The Dreamers' School
Orlando
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Grades 5 & 6

Grades 5&6

10am– 3:00pm Mondays and/or Tuesdays

Scroll down to view more detailed class descriptions for our 5th and 6th grades.


Students join us on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm for a Waldorf-inspired schedule that includes yoga, music, language arts, math, science, history, foreign language, art and handwork, snack and lunch time, and outdoor playtimes. 

Our program uses Earthschooling curriculum for a complete year’s worth of education for your child. Teachers provide at-home lessons for the other days of the week based on the Earthschooling curriculum. The teacher will differentiate lessons for grades 5 & 6 based on developmental appropriateness. Fifth grade students will spend two years in this class, therefore material is not repeated, but presented in a two-year cycle.

At around age eleven, children have new capacities for thought and reflection, and begin an exploration of human history and world geography. They are creative, confident, and eager to work cooperatively. They have an emerging sense of personal responsibility and community.

For more information on the curriculum and what it covers, please visit the Earthschooling website:

Grade 5
Grade 6

Math curriculum is Jamie York Press.

In grades 5 & 6 our students see more than one teacher for main lessons. Main lesson teachers for this class are Mr. Jeff and Ms. Candi. Mr. Jeff is the contact person for the at-home lessons. Students are also visited by our specialty teachers for yoga, class play, cultural movement & storytelling, and art.

Daily Rhythm

Main Lesson
Math
Yoga
Lunch
Cultural Movement & Storytelling (Monday); Art (Tuesday)
Main Lesson
Class Play (Tuesday)

Language Arts main lessons will be integrated with history lessons this year as we begin our study of the history of humanity with the study of ancient cultures from India, Persia, China, Egypt, and Greece. Storytelling, themed art activities, writing, grammar, spelling, poetry, and public speaking may all be infused into this time and the teacher will differentiate instruction based on student skill-level. 

Math for 5th and 6th graders transitions them from the Earthschool math curriculum to the Making Math Meaningful by Jamie York Press. The big themes this year are decimals, percentages, business math, an intro to formal geometry, and reviews of all math concepts to prepare for pre-Algebra. We will be a part of the Jamie York Math Academy and each class will also include a teacher for guidance or questions.

Cultural Movement & Storytelling will be fun time of movement, dancing, singing, and culture-rich stories.

Class Play is a time for students to work with a script in preparation for an end-of-semester performance for parents.

Snack and lunch times, and outdoor times, will be incorporated into the day so that students have a natural balance of active play time and time to quietly focus.

Science main lessons during these years cover Botany, Earth Science and Geology, and Introductory Physics with the exploration of optics, acoustics, and the properties of heat, magnetism and electricity.

Geography for this age group is centered on the United States and our neighbors (Mexico, Canada, and the Carribbean).

Snack and lunch times, and outdoor times, will be incorporated into the day so that students have a natural balance of active play time and time to quietly focus.

Yoga class for kids looks much different from yoga class for adults! Through movement, mindfulness, music, and breath, we will come together to cultivate a joyful calm; and set the stage for a day of learning and fun.

Art will consist of a variety of activities ranging from crafts, puppets, drawing, painting, modeling, and handwork. Art is the foundation for creativity and innovation, it can be centered on a theme or free flowing, and it’s also a time to teach children to take pride in their work and to sometimes move at a slower, more peaceful, pace. 

Preparation and celebrations of Festivals and Seasons is a time to prepare for, learn about, and celebrate upcoming festivals and seasons. This will be a time for storytelling, art, crafting, literature, poetry, song, and excitement. Examples of festivals or seasonal days include Martinmas, Michaelmas, Christmas, Candlemas, St. Nicholas Day, May Day, and more. We will work on crafts and art projects to further enhance your family celebrations at home. We will not focus on the religious aspects at school, but encourage you to do so at home or make it your own in however works best for your family. These special festivals are integral to the rhythm of life and passing of the seasons. In celebrating seasonal holidays, the goal is to develop in the child (and adult) a sense of the rhythm of the seasons and the passage of time, and a sense that there is something bigger than himself. 

“The original idea of any sacred festival is to make the human being look upward from his dependence on earthly things to those things that transcend the Earth.” – Rudolf Steiner

Even more than that, though, we take these moments as opportunities to show gratitude both for the time we’ve been granted together, and anticipation of the gifts of time that lies ahead.

Waldorf Answers explains our focus on festivals further:

“Seasonal festivals serve to connect humanity with the rhythms of nature and of the cosmos. The festivals originated in ancient cultures, yet have been adapted over time. To join the seasonal moods of the year, in a festive way, benefits the inner life of the soul. Celebrating is an art. There is joy in the anticipation, the preparation, the celebration itself, and the memories.”

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