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!

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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!

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        Teaching Textbooks Student Workbook Gr. 6Notgrass-Adam-to-Us1   Vocabulary Grade 5 Evan Moor Science 5th   aas 5 Apologia Swimming

    IEW SWI B IEW-fIX-iT3 IEW Fun and Fascinating5th Grade Reading List

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    8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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    My middle son is 13 and going into 8th grade this year. Below are the 8th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for him!

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    8th Grade Subjects

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     TT Algebra 1   Notgrass Adam to Us   lifepac-8-Science-10pack

       

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    4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year-End Review

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    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 4th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 3!”

    Next up, 4th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 4th 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 5, Spielgaben, Life of Fred

    Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! She completed Math 5 and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Math 6 for 5th grade.

    We read Life of Fred together at least a few times a week, we both LOVE LOF!

    Our Spielgaben set continues to come out and the pieces are often used for reinforcement. We are using the new math workbooks this summer for review!

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    History/Geography ~ LIFEPAC 4th Grade 

    This was a great fit for us! She enjoyed reading together and did the workbook portion on her own.

    We will be switching to a different publisher for next year – not because I didn’t like LIFEPAC but simply because I need to combine my kids to save time instead of having two completely different history programs. Next year we will use Notgrass From Adam to Us for 5th and 8th grade.

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    See more about LIFEPAC History/Geography here in our full review!


    Reading ~ 4th grade reading list.

    Books read together :

    • Island of the Blue Dolphins
    • The Wild Robot
    • The Wild Robot Escapes
    • Endling
    • Granted

    Books read independently:

    • Warriors series
    • Wings of Fire series
    • more than I can remember

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    She LOVES reading, but only loves reading books she chooses. Her big change for the upcoming school year will be having assigned books to read. I will mainly be assigning historical fiction for her, since her natural reading choices are mostly fantasy and animal fiction.

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    Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar then Fix It Grammar

    We began the year by finishing up Growing with Grammar Level 3 with plans to move on to level 4. We decided to try IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a great fit! We started with their first book and I taught my kids together {4th/7th}. Since we started later in the year, we just got as far as we could and will begin where we left off when we start back to school in August.

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    Vocabulary ~ Spectrum 4th Grade  

    No photos of this one, but I continue to like Spectrum Vocabulary workbooks for my kids and will be having her use the 5th grade version in the fall.


    Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 4

    We love AAS but my girl is a naturally good speller. We took pretests for many of the units and she knew almost all of the words. We will use Level 5 in the fall since we already own it, but I imagine she will breeze through it too. It’s nice to finally have a kid I don’t have to drill on spelling so much!


    Handwriting Practice ~ Character Copywork

    I combined a bit of Bible with handwriting having her copy verses using Character Copywork.

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    Writing ~ IEW

    We started the year with Bible Heroes {which we were finishing up from 3rd grade} and paused in the middle to do SWI B  {I combined my younger kids for this 4th/7th} and that was a great idea! We will finish up SWI B in the fall {we have 3 lessons left – which purposely saved because I wanted to spend time on them and not rush at the end of the year} and then move on to All Things Fun and Fascinating. IEW is a great fit for us! She is a natural writer, and will write TONS on her own. When she grows up she wants to be a LEGO designer but if she doesn’t do that she wants to be an author.

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    Science ~ Learning About Science & weekly enrichment class {Apologia Astronomy}   

    Most of her science came from her weekly enrichment class which she loved. They used Apologia Astronomy and she came home with all sorts of fun stuff! Working on the solar system project together was a highlight! You can see her oral report here on Instagram!

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    We used Learning About Science as a home addition to read about some additional science topics together.

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    Art ~ See our plans here!  

    We tend to be stronger with the “extras” during the first few months of school. I loved our art plan and love the projects we did and artists we learned about. I plan to continue on in the fall and get some good art in for a few months at least!

    Artist Books (1 of 1) Masterpiece Society Art Turtle project (3 of 4)Masterpiece Society Studio Art (4 of 4) Masterpiece Society Studio Art (5 of 1)


    For Fun ~ Kids Cook Real Food eCourse

    Again, I was great for a couple of months and then main subjects took over. I love the cooking course nd hope to do more with it again in the fall!

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    Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 11th grade. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade & 5th grade. See all of our past reviews and choices for other grade levels here!

    Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



    7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year-End Review–Round 2!

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    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 second child to homeschool 7th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 2!”

    First up, 7th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 7th 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!


    Science ~ LIFEPAC 7th Grade

    My older son used Apologia science for all of middle school and I knew the layout just wouldn’t be a good fit for my middle son. I decided to give LIFEPAC a try and it is a good fit for him! The mini-book style works well, breaking down the huge book into smaller sections is less overwhelming. The breakup of the reading with questions is better for him too. We will be using LIFEPAC for science in 8th grade too.

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    Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra

    Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! He completed Pre Algebra and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 for 8th grade. Wondering if TT math is a good college prep math program?

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    History/Geography ~ LIFEPAC 7th Grade

    This was a great fit for us! It isn’t his favorite subject, but he liked the layout of the LIFEPAC booklets. We mostly did the lessons together, on my bed or a couch, with help from Baxter.

    We will be switching to a different publisher for next year – not because I didn’t like LIFEPAC but simply because I need to combine my kids to save time instead of having two completely different history programs. Next year we will use Notgrass From Adam to Us for 5th and 8th grade.

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    See more about LIFEPAC History/Geography here in our full review!


    Reading ~ 7th grade reading list.

    Books read :

    • Refugee – FAVORITE!
    • Chains
    • The Hiding Place
    • Run Away Home
    • Beyond the Bright Sea

    He dislikes reading alone {enjoys reading together} and he did not read as much as I would have liked. 8th grade is going to be a game changer for him, as it was for my older son. He simply MUST read more books.


    Grammar ~ Fix It Grammar

    We began the year with LIFEPAC Language Arts and ended up making a switch mid-year. We decided to try IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a great fit! We started with their first book and I taught my kids together {4th/7th}. Since we started later in the year, we just got as far as we could and will begin where we left off when we start back to school in August.

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    Writing ~ IEW

    We started the year with IEW Ancient History Based Writing and paused in the middle to do SWI B  {I combined my younger kids for this 4th/7th} and that was a great idea! We will finish up SWI B in the fall {we have 3 lessons left – which purposely saved because I wanted to spend time on them and not rush at the end of the year} and then complete Ancient History. IEW is a great fit for us and after we complete what we have I will probably buy another theme based unit for him to do.

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    Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 4th grade and 11th grade. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade & 5th grade.



    Mid-Year Homeschool Curriculum Changes and Additions

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    At times a mid-year change in homeschool curriculum is needed {or desired}. I try not to change things mid-year too often, but I am not scared to ditch something and go for something new if it is needed. Below you can read more about some changes we made with our 4th and 7th grader!

    4th Grade

    From Carson Dellosa Skill Builders Reading Comprehension to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Comprehension

    Homeschool Curriculum Changes

    This was for my daughter who is in 4th grade. She used the Houghton Mifflin book{on the right} for 2nd and 3rd grade and on a whim I ordered her a different brand for 4th grade. She does NOT like the new one, so we switched back. Ironically, the old one {now the current one – her choice} has MUCH more work to do. She is my reader and likes the layout better. I accidentally ordered 5th grade instead of 4th, but we decided to use it anyway!

    Finished Growing with Grammar, switched to Fix It Grammar

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    Also for my 4th grader – she finished Growing with Grammar 3 {which we didn’t finish last year} and I planned on moving on to GWG 4. However, IEW offered Fix It Grammar for FREE during their 12 Days of Giving so I decided to give it a try!! I do love Growing with Grammar and so far love Fix It Grammar. TOTALLY different ways to teach grammar. I have no idea which one I will choose for next year!

    Finished IEW Bible Heroes, added IEW SWI B

    My 4th grader finished up IEW’s Bible Heroes and I had planned to move on to IEW’s All Things Fun and Fascinating with her. After much thought over Christmas break I changed my plan and decided to use IEW SWI level B with BOTH of my kids this semester! So far so good and we are 4 weeks in, take a peek at them working here on Instagram!

     

    7th Grade

    From LIFEPAC Language Arts to IEW Fix It Grammar and SWI B

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    This change was for my 7th grade son. We gave LIFEPAC Language Arts a shot and neither of us prefer it. It isn’t a bad curriculum at all and if he had been using it for many years perhaps it would have worked. It was too random for him, he likes the structure of former language arts programs better {Growing with Grammar, Spectrum Vocabulary, etc}.

    Knowing we needed a change, I decided to go to all IEW for him. Since we got Fix It Grammar for free, I am using that with him and so far he LOVES it. As I mentioned above, I am using IEW SWI B for him. Level B is the perfect level for him, it is a bit challenging for her, but we make it work.

    In addition to grammar and writing/vocabulary we are focusing on our reading together more. There is one unit from the LIFEPAC Language Arts I do plan to use as it is a literature guide to go along with the book The Hiding Place. We just aren’t planning to finish the rest of the booklets.


    See our original 4th and 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum posts by clicking below! See all of our grade levels here!

    4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices L   7th Grace Homeschool Curriculum Choices K

    Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices