Need help deciding what homeschool resources to add to your 6th grade curriculum? What subjects should you include as your child enters middle school? Below I have listed our 6th grade curriculum picks for this 2016-2017 homeschool year. Many of these curriculum choices come from resources we have used and come to rely on. Others are new but according to reviews and samples, they seem very promising.
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6th Grade Curriculum for Math
We have been using Math-U-See for the past three years and it works very well for our family. The boys really enjoy watching the videos and seeing if they can solve a given problem before the answer is given. This year they will be taking on Zeta level which deals mostly with decimals and percents, but also metric conversions, mean, median, mode, probability, area of a circle, angles, and more. Click here to read the best way to use Math-U-See in your homeschool.
6th Grade Curriculum for Language Arts/Writing
For our Language Arts and Writing assignments, the boys will be using BJU‘s English 6 Curriculum. We used BJU for third and fourth grade, but last year I decided to try a more Charlotte Mason approach to this subject. Unfortunately, we ended up going back to BJU’s curriculum because Joshua was having trouble with dictation. We did well with BJU in the past so we are sticking with them again.
6th Grade Curriculum for Literature
Our approach to this curriculum will be a little different this year. Each month we are going to tackle a different form of literature.
In September, we will concentrate on the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson. The twins will read and discuss selected poems from his book, A Child’s Garden of Verses.
For October and part of November, and in April, we will delve into Shakespeare covering the plays “Much Ado About Nothing” and “As You Like It“. In the past, we did one Shakespearean play per year but I am doubling that now mostly because the boys really love it. Every day we read a scene then watch a movie clip for that scene.
In between these assignments (part of November-March), the boys will be given independent reading time. I selected the Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan and Classic Start’s The Man in the Iron Mask.
6th Grade Curriculum for Technology
This year I am introducing the boys to some technology curriculum. I scoured the internet over the summer trying to find an appropriate curriculum for computer science and found Homeschool Programming Inc. They offer various courses including programming for young gamers. They also provide a curriculum syllabus for each course helping to plan out my whole year. The course we will be taking is called Digital Savvy.
Another technology course I am adding as an elective is called EEME. This is a monthly subscription service that sends out kits with various electrical components that kids get to put together and create different functions. I came upon this after being disappointed with Lego’s pricey kits.
6th Grade Curriculum for Typing
This is a also a new subject for the boys. Seeing that they will be taking a computer course I figured they should start learning to keyboard as well. I chose the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Family Edition download from Amazon.
6th Grade Curriculum for World History and Geography
This year we will stick to our newly loved curriculum, Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer, Volume 3, Early Modern Times. We will also use Homeschoolinthewoods.com’s timeline record for placing the figures and events that we touch upon. Click here for a full review of these history curriculums.
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6th Grade Curriculum for Science
This year I am taking a different approach to our science curriculum. This summer I came upon Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding by Bernard J. Nebel, Phd. After reading the introduction to this book, I was hooked.
In fact, I went ahead and purchased the next book as well, Elementary Science Education. The first book is geared towards K-2 grades but as the author suggests, no matter how thorough a science course is, there may be gaps that are missed. He recommends using his books (there are 3) together as he has created a way to integrate science topics for better understanding. He provides a flow chart for how to teach each topic as well as the pre-requisite topics students need before moving on to the next topic.
6th Grade Curriculum for U.S. Geography
Just as last year, we will use NotebookingPages.com United States state study forms to research various state facts such as the state motto or state symbols. We also accompany this with Confession of Homeschooler’s Road Trip USA curriculum and Highlight’s Which Way, USA subscription. We only have 16 states left this year and will finish this curriculum in March.
6th Grade Curriculum for U.S. Government
For the month of October, I added this curriculum with a focus on presidential elections. This will primarily consist of reading Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts by Syl Sobel and watching presidential debates as they air on T.V. And naturally, we will watch the election coverage come November.
6th Grade Curriculum for Spanish
I am currently working on creating this curriculum as opposed to buying one. For the past three years, the boys’ Spanish consisted mainly of naming and labeling objects. I believe they are ready for small phrases and sentences. I’ll keep you posted if I am able to create this curriculum or give in and buy a curriculum.
6th Grade Curriculum for Health
This year I decided to add this book as the boys are embarking on puberty very soon. I chose Kelli Dunham’s The Boy’s Body Book because it has a strong focus on puberty, hygiene, and safety. I plan on adding this in when our U.S. Geography component is finished in March.
Well, this is it, guys. It seems like a lot but I do spread this out so that the kids can get done before 3pm. I usually allot about 30 minutes per subject. Click here to see how we schedule our 6th grade homeschool curriculum and strategies we are using this year.
So what are you planning for your 6th grade curriculum? I would love to see what curriculum you prefer and will be using in your homeschool. Comment below. I am always looking for great curriculum.
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