Sunday, May 25, 2014

Year 5


The plan for Gerrick's 5th grade year has been developed with a great deal of respect for his interests and input (lots of science, history, and good books; some interesting math; spelling; and no cursive handwriting, foreign language, music, typing, or coding at this time).  This list will evolve through the year--things will be added, things will be deleted.  As usual, we like to have a solid plan to get us going, yet we always feel free to step off the main path to follow other interests as they arise.




The What...

Science 

R.E.A.L. Sciency Odyssey Biology 2
and a variety of related books and shows

Math

US History
Revolution & Independence, The Civil War & Slavery

Read-Alouds  

Independent Reading (assigned):

homeschool history club (monthly)

      
Reading, Poetry, & Literature  

All books he reads will continue to be listed on his LibraryThing.  In addition to the historical fiction and science-related books listed above as independent reading, he will also be assigned The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (unabridged).

Poetry

Daytime Read-Alouds (I will most likely not read all of these this year, but whenever we finish a book we will choose another from this list.)
Bedtime Read-Alouds (Dad)

Spelling

Misc. Wellness and other

I found most of the history book choices through The Best Children's Books.org, a great website that has books sorted by subject and age range.  Most of the read-aloud literature selections are Ambleside Online suggestions for Year 4 and Year 5, and many of the bedtime books were found in Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook.


The When/How...

July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015

M
breakfast
one hour for chores and free time (I do set a timer.)
morning meeting (review day's plans, feelings discussion, prayer, yoga, meditation)
neighborhood walk/jog or bike ride, then shower
tea time (snack & poetry and literature read-alouds)
math
spelling (Spelling Wisdom--copywork)
project work

T & Th
breakfast
one hour for chores and free time 
morning meeting 
neighborhood walk/jog or bike ride, then shower
tea time (snack & poetry and history read-alouds)
math
spelling (Spelling Success pages) 
independent reading--history
lunch 
speech/articulation 
science
free time (He often invites friends over on T/Th to play Minecraft.)
parkour class (Th-pm)

W--Outdoor Day 
breakfast
half hour for chores and free time
(When the weather is nice, we will take our books and a picnic lunch to a local park.)
morning meeting 
literature read-aloud  
math
spelling (word ladders)
lunch 
nature walk/hike
independent reading--science (in car)
homeschool park day -or- other community outing -or- project work (his choice)

 F
breakfast
half hour for chores and free time
abbreviated morning meeting (plans, feelings, prayer)
spelling (dictation)
independent reading--history (in car)
Fridays with Friends (free play/field trips/fun classes with a group of 8 great kids, ages 7-11)