Early Childhood


The Edmonton Islamic Academy Early Childhood Program offers a comprehensive program for preschool and kindergarten children who have been identified with additional needs such as speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy and/or educational psychology.  The teamteacher, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and psychologistaddress the needs of each individual child and provide the necessary services in cooperation with the parents.  Individual Program Plans (IPPs) are provided for each student in the Program Unit Funding (PUF) and mild/moderate learning needs.  These programs provide intensive help for each child before entering Grade One.


As part of the Early Childhood Program, Family Oriented Program Sessions (FOPS) are provided for children and their families.  FOPS are designed for families to participate in engaging and fun activities that will encourage the development of the children’s speech, language and literacy skills, to foster their emotional and social growth and to improve fine and gross motor skills.  Sessions are designed to offer parents support in assisting their child’s developmental and educational needs.  When parents take an active role in their child’s learning, they will see great growth in their child’s development.


Family Orientation Program Sessions (FOPS) 2014/2015


  • September – Ride Safely on the Bus – Kindergarten (September 18 & 19) and Preschool (December 3 & 4) - parents and children will learn the rules for riding the bus, how to safely board the bus and how to escape in the event of an accident.
  • October – The Early Years – What is Important for Life Long Success – Preschool (October 23) and Kindergarten (October 28) - parents will learn how important play is to later development.  Children will enjoy a PJ party with a puppet show, snack, craft and a visit from Polly Panda!
  • November 26 – My Child is a Picky Eater – What Should I Do?! – This practical, interactive workshop will focus on addressing parent’s questions around developing healthy routines and eating habits in children – specifically for those children who are ‘picky eaters’.
  • January 22 – Raising Responsible Children – the speaker will challenge parents to adopt a positive view of discipline and provide them with a number of practical, common-sense strategies for raising responsible children.
  • January 28 – My Child is a Picky Eater – Follow Up Session 2.
  • February 20 – Eye See, I Learn – parents and kindergarten students will learn the importance of taking care of their eyes and the role vision plays in learning.
  • February 24 – How Do I Get My Child to Bed on Time?! – Parents will learn the importance of sleep, a bedtime routine, how to set their child up for sleep success and some handy sleep ‘tools’.
  • March – No Batteries Required – Learn How To Use Games to Build Language and Literacy – Kindergarten (March 11) and Preschool (March 18) – parents and children will learn how to play a variety of board games that will strengthen reading and math skills, strengthen cooperative play and enhance fine motor skills.
  • March – Parenting 101 – Topic and date to be announced.
  • April – Fit and Fun!  Get Your Child Moving! – Kindergarten (April 13) and Preschool (April 20) – parents and children will learn the importance of physical activity and how to get fit while having fun!
  • April – Parenting 102 – Topic and date to be announced.
  • April 29 – My Child is a Picky Eater – Follow-up Session 3.
  • May – Parenting 103 – Topic and date to be announced.
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