Tuesday, October 1, 2013

2013 6th Grade Curriculum

The Curriculum 2013-2014

First up is Lou :)  My Beautiful 6th Grader

This year I made a plan, which I make a plan every year..... But no really this year I NEEDED A PLAN THAT WORKED!! So I decided, since Lou is a self starter and doesn't need my undivided attention on certain subjects or my MARVELOUS teaching skills (ughhhhummm) - that I would try the Workbox System. So far...I LOVE LOVE LOVE Workboxes! Pretty sure Miss Priss does too. It keeps me accountable, and her organized... a TWO-FER!!! Organization and Accountability is something I so desperately need all the time, but especially in the school area, because if I am not organized.... no one is learning anything that day, week, month, year.... etc.......

Curriculum for 6th Grade- (Lou) 

Math - 
I have written a book list for the year- first few books we will be reading are:
Sarah, Plain and Tall(currently reading alone)
The Moffats(currently reading alone ) 
The Giver (Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf)) (October read together ) 
Reading Comprehension Activities- 
Supplemental - Magic School Bus Experiments, Science Packs, Units and DVDs
In Depth Timeline and Discovery of The American Revolution 
Liberty's Kids and Units/Lessons
Story of the World --- Map Activities
Character Building/Elective/Homemaking-
Lessons in Responsibility for Girls Series 
Sewing Practice
Fine Arts/Music Appreciation-
Unit Studies, Intro to Fine Arts 
See the Light (elective) 

How do you pick your Curriculum?  (reader question) 

I made these decisions based upon my daughters learning style which is a little bit of all styles wrapped up into one. I do not think she fits under any one style more than the other. When it comes to learning she is very well rounded. It is a Huge Blessing that God molded her into the child that she is, because she is very bright and able to learn in so many different ways. I know from observation, and the fact that I have more than one child, that not all children are alike and so far, my 2 little men do not share the same approach to learning as Lou... as of right now anyways. So in saying that- when picking a curriculum for your child, my advice is to study them, evaluate them, take notes, follow their lead when it comes to learning because what works traditionally for one, may not work for the other. When planning curriculum for my kids in the past few years I have started to include them in the planning. Which in turn, made a HUGE difference in what they retained. I am only in my 4th year of homeschooling, so I am still a baby, but one thing I have FINALLY learned is that even though it is becoming more of a growing trend in the past few years to homeschool your child and stick to traditional school core standards, I am by no means, traditional. What I mean by that is, I do not and should not feel guilty or pressured to follow certain standards that regular "Traditional" Schools do. I do not need to be so stressed out over my child being ON the right level. One of the biggest perks of homeschooling for me, is being in charge of what my children are learning~ I truly believe kids learn best and retain what they want to especially when they are interested in what they are learning and it makes them thrive. With that being said, that doesn't mean I as the parent/teacher don't have my own say when it comes to their learning. I just try and revolve the "Required" stuff around their individual interests. There is nothing wrong with being traditional or following guidelines if that works for you, this is just my answer to a readers question- and this is what works best for our family :) Thanks for the question and I hope my explanation made sense ~!!

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