Teachers vary the pace of instruction in the basic skills, enabling each child to achieve both personal and academic success. In small groups, as part of whole class activities, and in one-to-one sessions with teachers, opportunities are provided to encourage children to become active and independent learners.
The curriculum at the First Program is extended through numerous field trips that utilize the many resources of the city, as well as through Tunas's liaisons with The Museum of Art, The Museum of Natural History, and other institutions. These trips are an integral part of the children's educational experience. A full day nature study trip for third graders is a highlight of the program.