"Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be beaten."
- G.K. CHESTERTON, author and literary and art critic
The first grade is a time of exponential growth and discovery, as the students begin to leave the bubble of early childhood behind and experience the wholeness of the world.
The foundation for academics is one that ignites a life-long love of learning by integrating complex concepts into stories, rhymes, games, art and movement. First graders gain confidence in their ability to adapt to new knowledge and skills by using these familiar methods. The rich and diverse curriculum challenges the students, while still allowing their sense of wonder and imagination to flourish.
As the children grow together as a class, it is vital and central to the curriculum that healthy social relationships are promoted and nurtured. The class learns how to work together as a group and how to respect each other’s strengths and challenges. Their social skills expand further as they are paired with an Eighth Grade Buddy to help make those first steps into the grade school world more comfortable.
Your first grader will learn:
Mathematics: Number patterns, qualities and concepts, the four operations, Roman Numerals and Arabic Numerals
Language Arts: Letters and vocabulary through pictures, poems, and storytelling
Literature: Folk, fairy tales and myths
Science: Nature and observational studies
Spanish: Greetings, colors, numbers, parts of the body, animals, basic phrases, songs
Physical Education: Teamwork, cooperative games, jump rope, parachute play
Handwork: Making knitting needles, basic knitting stitch leads to increasingly complex projects like scarves, flute cases, and animals
Art: Watercolor painting, clay and beeswax modeling, form drawing
Theater: Class play complementing first grade curriculum, role in community-wide Michaelmas Festival
Music: Singing, flute
Field trips are used to enrich the classroom learning. Prior Waldorf experience is not needed to attend first grade. Classes are filled on a first come/first serve basis.
Schedule: (M, T, W, F) 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m & (Thursdays) 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Drop-off opens at 7:30 a.m. & After Care Available