About Talat

Who We Are

Talat is a K-3 non-profit national school specializing in the education of children ages three to eight.Talat provides research-based, bilingual education with a focus on innovation. Children will acquire 21st century skills while fostering Islamic values and their cultural identity. Talat opened its doors in the Fall of 2012 for KG children and will offer a new grade level annually.

Vision

Empowering children to be competent, productive, caring, responsible and innovative global citizens.

Mission

Talat School strives for excellence in providing innovative, active learning, dual language programs, that respond to the needs of the whole child. Talat will provide high quality professional development and parent education programs developing an active partnership between parents, staff and the community.

Moto

Developing Innovators One Child at a Time

What We Do

KG Curricula
HighScope Curriculum


HighScope is a research based early years curriculum that supports the idea that a child learns through hands-on activities. This method, learning by doing, allows children to grasp concepts more easily and retain the information for future use. 

Five important aspects of HighScope are

  • Active Learning

  • Daily Routine

  • Language Curriculum

  • Mathematics Curriculum

  • Problem Solving Approach


The Five Ingredients of Active Learning

  • Materials: the child must have access to a large variety of materials which will be used to expand their experiences and stimulate thought.
  • Manipulation: the child must use the materials in a "hands on" manner to discover and create.
  • Choice: children choose their materials and play partners and plan their activities according to their interests and needs.
  • Child Language & Thought: children tell teachers and classmates what they are doing. They express 
  • themselves verbally and non-verbally to show what they are thinking, learning, and understanding. 
  • Adult Scaffolding: occurs when an adult inspires and challenges a child to advance to the next level of a skill or concept by encouraging the child to discover and find answers through critical thinking and problem solving.During the daily routine children spend the majority of their time in planned play with adults and peers. Research shows that it is during play that the majority of the child's true learning occurs which is why


The following is a description of the activities that occur on a typical day in a HighScope active learning environment

  1. Plan-Do-Review (90 minutes) is an activity that provides structure and gives meaning to children's play. It is composed of the following four elements: 
  • Planning Time (10 minutes) Children will develop planning skills by telling the teacher where they will work, what they will do and who they will work with. As soon as they have told the teacher their "plan" they may leave the small group and begin working.
  • Work Time (1 hour): During this time children will be actively involved with the materials and people they have chosen to work with in their designated interest area. Your child will choose from one of the nine interest areas distributed throughout the class. The areas are as follows: Art, Sand & Water, Blocks, Toys & Games, House, Music & Movement, Wood Working, Reading & Writing Technology. Children are free to work with all the materials in an area during work time. They are also free to change their "plan" during work time and make a new plan to work in a different area or with different people or materials.
  • Clean Up Time (10 minutes): Children are responsible for helping their classmates and teachers return all the materials and equipment to their proper place. The cleaning up process is an excellent learning experience. They develop organization and classification skills when they know where things belong and why specific items are stored together. 
  • Recall Time (10 minutes): A child will explain or show what they did during work time to their teacher, individually or in a small group developing their communication and presentation skills.
  1. Small Group Time(15 minutes) is a teacher-lead math or language activity. Each day the children will have two small group times, one in Arabic and one in English. Each teacher will meet with a group of ten children to work on a planned math or language activity. 
  2. Large Group Time (10 minutes) is a teacher lead game, dramatic play or movement activity. This is an opportunity for children to participate in a large group setting where they can share their ideas with their friends and teachers and learn from each other. At large group time children play games, tell stories, sing songs, dance and put on plays or puppet shows. Large group time will give children an opportunity to be leaders.
  3. Outside Time (35 minutes) where children and teachers play together. Children will spend time painting, building, digging, biking, splashing and swinging, individually or with peers on our non-traditional playground. This will enhance the development of their gross motor, cognitive and social skills. 
Langauge Curriculum
Mathematics Curriculum
Problem Solving Approach
Character Education
Movement Education
Digital Literacy


At age three children are developmentally ready to explore computers. As "digital natives" children require minimal guidance from adults, they can learn to use a variety of tech tools simply by having access and time to experiment with them independently. Research states that children who use computers to reinforce the major objectives of their school curriculum have significant developmental gains in intelligence, verbal and non-verbal skills, structural knowledge, long term memory, manual dexterity, problem solving, abstraction and conceptual skills. Talat School will implement a child-centered, active learning approach to teach digital literacy by:

  • Equipping technology interest areas in each classroom with laptops, tablets, digital cameras, scanners, and MP3 players.
  • Integrating a project-based technology curriculum and selecting developmentally appropriate websites and software to support learning.
  • Ensuring online safety by educating children on cyber ethics and installing filters and parental control software.
  • Developing classroom websites and children's homepages to fuse technology education with other important curricula. For example, providing children access to e-journals supports the language curriculum, e-books and online reading logs on their homepages.
  • Providing a state of the art news studio where children learn to use professional studio equipment to record and produce news segments for Talat News. 

In addition, Talat School is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which has developed a set of standards for learning, teaching, and leading in the digital age called the National Educational Technology Standard (NETS). ISTE believes that being able to use technology is no longer enough and that today's children need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn, and explore. Talat will integrate technology to support the following NETS categories:

  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Research and Information
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operation
To learn more visit please www.iste.org.
Green Curriculum
21 st Century Skills
Elementary curricula
Language Arts Curriculum
Children's English language skills vary, that is why Talat School has selected a language curriculum that can adapt to their needs. "Literacy by Design" is a comprehensive, research-based, reading and writing program with state of the art technology components. The curriculum includes activities for large and small groups as well as independent learning while developing children's reading and writing skills in parallel. 

1- Reading Program 

The reading program strives to meet all children's needs by offering a varied selection of reading materials at eight different levels, within each grade. In addition to hard copy reading materials, Literacy by Design also includes the Fluent Reader and Developmental Phonics softwares.

A. Fluent Reader Web Application

Fluent Reader is a web-based application designed for children to improve their reading fluency by reading and re-reading leveled passages. Children using Fluent Reader software will:
  • read along with a fluent reader
  • record their own readings
  • listen to their recordings
  • send the teacher their best recorded reading sample 


B- Developmental Phonics Software

Developmental Phonics is a CD-ROM designed to help children develop phonological awareness and key phonics skills through interactive activities. The activities support reading independence through a four-tiered instruction and practice system:
  • sound matching
  • sound isolation
  • matching sounds and the letters 
  • applying letter-sound correspondences


2. Writing Program

The writing program connects what children read with what they write. Children are given mentor texts that exemplify the traits of good writing to use as writing role models as they cover the four key elements of writing instruction:
  • writing forms
  • organizational patterns
  • writing process
  • writing traits
Please visit www.rigby.com/literacybydesign to learn more.
Mathematics Curriculum
Science
Problem Solving Approach
Character Education
Movement Education


Super Moves is a movement education program that was designed specifically for early childhood programs. Children will have the opportunity to participate in movement activities during large group time, outdoor time and gym time. This movement program provides opportunities for children to physically experience and develop fundamental movement concepts.

To learn more visit www.pwap.com/supermoves/about.cfm.  

1- Fundamental Movement Concepts
Spatial awareness & movement direction Locomotor Skills Manipulative Skills Body Management Skills

2- Sample Movement Activities
Boundaries, personal space, start/stop, near/far, left/right Hopping, jumping, walking, running Volleying, throwing, kicking, catching, dribbling, rolling Flexibility, balance, strength, coordination

Digital Literacy
Green Curriclum
 Digital Communication

How We Do It

Talat Teachers will:

  • value and respect children's ideas and abilities.
  • work with children collaboratively as partners in learning
  • join them in their play, have conversations with them and encourage them
  • challenge children to be independent thinkers, problem solvers and to resolve their conflicts
  • be flexible, energetic, creative and good listeners

The Talat School facility has been designed and built exclusively for children ages three to eight. The design and construction were based on four important criteria that were incorporated in all aspects of the building: safety, accessibility, functionality and design.

The following are some of the features of our building:
- Emergency Exits - Wheelchair Accessibility - Surveillance Cameras 
- WIFI in the entire building - Audio System - Electronic Bulletins for displaying
  children's work

How we know we did it

Assessments

Talat School will use authentic assessment to evaluate children's progress. This means that authentic work samples, the product of a child's work in the classroom, will be collected along with observations of your child's interactions to show growth and progress in a variety of academic and skill areas over time. 

Authentic assessment focuses on the child's strengths as opposed to their weaknesses. It is a reporting tool that helps teachers and parents set goals, but more importantly, gives the child a positive learning environment in which to grow and develop. A learning environment where adults are trained to observe and document children's successes... not their failures! Talat School will use the following authentic assessment tools:

Specializing in Ages Three to Eight

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Early Childhood research has now proven that by the age of eight, children will have developed academic, social, and emotional skills that will form the foundation of all their future learning. (Statistic ?) Talat School recognizes the benefits of specializing in this age group and has designed a high quality research-based, program to ensure that our children (Talat Kids?) reach their full potential.

A Focus on 21st Century Skills

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Talat School is committed to inspiring creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication which are referred to as the 4Cs of 21st Century learning. By fusing these with the traditional 3Rs of education; reading, writing and arithmetic, children will be better prepared for tomorrow's world. To learn more please go to: www.p21.org

A child – centered approach

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A child-centered approach provides children the freedom to choose activitiesn based on their interests because when the child is interested in what they are learning they are more likely to retain the information and become motivated. Teachers in a child-centered classroom provide that freedom by acting as "facilitators" inspiring each child to discover their talents and skills.

Children Making Connect

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Curriculum integration is the teaching of concepts holistically, rather than in fragmented pieces. This approach mirrors how young children's brains process information. At Talat this is facilitated through a developmental daily routine that allows children to connect their knowledge and skills to real world experiences. For example, during a cooking activity a child will: • Apply math concepts such as measurement and time • Develop computer skills while searching the net for a recipe • Acquire new vocabulary • Learn how to follow instructions The following tables are sample schedules that illustrate the difference between a structured daily routine and a developmental daily routine

Fostering a love of reading

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Reading will be an integral part of each child's day at Talat School. The classrooms and school borrowing library will provide access to paper, audio, e-books and magazines. Also, each child’s homepage contains a reading log where children, teachers and parents will keep a record of the stories they have read or have been read to them during the school year. The Talat Library Homepage promotes reading by allowing parents and their children to search Arabic and English books and read e-books from home.

Commitment to Quality

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Talat School is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest organization, working on behalf of young children. NAEYC provides guidelines to schools in the form of 10 high-quality standards that both the programs and teachers are required to meet. Talat School is using these standards to govern all its decisions regarding the people, programs and services that it provides. These standards are as follows: 1. Relationships 2. Curriculum 3. Teaching 4. Assessment f Child Progress 5. Health 6. Teachers 7. Families 8. Community Relationships 9. Physical Environment 10. Leadership & Management NAEYC accreditation occurs through The Arabian Association for Early Childhood Education (AAECE). This organization accredits early years programs, fine tuning NAEYC's Standards to suit our local culture. Therefore, Talat School will soon be NAEYC accredited!

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