Learning is carefully aligned with WI Academic Standards for 7th and 8th grade and follows a progressive curriculum for Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Health. Guest teachers will support the learning of Art, Music and Foreign Language. Discipline content includes:
English Language Arts
writing, reading, listening, speaking, analyzing and understanding language
statistics, probability, functions, expressions, equations, ratios, geometry and algebra
life science, physical science, earth science and engineering
inquiry, behavioral science, economics, history and political science
health promotion, disease prevention, communication, decision making and goal setting
The following components (projects, microeconomy, seminar, Montessori math and guest experts) are the foundation for our learning.
Students will develop and implement real world projects at the farm and in the greater community. All projects will have a physical work component, but will also require planning and intellectual work. Teachers will carefully apply and integrate the disciplines (math, science, language and social studies) to each project and align learning to Wisconsin Academic Standards. Projects may include building structures and systems on the farm, growing food, caring for livestock, participating in citizen science projects, creating art and more!
Students will create, develop and manage small business enterprises. They will learn real world business operations and experience economic activity in our greater community. This is an important activity to prepare the adolescent for adult society and helps them develop independence and self worth.
“Production and exchange, on which economic life is based” provides “an opportunity to learn both academically and through actual experience what are the elements of social life.” (Maria Montessori, From Childhood to Adolescence, Appendix A).
Montessori Algebra and Geometry
Daily practice of mathematics in the form of problems and discussions is an important part of our curriculum. We use The Math Institute’s Teaching Algebra and Geometry to the Adolescent curriculum as a guide. Classroom learning of mathematics is integrated and practiced in our microeconomy and farm projects.
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Students will prepare for and participate in weekly Socratic seminars, which are student-led, formal discussions on a specific text. Seminar requires close reading of text and use of key vocabulary. This practice helps students increase their literacy skills, develop critical thinking and articulate their own thoughts to a group. Seminar is excellent preparation for high school and beyond.
Guest Teachers & Experts
It is important for young adolescents to see many forms of adult work and success as they journey toward their own adulthood. Experts in a variety of fields (including art, music, foreign language and more) will help inspire their dreams and encourage self expression. These experts and guest teachers also add valuable information and experiences to the curriculum.