Grades 1 & 2
10am – 3pm Mondays and Tuesdays
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Students join us on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm for a Waldorf-inspired schedule that includes circle time, yoga, gardening and nature studies, music, language arts, math, art and handwork, foreign language, snack and lunch time, and outdoor playtimes.
Our program uses Earthschooling curriculum for a complete year’s worth of education for your child. Teachers provide at-home lessons for the other days of the week based on the Earthschooling curriculum. The teacher will differentiate lessons for grades 1 & 2 based on developmental appropriateness. First grade students will spend two years in this class, therefore material is not repeated, but presented in a two-year cycle.
Students in this class are ready for academic exploration and are engaged in learning through movement, stories, and art. Students create their first writing and arithmetic books in this class.
In Grades 1 & 2, our students have a main teacher who they spend most of their time with. This teacher is the contact person for the at-home lesson plans. Our Grades 1 & 2 Main Teacher is Ms. Kelly. Specialty teachers will come into the classroom for yoga, class play, cultural movement & storytelling, and art.
Language Arts Main Lesson
Recess and Snack Time
Art and Handwork (Monday); Yoga (Tuesday)
Cultural Movement and Storytelling (Monday); Class Play (Tuesday)
During Circle Time the teacher will lead the class through movement games, songs, math exercises, and poetry recitation.
Language Arts main lessons will be based on Animal Fables, Trickster Tales, and Folk Tales, Fairy Tales. Storytelling, art activities, practice with writing, grammar, spelling, poetry, and public speaking may all be infused into this time and the teacher will differentiate instruction based on student skill-level.
Math will introduce and continue with the four processes — addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Mental math is introduced, and they will also be work with graphing skills, skip counting, and geometry. Math also has an artistic component.
Snack and lunch times, and outdoor times, will be incorporated into the day so that students have a natural balance of active play time and time to quietly focus.
Part of our outdoor time will be free play, and the other part will be focused on gardening and nature studies where students will be exposed to topics such as flower and plant studies, pollinators, insects, nature crafts and more. Gardening class will engage students in the education, planning, and executing of a garden. We will learn how to build a garden, how to maintain it, and how to harvest the plants we grow. The aim of this class is to show children the importance of growing our own food, and how rewarding that can be. Ms. Tamara will teach garden and nature studies.
Cultural Movement & Storytelling will be fun time of movement, dancing, singing, and culture-rich stories.
Art will consist of a variety of activities ranging from crafts, puppets, drawing, painting, and modeling. Art is the foundation for creativity and innovation, it can be centered on a theme or free flowing, and it’s also a time to teach children to take pride in their work and to sometimes move at a slower, more peaceful, pace.
Yoga class for kids looks much different from yoga class for adults! Through movement, mindfulness, music, and breath, we will come together to cultivate a joyful calm; and set the stage for a day of learning and fun.
Class Play is a time for the students to work with a script in preparation for an end-of-semester performance for parents.
Form Drawing is an exercise in which students practice a freehand drawing of a form or figure. For example, students may practice drawing spirals in the air, on paper, with the right hand and left hand, and sometimes with their toes! Form drawing is believed to help develop the fine motor skills as a preparation and support for writing. It strengthens hand-eye coordination, and form drawing also works in the other direction — the movement of the hand also educates the brain. Form drawing is also a form of art and gets more and more complex as the child ages thereby developing the aesthetic sense. It also teaches thinking but in a non-intellectual way; it trains the intelligence to be flexible, able to follow and understand a complicated line of thought.
Preparation and celebrations of Festivals and Seasons is a time to prepare for, learn about, and celebrate upcoming festivals and seasons. This will be a time for storytelling, art, crafting, literature, poetry, song, and excitement. Examples of festivals or seasonal days include Martinmas, Michaelmas, Christmas, Candlemas, St. Nicholas Day, May Day, and more. We will work on crafts and art projects to further enhance your family celebrations at home. We will not focus on the religious aspects at school, but encourage you to do so at home or make it your own in however works best for your family. These special festivals are integral to the rhythm of life and passing of the seasons. In celebrating seasonal holidays, the goal is to develop in the child (and adult) a sense of the rhythm of the seasons and the passage of time, and a sense that there is something bigger than himself.
“The original idea of any sacred festival is to make the human being look upward from his dependence on earthly things to those things that transcend the Earth.” – Rudolf Steiner
Even more than that, though, we take these moments as opportunities to show gratitude both for the time we’ve been granted together, and anticipation of the gifts of time that lies ahead.
Waldorf Answers explains our focus on festivals further:
“Seasonal festivals serve to connect humanity with the rhythms of nature and of the cosmos. The festivals originated in ancient cultures, yet have been adapted over time. To join the seasonal moods of the year, in a festive way, benefits the inner life of the soul. Celebrating is an art. There is joy in the anticipation, the preparation, the celebration itself, and the memories.”