Month: August 2015

Homeschooling First Grade Lesson Plan - Week 1 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/The school year is starting next week, though it still feels like summer here. Like I did last year, with kindergarten, I’ll be sharing our lesson plan for the following week every week. For those of you who are not familiar with Waldorf inspired learning, Waldorf kindergarten does not include academics, so first grade covers some subjects that are taught in kindergarten in other educational settings. By third grade, however, Waldorf students are working at the same grade level, academically, as students educated in different educational models.

If you’d like to join us, these are the books that are needed this year. (Note, if this seems like a lot of books to purchase, the fairy tale books and nature stories book can be found in public domain. Also, the form drawing book, music book, poetry book, and painting and drawing books cover grades 1-8.)

Homeschooling First Grade Lesson Plan - Week 1 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/ Homeschooling First Grade Lesson Plan - Week 1 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/
Homeschooling First Grade Lesson Plan - Week 1 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/

Homeschooling First Grade Lesson Plan - Week 1 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/Homeschooling First Grade Lesson Plan - Week 1 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/Homeschooling First Grade Lesson Plan - Week 1 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells http://bluebellsandcockleshells.com/

Each week of our lesson plan will include the following elements: Main lesson – this includes stories, lessons, poetry, modeling wax activities, and main lesson book activities, review calendar and days’ schedule (continued focus on rhythm from kindergarten and preschool), seasonal song, nature stories, nature walks, journaling, and collecting, form drawing, pentatonic flute, Spanish, handwork, skip counting, watercolor lesson, and seasonal project – baking, crafts, etc.

If you are interested in joining us, but don’t want to cover all of these activities, we’d love to have you for any or all and we’d love to hear about your experiences. Also, I am not going to specify how many days per week to homeschool or cover any one subject, that is up to you and I like to keep things loosey goosey, especially at the beginning of the year, and see how well a subject flies with Sola.

Without further adieu, this is our homeschooling first grade lesson plan for week 1:

So please, feel free to join us in this wonderful year of seasonally inspired first grade year of homeschooling. If you use any of our lesson plans or ideas, we’d love to hear from you!

Skip Counting Activities That Your Kids Will Love | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Skip counting is taught in first grade in Waldorf schools. Skip counting is the practice of counting by any number other than 1’s. According to The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum, students in first grade should learn “up to the 7 times table by heart and through rhythmical practice”. Two weeks ago, I […]

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How to Make a Waldorf Skip Counting Board | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Waldorf skip counting boards are a great way to help children visualize number patterns and introduce geometry concepts. When making our board, it was a little more complicated to space the pegs out on the board than I had been lead to believe, so I ended up using a protractor and compass. You can just […]

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Easy DIY Sensory Beanbags | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Sensory beanbags are a great educational tool for all children and when made from various textures, can add a tactile component to learning as well as addressing the needs of children with sensory processing challenges. I wanted some beanbags to toss while practicing skip counting this year and it occurred to me that I  might […]

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Holidays and Festivals for 2015-16 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

With the school year quickly approaching, it’s time to be thinking about scheduling for the year, including fitting in any holidays and festivals for 2015-16 that you plan to celebrate. Here are the dates for this year’s holidays and festivals: September 7 – Labor Day 11 – Patriot Day 22 – Yom Kippur (starts at […]

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