Mood of the First Grade

Mood of the First Grade

One can tell when the child is ready to leave kindergarten and enter the First Grade. No longer is she content to live only in play and imitation of his teacher. Now she wishes to enter a world wider and more challenging than what she experienced in kindergarten. She has a hunger for learning, not yet a sharp, intellectual, argumentative learning such as one will find in the Eighth Grade child, but one that always needs to connect deep feeling to what is taught academically.

Images and stories that show the beauty and goodness of life are the way to the First Grader’s curiosity and sense of adventure for the greater world. As long as the teacher connects each subject with beautiful images, both seen and heard, the child will find the bridge from play to work. Experiencing the world through Imagination fires the child’s thirst for learning. If the teacher presents the world as a beautiful and safe place, in which good prevails over the sometimes very difficult trials that life presents, then the child acquires confidence in himself and in the wisdom of the world. Each story, often the archetypal fairy tale, brings an opportunity to the child for deepening his understanding of the people and world around him which he will later encounter and relate to in adulthood.

The Frog PrinceA simple drawing, but the warm glow of the sun, captured in the child’s hair, also holds the listening child in the enchantment of how the prince was saved.
The Fraction TreeAll parts come from ‘The One’ — suddenly math makes sense, and it is beautiful in its harmony.
 

To see what the children will be learning this year, please click First Grade 2013-14