The Waldorf approach is to include art in our Main Lesson learning, whether it be Language Arts or Mathematics. In addition, depending on your chosen package, each child will receive an enrichment afternoon including painting and creative crafts.
Each day during our Main Lesson work we will learn songs and learn to play the recorder. In addition, the Waldorf circle including seasonal songs and poetry will be an integral part of our day.
Movement is a very important part to a young child's learning. We will move our bodies regularly through circle activities, counting games, nature/garden explorations, dancing, and more.
Language Arts, the way we communicate with each other is a very important part of grades 1 and 2. Through fairytale stories in grade 1 we introduce the letters and expand on how they relate to language with phonics and spelling patterns. We learn to write a simple sentence with proper structure and form. In grade 2 we celebrate the duality of the child's development and hear stories about animal fables and of saints. We use these stories and imagery to deepen our ability to write and to read.
In grades 1 and 2 the young child is building their number sense and the relationships numbers have to each other. In first grade we start with 1, the greatest number of all. 1 earth, 1 me. We build on the numbers and their qualities through story and imagery introducing simple addition and subtraction facts. In grade 2 we continue to build on this knowledge also with story and imagery introducing skip counting as well as simple multiplication and division. Movement becomes paramount as we build these math skills.
Connecting to the natural world is a large part of Wild Acorns philosophy. Unstructured play in nature is paramount to a child's healthy development. Thus, nature experiences will be prevalent in our enrichment program. In addition, handwork, painting, crafting, building, gardening will all be an important part of this program as well.