Core Academics

 

CORE ACADEMICS

ISK Mathematics

is centered on the universal principle of teaching/learning from concrete to abstract, and delivers level-appropriate and challenging content using a rich variety of instructional strategies including authentic Montessori Method of teaching mathematics as well as the Abacus Method.

Common Practice in Other Schools

ISK Mathematics
Textbook-based

 

Goes beyond the textbook; Uses the textbook as one of many learning tools;

Montessori-method, Abacus Method, and other instructional strategies

No hands-on material Plenty of hands-on and minds-on math-specific learning materials; Authentic Montessori set of math-learning materials.
Concepts are not ‘concrete’ Concepts are introduced from ‘concrete’ to ‘abstract’ so that students have a good foundation
Chapter-based progression Skills-based progression; a student masters a pre-requisite skill before learning the next (or more complex) skill/operation

 

ISK READING

Teachers are trained to teach reading using systematic Phonics Method.

Student of Non-Phonics Method @ ISK
Memorizes  whole words Learns letter-sound relationships
Able to read set of words only in textbook Able to apply letter-sound relationship and patterns to read words in any text (card, textbook, storybook, chart)
Unable to read words not directly taught Able to apply phonics knowledge to read new words or words not directly taught
  • Uses systematic and explicit phonics instruction and the phonological awareness approach to ensure that children develop a strong foundation for reading and spelling skills. A strong reading and spelling foundation is based on an understanding of the relationship between graphemes and phonemes
  • Provides each classroom with a “Reading Shelf,” replete with teacher-produced as well as authentic Montessori phonics learning materials that provide students plenty of opportunities for hands-on and minds-on learning and practice of phonics knowledge.
  • Provides each classroom with a “Reading Corner” which offers children a colorful variety of supplementary level-appropriate phonics-decodable books for reading reinforcement and literary enjoyment.

ISK ENGLISH

Our well-structured English program builds a strong foundation for good comprehension and communication skills.

Sadly, students in other schools spend most of their time finishing page after page of cursive-writing exercises which offer no real language-learning practice. Their syllabus is often based on a single textbook and does not level with their present reading abilities. Oftentimes, answers to questions in textbooks are pre-learned, memorized, and written verbatim. This means that students are not equipped with the knowledge of basic language building blocks and are limited to the rote method of “copy-memorize-and-write”.

In ISK, the English program is well-structured and is closely integrated with the Reading program so that children are able to read as well as comprehend any given text. Our program combines explicit grammar instruction with the communicative approach. Students are provided with a variety of fun language-building activities which will foster fluency and confidence, which, in turn, will enable them to enjoy reading their textbooks and construct their own grammatically-correct yet unique answers to questions and even help them formulate their own questions.

English is the standard language of instruction. Thus, an effective English program will enable students to perform better in other academic subjects.

 

Common Practice in Most Schools

ISK
Writing and copying of words and sentences are given more emphasis Emphasis is on helping students become effective communicators in English
English exists only in textbooks and test papers English is a living language—heard, understood, and spoken daily in classrooms by students and teachers
Rote methods; memorization of textbook material Montessori Language Building materials and explicit grammar instruction

ISK SCIENCE

  • Builds on the fact that children are natural ‘scientists’ whose inquiring minds leads them to their own adventures of learning about the world around them. In each science topic, learning moves from experience to abstractions. Our science modules begin with hands-on investigations, then move students toward abstract ideas related to those investigations using simulations, models and readings.
  • topics are explored in-depth and students remember their lessons better.

ISK Science Program from the preschool level and beyond, promotes scientific –thinking processes:

  • OBSERVING
    using the senses to get information
  • COMMUNICATING
    talking, drawing, acting
  • COMPARING
    pairing, one-to-one correspondence
  • ORGANIZING
    sorting, grouping, serializing, sequencing
  • RELATING
    cause and effect, classification
  • INFERRING
    superordinate/subordinate classification, if/then reasoning, developing scientific laws
  • APPLYING
    developing strategic plans, inventing

General Learning Targets: At the end of every lesson, the student should be able to

  • Identify similarities and differences in objects/pictures
  • Sort objects/creatures into well-defined groups or categories
  • Remember simple definitions and facts about topics
  • Formulate coherent ideas based on guided observation or experiments
  • Apply gained knowledge in everyday interaction
  • Apply gained knowledge to accomplish worksheets
  • Repeat presentations/experiments
  • Design their own project or experiment

ISK ENRICHMENT

  • Computers and Technology
  • Foreign Languages: Arabic, Spanish, German
  • Visual Arts: Drawing, Painting, Sculpting
  • Crafts: Origami, Papier-Mache, Pottery, other Handicrafts
  • Physical Education: Calisthenics, Football, Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Others