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.