Wondering what we’re using to teach 5th Grade this year? Here’s our comprehensive list of 5th Grade Curriculum picks for 2020!
As a homeschool mom of 6 (soon to be 7 kids), I love to look at the curriculum choices of other homeschoolers. It is fun to see the books they have chose to read for their readalouds, core subjects, and elective courses. Hopefully by showing you what we are using this year, it can help you make choices in your own homeschool! Keep reading to find out what we are using for our 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum for the year 2020!
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As a disclaimer, I would just remind you that every child is different. Every child learns at their own pace and has their own set of gifts and talents. Please don’t judge the success of your child off of another homeschooler’s progress. In any learning environment there are kids that are better at some subjects than others. This could be because of exposure, a natural ability for learning certain subjects, or that they have a greater interest in certain subjects. The curriculum choices that I will be sharing are specific to our homeschool, and our children based on their needs and abilities! The main purpose in me writing this is to help you more fully choose a homeschool curriculum that works for you and your family!
Our 5th Grader will be using Singapore Math Level 5 this school year. Because we did year-round homeschool this year, we are about half way through level 5A, and once we finish, we will jump right into 5B. I wrote a whole blog post about why we chose to use Singapore Math and included a video flip through! My son loves math, so he has been able to use this curriculum to completely learn on his own.
There are so many different options with Singapore Math. We chose to use the US version, and at the time of our initial purchase of Singapore Math we opted to use the Primary Mathematics. I would have loved to use Dimensions Math, but all the levels that we needed weren’t available at the time. The books we purchase are the textbook, workbook, and also the Home Instructor’s Guide so that I am not spending a bunch of time working out the problems to check his work.
The textbook does have exercises in it to help initially learn the material. We will usually work those problems out on a white board. We only write in the workbook so that we can reuse or resell the textbook and Home Instructor’s Guide after we use them.
I will be totally honest, I had a hard time teaching from the Singapore Math books. If I were to go back and do it again, I would totally choose Saxon Math. That is just my personal learning style though!
This year for Language Arts, my 5th Grader is using The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts Level 5. Again, because we chose to homeschool year round, he is more than halfway through with this level. When he finishes it, we will just move right on to Level 6. I love that this Language Arts course is more than just a reading and grammar course. It combines geography and art as well. We have really enjoyed the art projects that go along with this level focusing mostly on water colors as the medium.
The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts comes with a spiral bound text book and an answer key. I love using the answer key to quickly check through the work she completes each day, especially when it comes to diagramming the more complex sentences! Level 5 Language Arts also comes with a Personal Reader and a Shared Reader that the textbook will prompt when and where to read out of.
I don’t have my kids write right in the textbook, but instead I will write out an outline in their notebook each day. They will fill out the outline and I will check it off with the answers in the answer key. We do it this way for two reasons. First, then I can reuse the book for the other six children that will be coming after them. Secondly, then I feel a little more engaged and involved in the work they are doing so that I can keep tabs on the workload that needs to be completed each day.
For Handwriting, we have loved using Handwriting without Tears. We have tried using the journals, handwriting books, and the Building Writers. This year we have chosen to only get the handwriting books. I felt that it was just a lot of extra writing with the Building Writers books. Their Language Art curriculum as well as daily journal writing provided enough handwriting opportunities that I didn’t think this additional book worked great for our family.
History and Science
We teach History and Science “family style” or altogether as a group. We use The Good and the Beautiful curriculum for each of these subjects. Even though we learn these subjects as an entire group, there are extension activities included to go more in depth for the other students. Sometimes we will research these subjects more as a family through YouTube videos, and other times I will include some extra reading just for my 7th grader to go along with what has been taught. I wrote a whole post about this family style teaching and included a video flip through of the curriculum that we are using for this year!
My 5th Grader reads like crazy, so I don’t really have to get after him to keep up on that. We have a Family Reading Log that he writes down all the books he reads and what he would rate them.
My 5th Grader is very much into the arts. Pre-pandemic he was taking piano lessons from a very accomplished teacher in the area and participating in solo and concerto festivals. For now, I am teaching him at home and helping to prepare him for upcoming festivals and competitions. I am also teaching him violin using the Suzuki Method books. Luckily I have both of these skills and am able to help him continue on in developing these talents!
We also do a variety of online programs including Duolingo to learn Spanish, Code.org for coding, and Typing.com for typing skills. We usually rotate through which skill between typing and coding we are focusing on that month. The kids are able to choose from a list of educational websites to play on each day and can do extra jobs around the house to earn extra time.
I also purchase the Complete Curriculum Workbooks for each of my kids. We use these for days when we just need a break from school, our free days, and during the summer when we take a little break from school. These give me peace of mind knowing that according to national standards my kids are all caught up. My kids are able to do all the work on their own. Yes, it is busy work since it is all a repeat, but they like being able to write right in the workbook, so it works for us. Because it is a complete curriculum, you really could use just this book and be completely fine in all the landmark scholastic skills your kids need for the year.
Life skills are very much a part of homeschool as well! Our 5th Grader is learning to bake this year. Luckily his big sister LOVES training people on this skill! Having more time around the house helps us to develop those normal, everyday house keeping skills that will help him to be successful when he moves out on his own. Meal planning, laundry, gardening, and planning regular household duties are part of his “life skills” curriculum. He is also developing good study skills and habits as well as learning to be a self-starter. Because most of his homeschool is independent work, he is learning good time management skills as well.
That wraps up our 5th Grade homeschool curriculum choices for 2020! We try to keep things fairly simple around here. The biggest thing that we focus on in our homeschool is developing life-long learners with a love for learning (how’s that for a tongue twister?). My biggest advice to you when planning your homeschool year? Keep it simple with the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, and let your children help you figure out the rest based on their talents and interests!