Class 5 with Ms. Andrea
Welcome to Class Five! We have an exciting year planned and I hope you will join us.
The fifth grade student is poised in a state of balance between childhood and adolescence. Developmentally graceful and harmonious, the fifth grader is often described as the ideal human depicted in Greek statues. Thus, the Greek theme runs throughout the year as we introduce geometry, science, geography, and mythologies leading into history. The curriculum beautifully supports the child’s newly developing ego and capacity for logical thought, while providing a foundation of our shared human beginnings.
As part of Language Arts, students will continue to strengthen grammar, composition, and reading skills as we dive into the beautiful stories and verse of Ancient Cultures around the world, including India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece. We will also learn about the cultural geography of these lands through mapmaking, painting, and modeling.
Natural Science will consist of botany and geography, as we examine the intimate relationship between plant life and the physical environment.
During Math Main Lesson blocks, the students will explore the beauty of freehand geometry, deepen their understanding of fractions as we also learn to divide them, be introduced to decimal fractions and the metric system, and marvel at the perfection of mathematics and The Wonder of Number.
Main Themes of Grade 5
Language Arts: Grammar, Composition, Dictionary use, Verse and Mythologies from Ancient Cultures
Mathematics: Freehand Geometry, Fractions, Standard Long Division, Decimal fractions, Metric System, Measurement, The Wonder of Number
Science: Botany, some Zoology
Social Studies: US Geography, Ancient History, Greek History, Map Making
Enrichment is incorporated in your full class experience!
Meet your Four Fold Enrichment teachers!
Handwork With Ms. Maggie
In Class 5, we will advance our knitting skills. To begin, we will create handmade journals to write the handwork patterns in throughout the year, dye wool with natural plant dyes, wind wool, and make double pointed knitting needles. The students will work on these four needles to learn to knit in the round as they make a felted yarn bowl and learn to follow a written pattern, picking up stitches, shaping, and creating curves in three-dimensional knitting as they knit socks. Next the students will learn the cable stitch to make a tea cozy. A bit of woodworking will also be introduced to make a button for the tea cozy. We will weave in the Botany main lesson block taught in the 5th Grade Waldorf curriculum as the students continue knitting in the round to make a mushroom nature bag, felting it once it is finished.
Eurythmy Inspired Movement With Ms. Tiffany
The theme of the fifth grade is the star. We are stars; I am a star, its rays shape me and I form it. We go deep this year into the eurythmic gestures and form walking in learning how to use our etheric bodies and ray into the space surrounding us. We add steps to gestures and work with basic colors. This year for tone eurythmy, we learn not just rhythm, beat and pitch, but how to truly experience each. We will also work with major scales including the c-major scale. For copper rods we will add steps and movements to basic and intermediate rod exercises.
American Sign Language with Ms. Rebecca
Grade 5 students will continue to learn about American Sign Language grammar and syntax. We will do this through various topics including geography, math and science. Students will also learn about famous D/deaf and hard of hearing people throughout the world.
Music with Mr. Mark
In Music Class 5 we use singing games, dancing games, sing-alongs and stories 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 the changing seasons as well as 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. We incporporate Beginning/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, a little later in the year, introduce Beginning Ukelele!
Class 5 Live Zoom Times
Class Zoom: Monday & Wednesday 8am PST
Enrichment: Thursday 8am PST
Parent Zoom: Wednesday 4:30pm PST
Class Zoom: Monday & Wednesday 9am PST
Enrichment: Thursday 9am PST
Parent Zoom: Wednesday 4:30pm PST$500 Registration Fee & $3000 Tuition
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