Not sure what to use for your 6th grader? See the best 6th grade homeschool curriculum to use with your budding middle schooler.
It’s that fun time when they’re able to be more indendent with their work and they’re also able to do more on their own in their online courses which is a huge burden lifted from you.
It’s also that time when they may be heading through puberty. This can be a huge change in your homeschool. Over Christmas my son grew a mustache and he’s just growing like a beanstalk.
Not a little boy anymore.
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This is what I used with my son, with the exception of The Good and the Beautiful curriculum I do try to find neutral or secular homeschool curriculum to use in our homeschool.
6th Grade Language Arts
The lower levels of The Good and the Beautiful language arts curriculum in PDF form are free from kindergarten to grade 5. I’ve used them when I found them with my daughter and it’s working wonderfully for her.
It covered grammar, spelling, phonics and writing so we just kept with it. The stories can be a tad boring for my son, but my daughter just loves them.
We had also been working through IEW’s theme based writing, their All Things Fun and Fascinating to make writing more fun since it’s a lower level. He’s my avid reader but reluctant writer.
6th Grade Math Curriculum
While this link goes to the U.S. edition, I do prefer to use the Standards edition. I did find it more thorough and I did start out with U.S. edition for my son but switched after I got to look through the Standards edition books.
I find them to be more complete with more practice. Because I am mathy myself, I only purchased the workbooks both 6A and 6B to use with my kids. If you’re not familiar with the Singapore math method or you’re not mathy yourself, you’ll want to at least get the Textbooks, and they also have home instructor guides as well.
Another solid math program is Saxon. Because my son is mathy, he didn’t need all of the practice that Saxon offers. But Saxon is solid and it goes all the way up to high school level.
6th Grade History Curriculum
I asked my son what he wanted to learn this year, we had finished 80% of Story of the World Volume 2: Middles ages. And he specifically requested to learn more about medieval weapons. This I hadn’t found anything to purchase so we got library books about weapons and he’s been notebooking what he’s learned and drawing diagrams and explaining how they work.
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance (Second Revised Edition) (Vol. 2) (Story of the World)The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Activity Book 2: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the RenaissanceStory of the World Audiobook Collection, Volumes 1-4 Books on CD
Boys and their weapons.
He’s also be working on building his own out of household supplies. We already had these books because my oldest had them so he has been creating the projects from here.
6th Grade Science Curriculum
Ellen McHenry’s The Elements – this lasted 8-9 weeks for us since we do science two times a week. And it also made learning chemistry fun.
Elemental Science Logic Stage – It’s meant to go for the whole year and it’s a full curriculum with all of the experiments laid out for you which I love.
They include simple chemistry experiments that you can do at home with easy to find materials. I mean there’s stuff I didn’t have on hand but I just had to ensure that we planned out what was needed.
The majority of the supplies needed were household ingredients.
I love Code Academy for introducing kids to pure programming. I really want my son to be able to help me with my website so he’s learning HTML and CSS. He’s also interested in game programming so he’s starting to learn Python.
Code Academy – HTML and CSS
At my son’s request, he wanted to learn Vietnamese, I don’t speak it but his father does. So we found Mango Languages through our library and he’s been using that. He’s enjoying it.
Mango Languages – Vietnamese
6th Grade Reading List
My son is a wonderful reader but he only likes to read what he’s interested in. I just want to broaden his horizons a bit and have him read some of the classics. If it’s hard for him to get through, we’ll do it as a read aloud.
Classic Starts: The Prince and the Pauper
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great (The Knights’ Tales Series)Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Prince and the Pauper (Classic Starts Series)Where the Red Fern GrowsLittle Men: Complete and Unabridged Classic Edition