5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I have shared many of these posts, you can see them all here. This is my third child to homeschool 5th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 3!”

First up, 5th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 5th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 6

Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! She completed Math 6 and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Math 7 for 6th grade.

History~ Notgrass – From Adam to Us

My kids were combined for this {5th and 8th} and it worked well. They don’t love it but they don’t hate it either. Neither of my kids loves history in general so the fact that they don’t hate it is a plus. I love it and was really happy with my choice.

Geography ~ Country by Country

We completed Country by Country AFRICA and got through 3/4 of ASIA!

Reading ~ 5th grade reading list

Books read together :

  • A Long Walk to Water
  • Sing Down the Moon
  • Wonderland
  • Harry Potter 1, 2, 3
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Books read independently:

  • Warriors {series}
  • Wings of Fire {series}
  • Spark
  • Star in the Forest
  • The Familiars
  • Race the Night
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Crenshaw
  • The White Giraffe
  • I Love You, Michael Collins

She LOVES reading, but only loves reading books she chooses. I tried to change things up a bit, and encourage her to read some books independently that weren’t her top choices, Of those books that were “pushed” by me, she LOVED a couple of them – The One and Only Ivan {which was a big push because she dislikes gorillas, thankfully she loved the story}, and I Love You, Michael Collins. I plan to push her even more out of her reading comfort zone in the coming year!

Grammar ~ Fix It Grammar

We continued with IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a good fit! We picked up about halfway through The Nose Tree {book 1} and completed it. We didn’t do another book, honestly when the virus hit I decided to just stop.

Writing ~ IEW

We finished up SWI B  {I combined my kids for this 5th/8th}. I knew we were planning to dive into the all-new IEW {Structure & Style Level B Year 1} this coming year {6th grade} so I let her spend the rest of the year free writing – which she does a LOT. We used her free writing to work on writing skills together in a low-stress way. We did get a small jump start on our new curriculum, which I shared on Instagram here!

Vocabulary ~ Spectrum 5th Grade 

No photos of this one, but I continue to like Spectrum Vocabulary workbooks for my kids.

Spelling & Reading Comprehension ~ Reading Eggspress

Honestly, my daughter wishes I wouldn’t have chosen this. The main reason – it is difficult! This is also the reason I love it. She can’t just fly right through it, and she is learning things I am not good at remembering to teach. Read my blog post about why we switched to this mid-year.

Science ~ Evan Moor 5th Grade & Apologia Swimming Creatures {with her weekly enrichment class}

Most of her science came from her weekly enrichment class which she did not enjoy this year. They used Apologia Swimming Creatures which she likes, she just didn’t enjoy the actual class this year. We enjoyed learning about other science topics at home using Evan Moor 5th Grade.


End of the Year AdditionMiacademy

Around March she asked me about possibly trying a curriculum that was more on her computer. I figured it couldn’t hurt and allowed her to try Miacademy. This ended up being fantastic once quarantine hit. I bought a year-long subscription and we will be using portions of it for the upcoming 6th-grade year also. I particularly love their USA and Africa portions.

See all of our past reviews and choices for other grade levels here!




5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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My daughter is 10 and going into 5th grade this year. Below are the 5th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for her! Changes may come, but this is the plan for now!

Curious to see what she did in the past?

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5th Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in!

The list is long, but not all of these are essentials. She won’t do all of these every day!

    The Visual Version

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    See all of our past curriculum posts!



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    5th Grade Reading List

    5th Grade Reading List

    We have used visual reading lists in our homeschool for years now! I spend lots of time each summer creating these lists for my kids and they really help throughout the school year! Today I am sharing our 5th grade book list, for my daughter!

    5th Grade Reading List

    I used many sources to find books I thought she might enjoy and that I wanted her to try. She is my bookworm and reads a LOT on her own. She gravitates towards fantasy books so I have tried to fill her list with more historical and realistic fiction. I read many of these in the past few months because I wanted to have several on the list that I KNEW she would like since she wouldn’t choose many of these on her own {she chooses dragons and cats mostly}. These books will be assigned {not all} but she will have choices from those on this page. We may add to this list if I find ew books throughout the year, but this is our starting point.

    5th Grade Book Checklist

    I create a page with each cover so she can browse and choose her next book easily. We do not own all of these so I have her choose and I put the book on hold at the library!

    Click here to see these books on Amazon!

    5th Grade Reading List on Amazon

    Downloads & How-To…

    I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a PDF copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for her. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy! I have a video tutorial here!

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    Here is a blank reading record like hers. I just have her write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on her opinion.


    Here’s another reading log we have used.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.


    See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

    Booklist Video…

    I have a Facebook Live video sharing about these visual booklists, and why we love them! You can watch that here!


    More Book Lists

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    5th Year-End Review of Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Wrap Up

    The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose! I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

    {disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used}

    We shared our 2nd grade year-end review here. Next up, 5th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 5th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

    5th Grade Subjects

    Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer! 

    Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 6

    Teaching Textbooks 6 was a great fit and he will be moving on to TT 7 in the fall. He normally scores between a 90-100 on the lessons an we step in to check on issues if he scores below that. He has worked independently this year for the most part, coming to us when something is confusing.

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    See all of the books he read this year here in this post!

    5th Grade Book List

    Writing & Grammar – Writer’s in Residence

    Some of you have been waiting on my thoughts about this and here they are! I love this curriculum but it wasn’t the right fit for him. Honestly the trouble came mostly from his gymnastics training schedule. This curriculum was pretty time consuming, which just didn’t fit for him. We worked through over half of the book and then decided to take a break. I loved what we did and I still recommend Writer’s in Residence. Some curriculums are great, just not a great fit for a particular child.

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    We have decided to switch all of our kids over to IEW since my oldest son had a good experience this past year {he was the only one I switched}. K will be using IEW Ancient History Based Writing Lessons.

    I will also be adding Growing with Grammar back in for him.  Honestly I should have had him do it for 5th grade, but my thoughts were that the grammar in Writer’s in Residence would be enough for him. It would have been, had we finished it!

    Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 5 

    All About Spelling continues to be a good fit for my kids and we will be moving on to level 3 in the fall! 5.17.17 Last Day of 5th Grade (3)

    Vocabulary ~ Spectrum Vocabulary Grade 5

    Not his favorite but I like it. It’s good for him. I especially like the reading comprehension and vocabulary test practice pages in the back of the book. We did 3 vocab lessons per week and one test practice lesson. He will be doing the 6th grade book in the fall.

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    Geography ~ Evan-Moor Daily Geography Grade 5

    I really like this book and it was a good fit for him. We completed every lesson and he was exposed to all sorts of things I would have never thought of!

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    Science ~ Apologia Swimming Creatures {with Ladybug, 2nd grade}

    Daddy taught this to the younger kids together and they loved it! They technically aren’t done with the entire book but will be doing some lessons this summer to finish!

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    History ~ The Mystery of History 2  

    Daddy also teaches history and while it isn’t the favorite of the kids, we love it!



    Drop out Subjects ~  Bible

    I also had planned to do Picture Smart Bible with K and L together and didn’t follow through. It was much harder this year to combine L and K because of K’s gymnastics schedule.

    Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 9th soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 10th grade, 6th grade and 3rd grade.

    See all of our Homeschool Curriculum reviews and features here!


    5th Grade Reading List ~ Update

    5th Grade Book List


    As we close up our homeschool year I wanted to share the books my son, who is in 5th grade, ended up reading this year!  At the beginning of the year I shared this list with you, which was the list I created to launch from. He read many of these and some others that we found throughout the year.

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    We read some books together, I chose which ones I wanted to read aloud, mostly because I love to discuss with him. I am so thankful I took the time to do this individually with him this year, I have truly enjoyed our reading time together.

    We read the following books together …

    • Shiloh
    • The Sign of the Beaver
    • Call it Courage
    • The Magic Bicycle
    • Number the Stars

    He read several books on his own, all were his choice either from the original list I gave home, or from our library visits!

    He read the following books on his own…

    • Stuart Little
    • A Dog Called Homeless
    • Rain Reign
    • Because of Winn Dixie
    • A Dog’s Life {Ann M. Martin}
    • Duke – Dogs of World War II
    • Dash – Dogs of World War II
    • The Seven Most Important Things {audio book}
    • Ragweed
    • Fuzzy Mud {audio book}
    • The Spiderwick Chronicles 1-5
    • Ben Carson

    Below you can see the books on Amazon {jump to blog if reading in email}