Research has shown that children who are involved in quality early childhood education benefit in many ways, and that these benefits also extend to their families and the wider community. Growing young children’s love of learning can be shared and enjoyed by parents, family, and communities. Parents play an important role in supporting their young children's learning. Mothers can help by sharing with the teachers/educators what they have noticed about their daughters doing at home, including reading, writing and mathematics with their children.
At Al-Arqam Academy, we believe in partnering with parents to support our school's mission, which is to provide a balanced learning experience for our students that links their learning with real-life situations. One of the prime areas in the Early Learning Goals is personal and social development. That specific goal involves helping children develop a positive sense of themselves and others, form positive relationships, and develop respect for others. It also involves developing social skills and learning how to manage their feelings, understanding appropriate behavior in groups, and having confidence in their own abilities.
In Al Arqam Kindergarten, we believe that working in partnership with parents is a main factor in providing a high-quality education that helps our students to develop a positive sense of themselves by introducing our program.
Communication with home:
Parents of KG students can communicate with teachers and other staff in the KG through a variety of means:
- Teams: Each student has a Teams account that is used for regular communication between home and school. Teachers post news, school letters, and students’ pictures while performing activities, which keeps parents well informed about their children’s lives in the kindergarten.
- K12 (Al-Arqam Academy Portal): Each student in KG has an account on K12 to contact their parents for any administrative issues. Parents are encouraged to use their children's accounts to communicate with teachers and admin staff. If there are any questions about the students' accounts, the IT staff will be happy to help in any way.
- Phone: The KG has two dedicated landlines in addition to the hotlines assigned for emergencies. If there is an urgent issue and the landlines are busy, parents can message, and we will respond as soon as possible. These numbers are listed in “Contact Us.” Please note that phone messages will be given to teachers at the end of the day for them to respond to. If there is an emergency or urgent issue, administrative staff will go directly to the class to do what is required. Teachers are asked not to accept phone calls during teaching times.
- Social media: Al Arqam Academy has a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter account, which we encourage you to follow. Our staff makes regular updates to these pages, and this is a quick and easy way for you to be notified of events or news from the school.
Lectures and Workshops for mothers:
During the school year, Al Arqam Academy arranges special lectures and workshops for mothers to enhance awareness about early childhood education and other topics that foster the vision and mission of the academy. We also hold lectures based on topics that mothers have requested. We encourage you to attend whenever possible.
Mummy in my Kindy Program:
A program that takes place every Thursday and allows one mother to attend the class for an hour to perform an activity with her child and the child's classmates.
Mother Interactive Days:
A program that gives mothers a good chance to attend their children's classes to observe their performance and engage with them in their class activities.
How parents can help their children:
- By taking an interest in what their children are doing in school, for example asking them about their learning and what happened in school that day.
- By supporting them in doing their homework, for example by providing a place and time for them to do it, and resources such as books as well as access to a computer with an internet connection.
- By attending all Parent-Teacher meetings at school.
- By making sure their children eat a good diet (in particular that they eat a healthy breakfast before coming to school) and get a good night’s sleep.
- By encouraging 100% attendance.
- By attending school and class assemblies and activities.
Report cards are distributed at the end of each term. The report cards are designed to reflect the progress of your child.
Parent meetings are held after the distribution of report cards to allow for a brief discussion of what the report means and how parents can help their children. If parents require a longer meeting, they can arrange for a separate time to meet with the teachers.