7th Grade

  • The Wholeness of Astronomy

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    The following is the introduction to the Teacher’s Guide for our new publication, A Year of Astronomy, available to purchase mid January 2019. On the one hand, astronomy is such an obvious and simple subject to study—all one needs to…

  • Astronomy–finally!

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    Whewf! It’s taken quite a bit to birth this book–or rather, these books or materials! I have been working on this for quite some time as those of you wanting to purchase our astronomy curriculum know. Astronomy is a homeschooler’s…

  • The Christopherus Geography Curriculum

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    by Donna Simmons   From one point of view, you could say that a study of geography is the heart of the Waldorf curriculum—it is the discipline that connects and enlivens much of the rest of the curriculum. History, science…

  • Why do Calligraphy?

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Barbara Benson Sometime early in my homeschooling, a Waldorf resource mentioned doing calligraphy in 6th and continuing through 8th as both an art form and a lovely embellishment for main lesson books, particularly in history. Over the years, I…

  • Creative Writing in 7th Grade

    Posted by Christopherus

    by Barbara Benson   In A Rough Guide to Seventh Grade, Donna has this to say about a main lesson unit in Waldorf schools called Wish, Wonder and Surprise: “We have not scheduled this as a main lesson because I…

  • A Mathematics Main Lesson: Geometry in Man and Nature (7th and 8th)

    Posted by Christopherus

    By Barbara Benson The  primary reference text recommended in A Rough Guide for Seventh Grade  is Mathematics Around Us. The primary text for Eighth Grade is Mathematics  in Nature, Space and Time. These are both great books with wonderful illustrations….

  • Coping with Chemistry-7th Grade

    Posted by Christopherus

    By Barbara Benson In Donna’s From Nature Stories to Natural Science (104-106), she suggests organizing the Chemistry main lesson for grade 7 around the traditional elements of Fire, Water Earth and Air, with Fire (combustion) being the natural starting point.  Since…

  • Highlights and Challenges of 7th Grade: Geography ( Focus on Africa)

    Posted by Christopherus

    By Barbara Benson   In Donna’s  A Rough Guide to Seventh Grade, she states that” this year’s focus is on Latin America, Asia and Africa.” (12). That is a lot of geographical ground to cover! There is also an emphasis…

  • Classical Physics

    Posted by Donna Simmons

    By Donna Simmons For science this semester, we are focusing mainly on physics. For a number of years I have been aware of the Teaching Company, an organization which produces lecture series on every topic imaginable, delivered by hand-picked college…

  • Managing Main Lessons with Multiples: 5th and 7th grade combined unit on China

    Posted by Christopherus

    By Barbara Benson There are times in the main lessons scheduled throughout the grades when combining a main lesson for multiple ages is actually ideal. One of these times is the unit study on Ancient China, highlighted in the Fifth…

  • The Child and the Community

    Posted by Christopherus

    Here is an article by Christopherus forum moderator, workshop presenter and consultant Barbara Benson about her experience as a homeschooler encouraging her older children to expand their horizons into the larger community, something that anyone homeschooling older children must do. While over…

  • Handwork and Crafts with Older Children

    Posted by Christopherus

    It seems that everywhere one looks there are wonderful on-line stores and home businesses selling all manner of lovely craft items for children – young children. I can’t think why, but there is a distinct lack of craft kits and…

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