Lower School

Our grades curriculum meets the children at every stage of development through academics, art, music and close connection to nature. Materials are presented in a way that appeals to the child's sense of wonder and inner imagination laying a strong foundation for higher learning. In addition to regular academics, other subjects include language, handwork, music, movement, and agricultural arts. All students spend ample time outdoors and are involved in animal care on our farm.

The Waldorf Curriculum Through the Grades

First Grade - Entering the Kingdom of Childhood with a sense of wonder and imagination. Fairy Tales/Nature Stories

  • Language Arts: Letter formation and sounds to symbols, story review supporting sequencing – reading comprehension, sight words, speech exercises, rhymes, poetry, phonemic awareness, reading simple verses/stories, writing simple verses and stories, capitalization, simple punctuation
  • Arithmetic: Number formation, quality/number sense, 4 processes, whole to parts, mental math, skip counting. 
  • Form Drawing, movement, song, pentatonic flute, drawing, painting, modeling, bean bags, class play
  • Additional Subjects: Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy


Second Grade - Exploring the highs and lows of human potential and the relationship between choices and consequences. Holy People/Fables

  • Language Arts: continued support with reading, reading simple books, writing teacher composed summaries of stories heard, sentence writing, speech exercises, calendar work
  • Arithmetic: Multiplication facts, more mental math, more work with 4 processes, column adding, double digit addition, place value, borrowing carrying, time, number patterns, 
  • Form Drawing, movement, poetry, song, pentatonic flute, speech, drawing, painting, modeling, bean bags, class play 
  • Additional Subjects: Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy


Third Grade - Self-reliance through practical problem solving: Farming/ Cooking/ Building Shelters/ Hebrew Legends/ Creation Stories

  • Language Arts: Grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, spelling rules, nouns, verbs, adjectives, writing sentences and paragraphs, speech exercises
  • Arithmetic: solidification of times tables through 12, measurement, prime numbers, long division, money Practical Arts: house building, shelters, farming, gardening, textiles, cooking
  • Form Drawing, movement, poetry, song, C flute, drawing, painting, modeling, bean bags, class play
  • Additional Subjects: Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy


Fourth Grade - Emotional self-awareness and objective reasoning. Norse Mythology/ Local History/Geography/ Zoology

  • Language Arts: verb tenses, adverbs, prepositions, personal pronouns, work with grammatical rules, plurals, abbreviations, composition writing, spelling, rules and tests, abbreviations, poetry, letter writing, book reports, speech exercises
  • Arithmetic: fractions, factorization, averages, word problems
  • Form Drawing, movement, poetry, song, recorder, speech, drawing, painting, modeling, bean bags, class play
  • Additional Subjects: Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy, Orchestra (Strings) 


Fifth Grade - Harmony at the mid point between childhood and adolescence. Ancient India, Persia, Egypt, Greece/ US Geography/ Botany / Olympics

  • Language Arts: active and passive verbs, use of capitals, antonyms composition writing with an emphasis on descriptive writing, book reports, letter writing, spelling, punctuation, synonyms, homonyms, syntax, dictionary, spelling
  • Arithmetic: decimals, mixed numbers, reciprocals, the Metric system, free hand geometric drawing
  • Form Drawing, movement, poetry, song, recorder, drawing, painting, modeling, class play
  • Additional Subjects: Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy, Orchestra (Strings), Woodworking


Sixth Grade - Seeking balance between individuality and the desire to belong. Rome/ Islam/ Geography of North & South America/ Geometry/ Geology

  • Language Arts: subjunctive mood, conditional sentences, transitive and intransitive verbs, possessive and objective nouns, adjectives, usage, phrases and clauses, comparative adverbs, sentence diagramming, review eight parts of speech, expository writing, paragraphs, narration – descriptive and expositive, contrasts, outlining, business letters, spelling, speech exercises
  • Arithmetic: Interest, profit and loss, percentage, ratio, exchange, money, proportion, estimation, mathematical sentences, introduce equations, geometry
  • Movement, poetry, song, recorder, drawing, painting, modeling, class play
  • Additional Subjects: Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy, Orchestra (Strings), Woodworking

Age guidelines for each grade:
1st Grade - Child will have turned 6 by June 1 prior to entering 1st grade.
2nd Grade - Child will have turned 7 by June 1 prior to entering 2nd grade.
3rd Grade - Child will have turned 8 by June 1 prior to entering 2nd grade.
4th Grade - Child will have turned 9 by June 1prior to entering 4th grade.
5th Grade - Child will have turned 10 by June 1 prior to entering 5th grade.

 
Play is the highest form of research.
— Albert Einstein