As with all of our syllabuses, we include extensive teaching advice and help you understand the goals of the 6th grade curriculum and how one can make that work at home. We have laid out a chart outlining the goals and expectations for grades 6—8 so that a parent has something of a yardstick when considering her child’s progress and so she can also see where she is heading.
We include a lecture by Rudolf Steiner along with notes written by Donna to give the lecture context and to help a parent understand what Steiner is referring to. There is also advice about meeting requirements for homeschooling and help for parents new to Christopherus, Waldorf and/or homeschooling.
Because the middle grades are a time when homeschooling parents tend to enroll their children in classes or find teachers for various subjects—as is very important in these years—our schedules are less set than in the earlier grades. However, we give a clearly laid out overview of the flow of our Christopherus 6th grade including suggested late morning and afternoon lessons and also give extensive advice on why one might arrange one’s lessons in a particular sequence. Then it is up to you to find a way to make that work taking into account the schedules and needs of your particular family.
Full Sixth Grade Curriculum
Available summer 2019. Watch our newsletter and homepage for updates.
This is a temporary page which we will replace once the syllabus is complete.
Please note that a percentage of sixth grade syllabus sales will go to a Waldorf school project in a developing country, possibly Nepal. Our friend Eric Fairman, author of A Path of Discovery, is working right now in Nepal, where they use our Christopherus curriculum. He is letting us use sections from his math resources in our syllabus. In return, we are supporting his work. More details when the syllabus is finished!
The Christopherus 6th grade syllabus is a full year of main lessons as well as lessons in handwork, drawing and painting, cooking, and advice on foreign language, music, movement and sports and other specialty subjects in 6th grade and beyond. This syllabus also contains a full year of math and language arts ‘practice lessons.’
Main Lessons: geometry, Roman history, geography, business math, woodworking, Medieval history and an introduction to algebra. Please note that Physics: Two Main Lessons and Earth Science are an integral part of sixth grade but are sold separately.
You can find a few sample pages from the Roman history, medieval history and geography main lessons on your left.
Roman history and Medieval history come with audio recordings of lessons to listen to with your child, telling the stories of the exciting history of Rome, the Fall of Rome, the Silk Route, the Rise of Islam, feudal society in Europe, the Crusades, Jean d’Arc and much, much more. Donna narrates in the lively style that she took (and takes) when teaching. Parents that prefer to give their children their own narratives can use these recordings for inspiration. Listen to a couple excerpts from those talks at the bottom of this page.
Roman and medieval history used to be available as separate publications—what is now included in this sixth grade syllabus has been expanded and improved.
The geometry main lesson is accompanied by a 25 minute free video explaining how to approach 6th grade geometry and how to do some of the constructions. Watch it below.
Here is a link to blog article which explains in some depth how the geometry main lesson is arranged.
Here are two short excerpts of talks on Roman and Medieval history:
Roman history excerpt
Medieval history excerpt