Grades 7 & 8
10am – 3:30pm Mondays and Tuesdays
Students join us on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am to 3:30pm for a Waldorf-inspired schedule that includes yoga, math, science, language arts, history, music, art and handwork, foreign language, snack/break and lunch time.
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.
We provide our eighth grade students with the opportunity to earn high school credit in math, English, and science. These classes, along with the at-home lessons, are structured to meet and exceed Florida State Standards for high school credit. State standards equate 135 hours of study to 1 high school credit. Since our school runs 28 weeks of the year, our track classes (math and English/language arts) require 2.8 hours of at-home study each week per track class. This should be easy to accomplish on the three at-home weekdays each week. For our non-track classes (Main Lessons), the teachers’ syllabi will explain the hours required at home to fulfill the credit requirements. Since we spend more time on the Main Lesson at school, the at-home study time is still easily accomplished. This leaves 24 weeks in the year for your student to pursue other classes, passion projects, internships, and interests that can be fulfilling to them while adding variety and individuality to their transcript.
Seventh grade students will spend two years in this class, therefore material is not repeated, but presented in a two-year cycle.
Our 7th and 8th grade students have reached adolescence, a stage of self-reflection and introspection. They have emerging capacities for abstract and conceptual thinking, are inquisitive about the world and eager for knowledge, independence, and social connection. These students are challenged with increasingly rigorous academics and supported during this time of growth and change. Eighth graders have sharp observational skills and keen reasoning abilities. They are engaged in the community and serve as role models for younger students. They work productively on class projects and performances, and reach new heights in research, writing, and presentation.
For more information on the core curriculum and what it covers, please visit the Earthschooling website:
Math curriculum is Jamie York Press. We are part of Jamie York’s Math Academy. We will also use some aspects of Live Education curriculum in this class. For more information on Live Education, visit their website.
Our students see more than one teacher for main lessons. Main lesson teachers for this class are Ms. Sarah and Ms. Candi. Ms. Sarah is the contact person for the at-home lessons for grades 7/8. Students are also visited by our specialty teachers for yoga, class play, cultural movement & storytelling, and art.
Elective (Cultural Movement & Storytelling: Monday; Yoga: Tuesday)
Elective (Class Play: Monday; Art & Handwork: Tuesday)
The daily rhythm for this age group changes a bit from the elementary years and will continue in this manner through high school. A morning period of intensive academic study called Main Lesson is followed by electives and track classes. For more about the Main Lesson, please see our FAQ page. The Main Lesson helps students gain a depth and breadth of understanding. The Main Lesson is a one-and-a-half to two-hour period spanning several weeks. Students immerse themselves in subject such as Organic Chemistry or Ancient and Modern China and really “learn how to learn.”
Track classes are year-long courses in language arts and mathematics.
All curriculum exceeds state standards, and some eighth grade courses are structured to qualify for high school credit.
Main Lesson Rotation
(The teachers will provide more exact dates for main lesson studies on class syllabi.)
Sept: Revolutionaries and Romantics
Oct: Human Physiology (with labs)
Nov/Dec: Early American History
Jan: Organic Chemistry (with labs)
Feb: Ancient and Modern China
March: The Weather: Climate, Physics, and History (with labs)
April/May: World History of the 20th Century
Language Arts will be studied daily with focus on grammar, composition, essay and short story writing, poetry, research and reports, and literature studies to match the time periods of the Main Lesson. Classic short stories and Shakespeare will be the literature focus this year. The teacher will differentiate instruction based on student skill-level. Our eighth graders can receive high school credit for this course.
Math will be Pre-algebra for our 7th graders and Algebra 1 for our 8th graders. The students will be separated during this time. Our eighth graders can receive high school credit for this course. Our curriculum is by Jamie York Press. 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, lunch, and break will be incorporated into the day so that students have a natural balance of rest, social time, and focus.
Yoga uses movement, mindfulness, music, and breath, as we come together to cultivate a joyful calm.
Art and Handwork will consist of a variety of activities ranging from crafts, puppets, drawing, painting, modeling, and handwork. Students at this age are encouraged to take their art skills to the next level through instruction on perspective and figure drawing. 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.
Our older students will still participate in our Festivals. 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.