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Our Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

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Our Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

I have been homeschooling my children since the fall of 2014. My oldest two have so far finished preschool. My second will finish kindergarten later this fall. My oldest has completed first grade, second grade, and third grade and will finish fourth grade before the end of the year. I already have my fifth grade materials ready to go for my oldest. I also have my sixth grade materials purchased and organized. If you are interested in any of the materials, easily find copies on Amazon via my affiliate links.

Originally published on August 15, 2020. Updated on July 25, 2021.

General

In addition to specific subjects, I include one general sixth grade workbook in my sixth grade curriculum to provide my children with additional practice in language, math, and reading: Evan-Moor Daily Fundamentals, Grade 6.

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Evan-Moor Daily Fundamentals, Grade 6

Reading

I continue using the Treasures series for sixth grade reading. The accompanying Practice Book, Grammar, and Spelling are also available online as free downloads, but we do not use any of the three workbooks.

Treasures: A Reading/Language Arts Program (Grade 6)

After finishing the Treasures series, I introduce the Language of Literature series from McDougal Littell.

Language of Literature (Grade 6)

Writing

For writing, I use The Grammar & Writing Book: Grade 6, which is a 266-page grammar and writing book that expands on the information learned in the fifth grade edition through grammar instruction and practice, writing craft and models, and writing and grammar test preparation. The 30 lessons cover a variety of grammar and writing topics appropriate for fourth grade students including sentences, word order, parts of speech, punctuation, and paragraphs.

The Grammar & Writing Book: Grade 6

I also included Grammar and Punctuation, Grade 6 in our writing lessons as supplement practice on important grammar and punctuation rules. The black-and-white workbook covers 25 grammatical and punctuation topics including sentences, punctuation, word classes, and usage that build on the topics learned in the fifth grade edition. Each section includes four pages of instruction and activities for a total of 25 instructional pages and 75 practice pages. I use the workbook as extra practice for concepts covered in The Grammar & Writing Book.

Grammar and Punctuation, Grade 6

I additionally use the Spectrum Writing Grade 6 workbook and The Writing Prompts Workbook, Grades 5-6 to our curriculum. The Spectrum series is available for kindergarten through eighth grade. The Writing Prompts series is available for first grade through twelfth grade.

Spectrum Writing Grade 6 The Writing Prompts Workbook, Grades 5-6

My children also continue working on their printing and cursive through various handwriting activities.

Spelling

My children and I continued doing word study using Structured Word Inquiry. Each week she and I chose a base word or two to study. I am also using the InSight Words (Volume 1, Volume 2, Supplement, and Inflections) from Linguist-Educator Exchange. We also studied other words that arose in day-to-day life.

I also created the Teach a Student to Spell: Level 6 workbook for spelling lessons. Level 6 consists of 36 lists of one to four bases each. The number of bases in each list depends on the size of the word family. (One base is divided into two lessons because of the number of words in the word family.) The activities focus on the four questions of Structured Word Inquiry: (1) What does a word mean? (2) How is the word built? (3) What are morphological and etymological relatives of the word? and (4) What are the sounds that matter? What are the letters doing? The goal of Level 6 is to study the spelling of English words using the Structured Word Inquiry framework. Level 6 builds on the spelling rules introduced in Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5. Level 6 also reinforces the prefixes, suffixes, and connecting vowel from Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5 while introducing additional prefixes and suffixes.

Teach a Student to Spell Level 6

Vocabulary

My children begin using McGraw-Hill Education Vocabulary Grades 6-8 to expand their vocabulary.

McGraw-Hill Education Vocabulary Grades 6-8

Math

For sixth grade math lessons, I selected Singapore Math Level 6 (US Edition). The two textbooks in Level 6 teach mathematical concepts, and the workbooks provide additional independent practice. The US Edition has been minimally modified from the original Singapore edition to teach American money and include American English spellings. The textbooks follow a unique pattern of moving from hands-on demonstrations to picture drawings (concrete examples with pictures) and finally to the abstract (numbers and symbols) in a natural, easy-to-understand progression. The program aims to teach children to learn to think mathematically rather than just being able to solve math problems.

Singapore Math Level 6 (US Edition)
Singapore Math Level 6 (US Edition)

After my children complete the level 6 of Singapore Math, I plan to use the McGraw-Hill Education Math Grade 6 workbook. The book includes a guide that outlines national standards for sixth grade.

McGraw-Hill Education Math Grade 6

I will also use the Spectrum Critical Thinking for Math Workbook Grade 6 to improve problem-solving skills with math reasoning questions, tests, and word problems.

Spectrum Critical Thinking for Math Workbook Grade 6

My children also continued using Khan Academy for extra math lessons.

Science

For science lessons, I selected the textbook Science: A Closer Look Grade 6 and the accompanying workbook. Each lesson includes questions at the end, and the workbook includes further questions for study.

Science A Closer Look Grade 6 Science A Closer Look Grade 6 workbook
After completing the textbook and workbook, my children will complete ScienceWorks for Kids: Simple Chemistry. The workbook presents information and investigations on six chemistry concepts.

ScienceWorks for Kids: Simple Chemistry

I also continued using the Giant Science Resource Book, which is recommended for students between first and sixth grade, from Evan-Moor to use as an on-going science and health supplement. I also check out many books from the library to supplement our science lessons.

Giant Science Resource Book

Social Studies

After finishing the grade 5 social studies textbook and workbook, my daughter moved on to the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Our World Grade 6 textbook and the accompanying workbook. The 669-page hardback book covers various social studies topics focusing on worldwide community, geography, history, and culture. The accompanying workbook is essential for reinforcing the lessons in the textbook and covers vocabulary, writing, and other activities.

Macmillan McGraw-Hill Our World Grade 6 Macmillan McGraw-Hill Our World Grade 6 workbook
After completing the textbook and workbook, my daughter read Encyclopedia of World History: From the Stone Age to the 21st Century and wrote a short summary for each section.

Encyclopedia of World History: From the Stone Age to the 21st Century

In addition to the textbook and workbook, I added the workbooks DK Workbooks: Geography, Sixth Grade for additional geography practice.

DK Workbooks Geography, Sixth Grade 
I additionally include four History Pockets workbooks from Evan-Moor: History Pockets: The American Civil War, History Pockets: Ancient Egypt, History Pockets: Ancient Greece, and History Pockets: Ancient Rome. The reproducible activity books teach information about each time period complete with illustrations, arts and crafts projects, and writing activities. My children complete each section over one or two days with a culminating portfolio to show their study of time period in history.

History Pockets The American Civil War History Pockets Ancient Egypt
History Pockets Ancient Greece History Pockets Ancient Rome
Health/Life Skills

For health lessons, I opted to continue using the same textbook series, the 480-page Harcourt Health & Fitness: Grade 6 and the accompanying workbook. The accompanying workbook provides practice that reinforces the information from each lesson. Most of the worksheet pages cover two or three lessons per page.

Harcourt Health & Fitness Grade 6 Harcourt Health & Fitness Grade 6 workbook
I also added the Human Anatomy Coloring Book for additional information about the human body.

Human Anatomy Coloring Book

Art

For art lessons, I continued using the 13 Children Should Know series of books. For sixth grade, I used 13 Architects Children Should Know, 13 Buildings Children Should Know, 13 Skyscrapers Children Should Know, and 13 Bridges Children Should Know. We also used YouTube and Facebook Live to learn more about various artists, artworks, and art styles.

13 Architects Children Should Know 13 Buildings Children Should Know

13 Skyscrapers Children Should Know 13 Bridges Children Should Know

Music

For sixth grade music, I continue using Help Your Kids with Music: A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide. All three of my children listened in on the lessons, so the book spans multiple grades and ages.

Help Your Kids with Music A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide

Spanish

My children continued using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish.

Image Credits

All images via Amazon

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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cat. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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