October 1st Circle Time and k-3 curriculum

Asalaam aleykoum,

Yesterday the students each received a book titled 21 Duas for Children, they are expected to bring these books back to Sunday school each week. Parents, please assist the students in learning these dua and ensure that they bring the books back each Sunday. They have each put their name on the inside cover of the book, and at the end of the school year those will be theirs to keep. The kindergarten students did not bring those books home, but they do each have a copy at the school.

The k-3 curriculum is beginning to take shape, now that the books have arrived.

Iqraa – students are working both on reading and writing the arabic alphabet, we have added writing both to help with the memorization process and so that the students may benefit from homework.

Islamic studies

  • 21 Duas for Children – students will learn 1 new Dua each week (2 if they are a shorter one), homework is to come back and tell about a time in the week that they were able to use their dua
  • Stories of the Prophets in Stories from the Holy Quran as well as stories of the Prophets using the Weekend Learning storybooks (example)
  • Contemporary stories – (example) quality literature selected to generate conversations amongst the students about issues they might face in school and beyond.
  • These stories and reading will be supplemented with activities, games, and projects.
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    Welcome to the 2017/2018 School Year!

    Asalaam aleykoum and welcome to the 2017/2018 school year!

    This school year brings both some minor and major shifts in the Sunday school curriculum, and we are excited to share them with you.

    In an effort to maximize student engagement, and contribute the growth of our youth, we are undertaking a total overhaul on the Islamic studies portion of k-3, and adding some student-led projects for our older students.

    For the k-3 crowd, Islamic studies now consists of more learning through story-telling and hands on projects. The stories will sample from the Noor Kids, Mini Mu’umin, and other age appropriate storybooks that deal with contemporary issues faced by young Muslims, as well as stories of our prophets and teachings of the Quran. These stories are designed to generate conversation and inspire our youth.

    There is not a lot of change for levels 4-6, as the Weekend Learning textbooks are an excellent resource, although I would like to see a heavier focus on discussion and action.

    Levels 7-12 will also continue with the Weekend Learning textbooks, however there will be student-led projects assigned to be completed outside of Sunday school. Sunday school is only three hours a week, and I can’t stress how important it is that we don’t condense Islamic studies into something we do for only three hours, once a week. These projects are assigned with the idea of sparking curiosity and wonder in our students.

    Levels 7-12 will be assigned a research project, related to a category of their choosing: Islamic history, Invention or Discovery by Islamic scientists and scholars, or Inspiring/famous Muslims. The students will research a specific event, period in time, specific invention or discovery, or a biographical piece, and then they may either write a paper, create a poster or other visual aid, or make a brief presentation. These will be shared at the midterm.

    Level 12 will also be assigned a senior project. This project will be a brief reflection on how the student has used the teachings of Islam to deal with every day events in America. This project will be shared at the end of the school year ceremony.


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    January 22 Circle Time

    Asalaam aleykoum,

    Circle time this week was a continuation of the posters being prepared for the presentation day (February 5th in shaa Allah). They are coming along quite nicely and it has been wonderful to see the students working together and putting their creative skills to the test!

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    January 15th Circle Time

    Asalaam aleykoum,

    After a long winter break followed by a few snow days, the youth are back at Sunday school alhamdulilah. This past Sunday during Circle Time we decided to do a craft so that the students could spend some time visiting a bit after not being together for so many weeks.

    The decided theme was “What the Masjid Means to Me”, each student found a partner to work with, and they were instructed to sit and talk for a bit, plan out their design and work together to create a poster.


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    October 30 Circle Time

    Asalaam aleykoum,

    Circle time today was “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney. This book tells the story of a little girl that had two big goals in life: Seeing the world, and making the world a better place. To make the world a better place, she eventually decides to throw flower seeds into the wind as she walks through town each day, and the people began to call her “the crazy lupine lady”, although when the flowers begin to make them happy, they change her name to simply “the lupine lady”.

    This story sparked a great discussion about how we can do even just little things, as simple as a smile, to bring happiness and joy to others. We also talked about how important it is to recycle, take care of plants and animals, and how we should be nice and friendly and kind.

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    October 23 Circle Time

    Asalaam aleykoum,

    Our circle time story today was “The Moon in the Well”, from the Folktales anthology, The Moon in the Well: Wisdom Tales to Transform Your Life, Family, and Community by Erica Helm Meade. There are many versions of the story of “The Moon in the Well”, this particular one has a group of monkeys that attempt to rescue the moon, believing its reflection in the water to actually BE the moon in the water. One monkey sees that it is only a reflection, and that the true moon is still in the sky. He does not follow them, and remains safe, while those that followed the incorrect monkey all fell into the water.

    This story was selected for the theme of staying true to our own knowledge, even when the crowd is going in another direction, an important theme for people of all ages, but particularly for school-aged children as they begin making new friends and encountering a variety of lifestyles and cultures. The children had a wonderful discussion on examples of how they can avoid following others that they don’t agree with, and they identified a variety of adults they could talk to if they ever felt uncomfortable/pressured to do something they shouldn’t do (teachers, school staff, parents, etc).

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    السلام عليكم

    ًWelcome to the blog for ICB Sunday School. This website has been created as a place where we will post updates throughout the school year, in shaa Allah, so that you can be aware of opportunities and activities within the community.

    Your feedback is welcome.

    We look forward to a wonderful year at ICB in shaa Allah.

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