The school is designed and structured identical to a center-based program. A maximum of six students are enrolled at one time, creating an opportunity for children to receive rich individualized instruction, thereby allowing them to reach their full potential.
Arts and Crafts, Music Appreciation, Science and Math Lessons, Games, AM/PM Snacks, Lunch, Pre-Kindergarten Readiness Program, Annual Skill Assessments.
Kids First believes that a child’s self-image is the most important ingredient in the learning process and that play is vital to a child’s learning and each child is unique in his or her mental capacities, emotions, skills and interests. The center offers experiences that will enrich and enhance each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development. We offer a balance of self and teacher-directed activities, so that the child may develop a positive self-concept. Opportunities for solitary play as well as group activities are provided. We respect the parents right as the primary and most important provider of care and nurturing and believe that together, parents and teachers can provide children with a feeling of self-competence and instill important cognitive concepts and promote sharing and cooperation.
All children at Kids First Learning Center must be potty trained in order to attend. The program is not designed to meet the needs of children in diapers.
The standard recommended age range levels for developmental placements are the following:
- Beginner Level 2½—3
- Intermediate Level 3—4½
- Pre-Kindergarten Level 4½—5
Kids First Learning Center curriculum components are Circle Time, Themes, Language Development, Reading Readiness, Math Readiness, Learning Centers, Art/Science/Cooking, Music, Sign-Language and Motor Movement. The purpose of these components is to provide an educational atmosphere in which children are encouraged to be productive and creative, developing an appreciation for education and a love of learning, educating the whole child—cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically. Emphasis is placed on learning through manipulative toys.
7:30-8:30 Arrival Time (Activities; Coloring, Manipulative Toys, Computer)
8:30-9:00 Early Recess (Outside or Inside Free Play)
9:00-9:15 Lesson Time (Pre-Kindergarten Readiness Program)
9:15-9:30 Circle Time
9:30-10:30 Activity Time
11:00-11:30 Center Time (Manipulative Toys, Science, Music, and Block Play)
11:30-12:00 Recess (Outside or Inside Free Play)
12:30-2:30 Rest Time
2:30-3:00 Circle Time (Wake Up, Story)
3:00-3:30 Activity Time
3:30-4:00 Snack Time
4:00-5:00 Recess (Outside or Inside Free Play—Story or Centers)
5:00-5:30 Quiet Time (Outside or Inside Games, Books or Coloring)