I have a soon to be 6th grader. He is a little behind “grade level” in some areas, but this is basically what I am looking at for him this year. I am more nervous about this coming School year than I was about the past school year, which is odd because last year was our first year homsechooling. (Please note I am currently working mornings 9-noon Mon – Fri, so with the exception of family morning devotions over breakfast which included NT reading, prayer, memory work and listening to worship music the rest of the morning work is independent)
Mon-Fri AM: (approx 2 hours)
MUS- Delta (daily)
Independent Reading (Lit, History — approx 3x week each)
Science: Flying Creatures (3-4x week)
Character Study: Boyhood & Beyond (or other) 1x and 252 Basics (Kidz Church Class homework)
Languge Arts: ILL (4x), Megawords Spelling (4x), Typing (3x)
Other: Health, Logic or other activity (like working on a project or catching up, etc.)PM
Family work PM: (approx 1-1.5 hours)
Mod 1 (Modified: Bible daily, History 2x, Geography 2x)
Lit Read aloud (3x), Poetry (1x), Composer, Artist or Poet/Shakespeare focus (1x)
Guided Work: (approx 30-40mins)Copy work (4x)
Math, ILL, & Spelling instruction/corrections as needed
PE: Karate Club 2x week & Sunday Night Family Swim 1x plus daily physical play
Art/Life Skills: 1 – 2 times per week (depending on lesson or project) can include handicrafts, baking/cooking or learning other new skills — can take place at any time during the week.petitemomParticipant
Looks like a great schedule to me!
Sorry, no advice!momto2blessingsParticipant
Sounds great to me:) Gina
I just have one question about their independent stuff, specifically the reading of Lit and History. How are you confirming their comprehension of these since you’re busy? Are they doing a written narration or do they do an oral one when you get home?
As long as I am not currently meeting with someone or on the phone I have no problem checking over math or listening to narrations, etc. throughout the morning. I do plan on having him start written narrations this year, starting with one a week.
Sounds good…it’s like at home when I’m working in the kitchen or something when they may have to wait a few minutes before narrating so I can give attention.
I hope you hae a very good year.missceegeeParticipant
This looks good to me, too. I also have a rising 6th grader. I’m not sure how that happened as she was a baby only yesterday and now she’s almost as tall as me. Something that has helped me with oral narrations is a handheld digital voice recorder. I snagged 2 from a clearance rack and now my older two can give a narration even if I’m unavailable. Just a thought.chocodogParticipant
Oooooooo! great Idea missceegee! I will have to incorperate that one too. I also have a upcoming 6th grader this year…. I agree. Where did the time go????
Good luck everyone!
My son, my first and, so far, the only one born to me is also going into sixth.
Argh! ONe side of me is proud the other side is sad…
I know! He’s my oldest of two and growing up so fast! He’s off at Camp this week, lucky kid! A whole week without mom, dad and brother! Next year my “baby” will want to go, too.
Apparently many mp3 players also have recorders built in (dh says our boys recorders do, anyway) so I’ll have to figure out how those work as it would be handy to use something we already have.TristanParticipant
My oldest is 6th this year too! She’s doing pretty good and I think is mostly past the “why don’t my siblings have this much work?” stage. I’m so thankful for that because you just can’t make a 6th grader’s work the same amount of time as the 2n, 1st, K, or younger 3…LOL.
Yours looks good 4myboys! My daughter came to MUS later and is on the very last lesson in Delta this week. It’s been a long road but so worth starting over with Alpha in 3rd grade. Do you do math through the summer at all? We keep math going year round so she has been able to complete 4 books in 3 years, even with baby breaks from school for 3 new siblings.chocodogParticipant
Yeap, Same here as Tristan. We did the same thing. It seemed to work out great. I took mine back to the basics (Alpha) when we first started just to make sure we covered everything. It helped me know where he was at after pulling him out of ps. He is on his last lesson too! We have taken a break due to Fair and going to Ohio and a few other things. I just didn’t have time to finish it or it would have been done by now…. UGH!!! 🙂 We will get back on track and concore that last lesson! I am glad to hear I am not the only one that is working this way… Thanks Tristan! 🙂 I am ahead of the game in getting his curriculum for the next book though so I don’t have to wait on anything. Yippee! one step ahead even if it may seem like two back.
My intention had been to keep going and finish Gamma over the summer, but it’s been crazy around here as my husband and I are focused on house repairs and career choices. Our ds is at Camp this week and then we have family vacation the following week, so we are going to start back the week after with just some math games for multiplication review and some copywork about 3 days a week and hopefully be rolling with our fall schedule come the second week of September.TristanParticipant
I love that homeschooling works around each family’s schedule! We’ve been adding back in 1-2 subjects a week all of July and will continue in August so we’re at full schedule and a nice routine we worked into over 2 months come Sept. 1st.
I feel better about my dd’s use of MUS now with what ya’ll have going on, too. My dd is going into 5th, but we just transitioned into MUS and into Beta a couple of months ago. She’s doing it everyday, but I still have concerns that she won’t be at the right place by the time she graduates!!! She’s finally gotten over her almost two year slump-that being that she’s been stumped at place value and she struggles with the sequential nature of math due to her SID.
Finally, she’s figured out place value and can add two double numbers together!
Yeah! Then today, my husband proceeds to try to quiz her on multiplication tables and she’s only on Lesson 8 in Beta! ARGHHHH!!!!
I tried to explain to him that she’s not there yet, that it’s a sequential process and a certain method of using MUS. So the answer I get is “she should be doing it at the same time” due to her age! WHAT?! He used to be a substitute math teacher-he should know not to skip stuff. But, he used spiral materials, not mastery.
Thankfully, it was just a momentary passing comment by him and not something he’ll follow-up on (at least usually that’s the case).
(grumble, grumble…don’t like interference)
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