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Sixth Grade


The children entering their twelfth year in the sixth grade begin 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 challenges the student’s capacities for balance and coordination. They are seeking a conscious recovery of order and control over themselves.

In sixth grade, the following curriculum components are introduced:

Main Lesson Subjects (covered daily in 5, 3, or 2-day options)

  • Math: Business math; 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

  • 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 build onto future experiments and deeper learning. Focus: Botany  

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

  • Geography: European geography

  • 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 further bookwork and grammar, cultural appreciation, poetry, and beginning reading.  

  • Visual &  Performing Arts:  visual arts may include art history; calligraphy; clay modeling; sculpting; principles of drawing; painting. Music to include drumming and introduction to instruments.

  • Handwork: Knitting using four needles; needle felting; sewing; woodworking projects.

  • Nature Immersion:All-weather hikes and immersion in the forest & beach areas.


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.


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.

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