6th Grade Homeschooling Overview
Did you feel that? That was the rush of air created by the swift passing of your student’s elementary school years! Are we really talking about middle school? Unbelievable as it seems, your 6th grader is entering a phase of homeschooling where academic expectations are a little more rigorous, students are ready to work more independently, and both children and parents can feel uncertain about how to plan for the next few years.
Sixth grade for any student is a time of change. As they progress through puberty, boys and girls are experiencing a multitude of physical and emotional changes, and this affects every part of their life – – including their homeschooling. Sometimes they will be excited to get started on an assignment; other times they will complain until they are hoarse. Sometimes they will want your help with their schoolwork; other times they will be frustrated at you standing over their shoulder. These fluctuations are completely normal for your student, and with your patient support your 6th grade homeschooler should navigate all these changes quite successfully.
A typical course of study for sixth grade homeschoolers includes language arts, math, social studies, science, and health and safety. In addition, many students homeschooling in 6th grade will incorporate some kind of physical fitness program and possibly other fine arts studies as well.
Ten Tips for Homeschooling 6th Grade
- Your state’s department of education website can be an invaluable resource for what a typical course of study for your child’s grade level includes. This should only serve as a comparative tool, however, since ultimately, a homeschool student’s coursework is determined by the student and parent.
- The beginning of middle school is a wonderful time to begin teaching your child research skills. Understanding how to do internet searches, use reference sites or books, and find data on a specific topic are all skills that will benefit them throughout the rest of their school years.
- Depending on your child’s dominant learning style, they may be attracted to a specific type of curriculum. For example, auditory learners may retain material more easily when presented in podcast form. Hands-on learners can make sense of math instruction that includes manipulatives.
- 6th graders haven’t outgrown the need for frequent breaks during the homeschool day. In addition to general downtime between homeschool sessions, it can be helpful to vary the type of study activity too. Moving from a reading assignment to a hands-on project to a session on the computer will add variety and interest to your child’s day.
- Don’t get so focused on the academic goals of your homeschool year that you forget to enjoy just learning together.
- Homeschooling middle school doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of the books and resources needed to homeschool a 6th grader are available for free or at minimal cost online, at your local library, via used bookstores, or by trading off with other homeschool families.
- Middle schoolers thrive on responsibility. Let your sixth grader be responsible for as much of his or her schooling as possible including helping choose curriculum, tracking their assignments, and even helping with the teaching of younger siblings.
- The more choice your 6th grader has in their day, the more likely they are to be engaged in their learning. Consider giving your student choices on when, where, and how to accomplish their day-to-day work.
- 6th grade homeschoolers may benefit from being part of a homeschool “cooperative.” These local and regional learning groups are made of families who want to give their homeschoolers access to multi-child learning and a wider variety of expertise in specific subjects.
- Age-appropriate movies and documentaries can be a valuable part of your middle schoolers education. With enough research, you can find a film to supplement almost any subject you are currently studying.
6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Time4Learning’s online interactive curriculum engages and challenges 6th grade homeschoolers, letting them work at their own pace in an environment that brings concepts to life and makes learning fun!
Time4Learning courses are presented within an automated, student-paced system that teaches the lessons, reinforces concepts, time-stamps online activities (for attendance), tracks progress, and keeps printable reports that can be turned into student transcripts or included with homeschool portfolios. The lessons combine multimedia lessons, instructional videos, printable worksheets, quizzes, tests and both online and offline projects that focus largely on developing higher order thinking and writing skills.
Homeschool in 6th grade at Time4Learning includes multiple benefits for parents and students:
- Detailed lesson content so that parents can explore lessons in advance
- A secure, ad-free online learning environment
- The ability for students to access their lessons on a computer or a mobile device (via the Puffin Academy app)
- An automated system that grades lessons and keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage
- The option for parents to set grade levels independently for each subject
- Flexibility to use the curriculum as the core of their homeschool or as a supplement to other programs
Have other questions about homeschooling 6th grade? Visit our 6th grade homeschool information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.