This age is when many children turn a corner and start being more independent with their learning. It is a time when training a child to be left to complete an assigned task on their own should begin in earnest. Copywork is a great option for this training. When doing copywork, make sure you maintain high standards of neatness. It is tempting for a child to get sloppy with their writing when left to a task, so insist on neat writing.
However independent your child becomes, one thing that we recommend you continue doing with them is reading aloud. We still read aloud to our adult children; and they also now read to us!
Option 1 Grade 5
English and History
Language Lessons from Australian History Level 2 or Language Lessons from Antiquity Level 2 is suited to children aged 9-11 and teaches English and Australian History simultaneously. A basic knowledge of grammar is required, however an older child will cope fine with the grammar instruction as it is mainly reinforcement with more expectation and heavier workload than Book 1, with a few more advanced grammar concepts included, e.g. use of semi colons. The child is also required to read more advanced books.
If your child has already done Language Lessons from Australian History Level 2, they could move on to Language Lessons from Antiquity Level 3.
Phontastic Spelling Tactics will supply spelling instruction based on British spelling rules and provide more copywork. The copywork in this book focuses on giving practice with the rules. If you are also doing Language Lessons for the Secondary Child you may want to alternate the two when your cuild is doing copywork lessons for English as well.
This is the best to begin formal grammar and what better way to do it than with real classic literature. Our ebook Grammar Through Copywork is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum using classic literature to teach grammar concepts. With this method, there is also the opportunity to improve spelling and written expression by providing excellent models, so it's always a win-win. This book will provides lessons from beginners right through to advanced grammar and is a great resource for children learning to become independent with their lessons.
Grade 5 or 6 is the final year that Science in the Beginning can cater for, however you might want to consider doing some of the other titles in this series. This is also a time when many children become more confident in drawing and better able to keep a nature journal. My Australian Nature Journal is an ideal resource for giving your child some guidance with this.
Handwriting and Copywork
If your child has done The Art of Cursive Introductory book, he/she can move on to The Art of Cursive Intermediate book. This book focuses on Australian Artists and works well with Language Lessons from Australian History providing copywork and picture study. There is a choice of two fonts: Manuscript Cursive or Modern Italic.
Total Cost of Option 1
New Syllabus Primary Maths Grade 5 Textbooks and Workbooks only
Option 2 Grade 5
If your child has done LLATL Orange he /she can go straight on to Learning Language Arts Through Literature Purple. If you have had a break from LLATL or are wanting to begin using it, we suggest doing a placement test to see if this is the right level for your child.
LLATL Purple has more American content than other levels due to it being written to coincide with the year American history is studied in the United States. However, this can be supplemented or replaced with either Language Lessons from Australian History Book 2 or our ANZAC Day and/or Who's on the Money lapbooks if you wish. Having said that, the readers for LLATL Purple are universal classics and very appealing.
This level continues to build on Composition, Grammar, Study Skills, Reading and Literature, and Spelling.
Australian History using ANZAC Day Lapbook or Who's on the Money Lapbook.
If you want to supplement the readers in LLATL with some Australian material you could assign either or both of these great Australian classic biographies: A Fortunate Life (Young Reader edition) or The Little Black Princess .
Total Cost of Option 2
LLATL Purple including Teacher Book, Student Book Ebook versions, and four readers
New Syllabus Primary Maths Grade 5 Textbooks and Workbooks
Any one of the Young Explorer Series including Textbook and Notebook