This year marks a big milestone for Collin. He will be completing all the remaining requirements for elementary school in our state (Pennsylvania)!
I need to make it clear that he is not skipping a year. Rather, he is “catching up” to the level in which he actually belongs. (I have thoroughly learned my lesson on lagging behind–even a little–on completing each year’s work!)
Fifth Grade Homeschool Curriculum Plan
Math – Math-U-See Delta
As part of the whole “catching up” thing, Collin is working on math through the summer. By the end of this school year, he will hopefully have completed Math-U-See Epsilon as well.
Theoretically a sixth-grader should be doing MUS Zeta (one level higher than Epsilon). However, Collin is on track to finish MUS Zeta and Pre-Algebra during junior high, followed by Algebra I in ninth grade. With that in mind, I’m completely satisfied with his progress.
Grammar – Easy Grammar
This will be our family’s sixth year to use Easy Grammar. Yes, we love it!
Writing – Just Write
I really wanted to enroll Collin in an online writing class this year, but unfortunately the cost didn’t fit our budget. Instead, we will continue to use Just Write, with some extra emphasis on building solid paragraph-writing skills.
Spelling – School of Tomorrow Word Building PACEs
At Collin’s request, he will be switching back to Word Building PACEs this year. He felt that he learned spelling words more easily when he used PACEs previously.
Reading – Collin will be reading some excellent chapter books this year. His reading will focus on Pennsylvania history, since we need to fit that in somewhere this year. I’m sure he’ll need more books than these, but here’s what I have planned so far:
- William Penn: Liberty and Justice for All (Heroes of History)
- Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia (Landmark Books)
- The Light in the Forest
- The Cabin Faced West
- Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
Social Studies, Science, and Bible
These resources worked so well last year that both Collin and I knew we wanted to continue with them! As you can tell, he is an independent learner with a preference for traditional learning methods.
- School of Tomorrow Social Studies PACEs
- School of Tomorrow Science PACEs
- School of Tomorrow Bible Reading PACEs
Interested in seeing last year’s curriculum choices for fourth grade? Here is our Fourth Grade Homeschool Curriculum Plan from 2013-2014.
What are your homeschool plans for next year?