Usually someone asks what we use for curriculum, but these posts get really long, so I’m doing them one at a time. First up, my youngest.
Savannah- Age 10, Grade 5
This year we’re changing things up a little so we can focus on core skills like math facts and reading comprehension. We’ll see how it goes!
Memoria Press Literature Sets– Little House in the Big Woods, The Courage of Sarah Noble, Heidi, Lassie Come Home, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Grammar 5 from Sonlight (Which we have used as a full curriculum in the past, and loved. If this is your first year homeschooling, and you’re overwhelmed or don’t know where to start, call them!)
IEW Writing and Grammar 5 will both be used in our homeschool co-op for her class there.
Mathnasium (Which we are still loving)
Memoria Press Science Lesson Plans for History of Medicine and Birds
She’s taking Medieval History at our Co-op, which we also love! Captial Baptist Co-op. They’re using Mystery of History 2 and Story of the World as a supplement.
We take lessons from Ryan at Jessica’s Music Studio for Guitar. We’ve also used Kim for Piano, and she’s great!
Art Achieve (also from Sonlight) works for me because I can get it as a full set with everything I need. I am really not an art with kids person (I like it on my own, and I like them doing it without me, but for some reason it stresses me out to do it with them!) so if I just have the book or instructions I am not going to go out of my way to find the stuff. With this program, you can purchase just the books or a complete set with all the supplies, and lets be honest, I need it all in a bag together. I’m not going on a search for charcoal pencils.
My husband (better human than me) gets up and does a morning workout with the kids before work every day. Right now they’re tracking progress for my oldest son’s Physical Fitness Merit Badge, but they’ll also do sports (tennis is a favorite), Monday Runday, resistance training, some other stuff (I ran out of things to list like I’ve ever gotten up at 6:30 to watch them). For Health we use a lot of free TED talk videos (did you know you can select all the talks they have on a topic? You can!) as well as books. This year, her book is The Care and Keeping of You 2 Journal (American Girl).
My daughter will get to pick out 1 co-op fun class, which probably won’t require books. Last year she did a class called “Inventors and Inventions” and learned all about various inventors of things like the chocolate chip cookie and the roller coaster. No books, but lots of fun. She’ll also do computer science work via my husband on M/W/F. He comes up with the projects and then sends the kids emails with what to work on. Sometimes it’s basic computer skills, other times it’s programs like LightBox, and sometimes it’s coding in HTML. He’s fully awesome. You cannot order him on Amazon.
We are also lucky and end up doing 2-3 units a year of Sewing with Grammy. She’ll teach your kids too.
So that’s it! That’s what we have planned for 5th grade this year. It looks like a pretty fun year to me 🙂
Disclaimer: Some of these links are affiliate links, which means that you can get the same awesome thing that you would’ve gotten anyway, and I get a little bit of money back to help offset the crazy amount I spend on curriculum. We both win.