First Grade
First grade acts as a bridge between the kindergarten and the grade school years. It begins with the discovery that behind all forms are two basic principles: the straight and the curved line. Children find these shapes in their own bodies, in the classroom, and in the world beyond. Straight and curved lines are then practiced through walking, drawing in the air and sand, on the blackboard, and finally, on paper. These form drawings train motor skills, awaken children’s powers of observation, and provide a foundation for introducing the alphabet, which is done in an imaginative, artistic manner.

Language arts skills include: an introduction to phonics, printing, memorization and recitation of poetry, fairy tales, folk tales and classic children’s literature. Not every child can read independently by the end of first grade, but all gain a profoundly rich language experience. All four operations are introduced in arithmetic. Students practice simple addition and subtraction facts; they count rhythmically by twos, threes, fives, etc., in order to begin learning the multiplication tables; and they use manipulatives to learn about division and reinforce their multiplication skills..
Development by Grade:   
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
5th 6th 7th 8th
Summer Tea & Play
June 21 and July 12, 2016
Followed by a guided Hike.

Fun for you and your child (0-6 yrs)
Gym & Movement Development Course
June 26 - July 3, 2016
Course for Teachers, Parents and other adults.
“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

Aurora Waldorf School
Parent-Toddler through Grade 8
525 West Falls Road, West Falls, NY 14170
Phone: (716) 655-2029     Fax: (716) 655-3265