Writing begins with the student`s initial school experience. The use of the writing process (brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting, revising, and conferencing, editing and publishing) and the 6 Traits plus 1 analytical writing approach continues throughout the grades. Writing is not an isolated experience but is integrated throughout the school day in various curricular areas. Teachers introduce and reinforce the components of good writing at each grade level.
Communication skills are an integral part of the learning experience. Listening and speaking skills develop as the child progresses through school. Learning these skills enables the student to become an active participant in the learning process. These skills are particularly important for second language learners and are practiced and put to use through presentations, assemblies, morning messages and circle time. Therefore they form an important part of the Elementary curriculum.
The formal spelling program focuses on spelling patterns and words student frequently misspell. Students also learn to use tools such as the dictionary, collaboration with peers, and technological devices.
We believe that reading is the key to academic success. It is therefore important that an interest in literature is fostered in the classroom from an early age. The class teacher encourages this through group reading activities, listening to each student read individually at least twice a week and using supplementary reading material. Parents are encouraged to help their child with reading by listening to them read at home daily and asking them about what they read to improve comprehension skills.
Living values is an educational program that is designed by educators and recognized by the United Nations. It promotes the development of values- based learning communities and it fosters quality education by supporting the development of the individuals in a value based atmosphere. The aim of the program is to improve student’s behavior and the climate of the school. A’Takamul International School has adopted this program and we aim to improve student’s behavior and the climate of the school by embedding these values in everything we teach.
Through this program the students at A’Takamul International School will be engaged in activities that allow them to explore and experience their own qualities and the qualities of the people around them. They will learn to become motivated learners and develop cooperative social skills. The program will involve creative activities teaching the students the following values: