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.
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.
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.
Full Sixth Grade Curriculum
Available 1 July 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 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.
Please also note that the 1-hour recording on sixth grade is included free with purchase of this curriculum. An overview of sixth grade, discussion of developmental needs, parenting and teaching advice are all covered in depth.
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