Keaton is using School of Tomorrow Math PACEs. While he has definitely made a lot of progress in math this year, he is noticing how much fun the other children are having with Mr. Demme and Math-U-See. So it looks like he’ll be making a change for the new school year.
This year Keaton is using School of Tomorrow English PACEs. Unfortunately these have not been a good fit for him. He loves being able to work independently, but the parts of speech and grammar rules are introduced too quickly for him to really master the material.
On the other hand, Keaton has really enjoyed the School of Tomorrow Literature and Creative Writing PACEs. Based on some recommendations that I had read, we chose to place him in the fourth grade PACEs for this subject. This year he has read and enjoyed books such as The Red Rag Riddle and Charlotte’s Web. I’ve appreciated the thorough coverage of reading comprehension and the gentle, fun approach to writing paragraphs.
Keaton’s spelling and vocabulary are both covered in the School of Tomorrow Word Building PACEs. Each PACE covers fifty spelling words. Although he would prefer to do more of the work orally, he has done very well with the PACEs.
Keaton is using School of Tomorrow Social Studies PACEs to study American history from its beginning until the present time. The PACEs also cover U.S. geography, focusing on learning states and capitals, and the location of each state. The new fourth edition PACEs are a big improvement over the older version, with more color and the addition of some actual photographs.
The School of Tomorrow Science PACEs have been a big hit this year. Keaton loves the format of the PACEs and finds the content very interesting. Topics this year have included work and force, potential and kinetic energy, living and nonliving matter, and volcanoes. As with the Social Studies PACEs, the fourth edition is much more colorful and appealing than previous editions.
Art and music have been very relaxed and self-directed this year. Keaton follows his own creative interests in art, mainly drawing and doing thumbprint art. For music, he participates in group singing and children’s programs at church, and he listens to a variety of musical styles and artists at home.
Keaton does not participate in any team sports. Instead, we encourage him to be physically active in individual and group activities, and try to promote individual exercise as a lifelong habit.
Are you wondering why Keaton has done exclusively PACEs this year? He requested to have all PACEs because he desired to work independently as much as possible. Although we will be making several changes next year (most notably math and grammar), he is still interested in learning on his own as much as he possibly can.
What materials have you used with your fifth-grader?