Welcome to Mariposa's 1st-3rd Grade Loop

About First Grade

First grade is a pivotal year of great change for the six or seven year old. It is a time of rapid physical growth, loss of teeth, social maturation, and academic readiness. As children begin their journey through the grades they enjoy a sense of discovery through storytelling, dramatic play, songs and verse, and time in nature. First grade is about the process more than the product as students are prepared for school work.

  • Oral storytelling of fairytales and nature stories
  • Form Drawing
  • Watercolor Painting - discovering colors and their relationship to each other
  • Reading and Writing
  • Mathematical processes - addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Knitting
  • Spanish
  • PE/Games
  • Music - Singing and Recorder

About Second Grade

The second grader’s energy and eagerness to socialize are met through movement, imagination, and art. Fables, folktales and inspirational stories from cultures around the world are revealed through story telling. Fables satisfy the child’s deep interest in the animal kingdom while inspirational stories highlight the noblest human qualities.

  • Legends, fables, and nature stories
  • Reading and writing
  • Mathematics
  • Grammar/Spelling
  • Singing and recorder
  • Spanish
  • Games/PE
  • Form Drawing- Symmetry and running forms

About Third Grade

In third grade, many children are going through the "nine year change," when they begin to outgrow the dreamy world of early childhood. During this transition, children run the risk of becoming disillusioned, lonely, or cynical. The curriculum attempts to counteract this possibility by offering the children many opportunities to take an interest in the real adult world, and to feel competent and capable in practical arts like handwork, gardening, and building. Third graders develop that sense of self where they begin to believe “I can do it”

  • Hebrew Stories
  • Native American/Chumash studies
  • Grains/Farming/Gardening
  • Fibers
  • Housebuilding
  • Grammar/Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Spanish
  • Games/P.E.
  • Singing
  • Recorder playing
  • Form Drawing