So I have gone through a good deal of thinking recently about these grades. I have been writing things down (and scratching things out), and have come up with a yearly plan, a weekly plan, and a daily plan for my first time through tenth grade, my second time through seventh grade, and my third time through second grade.
To help clarify the roles of yearly, weekly, and daily plans, I think of the possibilities in the following ways. The yearly plan is our start and end dates, vacation dates, any field trips I know about. It is figuring out how many weeks we will run total. It is festivals and religious observances and seasonal fun.
The weekly plan includes things like how many days I week I will teach, how many days will we be outside the home (unfortunately, with a high schooler, more than I would like). I think about things like how many times a week do I need to teach X high school subject that runs all year and is not in a block, or does my seventh grader need extra help in an area outside of block scheduling?
The daily plan includes things such as how to get everyone’s school in, what can we all do together as a family or what can I do to combine my seventh and tenth grader, what can I do for self-care and my own health each and every day, how will the house and meals be handled.
The block rotations are specific to Waldorf homeschooling and how I prefer to teach and how my children prefer to learn. So, the block plan rotation for each of these grades looks like this so far:
- August – Nature Tales for form drawing and to review the alphabet and all letter sounds
- September – Math through Trickster Tales
- October – Fables
- November – Math and American Tall Tales
- December – Stories of Light
- January – Math
- February – Chinese Fairy Tales
- March – Math
- April – Native American Tales
- May- Gardening and Herbs, more Native American Tales
Seventh Grade – We will be doing practice math daily and in blocks; we will be doing extra writing twice a week combined with our tenth grader, and we will be folding the physiology block into some of the things for health our tenth grader is doing weekly. Also, I am planning a once a week “together” block with some of the areas that overlap between seventh and tenth grades: Africa, Oceanography, Navigation, Mechanics, Exploration and World Geography, Latin America, Colonial America, Poetry.
For blocks, I am thinking (totally subject to change!)
- August/September – The Renaissance, The Reformation, and Perspective Drawing
- October- Math
- November – Africa – geography, people, animals (may work in poetry writing haikus about animals as well)
- December – Physics and Math
- January – Latin America
- February- Exploration (with a focus on writing with a Wish, Wonder, Suprise theme. We will also be doing this in our two day a week writing throughout the year).
- March – Math
- April – Colonial History – Biographies
- May- Astronomy and Magnetism
- I am thinking of skipping chemistry and combining seventh and eighth grade chemistry into one block in eighth grade but we shall see!
Tenth Grade – Classes that will run all year will include geometry, United States Government, Environmental Science, Health, and possibly Spanish 3. English will run in blocks and twice a week during non-writing blocks. United States Government will run in much the same way – in blocks but also in weekly classes when we are not on that subject as a block.
Block Rotation will include: (also totally subject to change!)
- August – United States Government
- September – Embryology
- October- United States Government
- November and December- Ancient Civilizations with Ancient Literature
- January – Hands On Trigonometry, Triangulation
- February – Contemporary African-American Literature (6 weeks)
- March/April – United States Government
- April/May – Poetry
We shall see how it all works out! It promises to be a busy year.