Seventh Grade

The Seventh grade can be a tremendously challenging and rewarding year for the students.  The seventh grader stands on the brink of puberty.  Not only are great physical changes taking place, but a major shift in cognitive development is also under way.  The children are enthusiastic to express themselves and to assert their independence more strongly.  Self-awareness and social relationships become a primary focus. This class may be combined with 6th grade. 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.

Waldorf 7th Grade

In seventh grade, the following curriculum components are introduced:

Main Lesson Subjects: covered daily (5, 3, and 2 day options)

  • Math: Algebra; mathematical thinking/theory; geometry

  • Language Arts: Creative Writing; poetry; grammatical mechanics; critical thinking through the study of literature and informational texts.

  • Science: Physics: mechanics, physics projects; physiology; circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems; into to chemistry

  • History & Social Studies: End of the Middle Ages; Age of Exploration; the Renaissance; projects and oral reports.

  • Geography: the Geography of South America

  • Visual and Performing ArtsForm drawing and drama. Each class will be practicing and performing a class play or presentation tied to the curriculum which is shared with class families.

Special Subjects (weekly)

  • World Language: Continuing instruction in Spanish with reading and writing, grammatical study and language structure, and historical and cultural study.

  • Visual Arts: visual arts may  include art history; calligraphy; clay modeling; sculpting; perspective drawing; principles of drawing; painting.

  • Handwork: Hand sewing and embroidery, woodworking, needle felting, weaving.

  • Nature Immersion:  Medieval Nature Quest

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.


Science is dominant in the middle school years, with several distinct areas of study.