Grades Curriculum

First Grade
Block curriculum: Language arts, including reading, approached through writing, pictorial and phonetic introduction to letters and speech through fairy tales, folk tales, nature stories; math, including qualities of numbers, introduction to the four processes: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; Nature & Environmental Studies.
Specialty subjects: Spanish; folk dancing; music, including singing and flutes; handwork; developmental movement through non-competitive games.

Second Grade
Block curriculum: Language arts, including reading, writing, phonics, simple compositions, and speech through tales about noble leaders, legends, animal fables, and nature stories; math, including continued work with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, borrowing and carrying, and number patterns; Nature & Environmental Studies.
Specialty subjects: Spanish; folk dancing; handwork; music, including singing and flutes; developmental movement through non-competitive games.

Third Grade
Block curriculum: Language arts, including reading, spelling, speech, cursive writing, composition; legends and stories of ancient cultures introduce history; math, including weights and measures, time, money, review and practical application of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; study of practical life, including farming, house building, fibers, fabrics, clothing, and cooking; Nature & Environmental Studies.
Specialty subjects: Spanish; folk dancing; handwork; music, including introduction to orchestra – violin, viola, or cello – singing, and recorder; developmental movement through non-competitive games.

Fourth Grade
Block curriculum: Language arts, including literature, composition, grammar, speech, and spelling; math, including continuation of the four processes, long division, averaging, and fractions; history, including Norse mythologies and sagas, indigenous people of California; local geography and map-making; science, including zoology (study of the animal kingdom); and Nature & Environmental Studies.
Specialty subjects: Spanish; folk dancing; handwork; music, including orchestra – violin, cello, viola, or bass – singing, and recorder; developmental movement through non-competitive games.

Fifth Grade
Block curriculum: Language arts, including literature, composition, grammar, speech, and spelling; math, including the four processes with fractions, decimals, ratios, and proportion; history of ancient civilizations, including India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece; geography of the United States in relation to vegetation, agriculture, and economics; science with a focus on botany; Environmental Studies.
Specialty subjects: Spanish; folk dancing; handwork; woodworking; gardening; music, including orchestra – violin, cello, viola, or bass – singing, and recorder; cooperative and competitive games/physical education.



       

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Sixth Grade
Block curriculum: History of Rome and the Middle Ages; introduction to Latin; language arts, including literature, composition, grammar, spelling; math, including calculations with fractions, decimals, compound and simple interest, percentages applied to business, discounts, graphing; geometry, with compass and straight-edge; pre-algebra; geography of South and Central America; science, including astronomy, geology, and physics with acoustics, magnetism, optics, and heat; Nature and Environmental Studies
Specialty subjects: Spanish; folk dancing; handwork; woodworking; gardening; music, including orchestra – violin, cello, viola, bass, or a wind instrument - chorus and recorder; cooperative and competitive games/physical education.

Seventh Grade
Block curriculum: History, including voyages of exploration, the Renaissance, and the Reformation; language arts, including biographies, literature, composition, spelling, grammar; math, including continuation of algebra and Euclidean geometry, perspective drawing (linked to history); geography of Africa; science, including physics (electricity and mechanics), physiology, human sexuality and fertility, health and nutrition, inorganic chemistry; Nature and Environmental Studies.
Specialty subjects: Spanish; folk dancing; handwork; woodworking; gardening; music, including orchestra – violin, cello, viola, bass, or a wind instrument – singing, and recorder; cooperative and competitive games/physical education.
Electives: Poetry, chorus, mixed media art.

Eighth Grade
Block curriculum: History of America and the modern world – Industrial Revolution to the present; language arts, including literature (Shakespeare, short stories), composition, grammar; Algebra I, geometry – Pythagorean theorem; geography of Asia; science, including organic chemistry, physics, meteorology, life science, ecology anatomy, physiology, health, and drug education; Nature and Environmental Studies.
Specialty subjects: Spanish; eurythmy; handwork; woodworking; gardening; music, including orchestra – violin, cello, viola, bass, or a wind instrument – singing, and recorder; cooperative and competitive games/physical education.
Electives: Poetry, chorus, mixed media art.



          

          

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Field Trips:

Each class ventures beyond the familiarity of home with an annual class trip, congruent with the year’s curriculum. Students have traveled to locations such as Hawaii, Mt. Shasta, Yosemite, Death Valley, and the Gold Country, as well as to working organic farms, ropes courses, and river trips.