Class 7: Ms. Andrea (2023/2024)
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Track 1 Class Zoom: Monday & Wednesday at 8 am
Optional Student Hour: Tuesday at 9 am
Enrichment: Thursday 8am
Track 2 Class Zoom: Monday 10 am & Wednesday at 9 am
Optional Student Hour: Tuesdays at 9 am
Enrichment: Thursday 9am (Handwork 8:30 am PT)
Parent Office Hours: Mondays from 3 pm Pacific TimeApply Here!
Thank you Ms. Andrea so much for your dedication, your creativity, and for the passion you demonstrate in teaching. Your patience, encouragement and acceptance of each one of your students shines through in your work and has a deep impact on the development of their sense of self. You are a truly amazing educator. We are so grateful to have you as our teacher! You have helped transform, what initially seemed an intimidating experience, into the best decision we made. I can’t express how incredibly helpful it has been to have your support in this homeschooling journey. We look forward to all that is to come! ~Laura
"You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself" - Galileo Galilei
What an exciting year it is that lies before the 7th grade child.
This is the year of awakening, of enlightenment and of Renaissance in every sense of the word. It is here that the children begin to feel themselves as true citizens of the world.
In History the children will hear the biographies of the great explorers, thinkers, artists and reformers. These individuals challenged the times they lived in and paved the way for change, reform and revolution.
As the children discover the outer world around them, they will begin to discover and experience their own inner world. The outer stories mirror the inner experience. Children begin to delight in their capacity to think their own thoughts and experience cause and effect and varying pionts of view and prespectives. They enjoy the sense of order these new faculties bring. Subjects that nurture and feed these budding capacities include Chemistry, Physics, Algebra, Geometry and Astronomy. True endeavours will be made to infuse thoughts and judgements with real imagination.
As physical changes dominate, the children will have a chance to explore the subjects of Physiology and Nutrition, providing ample opportunities to discuss relevant topics and questions. Opportunities for self - expression through language and art will be encouraged and nurtured.
Class 7 Steiner pedagogy:
Language Arts: Research papers, poetry, play writing. Exploring language through themed papers, including Wish, Wonder and Surprise. Biographies of historical figures. Arthurian legends
Mathematics: Continued practical mathematics, business mathematics, algebra, graphing, areas, perimeters
Science: Chemistry including combustion, chemical transformations. Physiology including reproduction, the circulatory system, nutrition, first aid. Physics of light, magnetism, static and current electricity, mechanics. Astronomy
Social Studies: History from 1400 to 1700, The Age of Exploration, The Age of Discovery, The Renaissance, geography of Africa and Europe, geographical terminology.
Artistic Studies: Perspective drawing, watercolor painting modeling with clay.
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Enrichment is incorporated in your full class experience!
Meet your Four Fold Enrichment teachers!
Handwork With Ms. Maggie
The focus of handwork in seventh grade is the ancient art of felting. We will begin by learning the history of felting and exploring the uses of wool felt. After being introduced to this beautiful art, the students will use both wet felting and needle felting techniques to create three-dimensional art forms from wisps of colorful wool. The students will felt useful items such as unique geode-shaped pin cushions, slippers, lanterns, bowls, and a pencil roll. Felting is an art form that increases special awareness and fine motor skills.
Eurythmy Inspired Movement With Ms. Tiffany
The theme of the Seventh grade is moody drama. We will work with this by working with the soul gestures of affirmation/negation and sympathy/antipathy. We will learn how to move through and occupy the etheric space around us as we learn to form walk with continuous forms. For tone, we will solidify basic tone gestures, work with sharps and flats, and work with major/minor chords and moods. For copper rods, we will dive deeper into advanced copper rod exercises fitted for the seventh grade.
German with Mr. Dornemann
The aim of the course is to experience the German language, to get used to its sounds, acquire basic vocabulary and speaking skills. It is intended for beginners with no or little previous exposure to the German language.
In the recorded part of the lessons there will be listening and speaking activities, poems, songs, stories and tongue twisters. Students will practice speaking by repeating what the teacher presents. In our live sessions we will engage in speaking and conversation as well as call and response.
The vocabulary covered will include actions, counting, phrases, cultural references and many words describing aspects of everyday life.
Music with Mr. Mark
In Music Class 7 we use singing games, dancing games, and sing-alongs to create music together. We explore physically the steady beat, how the beat relates to rhythm, and how beat and rhythm relate to melody in a naturally organic progression. The material we use incorporates aspects of the students’ Main Lesson blocks. Emphasis is on creative expression and musical exploration, where everyone participates together in the creation of beautiful music. Rythmic and Melodic Notation are explored in a fun, organic way that relates to the Feeling Life of the music rather than the Intellectual, and we will compose our own songs. We incorporate Intermediate Recorder into our musical explorations (many students have already been playing recorder at this age, and I take that into account as I incorporate complete beginners with those who have some recorder skills, so that we can all progress together). We will also incorporate Beginning/Intermediate Ukelele!