Elementary & Middle School Curriculums

 
 
Grade 1
 

Grade 1

First grade acts as a bridge between the kindergarten and the grade school years. It begins with the discoveries that behind all forms lie two basic principles: the straight and the curved line. Children find these shapes in their own bodies, in the classroom, and in the world beyond. Straight and curved lines are then practiced through walking, drawing in the air and sand, on the blackboard, and finally, on paper. These form drawings train motor skills, awaken children’s powers of observation, and provide a foundation for introducing the alphabet. The first two hours of every morning are devoted to the Main Lesson. This is the time when the Class Teacher introduces and develops an academic theme over a period of weeks. In the first grade, the letters and numbers are learned with the aid of stories and art.

Curriculum:

  • Numbers and Counting

  • Roman Numerals

  • German & Spanish through songs, poems, games

  • Fairy Tales

  • Pictorial introduction to the Alphabet

  • Writing

  • Reading

  • Spelling

  • Speech Exercises

  • Observation of Nature

  • Form Drawing

  • Watercolor Painting

  • Knitting

  • Modeling with Beeswax

  • Pentatonic Flute

  • Singing

  • Eurythmy

  • Circle Games

  • Festivals

  • Schedule

 
 
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Grade 2
 

Grade 2

At eight years old, children still carry with them much of the imaginative consciousness early childhood, but they are also beginning to be more aware of themselves and others. They start to recognize that they have their own personalities and emotions, some of which are positive and others of which are negative. Honesty and deceit, trust and betrayal, kindness and cruelty—many traditional fables are introduced to show these positive and negative qualities in sharp contrast.

Reading and writing are drawn primarily from the content of fables, nature stories, saint stories and legends. The first elements of composition are practiced. Speech development continues. Dramatic arts are introduced. Arithmetic, including basic operations with expanded application and larger numbers and the multiplication tables are explored.


Curriculum:

  • Writing sentences

  • Rhyming

  • Basic Arithmetic operations

  • German & Spanish through songs, poems, games

  • Fables

  • Legends

  • Folk Tales

  • Plays

  • Choral Speaking

  • Observation of Home Environment

  • Symmetry - Mirror drawing

  • Painting

  • Crocheting

  • Pentatonic Flute playing and singing

  • Modeling Beeswax

  • Eurythmy

  • Games

  • Festivals

  • Schedule

 
 
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Grade 3
 

Grade 3

The third grade is often called the turning point of childhood. The eight or nine-year-old is going through a change that is particularly profound where she begins to feel herself growing apart from the world. She begins to experience herself as an individual part of the world, not an extension of her parents.

The third grade curriculum is designed to empower the child with life skills and practical activities. These skills help the child reconnect to the world and life in a newfound way. Practical skills of farming, cooking, homebuilding, and measurement are focal points of the third grade year.

Reading, spelling, composition and grammar are refined. Studies of practical activities, emphasizing farming and house building as the basis for geography and science, begin. Creative and performance arts continue. Third grade begins the study of mythology and folk culture through stories from the Old Testament.

Arithmetic progresses to advanced application of basic operations, measurements of time, space, weights and money and facility with multiplication tables.


Curriculum:

  • Grammar

  • Punctuation

  • Poetry

  • Long Division

  • Multiplication

  • Music Notation

  • Flute Playing on Choroi C-flutes

  • German & Spanish

  • House-Building

  • Biblical Stories

  • Agriculture and Gardening

  • Handwork of items for practical use (e.g.clothing)

  • Eurythmy - Geometric Form and Rod Exercises

  • Festivals

  • String Instrument Playing (violin, viola or cello)

 
 
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Grade 4
 

Grade 4

Fourth grade marks a shift in the development of the children, as well as how a teacher meets certain aspects of the child through the curriculum. Having passed through the nine-year-change, the child is ready for more concrete tasks and more readily recognizes their place in the world. This new consciousness is met through the study of local geography and local history, as well as the study of animals.

The child at this age tends to be more self aware, and thus is ready to take up greater challenges on the academic front. Fourth grade offers the child the opportunity to engage in their first research project through the study of animals. Each of the other parts of the curriculum support the fourth grade child in finding and knowing their place, and in being comfortable in the time in which they find themselves. The stories from Norse Mythology, and often the Kalevala as well, are brought in order to address the ever-changing emotions of the fourth grade child. The stories contain moments of humor, anger, suspense and tragedy and give the students imaginative content through which they can explore their emerging, rich emotional life.

Curriculum:

  • Composition

  • Book Reports

  • Times Tables

  • Fractions

  • Mapmaking

  • Form drawing/braided figures

  • Zoology - Human & Animal

  • Local history and geography

  • German & Spanish

  • Norse sagas

  • Cross-Stitch Embroidery

  • Modeling with clay

  • String instrument playing

  • American Indian stories

  • Singing

  • Eurythmy

  • Festivals

 
 
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Grade 5
 

Grade 5

Fifth grade is often referred to as the “Golden Age” of the child. Fifth grade also begins a shift to a more historical and scientific look at the world. The fifth grader examines various processes of transformation including historical transformation through the study of ancient civilizations, botany, world geography and beginning work in geometry.

Curriculum:

  • Parts of Speech, Syntax, Descriptive writing

  • Decimals

  • Fractions

  • Metric system

  • Spanish

  • Zoology

  • Ancient history - India, Persia, Mesopotamia, and Greece

  • Greek Mythology

  • Life of Buddha, Zoroaster, Alexander the Great, and others

  • Botany

  • Geography of the United States

  • Knitting with four needles

  • Wood carving

  • Modeling Greek vases and columns in clay

  • Three-part singing

  • Eurythmy to poetry

  • Tumbling and Gymnastics

  • Pentathlon

  • Agriculture and Gardening

  • Festivals

 
 
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Grade 6
 

Grade 6

The curriculum of the sixth grade offers support and nourishment for the adolescent child experiencing his twelve-year-change by offering students examples of order created from chaos and harmony from disharmony. Observation is emphasized as a balance to the natural pull of asserting one’s own judgment and opinion. As the sixth grader experiences this inner pull of asserting her own opinion, preference, judgment and expectation of the world, the curriculum meets these pulls with the force of new challenges to her thinking through all aspects of the curriculum.


Curriculum:

  • Advanced Grammar

  • Expository, Descriptive, and Narrative writing

  • Mathematical equations

  • Percentages

  • Latin sayings and proverbs

  • Exact geometric drawing

  • Physics

  • Botany

  • Geology

  • Geography of Canada, Central and South America

  • Spanish

  • Life of Christ

  • Life of Muhammad

  • Islam

  • Medieval Europe and the Crusades

  • Black and white drawing

  • Painting landscapes

  • Sewing stuffed animals and work aprons

  • Woodworking with saws, rasps and gouges

  • Bas-relief modeling

  • Two- and three-part choral singing

  • Descant, alto and tenor recorder

  • Decathlon

  • Team Sports

  • Agriculture and Gardening

  • Festivals

 
 
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Grade 7
 

Grade 7

The seventh grade signals a very important change in the development of the child. Externally, the body is usually in the throes of puberty, while internally, the new force of intellect is born.

The curriculum appropriately mirrors this development with the theme of the Renaissance. The pre-adolescent is somewhat conflicted, wanting to be accepted by the group while at the same time desiring to be recognized as an individual. These students, much like their Renaissance counterparts, want to break free from traditional restraints and to explore and discover life on their own. The curriculum integration continues to reinforce the moral responsibility that comes with individual freedom through the biographies of individuals whose adventures and challenges parallel the yearnings that are present in the students.

In the spirit of the Renaissance, the year is often begun with perspective drawing. The laws of perspective drawing were indicative of an evolutionary step in man’s development. This step was the ability to look outside oneself and begin to interpret the laws of nature. The students begin by drawing freehand and then eventually with the aid of tools. Students complete a variety of exercises that demonstrate their mastery of vanishing points, converging lines, interpolation and extrapolation, creating the illusion of a three-dimensional space on a two dimensional paper.


Curriculum:

  • Arthurian Legends

  • Voyages of Discovery

  • The Renaissance

  • World Geography

  • Chemistry - combustion, chemical transformation

  • Physics - light, magnetism

  • Physiology: the nine systems

  • Astronomy

  • Inorganic Chemistry

  • Composition

  • Grammar

  • Spanish

  • The Reformation

  • Research papers

  • Tides, map reading, weather

  • Forms of poetry

  • Classical languages: Latin and Greek

  • Business Mathematics, Graphing, Algebra, Perimeters, Areas, Roots, Powers, Formulae

  • Exact geometrical drawing

  • Sewing and embroidery of hand puppets, slippers, etc.

  • Woodworking with mallets, gouges and chisels

  • Motets - Madrigals, ballads, Opera and oratorio

  • Descant, alto and tenor recorder

  • Tumbling and team Gymnastics

  • Team Sports

  • Modeling the human hand, foot, bones, etc. in clay

  • Agriculture and Gardening

  • Festivals

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Grade 8
 

Grade 8

Eighth grade is the culminating year in our school and it is seen as a crowning year. The students are more deeply immersed into adolescence and are met with a curriculum which nourishes their growing curiosity, competence, and thinking while supporting the challenges and wonders they may be experiencing as individuals.

The eighth grade curriculum is designed to help the students know the modern world: from history to science to literature; the aim is to help the thirteen and fourteen year-olds feel at home in the present world with their emerging individualities. They become familiar with the world through history, literature, geography, and science, and achieve a level of expertise in various skills that allows them to walk ‘into’ the world with confidence. They will usually have regained the emotional balance they had lost in the sixth or seventh grade, and will end the eighth grade year filled with gratitude for the past eight years and enthusiasm for the coming challenges of high school.

Eighth grade projects are a significant part of the eighth grade experience. The projects commence in August and culminate in March. Each student receives the requirements for the project at the end of seventh grade and each student is allowed to choose their topic of choice with class teacher oversight. As part of the project, students are required to seek, secure and work with a mentor who is experienced within the area of their topic. The project consists of three parts: a written research paper, an oral presentation, and the creation of a physical “product.” Examples of these projects include building a Tesla Coil, making a guitar, directing a play, writing and performing a monologue, and creating a work of art.

The culminating experience for the eighth grade is the eighth grade class trip. The students and chaperons typically travel for one week. The experiences vary widely depending on the class. Often a service project is included in the trip.

Curriculum:

  • History: 1700–present

  • Shakespeare

  • Napoleon

  • World Geography

  • Business & Practical Writing

  • Compose a play

  • Life in Greek and Roman times

  • Geography of Asia, Australia & Antarctica

  • Chemistry: metals, gases, solids

  • Physiology: bones & muscles

  • Physics: sound, heat, aerodynamics

  • Grammar

  • Spanish

  • Practical mathematics - number bases, set concepts

  • Exact geometrical drawing, 3-dimensional

  • Classical languages: Latin and Greek

  • Theorems, volums of solids, laws of locii

  • Exact geometrical drawing

  • Sewing: garments, simple tunics, shirts, etc.

  • Woodworking with mallets, gouges and chisels; carving stools and boxes

  • Elizabethan songs, African-American spirituals

  • Symphonic form, American music

  • Descant, alto and tenor recorder

  • Greek wrestling

  • Team Sports

  • Modeling the human head in clay

  • Agriculture and Gardening

  • Festivals

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