Kindergarten Homeschool Plans

I will be teaching two new students starting in mid-September! They are my friend’s kids and are at a PreK/K level. We will be moving at their pace and adjusting as we go along. I am SO excited to get to teach them and help their family in this way. They are a blessing to me and it is a true gift to be able to teach Kindergarten again to two kids I absolutely adore. Be sure to follow along on my blog and Instagram, so you can see all that we do together! Thanks to their awesome parents who are allowing me to share our journey with the hopes that it will help others – especially parents who are navigating this homeschool world for the first time!

I will be sharing extensively about my plans for them but wanted to get this post out ASAP since I know many of you are deciding what to do right now. Below you will find a list of what I am planning to use with them along with a few details. I promise more details will come, but this way you can see the basics.

 

Kindergarten @ Home Membership

Much of what I am using is available when you purchase one of our Kindergarten @ Home memberships, I will give details below to help you decide if that is a good fit for you.

First, here are the direct links to info about the K @ Home membership:

 

Our Plans

Below are links to everything I will be using with them. Remember, I will share a lot more as we move along!

Kindergarten Literature Units {all K Lit Units are included in all 3 levels of the K @ Home Membership}

Kindergarten Calendar Notebook  {included in the K @ Home Ultimate Membership}

Raising Lil’ Rock Stars I am expanding this to accommodate my new students and what I want to do with them, stay tuned! If you have already purchased the bundle, the new items will be added to the private page soon, stay tuned!

Reading Lessons

Letter of the Week {which will go along with the letter featured in the RLRS lessons} We may not do all of these for every letter, but this is the main list I will pull activities from.

Additional Math Activities

 

Assessment

This past weekend I assessed both kids and got a feel for where they are at. They are in a wonderful sweet spot between PreK and K level which I am so excited about! Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see them in action! You can download the assessment packet I created here, it’s the same one I used with my own kids many years ago!

 

6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices, Round 2

My daughter is 11 and going into 6th grade this year. Below are the 6th 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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6th 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!

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See all of our past curriculum posts!

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8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year-End Review–Round 2!

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 8th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 2!”

Here’s a reminder of the original 8th 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 Algebra

Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! He completed Algebra and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Geometry for 9th grade. Wondering if TT math is a good college prep math program?

 


Science ~ LIFEPAC 8th Grade

We gave LIFEPAC science a try in 7th grade and the format works for him so we stuck with it for 8th!

 


HistoryNotgrass – 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 ~ 8th-grade reading list

Books read together :

  • A Long Walk to Water
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
  • The Finest Hours

Books read independently:

  • Finding Gobi
  • Running for My Life
  • Milkweed

He does NOT like to read, at all. He doesn’t mind listening to me read, but it is absolute torture for him to read a book. Thus the difference in his list compared to my daughter! He did like the books we read, his favorite was Running for My Life.

 


Grammar ~ Fix It Grammar

We continued with IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a good fit!


Writing ~ IEW

We finished up SWI B  {I combined my kids for this 5th/8th}. He dislikes writing, although he will say that IEW is his favorite writing curriculum.


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

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?

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used below}

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

        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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    See all of our past curriculum posts!

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    Follow us on Instagram and follow the hashtag for #5thgradewithladybug!

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