Grade 7

The history curriculum stretches from the late Middle Ages to the twilight of the Renaissance.

Algebra begins with the study of positive and negative numbers and moves into the laws of balance that underlie problems with equations. Work with exponents is also be introduced.

As the possibility of creative activity awakens in the students' souls, they begin “creative writing.” Through prose and poetry the students look at three states of soul, expressed as “Wish,” “Wonder,” and “Surprise.”

The study of human physiology, presented from the vantage point of health and hygiene, concentrates on the human digestive system, the respiratory and circulatory systems, as well as the eye and the ear.

Mechanics is the topic in physics, which allows them to apply algebra to discover its underlying laws.

In chemistry they study principles of combustion, the salt process, as well as acids and bases, especially in relation to foods.

In geography the study centers on the countries studied in history, including descriptions of the physical, economic, cultural conditions of the land and peoples. Some teachers choose a particular continent for the focus. Most important is that the students receive a view of the whole earth.

It is appropriate to begin with the study of the basic laws of perspective drawing first formulated at the dawn of the Renaissance. As they master the technicalities of vanishing points, converging lines, interpolation and extrapolation the students gain the ability to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional sheet of paper.

Singing, orchestra, handwork, clay, gardening, woodworking, recorder playing, eurythmy, physical education, drawing and painting as well as the study of Spanish and German continue throughout the year.