Our Combined 1st - 3rd Grade class serves children ages 6 - 9 years. Students must have turned 6 by June 15th in order to begin First Grade. We will begin by serving 1st and 2nd graders for the 2019-20 school year and add 3rd grade in the fall of 2020. With a small class size of 10 - 14 children, we ensure individual attention for each child. We offer a Monday -Wednesday Program 9 am - 2:45 pm with options to add Thursdays and Fridays.

Our school year runs from September - May in 4 seasonal sessions, each ending with a family festival. Festivals include a Harvest Festival, Solstice Festival, Winter Puppet Play or Class Play, and a Spring Festival.

What does the 1st - 3rd grade day include? 

As the first graders transition into the 1st - 3rd grade, they begin a journey with their classmates and a teacher who will guide them through grade three. The capacity for learning that was built in early childhood and the ability to form deeper relationships helps first graders navigate this new step in their education.

The teacher builds a close-knit classroom community over the 3 years she is with the children. Grades 1 - 3 support all children in developing their highest potential by encouraging the artistic, creative and imaginative life, and by providing a strong foundation in academic studies. Subjects are taught in such a way that involves the whole child in the learning process, including having each child write and illustrate their own lesson books beginning in grade one.  Outdoor immersion in fall and spring and outdoors and movement during the winter months are an integral part of the 1st - 3rd grade daily rhythm. Field trips to State Parks, Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch, Sugarbush, and a local farm as well as guests to teach about Anishinaabe culture and Ojibwe language are included in the curriculum.

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First GRADE Curriculum

LANGUAGE ARTS

World Fairy tales and nature stories, pictorial introduction to the alphabet, beginning writing and reading.

MATHEMATICS

Quality of numbers, skip counting, introduction to the four operations of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, Roman numerals, multiplication in rhythm, introduction to mental arithmetic and math facts.

SPECIALTY SUBJECTS & ACTIVITIES 

German and Ojibwe language and culture, speech, class play, form drawing, wet-on-wet painting, beeswax modeling, singing, pentatonic flute, knitting, jump rope and circle games. 

SECOND GRADE Curriculum

LANGUAGE ARTS

Development of written and oral language skills through exploration of riddles, Aesop’s fables, myths, legends, and other cultural stories. Using materials drawn from classroom literature, children begin reading and writing longer sentences and reading more proficiently.

MATHEMATICS

Continuing to grow the children’s capacity with the four processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division introduced in grade one, children now also move into place value, multiplication tables, telling time, math games and geometric patterns.

SPECIALTY SUBJECTS & ACTIVITIES

German and Ojibwe language and culture, daily pentatonic flute, class play, crocheting, knitting, felting, wet-on-wet painting, beeswax modeling, form drawing, as well as movement games that develop coordination, dexterity, spatial orientation and rhythm.

Third GRADE Curriculum (beginning fall 2020)

LANGUAGE ARTS

Creation stories from various cultures, Anishinaabe history and stories, farming and gardening from different perspectives, grammar, punctuation, narrative writing, parts of speech and spelling and introduction to cursive handwriting.

MATHEMATICS

Long division, long multiplication, measurement, money, length, weight, liquids and mental math.

LIFE ARTS

Shelter-building, cooking, spinning, weaving, dyeing, Anishinaabe birch bark baskets, making maple syrup, gardening, beekeeping, and farming.

SPECIALTY SUBJECTS & ACTIVITIES

German and Ojibwe language and culture, speech, class play, pentatonic and diatonic flute, form drawing, wet-on-wet painting, beeswax modeling, singing rounds, crochet, games, multi-cultural music, and folk dancing.

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