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‘How was school today?’ ‘Fine.’ A lot of parents that I know are frustrated about this one-word response. And since I spoke two weeks ago about listening to your child, here are some ideas to get him talking.

First, you must know that you are not alone! Most children when asked the question ‘How was school today?’ respond with ‘OK!’, and think that’s the end of the conversation. But it doesn’t have to be the case. There are a few simple things you can do to encourage them to tell you more and, with a bit of luck, before long you’ll know a lot more about their day at school.

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Why talking about school is hard?

‘How was school?’ is a big question. To answer, your child must sum up an entire day, and that’s hard for children (and even grown-ups!) to do.

A child might want to say, ‘My day was so crowded with ideas and classes and social stuff that I don’t know where to start’. So, it’s easier just to say, ‘Fine’.

Some children feel their school experiences are private, so they might not want to share them. This is a typical part of school-age development as children start to shape their own identities and social worlds. But your child still wishes to know you’re there when she’s ready to talk.

Sneaky ways to encourage your child to talk about his day in school!

Why talking about school is important?

Talking with your child about the school day reveals you’re interested in what’s going on in his life. This interest improves his mental health, happiness and wellbeing. It can also have a very positive effect on your child’s achievement and behavior. It shows your child that you value school and education, which encourages him to value it too. To read more about listening to your child click here.

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Strategies for talking about school with your child

  1. Ask the right questions

If asking a general question like ‘So how was school today?’ isn’t getting the response you would like, then try asking more precise questions about things that happen in school and the people who are there. When you ask your child about his day, attempt to use open-ended questions. These invite answers that are longer than ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘OK’ which answers that give you little insight into their school day.

Questions like those listed below will provide you with the sort of information you want to hear:

About school in general

1-     What does your classroom look like now?

2-     What was the greatest thing that happened at school today?  (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

3-     Where do you play the most at recess?

4-     What was your favorite part of lunch?

About what they learned at school

1-     Tell me one thing that you learned today.

2-     Did you do anything on the whiteboard today?

3-     What did you do that was easy today? Was anything hard?

4-     What’s your science/history/geography topic this term?

About teachers

1-     Who was your favorite teacher today?

2-     How was your teacher today?

3-     Did anyone get on his nerves today?

4-     Did anyone make his laugh today?

About other children at school

1-     Did anyone make you laugh today?

2-     If you could choose who would you like to be seated by in class?  (Who would you NOT want to be seated by in class?  Why?)

3-     Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

4-     Is there anyone in your class that needs a time out?

  1. Ask at the right time

If you pick your child up from school, be patient and don't ask him lots of questions straight away. This is probably the worst time to ask, as they are probably least likely to want to answer. You can just let your child know that you’re glad to see him, and talk about non-school topics for a while.

Once you reach home your child will probably be tired and hungry or thinking about other things. So, easing the transition from school or after-school activities to home can help your child feel more like talking. Wait until evening or you are eating dinner together or even until the weekend and it will be different. Another good time might be when you are going through the contents of your child’s school bag or reading folder, as this can give you an opportunity to discuss anything they bring home.

  1. Be a good role model

Tell your child about your day, different things you have learned, things you have enjoyed and things that haven’t been pleasant. This provides them with a good role model and will inspire them to talk to you about their experiences. You might also talk to them about how things were when you were at school and to ask them if things are the same at their school.  

  1. Fine’ is fine – sometimes

Even if your child usually loves to share his day with you, there’ll be days when he doesn’t want to talk. Sometimes it’s a matter of sensing his mood and picking the right moment. Some days there might not be a right moment at all, and that’s okay. Remember, you can find out about how your child is getting on by talking to other parents whose children might have told them things of which you were unaware. You may also find that if your child has a friend home to play with after school, they tell you a lot more than when they are alone with you.

And remember, if you want to find out how your child is getting on at school, talk to their teacher – not only at parents’ evenings, but also through the year.

 

By Noora Khalifa Albinkhalil

Founder and Principal of Al Shorooq Preschool

Sneaky ways to encourage your child to talk about his day in school!

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Lately a video by John Rosemond who I respect is gone viral talking about vitamin "N", i.e. the word "No". He thinks that more and more children are suffering from vitamin "N" deficiency, and I couldn't agree more! The reason is that most parents want more than anything for their kids to be happy, so they gave their kids, pretty much everything they ask for. However, the parents will probably end up frazzled, stressed and miserable, and their kids will be grumpy, moody, sullen, and very likely brats.

It is not our job as parents to raise a happy child! Instead our job is to raise mature, responsible, well-rounded adults. This eventually will result into more balanced and happy future adults who know how to live in a real world, and cope in a demanding life.

Children who get everything that they ask for tend to:

1-      Have problems getting along with other children.

2-      Very demanding.

3-      Rarely express any appreciation or gratitude.

4-      Become greedy, and hard satisfy.

5-      Be materialistic.

6-      Try to have what they want by whining, demanding, and manipulating, instead of working, sacrificing, or doing their best.

7-      Decreased mental health.

8-      Have depression.

9-      Have unrealistic expectation of life.

10-   Self-centered.

11-   Lose sense of the value of things they own.

On the other hand, saying a lot of "No", especially to toddlers will result in resistance, so always try using alternatives to " No" if possible. Here are some tips:

1-      Empathize

Child: Why do I have to clean my room? I hate cleaning my room!

Parent: I understand what you’re saying. I don’t like cleaning bathrooms, but I love how it looks when it’s done. How about I help you get started?

2-      Give a reason

Providing reasons often helps children understand why the rules are in place.

3-       “Yes, but”

Child: One more hour of iPad. Please!

Parent: Yes, you can have one more hour tomorrow after your homework is done.

4-      Set the time for the “Yes”

When a child has a request there always seems to be an implied “NOW”. Surprise your kids by taking away that implication.

Parent: Yes, you can have a piece of candy, after lunch.

5-      Ask for time and give a deadline

Child: Can I get a new video game?

Parent: I need some time to think about it. Can we talk more about it tomorrow night?

It is helpful to buy yourself a little time to think through a situation. Just make sure to give yourself a deadline to revisit the topic so you can truly think it through without being bombarded repeatedly by the request.

6-      Put the responsibility back on them

Child: Can I get a skateboard?

Parent: I know you’d love to have one. And I would love to help you plan to earn the money for it.

Empowering your kids to be critical thinkers and take the responsibility will serve them well in the long run.

7-      Sometimes it's OK to say yes

We get so caught up in the “No” that sometimes it simply slips out when we could have said yes. While improve actors don’t seem to pause, sometimes taking a minute before answering will help you naturally say “Yes, and” more often.

And as John Rosemond said "Turn your children’s world right-side up by giving them all of what they truly need, but no more than 25 percent of what they simply want."

By Noora Khalifa Albinkhalil

Founder and Principal of Al Shorooq Preschool

How to not raise a brat

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Water Safety Tips for ChildrenWhen it’s warm outside few things compete with the allure of water. Children spend days on end participating in numerous activities by the pool or lake. As a parent, your number one concern is their safety, as water can be dangerous. Here are a few  safety tips to follow to enjoy a day of swimming!

Take Swim Lessons

Babies can be introduced to the water at 6 months of age. However, formal lessons are not encouraged until age 1.It has been shown that children age 1 to 4 may be less likely to drown if they have had formal instruction.Swim classes are encouraged for children to get familiar with the basics of  being in the water.They will be taught how to establish their independence, relax, and breathe properly. If you are not a swimmer, it is advised that you take lessons as well. Swim classes are typically available through your local American Red Cross or YMCA.

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Anytime your children are around water, an adult needs to be present. Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death in children under age 14. A small child can drown in as little as 2 inches of water. Never assume that a child who knows how to swim isn’t at risk for drowning. As a supervising adult, avoid distractions.

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All it takes is a few seconds for an accident to occur. If toddlers will be in the pool, appoint an adult to be in the water at an arm's length away. Arm floaties and noodles are fun accessories for kids, but do not rely on them for safety. Have your children fitted for a Coast Guard-approved life vest as they are the only safe floatation device available.

 

Set Rules

It can be hard for a child to contain their excitement around the water, but you must make them aware of the rules and potential dangers of not following them. Show your children the markers on the pool that identify how deep the water is. No running is to be done around the pool area, as well as no pushing or pulling others underwater. Teach your children to always ask for permission before going near water. If they are with swimming with friends, encourage the buddy system. Pair each child with a friend and explain that they are responsible for knowing where their buddy is at all times. If they do not see their buddy, tell them to alert an adult or lifeguard immediately.

Make sure that your children know the difference between an open body of water and a swimming pool. Ocean waters have currents that can pull a strong swimmer too far out, so make sure to warn your kids not to swim unless a lifeguard is present. Lakes and ponds are shallow by the bank, but increase in depth farther out from the shore. Foot protection should be worn while in or around the water to avoid injuries from jagged rocks or hidden glass.

 

Be Prepared for Emergencies

When it comes to water emergencies, every second counts. Have a phone nearby along with a list of emergency contacts. A safety ring with rope should be kept poolside at all times. Any supervising adult should be CPR Certified. Training classes are usually offered at hospitals, fire departments, and recreational centers. In the event of an emergency, pull the child out of the water immediately. Appoint someone to call 911 as you administer CPR until help arrives.

One those hot summer days, it’s nearly impossible to stay away from water activities. Swimming, boating and fishing are great ways to enjoy some fun in the sun. Grant yourself peace of mind by enforcing water guidelines to keep your children safe!

 

 

Author: Alex Robbins

Mr. Robbins is part of a wonderful team at Safety Today, a community of parents and professionals promoting safety in the home and the community.

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Have you ever felt that the person you’re talking to isn’t taking in what you are saying or been unnoticed? It can be frustrating when you are trying to get your opinion across or to share something you feel is valuable, interesting or important and the person you are talking to is ignoring you. Being ignored makes us feel unimportant and small; it can harm our sense of self. If we can imagine the feeling, we are in a good starting place to think about why listening to kids is vital. Kids are eager to be listened to.

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Kids who are listened to are generally confident and balanced. Children who are disregarded can have low self-esteem, shy and tough to communicate with. Parents listen to kids from the second they are born. When they babble, we carry them up and say “Are you talking to me?” while using a positive happy tone of voice and smiling. Unfortunately, far ahead in their lives, and in complicated situations, we forget how essential it is to listen and become snappy or dismissive. Don’t feel guilty, all of us done it. We can all train ourselves to be effective listeners.

Children who are disregarded can have low self esteem 

Look at the following questions. Some may require details and the rest simply need a yes or no answers. These questions can aid you think about how and if you are listening effectively to your children.

1. Over the past week, has your child said anything that is significant, for example about what has made them feel up or down?

2. How much time do you put to one side this week just to listen to them?

3. Have you given your kid choices to demonstrate that you listen to them?

4. Have you made it clear that you are available if they want to talk?

5. When they talk to you do you impose your own ideas or respect their views?

6. What would you do if your child said something that worries you?

7. Does your child continue to whine? If you are listening does that mean you must do what they want?

8. What do you do if your child interrupts you?

Talking and listening to your children does tons of important things. It inspires them to listen to you and strengthen your bond with them, and. It assists them to form relationships and to build confidence.

The basics

Like so many other things, talking and listening can be done well, just OK, or badly. And with practice you will get better, like any other skills.

Good communication with kids is about:

  • motivating them to talk to you – and listening carefully so they can tell you how they feel
  • being able to listen and replying in a sensitive way to all kinds of things – not just good news or nice things, but also negativity.
  • focusing on actions and body language on top of words, and interpreting nonverbal forms of communication.

Some children need a lot of reassurance and positive feedback to get talking. Some will be eager to talk to you when you’re busy. This may mean pausing what you’re doing and listening.

Allocate time for talking and listening to your child

Top tips for talking and listening

  • Allocate time for talking and listening to one another.
  • Listen to your kids in case they want to talk, have strong feelings or have an issue.
  • Be open to talking about all kinds of feelings, negative feelings. However, talking about feeling angry is different from getting angry. Learning the difference is an important step for a kid learning to communicate.
  • When talking to your child, try to remember how it was when you were a kid and how you were generally attracted to those people who listened to you. After all, there are too many of things they don’t know and lots of things they don’t have the words to talk about.
  • Give your kid a chance to finish talking and then respond, without cutting your kid off, jump in, or lay words in his mouth – even when your kid says something ridiculous or wrong or is having trouble finding the words. Kids value this as much as adults!
  • Use language that your children will understand.
  • Watch your child’s body language and facial expression. Listening isn’t just about hearing words; it is about realizing what’s behind those words as well.
  • Repeat again what your child has said and make lots of eye contact to let your child notice that you’re paying attention, and make certain you’ve understood.
  • Show your attention by saying such things as, ‘Seriously!’, 'Please continue...’, and ‘Tell me more about ...’. Ask children what they feel about the stuff they’re telling you about. 
  • Avoid blame and criticism. If you’re irritated about something your kids done, try and clarify why you need them not to do it again.
  • Work together to solve problems and battles.
  • Be honest with each other.

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If you talk and listen to your kids from a very young age, you’ll all grow together and get used to habits that will be very useful once they’re teens. A relationship that is open where kids are comfortable talking about what they’ve been doing and with whom – will encourage kids to tell you about the details of their life when they’re older.

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"We must support as much as possible the child’s desires for activity; not wait on him, but educate him to be independent."

– Dr. Montessori

Possibly you have heard of Montessori from this blog or another resource, and perhaps done some research or observed a Montessori classroom, or maybe your child even goes to a Montessori school. Have you ever thought about what would take to create a Montessori environment in your own home? To do so successfully, it is important to have a well-prepared environment.

How to Create a Prepared Home Montessori Environment

  • The environment is attractive, orderly and clean.
  • It has a place where children can store and organize personal items, as well as keep finished and in-progress projects.
  • Simplifying, too much stuff can cause confusion and the child doesn’t learn to respect and appreciate what they have.
  • There is adequate open space for children to easily move around, and for everyone to sit together during circle time.
  • Children can independently access their Montessori materials from low shelves. They can also help keep the order on these shelves. It is also important to have proper-sized tables and chairs so the children can move and sit with ease.
  • Provide adult materials at a children's size for the child to use and imitate you with.
  • Art work should also be at a child's eye-level, their own and that of the great masters.
  • In order that the child doesn't frequently hear "no" you should childproof everything.

The room can be organized by the 5 primary subject zones (practical life, sensorial, culture/science, math, language arts) and the secondary areas (circle or ellipse for circle time, art, library). The main area of the room should have a general use table, low shelves to define the areas stated above, and an area to store children’s projects. The library area should have comfy chairs. The bathroom should have a stool or steps and towels hung at the children’s height. In the art area it is essential to have a work table, a shelf for supplies, an easel, a flat area for paintings to dry and hooks for aprons. The practical life area needs a rack for drying cloths and dishes.

Ideas for the practical life, language, and cultural area: 2Al Shorooq Montessori Preschool Kindergarten practical life

  • A globe.
  • Seashells and Starfishes.
  • awindow washing tray that contains a window spray cleaner and a rug.
  • Pouring activity; two small jugs or cups in a tray with one containing liquid or solid items such as beans. The child is supposed to exercise pouring from one jug to the other.
  • A basket with alphabet cardsandcolor and shape cards.
  • Writing and drawing materials

 

 

 

Ideas for the Sensorial, Math, and Movement Area

  • Stacking Cups toy.2Al Shorooq Montessori Preschool Kindergarten sensorials
  • A tray with two bowels, one has different types of locks, and the other has the matching keys.
  • A wooden clock toy.
  • Open and close basketwith various sizes of jars and boxes in them.
  • Glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs or stars.
  • Playdough traywith homemade playdough and cookies cutter and number stamps

You can make your Montessori space as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Try to keep it as attractive and organized as possible; emphasize Montessori principles for natural learning;and enjoy following your child!

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Noora Khalifa Albinkhalil

Founder and Principal of Al Shorooq Preschool

 

How to Prepare a Montessori Home Space?

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We think of breast cancer as it affects women. But many children are also affected in a way or another by breast cancer. Maybe their mother or another relative has breast cancer. Or maybe a child’s teacher has breast cancer.

So how do I tell them about it? What does they need to know right now? I think teaching them about the significance of pink might be a start.

Children can be involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a variety of ways. And contribution in Breast Cancer Awareness Month can help in even more ways if someone close to the child has breast cancer. Kids can truly make a change in the fight against breast cancer, and it can also help them if they feel they’re making a difference.

Here are some methods to get kids involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Pomegranate Flavored Ice Cubes1-    Pomegranate Flavored Ice Cubes: Take a couple tablespoons of pomegranate seeds and place them in a small amount of water.    Crush the seeds using the edge of a knife crush the seeds to release the flavorful juices. Pour    the mixture into the ice cube trays, throw a few additional pomegranate seeds in each section, and place in the freezer until frozen.

      

    

 

     

Pink Sensory Tub2-    Pink Sensory Tub:

       Materials you can use for the pink sensory bin (You don't have to have these, just choose what is

       available and convenient):

-          Cheap Rice(around 12 cups)

-          Red food dye

-          Felt heart stickers(without the backs peeled)

-          Pink pom poms

-          Heart buttons

-          Pink plastic fork

-          Pink plastic spoon

-          Pink tongs

-          Pink pipe cleaners

-          Pink plastic cups

-          Pink cupcake liners

-          Cheap Cupcake mini erasers

-          Fabric flower petals

-          Pink mixed sequins

-          Wow! That’s a lot of pink!

Dye the rice using a little red food coloringTo dye the rice:

Dye the rice using a little red food coloring, by laying it out on two baking sheets and mixing the colour in with a fork. Then left it for one day to dry thoroughly.After the rice dries, I poured it all into a big plastic tub (the sensory bin), you can mix it with a few cups of plain white rice too.Sprinkle all the other items over the rice and let the kids play!

The kids can use tongs, forks, spoons, cups, and cupcake liners to play in the tub. Perfect for small motor skills.

Plus, they can easily create learning activities of their own that you couldn’t have planned for them. Finding matching items, making patterns, counting buttons, creating designs with the pipe cleaners, comparing the sizes of the felt hearts, make cupcakes complete with “frosting” and decorations on top etc.

          

Flamingo Handprint Craft3-    Flamingo Handprint Craft

Supplies Needed:

-     White paper

-     Pink washable paint

-     Glue

-     Goggly eye

-     Paintbrush

-     Black & orange marker

Use the paintbrush to paint your kid's hand with pink paint and place it on the white paper. Use a paintbrush to paint the flamingo’s head. When the paint has dried, use the glue to stick on a googly eye.  Now use the markers to add the beak and legs.

4-    Breast Cancer Awareness Coloring Pages

Breast Cancer Awareness Coloring Pages

This is the easiest! Search for "Breast Cancer Awareness Coloring Pages" in google image page, coloring these pages are a fun way for kids of all ages to focus, develop creativity, motor skills and color recognition.

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Yesterday, I was touched by Mark Zuckerberg's letter to his new daughter, about his hopes for personalized learning experience for his daughter and her generation. To read more about his letter, click here.

 

Personalized learning in general is seen as an alternative to so-called “one size fits all” approaches to teaching in which teachers may, for instance, offer all students in a given course with the same type of instruction, the same homework, and the same evaluation. Personalized learning may also be called student-centered learning, given that the general objective is to make individual learning needs the prime concern in important educational and instructional decisions, rather than what might be preferred, more convenient, or logistically easier for teachers and schools.

Personalized Learning

Maria Montessori was a forerunner of student-centered learning, where children learn through independent self-directed interaction with formerly presented activities. After more than one hundred years, Montessori education is still one of the most comprehensive models of personalized learning. Montessori classrooms can be disorienting for the inexperienced. In Montessori classes around the world, different kinds of activities occur simultaneously spanning several subjects. Students are sprawled across the classroom working individually, in pairs, or in small groups to complete practical, self-directed activities. It is this “freedom within structure” that allows personalized learning, encourage student independence and focus on child development well beyond academics.

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Personalized learning is intended to smooth the academic progress of each student by first determining the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students, and then offering learning experiences that are customized to a greater or lesser extent for each student. To achieve this goal, the Montessori experience centers on a daily 3 hours working period where every child progresses through a customized work-plan of activities and tasks. Students might work together if they have common assignments, but the idea is that students are working at their level in each academic subject.

 

Principal of Al Shorooq Preschool

Noora Albinkhalil

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Max Zuckerberg was just born today, so it’s going to be a while before she can read the letter her dad — and Facebook CEO — wrote to her about his 99 percent of his Facebook shares donation to charity in order to help advance human potential and promote equality -- by curing disease, personalizing learning, harnessing clean energy, connecting people, building strong communities, reducing poverty, providing equal rights and spreading understanding across nations.

Regarding personalized learning, he first wrote about his generation experience "Our generation grew up in classrooms where we all learned the same things at the same pace regardless of our interests or needs.". Then he explains his hopes and goals for his daughter generation "Your generation will set goals for what you want to become -- like an engineer, health worker, writer or community leader.", "You'll advance quickly in subjects that interest you most, and get as much help as you need in your most challenging areas.", and added "Your teachers will also have better tools and data to help you achieve your goals.".

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English-speaking children absorb the idea of the number one sooner than Japanese- and Chinese-speaking children, whereas Slovenian-speaking toddlers learn "2" faster than English-speaking ones.

A new study suggests that the differences come from the languages themselves. English differentiates between singular and plural nouns (1 car, 2 cars), while Japanese and Chinese don’t. In the meantime, Slovenian and Arabic, two unrelated languages, have different ways of saying singular nouns, nouns in twos, and nouns in numbers three or greater. In Slovenian, for instance, one button is a gumb, two buttons are gumba, and three or more buttons are gumbi. These distinctions help children understand those differences in numbers faster.

As the children got grow up, English-speaking kids outstripped their Slovenian peers in knowing greater numbers. This may be because Slovenian parents don't often explicitly teach their children to count the way English-speaking parents do, the scholars wrote.

Therefore, there are many ways of affecting when kids learn different numbers. The study indicated that language structure is particularly essential for the lower numbers. For numbers higher than four, however, other research has found children learn those by other processes.

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Montessori education was developed to motivate kids to think for themselves. Kids are granted every chance to engage in their world and are enticed into learning. In other words, learning is more like fun time. Kids learn without knowing they are doing far more than playing. The method is developed to help a kid in exploring, measuring, and examining the world around them.

These activities is not only suitable for preschoolers, it will prepare toddlers for preschool as well:

1- Letter Recognition                                   

Letter Recognition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2- Counting and matching number cards

Counting and matching number cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3- Sand Play                                     

 

Sand Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani the Minister of Industry and Commerce Al Shorooq Preschool grand opening was held last week in the premises of the preschool in Bu Kuwara - East Riffa, and with the coordination of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization "UNIDO", and the presence of Mr. Abdul Karim Ahmed Al Rashid the Assistant Undersecretary of Industrial Development, Mr. Akbar Jaffari the CEO of "JAFCON for Productivity Improvement", number of members of Bahrain Business Women Society, Bahrain Voluntary Media Team, and elite of officials and stakeholders from different governmental, educational, and media agencies.

 

Al Rashed praised the efforts of those in charge of Al Shorooq Preschool, and expressed his admiration for the educational level of students, and the impact of Montessori approach in empowering their personality.

 

On the other hand, Dr. Hashim Hussein the Head of United Nations Industrial Development Organization has explained that such educational programs create generations of entrepreneurs and innovators to support Bahrain's economy in the future.

 

It is worth mentioning that registration period has started at Al Shorooq Preschool since the beginning of April, and began to receive applications for the year 2015-2016 and for the summer camp program.

 

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Children playing in Montessori classroomA lot of events and activities and events were held in Al Shorooq Preschool that revolved around animals.  One of them was the costume party, when the children enjoyed themselves and danced on the rhythms of Old Macdonald and itsy bitsy spider. New visitors have arrived as well to stay, like rabbits, chicken, birds, and golden fishes. In addition, the children wnet on a field trip to see how stuffed animals were made.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Al Shorooq Preschool applies Montessori curriculum, which provides an opportunity for children to lifelong learning, and expands their skills that will help them improve their societies.

 

During the one century that has passed since the launch of this approach, we can find many famous Montessori graduates: Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon international website), Princes William and Harry (British royalty), Julia Child (first television cook), Peter Drucker (founder of the modern management science), Larry Page and Sergey Brin (founders of Google), and many others.

 

In the case of Google’s co-founders Page and Brin, it was the unconventional education system they had as they were children that influenced their lives significantly. Since that the main purpose of Montessori education is to establish unique personalities who can develop their communities without fear of doing tasks that seem impossible.

 

Dr. Maria Montessori believed in the importance of giving children their liberty, in order to kick off in improving their skills. Where without this freedom, the force of serving society in adolescent will not be formed in childhood. Therefore, the independence and uniqueness of Paige and Brin personalities today is owed to their education during their childhood, as they always mention in interviews. Children are encouraged in the Montessori approach to respond and learn in their own pace. It also offers them long periods of working on their own projects without interruption from the teacher.

 

It is clear now that the well-known Google's policy that encourages engineers to spend 20% of their work time in something that interest them personally has emerged from the educational background of its founders. In addition to the prevailing cooperative work atmosphere which is clear from strict monitoring, that Google founders restored from their inspiring learning environment they experienced in childhood, which focuses on the development of individuals and giving them the power to change society.

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Al Shorooq Preschool is now open, and it follows Dr. Maria Montessori’s very well-known internationally curriculum. The premises is located in Bu Kuwara, near Al Montazah Supermarket.