First Grade

First Grade Jitters

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 Sarina Yospin

Sarina Partridge

First Grade Teacher

Sarina Partridge joined City of Lakes Waldorf School in 2012 and graduated her first eighth grade class in 2016. Sarina graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carleton College with a degree in Geology and completion of an Earth and Space Science Teaching Licensure Program. She also completed a Certificate in Environmental Education through Hamline University and holds a Waldorf teaching certificate from Sunbridge Institute. Sarina taught previously at The Bakken Museum, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center and Headway AcademyDiscover how Sarina inspires her students to bring all of themselves to learning on our blog.


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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