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’s tempting for a child to get sloppy with their writing when left to a task, so insist on neat writing.
Option 1 Grade 5
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.
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.
This is the best time 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 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.
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.
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 like a living books approach to history, Beautiful Feet’s Ancient History guide is a good choice for grades 5-8. Plenty of books to read and activities to do. It takes you from Beginnings right through to the birth of Christianity, covering Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece and Rome.
Hands-on activities add depth to the history while vocabulary lists, comprehension questions, research topics, and website links make this an academically strong study.
There are 97 lessons, which will take a year if done at a pace of 3 per week.
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.