Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Curriculum Plans for 5th Grade

We are gearing up for the start of 5th grade!!  Homeschool curriculum has been bought, school supplies shopped for, and school room cleaned out.  All that's left is for me to pick a start date.  :)  Here is out 5th grade homeschool curriculum list.

We will be using Creation to Christ from Heart of Dakota, which provides a deeper look at the ancient time period from creation to Christ told in story form.

For History, the main spine will be The Story of the Ancient World.  Other resources will includes Genesis: Finding Our Roots, A Child's Geography Explore the Holy Land, and What in the World? Vol. I - Ancient Civilizations & the Bible.

Heart of Dakota also schedules History Read Alouds and some we will be reading include: Dinosaurs of Eden, Boy of the Pyramids: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt, and City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction.

For Science, we will be using Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day.  You can see my review of this book here.  We are very excited to get started on this!

Other Science resources will include: Exploring the History of Medicine, An Illustrated Adventure in Human Anatomy, and Plant Life in Field and Garden.

For Math we are switching from Rightstart E to Saxon 65.   I'm hoping it is a smooth transition.

I've flipped through the book and Funny Bunny has taken the placement tests,  She could probably go a level higher, but she could use the review and she would still be on track.  No sense in creating tears when there doesn't need to be!!

We are also, just for fun, going to be working through Your Business Math: Pet Store by Simply Charlotte Mason.  We are both very excited to get going with this but I'll be scheduling it during our "free time".  I'm hoping it's an incentive to get school done early.  We may even schedule it on the weekends if we can't find the time. 

And to make it extra special, and hopefully more fun, I've told her that she can create the pet shop in real life, with her stuffed animals.  :)

For English Grammar we will be using Rod & Staff English 5.  Heart of Dakota actually schedules this book over two years so we will be taking it slow.  I think they only schedule two lessons a week.  Funny Bunny is pretty happy about that.

I was worried that working in this book over two years would put her behind, but after reading threads on different boards, it looks like English 5 is advanced enough that you can do that.

For Independent Reading we are using the Drawn Into the Heart of Reading Teacher's Guide and Student Book Level 6/7/8.  I've chosen a bunch of books, each in a different genre, that she is to read independently.  After each chapter is read, we go over discussion questions and sometimes there is a worksheet for her to complete.  

For Latin we are going to be using Visual Latin this year.  I've also done a review of it here.

Dwane Thomas is hilarious so I'm hoping it will bring some fun to her Latin lessons.

We'll be using some other things here and there, but this is pretty much the bulk of what we will be working on this year.  

I'd love to hear about your homeschool curriculum plans for the upcoming school year.  Link up if you have posted about it.  To see what Funny Bunny used from PreK to 4th, look to the sidebar on the left.

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Looks like a great year!! I've seen that Business Math before and keep meaning to check it out more closely. It looks like fun. Have a great year!


Christine, What a fun line-up! I'm going to have to check out Biz Math and the Latin program you're using. Fun link-up!


Apologia looks fun...I plan to use it in a few years.

The Mrs.

You've got some great pics. We are starting Latin this year as well. I'm curious to learn more about your pick for Latin!

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I'm hoping Visual Latin is a winner and gets her excited about Latin again. Dwane is hilarious and you can find my review from a few years ago here

Abbie Steffensen

I will be using CTC with my son this year as well. It will also be our 4th year with HOD. ;)

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We start tomorrow. I'm so excited!!

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