Grade 6

Homeschool planning for grade 6

Grade 6 is the year you prepare for high school. If your child has already done a good amount of science using Science in the Beginning or Apologia’s Young Explorer series, and if science is their strength, they may want to try Science in the Atomic Age which is aimed at year 7. However, if they are not quite ready for this one, you may choose to give science a rest for a while or do a science using living books.

Developing vocabulary, along with essay writing, will be the single most important skill your child will need for university preparation. Wide reading is the best vocabulary builder,  and deliberate learning and usage of new words will help accelerate your child in every subject area. Learning Latin or at least Latin roots is also an excellent way to increase vocabulary.

The maths programs we sell all bring the student to this final primary grade level in preparation for high school maths programs. If you have used any of the Singapore primary maths programs consistently, your child will be well prepared.

Of course, keep up your read aloud time – here are some lists to inspire you for new books:

English and History


Language Lessons from Australian History Book 3 is aimed at children aged 11-13 and will help prepare them for high school. Advanced grammar and essay writing are taught and more advanced readers are assigned (as optional reading). Your child will progress from oral to written narrations and will be taught and present an oral presentation. Other Charlotte Mason aspects such as picture study, copywork and artist study are continued.

Our Australian Story is the Australian history spine underpinning the lessons.

 

Maths

New Syllabus Maths Grade 6

Grade 6 completes the primary component of Singapore maths and prepares the student for high school maths. Singapore maths has produced top class maths students. If this is the first year you are doing grade 6 maths, you can save by buying the bundle.

You can read more about how New Syllabus Primary Maths Level 6 compares with the Australian Curriculum here.

Learn more about Singapore maths.

Extra practice

You could complement your maths progam with Math Whizz 6,  Primary Maths 6 Extra Practice or Maths Olympiad Intermediate.

History

If you like a living books or Charlotte Mason approach to history, Beautiful Feet’s Medieval History guide is a good choice for grades 5-8. This guide gives you structure to a living books learning style, keeping you on track, but still allows for flexibility. Plenty of books to read and activities to do. It takes you on a journey from 400 to 1522 covering the lives of King Richard, King Arthur, Saladin, Queen Eleanor, Joan of Arc, Shahrazad and others.

They will learn about Martin Luther who revealed a new way to approach God and about John Wycliffe who organized the Bible. Students will read about the life of Columbus, whose discovery of North America changed the world forever.

If you haven’t done any ancient history, you use Beautiful Feet’s Ancient History Guide, either works.

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.

Literature

 

If you want to use some of your read alouds as a basis for more concrete lessons, Progeny Press study guides are a great resource. They include vocabulary lessons using words from the novel, literary techniques, moral lessons and character values, activities and writing assignments as well as comprehension and thought questions.

Penmanship

The Art of Cursive Intermediate also provides copywork and picture study.

English

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Tan follows LLATL Purple. If your child is new to LLATL or you have had a break from it we suggest you have your child do a placement test to determine if this is the right level to use. Scope and sequence for LLATL is here.

Spelling

Phontastic Spelling Tactics is ideal for this age and can be done independently. This course reinforces the spelling rules and using copywork from great literature. Phontastic Spelling Tactics teaches British spelling and is a perfect supplement to American language arts programs, such as LLATL.

Grammar


Our ebook Grammar Through Copywork is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum using classic literature to teach grammar concepts. There is also the opportunity to improve spelling and written expression by providing excellent models, so it’s a win-win. Grammar Through Copywork has lessons for beginners right through to advanced grammar.

Science

Science in the Atomic Age follows on from any of the books in the Berean Builders Elementary series. If your child has completed any of the Berean Builders Elementary series at the highest skill level and has a bent towards science, this course can be done at year 6. Your child may need more assistance from you if you choose to do this course in grade 6, or you can choose to go at a slower pace.

It starts with teaching students about atoms, molecules, the chemicals that are necessary for life, DNA and cells. These topics are all discussed in the context of history, explaining how specific scientific advances led to the scientific explanations that the students are being taught. This allows students to learn not only the current scientific understanding of these topics, but also how scientists reached that understanding.

The course then uses what the student has learned to describe the living world. Students learn how cells work together to make tissues, how tissues come together to make organs, how organs form organ systems, how those organ systems produce organisms, and how those organisms relate to one another in populations and communities. The student then learns how those communities interact with the physical environment to form ecosystems, which then form biomes.

Along the way, students learn about fascinating new discoveries such as the function of the human appendix, the human microbiome, and soft tissue found in dinosaur fossils. Throughout the course, God’s design in nature is highlighted, and topics in the creation/evolution debate are discussed.

Experiments and other hands-on activities are done throughout the course.

Writing

For sixth grade skills and up, Wordsmith is the perfect companion to Learning Language Arts Through Literature. For young people who want to improve their writing skills, step-by-step instructions are provided that will help any writer improve his techniques.

The introduction provides a brief review of grammar followed by instruction on building stronger sentences, exercise in descriptive and narrative writing, creating dialogue, story writing, and writing from a particular point of view. Plus, the essential skills of every good writer, practice in proofreading and revising.

If your grade 6 child hasn’t done any writing before, you could go with Wordsmith Apprentice or Paragraph Writing for Kids instead.

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