First grade’s Friday nature walk and feast in the park. The children had such a blessed day outside, with the bright sun kissing their faces, still waters in the lake, hot veggie soup to warm their bellies, and even some delicious desserts. They took a full advantage of every minute of the lovely fall day. They spent three hours in the woods and it seemed not enough for their little adventurous hearts!
A lovely tradition of Waldorf schools across the world is for the fifth graders to guide the first graders in their pursuit of knitting. On Tuesday, November 7th, Mrs. Griffith’s first grade handwork class celebrated this milestone knitting lesson when they were introduced to their knitting buddies from Miss DuRocher’s class. The fifth grade buddies instructed the fledgling knitters and guided them through their very first stitches. The passing on of knowledge is a moving, magical moment!
Math games in First Grade.
First grade continues lesson work with consonant letters through images. In this chalkboard drawing the dragon is hiding in his cave from the sword of Michael. Students copy the drawing then practice the formation of the uppercase and lowercase letters. They also recite verses exploring the use of the letters.
On Friday, September 8th, the students and teachers of Da Vinci’s grade school enjoyed Beach and Nature Exploration Day! They ventured to Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park in Zion for a day filled with exploration and fun.
We are extremely grateful for the transportation by bus, which was made possible by a $1,000 biodiversity grant received from Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Independence Tube Corporation, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation.
Students took time to explore the local terrain and learn about the land and wildlife of northern Illinois. They enjoyed a hike through forests and along the beach, observing their surroundings as they went. There was a scavenger hunt and a group lunch. The very cool weather prevented the planned swimming treat, but students were able to wade and splash in the water and had a great time in the natural surroundings.
Many thanks to our teachers for enabling such a special outing for our students, and thanks to Mrs. Kristine Fiskum for the excellent snapshots of the day!
After hunting the great outdoors for tall trees and bending blades of grass, and moving their bodies in lines that go up and down and all around, first graders drew straight and curved lines in their lesson books. These activities of observation, movement, and form drawing are the foundation for letter formation, illustration, and a strong sense of spatial dimension.
The Rose Ceremony was a beautiful beginning to the first day of school and a warm welcoming of our new first grade class. As we came together as a community to share and honor this milestone, excitement was shining from each new face. The first graders were gathered by their teacher as the spectator circle swelled. Parents held their breaths, laughed, shed tears, and smiled as the children of the new first grade class took the first steps of their new journey as grade-schoolers. Our oldest, eight-grade student welcomed each of them with a smile, a handshake and a rose. During Graduation in June this welcome will be reciprocated with a send-off in another Rose Ceremony.
I’m struck by the cycle at work, and the intricate ways in which our paths are interwoven. Each young child is ushered into the school community, and will someday complete the circle – and begin it anew – as they hand out a rose as an eighth grader to begin the next cycle.
“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments.”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach
In the Classroom
Follow each class through the school year. Visit often to enjoy photos and information about curriculum, field trips, exciting happenings, special moments, celebrations and more.