Harmoniously blending with the Islamic view of a child’s fitrah (nature), the ‘Montessori methodology’ adopted at AIS is an exceptional system. It is characterized by providing the students freedom of choice, and respect for their natural development whilst promoting independent learning. AIS provides one of the best Montessori set-ups in Pakistan, successfully using Montessori material for hands-on learning Alhamdulillah. We believe that Montessori learning is learning for life! Therefore, here at AIS, our focus is to link our children with Allah in everything they do and develop a strong foundation for their entire lives.
Montessori is a 3 years’ comprehensive program, which starts at the age of 2.8 and may go up to 6 +. The time since birth until the age of 6 is considered as the ‘golden period’ for a child to learn, understand and grow. We use this golden period to make our students independent by giving them experiences to explore as well as steering them towards Islam. This program ensures that the students are able to work at their own pace and are given ample time in the needed areas of development without undue pressure.
The Montessori Environment
Providing an ideal environment, AIS Montessori is equipped especially to ensure effective and maximal development of the students. For this purpose, students can access a complete range of high quality Montessori materials and have opportunities to benefit from hands-on activities. The school has an excellent learning environment based on the values of Islam; which inspires, guides and celebrates the students’ efforts and achievements.
AIS also promotes healthy eating habits, concepts of sharing and mutual respect. With two teachers in every class, we have a remarkably low student to teacher ratio of 7:1 which helps us to give individual attention to each child. Trained teachers inculcate Islamic values into everyday life and teaching. They encourage questions, inspire creativity and strive to make every learner experience success.
The Montessori Curriculum
At AIS Montessori, the balanced approach in curriculum designing, focuses not only on the students’ physical and mental grooming, but also on their spiritual uplifting. The activity-based methodology emphasizes creativity along with tarbiyyah as the main feature of AIS Montessori.
The students begin their day with the remembrance of Allah. Arabic starts right from CASA, so that children are able to practice it by the time they reach the higher classes. It is essential for every Muslim, to be able to recite the Qur’an in the perfect manner, hence students of Montessori learn Tajweed and memorize daily duas of our Prophet (s.a.w).
The students are encouraged to communicate in English. The spoken abilities are enhanced through daily practice of phonics, whereas the reading skills are developed through an intense levelled reading program.
Special Montessori material is used to make Math a fun and exciting subject to learn.
At AIS, Islamic studies is a subject thoroughly enjoyed by all our students. The lessons are planned in keeping with the Montessori method and are based on imparting not just knowledge but practical application of all concepts at a level relevant to the child’s age and understanding.
Cultural studies involve Geography, History, Botany, Zoology, Science and Social Studies.
Exploring 2D and 3D art stimulates creativity and broadens the mind. Painting, cutting and sticking, drawing, making patterns with symmetry and recycling are all fun ways to learn arts and crafts.
EPL and Sensorial exercises sharpen and enhance the mental development of students. These activities help train the children to take care of themselves and their environment.
Regular sports activities help keep our students physically fit and mentally healthy.
The AIS Montessori curriculum is based on established Montessori methods and standards, further enriched by AIS professionals to meet the following objectives:
We adopt a child-centred approach in which students choose activities of their choice and work along with other fellow students. This enhances their social skills and helps them gain confidence. The AIS Montessori provides excellent opportunities for fun-filled, activity based learning so that the students are encouraged to do tasks on their own, such as taking worksheets and materials from the shelves, putting their bags in their cubbies, taking and using place-mats at lunch time and always winding up at the end.