Getting Started with Sixth Grade Homeschool
Sixth 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.
This page provides:
- Top Ten Tips for Homeschooling Sixth Grade
- Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum
- Sixth Grade Homeschool Resources
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
Homeschooling has so much to do with things other than teaching but here are our ten tips for getting started with homeschooling your sixth grader.
- 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.
- To grade or not to grade. Unless you are planning to put your child right back into school after a year of homeschooling, some parents find that grading assignments is far less important in homeschool than in traditional school. Parents often discover that they are able to accurately assess how well their child is learning without the use of a grading scale.
- 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.
- Prevent burnout by scheduling regular outings with other families. Find out if your area has a local homeschool support group or meetups at the library and get involved with field trips, clubs, and community service activities they offer.
- The more choices 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.
Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum
For sixth graders, Time4Learning provides language arts, math, science and social studies. Within the program, subjects are organized into multimedia chapters with interactive lessons, printable lesson worksheets and graded activities. And with an automated software system, sixth graders are guided through the online activities at their own pace based on their learning levels.
Why Try Time4Learning Homeschool Curriculum
- Students get individual logins and work at their own pace which can lead to more effective learning
- Parents can set the grade levels independently for each subject so student learn at their own speed
- Member-only access to detailed printable lesson plans and homeschool teaching tools to review lesson contents
- Time-stamping feature on the activities for attendance and record keeping
- Automated grading feeds homeschool portfolio usage making record keeping simple
- Detailed reporting for portfolio usage and parental support through our online Parent Forum
- Entirely web based, no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase
- Affordable membership backed by a 14-day money-back guarantee. You can start, stop, or pause your membership at any time without penalty
Sixth Grade Homeschool Resources
If you’re interested in homeschooling for sixth grade, you might also be interested in:
- Our lesson planning worksheet can help you estimate how many lessons to have your child do each day
- Sixth grade curriculum overview with a summary of key sixth grade learning objectives
- Detailed list of sixth grade language arts lesson plans
- Sixth grade math lesson plans with brief activity descriptions and learning activity numbers
- Sixth grade science courses overview and social studies detailed lesson plans
- Sixth grade writing skills and standards by Time4Writing
- Sixth Grade Vocabulary and Spelling Lists – a free website that offers a fun and easy way to practice vocabulary and spelling words. Create your spelling list using the vocabulary words below and let SpellingCity teach them, use them in games and test your kids on them!
Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use
If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we’d suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos.
Sign up for Time4Learning and gain access to a variety of educational materials, which will engage and challenge your child to succeed. Make Time4Learning a part of your children’s homeschool resources success.