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Mid-Year Homeschool Curriculum Review for 6th Grade

Our 2016-2017 6th grade homeschool curriculum reviews
Our 2016-2017 6th grade mid-year homeschool curriculum reviews

So how are things going this year in our homeschool? Which homeschool curriculum are we still using and why? Which curriculum did we ditch and why? What’s been added? What’s changed? Below is our subject by subject 6th grade homeschool curriculum review and changes. Click here to read what we started with at the beginning of the year: Our 6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum.

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Homeschool Curriculum Review of Our Essential Subjects

Math

We have been using Math-U-See for 4 years now and so far it is great. Are my children in love with math as I am? No, but they are mastering all the concepts presented in this curriculum. Read my post, How to Effectively Implement Math-U-See to get an idea of how we use this curriculum in our homeschool.

English

We have been using BJU Press for 4 years for our language arts and writing. When it comes to learning grammar, I think this curriculum is great. However, after 4 years of their writing component, the boys and I are bored to death of it. It is really turning us all off to writing.

With that, I started the new year by omitting the writing chapters. Instead, I am allowing the boys to work on research papers of their choosing. They are to choose a historical person, event, or scientific concept on which to do their papers. I can’t begin to tell you the difference in their attitudes towards writing assignments now. What took days to draft a single paper now takes about a couple of hours.

So what does this look like in our homeschool? We take on a writing assignment every other week. This gives them time to decide on their topic or person, do a little research, and order books from the library. We also use our membership with NotebookingPages to make our reports look good.

Here is what that week of writing looks like:

  • Monday: planning (usually an outline of their paper based on their research)
  • Tuesday: drafting
  • Wednesday: revising and proofreading
  • Thursday: bibliography and images added
  • Friday: formatting and publishing the final paper

Literature

So far this year, we have read Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and will end the year with ‘As You Like It’.  Josh really likes it and gets into character when his speaking part comes up. Jack, not so much. He really hates reading the parts. However, he does pay attention and enjoys watching the movie clips for each part we read.

We continue to read the Harry Potter series for independent reading and are enjoying the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for school reading time. Next month, we will be covering short stories.

This is a list of all that we have read and will cover soon:

World History/Geography

We are still using Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World Curriculum. I like this curriculum because it doesn’t just cover the typical European/American history I encountered throughout my elementary years. This curriculum covers the Far East, Africa, and even Australia.

I pair this curriculum with writing now (see above) allowing the boys to do a one-page research paper on a historical person or event of their choice. We also watch parts of the History Channel’s DVDs: Mankind, The Story of All of Usand America, The Story of Us. The boys love watching these DVDs. These really bring out history for them.

U.S. Geography

This has not changed from last year. We take 6 days to cover each state and use NotebookingPages‘ individual state study sheets. I also pair this with Scholastic Highlight’s Which Way, USA subscription. While I do not like the mazes and crossword puzzle activities in the book, they do have other fun activities that require fact checking and mapping skills. We are almost done with this curriculum having covered this over the last two and half years. 50 states are a lot!!

U.S. Government

This year we read Presidential Elections and Other Cool Factsby Syl Sobel around the time of the election. On election day, I printed out a blank U.S. map where the kids could color in each state red or blue depending on the candidate who won that state. We also tallied the electoral college votes on our white board until we reached the winning number.  I still can’t believe how excited the boys got on election day. They really took to their activities. It was fun watching them cheer on the candidate of their choice.

Science

This year, I changed things up and purchased Dr. Bernard J. Nebel’s Scientific Understanding and Elementary Science Education books. Both these books cover K to 5th grade but can be used for any grade with some modifications. These are not textbooks or workbooks for kids. These books are guides for parents to use in order to teach different science concepts.

I really loved these books. Dr. Nebel explains each concept in simple terms and best of all, his experiment suggestions are doable. That is, most of the materials can be found in the home. The few items I have had to buy were things that I found easily at Walmart or on Amazon. You don’t have to worry about trying to find crazy electronic parts or chemicals.

I am also pairing this subject with writing as well. The boys can research either a topic or scientist of their choice. We will be working on creating a periodic table (coming to a post soon) where we will cover each element on a report sheet from NotebookingPages (this site has everything, can you tell?).

Homeschool Curriculum Review of Our Electives

Technology

We are currently using Homeschool Programming Inc.’s Digital Savvy for learning simple computer skills. The boys can’t wait to learn programming but I believe that they should learn the basics first. I am so glad I decided to do it this way. What they are learning now, they are applying to their research reports such as word processing, using images, and search engines. This program even teaches about spreadsheets, social media, and how to be safe online.

We also included the subscription based EEME as part of their tech curriculum. Read my review of EEME to find out more about it.

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Spanish

So far I have been winging this without curriculum. I have not found anything that goes beyond simple labeling and maybe a few common phrases. I did start touching upon the basics of verb conjugations in order to get the boys creating simple sentences but I am running into a little trouble finding resources to further their grasp of the language. Would love to hear from anyone who has a great resource.

Typing

We are using Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Family Edition that we purchased as a download off of Amazon. Scheduling this every day, the boys ended up finishing the tutorial part before Christmas. I think it did a good job of teaching the boys how to type. Josh has really taken to using his skills whenever he is on a keyboard; Jack, not so much.

Right now, the boys are working on the typing tests available at the end of the tutorial. As far as scheduling goes, I only require typing practice on those days that they are not working on research papers since this gives them an opportunity to practice their typing skills already.

Health

We have not done health yet. We will be starting after U.S. Geography is finished which will be some time in March. I’ll update this post with that review once we finish it.

And this is it folks, our mid-year homeschool curriculum review. I hope you found it helpful and if you have any suggestions for curriculum, I’d love to hear from you. If you would like more information on a particular curriculum, don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to sign up below to receive my newsletter alerts. I am in the habit of making lots of freebies so don’t miss out!

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How to Effectively Implement Math-U-See for Homeschool

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Are you feeling frustrated with scheduling and using Math-U-See in your homeschool? I have seen comments across many homeschooling communities from parents who are having trouble scheduling and implementing this curriculum. The result: kids crying and sometimes, parents crying. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Math-U-See: 215 Days of Work!

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For every level workbook in Math-U-See, there are 215 sheets, a combination of worksheets and tests. Each workbook has 30 chapters:

  • 3 lesson practice sheets (worksheets A, B, C)
  • 3 systematic review sheets (worksheets D, E, F)
  • 1 application & enrichment activity (worksheet G)
  • 30 lesson tests
  • 4 unit tests
  • 1 final

It seems like a lot, but I find this to be just the right amount of practice sheets and tests to confidently measure my children’s mastery.

How I Schedule Math and Still Enjoy Summers Off

If you already familiar with Math-U-See, you know that it comes with a DVD where students and parents can watch Mr. Demme explain a new concept and then demonstrate ways of solving them. These lessons are short and sweet, averaging about 5-10 minutes. Not too bad. Listed below is how I schedule a particular chapter.

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  • Day 1: we watch the video clip for that lesson/work on sheets A & B. (Sheet A usually has the first two problems already done, so assigning both sheets isn’t a big deal. Plus, it gives them enough practice to learn that new concept.)
  • Day 2: we work on practice sheet C
  • Day 3: we work on practice sheet D
  • Day 4: we work on practice sheet E
  • Day 5: we work on practice sheet F
  • Day 6: I use practice sheet G as a bell ringer and give them their lesson test

In this way, I am able to fit 8 of those sheets into 6 days….except when practice sheet F lands on a Friday. I am reluctant to giving kids a math test on a Monday after a weekend. In this case, I have the kids do their sheet G on that particular Friday and save sheet F for Monday. Then I give them their test on that following Tuesday. Below is what our math schedule looks like for a typical month.

Example of Math-U-See Schedule in Google Sheets

This cuts down that 215-day year into a reasonable school year. If giving them two sheets the first day seems excessive to you then skip A and give them B for more practice. Click here: Our Math Schedule if you would like to copy and edit it in your Google Drive for your own homeschool.

Go as Fast or Slow as You Want

Math-U-See is not assigned or designed to a particular grade level. This means that you don’t have to finish an entire math book in a year. You can do 20-25 chapters then resume the rest the following year.

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If you would like to see how we fit our math schedule along with other subjects, check out our 6th grade schedule and 6th grade  curriculum picks.

Quick Tip #1: The Goal is Mastery

In math, the goal is mastery, not memorization. Practice is key because it provides different ‘scenarios’ to apply what they have learned. My children’s mastery of math has made learning new concepts easier and less frustrating. So try not to skip practice sheets.

Quick Tip#2: Don’t Hate Math

For those of you who ‘hate’ math: instead, embrace it. And above all, don’t convey your hate of math to your children. They will see it as this evil thing and follow your behavior. If you really, really hate math, then perhaps have someone take over that part for you. Have your spouse, an older child, a friend, or maybe a next door neighbor work with your child.

To learn more about Math-U-See, visit their website at: http://www.mathusee.com/ They have plenty of videos demonstrating their products.

So how do you schedule Math-U-See into your homeschool? Let me know below in the comment section. I am curious to see what you do.

Take care,

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EEME Review

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EEME Review as Part of Our Homeschool Curriculum

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What does EEME Stand For?

EEME stands for Electrical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering. I added EEME to our 6th grade curriculum this year after searching for an elective that the boys would love (and stick to). This is my EEME review.

Why EEME?

After homeschooling for three years, I’ve tried to get them interested in art. The boys just don’t care for it. They have my tone-deafness, so playing an instrument is off the curriculum. They love their Legos and building things. However, when I require they build something for school, their motivation and creativity shut down.

One thing they do love: video games!! and Legos, of course. So, I decided to add computer science to the curriculum. Right now, they are learning the basics of computers and programs and will graduate into creating gaming programs and coding in the next few years.

They like their new course but learning the basics is not really exciting. I felt that something was lacking. The curriculum needed a hands-on creative outlet that ties in with electronics. This is when I found EEME. EEME provides project-based activities where kids put together various electronic and mechanical components. The results are thrilling as my boys light up a bulb, display different numbers on a LED, and recently, sound an alarm.

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What is EEME?

EEME is not your typical textbook/exam curriculum. The company sends a different project every month and provides video instructions online at their website. So far, each project has 20-30+ modules that consist of activities (putting together pieces), and review questions before they progress to the next activity. This monthly subscription is $18.95.

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I have to say that the boys really like EEME and truly cannot wait until their next shipment. I am beyond happy that I was able to find something that the boys are sticking to (unlike karate.) It doesn’t hurt that it is educational too. Now, the boys are realizing that their computers are not just a screen and keyboard (or console) but a set of electronics put together and programmed to make it work the way it does. They truly are learning the bare-bone basics of all things electrical and mechanical.

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Fitting EEME into Our Curriculum

As for fitting this into our curriculum, I have designated it an elective so there is no one special day we work on our EEME. I check out our work load and if there is time, they will do a handful of modules (usually one activity followed up with review). This allows the boys to work on their projects once or twice a week without too much down time between shipments.

EEME also offers other projects on their site that include robotics. I am thinking about saving that for the summer. So take a look at what they have to offer and consider this as an elective for your son(s) or daughter(s) whether you homeschool or not.

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Top Homeschool Resources for First Timers

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My Top Homeschool Resources for First Timers

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We are in our fourth year of homeschooling and so I have here my top homeschool resources for first timers and those who are still on the fence about it.

When I made the decision to homeschool I thought it would come easy to me since I was a teacher. However, I was wrong. Yes, I could teach but I had no idea how to choose the right curriculum or what subjects I would have to teach at certain levels. I also did not know any of the state or city laws that pertained to homeschooling and forget about the requirements for ‘proving’ your children’s mastery. It was July of 2013 and I had a month to learn everything I could before handing in my Notice of Intent to the city’s school division and preparing the boys for their first year of homeschooling.

After so much research, most of it online, I found the following resources that I still use on a regular basis.

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Top Homeschool Resources for Those Who are Unsure About Homeschooling

Before I handed in my Notice of Intent that first year, I stumbled upon Erica Arndt’s website: http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com. This mother of four is amazing. She has been homeschooling her children from the top homeschooling resources 101 start. With her experience, she has created the book: Homeschooling 101, A Guide to Getting Started. In it, she describes every facet of homeschooling and provides step by step instructions to help prepare one’s family for this new adventure. She also provides exercises that I found helpful in solidifying my decision to homeschool.

The second resource I recommend is your state’s department of education website. Here you can find the legalities associated with homeschooling and check whether you are able to comply with them. Also, some states may provide a ‘virtual academy’ where the students are taught and tested according to the state’s standards. The only difference is that the child is learning from home via a computer. This may be a good option for parents who want to homeschool but don’t feel comfortable doing the actual teaching.

And finally, the third resource is your state’s homeschool association. You can find your state’s homeschool association by visiting the Homeschool Legal Defense Association at www.hslda.org. These organizations have a wealth of information about all aspects of homeschooling within your state. You can find the legalities of homeschooling in your state and/or city district as well as other resources to help get you started. My state’s homeschool association sends me newsletters when a law has changed, dates and places to homeschooling conventions as well as family picnics for getting together with other homeschool parents. I especially like receiving my monthly field trip suggestions newsletter. This is where they provide me with a list of places that cater to homeschoolers and even provide discounts. Also, for many associations, if you join up (this usually comes with a yearly fee) they will provide you with legal support for homeschool issues.

Ok, I’m In, Now What? My Top Homeschool Resource for Choosing Curriculum

After visiting the sites above, the next thing you are probably wondering about is curriculum. If you don’t know where to start, I recommend cathyduffyreviews.com. You can find almost every subject here with reviews and prices. I actually purchased her book,top homeschool resources cathy duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum when I first started and I was glad I did. It is still my go-to book when I am looking for curriculum. For first timers, I suggest getting the book. In it, she outlines all the different teaching styles and matches the curriculum to that type. This is how I learned about the Charlotte Mason style. She also provides religious affiliations associated with a given curriculum. She recently came out with an update version, 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.

My Top Homeschool Resources for the Charlotte Mason Style

If you have chosen this style or parts of it like I have, then you will want to visit: simplycharlottemason.com. Here, the Shafer and Smith family explain in great detail this method of teaching. You can even catch them on YouTube showing step by step how to implement this method to different subjects. You can also purchase their curriculum at this site as well. What I love is their CM book finder. They have gathered every available ‘living book’ and listed them here by subject and grade.

Another site to check out is notebookingpages.com. Here, Debra Reed provides assorted pages for implementing the Charlotte Mason approach for almost every subject. I purchased her lifetime membership four years ago and have to sayFree Notebooking Pages Sampler that it was worth it. With your membership you’ll receive free samples of curriculum from other vendors to try out as well a year free to her web app that allows one to create their own notebooking pages. After that, it is only $2.49 a month to keep. Since my boys were too young at the time, I opted out of the web app, but have recently added it since the boys are becoming more and more computer savvy.

Other Top Homeschool Resources that I Recommend

If you have a young child, I would recommend confessionsofahomeschooler. Here, you can find Erica Arndt’s assorted curriculum from kindergarten to middle school. She also provides reviews for other curriculum.

For homeschool freebies, visit: homeschoolgiveaways. I get a ton of free printables that range from homeschool subjects to schedules and planners.

Try your local library’s website. I use my library’s site to put books on hold for the coming week, listen to audiobooks, and register the boys in upcoming educational events that take place there.

Well, I hope you find this helpful. I will continue to add and update this post when I find other useful resources. And if you have a fifth or sixth grader, check out my reviews of the curriculum we used. You can find this on my homepage under the tab ‘homeschool’.

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2016-2017 6th Grade Homeschool Schedule

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Our 2016-2017 6th Grade Homeschool Schedule

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Below you will find the boys’ 2016-2017 6th grade homeschool schedule. After choosing their curriculum, I was able to create the boys’ school day schedule that takes us from 9am-3pm. Keep in mind that there are days when we are unable to stick to our schedule due to appointments, errands, etc. We try our best to stick to the schedule so that we can finish our day on time.

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We will be starting our first day of school this year on August 8. It does seem a little early but I plan on making several trips this year. The boys are bummed out about the early date but they are looking forward to those breaks throughout the year.

Coming soon…Planner inserts!

This year I created a student planner for each of the boys so that they can keep track of their schedule, work, and grades. Just another little step towards independence. I included a laminated daily schedule and a laminated school day schedule where they can insert tasks with a dry erase marker. Jack really likes this since he tries to stay on task. Josh, not so much.

I am currently preparing to offer planner inserts for students and moms (and dads). These inserts were made for mini binders but I realize that some people prefer regular binders and so I will make both available soon. Here is a sneak peek of what I am creating:

  • goal worksheets
  • menu planner
  • fitness tracker
  • blogger’s planner
  • homeschool planner
  • household chores checklists
  • weekly couponing checklist
  • finance tracker
  • student reading logs
  • grade tracker
  • attendance sheet

It seems like a lot of inserts but some are laminated so that you can use them over and over like the daily/weekly chores list insert. One simply crosses out each chore using a dry erase marker once its been completed. Then simply erase the marks and reuse it for the following day/week.

Stay tune for future posts where I will make these available for you for free. ????

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5th Grade Science Homeschool Curriculum

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5th Grade Science Homeschool Curriculum

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How We Implemented 5th Grade Science in Our Home

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For 5th grade science in our homeschool, I do not rely on any particular outside textbook/workbook curriculum. In trying to follow the Charlotte Mason approach, I rely on finding information on our science topics by borrowing books from our local public library. We used this same approach last year and it worked very well for us. The following is how I put together the boys’ 5th grade science curriculum but the approach can be applied to any grade.

In order to find our topics, I, first, go to the Virginia Department of Education’s website and search for their standards of learning (SOLs) for the 5th grade science. I print out both the standards and its accompanying curriculum framework. These documents help break down each topic into smaller manageable units as well as provide the essential knowledge, skills, and processes that students in this grade level should possess and/or demonstrate. For example, SOL 5.2 deals with the topic of sound:

“VA SOL 5.2: The student will investigate and understand how sound is created and transmitted, and how it is used.

Key concepts include

a) compression waves;

b) vibration, compression, wavelength, frequency, amplitude;

c) the ability of different media (solids, liquids, and gases) to transmit sound; and

d) uses and applications of sound waves”

As you can see the standards list the concepts involved with sound such as compression waves, vibration, wavelengths, etc. I then use these concepts as my keyword entries when looking up books in the library’s online catalog.

After gathering as many books as I can find on the topic, I use the curriculum framework to choose the best and most appropriate books to use. When searching for these books, I stick to those found in the juvenile or youth section. I also try to include books that have experiments. After choosing the books I want to use, I also like to search online for supplementary activities and worksheets. You can find lots of ideas on sites like Pinterest and Teacherspayteachers.com. For example, I scored some free printables on plant cells where the boys color coded and labeled parts of the cell.

Now, remember that I use the 5th grade science standards as a guide but I don’t stick to them to the letter. For example, when we covered the phases of matter, the standards addressed solids, liquids, and gas. As the boys and I read our library books, there was one more phase that was not included in the framework, and that was plasma. The boys were fascinated by this 4th phase and I saw no reason why we couldn’t add this to our learning.

Each of the boys has their own science journal. 5th Grade Science Journals

These are divided by the standards’ main topic. For example, the boys learned about sound and light, SOLs 5.2 and 5.3. Both these standards fall under the broader topic of Force, Motion, and Energy. In their journals, the boys keep vocabulary, worksheets, drawings, scientific histories/biographies as well as any data taken during experiments and any results. The examples below include: (from upper left going clockwise) a diagram showing the changing phases of matter with labels, planets sorted by whether they are terrestrial or gas giants, a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting frogs and butterflies, a unit’s vocabulary with definitions, a small biography of Aristotle and his belief on the orbits of planets and data from a plant experiment we did last year. Note that some of these sheets below come from my membership with NotebookingPages.com.

Another thing I sometimes do as part of their science studies, is to find kits online. Amazon has plenty of these if you have the money in your budget but it really isn’t necessary. For example, I recently purchased a rock science kit as a way to incorporate the classification of different rocks, SOL 5.7. It was $10 and since I have Amazon Prime it shipped free. I am sure we could have went into our backyard and found some rocks to do this (and we still can) but I was afraid we may only find two or three different types of rocks whereas the kit has 15 different types.

Lastly, I also try to incorporate relevant biographies as part of the topic we are covering. For example, we read about Alexander Graham Bell when we covered our sound unit as well as Marie Curie when we finished our unit on atoms and elements. I used lap book activities that I purchased from one of my favorite homeschool sites, ConfessionsofaHomeschooler.com.

Now, I know that some people may question my use of the state’s standards but here is my reasoning: if something should happen to me and my children are put back into the public school system, I can feel confident that they will be at the same level as their peers if not more so. Again, I use the standards and framework as a guide but I supplement their learning with lots of hands-on activities and scientific histories/biographies.

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5th Grade Here We Come!

Welcome to 5th Grade Boys!

So this is it! 5th grade: our last year of “elementary” school. I can’t believe how fast time has passed. As usual the boys are not so thrilled about starting school again. I can’t blame them. I wasn’t so thrilled about the first day of school when I was their age. However, I like to remind them the many benefits of homeschooling:

  • Do not have to get up so early (they get up around 8:30am)
  • No rushing out the door to get to school
  • Wearing pajamas in school (what can possibly beat that)
  • No homework (all work is done in class)
  • Field Trips (unfortunately, the schools in our district have had to cut these because of lack of funding)
  • Get out early (if all work for the day is done, I release them. This varies but for the most part we end at about 2pm.)
  • It is safe to bet that their teacher loves them very much.

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This year we have changed our curriculum a bit. You can find our 2015-2016 curriculum posted on July 31, 2015 at: http://www.homeschoolingtwinkies.com/2015/07/31/2015-5th-grade-homeschool-curriculum/ This change has also decreased our school time as well. That is, I have combined spelling, writing, grammar, and cursive into one subject. I also purchased Susan Wise Bauer’s The Story of the World5th grade for history which the boys (and I) like. Stay tuned for curriculum reviews in the coming months.

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2015-2016 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

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The following is our 5th grade homeschool curriculum for the 2015-2016 school year. We have a very eclectic curriculum. For some subjects, I purchased textbooks and workbooks. For others, I will use a Charlotte Mason (CM) approach.

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Math Homeschool Curriculum

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Science Homeschool Curriculum

  • I use the science topics found on my state’s Department of Education website. With these topics, I use my local library and gather books that I feel with add to our homeschool learning. I especially gather books that have accompanying experiments. For example, the boys are going to learn about sound. I’ve found a book that is full of experiments for teaching sound. Along with this topic, I will also include the biography of Alexander Graham Bell. For this part, we use Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Scientists & Inventors Unit Studies. As the year progresses, I will add other relevant scientists and inventors to their studies.

World History/Geography Homeschool Curriculum

  • We will be using the Story of the World volume 1 and 2 by Susan Wise Bauer. Volume 1 will be used to review ancient history (which we did last year). Volume 2 will cover the Middle/Medieval Ages. We have not used this curriculum before so stay tuned for a review in a future post. So far, I like the materials and activities it has provided. I also like that they have incorporated relevant geography. We will also use Homeschool in the Wood’s Timeline Notebook Binder. The children love inserting the historical figures and events into their “Record of Time”.

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Language Arts (grammar, spelling, poetry, and cursive) Homeschool Curriculum

  • Last year, all these topics were taught separately. This year, I decided to try the Charlotte Mason (CM) way of teaching these topics. I purchased Spelling Wisdom Book 1 and Using Language WellBook 1 by Sonya Shafer of SimplyCharlotteMason.com. I can’t wait to use it. Please visit her site as she can explain the CM approach so much better than I ever could. I will provide a review of this curriculum as the year progresses.

Classical Literature Homeschool Curriculum

  • Here, we use Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Classical Literature Unit, Volume 3. We only have a few books left in this volume. So we will also cover Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Art Homeschool Curriculum

Music Homeschool Curriculum

Spanish Homeschool Curriculum

5th grade Spanish curriculumSo there you have it, readers. I can’t wait to get started this year.

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