First Grade Math Course

Simple, easy to follow math lessons!

Course Overview

In Waldorf Education, we strive to bring our lessons out of stories and other imaginative sources. In these thirty-six lessons we will derive math activities and written work from the stories that are presented in the First Grade Storytelling Course. Unlike the Language Arts Course, the Math Course does not utilize the artwork as much. Instead this course will demonstrate over and over the ways that we can bring mathematical activities for the students to practice working with math patterns in ways that are connected to the stories they have heard and imagined. That connection of the activities and the written work to something they have lived into gives the lessons more meaning and more enjoyability.  


The ability to count forward and backward by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 10's, and 11's are very important skills to master in first grade. We will work with such patterns in all of the processes: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. As we do this, we learn to see the same patterns according to the view of certain characters. We will meet Prince Plus, Minister Minus, the Magician of Division, and Timothy Times. These characters give the child an imaginative access to seeing patterns differently. At the same time, the students learn to express these patterns differently as well. Each character sees and expresses things in different ways. With repeated examples of this, the students become more familiar with each process and they learn how the processes relate to one another.  


So, along with these lessons, you will receive some math tips and tricks specific to first grade so that you will have things to help with the practice of skills outside of main lessons.  


Important Note: A wise old Waldorf teacher once said that all subjects can be allowed to "go to sleep" for a while--all except math. Other subjects can sleep for a few weeks and then re-awaken. However, math does not re-awaken. If it "goes to sleep", then math dies. I have to admit that my teaching years have verified this statement. What does that mean on the most practical level? We must practice math everyday. It does not get the weekend off. It does not go on summer vacation. This message is included to emphasize just how important the addition of tricks and tips will be for you and your student(s). The thirty-six lessons included in this course are for main lessons. However, there is much more to do in order to develop the habits, the memorization, and the skills that need to be mastered by the end of first grade. If you develop a daily habit of twenty minutes of practice, this will be every bit as valuable to them as anything learned in the main lessons.  


You will see, as you work through the lessons, that there are times that a couple of lessons are derived from one story, rather than each lesson corresponding to each story presented in the First Grade Storytelling course. As you will hear it presented, sometimes the teacher must consider the benefits of returning to a story for another lesson because the number work fits so well and weigh those benefits against the benefits of moving on to a new story. This only happens a handful of times in this course. For the most part, each lesson is derived from a new story. Still, it is important to see that there is some flexibility for the teacher to find lessons.  

What you will learn:

  • How to use simple imaginations from stories, or other sources of your choice, to derive math lessons that will engage students with more interest and meaningfulness

  • How to introduce and practice the four processes by using a character for each process

  • How to relate the four processes to one another so that the child can see the mathematical activity in different ways

  • How to work with patterns to reinforce their sense of order in the world and how that order is expressed in numbers

  • How to use patterns to reinforce their familiarity with and memorization of math facts (up to twenty) and multiplication tables (1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 10's, and 11's)

What you will receive:

  • 36 Video Math Lessons--complete math lessons (derived from the 36 stories presented in 1st Grade Storytelling).

  • Explanations for how to adjust these lessons to the abilities of the students

  • A complete list of First Grade Math Goals from Simply Waldorf

  • A complete First Grade Year Block Rotation--this can be used as a guideline or simply as an example. It will help you understand how the math and language arts blocks fit together over the course of a school year.

  • Additional resources, video and PDF articles, to deepen your understanding of the course and of Waldorf education

What you will need:

  • Block Crayons

  • Colored Pencils

  • At least 100 small objects, such as glass beads or pebbles for counting and using in problems

  • Drawing Paper

Who is this course for:

​This course is for homeschool parent-educators as well as teachers in a more traditional setting--or anyone anywhere in between.

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Course Content

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How to Use These Videos

What is a Course in Simply Waldorf?

Main Lesson and the Main Lesson Block

A First Grade Block Rotation

Setting Up Your Classroom

"First Grade Math" Introduction and Overview

1st GRADE:  Main Lesson Math Block TWO (four weeks)

1st Grade Math: Lesson 1

1st Grade Math: Lesson 2

1st Grade Math: Lesson 3

1st Grade Math: Lesson 4

1st Grade Math: Lesson 5

1st Grade Math: Lesson 6

1st Grade Math: Lesson 7

1st Grade Math: Lesson 8

1st GRADE:  Math Main Lesson Block FOUR (four weeks)

1st Grade Math: Lesson 9

1st Grade Math: Lesson 10

1st Grade Math: Lesson 11

1st Grade Math: Lesson 12

1st Grade Math: Lesson 13

1st Grade Math: Lesson 14

1st Grade Math: Lesson 15

1st Grade Math: Lesson 16

1st GRADE:  Math Main Lesson Block SIX (four weeks)

1st Grade Math: Lesson 17

1st Grade Math: Lesson 18

1st Grade Math: Lesson 19

1st Grade Math: Lesson 20

1st Grade Math: Lesson 21

1st Grade Math: Lesson 22

1st Grade Math: Lesson 23

1st Grade Math: Lesson 24

1st GRADE:  Math Main Lesson Block EIGHT (four weeks)

1st Grade Math: Lesson 25

1st Grade Math: Lesson 26

1st Grade Math: Lesson 27

1st Grade Math: Lesson 28

1st Grade Math: Lesson 29

1st Grade Math: Lesson 30

1st Grade Math: Lesson 31

1st Grade Math: Lesson 32

1st Grade Math: Lesson 33

1st GRADE:  Math Main Lesson Block TEN (two weeks)

1st Grade Math: Lesson 33

1st Grade Math: Lesson 34

1st Grade Math: Lesson 35

1st Grade Math: Lesson 36

Additional Resources

Waldorf Education Articles

Intermediate Waldorf Education Videos

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Waldorf Math Course

First Grade

This course, of 36 total lessons, will derive math activities and written work from stories and other imaginative sources. You are on your way to simple, easy to use lessons. Once you purchase the course you will have access to all of the videos and can begin your Waldorf journey now!


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Meet Our Course Creator

Rev Bowen, also co-founder of Simply Waldorf, is a seasoned Waldorf grades teacher.