The Number Line
Place Value in Math
Playing at Recess
First grade is a time of gentle transition for students at BVWS! At this age, the children are often living primarily in the realm of feeling, so each academic subject will be approached in conjunction with an artistic activity.
The year begins with form drawing, and transitions to writing. The child’s imagination is captured through the many stories that are brought to him and out of which arise the letters of the alphabet. In a living way these stories and letters will then become the basis for our writing and reading. In math, the children will start learning addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will begin with the learning of number sense and real world examples. Through these stories students will learn how numbers live in the world around us.
Singing in the classroom and in music class is a big part of the children’s day. In the Waldorf First Grade, students learn knitting and other handcrafts. This work with the fingers helps the dexterity and coordination in the hands as well as in the thinking process. This and much more will be discovered through beeswax modeling, foreign languages, movement, verses and poems of substance, which the children love to recite over and over again.
In the First Grade, a strong foundation is carefully built. In this way harmony lives within the child and allows him to blossom and bring forth fruit in due time.