Narratives by an experienced Waldorf teacher for a 6th grade geology main lesson and 7th grade astronomy main lesson.
Written by a master Waldorf teacher, this book will provide homeschoolers with a strong framework for their 6th grade geology and 7th grade astronomy main lessons.
As with all of Kovacs’ books, the strong narrative is the highpoint of the book, enabling homeschooling parents to experience something of the tone, scope and depth of the core of the presentation for these lessons. Both geology and astronomy are vast subjects which can often seem dry and abstract. Kovacs brings warmth and enthusiasm to his subject matter, showing homeschooling parents not only what material one wants to cover, but, through his example, how to bring it to life.
Parents can choose to read the narratives to their children or base their own on what Kovacs gives. Either way, further preparation is, of course, necessary so one can flesh out and deepen the main lessons. Please refer to our From Nature Stories to Natural Science and the appropriate Rough Guides for guidance.
In the true spirit of Waldorf education, where one begins with one’s immediate surroundings and thus grounds one’s lessons in what the children are familiar with, Kovacs focuses heavily on the geology of Scotland, as he was a teacher at the Edinburgh Steiner School. Unless you are in Scotland, it is unlikely that this focus will be of interest: but we need to emphasis that precisely because Kovacs grounds his presentations in real experiences, he thus provides an excellent framework for homeschooling parents to use to base their own narratives on their local geology.
The geology section of the book has sections on young and old rocks; volcanic rocks; limestone; coal; water; wind; and glaciers.
The astronomy section of this book is by far the clearest I have seen on 7th grade astronomy lessons, though again, you will need to read further to gain your own understanding of the material so you can discuss it properly with your child. Kovacs covers the movement of the sun and stars; how calendars work; longitude and latitude; the planets and moon; and short biographical sketches of figures such as Pythagoras, Copernicus and Galileo, thus complementing other 7th grade main lessons in geometry and history.
By supplementing the narratives in this book with hands-on activities (see From Nature Stories to Natural Science and the Seventh Grade Rough Guide) you will easily be able to create a full and very satisfactory astronomy main lesson for your 7th grader.
176 pages, paperback