I have been homeschooling my four children since the fall of 2014. My oldest two have so far finished preschool and my third will finish this fall. My oldest two have also finished kindergarten while my third will begin sometime in November. My oldest has also completed first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade while my second will begin third grade in October. My oldest will finish her grade 6 work by the end of the year. 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 22, 2022.
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.
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.
After finishing the Treasures series, I introduce the Language of Literature series from McDougal Littell.
Because of the many errors and problems in the grammar books for sixth grade currently available, I wrote my own sixth grade grammar workbook for my children. A Form-Function Grammar: Level 6 is the sixth workbook in the elementary series that builds up to A Form-Function Description of the Grammar of the Modern English Language, a textbook and workbook that provides a descriptive grammar that strives to provide an objective description of English as used without value judgements.
The goal of Level 6 is to reinforce the word classes (parts of speech, grammatical forms) of English taught in Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5. Level 6 includes nouns, determiners, pronouns, verbs, phrasal verbs, modal verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, postpositions, coordinating conjunctions, correlative conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, and interjections. Level 6 reinforces noun phrases, determiner phrases, adjective phrases, adverb phrases, verb phrases, prepositional phrases, and postpositional phrases as well as grammatical functions such as subject, predicate, direct object, indirect object, object complement, noun phrase modifier, verb phrase complement, adjective phrase complement, prepositional complement, and adverbial. Level 6 also introduces determinatives, appositives, functional versus lexical verbs, complex predicates, and compound subjects and predicates and delves into deeper detail of the internal structures of adjective clauses and noun clauses. Level 6 finally introduces sentence structure and extraposition.
Level 6 is recommended for ages 10 to 11 in fifth grade through sixth grade.
The answers to all the activities are located at the end of the workbook.
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.
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.
I heavily modify The Grammar & Writing Book and Grammar and Punctuation because of the errors in the grammar sections.
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. I also included Weekly Real-World Writing, Grades 5-6 help my children explore real-world purposes for writing with activities that demonstrate thoughtful and effective writing strategies.
My children also continue working on their printing and cursive through various handwriting activities.
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.
My children begin using McGraw-Hill Education Vocabulary Grades 6-8 to expand their vocabulary.
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.
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.
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.
My children also continued using Khan Academy for extra math lessons.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to the textbook and workbook, I added the workbooks DK Workbooks: Geography, Sixth Grade for additional geography practice.
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.
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.
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.
My children continued using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish.
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