John David Garcia Curriculum Part II

For age 7 plus or minus as needed…

This curriculum was devised in the 1970s for use with highly intelligent and motivated children. Much of the early years Dangerous Child curriculum is drawn from these guides.

Physical Biological
Physical Theory Physical Practice Biological Theory Biological Practice
5.00 7.00 The smelting of iron and
simple steels, forging iron
and blacksmithing; simple
astronomy and navigation,
advanced sailing ships that
might have crossed the
Atlantic; the iron forging
necessary for controlling a
horse in battle; pre-Greek
geometry and arithmetic
using Arabic numbers,
advanced theory of the
Babylonian abacus
Smelt ore, forge from iron
a complete set of tack for a
horse, plus horseshoes;
forge and make iron sword
and spear; make large clay
jars for storing grain, oils,
and wine; begin one-year
sailing ship construction
project for group; show
how geometry and
arithmetic help in the
above projects, build a
Babylonian abacus
Advanced study of
equestrianship for war,
shooting a compound bow
while riding horseback, the
use of the lance and the
sword from horseback;
mammalian reproduction
in detail, nursing and care
of young mammals;
processing milk into cheese
and yogurt
Horse handling, training,
and riding; grooming and
care of horses, shodding
and equipping the horse,
the use of different bits,
saddles, and stirrups;
mammalian reproduction
and breeding; comparisons
of dogs, cats, sheep, goats,
cows, and horses; cheese
and yogurt from cow’s
milk; extract oil from fruits
and nuts; make and store
wine; optimal physical
training of the human body
5.25 7.25 Continue with projects
begun previous quarter
Continue with projects
begun previous quarter
Continue with projects
begun previous quarter
Continue with projects
begun previous quarter
5.50 7.50 Advanced metallurgy,
casting bronze sculptures
through lost wax process;
making of hard steel
alloys, nails, bolts, and
screws; making advanced
presses and catapults;
fractions and decimals,
empirical basis of
Pythagorean Theorem,
right triangles, circles,
spheres, and
Continue work on sailing
ship, do precision bronze
castings; make knives
using hard steel alloys;
make nails, bolts, screws,
presses, and catapults;
show applications of
mathematics and geometry
to the above
Human reproduction,
comparative male and
female anatomy, hormonal
cycles, fertility cycles,
puberty and emotions,
lactation and nursing, care
of infants, normal patterns
of growth for young boys
and girls
Advanced breeding of
animals and plants,
extraction of fats and oils
from vegetables, fruits, and
seeds; extract animal fats
from carcasses and meat;
work in nursery caring for
small children 1-2 years
5.75 7.75 The geometry and
mathematics of
Pythagoras, several proofs
of his theorem, the
Pythagorean solids, the
harmonics of vibrating
strings and the physical
basis of music; geometry
applied to navigation,
astronomy, building and
surveying; the technology
of glass, glass blowing
Construct the Pythagorean
solids, use several
approaches to making
dodecahedron and
icosahedron; construct
navigational computer,
advanced abacus; construct
glass bottles, mirrors,
parabolic mirror; finish
sailing ship
Human health and the
Greek medical tradition,
Aesculapius and
Hippocrates; a healthy
mind in a healthy body;
physical culture and
optimal health; diet,
exercise, and health
Gardening and preparation
of food for optimal health,
an exercise plan for
lifetime health, strength,
and energy; construction of
a glass still; care of young
Psychosocial Integration
Psychosocial Theory Pyschosocial Practice Integrative Theory Integrative Practice
5.00 7.00 The story of Zarathustra;
how he changed the
Persian people and how
they went on to create the
world’s greatest empire
until conquered by
Alexander; the Zoroastrian
religion and myths in detail
Analysis of ancient Persian
history and religion; write
a story of how Persian
history might have been
different if the religion had
been different
Ethical analysis of
Zoroastrian religion and
ethical system, strengths
and weaknesses, and how
it was doomed to failure
Ancient Persian art,
architecture, music;
analyze and reproduce
style according to your
own feeling about this
culture; do a group project
expressing ancient Persian
5.25 7.25 The story of Confucius and
his teachings and how they
changed China; the books
of Confucius are read,
discussed, and compared to
the philosophy of Lao Tse;
the interaction of Taoism
and Confucianism in
Chinese history is
Written analysis of each of
the books of Confucius and
stories about Confucius; an
analysis about Lao Tse;
writing of imaginative
stories about life in China;
essay on how you
personally feel about
Confucius and Lao Tse
Ethical analysis of
Confucianism and Taoism
as ethical systems, as ways
to knowledge, and the
civilization they produced;
what was right and what
was wrong and predictions
Ancient Chinese art to
Tang dynasty, analyze and
reproduce style in
sculpture, painting, and
music; use Chinese style to
express your feelings about
classical Chinese culture in
group art project
5.50 7.50 The story of Buddha and
his teachings and how they
changed India and the
East; emphasize the basic
ethical nature of Buddhism
and its tolerant compassion
toward others; show how
Buddhists became
psychosocial specialists
and stopped innovating in
the natural world; compare
to Hinduism
Write essays on the
meaning of Hinduism and
Buddhism and how they
relate to you; how
Buddhism and Hinduism
relate to each other, how
you would feel and act if
you were suddenly put into
a Buddhist or Hindu
society; give evidence for
and against reincarnation,
what impact these societies
have on the world,
Hinduism and Buddhism in
light of the evolutionary
ethic and the eight Ethical
Principles; the historical
impact and consequences
of those religions; the
ethics of the caste system;
why Buddhism is more
successful as an export;
common Aryan origins of
Hinduism, Buddhism and
Experience directly
Buddhist and Hindu
meditation and its
comparison to autopoiesis;
Buddhist and Hindu art;
draw mandalas of your
own, sculpt in Buddhist
and Hindu style, make up
mandalas, learn to play
Buddhist and Hindu music;
perform dances, do art
works expressing how you
feel about Buddhism
and/or Hinduism
5.75 7.75 Early Greek history to
Thales; the Iliad and the
Odyssey; the story of
Thales and Pythagoras and
how they laid part of the
foundations of Western
civilization; the rational
and mystical as reflected in
those two men; Thales and
ethics; Pythagoras and
Write an essay on the
ethics of the characters in
the Iliad and Odyssey, the
ethics of the mythical
characters and gods, the
attitudes toward women
and their role in Greece;
make up a Greek-style
myth of your own
The warlike Aryan
tradition and how it led to
Greek culture, the
obsession with domination
and personal freedom, the
oppressiveness of a slave-based culture, the extreme
military specialization of
Sparta; why a love of truth
and intelligence is not
enough if there is no love
for others
Geometric art using
Pythagorean and Greek
principles, composition of
music using Pythagorean
theory of harmonic scales;
begin a sculpture project in
the Greek style; Greek
music and dances including
those of Sparta

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4 thoughts on “John David Garcia Curriculum Part II

  1. ammom88 January 1, 2020 / 7:09 pm

    I don’t want to sound like a c-word, but how on earth is a parent able to accommodate this if they aren’t skilled in these areas themselves? I have a 6 year old daughter, and I’d love to offer this opportunity to her, but the resources and equipment necessary for these skills isn’t financially viable for me. I could ask in local homeschool groups, but no one even remotely mentions these sort of trade skills until the child is in their teens. I’m not a dangerous child myself, but I’m trying my damnedest to let my child have this opportunity. She’s 6 but still very much focused on play, how do you know when a child is ready to LEARN/WORK? What are some key indicators? She helps my father in the garden doing work (weeding and moving things around). But after her interest in it, initially, he started to incentivize her labor with a small allowance (because I am unable to). Was that a mistake? Sorry to load on the questions. I’ve been following your blog and I hope to God I can turn my child into at least a mildly-dangerous child despite her family and our own short comings. I wish I had more role models for myself, but all is not lost for her, and as her mother, I know I have to do my own part to push her forward. Any links to previous articles and motivation would be much appreciated as well. Thank you for your posts. ❤


    • alfin2101 January 1, 2020 / 7:55 pm

      Thanks for your comment.

      The ideas on this blog are meant to stimulate thought in parents and others who have influence on children. Each child is unique and will walk an individual path. Your 6 year old is focused on play, as is normal at that age. Almost everything you wish to introduce to a young child is best presented with playful elements involved. Rewards should be small, like token rewards, with the emphasis staying on the positive benefits of mastering a skill — no matter how simple. Motivation should come from inside the child, as much as possible. Small allowances can, however, be used to teach money skills to children.

      Small children still crave their parents’ attention and approval. This is useful as she will often take her cue from what you find interesting and enjoyable. You can be learning new skills alongside your child. The foundational skills for early learning fall into categories such as “movement,” “pattern,” “music,” and “language.” Learning to dance, learning to draw or paint, learning the elements of melody/rhythm/harmony, and learning from reading stories and poems together or learning the rudiments of a foreign language from a simple children’s picture book.

      Eventually the child will learn to read and explore on her own, and will begin to self-teach. If exposed to different interests she will indicate in different ways what she wants to learn. The early years are a time for exploration and trying things out.

      It is best to have only general aims in mind for your child. You likely want her to be a good person, kind and loyal. And you want her to be strong and independent. You probably also want her to be resistant to being used as an object to meet other people’s ends. Keep these preferred outcomes in mind as you determine more immediate day to day and moment to moment activities.

      There are different kinds of Dangerous Children, with the most important skills being skills of thinking and perception. Of the practical skills, none are more important than cooking and especially keeping order in one’s immediate environment. Inexpensive musical instruments such as a harmonica, tin whistle, or other compact instruments you can pick up on the last day of an estate sale can provide playful avenues of exploration. Remember, you can learn and explore alongside your child, as time permits. At this age it is a high priority.

      In a few days I will be taking another look at motivation. Here are links to past articles on motivation and purpose.


      • ammom88 January 2, 2020 / 3:41 pm

        Thanks for your reply. It does boost my confidence to know maybe I’m already on the right track. Glad to hear you mention cooking is an essential skill and it’s what I do “professionally.” Haha. Thank you for sharing all these great resources. I suppose I just worry that she’ll grow up faster than I find myself ready for and might miss the mark on providing her with the educational opportunities she needs.

        I look forward to future posts.


      • alfin2101 January 2, 2020 / 10:40 pm

        They always grow up faster than we’re ready for.

        Short day trips together can be great fun and wonderful opportunities to measure rates of “growing up.”


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