Grade five in the Waldorf curriculum is incredible! We will spend time on the ancient cultures of India, Mesopotamia, Babylon, Egypt, China and Greece. We'll work on decimals and continue work with fractions and geometry. In geography, we will explore North American continent, physical and cultural, as well as North American Indians (particularly the Cherokee which live in this region). Currently, Mia and I are working on a main lesson block of Botany. I got so many good ideas from Quimby, Barbara Dewey's husband who is a passionate forester, entomologist and naturalist.
Vivienne begins the year with a nature study, as well. Hers comes from a place of story... tales that bring the true light of nature into awareness. We won't focus our attention on complex vocabulary, but rather the beauty and wonder of the natural world. For the second grade work, we will also visit animal stories and fables, saint and hero tales from around the world, as well as continued work with form drawing, the four processes in math, grammar, foreign language, recorder, all presented with an artistic emphasis.
I am so happy to be learning alongside my children. It is both enlightening, and eye-opening! There is so much that I feel that I missed in my younger days. To get to educate myself and present information in a living, artful way is really a healing gift of the greatest sort. And best of all, we share this journey. I find it interesting how much concern people feel for home schoolers getting enough socialization. Our experience has been that there are more group activities to join than there are hours in the day! We are fortunate to live somewhere that the home school community is large and thriving. I feel more than blessed to be on this path with my children.