As I mentioned in my homeschooling middle school post, we’re doing things a bit differently this year. For Sister, we’re homeschooling 5th grade and participating in two homeschool co-ops this year. She is excited to reconnect with several friends that we did co-op with a few years ago.
Homeschooling 5th Grade
I mentioned that finances are one reason we’ve chosen not to return to the university model of schooling that we’ve used for the last three years. Another reason is that Sister really started struggling in math this past year. In fact, we experienced tears and meltdowns with math that were eerily similar to the what we experienced in language arts before she was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia. The math curriculum she was using was just not a good fit for her.
5th Grade MATH
This girl busts her tail to make progress in reading and spelling, I didn’t want math to become laborious for her as well. With that in mind, we’re using several approaches for math while homeschooling 5th grade.
First, we are using Teaching Textbooks Math 5 as her primary math curriculum.
We are using the Teaching Textbooks 3.0 program with her, which is an online math program. That said, I know her well enough to know that we also needed to print the textbooks to have on hand. There are
CTCMath – we have a family subscription for CTCMath, so we can use it for more explanatory videos.
We also have a family subscription to Reading Eggs and MathSeeds, which she can use when she wants.
5th Grade SCIENCE
When I asked Sister what she wanted to learn about in science while homeschooling 5th grade this year, her response was, “ANIMALS!!!!!!” so, we’re going to learn all about animals. Here are some of the resources we’re using…
She’s taking a science class at co-op that will use the National Geographic Explorer Magazine, which is designed for educators. She’ll receive a total of 7 print issues throughout the year and her co-op teacher has access to teacher’s guides and more.
National Geographic Almanac 2020 – this book covers a lot of subjects, including animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, and more.
National Geographic Kids Magazine – Print edition – Perfect for kids ages 6 and up, each issue is packed with stories about wildlife, science, technology, popular culture, and more articles designed to keep kids reading, thinking, learning and having fun! Explore with your child such features such as Amazing Animals, Weird But True, Cool Inventions, and free stuff such as pull-out posters and collectible animal cards. 10 issues per year. For ages 6 and up.
Undaunted – a Nat Geo Kids book about the wild life of Birute Mary Galdikas and her mission to find and study Borneo’s elusive orangutans.
We’ll pair our magazines with printables about animal habitats, from Tip Top Printables. We’re going to use the whole bundle. It’s a better deal bundled. ;) I love using products from fellow homeschool bloggers. Ami is the blogger behind Homeschool Share, which is an AMAZING resource for lapbooks and unit studies!
If you don’t need the whole bundle, you can also get them individually.
Polar Habitat Create-a-SceneFarm Animals Habitat Create-a-SceneForest Habitat Create-a-SceneRainforest Habitat Create-a-ScenePond Habitat Create-a-SceneDesert Habitat Create-a-SceneCoral Reef Create-a-SceneSavanna Habitat Create-a-Scene
Health and Nutrition
Sister will also be taking a health & nutrition class at co-op. The class teacher will be pulling from many resources for this class, and it does not have a required textbook.
5th Grade Language Arts
Sister has taken amazing strides in reading and spelling with her tutor. She continues to use the Wilson Reading System Student Workbooks. She works with her private tutor weekly during the school year (twice weekly during the summer) and will again participate in the SNAP (Special Nonpublic Access Program) tutoring provided by our local school district.
Sister often finds writing to be laborious, because of her dysgraphia. In effort to make writing more fun, we’re switching gears and using Super Stories Writing Prompts and Code Breakers Inspirational Quotes from Tip Top Printables. I’ll allow her to use Google docs to write her stories, and we’ll work on editing them together.
We’ll try to incorporate her spelling words and word challenges from her tutor into her writing.
Radical Readers Books
Because she’s doing so well with her tutor, this year our primary focus for language arts will be to developing a love of reading. She’s taking a Radical Readers class in co-op, which has specific books required for it. She’ll also have a stack of free reading books and audio books that she has chosen.
- Mercy Watson to the Rescue
- Ellray Jakes is not a Chicken
- The One and Only Ivan
- Dragon Slippers
- The Hobbit
- Tale of Despereaux
- James and the Giant Peach
- Number the Stars
- Inside Out & Back Again
Mercy Watson to the RescueEllRay Jakes Is Not a ChickenThe One and Only IvanDragon SlippersThe Hobbit, or There and Back AgainThe Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of ThreadJames and the Giant PeachNumber the StarsInside Out and Back Again
Some of these may be a bit weighty for her, so when necessary, I’ll read them aloud, use Audible, or check out the audio version from the library.
5th Grade Reading Books
All About Dogs
Sister LOVES Dogs, so she’s set up to read all about dogs this year. Everybody Loves Grace is about Grace, a loving, wise, and fluffy Finnish Lapphund who is the central character in an illustrated children’s book series aimed at giving kids hope and courage as they face life’s many challenges.
She’s also wants to read multiple books from the W Cameron Bruce dog books series. She’s currently reading A Dog’s Way Home and has A Dog’s Purpose on her stacks. Our deal with these is that we’ll watch the movie together after she’s finished the book.
Speaking of Audible! Sister will be starting is the Babysitters Club on Audible.
It makes my heart smile that she will get to enjoy books that I absolutely LOVED as a kid! The first five books are performed by Elle Fanning. The series is being released on August 13th.
5th Grade Social Studies
Sister is taking two social studies classes via co-op. In one, she’ll be doing a Lego/Minecraft history class using The Story of the World: Volume 1 Ancient Times.
In the other co-op class, she’ll be learning about Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. Signing her up for two co-op classes for social studies while homeschooling 5th grade was a complete accident and oversight on my part, but I think the two should compliment each other. I could have swapped the one social studies class out for a PE class, but she wasn’t keen on that idea.
Of course, she’ll be listening in morning meeting as we explore the Portraits of Integrity series from Character Concepts.
She’ll also be listening in the van as we listen to George Robert Minkoff’s “In the Land of Whispers” trilogy, which is narrated by Nigel Gore.
I’m *considering* adding Country Reports, since we routinely discuss various countries during morning meeting, but we’ll have to see how our days start shaping up when we get going with co-ops. Aside from printing, there is no prep needed for these! If I don’t use them this year, I will certainly use them next year!
5th Grade Electives
Sister is taking an art class and spends a lot of her spare time drawing, doodling, and creating. We’ll also volunteer to walk dogs for a local rescue, since she wants to be an animal rescuer one day.
Check out these curriculum posts while you’re here!
- Tips for Homeschooling Middle School
- Homeschooling Middle School
- 1st Grade (2019-2020) – coming tomorrow!
- 6th Grade (2018-2019)
- 4th Grade (2018-2019)
- Kindergarten (2018-2019)
- 5th Grade Curriculum Picks (2017-2018)
- 3rd Grade Curriculum Picks (2017-2018)
- Our Preschool Curriculum Picks, (2017-2018)
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