Middle School? Already? Hold me…
I’m having a hard time believing my son could possibly be going into middle school this year. I mean…really…how did this happen?
6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices
After last year, we decided we needed to make a few changes, mostly in the math department. Math was taking hours to complete and we were all in tears by the end of the day. Not good times. So we kicked Saxon to the curb and I spent a great deal of time researching and agonizing over math curriculum. The good thing is, I think I found something that will work for us. I’m really hoping it will be the solution we were looking for.
Here are our curriculum choices for the 2016-2017 school year:
Math: Teaching Textbooks 7
We haven’t tried Teaching Textbooks before but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. It’s about one level behind most other math curricula, though. I had my son take their placement test and, sure enough, he tested into TT7, not TT6. So be aware of that if you are looking to switch from a different math curriculum to Teaching Textbooks. I think TT will be a breath of fresh air for us! What I like most about this curriculum is that it can be done independently, contains fun interactive instructional videos, and it grades itself. What more could I ask for?
Grammar: Fix It! Grammar – The Nose Tree
This is another new curriculum choice for us. After trying just about every grammar workbook on the market, I really think Fix It! Grammar is going to be the one for us. Each week builds upon the week before it. It also includes vocabulary, copywork, and penmanship. Four birds with one stone. Yippee!
Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing – Write for Success Today
I struggle with teaching writing. It just isn’t my forte. So, this year we are trying something new: Write for Success Today – online writing classes!!! My son has been in the summer writing club at Write for Success Today and has been loving it. The teacher is super sweet and encouraging. My son can’t wait for his fall classes to begin! And I’m excited because I’m off the hook in the writing department. <grins>
“Write For Success provides a virtual classroom designed to provide your child with online writing instruction. Students enroll in classes either live or recorded and are given assignments which receive instructor feedback via email. Through the classes offered, students will learn to use the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) method to write with structure and style.”
Spelling: All About Spelling
After switching around to several different spelling curriculums, we are back to All About Spelling. Honestly, it’s not my favorite because it’s labor intensive for the parent; however, it’s the only program that really works and permanently sticks with my son. So, as much as I may be tempted, there’s no turning to any other spelling curriculum. This is the one, and I’m sticking to it.
History: NotGrass: America the Beautiful – part 2, plus unit studies
Last year we only got through part one of our NotGrass: America the Beautiful. We decided on a slower pace so that we could dig more in depth into different people, places, and events. This year I think we’ll do the same thing with part two, but we’ll pull in some fun unit studies as well. On a side note, NotGrass isn’t my favorite American history curriculum. I know everyone raves about it, but I really don’t know why. It’s dry and boring and the Christian emphasis is barely there. Just my thoughts…
Music: Piano Lessons and Music Appreciation Book 1 by Zeezok
Piano lessons are going really well, so we will continue with those this fall. We are going to add a music appreciation course that we started last spring and didn’t finish. We’ll be learning about the lives of composers and studying classical music, one of my favorite subjects.
Geography: Memoria Press – Geography I Set
I’ll be doing a review of this curriculum soon! Geography I Set covers The United Sates, The Middle East, North America, and Europe. Lots of geography there!
Science: Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
My dear mom has taken over the subject of science for me. Apologia has been a great science curriculum and we decided to continue with it this year. A few times a week my son goes over to Grandma’s for science class. It’s great! All those messy annoying experiments? He does those over at her house. And even better, I get a teensy little break. Yay!
Art: See the Light Projects
A few years ago, we purchased See the Light’s Art Class DVDs, and this year I thought it was time to try out their Art Projects DVDs. They are expensive, but the DVDs include a year’s worth of instruction, and I don’t have to do anything except provide the supplies. The classes are top notch and I’ve been very impressed with the quality. We are definitely looking forward to these!
Foreign Language: Spanish and Latin
For Spanish we will be using Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids. A review of this curriculum is coming soon! Both my kids are in love with this curriculum. They’re both speaking Spanish, and I love how much they’re learning! For Latin, I’m going to be using English from the Roots Up. My mom used this with me, and it’s a simple and easy way to learn Greek and Latin.
My son will also be doing a typing program this fall, but I haven’t decided on which one yet… I will fill you in when I find something good!
What grades will you be teaching this next year? What curriculum choices did you make? I’d love to hear!