Grade 6

The sixth grade history curriculum begins with a recapitulation of the mythical stage of history, the examination of Rome's divine origins. The study then turns to figures of flesh and blood, and events whose monuments still stand in our own age. This is appropriate, for the sixth grader now stands like an ancient Roman, solidly on the earth, and craves facts and their relationship to one another. History is studied as chronology; making a time line in relation to the expansion and contraction of the Roman Empire and the ever-changing map of Europe helps the children understand history in relation to space. The history curriculum extends from early Roman history to the fall of the Roman Empire and the unfolding of European civilization in the Middle Ages.

In science the students study the heavens and the earth, mineralogy and astronomy; they also study acoustics and optics, which is their introduction to laboratory science. Some teachers include an introduction to thermodynamics and electricity and magnetism which will be developed further in the next two years.

In math they study graphs, business math and concepts of economics such as interest, taxation and profit and loss.This year, using draftsman's pencils, the children draw geometric forms with instruments which provide an external image of the eye and the arm: T-square, straightedge and compass.

In geography they study cultures as well as physical geography, sometimes of Europe, sometimes of South America.

The class begins woodworking and gardening, and continue work in handcrafts where they make dolls and stuffed animals which they have designed themselves.The foreign languages, physical education, eurythmy, and music curricula continue as well.