No more elementary for us. The youngest has made it to middle school and a new chapter has begun in our homeschool. As she's learning to become independent, she has taken some ownership of her education. So, our homeschool is shifting and we're working together on our 6th-grade homeschool curriculum this year.
To make this page a little easier to navigate, I've split the different curriculum choices into tabs. Just click on the tab to discover what we will be using this year.
- MORNING WORK
- LANGUAGE ARTS
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE
This year my kids have decided they are too old for Morning Meetup. Though it saddens me, I realize that as our children grow our homeschool will grow as well. To accommodate their independence, I've let go of my desire for family read-alouds and morning time together. This year they will be doing their morning work without me.
And, now that we are fully into all the hormones of tween and teens, I also realize this may be the best decision we could make for our sanity!
We're continuing our geography study with the Beautiful Feet Book's Geography Through Literature. I was able to hear the author, Rea Berg, at a Wild + Free conference last fall and fell in love with her approach to a Charlotte Mason homeschool.
This curriculum combines classic books like Paddle-to-the-Sea with beautifully drawn maps. As she reads through the books, she locates the areas on the map and labels them. Then she colors her map.
At the end of last year, A- decided she wanted to try something new for math. Math-U-See had served us well, but she wanted to be independent. She asked to try a new program.
After some research, we decided to try Teaching Textbooks. She really enjoyed this new platform and it has been working well for her. So, she will continue to use it this year.
This year we are using Apologia's Exploring Creation with Anatomy & Physiology.
This curriculum explores the human body starting with the cells and moves through all the bodies systems. So far we've built human cells, learned about the skeletal system and had fun with experiments.
She's really enjoying this book and the accompanying notebooking journal.
Since we will be attending a weekly enrichment group, Poetry Teatime will become a monthly event of the group. This year we will be focusing on poets as our theme. Previously we've focused on holiday and countries.
The kids absolutely love poetry teatime and I enjoy sharing poetry and writing activities with them. You can read about some of our poetry teatimes by clicking on the pictures below.
Literary Adventures for Kids
These book clubs are fun for rabbit trails into science, math, history, pop-culture, literary reference, music, art and more. Go on an adventure with us in literature!
When something works, why change it? Grammar Galaxy has worked for us for years and is the one consistent program in our homeschool. So, I definitely grabbed the latest product, Red Star. You can read some of the reviews of these fun grammar resources by clicking the pictures below.
We have been studying American History for a few years now. This year we are incorporating Home School In The Woods Time Travelers Series. We will be creating a newspaper with our enrichment group and incorporating writing with our history.
Other resources we will be using this year are:
For the last couple of years we have been using Panda Tree's live tutoring. Once a week, A- meets with her tutor and learns Mandarin through immersion. I've been very impressed with how quickly she has been able to learn through this method.
This year she will be meeting with her tutor every Friday.
During the rest of the week, A- will be using Duolingo. Each day she logs in and completes a lesson. It's a different method than the one used by Panda Tree, but it complements it well.
We love Chalk Pastel!! Not only is this a fabulous resource for students, it is perfect for mom's who need a little creative relaxation.
This year we got the entire clubhouse! It just made sense. We use these courses so often that getting the annual membership was more economical.
This year we're using Music in Our Homeschool's Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days to learn music through special occasions. We've used several of these courses and have always enjoyed them. They are quick, already prepped, and full of great information.
Other resources we are using are:
And, that's our plan. Rarely do we stick completely to the plan and rarely do we complete everything. But, it's the plan and so far it's working very well.
What curriculum plans do you have for middle school?
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…