Welcome to the Lote Tree Learning Center!
The Lote Tree Learning Center is created to provide a space where children can learn and grow, within the context of Islam, in a manner that builds their confidence and identity. A place where they can become the leaders of tomorrow, with an all-round education, connected to their beloved prophet Muhammad (saws) and their Creator and allows them to view the world from an Islamic perspective without sacrificing academic quality of education.
Primary Grades 1-4
During the primary years (grades 1-4), students will cover the basic skills of reading, asking questions and independence. Students are encouraged to ask questions about everything and look for the answers to their questions where appropriate.
We like to incorporate games within learning to help kids enjoy the process. You can teach much more if children are having fun. Students apply what they learn through hands on craft and activities so we can reinforce what they learned in the lessons. Independence is an important skill to learn. We give our students little independent tasks to work on so they can get a sense of accomplishment and feel confident.
Middle Grades (5-8)
During the middle years (grade 5 through 8), students will cycle through the same historical periods and science topics as in the primary years, but they will learn how to make connections and study biographies. They will increasingly learn how to ask questions and extract information from a text. On top of that, middle graders will learn several note taking skills, and how to present the information from a text into a graphic. Information is offered, processed and represented in different formats. As during primary years, students will do a lot of hands-on activities and experiments. Reading literature becomes an inmportant part of their Language Arts. During these years, hadith is added as an additional course.
High School (9-12)
For high school (grades 9 through 12), we follow the American system with 26 credit points for graduation. High school students will take the core subjects and several electives, of which one is the Arabic language. During the high school years, students will fous more on critical thinking and analyses of texts. They will continue and improve their inquiry skills and dive in depth into the resources. High schoolers are expected to do more research and writing. Through electives students can explore where there interests for college and university might lie.
We teach all core curriculum courses, according to the American homeschooling curriculums. In addition, we also teach Deen and Arabic. We integrate the Islamic topics throughout our school days, especially through social studies and science. We have a unique approach to teaching called IDEALS. All subject materials are aligned to the Common Core Standards of the USA. The materials for Social Studies grades 1-8 and Science for grades 1-4 are designed by Lote Tree Learning to integrate the Islamic topics into the contents. We also place importance on skills training and independent learning, because we believe this fosters life-long learning. All of our programs integrate life skills and independent study skills.
For high school (grades 9 through 12), we follow the American system with 26 credit points for graduation. High school students will take the core subjects and several electives, of which one is the Arabic language.
We individualize the learning process for students, which is called Individualized Learning Pathways, or ILPs for short. Individualization means that a student can progress faster through a subject if he/she grasps the concepts well. The opposite is also true; if a student needs more time on a subject, we can assign more time to this particular subject without holding the student back in other subjects.
We value students' ownership of their learning process, so we allow students to give input in how and when they wish to complete their tasks. Scheduling their work for the week is one of the important skills our students learn from early on. As a result, our students are engaged and involved in their own learning, and often suggest solutions for challenges and problems they may encounter. This develops life-long learners.
Our classes are vertical classes, which means there are two grade levels (and sometimes more, like in high school classes) within one class. Having different grade levels in the same classrooms is very beneficial for students. When the teacher works with one level students and explains a concept, the older grades often pick up on this explanation and absorb it as a revision. Often, we find older students assisting younger students with their questions as well. This fosters responsibility in the older students. For younger students, they find an example and buddy for support in the older students.
Every class has a homeroom teacher that teaches and supervises all subjects. This is similar to homeschooling, where the parent teaches the child all subjects. Having a homeroom teacher allows the teacher to view the student in a holistic manner: what are his/her strengths, weaknesses and talents. Subsequently, the teacher can individualize the program for each student. Since our curriculum is based upon the homeschooling programs, students learn in a highly independent manner. The higher the grade, the more independent the student becomes, allowing the teacher to function more as a facilitator.
All of our students attend their live daily sessions from Sunday to Thursday, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm +2 GMT. Our Primary students have instruction time until about 12 pm, after which they work on small individual tasks or hands-on activities. For middle or high school students the day ends officially at 2:30 pm, but if they have completed their tasks for the day, students are free to engage in free play, usage of our library or relax and meditate. Usually, there is no homework after their school sessions, leaving them with more time to explore and excel in their unique talents.
Our unique approach to learning is summed up in the acronym IDEALS which covers several methodologies and skills we believe should be covered in all educational programs whether for primary students or adults. IDEALS stands for
Inquiry Based Learning
Lens of Islam
Learn more about our IDEALS approach here.