The KidsFirst Curriculum
KidsFirst emphasizes learning for all age levels from 6 weeks to 10 years. Our educators design age-appropriate discovery and socialization lessons, such as sensory-awareness activities for infants, and basic phonic skills for preschool children.
The center curriculum is taught using a cooperative learning approach. Classes are divided into small groups in which children can learn from each other under the teacher’s supervision. This method fosters individuality, creativity and curiosity by encouraging self-directed, independent learning.
Students are encouraged to learn and explore at their own pace. Teachers keep track of their achievements and ensure that each student is moving forward as he or she is ready.
Annual assessments ensure that children who “graduate" on to kindergarten from the KidsFirst program are well-prepared, confident, and proficient for their age in areas of study such as reading, science, music, art, math, and language arts.
All classroom settings have clearly labeled items to encourage sight word recognition and the development of early literacy components. Organized group story time and interactive storytelling experiences aid in the strengthening and development of memory recall skills.
Writing activities are individually tailored to each child’s personal skill set. Teachers guide the children in efforts to recognize uppercase and lowercase letters and provide daily opportunities to master the skill of writing age appropriate words and sentences.
Children are engaged in daily mathematical activities including graphing, basic addition/subtraction, counting and identify monetary increments, geometric shape recognition and sorting.
Children participate in weekly science experiences that include age appropriate experiments, gardening, class culinary activities and environmental exploration.
KidsFirst Learning Centers believe that music plays an active role in learning at all age levels. Teachers utilize music and dance within the classroom throughout the day to encourage individuality and creativity.
: Children learn social studies in the classroom, and through visits from community representatives such as policemen, firemen, doctors and dentists.
KidsFirst Learning Centers uses spacious indoor and outdoor (large muscle) areas for physical play, such as relay races, animal themed calisthenics and yoga.
Children explore their creativity in open-ended art activities by painting with many media materials -- like grape jelly, painting with fruits and vegetables, making letters with play dough, or by making jewelry with cheerios, promoting free expression. Children may display their art and discuss it with their classmates.
Children learn elementary Spanish, with vocabulary such as counting and basic words like: me, you, hand, finger, face, foot, run and play. Importantly, they learn the concept of alternative languages to English.
Children learn independence and responsibility by performing classroom jobs, mastering holding pencils, using scissors, dressing themselves and listening and following basic 2-3 step instructions, with small tasks such as setting a table or collecting papers. Children also learn to zipper, button, dress themselves and wash hands.
Children may explore defined “learning center” zones both individually and in small groups, promoting self-discovery with dramatic play, puzzles/blocks, creative art and science.
KidsFirst plans every week’s teaching theme, such as Diversity and Friendship, Music Appreciation, Radical Robotics, Community Helpers, Good Nutrition and Healthy Choices, All About Me and My Feelings, and Reduce/Reuse/Recycle. These themes are then incorporated into various KidsFirst activities; for example, during Safety Week, children learn how to behave on sidewalks, how to dial 911, with a visit by a policeman or a fireman. Other examples of themes: Community Helpers, Harvest Time, Everyone is Beautiful, Outer Space & Caterpillers.
Fresh, hot meals (never fried) are served from our licensed kitchens. Our meals are USDA-approved, and child-tested, including breakfast, two nutritious snacks, lunches of an entrée, vegetables, fruit and milk.