Each year, Sakinah Circle has a special theme. Thematic learning is an approach to learning that helps students make connections between what they are learning by infusing a unified vision of education rooted in the philosophy of education derived from the Qur’an.
In the second century of Islam, it was recognized by Muslim scholars that the three fundamental themes of the Qur’an (Tawhid, the Unicity of God, Risala (Prophethood), and Ma`ad (lit. the Return, meaning the Return of all created beings to the Creator through Resurrection) provide a lens through which a transformational approach to learning can be culled.
The philosophy of education that came into existence through this approach led to the emergence of scholars who were at home in exegesis of the Qur’an, Islamic Law, and science of Hadith, which deals with the sayings and actions of the Prophet, upon him blessings and peace, while they produced the most advanced text on cosmology, physics, material sciences, mathematics and astronomy.
Sakinah Circle employs one theme every year and infuses the Qur’anic view in all subjects at all grade-levels through the theme of the year.
Theme for the 2019-20 school year was Water. The poster for the theme shows how science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics can be taught through a unified approach, using water as the medium.