Brief Notes on Homeschooling Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Grade

 

I have recently been jotting down a notes regarding fifth, sixth and seventh grades.  These notes will probably only make sense if you are coming up to these grades and you are a Waldorf homeschooler. Smile  If you are planning for these grades, I hope these ideas are helpful.

 

Fifth Grade:

The Greek myths of the stars should certainly be included as a preparation for astronomy in sixth or seventh grade.

I really think Ancient Egypt’s neighbors should be explored if possible.  “Hear the Voice of the Griot!” by Betty Staley does have some information about Ancient Ethiopia.    This would help set the stage for African geography in seventh or eighth grade.

 

Sixth Grade:

I would try to put astronomy here, not really for any esoteric reason, but just that seventh grade is really busy enough, and it sets the stage for further discussion of navigation and the explorers in seventh grade.

I recommend placing percentages/business math and physics in the fall.  I would limit physics to heat, light/optics and sound unless you have enough time to really dig in and do a five or six week physics block.

I would try to touch on feudal Japan during your medieval block if possible.

If you have time, I would put American Colonial History here, but this is a busy year.  I am doing a block of American Colonial and Revolutionary War history in seventh, which will tie in nicely  to looking at some of the Transcendentalist  writers during our last weeks of Wish, Wonder, Surprise.

 

Seventh Grade:

Whew.  Still planning, but finding a few things out as I go along.

I feel strongly African geography should go in this year.

Physiology could take up a lot of time between Kovacs’ book, the idea of nutrition/health and the reproductive system.   The reproductive system could be its own block as well.   I like the “Coming of Age” curriculum, although I had to modify some of it for our own values and beliefs, and it runs about 5 weeks in total for a group/class situation, so you may want to see how you want to look at this.  I also loved Rick Tan’s talk on this subject over at The Waldorf Connection this month.   I have also found some good Christian resources to add to this block for more of the emotional/spiritual side that is started in the “Coming of Age’’ curriculum.

Like every year we teach, think economy of teaching.  Physics could include poetry, painting, physiology and writing; chemistry can include poetry and writing; etc.  You could work in Latin American geography and the Ancient Aztecs and Mayas with explorers.  There are many possibilities.

I would recommend at this point to do your writing for Wish, Wonder, and Surprise throughout the year and perhaps culminate with just a few weeks toward the end of the school year.

 

I would love to hear how your planning for fifth, sixth, or seventh grade is coming along!

Blessings,
Carrie

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7 thoughts on “Brief Notes on Homeschooling Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Grade

  1. Hey Carrie,
    My boys are at a baseball game tonight and I am reading a writing curriculum. Guess what though? It is rocking my world! It is The Writer’s Jungle from the Brave Writer program. Obviously, I haven’t used it with my seventh grader yet, but it is giving me a whole new way to look at teaching writing. And sometimes a change in perspective is more than half the battle!! I got it for half price on the homeschool buyers coop. $40 well spent.
    xo
    Sheila
    (who lives a VERY exciting life)
    LOL

  2. I bought Brave Writer last year after having several other Waldorf homeschooling moms recommend it. It really is wonderful but I have not figured out how to incorporate it well into our weekly rhythm. I am planning for sixth grade and just got my block layout figured out. I am putting astronomy in sixth as well, mainly because I think my son will really enjoy it and want to capitalize on his current interest in all things nature-related. Just curious why physics and business math in the fall? I was planning to do physics in the spring, geology in the fall, and business math in January. I too am tentatively planning a American revolution/colonial history block at the very end of seventh grade… it’s more of a practical reason,, though. I’m thinking there’s a good chance my son will be going to high school that next year (since Waldorf grade 8 is the same age as mainstream grade 9) and I want to make sure that I am the one who gets to teach him this subject.

    • Lisa! Ha! That was exactly what I emailed Sheila privately…where does it go in your daily or weekly rhythm? :) I just suggested physics and business math in fall – I did mineraology in fall, physics was supposed to be in February and we got really off track and only did about a week and a half of acoustics, and then we did business math one of our last blocks so we had the year to work on percentages. I just think from my experience, physics was harder for me to teach prepare for by that time of the year because I was fatigued teaching multiple grades and such. I think we would have stayed more on track with it if it had been one of our first blocks. So in hindsight I would switch those two blocks. I think Business Math would be fine in January. I just really noticed this year my own level of fatigue with multiples grades and ages because our children are spaced so far apart. It seemed to matter more this year than past years for some reason.
      Love,
      Carrie

  3. I would also love to hear, how to fit Writers Jungle into your Rhythm – I just recently got a copy too, have not gone through it all yet though. Hmmm, I also got mineralogy in the fall and physics in the spring…. I just might need to look at that. Also curious as to why African geography in the 6th, I have European scheduled for this year (6th) and South American/African scheduled for 7th. Any ideas for Business Math resources?

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