First Grade Fairy Tales and Letters Main Lesson
One of the quintessential first grade main lesson blocks is Fairy Tales and Letters.
First grade language arts is a continuation of the kindergarten years when you surrounded your child with the rhythms of oral language. In Waldorf-inspired homeschooling we teach language arts holistically beginning always with beautiful language in story, literature, poetry, and song. This is also the year to begin first lessons in translating those sounds into written language.
Fairy Tales and Letters Main Lesson
The first language arts main lessons usually focus on introducing the letters in a meaningful and magical way. You can do this by telling fairy tales, drawing pictures from the stories, and then “discovering” the letters hidden in the drawings. Even children who already know how to read love to do this!
The reason we teach the consonants from picture images is that we’re recapitulating the evolution of the alphabet in human history. People only had oral language for eons before they began to develop written language out of pictures. The first writing was pictorial with simple pictures standing for words. Over time the pictures became more stylized, uniform, and representative. Out of these came the symbols or capital letters that we use today. We capture the metamorphosis of sound to picture to letter in our first lessons on written language.
The Main Lesson Rhythm
New information is presented in main lesson over the course of two to three days. This main lesson rhythm allows your child to take in what she’s learning more deeply. Here’s an example of a fairy tales and letters main lesson rhythm:
Day 1 - Practice something that has been learned before and then work on form drawing or painting. Close the lesson by telling a new fairy tale.
Day 2 - Recall the story together and draw a picture from the story.
Day 3 - Discover the letter hidden in the picture and practice the letter sound and form.
This basic rhythm forms the backbone of your lessons, and then it’s important to flesh them out with more activity using the head, heart, and hands.
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