Jun 6, 2017

5th Grade Curriculum Plans

This is the first post of our plans for the 2017 and 2018 school year.  You can check out the other grades on the landing page.

Abbie (5th grade)

Math: Math U See Epsilon She will finish this and then probably start Zeta sometime in the year depending on how well she does. We slowed way down at the end of Delta in order to solidify some concepts she struggled with. So she isn't halfway through Epsilon yet. I have no intention of rushing her. If all she does this year is Epsilon I will be thrilled.

She is not slow in math. She is actually really good at it. But my kids seem to prove the theory that math concepts are best grasped as your brain reaches certain levels of development. They learn stuff when their brains are ready and not before.

Grammar: Fix It! Grammar Level 2 Our favorite grammar program ever!

Writing: Jump In! Daniel and Abbie will do this together. They are so totally different than my first pair. They don't mind writing. We did some fun stuff last year that worked really well, and I am so hoping the structure of Jump In! doesn't scare them off. If they start balking, we will just go back to writing stories.

Spelling: All About Spelling Level 4 They will do this together as well.

Lit: She and I sat down and chose a list of books that we are both happy with. It contains sixteen books and one series. But two of those books are super short and most of them are about animals, which is her favorite thing ever, so I think she will easily get through them before the end of the year. Our school reading method is that I create a list and then they read that list in whatever order they like. So everyone feels like they are in control and everyone is happy.

History: Mystery of History (starting wherever we leave off in 2 and going from there) I read this aloud during our group time (Morning School), but it is generally the first thing dropped when we are in a time crunch so it can be slow going. I am planning some go alongs for the little kids this year. I won't make the big kids join in. I'm hoping that more will get done this way because the little kids like go along projects and the big kids would really just prefer not.

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Science: For the first time ever, I am splitting up the younger two kids for science. When all my kids were little, combining was the way to go! But now that they are older and far more opinionated and independent, it really works better to give everyone their own work. Daniel and Abbie especially love planning out their own daily schedule and having to wait on each other is an irritant. They also do better not having to wait on me to get around to helping them.

So, this year, Daniel and Abbie chose their own science topic and we are busily compiling resources to give them a super fun year!

Abbie chose Zoology. So we are looking at Sassafras Science (the reviews on Amazon are NOT promising), and Apologia Land Animals which I already own (although Apologia is not her favorite).  I have a dissection kit for her, as well as some frog models (she has a weird thing for frogs) and an animal encyclopedia and I am collecting resources for her still. It's hard to find a really good zoology course for elementary! I'm still looking!

Geography: Going Around the World at Our Kitchen Table

Tech: Khan Academy She chose to drop art for tech this year.

Bible: Bible Study Guide for All Ages

Spanish: a mix of Duolingo and the last of Flip Flop Spanish. We have been using Flip Flop for years! We have taken it slowly and added lots of extra review. They both enjoy the games and Abbie absolutely loves the whole thing. Neither are that excited about adding in Duolingo, but I think they are ready.

So that's about it for her year. Hopefully, she will be in a book club with some homeschooling friends and take an art class from her favorite art teacher. She will definitely play soccer and do lots of creative work on her own.

Next week I will have our 6th grader's plans and the links below will become live as I post them.

Kaytie: 9th Grade
Nate: 8th Grade
Daniel: 6th Grade

1 comment:

Cristi said...

We're about halfway through Sassafras Zoology, and I'm pleased with it. My biggest struggle is that my daughter isn't a strong reader and the chapters are really long for me to read-aloud. It doesn't have a ton of information, but I can see how the story would be great as a jumping-off point to do further research. My intentions going in to Zoology were simply to expose my daughter to some basic zoology concepts. We're going to go deeper and do the supplemental research assignments when we move on to Sassafras Anatomy next year.


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