Grade School | 1-5

At Santa Fe Waldorf School, the arts and academics are inseparable, beauty and ideals are woven into lessons, and children are supported in their development through an integrated and experiential curriculum. Waldorf education promises more than the memorization of facts and formulas; it provides a journey into self-discovery and sets the stage for a lifetime love of learning.

 

Get a glimpse into our Grade School program below, or schedule a visit with Admissions Coordinator, Brent Poole.

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First Grade

“The sun with loving light brightly shines...” The First Grade experience is a pivotal one in the development of a child, providing a clear and important transition from the nurturing, communal experience of the Kindergarten into the awakening, self-awareness experience of the First Grade. Here, the rhythms and habits of classroom life and work are established, forming the foundation for all subsequent school learning.

  • Introduction to writing and reading
  • Writing sentences, stories and poems
  • Fairy tales, folk tales and nature stories
  • Speech and Drama
  • Arithmetic: an introduction to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Math games, mental math and form drawing
  • Nature Study
  • Spanish language
  • Painting, beeswax modeling, drawing
  • Handwork: Knitting
  • Music: singing, recorder-playing
  • Eurythmy (movement)
  • Games
  • Outdoor education: class campout on school grounds related to nature studies

  • Second Grade

    “That I with all my might, may love to work and learn."  The 8-year old student begins to sense that there is more to life than the innocent, imaginative, “the world and I are one” experience of early childhood, and becomes more aware of the greatness and the failings of human beings. Thus it is timely that fables, often illustrating exaggerated human traits such as greed, boastfulness, stubbornness, and the lives of exemplary people who have overcome these qualities are studied and discussed.

  • Reading stories and short books; improving letter and sound recognition
  • Writing stories and compositions
  • Fables, animal stories and legends of saintly and heroic people
  • Speech and Drama
  • The four arithmetic processes; place value, multiple digit computation,
  • Mental math, math games and form drawing
  • Nature study
  • Spanish language
  • Painting, clay modeling, drawing
  • Handwork: Knitting
  • Singing and recorder-playing
  • Eurythmy (movement)
  • Games
  • Outdoor Education: class camping trip related to nature studies
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    Third Grade

    “Here I stand upon the earth.” Significant psychological, cognitive, and physiological changes occur in 9-10 year old students. As they become more self-aware, they realize that they are disconnecting from their surroundings in ways that can be disconcerting on the one hand, and exciting and self-empowering on the other.  Through stories from the Hebrew Scriptures, farming and gardening, students develop a new relationship with their surroundings.

  • Reading books, introduction of cursive writing
  • Phonetics and spelling, introduction of grammar
  • Writing stories and compositions
  • Hebrew legends (Old Testament stories), nature stories
  • Speech and Drama
  • The four arithmetic processes, long division and multiplication
  • Measurement, money
  • Study of practical life: house-building, farming, gardening, clothing
  • Spanish language
  • Painting, clay modeling, drawing
  • Handwork: Crocheting
  • Singing and recorder-playing
  • Eurythmy (movement)
  • Games
  • Outdoor education: 3-day class trip to a bio-dynamic farm related to farming and gardening studies
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    Fourth Grade

    “Striding boldly o'er the land.” With the first phase of childhood left behind, the children's individuality begin to emerge, both as gifts and talents, and as challenges. Through the study of Norse myths, students are able to “try on” some of these personality traits in dramatic ways. Similarly focusing on animals and the land leads students to form new relationships with their surroundings.

  • Reading books and writing book reports
  • Spelling, grammar, composition
  • Norse myths and Native American myths
  • Speech and Drama
  • The four arithmetical processes, fractions, word problems
  • Local geography, New Mexico geography, map making
  • Zoology and the study of the human being
  • Spanish language
  • Painting, clay modeling, drawing
  • Handwork: Cross-stitch, Embroidery, Woodworking
  • Singing, recorder-playing, orchestra
  • Eurythmy (movement)
  • Games and physical education
  • Outdoor education: class camping trip to Chaco Canyon related to New Mexico history and geography studies

  • Fifth Grade

    I look into the world.” Intrinsic to this age is the attainment of a degree of ease and grace of physical movement. Balance is the goal. Cognitively, the students approach their studies and life in a more realistic and reasoning manner. To meet this emerging consciousness, the curriculum transitions from a focus on mythology to recorded history.

     

  • Language arts, spelling, grammar, composition
  • Early American history and biographies of North American pioneers
  • History of ancient civilizations up to Alexander the Great (India, Persia, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece)
  • Speech and Drama
  • Mathematics: percentages, fractions, decimals, ratio, and proportion
  • North American geography
  • Botany, Zoology
  • Spanish language
  • Painting, clay modeling, drawing
  • Handwork: Advanced knitting (with 4 needles), Woodworking
  • Singing, recorder-playing and orchestra
  • Eurythmy (movement)
  • Games
  • Outdoor education: class camping trip related to botany studies
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