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Virtual 8th Grade

Virtual 8th Grade

2021/2022 will be taught by Marguerite Sands
Virtual Peer Projects | Student Work Samples (pdf)
HUMANITIES ONLY for the 2021/22 school year. Math/Science/Grammar will be offered for the 2022/23 school year.

8th Graders, with their natural struggle to find their own way – largely through revolution – will have the opportunity to explore the struggle for justice through: revolution in South Africa (Mandela), Resistance in WWII (Jacques Lusseyran); and on revolution in Russia (Breshkovsky and Sakharov).

  • Autumn, 13 weeks: Revolution in Russia
  • Winter, 8 weeks: World War II, working from “And There Was Light.”
  • Spring, 13 weeks: Revolution in South Africa.

We have found that for many 9th graders who have not experienced the Enki approach, this program fills an important need. Therefore, we offer it as a combined Grade 8/9 course.

Fall – Revolution in Russia

(September to December)
Humanities

In this Unit our focus is on standing up against oppression, as seen through the eyes of Ekaterina Breshkovsky and Andrei Sakharov. We will explore Karl Marx’s vision for changing an oppressive feudal society and the changes that vision underwent as Lenin and Stalin took over. Within this we will meet Russian culture and look at the process of taking a vision into reality.

Math and Science (TO BE OFFERED 2022/23 School Year)

In connection with the struggle for equality in Tsarist Russia, we begin on an introduction to algebra, where the focus is on finding strategies to work with unknowns in an equation.

Science. In connection with Andrei Sakharaov’s work, we will turn our attention to physics, exploring the structure and behavior of the physical world.

As always, Enki math and science work is approached through a discovery process so the learning is the children’s own. We are happy to have discovered that this can be done in an online video-class, with support at home!

 View a pdf with samples of students’ written work, art work, and projects from previous Revolution in Russia sections.

Want to see more? See the Grade 8 virtual peer projects and student work samples (pdf)

Freedom (student work)

Finally I am out
Free of prison bars
People can hear me shout
Has the mind been changed of the Tsar?

Filling food I can eat
The sunlight on my face
I miss the tick tick tock on repeat
Where is my map case?

A warm bath I can take
No one tells me what to do
In my own bed I lay awake
Thinking what I’ve been through

~Josie

Winter – The French Revolution, WWII

(January to February)
Humanities

Working from the perspective of Jacques Lusseyran, one of the initial freedom fighters in France in WWII, we will explore the issues and the history of World War II, touching also on WWI. To meet the developmental needs of this age group, our focus, and the focus of Lusseyran, is on the importance of self-trust in meeting oppression.

Grammar (TO BE OFFERED 2022/23 School Year)

We will review basic grammar skills (punctuation, sentence structures, paragraphing, and logical sequencing). If your child does not have familiarity with these,  please email the office to discuss home use of our grammar basics program prior to this unit beginning.

On this base, and in keeping with the writing in the book they are reading, we will continue our focus on use of image, metaphor,  simile, and rhythm. We will also begin work with analyzing sentence structure.

Students will be given practice worksheets to keep math skills active.

Spring – Revolution in South Africa

(March to June)

The stars, and the Angels dancing above (student work)

a  bird passing by, dropping his feathers like a present.
It lands on my brown curly head.

I feel the morning wind breeze through my face
as I pick up the delicate warm feather.
I smile squeezing it in my hand.

I know this world isn’t perfect,
but looking up into the bright blue sky,
I realize even with the monsters that keep me trapped,
the Angels, stars, even birds, are silently cheering me on, giving me hope once again!

Want to see more? See the Grade 8 virtual peer projects and student work samples (pdf)

Humanities

Focusing on the life of Nelson Mandela, we will explore traditional South African society and culture, the development of apartheid, and Mandela’s own development as he explored ways to change society. Mandela’s navigation of his own internal turmoil as he navigated violence and non-violence as a means of revolution, will be a central aspect of this study.

Math and Science (TO BE OFFERED 2022/23 School Year)

In connection with Mandela’s struggle for equality for South Africa, we continue with our introduction to algebra, where the focus is on finding strategies to work with unknowns in an equation.

We will focus on Chemistry, primarily looking at types of change in the physical world, how that effects matter,  and relating those to change in human society.

As always, Enki math and science work is approached through a discovery process so the learning is the children’s own. We are happy to have discovered that this can be done in an online video-class, with support at home!

View a pdf with samples of students’ written work, art work, and projects from previous Revolution in South Africa sections.

Is this the program for your child?

Dates and Times for 2020/2021 School Year

  1. Humanities classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 8:00am to 10:00am PACIFIC TIME, Students are asked to be available for an additional 30 minute “Office Hours” session, Tuesday after class. This time is used to help children requesting help, and to work with those not meeting their assignment deadlines.
  2. Group Project Presentations: These are the culminations of Fall and Spring Units. Family members are invited and encouraged to attend to share in the student project presentations. December 11 and June 11, 8:00am PACIFIC time.
    • Fall Session, 13 weeks: September 8 to December 11 [breaks: October 12/13 and Thanksgiving (Nov 26/27)]
    • Winter Session, 8 weeks: Jan 4 to February 26 [breaks: MLK Day (Jan 18) and one week between terms]
    • Spring Session, 13 weeks: March 15 to June 11 [breaks: Good Friday (Apr 2) and Memorial Day (May 31)]

Dates and Times for 2021/2022 School Year

  • Fall Session, 13 weeks: September 13 to December 17 [breaks: Canadian Thanksgiving (week of October 11th) and US Thanksgiving (week of November 22)]
  • Winter Session, 8 weeks: January 3 to February 25 [breaks: MLK Day (January 17)] 
  • Spring Session, 13 weeks: March 14 to June 17 [breaks: spring break (week of April 18th)]

Fees:

  1. Spots are filled on a first-come, first served basis.
  2. Tuition is $2400, and covers the full year’s tuition and fees, regardless of the program structure chosen. 
  3. We offer a SLIDING SCALE option; simply fill out the linked form and return with your tax forms.
  4. CORE reading materials are included in the fee. These are made available through the RedShelf digital subscription program, or can be sent directly to you for an additional fee. The public texts used in the winter unit are available at your local library or through Amazon or Audible online.
  5. You will be provided with a list of journal, art, and project materials needed for each course. These you purchase locally.
  6. Payment Plans: Payments can be made one of three ways: for the year in full, receiving a $100 discount; three times a year; or on a monthly basis by credit card only. First and last months’ tuitions are due at time of registration.

You do need to have good internet access and a computer with a camera. We use the Zoom program. It works very well and is free to the students, and they can meet socially on zoom outside of class time.

Space is limited.

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