Early Childhood Learning (ECL):
Pre-School, Pre-K and KG
Exploration, Discovery, and Life-Long Learning
Children are incredibly receptive to experiences starting in early childhood. And though their physical and mental skills may seem, to the outside world, a bit slurred and disjointed, many amazing processes are happening that enable each child to form a unique view of the world. This is why An-Noor Academy stresses the true root of education: “ducere”, which means to bring out of one’s self. Our focus is not only to instill information to children, but to help develop the tools necessary for independent inquiry, discovery, and exploration that will enable life-long learning, both in their intellectual and spiritual/religious life.
An An-Noor Academy, the classes are center-based to help cover the range of subjects children will need to explore to be successful citizens of the world. The classes not only cover subject material; they focus on how children can develop their current reading, writing, and fine motor skills to the next level, where they can delve into self-inquiry, expand their thought process, and experiment with the environment both at school and at home.
Our Focus: Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles
It is in early childhood that children are truly free to explore without the barriers that the world inevitable places on all individuals as they grow. We appreciate and support the multiple intelligences and learning styles of our students. Teachers will act as facilitators of learning so that the children see themselves as independent, unique, capable learners who can use their preferred learning style to bring meaning to themselves and to each other both academically and religiously.
Children are fluid beings and they love to move, search, question, diverge, and go on as many separate paths as possible (sometimes that could be infinite!), which is why the teacher will act as a facilitator to bring the multiple conversations back to full circle and extract meaningful lessons. Many younger children are kinesthetic learners (they learn by movement and role-play), which is why Circle Time is the framing structure of the beginning and end of each day. Physically sitting in a circle allows all members of the classroom to be part of the same community. It allows the children and teacher to see each other directly, opening up communication, especially during prayer time, meet and greet, story time, and when reviewing new concepts.