1st Grade Curriculum
In first grade the children are presented with the archetypes of the human being through fairy tales. The characters in each story represent positive attributes, such as courage, honesty and goodness that can influence the young child’s emotional intelligence and social development.
Writing is taught by introducing the alphabet through pictures, stories and sound symbols. Students learn the proper way to hold and use a variety of writing instruments. Children produce vibrant, full-page lesson books, filled with letters, words, and pictures.
Children work to remember and recite (in unison) 20-30 minute poems and stories. They retain stories and texts by repeating and reflecting on their themes, situations and outcomes—the true beginning of reading comprehension.
Literacy is built through listening, vocabulary development, poetry, and stories. Teachers are schooled in storytelling specifically for this age, and share traditional fairy tales and folk tales from around the world, including: Russian, African, Japanese & Grimms stories.
All four basic math operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) are introduced simultaneously through characterizations that demonstrate their essential quality; i.e. Dexter Divide, who always shares.
Stories that personify nature and relate its processes and qualities in experiential terms are most meaningful to the first grader. These provide a basis for scientific curiosity in the upper grades.
Students have multiple recesses and daily field trips to local parks and beaches to energize their bodies and activate their minds in social play, group dynamics, and exploration of the physical environment.
Students experience alternating 6-week blocks of German and Spanish that provide cultural exposure and develop memory, language and vocabulary skills.
Students practice beeswax modeling, “form drawing,” wet-on-wet watercolor painting and traditional drawing.
Knitting for coordination, focus and understanding patterns
Daily singing and pentatonic flute playing with class teacher; lyre and singing lessons, with special subjects teacher.
Establishes timing, coordination and spatial awareness.
FIELD TRIPS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
The class field trip usually brings students for a day to local nature centers, zoos or museums with a regional, natural and environmental theme involving animals.
Read more about the teacher's perspective for 1st grade.
STUDENT BLOCK BOOK: LETTER FORMS (or NUMERICAL OPERATIONS) MIRRORED IN STORYTELLING
Letterforms (here the "Y" in the story of "Yaweh") are foundational components in the story's narrative & imagery