Welcome to my annual Homeschool Curriculum posts where I share ALL of the things we are learning in our homeschool this year! This year is my 13th year of homeschooling and I have a full house! I will teach my 12th grader, 10th grader, 8th grader, 6th grader, and my Kindergartner.
It is a full plate but a good plate and our school year has started off well so far.
I am starting off my homeschool curriculum posts with my 6th Grade Curriculum Choices for 2022-2023. In the coming days and weeks, I’ll have all of our curriculum posts up, and Lord willing, a video to go along with each.
Since I educate my children classically, you will see that most of my curriculum choices reflect that. I found classical education many years ago, found materials to teach it, and have seen the fruit of that teaching many times over!
Let’s get started with 6th Grade!
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6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices on You Tube
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6th Grade Latin: Second Form Latin
My current 6th grader will work through Second Form Latin this year with me as her teacher. I taught Second Form to my middle daughter and it went well, so I feel confident in teaching Second Form again. I am very thankful that the Latin is quite familiar to me and I don’t have to learn it from scratch this time!
I use all of the pieces from the Second Form Latin set except the DVDs since I teach her myself in class each Monday morning. We complete recitation and Grammar Question Drills a few other times during the week using the Latin Grammar Recitation Set. I have found that purchase to be so helpful in our Latin studies!
✔ I wrote just a little about the Latin Grammar here: In Our Homeschool – Latin Recitation and Flash Cards
6th Grade Math
My girls have each used Rod and Staff Math through 6th grade, and I have been very pleased with their math skills. While I have used Singapore Math and Math Mammoth in the past, we ended on Rod and Staff Math for my girls.
I teach her math lesson each day, and she completes only the problems I assign in the text.
The layout of Rod and Staff Math is black and white with minimal distractions on the page, which has been helpful to all of my girls.
Grade 6 Math includes a Quizzes packet not available in the other grades, as well as the standard test booklet with one test per chapter.
6th Grade Bible Study
My children and I start each day with Bible Plus One, and we are using Bible Study Guide for All Ages this year. Starting in 4th grade, each of my children complete a Christian Studies subject independently. This year, my youngest girl is working through Christian Studies II, which covers Joshua through the end of the Old Testament.
She will complete the Drill Questions, which she mostly knows through our morning Bible time, and the Unit Tests which includes a manageable amount of map work.
➡ You can read more about Christian Studies here: How We Use Christian Studies from Memoria Press in Our Homeschool
6th Grade Spelling, English, and Cursive Handwriting
My daughter will work in the Rod and Staff English Grammar brown book for her 6th grader year. The 6th grade book jumps up a bit with introducing new grammar concepts, and I personally think it is the most difficult of the Rod and Staff English Grammar series.
I will do a quick grammar lesson each day, and she will complete selections I assign from the book on her own.
I searched and searched for a spelling curriculum that had a printed set of list words and not cursive. While we have used Spelling Workout for several years, the font of the list words is not ideal for my children (or me!). I settled on BJU’s Grade 6 Spelling.
I have read through the whole book, and I like what I have seen so far. I’ll write a detailed review after we have had the opportunity to use this for the first semester of our school year.
→ Read more: How I Teach Spelling in Our Homeschool
For continued Cursive practice, my daughter is using several resources. She will use Pentime Grade 6, Copybook Cursive III from Memoria Press since that matches her Christian Studies, and I have her write the Timeline page in cursive each week that a date is assigned.
It didn’t make it to the pictures, but my daughter will also read and memorize several poems from Poetry for the Grammar Stage, starting with England’s Sovereigns in Verse. I have found that poem to be incredibly beneficial in later years to help piece together the Big Picture! It is well worth the effort to memorize poetry and passages of beautiful words.
6th Grade Geography
In previous years, my daughter has completed States and Capitals and Geography I, both from Memoria Press. This year, my 6th grader will work through Geography II, which covers Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Included in that Geography package is Geography I Review Book, which she will work on.
I love the Geography Review books from Memoria Press. They are small, bite-size review sections that do not take much time, but keep the geography fresh in their brains. Excellent!
6th Grade History and Timeline
My 6th grader will study through Famous Men of the Middle Ages this year. This is a fun time period to study, and the Famous Men books make it so enjoyable. Biographies of famous men during the period reveal the culture, geography, religion, and facts of the time. We have thoroughly enjoyed this series in our homeschool!
My children also complete Memoria Press’ Timeline Program, although I am fairly certain we do not use it in any way that it is intended! We reference the Wall Timeline daily, and we memorize most of the dates, although not in the sequence that Memoria Press recommends necessarily. We also use the Timeline Composition Book (it’s included in the Set) for handwriting practice and keeping those dates fresh.
I love timelines in general, and I believe the Memoria Press Timeline Program is incredibly well done. Once my youngest (now 5) is old enough to start it, I imagine we will use the program much more as it is written. You have to improvise and occasionally cut corners when you school many children at the same time. 🙂
6th Grade Literature
I do believe that Memoria Press’ 6th Grade Literature year is probably my favorite since it dovetails so beautifully with the time period of the Middle Ages.
Memoria Press’ 6th Grade Literature package includes Adam of the Road, The Door in the Wall, Robin Hood, and King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table. Such fun and exciting reads!
I love that I get to re-read these book selections with another one of my children this year. It is so enjoyable to experience reading an excellent book with another person.
6th Grade Science
I cannot describe how tickled I am to combine my 6th grader and 8th grader for science this year. 🎉 My 8th grader could use the competition of her younger sister, and my 6th grader could use the in-class discussion with another person besides me.
We are in our 2nd week of school, and it’s going quite well! I am thrilled!
Both girls are using the John Tiner science books plus the study guides from Memoria Press. I divided the science year into trimesters:
1st Trimester: Exploring the World of Astronomy Set
2nd Trimester: Exploring the World of Chemistry Set
3rd Trimester: Exploring Planet Earth Set
Are you teaching 6th grade this year? What are your middle schoolers studying? Please leave a note in the comments. I’d love to read what is going on in your homeschool this year!
Here’s a quickie list of our 6th Grade Curriculum Choices for this year:
→ Latin: Second Form Latin Set
→ Math: Rod and Staff Math Grade 6
→ Christian Studies: Christian Studies II
→ Grammar: Rod and Staff English Grammar Grade 6
→ Spelling: BJU Grade 6 Spelling
→ Literature: Memoria Press 6th Grade Literature Set
→ History (Classical Studies): Famous Men of the Middle Ages
→ Geography: Geography II
→ Timeline: Timeline Program