I was about to sit down and write a post about how we homeschool 6th grade, and then I realized I never posted about homeschooling 5th grade! This happens to us, homeschoolers. We follow a certain curriculum, we read good books, we live and we don’t pay attention to the grade levels, because it’s easy for homeschooled children to be ahead, especially if these children are homeschooled year-round.
Anyway, here’s what we did in both 5th and 6th grades:
- Math. We love Saxon math. It’s a nice, strong program and I never feel the need to change it. My eldest son is working on Algebra right now, but you can definitely try Saxon 4/5 or Saxon 6/7, which are more appropriate for the 5th and 6th grades.
- Grammar. Rod and Staff English 5 and later, English 6 have been such a special treasure! These grammar books teach about grammar and vocabulary and writing, all at once. Writing out every exercise can be tedious, so we did some of the book’s exercises orally.
- Writing. My eldest son is all about math and science. He doesn’t like writing. We tried IEW, and even though he learned a lot, the program was as enjoyable as pulling teeth for both him and me. So, we stopped and picked up Memoria Press’ Classical Composition. This program is simple, yet refreshingly effective, so I consider it a success. It is one of these hidden gems, that are a lot deeper than what they appear on the surface.
- Science. We have been doing two programs in science: Apologia zoology and God’s Design for the Physical World Machines. Apologia has been fun, easy and extremely effective. I read the chapter to all the children and then my eldest son does his exercises in the workbook. We have all learned a ton! God’s Design for the Physical World features short, yet dense, chapters and again, short, yet dense exercise sections. This is one strong program! You work for a short amount of time, yet you learn huge amounts of information. Both my son and I loved both of our science programs this year and are excited to continue with them. Additionally, my son did a chemistry program, which hasn’t been released for sale yet, so I am not allowed to give you any details, except that it has been great and he learned a lot.
- History. I prefer to unschool this subject, so my son reads one of these amazing history books daily, plus he also remembers and repeats the timeline of all world’s historical events. He had also read and enjoyed Horrible Histories’ books and we all read the Kingfisher’s Encyclopedia together.
- Geography. We study this subject as we go, discussing the location on the map of the various events and ocurrences. We also study the Landscape book, which teaches how the various landscapes have been formed. Additionally, we memorized every European country and capital, and watched short youtube videos on these countries.
- Finally, my son studies Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. We all study Latin together, utilizing a Russian textbook, so I can’t help you with the link. We memorize long poems in Russian. My son plays the piano, swims on a team and is bilingual and biliterate in English and Russian ( I work hard on the Russian part.) He reads a lot daily in both of these languages. I try to make sure he mostly reads quality literature.