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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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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    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!

    Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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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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    Country by Country

     

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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!

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    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.