Islamic Curriculum for Kindergarten
Islamic Curriculum for Kindergarten is a topic that interests Parents and educators alike. The growing popularity of Islam as a religion and a way of life have generated a tremendous interest in Islamic schooling which in turn has created a need to look at curriculum development from an Islamic perspective. In this article, we discuss what is Islam and then what are the components of a real Islamic Curriculum for Kindergarten.
BBC has summed up Islam as follows:
The word Islam means ‘submission to the will of God.’ Islam is the second largest religion in the world with over 1 billion followers. The 2001 census recorded 1,591,000 Muslims in the UK, around 2.7% of the population.
- Muslims believe that Islam was revealed over 1400 years ago in Mecca, Arabia.
- Followers of Islam are called Muslims.
- Muslims believe that there is only One God.
- The Arabic word for God is Allah.
- According to Muslims, God sent a number of prophets to mankind to teach them how to live according to His law.
- Jesus, Moses, and Abraham are respected as prophets of God.
- They believe that the final Prophet was Muhammad.
- Muslims believe that Islam has always existed, but for practical purposes, date their religion from the time of the migration of Muhammad.
- Muslims base their laws on their holy book the Qur’an, and the Sunnah.
- Muslims believe the Sunnah is the practical example of Prophet Muhammad and that there are five basic Pillars of Islam.
- These pillars are the declaration of faith, praying five times a day, giving money to charity, fasting and a pilgrimage to Mecca (at least once).
You can read more about Islam by visiting BBC website here .
According to Wikipedia In education, a curriculum is broadly defined as the totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process. The term often refers specifically to a planned sequence of instruction, or to a view of the student’s experiences regarding the educator’s or school’s instructional goals. You can read more about curriculum by visiting Wikipedia here.
PBS lists three important topics that should be part of a Kindergarten curriculum.
- Curiosity: It should arouse curiosity in children. This is done by helping them explore nature.
- Routine: Children should realize that a certain routine has to be followed throughout the day.
- Social: An early expose to social interaction should be part of this curriculum.
PBS has achieved these targets with the help of some very friendly characters and stories. One of them is Fred Rogers.
Fred Rogers was always addressing two audiences. He offered children lessons about empathy, emotions, and growing up – and he also offered parents simple strategies for helping their children grow and thrive. Read more about PBS early curriculum here.
One good example of this is the Jungle Kindergarten now practiced in Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. In these Kindergartens, which now number in hundreds of children don’t go to a typical classroom. Rather they go to a forest with their teacher. There they learn to be curious, social and organized. The whole experience is shared in this video.
Now let’s move on to Islamic Curriculum for Kindergarten classes specifically.
Tasneema Khatoon Ghazi is a USA based educationist. She specializes in kindergarten Curriculum development with the Islamic perspective. In her curriculum outline, she explains the objectives of an Islamic curriculum (you can read her entire work by clicking here).
Children should be able to believe and realize the following:
- Everyone is created by Allah (SWT) alone.
- Allah (SWT) takes care of everyone: humans, animals, and plants.
- We should thank Allah (SWT) for His blessings.
- We should take care of Allah’s creations.
- Allah (SWT) has given us senses to observe, a mind to think and a hea1’t to love.
- We should enjoy, cherish and appreciate the world created by Allah (SWT) and not pollute or destroy it.
- Allah (SWT) has made the Creation for our use and has put many signs in it to remind us of Him.
EAST has incorporated much of the above through stories and poems and focused on the following curriculum objective to be achieved. The following curriculum objective is part of the curriculum developed by EAST. All of these themes appear in Quran and Sunnah repeatedly.
- Helping Hands
- Visiting and Feeding
- Physical Fitness
- Caring for Children
- Caring for Animals
- Being a good neighbor
- Daily Routine
- Working to make a living
You can read the details of each theme and its sources in this article.
Islamic Curriculum in kindergarten is an interesting field of education which is fast becoming a focus of attention of teachers and parents alike. Lots of research work has been produced, and much more is on the way. EAST leads the curriculum development work in this field o education. More details can be seen by visiting EAST website: www.east.education.