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    Our Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    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.

    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.

    Evan-Moor Daily Fundamentals, Grade 6Reading

    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 6The 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.

    Vocabulary

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

    McGraw-Hill Education Vocabulary Grades 6-8Math

    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

    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 6Science A Closer Look Grade 6 workbook
    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 BookSocial 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 6Macmillan McGraw-Hill Our World Grade 6 workbook
    In addition to the textbook and workbook, I also continued using The Complete Book of Maps and Geography, Grades 3-6 and added the workbooks DK Workbooks: Geography, Sixth Grade and Evan-Moor The World Reference Maps & Forms Book to supplement our social studies lessons. The workbooks include topics such as map reading, compass directions, continents, countries and states, borders, landforms, and more.

    The Complete Book of Maps and Geography, Grades 3-6DK Workbooks Geography, Sixth GradeEvan-Moor The World Reference Maps & Forms Book
    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 WarHistory Pockets Ancient Egypt
    History Pockets Ancient GreeceHistory 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 6Harcourt Health & Fitness Grade 6 workbook
    I also added the Human Anatomy Coloring Book for additional information about the human body.

    Human Anatomy Coloring BookArt

    For art lessons, I continued using the 13 Children Should Know series of books including, but not limited to, 13 Modern Artists Children Should Know, Impressionism: 13 Artists Children Should Know, and 13 Skyscrapers Children Should Know. We also used YouTube and Facebook Live to learn more about various artists, artworks, and art styles.

    13 Modern Artists Children Should KnowImpressionism 13 Artists Children Should Know13 Skyscrapers 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 GuideSpanish

    My children continued using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish.

    Image Credits

    All images via Amazon

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