The sixth grade student has reached the beginning of a turbulent time with the onset of puberty and the physical and hormonal changes that mark this period. But it is also a time for enormous intellectual and emotional growth, so the Waldorf Academy curriculum is sensitive to the age-related challenges, and primed to dovetail with the children’s interests and curiosity. History, science, physics, math, foreign languages, music, art, fitness and outdoor education programs, are all designed to excite the imaginations of students at these ages and be relat able for them at their life stages.
By the seventh grade, students are forceful, expressive and intent on challenging conventional wisdom. This is a time of assertion and independence as the child moves toward their vision of themselves as adults. What better time to study the Renaissance, a powerful period when independent thinkers sought to make reason the basis for truth? Students at this age can relate to the stories, characters and mood of the times. This is but one example of how the curriculum is carefully designed to speak to the child at each stage of development.
Eighth grade students are preparing to transition into a new phase of their lives with high school just around the corner. It is a time of great change that will include adjusting to new, and likely more conventional school environments. Students must be ready, secure in themselves and comfortable with their place in the world so that they can tackle the next challenges with enthusiasm. The Waldorf Academy curriculum, while tough academically, never loses sight of the importance of individual growth and developing confidence.
Hero’s Journey: November 9 Location: Gym Time: 5:45pm-6:45pm Grade 8 students presentation: Art & Monologues. Open to Community
Grade 8 Projects: March 8,9,10