Middle School: Grades Four through Six
By the fourth grade, detail and exactness are emphasized to support the child’s developing individuality.
Distinguishing the child’s place in the world and how parts make a whole form the foundation for studies in local geography and history, fractions, and the rules of grammar. Classroom music instruction of flute and recorder is now augmented with string instruments.
Heroes of Norse Mythology reflect the child’s need to conquer and understand her world.
Science goes beyond the mere analytical, with the study of the relationship between purpose and form in animals.
Fifth grade develops flexibility in thinking and feeling through the study of the ancient cultures and religions of India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece.
Examination of historical periods awakens the child’s understanding of the evolution of human consciousness. Geography lessons explore the North American continent.
Observations in botany reveal plant growth from root to lead to flower to seed. The fifth grade year culminates with the enactment of a Greek Pentathlon, where students from Southern California Waldorf Schools exhibit their individual athletic ability, beauty, grace and style.
The sixth grader experiences a deepening power of objective judgment and an enhanced ability to understand cause and effect. Children study the decline of Greece, the rise and fall of Rome and the influence of these cultures on European civilization through the Middle Ages.
Mineralogy and astronomy are introduced. Mathematics includes the study of business math. The use of precision tools in geometric drawing hones the child’s accuracy and develops his desire for exactness.
Grades Seven and Eight
The seventh grade is a time for new ideas, inventions, and adventures.
History and geography lessons are filled with tales of explorers from the Age of Discovery and the great thinkers of the Renaissance.
The laws of physics are explored through hands-on activities while chemistry experiments utilize observations of phenomena. The exactness of geometry, algebra and perspective drawing is balanced with the expressiveness of painting, creative writing, literature and drama.
The study of physiology affords the adolescent more understanding of his changing body.
The eight grader wants to see the world, live in it, affect it and make it her own.
Stories of historical revolutionary figures guide this passion. Through the examination of world civilizations and current events, students gain appreciation and respect for socio-economic and cultural differences.
The sciences move to the study of muscular and skeletal systems, highlighting their correlation to the geometry in nature.
Practical applications of hydraulics, aeromechanics, electricity and electromagnetics are added to meteorology, algebra, literature, short stories and drama, rounding out the curriculum