The brand new school year is upon us, and I’m really looking forward to another year with 3 school-aged kids! The scary part is that my daughter is in 6th grade and upper level coursework is knocking at out door. EEK! I don’t know if I’m ready for that, but I’m sure she will be.
We have a few more fun things planned over the next month or so, and we won’t be officially starting until the beginning of October. Considering my kids have been doing part time work all summer, I’m not worried about it at all! I love the flexibility of homeschooling.
6th Grade Curriculum Choices for 2016-2017
Below are the curriculum choices I’ve made for her for this school year. This really isn’t an all-inclusive list as we often participate in group activities and field trips and she loves to do games on educational websites as supplements all the time. Also, you cannot stop my girl from reading constantly, so she’s learning a ton through fun reading, too.
Finishing up Writers in Residence Volume 1. When she finishes, we’ll see if Volume 2 is out and get started on that. Right now it’s slated for Spring 2017, so we’ll see!
Beginning Readers in Residence Volume 1. This is by the same author, Debra Bell. It looks pretty good, and I love that she combines solid literature choices with some “pick your own” units as well so we can bump up the difficulty level part of the time. I bought this as a pre-order as it is not out quite yet at the time of me writing this.
Teaching Textbooks Math 6 is what we will use with Grace this year. She has completed Math 4 and Math 5, and she doesn’t whine or complain so we’ll keep on with that streak!
There’s no secret here. I am in love with Veritas Press Self-Paced History, so Grace will be doing her third one this year. It takes a lot of pressure off of me to have her being taught by people that are really passionate about it. She always retains so much when doing this, so I’m happy to continue paying for it! I do always wait until it’s on sale for $99 to buy, which happens a few times a year.
We are right in the middle of a review for Apologia’s latest volume of a well-loved curriculum for many families. The book is Exploring Creation With Astronomy, 2nd Edition. I’m actually combining all 3 of my older kids to do this one, so I also bought an extra notebooking journal to make sure everyone can do it.
Since I’m pretty awful at experiments, I also made myself purchase a supplies kit that makes sure I have everything I need IN MY HANDS already to do the cool experiments and projects mentioned in the book.
Again, this isn’t an exhaustive list. Grace will be participating in plenty of physical activities for PE/Health. She will almost certainly spend tons of time doing something musical (she’s recently taken up playing on our keyboard again, and loves to sing when no one is around). She goes through phases of wanting to learn languages, so we’ll continue to let her explore that. Hopefully she will figure something out by the time she gets to high school. 🙂
Additionally, we are constantly blessed with new things from being on the Review Crew, so we get to experiment with all sorts of things throughout the school year. That’s a big reason why I leave our main curriculum a little bare bones, because I know we’ll get to try other things throughout the school year.
What are your favorite curriculum resources for 6th grade homeschoolers?