6th, 7th & 8th Grades – In the Classroom

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Sculpture Thursday, May 24, 2018

The 6th, 7th & 8th graders have taken first steps in a very exciting sculptural handwork project organized by Mrs. Griffith and Mrs. Ecklund.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – American Fare Dinner Monday, April 30, 2018

The 6th, 7th & 8th grades cooked up a scrumptious meal for 10 lucky diners this past Friday night! This was one of the live auction items at our ’80s Murder Mystery benefit on April 14th. The students planned the menu, shopped for ingredients, then cooked and served pulled pork with many choices of sauce (including one homemade), baked beans, macaroni and cheese, collard greens with smoked turkey, 2 types of cole slaw, cornbread, biscuits, and apple pie! All this was served with beets, sliced fresh watermelon and pickles on the side. Yum, yum! Many thanks to the Ecklunds for hosting.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Cortes Sunday, April 29, 2018

Recently the 6th, 7th & 8th Graders learned that Hernando Cortes was the Spanish conquistador responsible for the founding of Mexico City on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec empire. Montezuma II was Emperor of the Aztecs when Cortes and his men came to Central America. During our Age of Discovery block we investigated many pivotal historical events from multiple perspectives.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Croatoan Sunday, April 22, 2018

Always leaving them wanting more!

We said goodbye to our history studies this school year with the mystery of the lost colonists of Roanoke Island. With the cryptic message of “CROATOAN” as our only piece of physical evidence the students proceeded to piece together the known facts in order to identify some possible fates for the colonists.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Waldorf 100 Postcards Friday, April 13, 2018

This week the 6th, 7th & 8th graders worked on postcards for the Waldorf® School Postcard Exchange. Our school is participating a worldwide postcard exchange initiative to both broaden the global perspective of students and kick-off the 100 year celebration of Waldorf® Education planned for 2019! Throughout the current year, students in 1100 Waldorf schools from all over the world will send a postcard to every other Waldorf school. Each postcard is being individually designed by a young person, telling or showing something of his or her country, school, or self. This innovative global project will connect hundreds of thousands of students to one another through individualized and artistically designed postcards, which will then be arranged, by each school, into a Global Map for public display.

Our school is proud to be a part of this million-fold Waldorf greeting from around the globe!

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Math Demonstration Friday, April 6, 2018

During our Grades Open House & Curriculum Night we began our journey into middle school geometry with a review of 2-dimensional shapes and their properties. This formed the basis for our construction of parallel line segments. We were able to prove the segments were parallel with our understanding of the properties of a rhombus. This basic proof helps students to develop deductive reasoning.


6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Age of Discovery Friday, March 16, 2018
Having left off in England with the Magna Carta in 1215, we began this block with Genghis Khan’s conquest of China in the same year.
6th, 7th & 8th Grades: The Wizard of Oz Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mrs. Ecklund’s  6th, 7th, and 8th Grades class finished up their play block Friday night with their performance of “The Wizard of Oz” for a large audience of family, friends, alumni, faculty and board.  Congratulations to the class and to Mrs. Ecklund on a fine performance. A special thanks to Mrs. Byrne for her continued help and support!

“The Wizard of Oz,” by Michele L. Vacca, based on the L. Frank Baum original

6th, 7th & 8th Grades: Chinese New Year Friday, February 23, 2018

The 6th, 7th and 8th grades helped celebrate Chinese New Year by presenting lucky words to each of the other grades classes. They created the calligraphy of the lucky words for each class to hang on their door to keep away evil spirits. They read the words aloud in both Mandarin and in English before presenting them to each class.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades: The Wizard of Oz Friday, February 16, 2018

Next week the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade class will be jumping headlong into L. Frank Baum’s world of Oz as we prepare for our upcoming performance on March 2nd at the Memorial Hall in Richmond, Illinois.

Please save the date and plan to join us as we head off to meet the wonderful wizard of Oz!

Grades 6-8 – Mandarin Chinese Friday, February 9, 2018

Grades 6-8 have been learning how to write the numbers 1-10 in Mandarin Chinese. Don’t let the serious looks fool you; they loved these lessons and are quite pleased with their new knowledge!

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Kitchen Science Sweets Saturday, January 27, 2018

The 6th, 7th and 8th graders made and enjoyed light and fluffy beignets this week in their exploration of kitchen chemistry!

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Kitchen Science Saturday, January 27, 2018

Last week in kitchen chemistry, the students were strawberry jammin’.

7th & 8th Grades – Machine Sewing Saturday, January 27, 2018

For the 7th and 8th graders’ first garment project, each student created an infinity scarf from scraps found in our scrap bin.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Food & Nutrition Friday, January 19, 2018
In preparation for a nutrition and food science project in which the students will create a balanced meal for their families, the middle school students of DaVinci Waldorf School went shopping for ingredients!

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Curds & Whey Saturday, January 13, 2018
The 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are going from nursery rhymes to reality as they embark on their first chemistry block and explore the science of food and nutrition.
6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Geometry Friday, December 15, 2017

Learning Geometry in our upper grades.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades: First Snow Hike Friday, December 8, 2017

It was fun to take the oldest students on a hike during the first snow of winter, just like they did when they were in early childhood!

6th, 7th & 8th Grades: Geometry Friday, December 1, 2017
This year in geometry we are looking to apply the relationships and patterns observed in geometric drawing to every day situations and problems like finding the perimeter of structure to be created, or the area of kite that needs new paper.

“Living in the world without insight into the hidden laws of nature is like not knowing the language of the country in which one was born.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan


6th, 7th & 8th Grades: Geography Saturday, November 25, 2017

Each student presented a tradition from a country in North or South America as part of their most recent geography block.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Lanterns Saturday, November 18, 2017

The 6th, 7th and 8th Graders prepared beautiful lanterns for our Grades Lantern Walk last week.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – North American Geography Friday, November 10, 2017
The sixth, seventh and eighth graders are exploring the geographic regions of North America. In this block they are looking at the physical and cultural geography of the American continents, region by region and people by people.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Physics Chalkboard Drawing Friday, November 3, 2017

“The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.” —Bertrand Russell

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Surprise Visit Friday, November 3, 2017

DVWS alum Matthew R. stopped by for a visit on a day off of school and helped some of his old schoolmates study for a writing test.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Physics Thursday, October 19, 2017
As part of our investigation of heat we dyed one flask of hot water red and inverted it over another flask of the same size filled with cold water. We observed that in this position the hot water remained in it’s flask. When we changed the position so that the hot water flask was on the bottom and the cold water was inverted on the top we observed a constant transfer of water between the two flasks.
This experiment aided us in our understanding of the relationship between temperature and density.
6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Ancient Rome & The Middle Ages Thursday, October 5, 2017

As we wrapped up our exploration of Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages each student took a chance to share the biography of a historical figure from these time periods. Some summarized the life of their figure while others brought a dramatic presentation of a story from the figure’s life that they found particularly interesting.

6th Grade – Poetry Writing Friday, September 29, 2017

Where I’m From
by N.S.

I come from donuts on Sunday
and tacos on Tuesday
From flying the W in the yard
and Dumbledore and Harry Potter
From Madden and MLB to Sudoku and Monopoly
And the baseball diamond and the football gridiron
I come from me

Where I’m From
by J. R.

I’m from a Place of farmers
from Black Duck Minnesota.
I’m from a Place of snowy winter days.
I’m from an old house on a bumpy street.
I’m from a Place of carols around the Christmas tree.
I’m from a Place of reisengrute on Christmas Eve.
I’m from a Place where my grandma was an artist.
I’m from here.

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Illuminations Wednesday, September 27, 2017

With the warmth of the midday sun filtering in and the soft hush of nibs on paper surrounding us, it is easy to understand why the medieval monks felt closer to God as they brought new life to the ancient texts they were copying through they’re beautiful illuminations.

All Grades – Glimpses from Beach & Nature Exploration Day Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On Friday, September 8th, the students and teachers of Da Vinci’s grade school enjoyed Beach and Nature Exploration Day! They ventured to Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park in Zion for a day filled with exploration and fun.

We are extremely grateful for the transportation by bus, which was made possible by a $1,000 biodiversity grant received from Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Independence Tube Corporation, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation.

Students took time to explore the local terrain and learn about the land and wildlife of northern Illinois. They enjoyed a hike through forests and along the beach, observing their surroundings as they went. There was a scavenger hunt and a group lunch. The very cool weather prevented the planned swimming treat, but students were able to wade and splash in the water and had a great time in the natural surroundings.

Many thanks to our teachers for enabling such a special outing for our students, and thanks to Mrs. Kristine Fiskum for the excellent snapshots of the day!

6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Roman Arches Thursday, September 21, 2017

This week we learned the ancient Romans were not the first people to create stone arches. However, they harnessed their potential more than ever before, arranging them at intervals that allowed them to create massive structures such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Working in two teams, the students created a series of clay blocks and tried their hands at making a single arch that utilized all their blocks. It was not as easy as they expected!

7th & 8th Grades – Sculpture Thursday, September 21, 2017

Last week, during our first sculpture class, the 7th and 8th graders were asked to gather materials from nature and assemble them into a fully three-dimensional sculpture. This week we worked with the idea of relief sculpture. Initially the students thought the term relief had to do with the stress relieving activity of playing in the sand. However, they soon discovered ways to work with this material from their childhood that reflected their growing understanding of the world.

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6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Rome Thursday, September 14, 2017

Last week we explored the founding of Rome and how history grows from myth. This week we have followed the development of Rome from a kingdom, to a republic, and finally to an empire.

1st Grade & 8th Grade – Rose Ceremony Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Rose Ceremony was a beautiful beginning to the first day of school and a warm welcoming of our new first grade class. As we came together as a community to share and honor this milestone, excitement was shining from each new face. The first graders were gathered by their teacher as the spectator circle swelled. Parents held their breaths, laughed, shed tears, and smiled as the children of the new first grade class took the first steps of their new journey as grade-schoolers. Our oldest, eight-grade student welcomed each of them with a smile, a handshake and a rose.  During Graduation in June this welcome will be reciprocated with a send-off  in another Rose Ceremony.

I’m struck by the cycle at work, and the intricate ways in which our paths are interwoven. Each young child is ushered into the school community, and will someday complete the circle – and begin it anew – as they hand out a rose as an eighth grader to begin the next cycle.

“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments.”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach

In the Classroom Monday, September 4, 2017

In the Classroom

Follow each class through the school year. Visit often to enjoy photos and information about curriculum, field trips, exciting happenings, special moments, celebrations and more.

Stay tuned—this year’s  journey begins September 5th!