The Grade School Curriculum

Madrona School offers Waldorf education, following a developmentally appropriate curriculum that builds through the years in both rigor and complexity. Our goal is to educate our students as whole human beings. Our graduates are curious and eager lifelong learners and have been introduced to a broad array of subject matter through arts-infused academics and experiential learning. The chart shared here will introduce you to our curriculum grade by grade. Each teacher works with this information, and they publish a curriculum overview for their families each year, full of relevant developmental, curriculum and specific class information.

1st Grade
Mathematics: Count to 100, qualities of numbers, four processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), mental arithmetic, number sequences and relationships, word problems, Roman numerals, odds and evens.
Language Arts: Letter forms and sounds, letter blends, oral recitation, form drawing, writing words and simple sentences, beginning reading with one's own writing as text, word families, poetry.
Sciences: Nature studies based on observation and storytelling.
Social Studies and Literature: Fairytales from around the world.
Specialty Classes: Swedish, Spanish, painting, modeling, music, handwork (knitting), games.

2nd Grade 
Mathematics: Form drawings, number sequences and relationships, four processes (continued), borrowing and carrying, system of place and value, multiplication tables through movement and recitation.
Language Arts: Letter blends and word families, writing, reading, punctuation, grammar, poetry, speech.
Sciences: Nature studies based on observation and storytelling; animal stories through fables.
Social Studies and Literature: Fables and saint stories from around the world, legends.
Specialty Classes: Swedish, Spanish, painting, form drawing, modeling, music, handwork (knitting), games, reading.

3rd Grade
Mathematics: Form drawings, multiplication tables, larger numbers with the four processes, beginning long division, time, money, weights, measurements.
Language Arts: Cursive writing, reading, composition, spelling, grammar, poetry, drama, speech.
Sciences: Human activity in nature: farming, gardening, house building, clothing and cooking. 
Social Studies and Literature: Old Testament stories, Native American legends, comparative cultural studies of housing, food and clothing around the world.
Specialty Classes: Swedish, Spanish, practical life, painting, form drawing, handwork (crochet, spinning, weaving), math practice, reading, music, games.

4th Grade
Mathematics: Weights and measurements, long division, fractions, number sequences and relationships, factoring, prime numbers.
Language Arts: Reading, writing, grammar, spelling, letters (business and personal), poetry, speech, drama, creative writing.
Sciences: Animal studies.
Social Studies and Literature: Norse mythology, local history through Native American studies and stories of early settlers, map-making of local regions, including the state of Washington.
Specialty Classes: Strings ensemble, Swedish, Spanish, painting, games, handwork (embroidery, cross-stitch), math practice, reading, form drawing, games, music.

5th Grade
Mathematics: Fractions, decimals, geometric forms, averages, metric system, continued practice work in multiplication, division and fractions.
Language Arts: Composition, spelling, reading, grammar, poetry, speech, drama, creative writing.
Sciences: Botany.
Social Studies and Literature: Ancient civilizations (India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece), North American culture and geography.
Specialty Classes: Strings ensemble, Spanish, painting, games, handwork (knitting in the round), math practice, reading, games.

6th Grade
Mathematics: Business math (ratio, profit/loss, discount, interest, percentage), graphs, estimation, geometry, continued practice.
Language Arts: Composition, spelling, reading, grammar, poetry, speech, drama.
Sciences: Geology, physics (heat, light, acoustics), astronomy.
Social Studies and Literature: Roman history; Medieval history.
Specialty Classes: Strings ensemble, Spanish, painting, games, handwork (hand-sewing, pattern drafting), math, choir.

7th Grade
Mathematics: Algebra, geometry, graphs, continued practice.
Language Arts: Composition, spelling, reading, grammar, poetry, speech, drama.
Sciences: Human physiology and nutrition, physics (including mechanics), inorganic chemistry.
Social Studies and Literature: Renaissance history; Age of exploration; African culture and geography.
Specialty Classes: Strings ensemble, Spanish, painting, games, handwork (sewing, woodworking), math, WA State history, choir.

8th Grade
Mathematics: Algebra, geometry, practical applications, continued practice.
Language Arts: Composition, spelling, reading, grammar, poetry, speech, drama.
Sciences: Physics (including hydraulics, aerodynamics), meteorology, human anatomy, organic chemistry.
Social Studies and Literature: Modern history, including revolutions, politics and industry, continued cultural geography.
Specialty Classes: Strings ensemble, Spanish, painting, games, handwork (machine sewing), math, WA State history, choir.