How To Write Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: Sixth Grade

Parents can teach sixth-grade kids at home using these tips on how to create lessons and curriculums for homeschool education with the help of books, websites and personal experiences.

The sixth grade is as fundamental a year as any other is, and as a homeschool parent, you already realize that. One disadvantage we as parents must overcome when creating curriculum for our sixth grade student, is making sure that it is interesting. Keeping their interest at a peak is necessary now more than ever, also, not underestimating their achievement level. Even the most astute homeschool parent may lose grasp of how advanced the curriculum needs of their child is becoming. Reading books often as fast they can, their level of knowledge grows daily.

Beyond the Basics:

On top of the basics that your child must meet by year's end, there is a lot of room for individual learning in the homeschool environment. By sixth grade, most students will be able to step outside even the most free reigning homeschool curriculum and delve into personal learning fully. Asking your sixth grader what they want to study is one quick way to outline what direction you need to go, but keep in mind that some student's may not know where their interests lie.

Questions Lead to Knowledge:

Ask them and yourself what they like. Was there some pivotal event recently that led them to ask more than the average amount of questions? Did they suddenly come away from a routine visit, such as to the family veterinarians, with questions and insights that go beyond typical?

Creating an interest:

If no such occurrence has happened, what interests or learning experiences can you think of? Gather as much preliminary information on the subject, or subjects, as you can, and offer it to them as a suggestion. This age is sometimes put off by parental suggestions, but oftentimes are more than open to hear what their parents think are interesting.

Outside the Traditional:

Think "╦ťoutside the box' to come up with ways that your child could turn everyday life events into a learning experience. Curriculum does not have to mean pen to paper. Is their any third party organization that may be able to offer some out of the ordinary learning experiences? For example, does a nearby museum have any behind-the-scenes opportunities available that your child could partake in? Do you have younger children for whom your older child could create a typical pen to paper curriculum unit? Would the local senior center be willing to allow you child, with your supervision, put together an activity for the center's seniors? If you live near a zoo, do they offer any classes on animal behavior or allow volunteers to shadow workers to see what is involved in different jobs?

Books that go Beyond:

If you live too far off the grid to find experiences such as these, don't despair. First of all, more of us wish we lived like you, and secondly, if you're reading this, you most likely at least have Internet. Books and Internet sites are available on nearly any topic that your child may show an interest in, and with a bit of supervision from you, they can be turned into a curriculum unit with just a bit of alteration. Go over with your child why they want to learn about the subject, what they hope to come away from it having learned, and if they can think of any way to combine the book or Website they have studied with any other aspect of their schooling. Sometimes, this will mean having to read the book or Website yourself if it is a subject you are unfamiliar with already, but if it increases your child's love of learning it will be time well spent.

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