Well Marcus and Caroline have finished up all the work I had planned for fifth grade. So that I will remember the things we accomplished this year I am going to share it here.
The past two years we had used Calvert Curriculum. For fifth grade we decided to put our curriculum together ourselves.
I let Marcus choose the Science we would focus on. He chose Chemistry and we used Christian Kids Explore Chemistry. http://www.christianbook.com/christian-kids-explore-chemistry-second-edition/robert-ridlon/9781892427229/pd/427182?event=ESRCQ We really learned a lot about elements and molecules. More than I had anticipated.
Caroline chose Latin as our language. http://www.christianbook.com/prima-latina-leigh-lowe/pd/836001?event=ESRCQ We learned over 100 words. Latin is in the root of so many words in the English language. We also focused on verb conjugation which helped with English grammar. We learned four prayers in Latin. We are going to continue Latin for another year.
We used 6th grade Harcourt Language Arts for grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.
We used Calvert 5th Grade math.
For writing we used the 5th grade standards. Cali has taken over writing blog posts and Marcus has opted to write a few blog posts, but focuses most of his time on writing short fiction stories.
We used content area for spelling.
We used Build Our Nation as a guide for American History and Geography. We used many biographies and a wide variety of historical fiction books. We also used lap books from A Journey Through Learning http://www.ajourneythroughlearning.net/ to organize our information. We chose Early Explorers, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, Wars 1600-1899, Wars 1900-now and Presidents. I also challenged Cali and Marcus to learn the Presidents of the United States in order. They even helped me learn them. Use can see them singing them all here https://vimeo.com/132020334 The password is coffeemug.
They have both grown and matured so much over this past year. Cali is now about half an inch taller than Marcus. We are very proud of the young adults they are becoming and thank God every day for the time we have with them.