5th Year-End Review of Homeschool Curriculum Choices

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Wrap Up

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose! I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

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We shared our 2nd grade year-end review here. Next up, 5th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 5th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

5th Grade Subjects

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer! 


Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 6

Teaching Textbooks 6 was a great fit and he will be moving on to TT 7 in the fall. He normally scores between a 90-100 on the lessons an we step in to check on issues if he scores below that. He has worked independently this year for the most part, coming to us when something is confusing.

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Reading

See all of the books he read this year here in this post!

5th Grade Book List


Writing & Grammar – Writer’s in Residence

Some of you have been waiting on my thoughts about this and here they are! I love this curriculum but it wasn’t the right fit for him. Honestly the trouble came mostly from his gymnastics training schedule. This curriculum was pretty time consuming, which just didn’t fit for him. We worked through over half of the book and then decided to take a break. I loved what we did and I still recommend Writer’s in Residence. Some curriculums are great, just not a great fit for a particular child.

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We have decided to switch all of our kids over to IEW since my oldest son had a good experience this past year {he was the only one I switched}. K will be using IEW Ancient History Based Writing Lessons.

I will also be adding Growing with Grammar back in for him.  Honestly I should have had him do it for 5th grade, but my thoughts were that the grammar in Writer’s in Residence would be enough for him. It would have been, had we finished it!


Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 5 

All About Spelling continues to be a good fit for my kids and we will be moving on to level 3 in the fall! 5.17.17 Last Day of 5th Grade (3)


Vocabulary ~ Spectrum Vocabulary Grade 5

Not his favorite but I like it. It’s good for him. I especially like the reading comprehension and vocabulary test practice pages in the back of the book. We did 3 vocab lessons per week and one test practice lesson. He will be doing the 6th grade book in the fall.

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Geography ~ Evan-Moor Daily Geography Grade 5

I really like this book and it was a good fit for him. We completed every lesson and he was exposed to all sorts of things I would have never thought of!

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Science ~ Apologia Swimming Creatures {with Ladybug, 2nd grade}

Daddy taught this to the younger kids together and they loved it! They technically aren’t done with the entire book but will be doing some lessons this summer to finish!

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History ~ The Mystery of History 2  

Daddy also teaches history and while it isn’t the favorite of the kids, we love it!

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Drop out Subjects ~  Bible

I also had planned to do Picture Smart Bible with K and L together and didn’t follow through. It was much harder this year to combine L and K because of K’s gymnastics schedule.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 9th soon. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 10th grade, 6th grade and 3rd grade.

See all of our Homeschool Curriculum reviews and features here!

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5th Grade Homeschool Wrap-Up, Oct. 2016

5th Grade Homeschool Wrap Up Oct 2016

This year I am doing individual grade level wrap-up posts instead of all three kids in one. I shared our first month of 5th grade here. This post will share highlights from October!

Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for him.

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Our 5th grader has an odd homeschool schedule due to his gymnastics training schedule. He practices most days and we organize his school time carefully to fit it all in. Somehow we get it all done, it amazes me!

 

WRITING

Writer’s in Residence continues to work well, but the “I don’t like writing” has set in. He has told me that if he has to do writing he definitely prefers this curriculum but he would rather just not do writing.

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Personally, I LOVE it. I am so glad I gave it a try! I don’t like the complaining, but at least it’s less complaining than previous years! Below he was working on a family tree as a part of his recent assignment.

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READING

See his book list and reading record printable here.

We are almost done with reading The Sign of the Beaver together

He also reads books on his own at night and currently reading Dash.

His completed reading list so far this year…

 

SCIENCE

He does Apologia Swimming Creatures with his 2nd grade sister and his dad.  They often watch videos that Daddy finds for them to bring the sea creatures to life!

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HISTORY

He also does The Mystery of History with his sister and Dad. The interest varies depending on the lesson.

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MATH

Oh how I love Teaching Textbooks and I love that it works for him!  He continues to use just the program with very little help from us! He loves it when the dog snuggles next to him while he is working!

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VOCABULARY

We are using Spectrum Vocabulary again because it worked well for him last year. Not his favorite, but he does it with little complaining.

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SPELLING

We are using All About Spelling Level 5 this year and he is doing very well. I continue to love this spelling curriculum!

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GEOGRAPHY

See our review of Evan Moor Geography here, there’s even a video peek inside. I continue to be so thankful I chose this book for him, we both enjoy it!Evan-Moor Daily Geography Practice 5th Grade

 

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Gymnastics

His competition season begins this weekend and we are all excited! Keep up with him on Instagram here where I try to share clips from his training and also from his meets! Here is a video from his recent testing, they test once a week to prepare for meets.

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Strep Throat and Lots of Play

He had Strep this past month and was wiped out for several days. He did LOTS of building during his downtime while home. He built so many cool things with our Citiblocs!

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EEME Projects

He finished Q the Robot, see our full review here!

Q the Robot from EEME


 

A Recap of his 5th Grade Subjects


Follow along with us on Instagram to get peeks at our homeschool life {and our life in general!}. Stay tuned for an October wrap-up all about 2nd grade! See 9th grade here!

9th Grade Oct. 2016 Wrap Up

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Q the Robot from EEME ~ Robotics for Kids

Q the Robot from EEME

 

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I had seen EEME prior to them becoming a blog sponsor and honestly I avoided looking into robotics for my kids due to my own fears! It looked complicated and time consuming. Thankfully it was unavoidable when Q the Robot arrived in the mail for this review. I was a bit freaked out and my son was ecstatic! Originally I ‘assigned’ this review to my husband, again my fears overtaking me. He initially opened the box and was very impressed with the contents. I continued to be a bit freaked out by the loads of small parts.

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Well, my husband got busy, my son began begging and I gave in one day, fully prepared to have my day consumed with helping him. I can’t tell you how SWEETLY surprised I was once we logged into the instructions and I saw that this was mostly an independent thing!!!!  My son is 10 so he did need some help, but the videos are AMAZING.

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He was able to navigate it all on his own and ask for help when needed. I couldn’t believe how little he needed me!

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Little sister watched almost the entire time, she wants her own Q the Robot now!

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He completed the project over a period of about 3 days, working for about 3 hours total I would guess, maybe a bit more.

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Here’s a video I shared on Instagram of him using Q for the first time. He was so excited to see it work!

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His completed Q the Robot! He had fun using the light to drive Q around and he loved the process overall. This was an excellent project for Krash on so many levels. Not only did he learn scientific skills, he got to practice his focus and processing skills while paying close attention to the details in the videos. If he didn’t listen and apply what was said, his robot wouldn’t have worked! For this reason, I am planning to continue these types of projects with Krash. It is a fabulous way for me to work on this area with him, with the added bonus of learning about robotics and electronics!

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The First Month of 5th Grade Homeschool

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In the past I have done one big wrap up post for all three of my kids. I may go back to that but for now I wanted to do a post for each grade level, since I have more to share about each of my children this year. Recently I shared our first month of 9th grade here.

Today I will be sharing about our 5th grader. Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for him.

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Our 5th grader has an odd homeschool schedule due to his gymnastics training schedule. He practices most days and we organize his school time carefully to fit it all in. Here’s a peek at one of his recent lesson plans from Lessontrek.

5th Grade Homeschool Lessontrek

 

WRITING

Writer’s in Residence has been such a sweet surprise. I can honestly say I enjoy teaching writing for the first time in 10 years of homeschooling. I took a chance and bought it while at Teach Them Diligently this past spring and it has turned out to be a great fit for us! He is using this as his grammar for this year also. We may bring back a specific grammar book next year, but for this year I wanted to focus on just this and it has grammar built in.

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He is complaining WAY LESS when it’s time for writing. This is such a blessing. Below you can see a common glimpse of daily life, he is working on writing, she is working independently.

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READING

See his book list and reading record printable here.

We just started reading The Sign of the Beaver together, since we just finished our first assigned book, Shiloh which he LOVED. I read these aloud to him and we discuss vocabulary and comprehension together.

He also reads books on his own at night and currently reading A Dog’s Life.

His completed reading list so far this year…

  • Stuart Little
  • A Dog Called Homeless
  • Rain Reign
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Shiloh {with me}

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SCIENCE

He does Apologia Swimming Creatures with his 2nd grade sister and his dad.  Daddy is such a great science teacher, I hear them giggling all the time.  They are also spouting out facts about all sorts of sea creatures.

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HISTORY

He also does The Mystery of History with his sister and Dad. I can’t say he loves this one, but they are learning a lot and I enjoy hearing their discussions.

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MATH

I love Teaching Textbooks and I love that it works for him!  He has made amazing grades this year and has worked mostly on his own.  Last year Dad did the lesson with him in the book and then he went to the computer and did the work.  This year he tried out letting him learn just from the lecture on the computer and it is working! I am so glad we have such a great fit for all three of our kids with a subject I was so worried about when I began homeschooling.

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VOCABULARY

We are using Spectrum Vocabulary again because it worked well for him last year. It has many skills built in that I want him working on daily.

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SPELLING

We are using All About Spelling Level 5 this year and he is doing very well. I continue to love this spelling curriculum!

 

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GEOGRAPHY

See our review of Evan Moor Geography here, there’s even a video peek inside.  I love this book, he is learning so much that I would have overlooked teaching him on my own.

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Gymnastics

His competition season begins in mid-November. His team just had their Mock Meet to prepare for the season. It was really fun watching his new level 7 routines, we can’t wait for meets to begin! Keep up with him on Instagram here where I try to share clips from his training and also from his meets!

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EEME PROJECTS

We got Q the Robot for a review {which is coming soon} and I had no idea how amazing this would be for him!  Such a fabulous addition to his homeschooling. He isn’t completely done building his robot yet, but so so totally into it and is begging to do more whenever he has time!

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A Recap of his 5th Grade Subjects


Follow along with us on Instagram to get peeks at our homeschool life {and our life in general!}. Stay tuned for a wrap-up all about 2nd grade! See 9th grade here!

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5th Grade Reading List

5th Grade Reading List

I spent the most time creating a book list for my 5th grader, since he is my slightly reluctant reader. I read tons of books this summer to carefully choose books I thought he would enjoy. After deciding on many book choices for him, I created a page with each cover so he can browse and choose his next book easily.

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The books on the top row are his required reads and ones we are reading together and going in depth with {comprehension questions, vocabulary, etc.}. Those are the same books I used with Pac when he used Calvert in 5th grade.

The rest of the books are books he can choose from. He may or may not get to all of them and that’s fine. Some are actually books that were on his 4th grade list that he didn’t get to last year. I have read most of these books or took my recommendations from trusted sources, but be sure to look into the books yourself {some have intense subject matter}, all kids are different!

Below you can see Amazon links to all of the books on this list {click over to the blog if you are reading in email}.

 

I am writing more detailed reviews for some of the books he is reading. So far this year {he began a few weeks ago} he has completed…

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I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for him. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy!  Just grab the book cover images online somewhere {I used Amazon} and then copy them into a document and resize how you want!  I use PowerPoint to create my documents, I like their positioning tools the best.

5th Grade Book List

 

Next, here is a blank reading record like his. I just have him write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on his opinion.

Reading Record

 

Here’s another reading log we used when he was younger.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.

Free Printable Reading Log

See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!