About Talat

Who We Are

Talat is a non-profit national school specializing in the education of children ages 3 to 6 (Nursery & Kindergarten). 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.

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.

Motto

Quality of Learning and Facility

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
Green Curriculum
21st Century Skills

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:

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