After a long summer break, we’re gearing up to start our first day of school next Monday. I am really looking forward to this year because after TONS of research, deciding, and changing my mind, I have finally settled on what I think is going to be a winning combination of curricula.
Here is what we have for 5th grade:
My 3rd grader will use:
- Rod and Staff Math
- Rod and Staff English
- Finish Spelling Workout C and move to Rod and Staff Spelling 4
- CLE Reading
- Latina Christiana
Subjects they will do together:
- History: Truthquest American History 2 as a booklist and reference, Time Travelers Early 19th Century, Beautiful Feet Geography Through Literature
- Science: Considering God’s Creation
- Art: Artistic Pursuits
- Bible: Long Story Short + Journey Through the Bible
- Literature: We’ll read through these titles and more.
Our core subjects are pretty much a continuation to the next level of what we’ve already been using for a long time now. CLE Reading is the biggest change there. I think it is something my kids will both enjoy and profit from. They will also be writing about literature using the list above.
Truthquest is new to us, but it fits with the way I like to do history. It is basically a booklist interspersed with a Christian worldview commentary about the major events. We will read about 19th century American history from a variety of great books, discussing, writing, and creating notebook pages as we go. Time Travelers activities will supplement our learning and provide some hands-on activities.
For science, I wanted something inexpensive that is simple enough that I can easily tweak it or add to it where necessary, and also that can be used for multiple ages. Considering God’s Creation is a nice overview of natural science, covering space, earth, rocks, weather, plants, animals, and human body. We’ll add extra readings for most lessons, but I do want to keep it simple.