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 6th Grade
In a Waldorf 6th grade, new conceptual capacities are awakening as they near adolescence. The sixth grade curriculum as well as the needs of the individual students become increasingly more complex as they enter and move through middle school. The sixth grade experience is a firm and intentional step into the outer world. As the children near age 12, changes in their physical body are dramatic. Hormones begin to affect the feeling and emotional life, as well as physical maturity - the differences between male and female development becomes an area of interest. As students’ feeling world begins to quickly change, they study Geology and Mineralogy, learning about volcanoes, which can mirror inner explosive feelings of puberty. The class typically takes a field trip to Mt. Lassen to experience an active volcanic atmosphere and to push their bodies with a hike up the mountain, 10,000 feet up. There is increased awareness of gravity and weight in their bodies - and Astronomy is studied. The outdoor field trips bring opportunities for night sky observations. The themes of sixth grade are carefully chosen to meet both the inner and outer child and the significant changes of puberty. Sixth grade students are ready to grasp cause and effect which opens up a new way to approach subject matter. Students are often interested in establishing order and structure, and the study of Ancient Rome and Medieval times are the perfect backdrop for these times. There is a quest for beauty, contemplation and justice and there study of the Middle Ages meet this well.
6th Grade Learning Objectives
Main Lesson Skills
Academic organization and learning, multitasking, presenting and artistic expression
Note taking, paragraph and essay structures, descriptive and narrative writing, report writing, parts of speech, dictation, drama and poetry, sentence structure
- subject, predicate, direct object, indirect object, phrases and their functions, possessive and objective nouns and contrasts
Literature & History
Ancient Rome and laws, The Crusades, Islam, Medieval history, ancient China and stories of chivalry (the Squires Challenge and Knighting Ceremony are brought)
Business math - decimals, exchange, interest, percentages, proportion, profit and loss. Problem solving, computation, economics and equations are introduced
Constructions based on the six and twelve division of the circle, eight basic constructions of the circle, and geometric string designs
Mapmaking, wind and water currents, land formations, climates, vegetation, and bodies of water
Acoustics, optics (light and color), heat, magnetism and static electricity
Geology and Mineralogy
Minerals, precious stones, metals and crystals of the earth and their individual properties, earthquakes and volcanoes.
Moon cycle, observation of the night sky, movement of the planets and stars, the relationship between the moon, sun and earth, lunar and solar eclipses, and the Pole star and its relative positions
Spanish - conversation skills, grammar, vocabulary and proverbs
Nature sketching, veil painting techniques, landscapes, illustrations of science and labs, and charcoal and pastels
Hand sewing and pattern making
Senior Choir, Ensemble - Strings or choice of other instrument (rotates from year to year - examples include ukulele, recorder and guitar), perform at annual concerts
Transforming a block of wood into a wooden spoon with saws, rasps and gouges
Movement class continues with cooperative and medieval games designed to allow students to test themselves
Digital citizenship - activities that call on critical thinking, ethical discussion and decision making through hands-on projects, problem solving, and role-play, all surrounding the topic of "digital citizenship" (the norms of appropriate and responsible behavior with regard to technology use)
Competitive basketball, soccer, flag football and volleyball