Children entering their twelfth year begin to experience an important change in their physical bodies. Whereas their movements before were naturally graceful (generally speaking), now a certain clumsiness often appears, as if they do not quite know what to do with their bodies. Sixth graders’ capacity for logical thinking and independent judgment fully awakens. The skeletal changes at this age bring shifts in the very structure of the body. It is at this stage that physics and geology are first introduced.
Since the world of a twelve-year-old is often delineated in absolutes - with more inclusive thinking yet to come - teaching this age is most effective using the method of “compare and contrast.” The curriculum also meets those absolutes by focusing on Roman law, black and white drawing, and specific gym exercises that involve overcoming obstacles.