A philosophy of freedom must set out from the experience of thinking, for it is through this experience of thinking that a human being discovers his own self, finds his bearings as an independent personality. - Rudolf Steiner
In the sixth, seventh and eighth grade middle school years, the students are met with a rigorous science, math, history and language arts study relevant to their developmental stages. This is a delicate and powerful time of transition and change in the student’s body and mind. The curriculum sets a high standard, allowing for the student to most fully engage in their work, ultimately self-directed and self-motivated. Skills of inquiry and reasoning along with moral, social and emotional capacities are cultivated across the disciplines in main lesson blocks such as physics or astronomy; geometry or algebra; and, the study of the fall of Rome, the silk road or the U.S. civil rights movement. A capacity for joy, wonder, and service are instilled in the student so that they may go on to meet the world in their individuality and sense of truth.
In the 6th grade, students are ready to to engage in the world of healthy competition. The students now benefit from focus on strong competition -- competing to complete one another, where competitors push oneself and one‘s opponent to perform to their best potential. Students in these grades can choose to play basketball or cross country. Grade 6 competes in the Medieval games furthering their precision, power and play. Grade 7 practices orienteering during "The Age of Exploration" along with after school sports, circus arts etc... with the focus furthering skill and achievement of power and levity. Grade 8 culminates the Live Oak Waldorf experience bringing the children to a high level of performance and reward. Options include track and field, sports, and circus arts including a performance.
A typical day in the 6th grade:
8:15 - 10:15 - Main Lesson : The Middle Ages (6 week block)
10:15-10:40 - Snack Recess
10:45-11:30 - Spanish
11:35-12:20 - Painting
12:20-12:50 - Lunch Recess / 12:55-1:10 - Quiet Time
1:15- 2 - Math/Geometry
2:05 - 2:55 - Cyber Civics
2:55-3:15 - Chores