Class 6: Ms. Andrea (2022/2023)

2022/2023 Live Zoom Times

Track 1: 
Class Zoom: Monday & Wednesday 8am PST
Enrichment: Thursday 8am PST

 

Track 2: 
Class Zoom: Monday 10am & Wednesday 9am PST
Enrichment: Thursday 9am PST
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Family Testimonial 

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

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Class Description

As a child turns twelve, a beautiful new being begins to emerge – one who is now capable both of feeling deeply and of holding an objective view of the world around us.

We will meet this developing sense of empathy and understanding for others by exploring other lands and cultures, including the geography of Africa, Europe and Asia, as well as the history of Rome and the Middle Ages. Studying the science of Geology and Minerals of the earth, as well as the Physics of sound, heat, light, and color will enliven the child’s new ability of conceptual thinking.

Mathematics lessons turn toward fractions, decimals, percentages, and the practical aspects of Business Math, such as working with money and calculating profit and loss. Geometry, too, becomes much more precise now as students learn to use a compass and straightedge to create intricate and beautiful forms.

On the cusp of adolescence, undergoing big changes in body, mind, and soul, the twelve-year old child needs both the steady, grounded support of adults and engaging work, such as is offered here. The unfolding of a free and thinking human is a sacred journey, and I would be honored to have you join us.

Class 6 Steiner pedagogy:

Language Arts: Biographies, Grammar, Historical fiction 

Mathematics: Pre-Algebra, Percentage, Interest, Profit/Loss, Geometry

Science: Gardening. Geology, Physics, Intro to Astronomy

Social Studies: Roman History, Troy, World Geography, Life of Christ, Crusades, Mohammed, Islamic people, Medieval Life

Work Samples:

Sample Video from Ms. Andrea teaching Class 5:

 

Enrichment is incorporated in your full class experience!

Meet your Four Fold Enrichment teachers!

Handwork With Ms. Maggie

 

The focus of Class 6 is fine needle work and an introduction to doll making. We will begin by reintroducing embroidery skills and basic sewing stitches as the students learn how to make marionettes with lightweight fabrics that flow in their movements. The students can use these stringed puppets to practice the art of storytelling. Next, the students will learn traditional dollmaking techniques to make a handcrafted Waldorf doll. The entire doll will be hand sewn with skin-colored cotton knit fabric and stuffed with wool. The students will first make the doll head, and then draft a pattern for the body as they visualize how the pieces should come together to make a three-dimensional object. Careful stuffing techniques will be introduced as well as new sewing stitches, such as the invisible ladder stitch. Embroidery and basic crochet will be revisited as the face of the doll is embroidered and the cap for the doll hair is crocheted. Students will create a basic wardrobe for their dolls. We will knit socks for the dolls and I will guide each student on how to create clothing from different types of fabrics as they create their own original patterns. The time, thought, and effort it takes to make these special dolls will be reflected in the students’ completed projects, all unique with their own character.

Eurythmy Inspired Movement With Ms. Tiffany

 

 

The theme of the sixth grade is “Master of the House.” The sixth grader is reminded where he comes from. This year we will work on memorizing the letter gestures forwards and backwards, as well as work with all colors. We will continue our work with walking various forms, as well as, threefold walking and moving through etheric space. For tone eurythmy, we work with rhythm, beat, and pitch in the direction of space, minor scales, and the Interval of the Octave. For copper rods exercises we will work intermediate to advanced rod exercises and activities that involve great concentration and coordination.

American Sign Language with Ms. Rebecca

 

Grade 6 will begin to have a deeper understanding of how grammar and syntax works in American Sign Language. We will focus on good articulation, and having small conversations in American sign language. Vocabulary for class will come from their main lessons.. They will also be exposed to Deaf sub-cultures, types of deafness, physics of sound and ASL poetry.

Music with Mr. Mark

 

 

In Music Class 6 we use singing games, dancing games, and 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 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 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!