Through the exploration of an unknown world, the seventh grade curriculum challenges the thought processes of young adolescents, leading them to discovery, understanding and discernment. Students trace the routes of the world's great explorers, hone written language through creative writing, and recreate the painting of a Renaissance master. New discoveries continue with the introduction of geometry and pre-algebra, and the physiology of the human body - coursework that lays the academic foundation for further studies in Grade Eight and high school.
Main Lesson Books
Geography & the Renaissance
Elizabeth Roosevelt grew up in Selma, Alabama and attended boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She received her B.A. in German from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and her Waldorf teaching certificate from the Irish Steiner Waldorf Association in County Clare, Ireland. After teaching kindergarten for two years in Ireland, she moved to Atlanta with her husband, Ben, who is a Waldorf high school teacher at Academe of the Oaks. Elizabeth has also taught Grade Four at Linden Corner Waldorf School in Nashville, Tennessee. She has directed an extended day program, taught theatrical games and movement, and volunteered in public schools and community programs for elementary school children. Before taking this class in the first grade, Elizabeth spent a year assisting in the school's 5-day kindergarten. Elizabeth enjoys reading, writing, music, travel, and the arts.Grade Seven Pedagogical Overview
As students move into adolescence, they need increased opportunity to feel the strength of their own initiative. The grade seven curriculum serves to ground the students, to inspire them to venture out toward the unknown, and to offer an introduction to their quest in life. Through their own engagement and striving in the world, students are able to develop strong feelings of sympathy and antipathy in relation to their surroundings. These feelings help shape their own perceptions and allow them to stand on their own with increased confidence.
Through the exploration of an unknown world, the seventh grade curriculum challenges the thought process of the young adolescent, leading them to discovery, understanding, and discernment. They learn, as the explorers did, that going one's own way means leaving behind the security and stability of familiar territory.