indyweek
Emerson Waldorf School slideshow Emerson Waldorf School slideshow Emerson Waldorf School slideshow
6th Grade

Structure and Order

Rudolf Steiner has pointed out that it is not until the child reaches his twelfth year that he can grasp causality, that he can understand cause and effect. This ability opens up a new way to approach the material of the curriculum. In Geology, for example, the sixth graders not only sharpen their observations of the world at their feet but also study how the movement of the earth changes the landscape and its inhabitants, and how our actions in the present will shape the world in the future. In Geometry, the students learn what happens when the straight edge is not exactly straight or the consequences when the compass point has moved a fractional amount.

The curriculum and experiences in the sixth grade year transition the students fully into Middle School. Many of the core subjects, such as Math and Language Arts, take greater strides in both breadth and the skills necessary to work with them. A sixth grader studies History from Rome to the Middle Ages, and all the stories and details those vivid cultural epochs contain. From Economics, Geography, Geometry, and Mineralogy to the phenomenological science of Physics, the students are often invigorated by the challenges of this new level of thinking.

The History of the sixth grade year is Rome and the Medieval Ages. A sixth grader is often interested in establishing structure and order, and in finding lawful relationships; the study of Rome is the perfect background to explore these themes. The mood of the Middle Ages, with the focus on cloistered monks and chivalry, satisfies the sixth grader’s quest for beauty, contemplation, and uprightness. The children study European Geography as a complement to the History lessons. They look for lawfulness in the heavens through a study of Astronomy, and then delve deeply into the structure and make-up of the earth as they study Mineralogy. In Physics, the sixth graders study acoustics, heat, and optics; the dynamics of light, dark, and color are further explored through painting and charcoal drawing. Language Arts focuses on the rules and laws of grammar, while Math focuses on business math and percentages, thus rounding out the sixth grade curriculum.

Special Subjects

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: German and Spanish (Conversational, Grammar, Vocabulary, Latin Proverbs)

PRACTICAL ARTS: Woodworking, Fabric Sculpture

EURYTHMY: Interpretive, Emotional, and Spiritual Energy Expressed Through Movement

MUSIC: Recorder, Orchestra, Chorus (Songs of Middle Ages, Roman Music)

6th Grade

Robyne Borhanian

Grade 6 Teacher