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.
Seventh Grade marks the birth of the intellect with the need to experiment and explore the world. Students at this age need to question authority, pushing the boundaries of what is known or allowed. Powers of reasoning are being exercised and judgments about the world are formed. The child is developing the capacity to stand back from its own feelings and with this distance can come perspective, the beginnings of objectivity.
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. At Spring River, the parents are ultimately in charge of their children's education, and the school is here to supplement and support.
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 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 Arts: Form 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 & Performing Arts: visual arts may include art history; calligraphy; clay modeling; sculpting; perspective drawing; principles of drawing; painting, and drumming.
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.