Friday, 8 February 2013
Grade 5 Homeschool Curriculum Package
We are continuing with the ukulele from Grade 4, and using Book 2 of Absolute Beginners Ukulele. If you didn't start ukulele last year, I'd recommend purchasing the Kala KA-S from Amazon. It's a good beginner instrument that's definitely above "toy quality".
I also like introducing The Daily Ukulele this year. It has a good mix of popular, traditional, and holiday songs.
Also, if this is your first year for ukulele, start with the Absolute Beginners Book 1, found in the Grade 4 curriculum list.
The globe map puzzle is both beautiful and educational, and I'd recommend
budgeting for one during Grade 5 or 6. Maybe ask a grandparent to buy it for Christmas? It looks lovely sitting in the living room, and was easy for our kids to complete after spending so much time with the Geotoys Geopuzzles maps from his Grade 3 package. If you didn't get those in Grade 3, you might want to purchase them from the Grade 3 curriculum list before moving onto this more difficult puzzle.
If your little one enjoyed the electronics unit in Grade 2, they'll be sure to love the robotic hand kit in Grade 5! Feel free to introduce this in Grade 4 if they're ahead-of-the-curve.
We're doing Sequential Spelling again this year. I recommend using the Sequential Spelling 3, but if you're just starting to homeschool this year and aren't sure what level your student is at you may want to start with book 2 from the Grade 4 curriculum list. Same goes for Editor in Chief - if you haven't done the A1 book, don't move onto A2 unless you know he is strong in grammar and spelling.
For extra practice you can opt to use the Scholastic Success books. If your student needs help catching up from his time in the public school system, these might be called for. Or if you find yourself running out of English projects in the spring, it's nice to pull out something new. But if your budget doesn't allow, don't fret if you need to skip these books. It's definitely optional, but nice to have.
Jump at Home is also optional, but I definitely recommend working through it during the summer if you don't plan on schooling year-round.
I also like to double-check our yearly learning by bringing out the Complete Canadian Curriculum around April or May. The kids find it fun, and it's good to get some extra Canadian content that they might be missing out on in their regular geography and history lessons. That being said, you can't rely on C.C.C. to actually teach your child anything - it's more of a review. So feel free to wait to purchase it until later in the spring if your homeschool budget is tight in the fall.
I think it's important to select one or two fine arts to focus on each year, and try to tailor them to things your child might be drawn to while also stretching them to try new things. Although your boys might be more inclined to draw super hero comics and your girls interested in fairy watercolours, switch it up every year so that they gain proficiency and experience in a wide variety of arts. Make sure to check the reviews of any instructional books you might be considering - there is some real junk out there. I've only recommended books that I know and like from first-hand experience. And try to purchase the highest-quality art supplies that you can manage - it can be frustrating when your child expects professional results when painting with dollar store materials. Crayola is fine for crafts, but after about Grade 3, art class deserves artist quality supplies.
If you're in Canada, try to find classes that your child can take with other homeschool children, or sign up for classes at 4 Cats. It doesn't really matter what art disciplines you try out this year, as long as you do something and practice it regularly enough to gain skill and confidence. The bonus is that mothers like myself who have never had any artistic inclination can practice and learn with our children, and what's more fun than that?!
Hop over to the Homeschooling Store and click on Grade 5 for the curriculum package.