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...


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


US History
Revolution & Independence, The Civil War & Slavery


Independent Reading (assigned):


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).


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)


Misc. Wellness and other

I found most of the history book choices through The Best Children's, 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

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)
spelling (Spelling Wisdom--copywork)
project work

T & Th
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)
spelling (Spelling Success pages) 
independent reading--history
free time (He often invites friends over on T/Th to play Minecraft.)
parkour class (Th-pm)

W--Outdoor Day 
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  
spelling (word ladders)
nature walk/hike
independent reading--science (in car)
homeschool park day -or- other community outing -or- project work (his choice)

half hour for chores and free time
abbreviated morning meeting (plans, feelings, prayer)
spelling (dictation)
independent reading--history (in car)
meet-up with friends or nature exloring