5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices L

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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    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.

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    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.

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    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}

    All About Spelling Review

    Homeschool Curriculum Reviews All About Spelling

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    This year, we used two different levels of All About Spelling. My 2nd grader used level 2 and my 5th grader used level 5. They have both used AAS from the beginning.


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    All About Spelling is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which you can learn more about here!



    We have adapted All About Spelling this year in some creative ways. My kids got tired of the board and the tiles so we switched things up a bit and tried some different ways of presenting the words and rules.

    One of her favorite methods is using the Boogie Board. She will gladly write on this for just about anything it has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool.

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    She also gets very creative on the dry erase board and loves to create elaborate pictures out of the words. Hey, whatever makes it fun!

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    My son {5th grade}, has asked to keep things simple and honestly we have gotten to the point where we use the AAS book and discuss the rules, practice the words on the Boogie Board, and then review at the end of the week. He is picking the words up pretty easily, so it has worked for us to not be so intense using the board. For his busy schedule dues to his gymnastics training, quick and simple has worked better.

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    Below you can see and download the year-at-a-glance sheets I made for each level. I actually make these for each of my kids’ subjects because it really helps me see the focus for the year and keep track. It helps with weekly lesson planning, since I only like to plan one week at a time to allow flexibility. I just pull out these sheets and type up the plans in Lessontrek for my kids each week. Yes, it takes me a lot of prep time in the summer, but is so helpful to me, and entirely worth it.

    You are welcome to download and use these if you are using AAS 2 or AAS 5, just click on the images below to download. Forgive any errors, when I created these, they were just for me to use, but I figured some of you might like to use them too.

    All About Spelling 2 All About Spelling 5


    Wondering which level to start with, you can see placement tests here and get answers to more FAQ by scrolling to the bottom of this page!



    Wondering about the differences between All About READING and All About SPELLING? Read this!



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