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. You can see from the samples pages that we do give a detailed flow of lessons for main lessons such as Roman history and Medieval history, algebra and geometry. We give extensive guidance and suggestions for other main lessons which rely more on your own circumstances (such as business math, earth science and geography).
One of the most exciting aspects of this very full curriculum is, we feel, the way that lessons are crafted so that they challenge a child in many different ways. In geometry, for example, there are times when the parent teaches the lesson. Another time the child reads the instructions and works through the form herself. In another lesson she teaches you how to draw the form. And in yet another lesson, she is given the completed form and must figure out how to create it herself.
Likewise, in our earth science materials (up to four sixth grade main lessons), we provide a student workbook, thus giving the student a very different experience of work and study than in earlier grades.
There is guidance and instruction on drawing, painting and crafts. Three special stories are included: the life of Christ Jesus, a recommended book on the life of Muhammad (Muhammad by Demi); and a version of the story of Sundiata of Mali adapted by Donna for a story-telling experience for your child. Bringing the riches of Christianity and of Islam are a part of the sixth grade curriculum, imperative as we study Roman history and then the Middle Ages. Specific lessons and suggestions are included for design work based on the Book of Kells (illuminated gospels from the Middle Ages) as well as Islamic design, thus rounding out your child’s experience of Christianity and of Islam.
As for Sundiata, the northern third of Africa features in geography and this wonderful story is one of humanity’s foundational stories and should be shared more widely and so we include it.
There is a full year of guidance and worksheets and specific lesson plans for practice math and for language arts. Included with your syllabus are two Key To math booklets introducing algebra as well as our metric math workbook. The latter is part of our 4th gr math and can be used as a quick and straightforward transition to metric. This theme will be deepened during your business math studies.
Business math is mainly focused on the specific and unique circumstances of each family’s economic life along with guidance on creating several kinds of real business projects with one’s child. Metric math is a part of (American) sixth grade and comes not just through the included metric math workbook but features in this year’s cooking lessons and woodwork.
The one-week woodworking main lesson is unique to Christopherus and we guide you through lessons which every homeschooler should be able to complete. In full Waldorf schools one would find a well-equipped wood work shop–we help you find ways to compromise what is, for most homeschoolers, unobtainable.
I just have to say THANK YOU, Donna.
We’re using the 6th grade curriculum and are listening to the recordings on Rome. I just have to say THANK YOU, Donna. You are the teacher I’m striving to be and it’s wonderful to be able to actually listen to the way you tell the stories. My daughter is enjoying them too, (though she rarely admits to liking anything these days… I can tell because she laughs and listens.) xoxo
I think especially because we started homeschool in 6th grade, I was very overwhelmed by the idea of assimilating and understanding enough to be able to create lectures or do inspired story telling. I was actually crippled by the gap between what I had envisioned and what I was able to eek out as we began. Added to that, I now had a 6th grader who didn’t want to do beautiful water colors or use a main lesson book or do any of the Waldorf-y things I love. I was not prepared for her painful lack of enthusiasm and resistance and it took quite a while to find our rhythm.
I wish I had had your lectures for the entire history curriculum. Or that I had thought to listen to Rome before we started because it really gave me a better idea of how to put the material together. I know I would have done a better job with Greece.
I would have happily paid extra for more of your recordings. My daughter likes them so much that she actually asked if we could just keep listening. And she’s absorbing the information!
You are such a wonderful teacher and story teller. You remind me of my favorite college professors. I remember being amazed in college to discover that a great professor made me fall in love with their subject even if I thought I had no interest in it.
You have even helped with our Greek history by bringing up the Greeks again in the Rome recordings.
I’m sad that you don’t have 7th grade since it now looks like we’ll be home again next year.
I hope that Christopherus thrives because what you are sharing is truly wonderful.
Thank you again,
Sixth Grade Curriculum
$500.00 – $600.00
Please also note that a 1-hour recording on sixth grade (focused on the curriculum, teaching and parenting advice and an overview of child development at age 12); two Key-To algebra workbooks; 4th gr metric math (students used this same but NON-metric workbook in 4th gr but now in 6th gr they are focused on metric); 6 narrative recordings on Roman history and 4 more narratives on Medieval history; and a full pattern for your 3-D elephant (one of the handwork projects) are all included with purchase of this curriculum. A companion video showing how to work with this year’s geometry and another video walking parents through woodworking techniques round out this very comprehensive curriculum.
Please note that throughout this syllabus there is specific reference to lessons and goals in 7th and 8th grade as well, giving the middle grades parent a full context as well as direction for the work this year.
Take a look at the Sixth Grade Syllabus with author, Donna Simmons
The Christopherus 6th grade syllabus, as in earlier years, contains not only main lessons, but 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.’ Language arts is based mainly on main lesson work but there are also additional lesson plans and a full year of advice and practical help.
Main Lessons: geometry, Roman history, geography, business math, woodworking, Medieval history, physics, earth science 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.
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.
In the video below, Gabriel explains some of the techniques used in the woodworking main lesson.
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