First Grade

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

            —Albert Einstein

Learning How to Learn

First grade is a new beginning: blossoming first graders not only begin academic learning, they also begin learning how to learn. First grade is structured to provide children with ample opportunities to exercise their growing social skills and to learn fairy tales and stories from nature, both in story and dramatic form. Learning the alphabet is enlivened through drawing forms and writing letters; deep exploration of arithmetic’s four processes—addition, subtraction, multiplication and division—makes the abstract concrete. As with all grades in the Waldorf curriculum, the Subjects scaffold the Main Lesson for an all-encompassing approach to learning.

Main Lesson Block

  • Fairy Tales from around the world
  • Nature Study

  • Whole numbers, Roman numerals, four operations, mental math

  • Letters through stories

  • Tongue twisters

  • Poetry

  • Speech

Subject Classes


  • Pentatonic Songs

  • Interval Flutes

  • Folk Songs

Practical and Fine Arts

  • Form drawing

  • Beeswax modeling

  • Watercolor painting

  • Drama

  • Knitting

Movement/Spacial Dynamics™

  • Large muscle activities through games and group movement – precision movement
  • Folk dancing
  • Eurythmy (2 six -week blocks)


  • Spanish: oral learning through poetry, stories, songs, crafts and games

  • Mandarin

Download the comprehensive First Grade Curriculum.



Every student in grades 1-8

plays a musical instrument.  

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