Elementary School

 
 
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First Grade:

  • Math: Qualities of numbers, introduction to the four operations of arithmetic, geometric forms, whole number processes, counting rhythm and times tables 1 through 6 and 10

  • Literature and Grammar: Pictorial and phonetic introduction to the alphabet, word recognition, writing, poetry recitation, and fairy and folk tales from around the world

  • Science: Nature stories, nature walks, observations, gardening, local environment, seasons and visits to local farms and an indoor greenhouse

  • Performing Arts and Music: Recorder (which develops finger coordination and concentration), singing songs, poetry memorization, in-class drama and marionette performances

  • Art: Watercolor (which has an emphasis on working with color rather than creating formed pictures), beeswax modeling and crayon illustrations

  • Handwork: Knitting (which promotes hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, arithmetic skills, sequencing, patience, perseverance and self-esteem), seasonal crafts

  • Spanish: Introduced through plays, songs, rhythms, poems and games

  • History and Social Studies: Fairy and folk tales, rhymes, poems and songs

  • Geography: Spatial orientation and body geography

  • Movement: Circle games, yoga, eurhythmy and outside play


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Second Grade:

  • Math: Continue with four operations of arithmetic, story problems, number patterns, times tables 7 through 12, two digit multiplication, carrying and borrowing, written calculations

  • Literature and Grammar: Reading and writing, phonetics, elements of grammar, spelling, punctuation, animal fables, myths and legends of heroic people from around the world

  • Science: Nature stories, nature walks, observations, gardening, local environment, seasons, visits to local farms and an indoor greenhouse and animals

  • Performing Arts and Music: Recorder, singing songs, poetry memorization, in-class drama and marionette performances

  • Art: Form drawing, watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, crayon drawings

  • Spanish: Continuation of 1st grade adding vocabulary, counting, animals and colors

  • Handwork: Knitting patterns with multiple stitches, crocheting and seasonal crafts

  • History and Social Studies: Fairy and folk tales, legends, poems, songs and stories of heroic people

  • Geography: Natural studies

  • Movement: Rhythmic games, line games, yoga, eurhythmy and outside play


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Third Grade:

  • Math: Memorization of multiplication tables 1 through 12 continued and strengthened, weight, measure, length, volume, money, time, continued two and three digit multiplication and long division

  • Literature and Grammar: Elements of grammar (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs), spelling, compositions, stories from ancient history and continued reading

  • Science: Gardening, soil, nature studies, animal husbandry, conservation, cooking, house building and visits to local farms and an indoor greenhouse

  • Performing Arts and Music: Recorder, singing in rounds, in-class skits, performance of annual class play and music notation

  • Art: Continue form drawing, painting, beeswax modeling, crayon and pencil drawing

  • Spanish: Integration into the core curriculum in songs, plays, poetry, conversations and vocabulary

  • Handwork: Crocheting patterns, hand sewing and seasonal crafts

  • History and Social Studies: Study of practical life to include house building, clothing and cooking around the world

  • Geography: History of farming and house building around the world

  • Movement: Traditional games, dancing, yoga, eurhythmy and outside play


Fourth Grade:

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  • Math: Continuation of long division, fractions, averages, factoring

  • Literature and Grammar: Elements of grammar, spelling and punctuation, book reports, creative writing, composition, Norse and Finnish mythology, Indian Legends and local history

  • Science: Zoology, animals in their environment, continuation of gardening and nature studies

  • Performing Arts and Music: Singing and recorder in rounds, possible addition of violin/cello, music theory, choir, reading music notation

  • Art: Advanced form drawing, painting and clay modeling

  • Spanish: Continued songs, plays, poetry, conversations, cultural activities, vocabulary, beginning writing and reading

  • Handwork: Cross-stitch, embroidery, knotting and braiding

  • History and Social Studies: Local Wisconsin history

  • Geography: Local Wisconsin geography and map making

  • Movement: Yoga, folk dancing and relay races