We are just about to finalize our 6th grade homeschool curriculum so I wanted to share what we will be using this year.
Freddie is now 11 years old and would be going to middle school if he were in public school. If you are reading this from the UK, this is the same as Year 7.
First I want to just cover the subjects we will be doing in 6th grade.
This list looks a lot, but remember this is for a full year! I need to keep reminding myself of this, and that all of this doesn’t need to be done in a month!
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6th Grade Homeschool Schedule
Before I jump into the 6th grade homeschool curriculum we are using I just wanted to share with you what his schedule will look like this year.
- 8am – Breakfast while watching CNN10 and Tour The States
- 8.30am – Math – Beast Academy
- 9.30am – Prodigy Math
- 9.45am English – writing, spelling, vocabulary and grammar
- 11am Science – Experiments, workbooks and videos
- 12pm – Lunch – Free Choices – Curiosity Stream, Drawing, Lego, Basketball, Piano
- 1pm – Shakespeare
- 2pm – History
- 3pm – Typing
- 3.15pm Coding
- 3.45pm Spanish
- 4pm – Finish
- Bedtime – Read book of choice for 30 minutes
We are only doing the Shakespeare curriculum for about 3 months so this will change to probably economics. But we will decide nearer the time.
6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Math
Although Freddie excels in math, we have decided to continue with Beast Academy Level 5. We actually only came across it in April this year, so I want to complete this level before we start pre-algebra. Although we love it and love the comic style guide book, it really is advanced. Even for Freddie who is definitely gifted in math. I think if we had started using these when we first started he would have been finished a year ago. But I wanted to go back to basics and make sure he had a greater depth of knowledge before we went onto the next thing.
If your child struggles with math, in any way, I do not recommend Beast Academy. Please only use if your child really enjoys and is already good in math. Each of the books has a placement test to determine what level your child is ready for. Freddie placed at the final book, but we decided to start at the beginning and ordered all four books in grade 5. I am really glad we did too.
Prodigy Game we use as a fun math activity. This is aimed at children up to 8th grade, but it is fairly easy, and Freddie actually wants to play it! We have the premier membership, which was totally worth it for us. But you can play it for FREE.
We also ordered the big fat notebook just as a general recap at the end of each week. We will check out one chapter every week just to make sure we are staying on track.
If you are looking for help with having fun with middle school math check out our top tips.
Language Arts 6 Grade
Freddie luckily loves reading, and for his free reading he is currently loving James Pattersons I Funny. He also loved Gordon Korman Ungifted so he will read at least one more of his books this year. I don’t like to plan his “fun” books too much in advance as his requests change so often. So these are all very much child-led.
Other reading is also very much dictated by how organized I am! Which if I am honest is not very! I do know, however, that for the next 3 months we will introduce Shakespeare into our homeschool. Check out the post to find what books we are choosing for this. But we will be doing some read alouds, and he will also be doing free reading of some adaptations.
We will also continue to play book bingo, it works well for us as when he completes it he gets a prize!!
This year we are trying something new, we have just ordered WriteShop. We haven’t got it yet, it will be here next week. So once we have time to use it, I will update this and include a link to the review. Update – Wow we absolutely love it, Freddie has gone from the Worlds most reluctant writer to now actually wanting to write, all in the space of 2 weeks! Check out our Writeshop review here, but it is FANTASTIC.
We are using the Spectrum Spelling book for grade 6 along with the Spelling Bee Words. If you want to check alternatives for middle school check out our spelling curriculum for homeschool post where there are plenty to choose from. We used Spectrum books a lot in previous years, and for the low cost, we think they are great.
Vocabulary & Grammar
Science 6th Grade
Science is a subject we are just going to make it up as we go along! We have written a post on the best homeschool science curriculums and we will use most of these. Science I have found more than the others can easily be taught for FREE. We especially love Curiosity Stream and Generation Genius videos. We also have purchased a number of science kits that we use. ** UPDATE 2 weeks later, we have purchased Real Science Odyssey, our casual make-it-up as we go along didn’t work!
Our backup plan for this is REAL science odyssey from Pandia Press. I like to have a backup plan just in case it doesn’t work for us and we need more direction.
6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum History
For history we use a mix of different things, we have purchased lots of books. The two books we use as the history “curriculum” are The Big Fat Notebook For History and the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. We go through each chapter with these two books and then supplement it with other books and videos. If this rather made-up curriculum doesn’t work for us this year, my backup plan is to use History Odyssey with Pandia Press.
If you want further ideas for how to homeschool history check out my recent post.
Geography Grade 6
We are not doing too much geography this year, we will of course learn the 50 states and we have already started using the 180 days of geography workbook. The workbook isn’t available in the UK so I have added another geography workbook that gets great reviews.
Spanish 6th Grade
As we live in Florida, learning Spanish is a must. This year we are going to continue with Duo Lingo (it’s free, and he actually enjoys the lessons!), take Outschool classes, and use these workbooks.
If you are looking for other foreign language curriculum check out our latest post.
6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum – Coding
We will be using Code.org again this year, mainly as it is awesome and it’s FREE!! We also have the big fat notebook on computer science and coding to help guide us along. Check out alternatives here in our post on homeschool programming.
We will be using MoneyTime to learn all about financial literacy this year. We absolutely love this and highly recommend it, check out our MoneyTime review here. If you want some alternative ideas check out our recent post on financial literacy for kids.
This is something that is important to us, that Freddie can cook. We try and make him cook a meal weekly, however, in all honesty, it is probably once every 2 weeks! BUT we have the BEST KIDS COOKBOOK EVER! According to Amazon, we purchased this book back in May 2020, and I can’t say enough good things about it. In fact, I love it so much I use it as my primary go-to cookbook. Yes, I still love Mary Berry, but for everyday cooking this kids cookbook is awesome.
Freddie has piano lessons weekly and has to practice his piano at least for 15 minutes every day. We try and keep it fun so he enjoys it. He is currently playing Star Wars and Lewis Capaldi from these two amazing easy piano books. If you are looking for a full music curriculum check out our post.
Freddies favorite sport currently is basketball, and we have a hoop in our backyard, along with a basketball court in the neighborhood. (Check out our favorite basketball gifts here) He also enjoys swimming, so these are the main ways he gets “formal” exercise. If you are looking for other homeschool PE ideas on youtube check out our post.
I hope you have found this post helpful, let me know in the comments what you are studying with your 6th grader.
Last Updated on 18 November 2021 by homeschoolof1