Family First Learning Center in Canton offers a developmentally appropriate academic preschool program unparalleled in southeast Michigan. What makes us different?
Phonics & Early Reading
We offer an effective preschool curriculum that teaches children to read using phonics. We assess each child during our admission process and place him or her into a classroom based on readiness and developmental level instead of age. That way we can help your child reach their next milestone more quickly.
If your child knows all of his or her letters and sounds already, it doesn’t make sense to be in the same classroom with a child who is just learning the alphabet, even if they are both four years old. Likewise if you are the parent of the child just learning his or her ABCs, it is better for your child to be in a class with other children that are learning the exact same concepts. This way each classroom doesn’t have students that are “way ahead” and “way behind” with a teacher trying to teach to the middle. The result is happier students and teachers, and fewer problem behaviors because all the students are on the same page.
Don’t despair if your child is just learning his or her alphabet! That is right where he or she should be! Your child will be ready for kindergarten. We will use phonics to teach letters and sounds together at the same time. We have been honing and refining this method to teach children to read since 2008, and have since added other essential academic skills to help your child excel in kindergarten and beyond.
Early reading gives your child an unmatched advantage in kindergarten. Early readers stay ahead academically of other students, have higher self-esteem, and higher attention spans. These advantages follow them throughout their academic careers.
Gross Motor Development
During the 2017-2018 school year we debuted the motor moms & dads program during our morning classes. Preschool students are often deficient in the gross motor development that is essential for academic progress in school, and this program aims to bridge that gap. Here is a great handout to read about the link between motor skills and test scores: http://www.wvearlychildhood.org/resources/A5Handout1.pdf
Math & Spatial Development
Early math skills include counting forwards and backwards, number recognition and representation, patterns, spatial sense (geometry), puzzles and problem solving. Other math skills include time, sorting, ordering, matching, and other essential skills. Math skills are often incorporated into circle time and centers activities.
Fine Motor Skills
Your child will need to develop fine motor skills to develop the ability to write, cut with scissors, tie shoes, and dress independently. We incorporate various activities to strengthen hand and finger muscles, practice grasping and manipulating objects, using small tools likes tweezers, and yes, writing with various tools to develop these skills.
Our program also allows for both child-directed and adult-directed activities. Your child will have daily opportunities to explore and learn on his own in addition to being guided by caring and attentive teachers.
Art & Crafts
We use open-ended art in an developmentally appropriate manner for children to express themselves. That’s the “art” part. Crafts are items that are supposed to look a certain way, like a plant that has its roots in the soil, because that’s how it grows. The sun is above the leaves because that’s how the plant gets its food. In preschool subjects overlap! So a craft may have a teaching purpose.
Here at Family First, our Loving God and His Son Jesus are at the center of everything we do. Our Bible time is interactive to make it memorable for our students. We often role play or otherwise make it a fun experience. We go through one event per week and include a memorization verse. Even our young class members do a great job memorizing, and it boosts their confidence to be able to recite from memory in front of their classmates.
We use movement, art, stories, holidays, and history to listen to and appreciate classical music.
We use centers, art, outdoor and indoor play, adult and child directed experiences, as well as books and the children’s own lives and adventures at own to teach science. For the preschooler, something is real and can be learned about when you can touch it and play with it and share it with your family and friends.
Social and Emotional Development
We help guide your child through the stages of social and emotional development. Children this age are navigating cooperative play, sharing, turn taking, impulse control, expressing emotions, asking for what they want from friends and adults (rather than taking what they want), learning conflict resolution, managing attention span, and so much more! Your child’s emotional development is just as important as his or her cognitive development. A child who has trouble managing emotions and is overwhelmed by them during circle time isn’t able to learn the academic skills that are being taught.
Give your kids a head start by helping them with their feelings:Read How to Help Preschoolers With Big Feelings
The Child Mind Institute is a great resource for helping kids calm down, and manage all sorts of social-emotional issues.
Schedule a Visit
We offer half day, full day, and daycare programs for preschool age children. We know parents work so we are open from 6:30 AM until 6:30 PM. Schedule a visit today to see for yourself how the program at Family First can benefit your child.