Sixth Grade

In sixth grade the children begin the study of ancient Rome.  “This is appropriate, for the sixth grader now stands, like an ancient Roman, solidly on the earth, and craves facts and their relationship to one another.”  Eugene Schwartz

Topics will include:

  • descriptive and expository writing
  • composition, including business letters and journalism
  • business math including interest, percentage and discount
  • proportion
  • tales of chivalry, poetry
  • ballads
  • foreign language – reading texts, humorous stories, free translations
  • music-descant, alto and tenor recorders, strings and winds
  • painting of landscapes, color contrasts, spectrum
  • sewing and pattern making
  • modeling
  • exact geometric drawing
  • black and white drawing
  • beginning use of saws, rasps, gouges, etc.
  • history of ancient Rome
  • geography of Canada, Central and South America
  • physics
  • geology and mineralogy
  • team sports


Jeremy Criswell

In his third year as lead teacher, Jeremy Criswell is proud to bring his class forward into the sixth grade. With years of experience in the arts he has had the chance to work with children of all ages, in schools and community centers throughout our region, creating lasting works of public art for public enjoyment. Through each project, he’s had the chance to support and guide children in the process of approaching new forms of expression, and has helped them explore and find success as they apply themselves.

As an artist, builder, and parent he has been deeply fascinated with the idea of “the arc of a project.” Each day that we put our best effort into something we care about adds to the last, and eventually, over time, we arrive at something wonderful. When we repeat this process over and over, we learn that we can accomplish anything, knowing all we have to do is start and our efforts and practices will see us through.

As a Waldorf teacher, Mr. Criswell gets to bring new and rich content daily. With each lesson, he sees his class discover, experiment, and explore. With each new project, he watches the children build on what they know and helps them reach toward what they’ve yet to learn as they continue across that arc.