First Grade

In first grade we build upon the rhythms established in the kindergarten, extending to a full day of joyful learning imbued with wonder, creativity, music and movement.

Topics introduced in first grade include:

  • Pictorial and phonetic introduction to the letters of the alphabet
  • reading from writing
  • rhythmic poems
  • speech exercises
  • form drawing of curves, straight lines and patterns
  • qualities of numbers and elements of addition, subtraction,  multiplication, and division
  • counting, Roman numerals
  • fairytales
  • foreign language
  • songs, games, and poems
  • pentatonic recorder
  • seasonal songs
  • wet-on-wet painting using the three primary colors
  • knitting using two needles
  • beeswax modeling using scenes from fairy tales and simple figures
  • the wonder of nature through simple observation
  • nature studies from stories in an imaginative manner
  • circle games


Erika Horvath

Erika Horvath joins Madrone Trail after leading a class from first through fifth grade at Berkeley Rose Waldorf School. She completed the Waldorf teacher training in 2015 after having taught in both Oakland public and private schools since 2002. Erika graduated from Mills College with a degree in international studies. She has lived and studied abroad in Switzerland and loves experiencing different languages and cultures through travel. Erika relocated to the Rogue Valley with her husband and two children, ages 11 and 14. She is enjoying the many hiking trails in the region and new possibilities for outdoor adventures in Oregon.