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...



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) 
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.  

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

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

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

W--Outdoor Day 
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  

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

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)