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Grade School Curriculum

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Curriculum Highlights by Grade

Grade 1

MATH: Arithmetic through movement and through lively oral games; Roman and Arabic numerals; counting by ones, twos, threes, fours, fives, and tens; the four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) are practiced; simple number problems.

SCIENCE: Nature stories, outdoor explorations.

LANGUAGE ARTS: Pictorial phonetic introduction to letters, reading approached through writing, annual class play.

HISTORY: Fairy tales.

FRENCH: Greetings, numbers, the human body, colors, clothing, food, the weather, seasons, holidays, animals, songs, short poems, games.

MUSIC: Singing, interval and pentatonic flutes.

VISUAL AND PRACTICAL ARTS: Watercolor painting, beeswax sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, form drawing.

MOVEMENT AND GAMES: Social games, circle games, hand clapping games, swinging, jumping, climbing, running, skipping, catching, balancing activities.

EURYTHMY: Movement classes using folk and fairy tales.

Grade 2

MATH: Continued four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and multiplication tables, carrying and borrowing, patterns, mental arithmetic, practice books introduced.

SCIENCE: Nature stories, outdoor explorations.

LANGUAGE ARTS: Reading, writing, simple compositions, early readers, annual class play.

HISTORY: Fables, legends, and myths.

FRENCH: Songs, stories, fables, and games.

MUSIC: Singing and pentatonic flute.

VISUAL AND PRACTICAL ARTS: Watercolor painting, beeswax sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, form drawing.

MOVEMENT AND GAMES: Social games, circle games, hand clapping games, swinging, jumping, climbing, running, skipping, catching, balancing activities.

EURYTHMY: Movement classes using stories, fables, and short poems.

Grade 3

MATH: Weights and measures, time, money, review of the four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), double-digit multiplication, long division, symmetry/4-way mirror drawing.

SCIENCE: Study of practical life, farming, shelters, outdoor exploration, climates, physical environments, and gardening.

LANGUAGE ARTS: Reading, spelling, speech, cursive writing, parts of speech, grammar, sentence structure, annual class play.

HISTORY: History introduced through Old Testament stories and Jewish legends.

FRENCH: The farm, weather, telling time, animals, food and cooking, the house and construction, days of the week, months, seasons, and more numbers.

MUSIC: Soprano recorder, singing in rounds.

VISUAL AND PRACTICAL ARTS: Watercolor painting – gesture; modeling with beeswax and/or clay; broom making from corn; wheat harvest and maple sugaring; crochet.

MOVEMENT AND GAMES: Cooperative games, skill development, jump rope, tumbling, fitness games, balancing.

EURYTHMY: Movement classes using stories, poems and music relating to themes from the Old Testament, farming life, and shelters.

FIELD TRIP: Weeklong trip to Hawthorne Valley Farm to work and study on a biodynamic/organic farm with agriculture and animals.

Grade 4

MATH: Fractions, long division and multiplication, mixed numbers, and estimation.

SCIENCE: Preliminary physiology and zoology—human and animal.

LANGUAGE ARTS: Composition, grammar, spelling, annual class play.

GEOGRAPHY: Local history and New Jersey geography, mapmaking.

HISTORY: Norse mythology.

FRENCH: Introduction of reading and writing in the foreign language, more conscious work with grammar, nouns, adjectives, articles, and verb conjugation.

MUSIC: soprano recorder, singing in harmony, musical notation, and strings lessons (viola, violin, or cello).

VISUAL AND PRACTICAL ARTS: Watercolor painting and pastels – form, braided designs and drawing, sculptural arts, animals, woodwork, cross-stitch.

MOVEMENT AND GAMES: Cooperative games, games featuring the individual within a group, rules and strategy, skill development, jump rope, tumbling, fitness games, balancing.

EURYTHMY: Movement classes using themes from Norse mythology; weaving patterns and grammar forms.

Grade 5

MATH: Decimals, ratio and proportion, introduction to metrics, long division, fractions, decimal fractions, area, multiple step word problems, free hand geometry.

SCIENCE: Botany—flowering plants and trees, algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, and ferns.

LANGUAGE ARTS: Composition, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, building verbal memory, poetry recitation, building comprehension skills, dictionary work, independent reading assignments, annual class play.

GEOGRAPHY: U.S. geography related to vegetation, agriculture and economics, the relationship between physical geography, climate, and human activity.

HISTORY: Ancient civilizations of India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Greece; Greek culture, politics, and governance.

FRENCH: Poetry, songs, deeper study of grammar, introduction of a reader.

MUSIC: strings lessons (viola, violin, or cello), alto recorder, music theory, singing in three parts.

VISUAL AND PRACTICAL ARTS: Sculptural and visual arts: cuneiform, Buddha, Greek coins or vases, plants; woodwork; knitting socks with four needles; gardening.

MOVEMENT AND GAMES: Pentathlon exercises—javelin, running, discus, wrestling, long jump; after school sports: cross-country team, basketball team, tennis.

EURYTHMY: Movement classes with poems from ancient cultures; moving geometric forms.

Grade 6

MATH: Plane geometry, compound and simple interest, business math, calculating taxes, basic economics, percentages. Compass, straight edge, and protractor introduced. Pi, angles, and lines.

SCIENCE: Physics: acoustics—volume, pitch, timbre; electricity—static and magnetism; mineralogy—plate tectonics and magnetism; optics—light and color; combustion—conduction and convection, radiation; geology and astronomy.

LANGUAGE ARTS: Composition and grammar skills, spelling, parts of speech, parts of sentences, prepositional phrases, vocabulary studies, expository writing skills, annual class play.

GEOGRAPHY: South American, African, Asian, and European geography and culture; latitude and longitude.

HISTORY: Roman and Medieval history: the rise and fall of Rome, the birth of Islam, and the rise of the Middle Ages, Roman architecture and aqueducts.

FRENCH: French poetry, geography, history, and culture of France, holidays. Grammar: regular and irregular verbs, future and present tense, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, possessives, prepositions.

MUSIC: String orchestra, chorus, singing, recorders, music theory.

VISUAL AND PRACTICAL ARTS: Fine Art—Light and shadow; Sculptural Arts—gothic arches, elephants, knight's accoutrements, woodwork; Hand sewing—stuffed animals, dolls; Gardening.

MOVEMENT AND GAMES: Sports skills and fitness, juggling, ultimate Frisbee, cricket, space ball; after school sports: cross-country team, basketball team, tennis.

EURYTHMY: Movement classes using themes from Roman history and the Middle Ages; moving geometric forms.

Grade 7

SCIENCE: Physics: measurement of acoustics and optics; mechanics; magnetism and electricity; Physiology: respiratory, circulatory, metabolic, and nervous system; Inorganic Chemistry: metals, salts, acids / bases, combustion, lime cycle, combustion and chemical reactions; Astronomy. Students take lab notes and write reports.

LANGUAGE ARTS: Composition, creative writing, spelling, grammar, poetry, literature, biographies, note-taking skills, mechanics of writing, critical reading skills developed, annual class play.

GEOGRAPHY: World geography with an in-depth focus on Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.

HISTORY: Middle Ages through the Renaissance and up to the Age of Exploration; Reformation in northern Europe along with church and state conflict.

FRENCH: French songs and poetry; Grammar: regular and irregular verbs, present, future and past tense, reflexive verbs, direct object pronoun, possessives.

MUSIC: String orchestra, chorus, singing, recorders, music theory.

VISUAL AND PRACTICAL ARTS: Fine Art: perspective drawing; Sculptural Arts: clay, woodworking; Handwork: hand sewing and embroidery; Gardening.

MOVEMENT AND GAMES: Sports skills and fitness, track and field, tennis, basketball, touch football, volleyball; after school sports: cross-country team, basketball team, tennis.

EURYTHMY: Movement classes using ballads and poems.

Grade 8

MATH: Algebra linear equations, manipulating polynomials, negative and positive numbers, geometry, platonic solids, quadratic equations, rational and irrational numbers.

SCIENCE: Physics: fluids, aeromechanics, climatology; Physiology and Anatomy: muscular and skeletal; Organic chemistry: proteins, fats, carbohydrates; Foodstuffs: human digestion, cooking industrial food production.

LANGUAGE ARTS: History of English language, modern literature, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dickens, short stories, editing, study skills, research papers, grammar studies, creative writing, annual class play.

GEOGRAPHY: World geography with an in-depth focus on East Asia, Australia and the Pacific Rim.

HISTORY: Colonial America, Industrial Revolution to modern times, American history, the founding of the U.S., the constitution, Civil War, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights; the Industrial, French, and American Revolutions.

FRENCH: Grammar: regular and irregular verbs, present, future and past tense, reflexive verbs, direct object pronoun, possessives.

MUSIC: String orchestra, chorus, singing, recorders, music theory.

VISUAL AND PRACTICAL ARTS: Fine Art: portraits; Sculptural Arts: clay, wood; Handwork: machine sewing; Gardening

MOVEMENT AND GAMES: Sports skills and fitness, track & field, tennis, field hockey, basketball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball; after school sports: cross-country team, basketball team, tennis.

EURYTHMY: Movement classes involving choreography and presentation of a fairy tale or full music piece.

FIELD TRIP: A graduation trip that is education based. Past classes have gone to such places as New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Canada.

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