ICO Islamic Studies Activity Book Grade 1 Part 1
At this level, students are introduced to Islam through the Shahaadah (testimony of faith). They learn appropriate care of the Quran and engage in memorization and recitation of soorahs from Soorat At-Teen to Soorat Al-Humazah. The life of Prophet Muhammad (s) is introduced. The children are taught the basics of cleanliness and ablution along with the proper performance of prayer. The course ends with lessons on personal hygiene, respect for parents, and respect for the property of others. The material is presented, using a spiral approach, where students revisit each area and study it in greater depth each year. The students textbook contains the subject text of the lessons, exercises, as well as activities. The Activity Book, however, engages the student in additional activities on the same lessons dealt with in the Students Textbook. The difference is that the activities in the Activity Book are more analysis and synthesis based, instead of simple recall-type activities. There is also a more practical aspect aligned to activities in the Activity Book. The ICO project is a distinguished one because: 1. Our curricula meet the needs of the target audience for integrated, coherent, and appropriate curricula. 2. They were prepared according to scientific bases, assimilating the most recent educational and psychological theories. 3. They were prepared by special educationists who are experienced in designing curricula and who are familiar with the needs of the target group. 4. They employed the most recent techniques and educational aids. 5. They went through many quality control processes, which were carried out by specialized committees, and they were enhanced by teachers who evaluated the curricula before releasing them. The Features and Characteristics of the Textbooks: These books were prepared by the International Curricula Organization (ICO) and have certain features, which distinguish them from any other textbooks: First: The Technical Features: 1. The textbooks have been designed in accordance with the international quality standards in all aspects: colors, paper, size, illustration, and printing. 2. They have been furnished with the appropriate illustrations and pictures which match the studentsâ€™ educational stage and environment. 3. The texts have been distributed and organized in a way that makes the text stand out, paying special attention to the font type and size, and the spaces; and colors were chosen carefully to appeal to the target audience. Second: The Instructional and Linguistic Features: 1. Reinforce the proper linguistic basis of the non-Arabic speaking students. 2. They build the studentsâ€™ linguistic dictionary according to their environmental needs. 3. Provide non-Arabic speaking students with a good deal of Islamic vocabulary. 4. Identify the correct articulation of the different sounds through the study of the Glorious Qurâ€™an. 5. Enable the students to evade making mistakes when reciting the Glorious Qurâ€™an through employing the rules of the Arabic language. 6. Provide an integrated curriculum with well-prepared scientific content and vocabulary. 7. Take into consideration the studentsâ€™ individual mental differences and their diverse linguistic skills. 8. Consider the studentsâ€™ different cultures. 9. Develop the studentsâ€™ creativity and mental faculties. Third: The Educational Content Features: 1. Reinforce the principle of forgiveness and the etiquette of disagreement with others. 2. Develop the spirituality, morality, and values of the students. 3. Help students have good and balanced personalities. 4. Develop the studentsâ€™ pride in their Muslim identity. 5. Help the caller to Islam to develop a balanced personality that reflects the moderation of Islam.
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