ICO Islamic Studies Activity Book: Grade 4, Part 2
The beliefs section focuses on the wisdom behind the creation of humankind and jinn. The five pillars are included in this section and presented along with related proof from the Quran and the Sunnah. Learners are required to recite the entire 29th Juzu and memorize Soorat Al-Mursalaat and Soorat Al-Insaan. The biography of the Prophet (s) focusing on the events leading up to the Hijrah constitutes the Seerah section. The biography of Abu-Bakr (ra) is discussed in this section as well. Salah and its prerequisites, pillars, obligatory acts, and all other relevant aspects represent the learning content for the Religious Observances learning area. The Morals and Manners section deals with the remembrances said when entering and leaving the masjid as well as those uttered after Salah. The material is presented, using a spiral approach, where students revisit each area and study it in greater depth each year. The Activity Book 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, than 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: Our curricula meet the needs of the target audience for integrated, coherent, and appropriate curricula. They were prepared according to scientific bases, assimilating the most recent educational and psychological theories. They were prepared by special educationists who are experienced in designing curricula and who are familiar with the needs of the target group. They employed the most recent techniques and educational aids. 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: The textbooks have been designed in accordance with the international quality standards in all aspects: colors, paper, size, illustration, and printing. They have been furnished with the appropriate illustrations and pictures which match the studentsâ€™ educational stage and environment. 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: Reinforce the proper linguistic basis of the non-Arabic speaking students. They build the studentsâ€™ linguistic dictionary according to their environmental needs. Provide non-Arabic speaking students with a good deal of Islamic vocabulary. Identify the correct articulation of the different sounds through the study of the Glorious Qurâ€™an. Enable the students to evade making mistakes when reciting the Glorious Qurâ€™an through employing the rules of the Arabic language. Provide an integrated curriculum with well-prepared scientific content and vocabulary. Take into consideration the studentsâ€™ individual mental differences and their diverse linguistic skills. Consider the studentsâ€™ different cultures. Develop the studentsâ€™ creativity and mental faculties. Third: The Educational Content Features: Reinforce the principle of forgiveness and the etiquette of disagreement with others. Develop the spirituality, morality, and values of the students. Help students have good and balanced personalities. Develop the studentsâ€™ pride in their Muslim identity. Help the caller to Islam to develop a balanced personality that reflects the moderation of Islam.
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