Eighth Grade

“Receive the children in reverence; educate them in love; let them go forth in freedom.” 

— Rudolph Steiner

A Wider World

Officially the end of childhood, eighth graders are preparing for the wider world that awaits them in high school. The curriculum serves them a dose of revolutions, Shakespeare, the study of the weather, as well as contemporary American history. The hallmark of the eighth grade year is the class trip, a week-long journey that involves service to the wider community while bonding the eighth graders to each another in lifelong friendship before they part at graduation. As with all grades in the Waldorf curriculum, the Subjects scaffold the Main Lesson for an all-encompassing approach to learning.

Main Lesson Block

  • American history/Civics

  • Revolutions

  • Short Story

  • World Geography

  • Anatomy

  • Meteorology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Platonic Solids

Subjects

Music

  • Choral Music:  songs from around the world, madrigals

  • Soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorder

  • Strings/Orchestra

Practical and Fine Arts

  • Charcoal drawing

  • Painting

  • Drama

  • Woodwork

  • Clay modeling

  • Machine Sewing

 Movement/Spacial Dynamics™

  • Individual and team sports

  • Folk dancing

  • Circus masters

  • Eurythmy

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

  • Spanish reading and conversation, grammar and structural drills, poetry, vocabulary, art and geography, oral presentations

Download the comprehensive Eighth Grade Curriculum.

 

Skills Classes

  • Math

  • Language Arts

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