We are officially on week 19 of our 36-week homeschool year…right where we should be in some subjects, behind in others, and ahead in just a few. So I am planning a series of posts to update you all on how things are going in our homeschool! I posted an update for my third-grader last week; this week’s update is devoted to my sixth grader, James (you can see his original sixth grade plans here).
We have made a few tweaks as this year went on, mainly in order to combine some subjects with his siblings and ease my workload a bit! I’ll explain as I go. James is doing much of his work independently this year, but I check in with him throughout the day.
Here’s what he’s doing…
- Zaner-Bloser Handwriting ~ about 1/2 page a day
- Writing Strands Level 4 ~ he does this mostly independently, but I check in with him each day and help him edit his final product.
- Typing Instructor ~ he types for about 10-15 minutes each day
- Analytical Grammar ~ We started the year by working through Season 1 of AG together. It took until just before the holidays. Now that he is finished, he does the AG review book independently, completing one exercise every two weeks. I reviewed Analytical Grammar here.
- Teaching Textbooks 6 – I talked a bit about how we use this program here and here. But basically, James does his lesson independently, then I go over it with him briefly to make sure he understood it. I check his grade on the computer, and if needed, go over any incorrect problems with him.
- Duolingo French ~ he spends about 10-15 mintues a day puttering around on this site to learn some vocabulary.
- Literature & history readings – We are doing this a bit differently than originally planned. The original plan was to use BookShark’s Eastern Hemisphere. Instead, we changed things up so he and his older siblings could do more together, with a focus on modern history.
Currently, I am reading aloud to him and his older siblings from these books each day:
He also reads to himself each day; he has been reading some books from BookShark’s Eastern Hemisphere and some others we had on hand from the general time period we are studying.
Currently he is reading:
After he reads, I quickly skim his reading and have him narrate a bit to me, or if he is reading a BookShark book, I use the discussion questions in the instructor guide.
And that’s it for the day! After he finishes, he usually has chores to do, takes a shower, gets ready for practice, or just putters around. On Fridays, he usually spends the whole morning doing art – he is using Drawing Lab along with Christopher. After he does a lesson or two from that book, he often draws on his own until lunch-time, after which we are generally done for the week!