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Saturday, August 12, 2017

5th and 6th Grade Curriculum Choices for the 2017/2018 School Year

I try to combine subjects in as many areas as I can.  My 5th and 6th graders are very close in ability, so that makes it a bit easier.  The only subject they do separately is math, everything else is together.

I had planned on using The Mystery of History this year for history.  I LOVE this series and had been all the way through it with Nick and Alex. Anthony and Christian did tag along for a few years, but were very young when we first started the series.  When we were talking about plans for the upcoming school year, they all wanted to do American history.  So all of my elementary students will be doing American history this year with a curriculum we have not used before.  We will also be using a science curriculum we have never used before.

Anthony and Christian's curriculum for this year includes:

Bible: We are continuing our reading through the New Testament.  We will be starting with Luke since we finished Matthew and Mark last year.

Poetry: We will be using IEW Poetry again this year.

History: America's Story 1 from Master Books.  I really like the look of this series, but there are three volumes.  I am not sure about spending three years on just American History.  We will have to see how it goes when we get started.

Science:  We will be using Science in the Age of Reason by Jay Wile. We love science and I hope this will be a fun and interesting curriculum for the children.

Geography: We have just started a once a week geography program called Let's Go Geography.  If I like it we will use it all year.

Math: Math Lessons for a Living Education 5 and 6

Language Arts: Readers in Residence.  We completed the first unit of this last spring so will start up where we left off.

Handwriting: We use the PenTime handwriting books.  Christian and Anthony will both use Book 5.

Spelling: We started All About Spelling Level 4 (aff link) last year and will continue where we left off.

Nature Study: We are going to try to do a nature study once a week using Exploring Nature with Children.

Art: I have a variety of art curricula.  We are planning on finishing up our ArtAchieve lessons to start with and will decide from there.

P.E.: We will have about an hour and a half to kill in town every day from August until December so I am planning on doing P.E. while we are there at the park.

The boys have also been working once a week on CodaKid Mod Creation Portals and Dimensions.

Our school year starts bright and early Monday morning.

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