Time period: Medieval/Early Renaissance, 400 – 1600
Story of the World, vol. 2 (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)
Story of the World activity book, vol. 2 (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)
Test Booklet, vol. 2 (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)
Timeline: I make a timeline using a roll of white paper that can be taped to the wall. Divide the long strip of paper evenly with the dates clearly at the top.
Memorization: Plan to have your kids memorize some important dates. This helps them (and you) see the order of what happens first. For example, we always memorize the names of Biblical characters — Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus –
Books for your child to read: Choose books that interest your child and is at their reading level. This is important for quiet time, when you want them to read alone for approximately 45 mins. everyday. It should be enjoyable and fun. This is unstructured reading.
Books to read to your child: Choose some child versions of books that fit into the timeframe of the history you are reading. Choose books that you both will enjoy reading. You may find books at their reading level for them to read, or you may enjoy reading them aloud. My husband and I both enjoyed reading to our kids and learning about history. This would be more structured reading and pertain to the historical time frame.
Biographies to choose from: (books link to my affiliate account with Amazon)
- Saint Augustine
- Atilla the Hun
- King Arthur
- Gregory of Tours
- The Venerable Bede
- Charles Martel
- Alfred the Great
- Leif Ericsson
- Omar Khayyam
- Edward the Confessor
- Chretien de Troyes
- Genghis Khan
- Thomas Aquinas
- Dante Alighieri
- Geoffrey Chaucer
- Thomas a Kempis
- Jan van Eyck
- Johannes Gutenberg
- Sandro Botticelli
- Christopher Columbus
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Amerigo Vespucci
- Nicolaus Copernicus
- Thomas More
- Ferdinand Magellan
- Martin Luther
- Ignatius Loyola
- John Knox
- John Calvin
- Hernando Cortes
- Pieter Brueghel
- Walter Raleigh
- William Shakespeare
- Galileo Galilei
- Jan Brueghel
- John Donne
- Rene Descartes
Look at what is available online and at the library. I have purchased some DVDs, but you can also find videos on the History Channel, or Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Writing, Grammar, Spelling, and Vocabulary
Grammar – Easy Grammar, Grade 6 (you can buy the teacher edition which has the workbook on one page and the answer page on the facing page)
Spelling – Sequential Spelling – continue with the next level if used last year, otherwise, take the placement test to determine which level to use or start with level 6. You can probably start to phase-out spelling.
Vocabulary – Choose from some of my favorites:
- Wordly Wise Online
- Vocabulary from Classical Roots
- Words and Their Stories (online) [group buy on this is a good deal, and we loved it]
Writing — The Creative Writer (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)
Choose one main text: (if you need to change from last year, because your child was not loving it, then try a new book.)
Math In Focus (Singapore Approach)
- Placement test (if you are not sure where to start)
- Sixth grade — Zeta Level
Horizons Math (this is a Christian-based text) You can order just the first workbook and see how your child does or if you like it.
Supplementary and Fun: Life of Fred Mathematics books –
Plato Life Science (Online) [Group Buy, good program]
Real Science (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)
Check out documentaries about nature and science subjects on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Discovery.
Choose whatever your child would enjoy.
Music lessons — piano, violin
Horseback riding lessons
4-H Club — raising livestock, rabbits, goats, etc.
Art lessons — Drawing with Children (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)
Monday – Friday: Math, Reading, Writing/Grammar/Spelling/Vocabulary
Tues and Thursday: History
Wed and Friday: Science
Field Trips: As often as you can
**Remember when you homeschool, you will complete your studies in a much shorter time period than public school. Don’t feel like you are not covering as much, more likely you will be covering more.