Our approach to Islam is a positive one. The mercy and compassion of Allah are mentioned in each surah of the Qur'an and these are the attributes that we stress in our teaching. Children are best indoctrinated into Islam through the wonder of Allah's creation, an appreciation of His limitless love, kindness and compassion and the realization that He guides us through the Qur'an to live the best possible life for our own sakes. The promise of Paradise is a motivation for behavior that is pure and good. Children will be aware that there is a place of punishment, but details of this punishment are not appropriate for young children. Our function as teachers is to provide the inspiration and guidance for our children to be active Muslims participating fully in the transformation of the American society into one of God-consciousness.
As our guiding philosophy, Islam is incorporated into every part of the school day. Exposure to Islamic principles, values and practices is experienced in a warm, loving atmosphere. Teachers seek ways to integrate Islam into the curriculum, including choosing some themes that are strongly based in Islam. The ability of the teachers to seek and take advantage of the "teachable moment" is of special importance in teaching about Islam. The children are encouraged to approach the understanding of Islam with the same sense of wonder and curiosity encouraged in other topics. They look through Islamic eyes at history, literature, math and science and every other part of their day. Our long-term goal is to educate thinking Muslims. To accomplish this we provide them with the transmitted knowledge of Islam, but also equip them with the intellectual ability to think as Muslims, inquisitively and creatively.
The mathematics curriculum at the Islamic School of Seattle is based on the most recent research on how children learn math and incorporate it into their life experiences. We have adopted the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the development of our curriculum has been consistent with their recommendations.
The English language is presented as an integrated whole at all levels. Our primary goal is to develop an appreciation and facility for the written/read and spoken/listened-to language.
Our reading program is literature-based. It is essential that every child learn to read with fluency and comprehension, but this is only a partial goal of the reading program at ISS.
Writing At the Islamic School of Seattle content is stressed over form. Children are encouraged to think like writers and to express themselves in writing long before they have mastered the mechanical aspects of language. Our youngest children engage in writing on a daily basis from drawing circles and lines in a sand tray to writing single letters. Initially they may communicate their ideas through a picture or by dictating a story written down by the teacher. They practice using chalk, pencils, crayons, or computers as well as more unusual media such as decorative frosting or playdough. With the understanding of the relationship between letters and sounds they begin to communicate in words of invented spelling.
Science is primarily addressed through our use of thematic units. Children at ISS are exposed to a variety of hands-on experimental units and field trips as integral parts of classroom themes. In addition children learn about scientific personalities and their discoveries. All themes have a scientific component, but some of the yearly themes will have a particularly strong scientific basis.
Our social studies curriculum, encompassing history, geography and the social sciences is taught entirely through themes. We take a more international, global view of social studies than is typical, with emphasis on the Muslim world.
Our Arabic program is designed to fulfill the Islamic obligation to know the language of the Qur'an. With this end in view, classical Arabic is stressed at every level. At the preschool-kindergarten level and at the elementary level, our program is bilingual with equal emphasis given to Arabic and English.
(Excerpted from school website)