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Here is a list of the school books my daughter will be using for 5th grade this year.
Since a lot of the books I am using with my 5th grader are the same ones I am using with my 7th grader you will find greater details on the books for history, spelling and grammar in my 7th grade write up.
I found the Young Explorer Series over four years ago now. We studied Astronomy and Botany together as a family and then took a year off from it while I took the time to get my eldest child adjusted to the apologia’s science program for junior high and high school students.
This year our 7th grader will also start on that series, and my daughter will be the only one digging into the Zoology 1 book from the Young Explorer series.
Secretly I am looking forward to having the opportunity to have her sit in my lap as I read the lesson’s with her and study the pictures. Since she is my third child I treasure one on one time with her.
I bought the Notebooking Journal to go with it as I love having all the lesson’s planned out for me and having all the worksheets and copy work available at my fingertips.
I started using A Reason For Handwriting just last year and wish I would have discovered it years ago. I love that each and every week concentrates on a different verse of the bible.
I had my children, do the lesson of the day each day and then had them write out the verse of the week. When they were done I looked at their copy work and then went over the verse with them. By the end of the week they had memorized the verse.
Although all three children will be writing out the verse of the week, only Courtney this year will be doing the other copy work.
Getting my daughter to write, has been a process. There are days where I think she is determined to see what I look like bald, as in she makes me want to tear my hair out.
Finally at the beginning of school last year I found a series called Draw Then Write. She loved it. She got to draw a picture and then build a story from the picture. Which made me remember about Primary Journals.
Now my hair can remain safely on my head as my daughter is happy to draw and then write me a story based on her drawing.
I realize that the age range on these types of journals is K to 2nd grade but as long as her sentences are becoming more and more detailed and her stories are growing in depth I am not concerned with her using a product that is intended for a lower grade.
Our family has used Wordly wise 3000 for years and although some see it a just busy work we find that it really is helping our children expand their vocabularies.
Both our 5th grader and 7th grader will be using the Sequential Spelling program this year. I am hoping it lives up to its rave reviews better than Spelling Power did for our family (see my 7th grade school book write up to see what happened to Spelling Power).
As with Spelling my 5th and 7th grader will also be sharing the same history book as well. I bought the audio CD’s so that my younger child can listen as she reads along. During the last two days of the week either my husband or I will do some of the listed activities with them .
Workbooks for grammar and my children do not go well together. Educational computer games that teach grammar and my children now there is a winning combination.
If your child is a math wiz and you are a brilliant math student yourself, Teaching Textbooks Math is probably not for your family. However, if your child is a visual student who struggles with math and you loathe anything beyond the basic of simple equations then your family will love Teaching Textbooks Math program.
If you homeschool, I would love to hear about what books you are using this year with your students.
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