In-depth block approach of two hours each morning, when the students are most attentive. Block lasts 3-4 weeks
Main academic subjects of math, science, language arts, history, and geography.
Balanced time for recess and time in nature.
Homework is age appropriate and allows for more family time.
Teachers are with the same class for a number of years allowing for more connection and in depth learning.
A Bit About 5th Grade
The Waldorf fifth grade year is often referred to as the Golden Year, as the child is reaching the peak of childhood. They are more poised and balanced than ever before. Often known for a year of balance, the child has a new sense of physical stamina and endurance, they can run and jump easily and know their bodies. Memories are strong and enthusiastic and children have new and increased capacities for examination, thought and reflection. Children are growing their intellectual capacities and able to take on a wider scope of study than in previous years. The curriculum meets students’ new found expansion with the studies of ancient civilizations, both mythical and historical - Ancient Greece, India, Persia, Egypt and China. Closer to home, they study North American geography and how Native cultures worked with their environments. They study Botany, combining artistic explorations with the plant world and scientific terminology. They have field trips into nature, exploring Botany in the greater world. Their course work reflect this new capacity for understanding and questioning. The Waldorf fifth grade student also blossoms socially and emotionally, and as a class they are harmonious, with divisions of boys and girls ceasing.
They are also more capable to take on challenging chores and cleaning than in previous grades.
5th Grade Learning Objectives
Main Lesson Skills
Personal and academic responsibility, punctuality with deadlines and continued executive function development
Independent writing, reading and composition book reports, biographies of key historical figures and strengthening of grammar
Greek Mythology and ancient civilizations
Decimals, fractions, metric system, mixed numbers reciprocals and freehand geometry
Botany, zoology and entomology
North American geography and North American cultures
Spanish continues with simple text, syntax, short talk and descriptions
Free geometric drawing, dynamic drawing, work from darkness to light, form drawing
Strings continues as does junior choir, major and minor keys are taught, Perform at annual concerts
Working with different tools to transform a block of wood into a egg, and a butter knife
Rhythmic exercises, tumbling and wrestling, circus arts - juggling, unicycle stilts, Greek games - javelin, discus, shot put, running, and long jump, kickball and softball are also introduced
After school soccer, cross country and basketball clubs