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When we first began homeschooling eight year ago, I assumed that we would always reuse my daughter’s curriculum for my son. After all, it felt like I spent an eternity choosing the ‘best’ curriculum. Surely we would want to use it forever. In reality though, there is no one perfect 6th grade homeschool curriculum.
My children are unique with different interests and natural abilities. We have the wonderful advantage of being able to tailor our children’s education to their individual needs and passions.
My goal with this 6th grade homeschool curriculum is to provide the academics I feel are important in a way that continues my son’s love of learning.
My Son’s 6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
6th Grade Language Arts
My son and I both enjoy WriteShop, so we are sticking with it again this year. In 6th grade Ben will be working in WriteShop Junior Book F.
One of the things I love about WriteShop is that it has an incremental approach to teaching writing. Each book builds upon the previous book, but the lessons are also strong enough to stand on their own. For example, Ben wrote an adventure story last year. He will do it again this year, combining everything he learned last year with a few new skills. This helps me really see progress year after year.
We spend one month on each of the 10 lessons. The lesson has a main theme and a focus. For example, one month Ben will work on writing a personal narrative (theme). The activities and assignments will help him learn to add sensory detail to the story (focus). Together, this has a big impact on the quality of his writing.
I already have the teacher’s guide, activity pack, and the time-saver pack. Now I just need to get this WriteShop junior set organized for the year.
I gave my son a few unconventional grammar choices this year. We were both tired of boring grammar and wanted something different. I think The Giggly Guide to Grammar will definitely break the dull grammar mold!
This book breaks down grammar, usage, and mechanics (g.u.m. for short) into short lessons with silly examples.
The silliness continues with a few exercises for each lesson. The exercises include things like mad-lib paragraphs, editing, and identifying parts of a sentence.
My son loves jokes and all things funny, so I expect that he might actually enjoy grammar this year.
Full disclosure – I don’t have a detailed reading plan for my son’s 6th grade homeschool curriculum.
Typically I choose books that I think my kids will like and create a personalized reading plan for the year. This year I am throwing that out the window and allowing my kids to take a bit of educational ownership.
I will be hosting a middle school boys book club for our homeschool co-op this year. My son will choose the first book, but the rest of the year the boys will vote on the book selection. I will certainly offer suggestions, but ultimately I am just the facilitator. This will be their book club, so they get to choose the books.
6th Grade Math
Math Mammoth has always been a family favorite in my house, but we decided to switch it up this year. Math comes easy to my son and, truth be told, Math Mammoth wasn’t really challenging him.
My husband, Ben, and myself sat down and looked at a few math curricula online. It was a tough decision, but ultimately we decided on Singapore 6 A and B.
We decided on Singapore because it has:
- a reputation of being a rigorous math curriculum
- plenty of mental math practice
- a detailed teacher’s guide
- a workbook with extra practice problems
I suspect it will take us a few weeks to adjust to a new math program. The lessons appear to take longer than Math Mammoth, so fingers crossed we don’t regret this decision.
6th Grade Science ~ Chemistry
When I asked Ben what he wanted to learn in science this year he responded, “I want to blow things up.” Spoken like a middle school boy.
Blowing things up sounds like a good excuse to learn chemistry.
We are using NOEO science this year, one of my favorite science curricula.
My favorite part of the NOEO science line is that it includes pretty much everything you need – including science experiment materials. It is an exciting day when the huge box full of box and experiments lands on our porch. I am much more likely to complete an experiment if I don’t need to search for hard to find ingredients.
NOEO Chemistry 3 includes:
- Chemistry: Investigate the Matter That Makes Up Your World
- Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything
- DK: Eyewitness Chemistry
- Exploring the World of Chemistry: From Ancient Metals to High Speed Computers
- Chem C2000 experiment kit
- Teacher’s manual to tie it all together – just open the manual and follow the directions
6th Grade History ~ World History
I have always taught history to my son and daughter together. Now that my daughter is in 9th grade, I’m not doing that in the same way. However, they will both be studying world history.
I am planning to go through my daughter’s high school world history book and choose 10 time periods for my son to study. Ideally they will be spread through the book, so that it aligns with the time period my daughter is studying.
The high school history textbook is huge and covers a ton, so my daughter will be going broad with a lot of time periods. My son will go deep with a few.
Foreign Language ~ Spanish I
When Ben heard that Hannah was planning to learn Spanish this year, he asked to learn it too.
He says it will help him with Fortnite. 🤷♀️ I don’t quite understand that logic, but I’m going to just go with it. If he wants to learn something, I’m not going to stop him.
We are using the ¡En español! Level 1 textbook set, mainly because I found it at a used book sale for a ridiculously good price. This set is almost 20 years old, but introductory Spanish doesn’t really change.
I’m sure we will supplement with duolingo, but the textbook will give us a solid frame work.
Ben loves to argue. He would make a great lawyer someday if he wasn’t so focused on becoming an engineer.
We try to follow, explore, and build upon our kids’ passions, and well, right now arguing and logic is a passion of his. It just makes sense for him to work through a student logic course.
Ben will work through The Fallacy Detective. There are 38 lessons divided into 4 main areas:
- avoiding the question
- making assumptions
- statistical fallacies
This our 6th grade plan at the moment. It provides a solid foundation, but leaves us room to add in extra electives or fun opportunities with our co-op.
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