Class 8: Mr. & Mrs. Spiepker (2022/2023)

2022/2023 Live Zoom Times

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

We have been with Season of Seven since the first year they opened and we are looking forward to sticking around for years to come! We have experienced several public schools, a Waldorf charter school and independently homeschooling. Seasons of Seven is the best of both worlds! It allows our children to be taught by amazing teachers while still enjoying the comfort and flexibility of being at home. The teachers do all the planning and creating of beautiful lessons. They even meet with the class parents weekly so everyone knows what the class is working on. As working homeschooling parents we love being in a supportive role and not having to do all the elements on our own. Our children are engaged in their lessons and enjoy the relationships they have built with their teachers and classmates. We love how this experience has brought the spirit of Waldorf more fully into our home. Our family is truly grateful for Season of Seven and how it meets the individual needs of our children. ~ The Dorsey’s

 

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Class Description

In the eighth grade we will be working with the theme of Polarity. Everything we present to the children should be done from at least two perspectives. This emphasis on duality is important as we try to meet, balance and support the forces of the childrens developing emotional life.

Eighth grade is clearly the crown of the childrens eight year primary school journey and while we bring certain aspects of their schooling to a conclusion we do it in such a way that we consolidate the  foudations for the childrens confident entry into high school. Students increasingly become  citizens of the world and tend to be quite revolutionary. We therefore share with them the stories of revolutionary peroids in history and bring them into modern times. The faculties of thinking are further developed as children delve deeper in to the subjects of Chemistry, Physics, Algebra and Geometry. We address the growing child and the physical changes that are underway in the childen in the study of Anatomy and Physiology when we take a closer look at the Muscular and Skeletal systems in the body. 

Children will continue to have opportunities in the poetry and short story writing blocks where they will use language as their tool for self expression. A culture of questioning will be strongly encouraged as the children seek the answers to their own personal questions.

We look forward to sharing this very rich and nourishing curriculum with you and your child. 

Warmly,

Bridgette and Gerhard Siepker 

Class 8 Steiner pedagogy:

Language Arts: Short stories, Story elements, Shakespeare, Plays

Mathematics: Practical math, Equations, Algebra, Set theory, 3D geometry, Solid geometry

Science: Gardening. Plant chemistry, Human anatomy & Physiology, Thermal physics and Material properties.

Social Studies: In depth on revolutions and reform, Modern history, World geography, Art history

Work Samples:

Sample Video from the Siepker's teaching Class 7:

 

Enrichment is incorporated in your full class experience!

Meet your Four Fold Enrichment teachers!

Handwork With Ms. Maggie

 

As class 8 students study the Industrial Revolution this year, handwork focuses on the use of the sewing machine. We will begin the year by studying the history of the sewing machine and the overall impact it has had on the textile industry. The students will learn several different quilting styles and techniques, learn how to mend and care for clothing, and sew an apron. All of our projects for the year can be sewn by machine and also by hand.

  

Eurythmy Inspired Movement With Ms. Tiffany

 

 

The theme of the eighth grade is FREEDOM. We work through questions like, “Am I deciding whether to move my bones and muscles or is something streaming into and through me?” We will use this as the guide to all the gestures and form walking we do this year, which is a deeper study of the gestures and form walking. For tone, we will work with intervals, harmonies, and tone gestures, as well as, gravity and levity through raying and streaming. For copper rods we will learn to master and properly execute advanced copper rod exercises as well as learn to form walk with these.

American Sign Language with Ms. Rebecca

 

Students in grade 8 will have the experience of learning American Sign Language through various subjects about the world. This includes world geography, cultures around the world, terminology related to government and politics, and watching various types of poetry in ASL. They will have the chance to practice giving presentations in ASL.

Music with Mr. Mark

 

 

In Music Class 8 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 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!