Homeschool Curriculum for 5th and 6th Grade

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This year in addition to our 2 high schoolers, our preschooler and our 2nd grader, we will be homeschooling our delightful daughters who will be in 5th and 6th grades.  To read about our curriculum choice for our other grades, please visit the links below:


Second Grade

High School


  • Focus on writing skills
  • Growing in ability to do school work independently
  • Take over dyslexia tutoring for our dyslexic 6th grader
  • Utilize the girls to teach our preschooler and 2nd grader


  • Teach on same level when possible
  • Include younger brothers in History, Science and Art
  • Prepare work boxes with independent work for each day
  • Use a chart to keep track of their daily chores and schoolwork

Homeschool Curriculum for 5th & 6th Grade


 Apologia:  Who Am Is My Neighbor?

This is our 3rd year working our way through this world view course for elementary aged kids.  This year we will supplement with journaling, copy and memory work.

Langauge Arts:

Write Shop Junior

Love this program that we began late last Spring.  It is perfect for the dyslexic learner because of its explicit, systematic, multisensory instruction.  What’s more…my kids like it!

Rewards Secondary

This is a reading and writing intensive intervention program for kids in 6th grade or above and reading at 2.5 grade level and above that focuses on studying multi-syllabic words in and out of context as well as roots, prefixes and suffixes.  This is the first time we are using this.  Our goal is to build fluency and comprehension in our dyslexic 6th grader and our (only) non-dyslexic 5th grader.

Reading Lists

I recently read of a friend who creates reading lists for her kids every year based on their other subjects of study.  How brilliant is that?!  Well, I have not created our kids’  lists yet – so I won’t know.  I’ll keep you posted as they become a reality.

Spelling You See (for the non-dyslexic)

We began using Spelling U See last Spring to see if this non-traditional method of learning to spell would work with our kids.  Our non-dyslexic daughter loved it.  The dyslexic child, unfortunately did not.

The Wilson Reading System

Many of you know that I went through a rigorous Orton-Gillingham dyslexia training last Spring to become a certified dyslexia tutor.  In an effort to BE HOME more, we will be continuing our educational therapy at home – with me as the teacher!  One thing that I learned in my training was that Orton-Gillingham is an approach or method to teaching, not a curriculum.  The Wilson Reading System has been around for many years and has a very high success rate so that is what we will use.  This will cover, reading and spelling for our dyslexic 6th grader.


Teaching Textbooks:  5 & 6

In 3rd grade we switch from Math U See to Teaching Textbooks, the first grade level that they offer.  Once our kids have established good number sense with Math U See, they do very well with this computerized program  I like it because it teaches and corrects and keeps track of progress so that I don’t have to!

Dyslexic learners have a hard time with rote memory tasks like memorizing math facts.  While we accommodate this with access to math fact sheets during school time, we still work on remediating these weaknesses with programs like the following:

Reflex Math

Math It


Beautiful Feet – California History

We love the wonderful, living literature and guides written by Beautiful Feet Books. We will supplement with some books that have a focus on explorers to tie in with our Oceanography course.

California Field Trip Guide

If you live in Southern California like we do, you may be interested in the Staycation Guide that I wrote last year.  Lots of ideas for filed trips of all kinds.


Our family is a water family. We spend as much time as we can in or around the ocean. I am cooking up our own oceanography, geography and marine biology study with a few of the many resources that we already have.


Apologia: Exploring Creation With Zoology: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day

Love, love the solid Christian education our kids get from Apologia.

Oceans for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave

We have loved all of the hands-on Science books available from Janice Van Cleave.

We’re also using a variety of Oceanography, Geography and field guides that we have collected over the years.

If you are curious how these homeschool curriculum choices work throughout the year, check back on Fridays where I will be posting updates from time to time.

Happy homeschooling to you!

Related Posts:

If you are wondering how we plan for our large family homeschool, I wrote a short series on that called Planning for the Large Family Homeschool.

More posts on Organizing the Large Family Homeschool

Homeschooling a Large Family in a Small House 


If you are interested in learning more about homeschooling with dyslexia, please visit our new site dedicated to the subject:

homeschool dyslexia


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  1. It’s always encouraging when a mom of a dyslexic child takes time to share her success with WriteShop Junior. So glad your family is having fun with the program!

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