Sixth Grade

Note: Class teachers of combined classes have adjusted the traditional main lesson block schedule with thoughtful consideration to meet the ages within and the children within their class.  Depending on the needs of an individual child, and the homeschooling plan the family is following, more study may be needed at home to compliment the classes chosen at Spring River. Talk to your teacher or the program director for more information.

In sixth grade, the following curriculum components are introduced:

Main Lesson Subjects (covered daily in 3 hour sessions, 2 or 4 days per week)

  • Math: Introduction to Algebra; ratios; proportions; geometric formula and drawing with instruments; continuation of fractions, percentages, decimals

  • Language Arts: Dictation; composition; spelling; Latin and Greek roots, etymology; biographies; mythological literature.

  • Science: Mineralogy; introduction to physics: acoustics, electricity, magnetism, optics, heat; geocentric astronomy

  • History & Social Studies: Roman and Medieval history; projects and reports

  • Geography: European geography

Enrichment Subjects (1-5 days per week)

  • World Language: Continuing instruction in Spanish with further bookwork and grammar, cultural appreciation, poetry, beginning reading.  

  • Living Science:  To cultivate a sense of awe in the students regarding science and the natural world around them using experiences with scientific concepts, observations, and experiments to form meaningful impressions that can building onto future experiments and deeper learning. Focus: Botany  (note: 6th grade students may choose to join 7th-8th grade science instead of living science on Mondays and  Tuesdays)

  • Forest School: A four hour outdoor, experiential nature immersion class

  • Visual & Performing Arts: DRAMA and MUSIC 

  • Handwork: Knitting socks using four needles, Woodworking projects

  • Movement/Physical Education/Games:  Games exploring strength and strategy


The children entering the twelfth year in the sixth grade begins to experience an important change in their physical bodies. In earlier years, their movements were naturally graceful (generally speaking), but now a certain clumsiness often appears, as if the children don’t know quite what to do with their bodies. On the inner level the child is entering strongly into a conscious awareness of the skeletal system. The child is more aware of gravity and weight; growth in the skeletal and muscular systems challenge the student’s capacities for balance and coordination, They are seeking a conscious recovery of order and control over themselves.

During the year, your child's teacher will plan field trips to enhance what's being taught in class. Advance notice will be given and we encourage parents to plan to attend whenever possible.

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