So, I have laid out my general plans for seventh grade. This is the advantage of having taught this grade twice before in a Waldorf style – I still have my notes, which is very helpful. One of the years I went through seventh year I put a week by week summary on this blog, so you can access those older posts.
I want to really focus on geography and the interaction of people with where they live throughout this year, so I plan on doing a little geography throughout the year. Every day we will do math practice and geography. We also have a focus on writing as our son just became interested in writing more recently, and I want to focus on that for preparation for high school work.
With middle schoolers, I feel I often turn the main lesson rhythm found in Waldorf on its head and often begin with something hands on, working side by side, bringing in the sort of presentation piece or more of a Socratic method of questioning and then ending with the academic writing.
Our plans to begin our new school year in August look like this at this point. I am saving physiology for eighth grade.
Week One August 8-12 – Physics
Week Two August 15-19 – Physics
Week Three August 22-26 Physics
Week Four August 29-September 2 – Math Main Lesson
Week Five September 5-9 – Math Main Lesson
Week Six September 12-16 Math Main Lesson
Week Seven September 19-23 The Life of Buddha
SEPTEMBER 26-30 FALL BREAK
Week Eight October 3-7- Renaissance
Week Nine October 10-14 – Renaissance
Week Ten October 17-21 – Renaissance
Week Eleven October 24-28 – Renaissance and Father-Son Trip
Week Twelve October 31-November 4 – Perspective Drawing
Week Thirteen November 7-11 – Perspective Drawing
Week Fourteen November 14-18 – Catch Up Week
NOVEMBER 21-25 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Week Fifteen November 28-December 2 – Astronomy and Navigation
Week Sixteen December 5-9 – Astronomy and Navigation
Week Seventeen December 12-16 – Astronomy and Navigation
DECEMBER 19- JANUARY 4 – CHRISTMAS BREAK
Week Eighteen January 5/6 – Grammar and Writing
Week Nineteen January 9-13 – Grammar and Writing
Week Twenty January 16-January 20 – Grammar and Writing
Week Twenty One January 23-27 – Chemistry
Week Twenty Two January 30-February 3 – Chemistry
Week Twenty Three February 6-February 10 – Chemistry
FEBRUARY 13-17 WINTER BREAK
Week Twenty Four February 20-24- Math Main Lesson
Week Twenty Five February 27-March 3- Math Main Lesson
Week Twenty Six March 6-10- Math Main Lesson
Week Twenty Seven March 13-17 – American Colonial Times
Week Twenty Eight March 20-24 – American Colonial Times
Week Twenty Nine March 27-31 – American Colonial Times
APRIL 3-7 SPRING BREAK
Week Thirty April 10-14 – Writing
Week Thirty One April 17-21 – Writing
Week Thirty Two April 24-28 – Writing
Week Thirty Three May 1-5 -Writing
Week Thirty Four May 8-12 – Catch Up Week
I am excited for this coming year. It promises to be full of friends, family, horses, 4H, church activities and other fun things!
Are you planning yet for fall? If you blog, please share a link below!
This look like it’s going to be a great year! I’m new to Waldorf and curious to know what resources will you be using.
I am so excited you are here! What grade are you doing? I can point out resources because I have been through all the grades at least once. I also have back posts for every grade and every block in every grade under the Homeschool header or use the search engine box. For this grade, I created my own content so I will be posting as we go along! Blessings, Carrie
Hi Carrie! Since we last spoke about working Celestial Navigation and Oceania in with Astronomy, I’ve found a slender little book that does a good job of introducing the connections between them. It is called A Gift from the Past by James Rumford. https://amzn.to/3K7Aovl
I also found some lesson plans (National Geographic, University of Hawai’i) which I put in my blog post: https://switzerite.blogspot.com/2020/12/celestial-navigation-resources-for.html
Thank you for sharing this, Renee! That little book sounds amazing, and I am looking forward to checking out your blog post!
What a great plan. I’m also planning grade 7 for my older son. We started building on writing this year, with a basic five paragraph essay — it just takes 3 good sentences to make a paragraph, and being much like the summaries we’ve been writing all along, it was an empowering segue to more researched based writing!
What are your resources for astronomy? I think Christopherus does a year long lesson throughout the seasons but shipping to Canada isn’t guaranteed.
For history, we tried Oak Meadow and my son likes leading his way through it. He’s getting very good at recapitulating, so that’s how we catch up and discuss what he’s read. Is your approach in the middle grades to still lead lessons like when they were younger?
If you have the time to reply, thank you!
Warmly, Elizabeth Palermo
HI Elizabeth! Great plans – thank you for sharing! 🙂
I have LOTS of astronomy resources, so if you use the search engine box and search astronomy, lots should come up! 🙂
I do like to present lessons still, although I am not opposed to having select things to read as well. I think we often need to have our children practice reading things, especially nonfiction facts and nonfiction narratives, and have them be able to pick out the facts, main idea, etc.
I will be posting some plans here – Many blessings to you! Carrie