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 

Math

US History
Revolution & Independence, The Civil War & Slavery
Daniel Boone: Frontiersman (Heroes of History)
George vs George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides 
Mr. Revere and I
Farmer George Plants a Nation
Washington at Valley Forge
George Washington, Spymaster
Tolliver's Secret (American Revolution) 
Chains
Forge
Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears
How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark 
Henry's Freedom Box
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Bull Run
Seeing the Elephant
No Man's Land: A Young Soldier's Story
Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation
Full Steam Ahead: The Race to Build a Transcontinental Railroad 

He may also participate in a summer '15 Civil War day camp if he wants. 
        

Reading, Poetry, & Literature  

All books he reads will continue to be listed on his LibraryThing.  

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

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 (feelings discussion, prayer, yoga, meditation, poetry, review day's plans)
literature read-aloud
math
spelling (Spelling Wisdom--copywork)
project work

T & Th
breakfast
one hour for chores and free time 
morning meeting and/or neighborhood walk or creek hike
history read-aloud
math
spelling (Spelling Success pages)
lunch
science
independent reading--history
free time 
parkour class (Th-pm)

W--Outdoor Day 
breakfast
half hour for chores and freetime
morning meeting 
(When the weather is nice, we will take our books and a picnic lunch to a local park.)
literature read-aloud  

math
spelling (word ladder)
lunch 
nature walk 
independent reading--science (in car)
homeschool park day -or- project work (his choice)

 F
breakfast
half hour for chores and free time
abbreviated morning meeting (feelings, prayer, plans)
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)