Program Goals & Curriculum

Spiritual Goals
  1. The children will become familiar with the person of Jesus Christ.
  2. The children will learn that God loves them and made them uniquely special.
  3. The children will grow in their ability to love one another.
Educational Goals
  1. To improve and expand the child’s mental processes, to enhance his/her ability to think, reason and speak clearly.
  2. To help the child in his/her social and emotional development by encouraging self-confidence, self-expression, self-discipline and curiosity.
  3. To help children obtain wider and more varied experiences which will broaden their horizons, increase their ease and skill in conversation and improve their understanding of the world in which they live.
  4. To give the child the opportunity to experience success. 
  5. To develop a climate of confidence in which the child can learn more readily.
  6. To help both the child and his/her family achieve greater confidence, self-respect and dignity.

First Discoveries utilizes a learning center approach to curriculum and covers introductions to numerous concepts and skills. Click below to learn a little bit more about what our daily learning centers include:

Allows children the opportunity to develop small muscles; fine motor control; visual-motor perception; space, color, size, line, texture, shape and contrast awareness; aesthetic sensitivity; expression of emotions; creativity; language; eye-hand coordination; and self-concept and esteem. 
Provides experiences which develop skills in connecting; disconnecting; inserting; taking out; fitting; matching; recognize differences in shape, form, size, texture, weight, numbers, letters and proportion. 
Helps instill a love of books, literature and words in children. As they “read” books to themselves, they learn a respect for ideas and have an opportunity to develop aesthetic appreciation. 
Includes at least two different kinds of experiences. Unit blocks enable children to have some control over their environment; develop large muscles, language and creativity; and learn about balance, volume, weight, numbers and spatial relationships. Hollow blocks oblige children to use different muscles which require greater strength. They also provide opportunities to experience “horizontal,” “rectangular,” “symmetric” and “balance.” 
Gives children the opportunity to understand their lives and environments as they integrate what they are learning and feeling through imitation. As their language skills and creativity develops, dramatic play encourages them to use symbolic objects in place of concrete objects.
Offers experiences in nature appreciation, valuing God’s creatures as an integral part of the world; develops comparison, observations and differentiation; and develops an understanding of sequence, eye-hand coordination, visual perception and work habits. 
We provide opportunities for children to grow in differentiating textures (like sand, water and rice); using descriptive language; experiencing volume and weight; solving problems; and sharing spaces with others. 
Helps children develop auditory perception and auditory motor control. They also become able to coordinate musical sounds to different ways of moving. Listening to and producing music helps them with awareness of such words as fast and slow or soft and loud
Available to enable children to develop strength and coordination. They also gain experience in balance, volume, number, texture, eye-hand coordination, use of symbols, problem solving, language development and social interaction. 
Provides the opportunity for children to practice listening skills; participate in group activities; increase attention-span; and experience routine, turn-taking, asking questions and being a part of a group.