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The Bay School’s academic curriculum builds throughout the years in a carefully designed unfolding. While a number of Waldorf teaching methods and principles translate across the grades, there are some features that characterize the lower grades that evolve in important ways in the upper grades to meet the older student. The lower grades curriculum pays special attention to fully developing in young learners the foundational skills in language arts and mathematics. By engaging the young child’s lively imagination, lower grades teachers bring rich curriculum content and a healthy integration of kinesthetic, auditory, spatial and visual learning to their classrooms. The care and attention these students receive is a key component to their academic development, and sets them on their way to thrive in the upper grades. 

Morning Circle
Circle is an essential component within the lower grades Waldorf curriculum.  Every morning during Main Lesson children come together to recite poems, sing, and move together. Language and mathematics skills, spatial awareness, and coordination are developed in a lively and joyful manner. Circle activities are directly connected with main lesson or math work, preparing children for academic focus required during morning work times. 

First Grade

Second Grade

Grades 2/3

Grades 3/4

Grades 4/5

Form Drawing
Folk and Fairy Tales
Seasonal Changes
Minerals
Plants
Weather
Water Cycle
Class Play

Reading/Literacy

Phonological/Phonemic awareness
Sight words
Memory Reading
Guided Reading
Sentence Composition

Math

Quality of numbers
Intro to Fact Families
Intro to 4 processes
Skip counting 
Writing Roman and Arabic numbers
Word Problems
Number Sentences
Intro to Times Tables

Fables
Science/Nature Stories
Saints/Tales of the Wise and Holy
Maple Sugaring
Farming (spring)
Class Play

Math Blocks

Place Value
Addition/Subtraction
Number patterns
Multiplication tables
Problem solving

Reading/Literacy Blocks

Sight words
Phonics/Sound patterns
Reading Groups
Sentence writing

Artistic work

Form drawing
Painting
Crayon Drawing
Beeswax sculpture

Science/Nature Stories
Jataka Tales
Stories from the Torah
Dwellings/Geography

Math Blocks

Place Value
Addition and Subtraction
Algorithms for Adding/Subtracting
Multiplication/Division
Intro to Money
Problem solving
Measurement-Linear and Liquid
Maple Sugaring
Farming (spring)
Class Play

Reading/Literacy

Sight words/phonics
Literature groups
Independent writing

Artistic Work

Form Drawing
Painting
Crayon Drawing
Beeswax Sculpture

Farming (autumn)
Weights and Measures
Fractions
Wabanaki People
Norse Mythology
Animal Studies
Local Geography
Nature Journals
Class Play

Math

Multiplication/Division
Factors/Prime Numbers
Fractions
Graphing/Tables
Logic Puzzles/Problem Solving
Currency
Intro to Geometry

Reading/Literacy

Literature Groups
Reading Response Journals
Dictionary Skills

Writing

Spelling
Parts of Speech/Grammar
Creative and Independent writing
Intro to Editing
Paragraph writing
Report writing

Artistic Work

Painting
Form Drawing
Beeswax Sculpture
Crayon work
New media
Colored pencil work

Maine History
Zoology
Ancient India
Mesopotamia
Greek Mythology
Ancient Egypt
US Geography
Intro to Botany
Class Play

Math

Multi Step operations
Fractions
Decimals
Problem Solving
Geometry

Reading / Literacy

Literature Groups
Reading Response Journals
Working with Biography
Working with Nonfiction
Oral/written book reports

Writing

Self-editing
Creative Writing
Report Writing
Spelling/Vocabulary

Artistic Work

Painting
Mixed media
Colored pencil
Ink