804 Dr. Robert Keith Wallace Drive • Fairfield, IA 52556 • Toll free: 866 472 MSAE (6723)

Middle School Curriculum

Language Arts

The highest purpose of speech and writing is to express the author’s perception of truth and beauty in order to inform, inspire, and enlighten listeners and readers. The study of the language arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing), along with the practice of the Transcendental Meditation program, develops the students' ability to think deeply and organize their thinking so that it is expressed clearly and effectively in any situation.

By emphasizing reading, writing, and verbal analysis, students improve their ability to express themselves in writing and speech. Beginning to analyze literature in an academic setting helps students become familiar with the patterns of scholarly thinking in literature.

The tools of analysis include the quest archetype and character archetypes. These reveal universal patterns of story and character. Other tools used are theme, plot, point of view, character, and setting for prose; and figurative language, theme, and structure for poetry. All pieces are viewed within their social and historical context, and are analyzed in terms of theme to promote personal and universal understanding.

As each literary tradition is introduced, it is related to Science of Creative Intelligence principles, which connect what the student reads to the deepest levels of his or her own experience.

Science

Middle School Science (7–9)
Students explore earth, physical, and biological sciences through hands-on inquiry, lab work, and demonstrations. Through numerous activities they become active participants in gaining knowledge while mastering the skills, tools, and terminology of investigation. Students are encouraged to question and delve deeply—not only to master the what, where, and who of knowledge, but the far more fascinating why and how. They are required to synthesize and apply their findings to their own lives and to real world situations.

We combine the best of traditional approaches of objective study with Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM—the knowledge and experience of consciousness as the Unified Field and source of all Natural Law. This uplifts science from a discipline that satisfies our intellectual curiosity about the world and promotes technological progress, to a practice that develops the full potential of the individual and society through both the subjective and objective means of gaining knowledge.

Our students come to understand that science is not just a discipline, but a lifelong tool for gaining knowledge to help them gain success and fulfillment in life. We aim to develop a sense of responsibility that they have as citizens of the world to think and act in a manner that promotes the well-being of their fellow citizens and future generations.

Math

Middle School mathematics emphasizes mastery of basic skills while preparing the students for higher level thinking. As the students begin to develop abstract reasoning ability, they make more connections between real-world situations and their mathematical models. Moving from concrete to abstract and back again and again improves their mathematical reasoning which enhances the development of their full brain potential, the basis of the growth of consciousness.

Speech

Speech is a two-quarter class that covers public speaking, drama, and
dramatic character preparation in the first quarter, and preparation for the
Iowa High School Association (IHSA) speech competition in the second.

This course gives students the ability to prepare and give several genres of speeches, including persuasive, narrative, and informative. They come to understand the value of research and structure in creating a speech: to gain skill in using attention steps, transitions, humor, understatements, anecdotes, and the closing.

They also learn to understand the history of drama; to be able to warm up for speech or acting using exercises, and to appreciate the body as an instrument that must be developed and tuned. They understand and apply different acting techniques; prepare a monologue for IHSA competition or historical speech for classroom presentation, and study and understand the principles of the Art of Speaking from Maharishi’s book The Science of Being and Art of Living.

Art

Middle School art expands on the Lower School Foundation Art program and covers ceramics, woodcarving, and photography.

The ceramics course provides an in-depth experience in traditional hand-building ceramic methods. It provides understanding of clay, glaze, and firing procedures and technologies. Students learn ceramic studio health and safety procedures.

The students gain increasing artistic sensibility through knowledge and application of design as it applies to ceramics, and they begin to understand three-dimensionality and form.

In the beginners’ woodcarving course, the students develop skills in proper use of woodworking hand tools. They develop technical skills for carving, filing, and sanding, and learn how to work one-pointedly on a long-term project.

In the photography class students capture and embody principles of design in a 2-D photograph. They learn how to take photographs that are creative, dynamic, and holistic, and how to see, understand, and interpret visual information as a photographer. Over the years our students have participated in many state and international photographic competitions, winning frequently in the top three places of their category.

Social Sciences

Middle School Social Sciences include the study of geography in seventh and eighth grade and American History in ninth grade.

In seventh grade students study geography—the study of the Earth’s surfaces, the processes that shape it—and the complex relationship between humans and their environment. Students explore the physical features of the world and learn to see and speak about it. In eighth grade this knowledge is applied to the study of world geography, including physical, human, and economic geography.

A major project is undertaken in seventh grade as students learn research, problem-solving and critical thinking skills in preparing a topic for presentation for the National History Day theme for the year. The first quarter of the year is spent on this project, which can be expressed as an historical paper, an exhibit, a performance, or a documentary.

Ninth grade introduces the students to the study of American History. The major themes of American History from the early colonists to contemporary times are studied, with students also contributing current events papers on a regular basis.

Several times during the year major trials are reenacted by the students, with the teacher as judge, and faculty members or senior citizens as the jury. This is a lively way for students to gain a deeper understanding of the subtleties of events in historic times. They enjoy this activity and eagerly await the verdict of the jury.

Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI)

Seventh grade students expand their study of SCI from personal and family life to include the school and their community. They discover in new ways that creative intelligence is functioning everywhere.

In eighth grade, students learn how the qualities and principles of creative intelligence are lively in tradition and culture, and explore their application to life in the town, in the countryside, the nation, and the world.

In ninth grade, students learn that creative intelligence is the “Home of All Knowledge,” and see how its qualities are expressed in the stages of their own mental and physical development. Further study reveals that these same universal qualities can be found in all fields of life, from ancient Vedic Science to modern science, as well as in creative expression in all fields of art.

Back to top