilities and talents. By engaging in cooperative pretend play with other children, interactive skills are fostered. Staff exposes each child to a wide variety of art activities, and students learn that scribbling and being “messy” during art play (e.g., with sand and water) are valid expressions of their own creativity. These activities also enhance children’s dexterity and create an awareness of form.

Attitude Toward Work

How does your child act?

IELC staff help build healthy attitudes and effective behaviors for work by encouraging children to take initiative and by laying down good learning habits, such as attentiveness and persistence. At IELC, we foster curiosity and a desire to learn, and creatively use materials and equipment as part of the learning process. We also encourage students to select their own activities, participate in group or class activities, respect each other’s work, plan and complete all tasks that they have chosen, and take pride in their accomplishments.

Moral Self

Awareness of Self and Others

IELC believes that the twin goals of education are learning and character building. For each child in our program, we strive for good moral character and positive social values through strategies that enhance a child’s self-esteem, respect for the rights of others, self-discipline, and motivation to resolve conflicts peacefully. The moral self is an essential component of our individual selves and is the base for our lives and self-expression.

Core values that IELC promotes are honesty, compassion, fairness, responsibility, and respect. Throughout the school term, we highlight a different virtue for each month and encourage parents to help us emphasize that virtue. As Ramadan and Christmas approach, for example, IELC students learn about the virtue of giving, and then practice it by selecting and bringing an item to donate to charity.

In addition, staff incorporates relevant and interesting stories, plays, and songs into the curriculum to communicate desirable moral traits and social values, necessary for being part of society.

We believe, as Dale Frederick as said, that

Academics is the cornerstone of education,

But character is the building block of life.