Class 6 with Mrs. Bridgette Spiepker
“Friends Romans country men, lend me your ears....”
This is the year of the Roman history. We study the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and its contribution to our world. Roman precision, Roman
Laws and Roman conquests all meet the developing needs of the twelve year old. The introduction of physics with emphasis on phenomena of sound , color ,heat ,magnetism and electricity provide the children with the opportunity to exercise the emerging power of thinking. Mathematical skills move into the realm of Geometry as the children are introduced to precision work with a compass and creating intricate and beautiful forms. Business mathematics is also introduced and children are encouraged to work practically with money, percentage increase and profit and loss.
Concepts of borrowing and lending on a moral basis could also be explored. In nature studies are grounded in the study of the foundations of the earth-the study of Geology. This can also be linked to the study of the continent on which the children live. Hand work and wood work skills continue to be practiced and enhanced with the emphasis on the practicality and beauty of items made.The music skills are enhanced and developed further.
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
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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!
Class 6 Live Zoom Times
Class Zoom: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8am PST
Enrichment: Thursday, 8am PST
Parent Zoom: Tuesday 9am PST
Class Zoom: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am PST
Enrichment: Thursday, 9am PST
Parent Zoom: Tuesday 9am PST
"Bridgette is a truly gifted Waldorf teacher. Her storytelling skills are divine, regularly bringing my child to edge of her seat. Bridgette’s lessons are thoughtful and engaging. She is organized, responsive, and communicative. She is kind and compassionate, and shows tough love when it’s needed to keep the class focused. Our family adores her!" ~ Larsen Family