Why a Rough Guide Instead of a Syllabus
At home the situation is even more dramatic. Children between 12 and 14 need to come into the world more and their homeschooling experience must include lessons taught by people other than their parents. To successfully homeschool children of this age – to truly meet their developmental needs – one must utilize the resources in one’s community and expand beyond the home. And this necessarily means using curriculum materials in a looser and more individualized way.
In light of the need for more flexibility and individualization in the middle school years, instead of a formal 6th grade syllabus, we are offering a range of materials and guidance on how to put together 6th grade lessons.
A Rough Guide to Sixth Grade
by Donna Simmons
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Our Rough Guide to Sixth Grade will help you schedule, plan and teach 6th grade at home.
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.