Grades 7 & 8
The Waldorf approach in middle school balances academic, artistic, and practical activities to awaken each child’s thinking and creativity. Through the middle grades, Waldorf students are guided along a journey of human consciousness through an exploration of world history and cultures.
Learning comes to life through practical experience. Making and doing, creating beauty, and working with one’s hands – knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting, drawing, clay modeling and woodworking – are an integral part of the educational and developmental process. The teacher uses the curriculum to develop each student’s academic skills while igniting the imagination and stimulating their initiative to meet life’s challenges.. Seventh Grade
The 7th grader is on the other side of puberty but has a renaissance of that balance and beauty of 5th grade. Because of this developmental stage, history covers the Renaissance which was society's return to the beauty of the Greek ideal after the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Eighth Grade
As the skeleton lengthens and grows, mechanics and physics supply a curricular analogy. Human physiology is studied, and inorganic chemistry with its explosiveness rounds out the Science curriculum. As the student's geographical view expands, the Age of Exploration provides compelling biographies as the continents of Africa and Europe are often studied. Math takes the student on a journey including pre-algebra and solid geometry. In Language Arts, the student perfects creative expression in many writing assignments.
Students often enjoy a visiting eurythmist and continue to work on painting, choral singing, strings ensemble, advanced handwork- doll/animal making, felting, movement education;, and music. Students continue with Russian and Spanish, moving into conversations and dialogue.
The Age of Revolution is the theme of Grade 8. While the curriculum includes organic chemistry, physics, magnetism and electricity, it is the study of the French and American Revolution that speaks to the development of the child. As the child experiences inner revolutions, s/he sees how this played out at a macro cosmic level in our history. Geography expands to a world-level. Science includes anatomy, a subject near and dear to the ever-growing student. Math includes algebra; geometry, the platonic solids. Language arts includes the use of proper grammar and advanced composition as the complexity of the Main Lesson Book grows. Students often enjoy a visiting eurythmist. Handwork includes machine sewing. In art, there is often a segment on portrait drawing. Movement education lessons and music lessons continue as does time in Chorus and Strings Ensemble. Students continue Russian and Spanish studies and enjoy raising money for and planning their once-in-a-lifetime class trip. Often a memorable class play wraps up the school year. Some activities related to the lower grades curriculum include:
- Creative writing, reading, spelling, grammar, poetry and drama
- Medieval history, Renaissance, world exploration, American history, and biography
- Geography, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, anatomy, and physiology
For the complete curriculum for grades 7 & 8, see our curriculum overview.