Sixth grade is the gateway to pre-adolescence. The curriculum offers firm academic grounding in math, composition, and science, along with memorable depictions of cultural cause and effect: Arthurian legend and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, medieval society and the Crusades. Students begin to structure and participate in scientific experiments on light, heat, magnetism and electricity while the study of mathematics incorporates business math and the principles of economics.
As middle schoolers, students in the sixth grade join either the Strings Orchestra or the Recorder Ensemble and participate in the Middle School Choir; experiences that enrich the school year through multiple musical performances.
Strings & Recorders
Geology & Astronomy
Light, Sound & Motion
Jolie Luba was born in Philadelphia, and moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil when her parents completed their Masters degrees. When one of her two brothers joined a Waldorf kindergarten, the whole family was drawn to Waldorf Education in different ways. Jolie received her degree from the University of Sao Paulo as a Psychologist, and after that she earned her Waldorf Early Childhood certification. As an English teacher for many years, she taught adults and children in Waldorf Schools and other environments, including children with special needs. As a coordinator in a language school, she was responsible for teacher recruitment and training and supervision of the student's progress in learning. When Jolie's husband received a Post Doctorate position in Florida, the family moved to the States. After almost two years as a stay-at-home mom, Jolie earned a position with an early childhood program for the Flagler County Schools. When her husband was invited to Georgia State University as a Post Doctorate researcher, Jolie was glad to find in Atlanta a Waldorf kindergarten for her son. Ready to put her Waldorf Early Childhood training in use, she happily joined WSA to assist in the afternoon kindergarten program. She also helped with the grade school handwork classes during a faculty member's maternity-leave, which made her realize how much she loves the needles, thread, and yarn. Jolie's hobbies include drama and dancing, and she regularly joins her friends at the Dances for Universal Peace.
Grade Six Pedagogical Overview
The twelfth year is the gateway to pre-adolescence and idealism, and although the sixth grader is increasingly able to experience internal logic, their sense impressions can often be clouded by emotion and whimsy. Throughout this year, students are encouraged to develop strong powers of observation, and precision and accuracy in their thinking. As they awaken to the intricacies of human thought and action, they readily embrace the biographies of individuals from ancient Rome and the Middle Ages.
In order to ground students in the surrounding world while fostering their fascination with the unknown, sixth graders are provided with their first formal study of natural phenomena. Mineralogy, geography, and physics lessons provide opportunity for in-depth encounters with the physical world while strengthening powers of sense-observation. In addition to being grounded by the lawfulness of the earth, students are also encouraged to develop expansiveness in their imaginative thinking. Astronomy draws students towards the heavens and provides opportunities for them to explore the mysteries of the cosmos. In an effort to recreate the experience of early astronomers, Astronomy is taught exclusively through observation of the unaided eye.