Eighth Grade

The culmination of their time at Madrone Trail, eighth grade is rich and dramatic.  A class trip cements and deepens these friendships as the children prepare to launch into their high school years.  The year culminates in a wonderful graduation ceremony, looking back and celebrating all they have experienced and achieved.

“A basic tenet underlying the teaching of History in the Waldorf curriculum is that the period studied should serve as an “objective correlative” to the developmental changes occurring in the body and the soul of the student.  With the advent of adolescence, eighth graders are undergoing a re-formation of the bodies and a transformation of their souls.  As they experience the sometimes tumultuous clash of forces within and without, it is appropriate for us to study the periods of European history demarcated as “the Reformation” and the “Age of Revolution.” ~Eugene Schwartz

Topics will include:

  • composition and speech including book and scientific reports
  • practical mathematics
  • algebra
  • geometry
  • Shakespeare
  • epic and dramatic poetry
  • folklore
  • foreign language- vocabulary building and dialogues
  • choir
  • orchestra
  • painting
  • using a sewing machine
  • modeling the human head
  • 3 dimensional drawing
  • wood carving
  • history of 1700 to present including Unites States history
  • geography of Asia, Australia and Antarctica as well as global contrasts
  • art history
  • chemistry
  • physiology
  • gymnastics, with equipment
  • team games and sports


Jane Higgins

Jane Higgins grew up a Cowgirl, working hard on a 20,000 acre cattle ranch near Valentine, Nebraska. Along with her parents, 4 brothers and a sister; she moved cattle, trained horses, put in miles of fencing, worked in the hayfield, cleaned the barns, doctored animals, and help garden and can food. With almost no TV and a horse as her main mode of transportation Jane’s world was the natural landscape around her.

In 1986 she left the ranch to attend University of Nebraska at Kearney where she obtained her degree in Elementary Education with a emphasis in Special Education. After graduation she moved to Houston, Texas and taught in a Gifted and Talented Program. Years later, she moved to sunny San Diego, CA to continue her education. She trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher, studied Non-Violent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg, taught K-5 and worked as a Resource Teacher.

After many years of teaching, traveling and living in various locations of the United States she now calls Ashland, Oregon her home.

Jane loves to cook, read, hike, camp, ski, make jewelry, ride horses, travel both abroad and in the U.S., scuba dive, and most of all spend time with her family.