First Fives

What is First Fives?

First Fives is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5 years old between September and December. It gives young learners a head start and provides them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic or social needs.

  • It helps children adjust to the school environment and develop strong learning skills.
  • First Fives provides children with the gift of time to learn skills that will help them build a strong foundation for success in elementary school.
  • First Fives gives children the opportunity to spend time learning important social, emotional, and academic skills that will help them succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
  • First Fives provides young 5 year olds with an opportunity to start their kindergarten experience with children their own age and a teacher who can tailor lessons to their needs.

First Fives is a program designed for our younger students to provide opportunities for guided growth before experiencing kindergarten.


Is First Fives Right For My Child?

First Fives is designed for children who:

  • Are eligible to attend kindergarten, having turned five on or before September 1, 2017; (signed waiver for 9/1-12/1)
  • Are developmentally young
  • Will benefit from classroom instruction designed with more frequent movement, reduced length of instructional periods, increased use of manipulative and motor activities and a focus on to social and emotional development

The Ferndale Schools Kindergarten curriculum serves as the basis for the First Fives program with instruction provided in all core content areas. Pre-reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are emphasized as are mathematics skills.

Benefits of First Fives

For Your Child

  • Opportunity to learn through play
  • Experience with other children to help develop strong social emotional skills and positive self -esteem
  • Exposure to educational materials to help develop strong literacy skills
  • Small class sizes for greater student teacher interactions
  • Full day program to acclimate to a kindergarten schedule
  • Participation in individual, small -group, and large -group activities
  • Professional educators with experience in early childhood development

For Parents

  • Early connection with your child’s school
  • Opportunity to take a more active role in your child’s formal education
  • Knowledge that your child is getting the benefits of professional educators as part of the early learning team.

Your child will experience a rich learning environment through the First Fives program at Ferndale Lower Elementary School.


What Your Child Will Learn


  • Identify shapes (2D & 3D)
  • Identify position of objects (beside, next to, above)
  • Count to 50 by 1’s
  • Recognize and write numbers 1-10
  • Demonstrate 1:1 correspondence
  • Identify and create patterns
  • Experiment with measurement
  • Sort by attributes
  • Understand More/Less Concepts

Motor Skills

  • Strengthen hand muscles through cutting, coloring, drawing, and painting
  • Develop hand-eye coordination
  • Print first name with a capital letter at the beginning, followed by lower case letter(s)
  • Show control in jumping, hopping, catching, running, and balancing.
  • Grip writing utensils correctly

Literacy Skills

  • Express ideas and feelings
  • Share and listen for information
  • Answer questions about stories
  • Hear Rhymes
  • Identify uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Identify letter sounds
  • Recognize first name in print
  • Express self in dramatic play
  • Show interest in writing
  • Write using pictures and symbols
  • Develop vocabulary
  • Develop concepts of print