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Mineralogy

The attributes and qualities of minerals, metals, gems and crystals are compared and explored. The characteristics and formation of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are studied in relation to geography and terrestrial life. The many uses of minerals for humanity are explored. The geometrical aspects of minerals are observed. The presence of minerals within living organisms is explored.

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Geometry

Geometry develops out of the form drawing work done in Grades 1-5. The skillful use of more precise tools and terminology is developed. We explore the circle and its divisions, and develop ways to find the area and perimeter of other geometrical forms.

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Ancient Rome

This year we transition from ancient stories to modern history. Students are now ready to view history as a complex sequence of cause-and-effect relationships. Our study begins with the founding of a little village that grew to become the seat of the Roman Empire. We will explore the roots of Roman civilization, reasons for Rome’s rise to power, the causes of imperial decline, and the impact Roman civilization still has on our world today.

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Astronomy

A geocentric and phenomenological approach to naked eye astronomy is emphasized. Constellations are observed, and stories about them from various cultures are told. The ability to place oneself anywhere on our planet and know how the night sky would appear is taught along with the phases of the moon, eclipses, the apparent movement of the stars, and the progression of the seasons. On overnight field trips we observe how the stars and moon move across the sky.

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Class Play

This year, the Sixth Grade Players may perform a play from Ancient Rome. Sure to be sold out. Get your tickets soon—and start praticiing your Latin.

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Economics

A wide-ranging study of economics from the dawn of civilization to present times. We focus on the impact macro economic trends have on individuals and society. We explore the links between economic systems the ecological systems upon which they depend. We explore how minor individual choices can in aggregate result in either the flourishing or destruction of civilizations. We learn personal money management skills, and explore typical practices for wealth accumulation and/or loss as used by various social classes.

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Physics

Acoustics, optics, static electricity and magnetism are studied through demonstrations and experiments. Powers of observation are developed, while jumping to premature conclusions is discouraged. Students create lab notebooks that reflect the phenomena studied and include careful descriptions of the processes observed, the equipment used, and their own honest and detailed observations. Following thoughtful class discussions, scientifically-valid conclusions are noted.

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European Middle Ages

This year we transition from ancient stories to modern history. Students are now ready to view history as a complex sequence of cause-and-effect relationships. Our historical studies begin with Rome. In this block, we explore how the Middle Ages evolved out of the fall of Rome, what life was like in the Middle Ages, and how the Middle Ages planted the seeds for the modern world. Aspects of the times will be brought to life through studies of what is known about the personalities of the times.

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Geography

In this block, our awareness of “home” is extended to include all of North, Central and South America, as well as the nearby islands. The plants animals, and cultures of each region are studied. Mapmaking is done with greater precision and artistry. Each student creates a research paper on a bioregion of their choice.

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Standardized Testing

We interrupt real learning to bring you a standardized stream of tests. For one relevant perspective on this plague read, Standardized Testing and Its Victims, by Alfie Kohn.

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Closing The Year

During this last, short block, we finish all our work, bind our main lesson books, prepare for our final assembly, move to our new classroom, and last but not leas—celebrate!

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