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The ‘Brainy Stars’ education system provides alternative education system. The system integrates Montessori Method, Traditional Method and Islamic Values. It is a holistic approach. Each child will be educated and trained individually depending on the capabilities, intelligence, interest and inclination.

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Brainy Stars International Montessori - Parents's Handbook

  1. 1. Parents’ HandbookN0.12, 30th Cross, Opp. Sagar Hospital Jayanagar, Bangalore - 560 041.
  2. 2. Contents Welcome Thank you for choosing Brainy Stars International Islamic Montessori (BSIIM). The Chairman, The CEO, Board of Directors, Management and Staff welcome you and your family to a fruitful, productive and successful year at BSIIM, Insha-Allah. This coming year holds promise for new activities, new challenges, and new alliance. To Brainy Stars International Islamic Montessori Welcome Note Message From The Chairman Vision & Mission Definition Of Education Our Dream Of The World Our Aims And Objectives Our Philosophy Our Uniqueness Brainy Team Board Of Academics Montessori Method Our Islamic Curriculum Parenting Parents Participation Parents Association NURTURING LEADERS 1 3 4 5 6 7 9 11 13 15 20 23 26 27 28 ........................................................................................ ............................................................................................. .......................................................................... .................................................................................... .................................................................................. ............................................................................ ................................................................................ ................................................................................................ ............................................................................. .................................................................... .......................................................................... .......................................................................................... ........................................................................................ ........................................................................................ ................................................................................... 1
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  4. 4. MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMEN Brothers & Sisters, Assalamu Alaikum, B y the blessings of Almighty Allah and encouragement from the community, within a short span of one year we have achieved success in creating India’s model Islamic Montessori in Jayanagar, Bangalore. Here we have blended Montessori method with traditional method and integrated with Islamic values. This has been done under the supervision of world renowned educationalist. We have designed curriculum and prepared books. Teachers were trained to adopt the pedagogy which we have developed. The assessment system we have evolved makes teaching child centric. We have plans to open ten schools in next academic year. Al-Hamdulilah we have opened four schools and one International School(by April 25, 2014). Pen is mightier than sword; information is power; whoever controls the information he rules the world; these are the sayings of this century. But we should be proud of our faith that the importance of education, pen and information has been emphasized by Quran & Hadith, fourteen hundred and thirty years ago. A famous event from the life of Prophet (Pbuh) expresses the importance of education. The event was that: In the battle of Badr, Muslims had captured certain Makkans who were literate. Prophet Muhammad(s) entered into an agreement with them. As per the agreement captured Makkans taught Muslims reading and writing and in return they were released. The prisoners of war were non-muslims and they were not taught Quran & Hadith, but they taught them reading and writing a language and other skills. Are we taking lessons from the life of Prophet? It is general observation that most of our families do not care the child of age between 2 to 6 years. Hazrath Ali had said 0 - 7 years age is most important in the life of human beings. Strong foundation can be laid in this age.A great Islamic scholar Moulana Abul Hassan Ali Nadvi (R.A.) had said: Muslims should have same enthusiasm in opening schools, which they have in constructing Masjid and Madrasha. He also added that Allah will reward in par if anybody opens school also. He had appealed the wealthy people to open schools. Are we showing the zeal in establishing school? May Allah help us in opening more and more schools. Brainy stars, is an education movement. We would like to spread our concept in the country and Insha Allah across the world. We would like to offer our expertise to the people willing to serve community and humanity through holistic approach of education. We have vision to establish one thousand schools across India by 2020, Insha Allah. This can be achieved by strong support from the community. Our ultimate objective is to bring up the younger generation in an education system which should enable them to succeed here and in the Hereafter. With this objective our research and development team is continuously working to develop an alternate system of education which will bring glory to Ummah and will make India a knowledge centre. Insha Allah. Please join us in this noble cause and movement. May Allah bless us. Ameen D. Hyder Vali Chairman Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori3
  5. 5. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Mission  To Frame curricula for the schools who follow holistic approach in education by integrating Montessori method; Traditional method; with Islamic values.  To effectively introduce parenting as part of curriculum and to make parents partner in developing a child as an asset to family and society.  To establish training center for teachers who will present and practice alternate education system where in teacher shall be 'Murabbiyah’ (a role model).  To establish 1000 schools in the country by 2020. (Insha Allah) Concept of Curriculum It is not limited to text books but it is a wide concept which covers the whole body of knowledge, pedagogy and learning process, experienced by a student that have been planned formally and systematically according to the levels of students. Vision To nurture future leaders with Islamic values who shall make our beloved country a global knowledge leader and increase happiness and prosperity in our plural society with the sense of universal brotherhood, as an obedient of Allah. 4
  6. 6. DEFINITION OF EDUCATION Education is the process by which people’s abilities and talents are Nurtured and developed. Education in this broad sense is also Everything that is learned and Acquired in a life time : knowledge , skills, habits, interest, attitude and personalities Based on a system of belief (tawheed : aqidah) using the process (ta’alim, ta’dib, tadrib, taujih and irsyad) and The pedagogy of care and love. focusing on the mind, the heart, the soul, the spirit and the physical body Targeting on the heart Willingly and joyfully for the sake of Allah Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori -Dr. Hasni Muhammad Charimen, Academic Board BSIIM “Whoever treads Allah will make easy for (Hadith) a path in search of knowledge, him the path to Jannah.” 5
  7. 7. OUR DREAM OF THE WORLD! Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori  Let us create a world devoid of all selfishness.  Build a society where respect, tolerance and love for one another exists.  Create a better place where peace, compassion and understanding are imperative.  And where amalgamation of human freedom and religious-moral consciousness are its important elements.  Let us dream of a world as a big family with bindings of unity and sharing happiness amongst all rather than be divided by differences.  A world where equal opportunity is provided to one and all to achieve their goals for fulfilment of their talents and potentialities. Is an ideal world for all possible? Yes it is only when imagination conforms to reality, it’s effect will definitely change the entire world for better. We, in Brainy Stars visualize very ambitiously of building an ideal world and the present generation is just a beginning. Multi Culture and Belief Policies Our belief in Islam is that, it is the universal religion which can prove beneficial to the whole world. The school surroundings provide an environment which prepares the child to be a true Muslim by fully adapting Islamic values. The ambience of the school is peaceful and serene, very suitable to engross Islamic culture. Even non- Muslims avail this benefit of the setting in our school where no element of co-ersion to learn Islam to become a Muslim . Muslims and non-muslims can equally avail the benefit of high moral values taught by us. The atmosphere will help the child to be a productive, respectable and dignified citizen of the world. MOTTO  Seeking salvation and bringing Muslims close to a life of everlasting peace and joy, close to our creator, is of chief importance for us.  We believe that attaining success in our physical world relates directly to our entry into paradise (Jannah)  True success is that which brings true happiness and true happiness comes from the knowledge of Allah, His mercy and greatness.  Gaining knowledge that obeying His commands and imbibing the ways of our Holy Prophet Muhammad(s) we will be successful in life and also will be assure of our rightful place in heaven. 6
  8. 8. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Brainy Stars has been established for promoting the overall development of the children by encouraging their natural potentials in accordance with the principles of Islam. Our aim is to impart and integrate Islamic spiritual training along with achieving academic excellence through the Montessori philosophy, which has stood the test of time. At Brainy Stars, we strive to instil Islamic values, habits, attitudes, ethical standards, patience and tolerance which is the hallmark of a good Muslim. our aim is to assist every child in its total development by instilling true values and teachings of Islam, through Quran and Hadith and our revered prophet Muhammads. Simultaneously, we believe that, creating an environment which is conclusive to children become aware of their individual capabilities, appreciate and respect others, which is unique to a Montessori setting. The world is ever-changing and therefore, we feel it is our responsibility to equip the children to go with the changing times without compromising on Islamic value. To intend to serve the community by helping the child to attain fullest potential- intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually, in their early years of learning and development. Thus, specific goals of our school, broadly include the following. 1. Help develop self-confidence 2. Simulate child’s innate love of learning 3. Help develop positive attitude towards school 4. Consider overall development of the child 5. Implement practice of Islam by demonstration 6. Foster inner security and sense of order in the child 7. Build habit of concentration 8. Incorporate all the senses in the learning experience 9. Provide a nurturing , co-operative learning environment 10. Help develop habits of initiative, persistence and excellence 11. To encourage respect for self and others, environment and all life 12. Prepare our students for worldly success 13. Inculcate love for Islam and through Quranic studies 14. Teach the concept of faith with action through examples of staff and administration 15. Nurture social awareness and responsibility through involvement in community causes “Education is the training of the mind -Albert Einstein not learning of facts but to think.” OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 7
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  10. 10. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori OUR PHILOSOPHY Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has said, “every child is born on Fitrat (natural disposition)...” We nurture his/her fitrat, imbibe in him/her Iman, Knowledge & Taqwa. These three vibrant qualities will make him/her to achieve success here and in the Hereafter. OUR CONCEPT OF ISLAMIC EDUCATION It is an education which is universal and relevant to all mankind, which has no segregation between religious" and "secular" knowledge. It aims at developing the entire human aspects; physically, intellectually & spiritually. It up brings child on his nature (Fitrah) and educates him / her to play his roles as: the servant of God; His vicegerent; and as a responsible citizen of the country. "Islamic integrated curricula is essential in-developing every aspect of human potentials and producing a well-balanced being. The development of mental, physical, emotional, ethical and aesthetical aspects cannot be enhanced without the process of Islamic integration in the education system." - Ghazali Basri (A Malaysian Educationalist). The Islamic curriculum is based on Quran and Sunnah. We have shariah board which approves the curriculum and train the teachers. The curriculum teaches basics of Islam. We don't follow a particular Maslak (school of thought). We teach all unity of Ummah and to struggle for establishment of Islam in individual and collective life. However all the children and their parents are free to follow their own school of thought (Maslak). Al Hamdulilah Ulema of various schools of thought (Masalik) have visited our school examined our system and curriculum and appreciated our policy. NEED FOR INTEGRATED CURRICULUM ‘ Brainy Stars' educational system has its own assessment system. While we assess child learning process, ability and skills; we also assess that how much a child is adopting or practicing the benefits, teachings, etiquettes and Islamic tenets. For Example, if a Hadees has been taught about drinking of water or milk, it will be assessed whether the child is practicing it or not. While our assessment results is for parents to understand progress of their child, it is also for the teachers and management to understand the weakness of a student and help him to improve. ASSESSMENT OF THE STUDENTS 9
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  12. 12. OUR UNIQUENESS Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori  Islamic Education, not as a Subject but as way of life.  Parenting Education, because parents are important pillar in up bringing of a child.  Assignment to inculcate Islamic Values, Manners & Etiquettes.  Memorization with understanding  Encouraging creativity  Inculcation of skills like logic, Reasoning & thinking in Islamic Perspective  Teacher is murabbi, Teacher-student relationship is excellent.  Teaching & Assessment is learning + Islamic Up-bringing Centric  No Homework for students but for parents  Very few books  Liberty & freedom with Islamic Manners  Islamic culture in the campus  Computers and Tablets for learning  Air conditioned classrooms  100% English Medium  School is not oriented towards any Maslak We have Montessori trained teachers with the skill to handle subjects with Islamic perspective. We consider teachers as 'Murabbis'. Murabbiyah is a Quranic term, which means one who imparts training by her words and deeds. She will be teacher and role model. One of the attributions of Prophet Muhammads is Murabbi (Masculine gender of Murabbiyah). Teacher is not mere teacher, she is educator. Every Child is Considered: We consider that every child is unique. He has been gifted with unique identity and skill. We try to groom his uniqueness by individual profiling. This profiling will help upbringing the n the most natural way. OUR CONCEPT OF TEACHER -Benjamin Franklin. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” 11
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  14. 14. BRAINY TEAM Mr. D. Hyder Vali (Chairman) Syed Tanveer Ahmed (Executive Director) A renowned media person, he is the editor of Karnataka Muslims, a fortnightly newspaper which has print and on-line editions. He was a student activist during his college days, served as all India Secretary of Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO). Played a vital role in various educational institutions including Shaheen Group of Institutions, Bidar; Jouhar Public School, Bidar and Wisdom Group of Institutions, Bidar. He is passionate towards formulating programmes for Islamic upbringing of children. For this purpose he has been publishing an Islamic Monthly Magazine for Children titled "Islamic Quiz" and "Nisa" for girls. He has traveled widely and delivered lectures on various topics of community development in India and abroad. Mr. Ghouse Mohiuddin Sabir (Director) Ghouse Mohiuddin Sabir, popularly known as Sabir Bhai, is a well known personality of the city. He served Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. After retirement he is fully involved in community upliftment projects, especially in the field of education and economic well being. Currently he is working president of Bangalore's Prestigious Educational Institution: Bismillah Educational Trust (BET). He is in the field of education for the last 25 years. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Mr. Hyder Vali is a successful person of Bangalore. A law graduate from Bangalore University, practiced law for a few years before entering into international business of stone and stone products. His company of stone: Stone Park Pvt. Ltd., has a reputation in the international market. A decade ago he has also entered into Information Technology (IT) by establishing a company known as Hyva IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Apart from providing hi-tech IT Solutions to off-shore clients; the company has its own products. Mr. Hyder Vali, known for his business acumen have been rendering services towards welfare and upliftment of the community and society. Apart from philanthropist activities he has been engaged in educating, training and motivating youth (boys and girls) to live a successful, happy and purposeful life. He is the founder of DMS Human Rights Foundation, which carries out various welfare programmes. 13
  15. 15. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Syed Shanawaz (Administrator) A post graduate in computer sciences, he is a young energetic talented person and administrator of Brainy Stars International Islamic Montessori School, Jayanagar, Bangalore. Earlier he has served in a multi-national company in Madina, KSA and then worked in various capacities in Vali Group of Company. He possesses innate quality of skillfully managing the organizations. A young and dynamic Islamic Scholar, he is a Hafiz graduated from world's premier Islamic Seminary viz; Darul Uloom, Deoband. He is Alim, Hafiz and Mufti. Having profound knowledge of Islamic Theology and Jurisprudence. He is Imam and Khateeb of Eidgah Masjid, 4th Block. Mufti Abdul Sattar Qasmi is incharge of Islamic studies and Sharia studies in Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori ,India. Mufti Abdul Sattar Qasmi (Sharia Advisor) “Learning gives creativity, Thinking provides knowledge, Abdul Kalam Creativity leads to thinking, Knowledge makes you great.” 14
  16. 16. BOARD OF ACADEMICS Dr. Hasni Mohammed Al-Haj (Chairman) Founder of Adni Centre for Integrated and Holistic Education Profession: Education architect & practitioner, educationalist, economist and strategist. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Founder/chief Executive Officer Adni Center for Integrated and Holistic Education (nursery, pre- school, primary & secondary school and tertiary education) Executive Chairman, Board of Governor Malaysian Aviation Training Academy. Professional: licence aircraft maintenance engineer (European Aviator Safety Agency) in collaboration with Ministry of Defense(MOD) and Ministry of Education(MOE),Malaysia Board of studies Akademi Permata Pintar Negara Pusat Permata Pintar Negara University Kebangasaan Malaysia (UKM) Education Content expert & consultant Seameo-RECSAM (south- East Asia Ministry of Education Office: regional education center for science and mathematics) Education Content expert & consultant Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) (nursery,pre- school,primary & secondary school and tertiary education) Executive Chairman/Founder KLC Center for Higher Studies (professional, undergraduate and post-graduate) Education content expert and Board of Governors State Government Agency (JAIS, MAIs, MAIWP, Yayasan Pahang & Yayasyan Islam Perlis). Personal Assistant to the Executive Chairman al-Hidayah Investment Bank, Labuan,Federal Territory.  Doctor of Philosophy and Professor Honoris Causa in Education Specialization: integrated holistic education system(iheds),(nursery,pre-school,primary school and secondary school and tertiary education),Originator and ip Proprietorship:integrated holistic education system(iheds), Originator and ip Proprietorship: integrated holistic assessment board(ihab)international.  Originator and ip proprietorship: integrated holistic economic system (ihecs) in 1961 he proceeded to the United States as Institute Scholar at the world famous Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratories, California Institute of Technology. He was also the recipient of JRD Tata Endowment scholarship in 1961. He earned his M.S. and Ae.E. degrees in Aeronautics from Caltech. In 1967 he obtained his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University and in 1975 a MBA degree from Rider University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Current Position: Achievement: Specialization: Realistic mathematics education, integration and islamization of knowledge, human potential development, integrated holistic education system economic investment and financial management. 15
  17. 17. Scientific Achievements: Dr. Ahmed has worked on a large number of projects that have shaped the modern world. In 1964 he was responsible for analyzing the vibrations of Apollo, Saturn and Lunar Land Rover vehicles. In 1968 he developed a method of making fiber optics. His work on advanced composites earned him an invitation from the International Academy of High Pressure Physics to give the key note lecture on this subject at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. The crowning achievement of Dr. Ahmed was his work on the Hubble Space Telescope. During 1979-82, he provided leadership for the development of Secondary Mirror Assembly of the Hubble which delivered diffraction limited performance at 1/700th the wavelength of light in the visible. Thanks to this work and the contributions of other scientists, the Hubble can look at the very edge of the known galaxy and acquire stars of magnitude 8. The pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope have provided insights into the very beginnings of the universe and have inspired people all over the world.Dr. Ahmed has earned 12 United States patents on space based work. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Applied Mechanics, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of Basic Engineering and other journals. Scholarly work: Dr. Nazeer Ahmed has written several books. He is the author of Encyclopedia of Islamic History ( which is a compendium of 10 books on the contribution of Islam to world civilization. The distinguishing characteristic of his work is that he looks upon history as a Sign from the Heavens so that humankind may learn from it and use its lessons to improve human society. Commenting on his work, Professor Niaz Irfan of Lahore wrote, "Dr. Nazeer Ahmed's work should be compared to that Ibn Khaldun….Dr. Ahmed has advanced his own theory the rise and fall of civilizations based on renewal…." The work has earned wide acclaim in the United States and around the world. Perhaps the crowning achievement of Dr. Ahmed is a translation of the Qur'an from Arabic into easy to read, modern American English. By this work, he has earned a place among a chosen few who have ever attempted this monumental work and have successfully completed it. He is one of a handful of people from the Subcontinent who has successfully this distinction. The translation has been read by more than 360,000 people around the world from the United States to Zanzibar. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Dr. Nazeer Ahmed Member Adviser, World Organization for Resource Development and Education Dr. Ahmed is a scientist, historian, inventor, educator and community leader with an international reputation. In each of these areas he has left an imprint which is hard to match. Education: Dr. Nazeer Ahmed secured the first rank to the State in the public examination of 1952 winning the Maharaja of Mysore gold medal. He maintained his rank status throughout his academic career and the people of his native Karnataka fondly refer to him as "Rank Nazeer". His record of academic excellence has seldom been matched and has been a source of inspiration to successive generations of students. 16
  18. 18. Dr Ali Khwaja B.Tech (IIT), MIE, Ph.D. Member A Montessorian, an engineering graduate of IIT, MIE, MIIM, with a Ph.D in behavioral sciences - Ali Khwaja has always carved out his own path and been a free-lancer, ensuring that work is joy every day. He is invited regularly to conduct workshops or lectures for Defense, Central Government, prestigious National institutions, schools and colleges, but he prefers to be informal, learning while he teaches, and being honest and congruent in whatever he says or does. He is the founder and head of Banjara Academy, a unique institution committed to improvement of quality of life. He nurtures and motivates over 200 volunteers to give free service in 10 hospitals and the Academy's own counselling centers. He conducts a very popular and practical one year part-time Diploma in Counselling Skills and a 5-month Certificate in Life Skills. Yet he finds time for causes as wide as adoption, disability welfare, "true" education, life skills, and counselling. He has been presenting papers in national workshops, has written over 30 books and 80 booklets on all practical aspects of day-to-day life. He writes regular columns and articles in reputed publications like Deccan Herald, etc., and edits a unique newsletter. He is widely quoted in the media, and has been repeatedly interviewed on radio and TV. Notwithstanding all that, he loves all human beings alike, is willing to listen, and his prime focus is on empowering individuals to help themselves. Mr. Abdul Rahman Kamaruddin Member Is an International Expert of Information Systems and Services. He has served in key positions both in India and abroad. He has been the Senior Technical Advisor in UNESCO, UNIDO and IDB & has served in several countries. He is presently the Secretary General of Tipu Sultan Advanced Study and Research Centre at Srirangapatnam as well as advisor to Al- Ameen Group of Institutions in addition to several social services activities, educational programmes and motivation of the youth. Mr. Abdul Rahman has served both in the public and private sectors in India from 1960 to 1975, having served as Information Officer in the University College of Engineering – Bangalore, the Hindustan Machine Tools – Bangalore, Andrew Yule & Co,. – Calcutta and in Central Machine Tools Institute – Bangalore. He has served abroad in several key positions from 1975 to 1998. He has served as UNIDO Advisor in Iraq on industrial information and as UNIDO Chief Industrial Information Advisor to the Arab Organisation for Industrial Development, Baghdad. He joined UNESCO as Chief Technical Advisor to the Arab League and helped to establish an information system for the league of Arab States. The Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Jeddah invited him from UNESCO and he joined IDB in 1989 as Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Current positions: Dr. Ahmed is an adviser to the World Organization for Resource Development and Education in Washington, DC. He is the Chairman of the Delixus group of companies in the U.S. and India. He is also the Director of the American Institute of Islamic History and Culture based in California. 17
  19. 19. Mr. Umri Computer Science Engineer, M.A. in Public Administration & Masters in Education Member Mr. Umri is experienced in providing solutions for schools; has over 20+ years of professional experience working in schools across the country in various positions. He has designed setup and administered schools and presented training courses to School Management, Heads & Teachers at various levels. He has developed numerous training manuals for a myriad of clients and served as a consultant on interpersonal and organizational structure. Energy, describes his lasting capability. He is able to multitask, skilled at planning & organizing and delivers best under pressure. At present:  Ex-Bursar – Glendale Academy International – Hyderabad  Ex-Vice Principal - Kennedy High the Global School – Hyderabad  Ex-Academic Coordinator - Presidency Group of Schools – Bangalore Head-Research, Development & Consultancy in Education direct opinion consultancy– Hyderabad CEO – Kaspar Academy Pvt. Ltd. – Bangalore Chairman of East Oak Academy – Guntur Arete Learning Academy - Hyderabad Educational Consultant Advisor – Human Welfare Foundation, an NGO - New Delhi. Working with the present 4 schools of Human Welfare Foundation at Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi and Hazari Bagh – Jharkhand. Working on Capacity building of schools in Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam and W.Bengal. On Board as an Academic Advisor Brainy Stars – Bengaluru. Consultant to Insight International School, Spring fields School, Sanskriti Group of Schools, Learnium Schools run by Turkish Group, Saritha Vidya Nikethan, Hyderabad & DPS at Jagtial, Andhra Pradesh. Academician & Main Trainer at Teaching Learning Academy – Hyderabad & Bangalore Center for Instructional Learning – Bangalore Dean – Global Institute of Managements – MBA college @ Hyderabad His previous responsibilities include: Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori advisor on a project to establish an OIC Information Systems Network to serve the 57 member countries of the OIC. He has worked closely with late Dr. S.R.Ranganathan, father of library & information science and has contributed more than 70 papers and reports in his field of specialization. Mr. Abdul Rahman has also been associated with organizing a number of international seminars and meetings related to information systems, education, economics, trade and technology transfer. Currently Mr. Kamaruddin is General Secretary of Sharieff Foundation which runs 'Dar-ul-Umoor' in Srirangapatna, which trains Ulema for community leaderships. 18
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  21. 21. MONTESSORI METHOD Montessori education: is an approach developed by Italian physician and educator and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural physical, and social development. Montessori education is practiced in an estimated 7,000 schools worldwide, serving children from birth to eighteen years old. Maria Montessori began to develop her philosophy and methods in 1897, attending courses in pedagogy at the University of Rome and reading the educational theory of the previous two hundred years. In 1907, she opened her first classroom, the Casa dei Bambini, or Children's House, in a tenement building in Rome.From the beginning, Montessori based her work on her observations of children and experimentation with the environment, materials, and lessons available to them. She frequently referred to her work as "scientific pedagogy". Montessori education spread in 1911 and became widely known in education and popular publications. Montessori education was introduced in United States in 1960 and has since spread to thousands of schools there. Montessori continued to extend her work during her lifetime, developing a comprehensive model of psychological development from birth to age 24, as well as educational approaches for children aged 0 to 3, 3 to 6, and 6 to 12. She wrote and lectured about ages 12 to 18 and beyond, but these programs were not developed during her lifetime. Montessori education: A trained Montessori teacher Some important features of Montessori Method: 1. Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children aged 2½ or 3 to 6 years old by far the most common 2. Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options 3. Un-interrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours 4. A "discovery" model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction 5. Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and other collaborators 6. Freedom of movement within the classroom MONTESSORI EDUCATION THEORY Montessori education is fundamentally a model of and an educational approach based on two basic elements. First, children and adults engage in psychological self-construction by means of interaction with their environments. Secondly, children, especially under the age of six, have an innate path of psychological development. Based on her/ his observations, Montessori believed that children are at liberty to choose and act freely within an environment prepared according to her / his model would act spontaneously for optimal development. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori20
  22. 22. Montessori's education method called for free activity within a "prepared environment", meaning an educational environment tailored to basic human characteristics, to the specific characteristics of children at different ages, and to the individual personalities of each child. The function of the environment is to allow the child to develop independence in all areas according to his or her inner psychological directives. In addition to offering access to the Montessori materials appropriate to the age of the children, the environment should exhibit the following characteristics: Absorbent mind Montessori described the young child's behavior of effortlessly assimilating the sensorial stimuli of his or her environment, including information from the senses, language, culture, and the development of concepts with the term "absorbent mind". She believed that this is a power unique to the first plane, and that it fades as the child approached age six. Sensitive periods Montessori also observed periods of special sensitivity to particular stimuli during this time which she called the "sensitive periods". In Montessori education, the classroom environment responds to these periods by making appropriate materials and activities available while the periods are active in the young child. She identified the following periods and their durations: Prepared environment 1. Construction in proportion to the child and his/her needs 2. Beauty and harmony, cleanliness of environment 3. Order 4. An arrangement that facilitates movement and activity 5. Limitation of materials, so that only material that supports the child's development is included 1. Acquisition of language—from birth to around six years old 2. Order—from around one to three years old 3. Sensory refinement—from birth to around four years old 4. Interest in small objects—from around 18 months to three years old 5. Social behavior—from around two and a half to four years old Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori In the Montessori approach, these human tendencies are seen as driving behavior in every stage of development, and education should respond to and facilitate their expression. Human tendencies Montessori saw universal, innate characteristics in human psychology which her/ his son and collaborator Mario Montessori identified as "human tendencies" in 1957. There is some debate about the exact list, but the following are clearly identified 1. Self-preservation 2. Orientation to the environment 3. Order 4. Exploration 5. Communication 6. Exactness 7. Repetition 8. Abstraction 9. The “Mathematical mind” 21
  23. 23. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Normalization: Finally, Montessori observed in children from three to six years old a psychological state she termed "normalization". Normalization arises from concentration and focus on activity which serves the child's developmental needs, and is characterized by the ability to concentrate as well as "spontaneous discipline, continuous and happy work, social sentiments of help and sympathy for others." 1. Jeff Bezos, founder of (pre-school) 2. Sergey Brin, co-founder of (grade school) 3. Larry Page, co-founder of (grade school) 4. Julia Child, famous chef (pre-school) 5. Jimbo Wales, founder of Wikipedia (grade school in a Montessori-inspired environment) 6. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature (pre-school and 1st grade) 7. Matthew Pavlich 8. Daniel Tosh 9. Will Wright, computer game designer and co-founder of Maxis (grade school) List of prominent montessori alumni (who studied in montessori alumni) Our education programme in Brainy Stars International Islamic Montessori starts for 2 ½ year olds and will continue upto 6 years. The programme has been divided into three levels: 1. Rising Stars: For 2 ½ years to 3 ½ years children. 2. Twinkling Stars: For 3 ½ years to 4 ½ years children. 3. Shining Stars: for 4 ½ years to 6 years children. After completing this programme of 3 ½ years child will be eligible and qualified to take admission in 1st standard of any stream and in any school. He will be completing the UKG syllabus of traditional schooling. In addition to this the child will be learning basic Islamic concepts; manner and etiquettes, daily duwaas; salath; memorize the various surahs from 30th chapter of Quran; and he will start reading of Quran. OUR PROGRAMME 22
  24. 24. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Islamic Creed : Under this we teach basic concepts of Islam, their logic and benefits. These are explained in easy language with the help of mother tongue. To explain some concepts help from : historical events, life of prophet Muhammad; History of Islam and stories, is also taken. We also use videos and digital presentations for this purpose. Islamic life skills: Under this we teach Islamic manners and etiquettes. The younger generation is confronting with various issues at the tender age, we guide them how to address them. The skills which we inculcate in them will help them to become a successful human being. This syllabus will also enable students to perform rites and rituals of Islam. Memorisation : This section helps the students to memorize Quran, Hadith, Prayers and Islamic rhymes. Upto 6 years of age we try to memorize thirteenth chapter of Holy Quran. He/She will be able to offer Namaz. Arabic language: Under this we make child to read Quran before he is entering in to 1st Standard. To teach Arabic language we have specially designed video programme and printed books. What school provides? School will provide following branded materials to the students: 1. School's exclusive books & note books 2. School uniform, cap & scarf 3. Bag, water bottle and Lunch box 4. Activity books 5. Audio & video DVDS for rhymes and Arabic learning 6. Story books (if desired) (The above materials will be reasonably charged) School Management Software: The entire school is managed by customized software. The software will keep record of learning behavior of each child. Parents will be provided with login ID. They have access to the entire record of the child. They can understand the strengths and weakness of their ward. OUR ISLAMIC CURRICULUM The Islamic syllabus is not oriented towards any maslak. It has been divided into following four sections: 1. Islamic Creed 2. Islamic life skills. 3. Memorization. 4. Reading of Arabic language 23
  25. 25. “The Prophet never used bad language neither a Fahish nor a Mutafahish. He used to say: the best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character.” -Bukhari Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Surveillance System: The school and classes are connected with 24 hours surveillance system. Mothers can view what her child is doing in school at a given point of time. Only mothers will be allowed to view the visuals. If this facility is misused or it is used by any male, in that case it will be suspended for the guilty parents. GPS to School Vehicles: To locate where the school van is, and at what time if it would reach at a particular time GPS tracking system is attached with all vehicles. Parents can get the information through SMS or they can track through internet facility about the vehicle in which their child is commuting. Transportation: The school has transport facility. But it does not come under the direct school management. The school supervises the system but parents need to deal directly with transport providers. 24
  26. 26. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori Sl. No. 1 2 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 8 3 IslamicEducation-asasubjectonly ParentingEducation-No-Parenting MemorisationwithUnderstanding Encouragingtodoexistingtheory Inculcatingskillslikelogic,reasoning& thinking TeacherStudentrelationshipisaverage Homework BagfullwithBooks,NoteBooks&Work Booksl NoLiberty&Freedominclassroom IslamicCultureincampusnotpossible. Onlyteacherspeaks,studentsarelistners. Teaching&Assessmentisexamination centric Teacher’srelationshipisgood NoHomework veryfewbooks Liberty&Freedominclassroom Westernmanner.Teacherinteractswithstudents. Teaching&Assessmentislearningcentric Teacherismurabbi, NoHomeworkforstudentsbutforparents veryfewbooks+parentingbook Liberty&FreedomwithIslamicManners Islamiccultureinthecampus.Teacheris Murrabi,i.e.sheteachesandmouldsthestudents Teaching&Assessmentislearning+Islamic Up-bringingCentric InIslamicPerspective AssignmenttoinculcateIslamic Values,Manners&Etiquettes AssignmenttoinculcateIslamic Values,Manners&Etiquettes AssignmenttoinculcateIslamic Values,Manners&Etiquettes IslamicEducation-NoIslamicsubject ParentingEduation-givingrules&regulations MemorisationwithUnderstanding Encouragingcreativity Inculcatingskillslikelogic,reasoning& thinking IslamicEducation-asapracticaloflife ParentingEduation-hygientrainingtoparent MemorisationwithUnderstanding EncouragingcreativitytopleaseAllahSWT Inculcatingskillslikelogic,reasoning& thinking TraditionalMontessori ComparisionofvariousEducationSystem BrainyStarIslamicMontessori 25
  27. 27. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori In a holistic education, which is the essence of 'Brainy Stars' education system, parents also play an important role. There is a need to continuously guide and train parents, help them resolve issues related with child behavior. We find ample guidance in the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) pertaining to successful parenting. 'Parenting' is a part of our curriculum. We have notable advisor Dr. Ali Khawja, Chairman, Banjara Academy, who is an expert in parenting and child psychology. His guidance will be available for parents of Brainy Stars. Various Ulema and Islamic Scholars will also help in understanding parenting in Islamic perspective. Brainy Stars will, Insha Allah regularly organize parenting classes. Here we are presenting first talk of Moulana Nisar Ahmed, Mazaheri, a renowned Islamic scholar, who has exclusively spoken to executive director of Brainy Stars Mr. Syed Tanveer Ahmed. PARENTING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT The Brainy Stars, education movement has set-up a Research and development unit to study and evolve holistic approach towards education in an Islamic perspective. We have been following the developments that are taking place in the field of education all over the world. Our team of 'Academic Advisors' is highly educated and experienced. Our team of teachers is also involved in Research and development. We have been working on the concept of PADI with our Malaysian advisor Mr. Hasni Muhammad. What is PADI? PADI stands for Profiling Assessment Development and Involvement. As per this system schools maintain profile of all the students. These profiles are analyzed from time to time by experts (Educationist, Child psychologists, Doctor) Child's development will be observed. In the development process teacher's involvement is the key factor. In the PADI system school considers parent's involvement is essential. We invite valuable inputs from parents, subject experts, educationist and child psychologists. 26
  28. 28. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori PARENT’S PARTICIPATION 1. We seek parents' continuous cooperation and participation in making their child a 'Brainy Star'. 2. The child should carry the diary to school every day. 3. The rules mentioned in the communication book of the school have to be read and strictly followed. 4. Personal details have to be filled and duly signed. 5. Parents are requested to check diary every day, though the assignment is not given on daily basis. Diary may contain information to parents and sometimes an activity meant for either child or parents. 6. Parents are requested to observe discipline of the school. Discipline makes a child to become a star. 7. Parents are advised not to adorn their child with gold ornaments. 8. Parents are requested to keep ready their children before time, if they are availing transport facility. Likewise they should be ready while they are returned from school. 9. If any parent would like to discuss academic or administrative issues they are requested to seek appointment either with Principal or Administrator. 10. We appreciate your suggestions or complaints. 11. “Early to sleep and early to rise” is the Islamic concept. Practice this noble habit with your children. This is sunnah also. Wake up children early morning offer them a glass of milk. Give them a light breakfast. Some parents don't feed breakfast in their home, instead they send “heavy lunch box” with the children. We request to the parents that mother can feed children better than teacher. Teachers have to look after fifteen students. So it is requested to feed breakfast in home and send light lunch box, free from junk food. 12. Do not send your child to the campus if he/she is found to be having fever or signs of fever. 13. Do not send your child to the campus if he/she is found to be catching cold, flu or running nose or signs of any of them. 14. We do not encourage parents to let their children carry bags unless if necessary. 15. Please ensure your child arrives at the campus on time. 16. Please ensure your child is fetched from the campus on time. 17. Please ensure that fees are paid in due time. 18. If your child is absent for more than 2 days consecutively, please inform us accordingly. 19. Do not let your child carry any valuable items such as money, jewellery, watch or any other things that may attract other children's attention. We shall not be held liable for any loss of personal belongings within the premise. 20. Kindly label all belongings of your child especially bag to avoid confusion. 21. As we do not encourage high intake of sugar, please refrain from filling up your child's water bottle with sweet drinks. 27
  29. 29. Parents’ handbook Brainy Stars Islamic Montessori PARENT’S ASSOCIATION “It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts... it is to teach them to think...” -Robert Hutchins The Brainy Stars education foundation has promoted ‘Brainy Parent’s Association’. This association will work with the co-ordination of Brainy Stars education Foundation’s teaching staff and the management. The Objective of the Association is to make families more prosperous and happy by continuous reformation (Tazkiya). The families should try to adopt the values enshrined in Quran and Sunnah. The Association will conduct various programmes including parenting class. The Association will organize workshops on “the art of successful marriage” in association with DMS Human Rights Organization. 28
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