Al Madina’s curriculum for elementary education integrates CISNA (Council of Islamic Schools in North America) guided Islamic Studies and Qur’an into the Common Core State Standard. The Common Core State Standard varies slightly to the Virginia Department of Education’s Standard of Learning (SOL) curriculum. In order to offer our student robust curriculum, Al Madina chooses the Common Core State Standard that has been adopted by 42 states including District of Columbia as a baseline standard of curriculum. Within the methodology of the Common Core State Standard, SOL content materials can be taught – this combination of both flexibility and variety is the reason why Al Madina utilizes the Common Core State Standard. The minimum of achieving Common Core State Standard gives the flexibility for our teachers to facilitate students further beyond the Common Core State Standard while keeping in tune with most of the Nation.
Qur’an, Arabic, and Islamic Studies (QAIS)
Our CISNA accredited curriculum grant us 6 different levels for Qur’an and Arabic. Students will progress based on their levels in learning Arabic and reading the Qur’an. All students will learn the basics of Qur’anic reading, writing, recitation with tajweed, and memorization. Students will also learn the specific Arabic vocabulary of the Qur’an to enhance their understanding of the Qur’an.
During the school year, emphasis will be placed on helping the students develop their Islamic identity as believers (Mu’minun) and to learn basic concepts of Islamic practices and implementing it in their daily lives.
The students will be studying five main subjects:
Aqidah (Islamic Creed)
Fiqh Al-Ibadat (Jurisprudence of Worship)
Sunnah, Seerah and Islamic History
Tafseer of the Quran
Adab & Akhlaq (Islamic Morals and Manners)
The goal for our students in QAIS is for them to be able to read, recite, write, memorize, and interpret the Qur’an by themselves with the rich background of Islamic history and tradition so that they may practice and live with the Qur’an as their guide.
English/ Language Arts
ELA – English/ Language Arts are taught in Al Madina with the baseline methodology aligned with the Common Core State Standard. Students in KG through fifth grade would learn methodology in 3 types of reading; literature, informational text, and foundational skills. They would learn proper language and grammar, speaking and listening. This includes conducting presentations and writing in various forms of narration including informative texts and opinion pieces. Teachers have the flexibility to use different content to students that would optimized their learning of the methodology. This would include the opportunity of exploring Islamic text and integrating Islamic Studies into ELA.
Mathematics are taught in Al Madina with the baseline methodology aligned with the Common Core State Standard. Students in KG would start off with counting and cardinality that would expand to operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, measurement and data, and geometry as they go through first to fifth grade. Students will not only learn mathematical operations, but also practicality in real-life situations as well. Teachers would have the flexibility of various mathematical application to real-life scenarios. This would include integrating Islamic studies into mathematics such as the counting of various ayat in a surah in the qur’an, the understanding of proportional zakah and sadaqah, and understanding the Islamic world’s contribution of algebra.
Science classes in elementary grades serves as an extension of the Common Core State Standard. The Common Core State Standard inherently have science material under the ELA curriculum of reading, writing and critical thinking, as well as Common Core State Standard in mathematical operations commonly used in scientific investigations. Al Madina goes beyond the Common Core State Standard science in ELA and give our students specific scientific investigation that includes lab activities and project based learning with annual science fair. In addition, scientific facts from the Qur’an will be highlighted such as the atmosphere atoms and planets, the formation of the clouds and hydrologic cycle.
Social studies class in elementary grades serves as an extension of the Common Core State Standard. The Common Core State Standard inherently have social studies material under the ELA curriculum of reading, writing and critical thinking. Al Madina goes beyond the Common Core State Standard social studies in ELA and give our students specific historical and social context that not only align with Virginia’s history, but also Islamic history, history, philosophy and civics at the national and international level.
Students at Al Madina would have the opportunity to learn physical education that would motivate them to move regularly and treat their body well. Students would understand that they must keep their body well as it is a trust given by Allah. Students will learn to stay fit through the play of physical games and develop sportsmanship and cooperation by the learning of the rules of the game and displaying fair play.
Students at Al Madina would have the opportunity to learn and express various medium of art. Islamic culture have always been enriched with distingushed work of art such as the Dome of the Rock, Taj Mahal and the Calligraphy of Qur’anic verses. Al Madina will incorporate such fascinating examples in addition to other activities. These activities would include, but not limited to coloring, sketching, drawing, painting, singing of nasheed, craft making, and calligraphy.
Elementary students at Al Madina would be given the opportunity to learn to become responsible digital citizens in the 21st century. Students would know the proper use of emails and internet as a research tool as well as respecting parental and teacher authority for activities concerning technology and the world wide web.