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First Impressions

782 Rogers Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

(718) 462-5009

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Even though our school is predominantly teacher led. instruction includes free play with some structure as we value children's feelings

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • books, blocks , abacus
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • tapes and cd's
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught social studies and current events

From the Director:

Our approach to the curriculam is one that includes learning through play. There is always some form of structure and then the overall child is targeted. We try the holistic approach- play and structure.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We try to cater to each individual child's needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

First Impressions Nursery School invites children to learn by doing, in a cheerful, lively, stimulating and resourceful environment. Children are encouraged to play, experiment, observe, manipulate, question, listen, talk and discover. the environment is stable and reliable, yet flexible enough to accommodate new interests. IT is for development of the whole child. children will feel that they belong here and grow.

A Typical Day

free play
breakfast circle time
station with teacher encouragement
teacher led instruction
nap time
free play/ station with teacher encouragement.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an open house, parent teacher conferences and report cards 3 times a year. Parents are aided with elementary school selections and programs that the child would be eligible to apply to. The final decision is up to the parent.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

Works with child on individual basis.