Christopher’s Curriculum: A Guide to 6th Grade
After the light-filled grace of 11 years of age, 12-year-olds seem heavy, sullen and earth-bound. When looking at a group of 11-year-olds and 12-year-olds one is struck by the beauty in proportion of the former, and the sudden gangliness and heaviness of the latter children.
The 6th grade Waldorf curriculum speaks to the earthiness, the materialism, of 12-year-old children by emphasizing Roman history, physics, business math, geology and the beginnings of logical thought in disciplines such as geometry.
The pragmatism of the Romans finds echo in the 6th grader’s soul. And her budding powers of thought are stretched by a rigorous and disciplined approach to subjects such as science. The material world is studied, both in terms of geology and physics. A main lesson in mechanics is also appropriate during this time.
Here is a list of our Sixth Grade materials:
Free Rough Guide to Sixth Grade: Click to add the free downloadable guide to your cart.
Scroll down to browse our selection of publications for 6th grade.
Sixth Grade Checklist: Click to print out a 6th Grade Checklist in PDF format.
Christopherus Amazon Store: Please visit our Amazon Store for a wide selection of suggested titles for middle grades students in science, math, history, literature and more. We add new titles regularly!
Putting it all Together
Our Waldorf Curriculum Overview and From Nature Stories to Natural Science are essential guides for Waldorf at home, as are Learning About the World Through Modeling and Painting in Waldorf Education. And of course the Sixth Grade Audio download is also crucial.
Our Roman History Bundle is necessary for your Roman history main lesson.
It is probably best if you work your way through medieval history in 6th grade as the goal is to get to modern times in 8th grade – and that’s a lot of history to cover! But, many people leave the Middle Ages until 7th grade. If you do purchase our Medieval History, be sure to get the companion volume on Geometric Designs from Islamic Art and Architecture, similar to the volume mentioned above. Make sure your approach is artistic and hands-on!
A good resource for your Medieval history narrative is Charles Kovacs’ The Age of Discovery. This book will also be important for 7th grade history.
For science this year, we offer two main lessons in physics, the first on the phenomena of heat, sound, color and light; the second on simple machines. See our Physics for more information.
As of Fall 2017, we will also have Earth Science, a holistic resource for exploring geology, the ocean and biomes.
The main focus in math this year is business math. We are pleased to offer Ernst Schuberth’s fine book, Mathematic Lessons for Sixth Grade written for Waldorf teachers, on this subject.
To support your child’s work with business math (fractions, decimals and percents) we urge you to purchase relevant workbooks from Key To. Read our comprehensive guide to Key To books for grades 6-8. If you did not use our 5th Grade Curriculum or are behind, please consider the Key To books we carry as part of our 5th Grade Math Bundle.
In 5th grade your child created many beautiful geometric designs either freehand or using a straightedge. This year’s geometry requires a compass and the work focuses on constructions. Beauty is, of course, never forfeited, and we offer a book on Compass Drawings for your use. Check the Key To guide mentioned above for recommendations for geometry workbooks.
In 5th Grade, the book, String, Straightedge, and Shadow formed an important part of geometry lessons. It continues to be required in 6th grade as the lessons on the Pythagorean theorem are vital – and Julia Diggins does a first rate job in presenting a living picture of Pythagoras and his work.
Click on the image or title to view detailed information about each publication and to purchase.
A Rough Guide to Sixth GradeRead more
6th Grade Physics BundleRead more
Sixth Grade Roman History BundleRead more
Roman HistoryRead more
Earth, Water, Fire and AirRead more
String, Straightedge, & ShadowRead more
Learning about the World through ModelingRead more