It’s hard to believe my youngest is in 6th grade this year! I’m pretty sure I say that every year in these curriculum choice posts, but it’s true. (5th Grade Curriculum, Elementary And Middle School Curriculum Choices) We are entering our 8th year of homeschooling, it seems like we just started yesterday.
Each year of our homeschool experience is a little different. We always have new interests and new activities to include. Plus, my children have different learning styles, so even though I’ve already gone through 6th grade with my daughter, we will use different 6th grade curriculum with my son.
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6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
This year, we will be keeping our homeschool curriculum simple and leaving lots of room for interest-led projects and hockey (my son’s favorite sport).
Math – Singapore Math is the only curriculum that I have used with both of my kids. We love it. It builds number sense and mathematical understanding, not just memorization of facts.
Writing and Language Arts – If we have a weakness in our homeschool experience, it is writing. My kids just don’t enjoy it (at least for an assignment) and getting them to write has been like pulling teeth. I’ve been stalking the new Writers In Residence curriculum from Apologia. It is a baby step approach to writing that lets the student choose what they write about. It, also, combines writing with language art skills.
History and Geography – Last year, we finished the 3rd year of the Trail Guide To Learning curriculum. It is a history-based unit study type curriculum that guides you from the explorers to modern America. We loved it! I wanted to study the ancient world and geography with him next. Someone gave me an old copy of Old World History & Geography from A Beka. We are going to use it as a guide and add literature and documentaries to fill it out.
Science – When I think of areas of science that my son needs to learn more about, human anatomy is it this year. My daughter used Apologia’s Human Anatomy and Physiology and really enjoyed it. We blogged about it and shared tons of projects and experiments. We will do the same with my son.
Lesson Planner – Last year, I used Homeschool Manager for my high schooler and now I’m hooked! This web-based program lets me keep track of assignments, grades, and will create transcripts when we need them.