First Grade

The first grade is an exciting time at our school, as children transition from the familiarity of home or kindergarten into a more formal learning environment. While this can bring on first grade jitters, your first grade child has a sense of wonder and imagination perfectly suited to this new challenge. And our curriculum is thoughtfully designed to reward this curiosity, laying the foundation for lifetime learning.


First Grade Teacher Coua Vang

Coua Vang

First Grade Teacher

Coua Vang joined City of Lakes Waldorf School in 2021. She completed her undergraduate education at Colby College and received her Master of Science in Education from the Bank Street College of Education. Coua’s rich background includes teaching experience in some of the top independent progressive schools in NYC including the City and Country School, the Brooklyn Friends School, Ethical Culture – Fieldston School and The Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI). Utilizing developmentally appropriate teaching practices and hands-on learning, much of Coua’s teaching has been focused on creating opportunities to help children develop their natural curiosity and discover their strengths, potential, and connection to the world. As a teacher, Ms. Vang is dedicated to creating safe spaces, cultivating a compassionate learning environment, and igniting an inner enthusiasm for learning within each student.

Your first grader will learn:

Language Arts: Letters and vocabulary through pictures, poems, class plays and storytelling

Literature: Folk and fairy tales

Mathematics: Number patterns and concepts, the four operations

Science: Nature study

Spanish: Greetings, colors, numbers, and basic phrases

Physical Education: Cooperative clapping and rhyming games, chasing games, jump rope, parachute play and dancing

Handwork: Basic knitting stitch leads to increasingly complex projects like a pouch, ball and cat

Art: Watercolor painting, beeswax modeling and form drawing

Music: Recorder and singing


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