Urban Prairie Waldorf School

6th graders built a functioning model of an inverted siphon aqueduct during their study of the Roman Empire.

Sixth Grade

 

The Child

Sixth graders are on the cusp of adolescence, and as such, they bring an increased capacity for critical thinking into the classroom. These students experience rapid physical growth and psychological change and often seek rules and causality to bring order to their new experience of the world. The student has an increased interest in social relationships. Once the sixth grader becomes more comfortable with these new developments, he is ready to look out into the world to discern his place, responsibilities, and opportunities.

The Class

The sixth grade history curriculum meets the students’ increased interest in causality and desire for equality with the Roman system of order and justice. The students are also formally introduced to the study of astronomy, physics, and geology. They continue to explore the wonder and beauty of the world through botany and geometry. The teacher provides the students with new perspectives, particularly directing their attention out into the world.

 

The Curriculum:

 

Mathematics

  • Business math (interest, profit and loss)
  • Equations
  • Geometry
  • Graphs

 

Music

  • Orchestra and chorus
  • Roman music
  • Three part choruses

Language Arts

  • Exploration of different forms of independent writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar, punctuation and capitalization
  • Oral recitation and drama

 

Art

  • Sculpture
  • Painting story motifs
  • Form drawing including geometric forms
  • Advanced drawing techniques

Geography

  • World Geography including South America

Movement

  • Movement geared toward increased balance, agility, strength, and coordination
  • Team sports
  • Folk dancing

 

Literature

  • Stories from Medieval history
  • Poetry and ballads
  • Tales of chivalry

 

Mandarin Chinese Immersion Class

  • Continued work on characters and pinyin writing
  • Beginning Grammar
  • Simple reading
  • Dictation

 

Natural Sciences

  • Botany
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Physics:  acoustics, heat, light, magnetism, static electricity

 

Eurythmy

  • Challenging concentration exercises

History

  • Roman empire
  • Medieval society
  • Life of Mohammed and early Islamic people
  • Life of Christ and the Crusades

Practical Arts

  • Metalworking
  • Woodworking

 

Handwork

  • Pattern-making
  • Sewing

Field Trip

  • As a part of their study of geology and mineralogy, the sixth graders take a multi-night camping trip to place of interest in the region where they can explore caves.
  • Visit local points of interest that support the sixth grade curriculum.

Spanish Immersion Class

  • Reading and writing
  • Increased understanding of grammar
  • Stories for cultural literacy
  • Festivals of Spanish speaking countries