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New Horizon School believes that the best way to support children and families in the beginning years of their child’s educational journey is to create a safe, enriching, and nurturing environment in which both children and parents can learn and grow.

The Early Childhood Program philosophy is based upon the following beliefs:
* Children learn best by doing (hands-on activities).
* Children benefit from a variety of indoor/outdoor, structured/unstructured, developmentally appropriate educational activities that allow each child to learn at their own individual pace.
* For children, play is work and is a foundational element to their learning.  
* Each child is unique; therefore teachers respect each child’s special qualities.
* Development of the whole child is highly valued.
 
The areas of development around which our curricular goals are organized are as follows:

Social:  to help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel they are a part of the group.
Emotional:  to help children experience pride and self-confidence, develop independence, self-control, and have a positive attitude toward learning.
Cognitive:  to help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
Physical:  to help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.
Spiritual:  to help children develop a positive feeling about God and who they are as American Muslims.

Preschool (Ages 3 to 4)

Preschool students  will  enjoy a variety of  individual and group activities within a structured daily schedule . Activities are designed around a selection of award winning children’s literature that is expanded and enriched to incorporate the following types of learning experiences:

  • Literature-focused learning themes
  • Sounds, letters and numbers
  • Ready Reader take-home books
  • Oral Arabic language exposure
  • Islamic story time
  • Beginning Qur’anic recitation skills
  • Science and nature
  • Dramatic play
  • Music and movement
  • Sand and water play
  • iStartSmart™ Preschool technology

Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4 to 5)

Pre-Kindergarten students continue to build upon  their social, emotional, physical and spiritual development.  Our Pre-K program uses Houghton Mifflin’s comprehensive Kindergarten readiness program that provides the foundational skills needed to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond. Curriculum themes include:

  • Early literacy focus
  • Fine motor development
  • Early math concepts
  • Oral Arabic language development
  • Islamic story time and practices
  • Beginning Qur’anic recitation skills
  • Weekly library visits
  • Science and nature
  • Music and movement
  • Dramatic play
  • iStartSmart™ Pre-K technology
For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact the Admissions Office at 626-795-5186 Ext. 1126 or admissions@newhorizonschool.org.
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