Homeschooling Your 4th – 6th Grade Students
- Lessons will be getting longer and more subjects will be added. Some students may have the attention span and maturity for longer lessons while others may need shorter lessons with more breaks. Keep lessons short with breaks often.
- After lessons in the 3Rs – Reading, Writing (grammar, spelling, writing), Arithmetic – allow the remaining lessons to be interest-led learning. Remember, now is the time to take advantage of interest-led learning.
- Go to the library and find books about people, places, events, creation, geography, inventions, science, missionary stories, whatever interests your child and read about it together.
- Think about how your child learns best and find ways to teach accordingly.
- If you have a kinesthetic learner, do a hands-on activity associated with the reading. Such as reading about volcanoes and then doing a science experiment making one in the kitchen.
- Sit down and talk to your child, go outside with a pad of paper and pencil and write down what you see, in little phrases. Come back in and rewrite or draw a picture of what you just saw.
- Spend time helping dad around the house.
- Continue to read aloud to your child every day as often as you can. Have your child re-tell you about a story that you just read aloud.
- Though we are getting a little more serious in what our child is learning, it is still important to slow down, enjoy the teaching and help them to love learning.
- Think about big picture “goals” concerning your child’s education.
- What things are most important for your child to learn during this stage? We know the obvious Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Math, etc. But what about character related things? Doing for others, learning to make his/her bed, learning to help with simple chores around the house? All of these things are part of training the whole child in the way he/she should go.
- Find simple resources/tools for structured learning such as spelling and math, etc.
- You do not have to test your child on everything he/she does.
- Take advantage of field trips and other outings that provide socialization with all age groups.
- Having a Schedule is Superb, being consistent is wonderful, and remember impromptu activities are well-remembered.
This is a good time to switch to the letter grading system if you have not already done so. Students in 6th grade are putting the final layer on their educational foundation and getting closer to beginning high school. These students should be working towards strong Reading, Writing, and Math skills prior to entering high school to be adequately prepared for high school level courses. Students who need more time are free to take more time if needed. There is no rush and no need to panic. We are here to help if you have any questions.
Sample Education Plan – Example 1
Adam 4th Grade
Literature/History/Science/Art – Charlotte Mason approach with living books from the library.
Science – Nature study about creation; Keeping a notebook.
Writing – Copy-work from the Bible and other literature; Science notebook.
English – Rod and Staff English
Sample Education Plan – Example 2
Samuel 5th Grade
Reading/Writing/History/Science – Samuel enjoys hands-on activities so we are using the Konos unit study approach.
Math – Math U See
Sample Education Plan – Example 3
Julie 6th Grade
Reading/Science/History/Art – Sonlight Curr.
Math – Life of Fred Math