Grade 6, Round 1

We are starting to think about wrapping up our school year.  Although we got pretty far behind many times this year I can feel that we have just about had enough of this school thing.  Some things will just have to wait until next year and some things (like hands on science) are going to become part of our summer plans.

Wrapping up my first go at Grade 6, I am going to spend the next few weeks posting about what we have done.  Since Grade 4, lessons with my eldest can seem incredibly scattered as I try to pull resources and ideas together as we go.  It seems that no matter what amount of planning I have done in advance I am always scrambling.

To start I am going to share our Main Lesson Blocks and resources.  I like to plan my blocks monthly, spending on average four weeks per block.  Obviously there are lessons that spill over and then those that don’t end up taking the full four weeks.  In addition to the resources listed below I have used as reference the Christopherus Rough Guide for Grade 6, A Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling Grade 6 and Bearth Schooling.  Anyways, here goes…

September: Geometry – String, Straightedge and Shadow by Julia E. Diggins, Making Math Meaningful Middle Grades by Jamie York and Geometry Lessons in the Waldorf School Vol. 2 by Ernst Schuberth

October: Roman History/Language Arts – Ancient Rome by Charles Kovacs

November: Physics – Path of Discovery by Eric Fairman

December: Ancient Rome/Language Arts – Ancient Rome by Charles Kovacs

January: Math, review and revisit and Ancient China – Tales from the Silk Road Barefoot Books

February: Roman History/Language Arts – Ancient Rome by Charles Kovacs

March: Astronomy – Geology and Astronomy by Charles Kovacs

April: Business Math – Mathematics Lessons for the Sixth Grade by Ernst Schuberth

May: Physics – Path of Discovery bye Eric Fairman and Teaching Physics and Chemistry by Roy Wilkinson

June: Arthurian Legend, Medieval England and Geography through Biomes

All good plans… In reality Rome really dragged on due to too much time off to play throughout the year and Business Math and the second Physics block haven’t really happened.  Mr. D is working on a business project with friends which is turning into his Business Math with the help of another homeschooling mama (thank-you!) and physics and geography will continue in August.

I’ve already posted our Astronomy block in more detail and will continue on with the other blocks in the weeks to come.

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Dancing!

Dancing through my weekends is coming to an end and it has totally snuck up on me! Our year over at Pegasus Studios where I teach pre-school and early childhood movement officially ended last Sunday with a whack load of recitals.
My Saturday classes were bitter sweet as I am ready for a bit of break, however I am really going to miss the little ones. And some of us had a rough start… My 2.5 year old classes cried a lot over the first few weeks and both my 4 year old classes pushed back against the class structure after they had all been in full day kindergarten for the week.
Both situations had me questioning what I was doing and what was developmentally appropriate for the children. I did a lot of soul searching and read Jane Healy’s Your Child’s Growing Mind.
Nine months changes a lot with littles though and all of my classes reached stages of fun and ease. There is nothing like a room full of dancing three year olds to bring you out of a funk. I guess I’m going to have to find something else to pick me up through the next little while!

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Photo taken by one of the parents of my class.

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