Sinai Sun Academy Program Model
The Sinai Sun Programs model is a home-based, hybrid-Montessori curriculum that uses Montessori materials presented in a prepared environment to enhance children's learning experiences. Our vision is to offer a setting where learning comes naturally and is fun and exciting. For this to be attained, we believe in children having access to an educationally stimulating environment and to adequate attention from an adult "guide" or teacher who assists them in their exploration of the information made available around them. It is our belief that children between the ages of 18 months to 5 years of age, learn best when in small groups, with adult guidance, and preferably in an environment that is home-based that offers them the opportunity to learn "life skills" that they will need to succeed in future stages of their development into young adults.
We also believe that parents are an important part of each child's learning experience and accordingly we put a lot of effort into including, educating and involving parents in their child's learning experience.
In this environment children are valued as individuals and encouraged to develop. This dynamic program combines leading early childhood development theories and Montessori methodologies with a bi-lingual approach. It integrates the benefits of learning through exploration while building the essential skills needed to make it in the mainstream public K-12 system as well.
Our experienced educators have developed a preschool curriculum as well as a number of school age, after-school classes, that utilize these hybrid methodologies to deliver:
- Language Skills
- Nature and Science
- * Foreign languages (Arabic, French, Mandarin and Spanish)
(* elective courses)
Children are given the chance to learn and grow at a pace that is compatible with their skills and abilities. Each child is treated as an individual, with personal needs and capabilities. Upon enrollment, students undergo an assessment of skills, abilities, and talents. A customized approach is then developed from the findings of this preliminary assessment.
In accordance to our hybrid-Montessori methodology the program categorizes overall development into the following five areas: social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and linguistic.
Each child is guided towards achieving developmentally appropriate target objectives within these five areas through pre-designed activities and experiences, based on his or her individual plan.
Within these individual plans, selected content is introduced in a “scaffolding” pattern where “lessons” or learning activities build upon each other in a gradual manner. This step system ensures that students fully master skill ‘A’ before moving to skill ‘B’.
Furthermore, the learning modality consists of activities presented in a “prepared” environment with the assigned “tools” to achieve the learning goal without the reliance on pen and paper as the learning medium. Instead “activity boxes” contain physical experiences that enable students to experience the target “concept” and therefore fully understand it in all its dimensions. Montessori specialists argue the viewpoint that the traditional “pen and paper” educational model cannot instill the depth of comprehension that the Montessori model can.
The logistics involved in tracking each student’s academic achievements and choice of consequent lesson plans on an individual basis is often what determines the successful implementation of a Montessori program.
We are also choosing to incorporate “The Creative Curriculum” into our preschool program which as an educational system is favored and widespread across preschools in the United States. This curriculum balances teacher‐planned and child‐initiated learning, emphasizing responsiveness to children's strengths, interests, needs, and learning styles. In the US, it is nationally known for being forward‐thinking, comprehensive, and rigorously researched. It helps teachers plan and implement content‐rich, developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote children's progress in all developmental areas.