Getting ready for the school year

It’s only July, but since we’ll start our school year in August I’ve started my school year shopping. We’re a homeschooling family and Waldorf-inspired. This year I have a 1st grader and 2 preschoolers and we’ll be using Oak Meadow Waldorf curriculum.

Here’s our First Grade Curriculum

Oak Meadow’s lively and engaging First Grade curriculum will help you guide your child toward solid reading and math skills while encouraging an active, inquisitive mind.Literacy skills are developed through a language-rich curriculum that focuses on stories, poems, and songs. Students progress through learning how to print upper- and lowercase letters to a study of word families and consonant blends. The imagination is sparked through fairy tales, nature stories, and traditional verses as your child develops the necessary skills and confidence to read independently.

In Social Studies, students begin to develop a sense of time and place as they encounter classic tales, make their own calendars, and draw maps of their neighborhoods. Multicultural awareness is explored through community connections and a developing sense of good citizenship.

In the Math curriculum, stories are integrated into the study of numbers, and objects from nature collected on a walk become part of learning the four mathematical processes. Students also explore sequences, patterns, counting money, and geometric shapes.

Science, Arts & Crafts, Music, and Health round out the First Grade experience. Each week students engage in observations of the natural world, express themselves through painting and crafts, develop their recorder playing skills, and conduct inquiries into topics related to their healthy development.

Some of these things we’ve done and some will be new for us and I think it’s going to be a fabulous year with Oak Meadow.

This will also be the first year we use a curriculum. We’re unschoolers in many ways so we’ve never used one, but this year with managing the store, our new upcoming EcoBaby Guide and moving into a new location at SoCo, I’m welcoming a (flexible) curriculum with open arms. Looking forward to a great school year!

– written by Giselle Baturay, the Granola Mama

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Giselle Baturay is a mother, herbalist, aromatherapist, prenatal and postpartum educator, boutique owner, community builder, gatherer of dreams, task juggler and a lover of life.



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