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The effort to complement students' natural abilities begins at an early age and continues throughout their time at a Waldorf school. It is encouraged by the curriculum and supported by the fundamental understanding that a child's strength should not become their weakness because of one-sided development.

—Jack Petrach
Understanding Waldorf Education

Grade 1

Waldorf School of Orange County - Where Education Come Alive

Developmental Profile of a Grade 1 Child*

The seven year old child continues to develop independent and pictorial thinking. The child is eager to bring focused concentration to learning settings. Much learning is orchestrated through rich, imaginative pictures, activities, and imitations which lay the groundwork for future critical and conceptual thinking.

Educational Experience

Waldorf School of Orange County - Where Education Come AliveFirst grade is the beginning of formal schooling marked by children's new interest in learning, inspired by the awakening abilities of memory and thinking. Waldorf School of Orange County meets the student's innate curiosity and desire to grow with a rich multisensory experience. Students sculpt, draw, move, listen, imagine and sound out—all ways to engage different learning styles—to stimulate the young mind so that the students become motivated eager learners. Students establish good habits of classroom life and work that will form the basis for all subsequent learning at school. The students and teacher build the foundation for an ever-deepening relationship while forming a socially cohesive group during this special year of "beginnings."


Grade 1 Core Subjects

  • The alphabet
  • Simple spelling
  • Introduction to reading through writing
  • Arithmetic
  • History and literature: fairy tales, nature stories and folk tales (retold and dramatized by the class)
  • Form drawing
  • Painting
  • Arts and Crafts

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* Reference: The Educational Tasks and Content of the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum,
 Edited by Martyn Rawson and Tobias Ritcher

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