This post contains affiliate links.  Cuddle Bug is now in 5th grade.  She’s a great example of why we homeschool–she’s ahead in some subjects and behind in others.  Homeschooling gives us the opportunity to find the perfect fit for her.  Thanks to coronavirus, we started this academic year early, way back in May!  (We homeschool year round, so our academic years are a bit fluid.)  We’ve put together our 5th grade homeschool curriculum 2020-2021, and she enjoys most of it.  Cuddle Bug is an auditory learner, so we try to play to those strengths.

Our 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum 2020-2021

Our 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum


She is now on Level 6 of the Barton Spelling and Reading Program and.  She’s been working with a tutor almost since the beginning, and she’s made amazing progress.  While she still doesn’t enjoy reading novels, she’s zooming thruough graphic novels.  She takes lessons three times a week with a Barton tutor.


Our 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum 2020-2021


Because of her dyslexia, she is a bit behind when it comes to writing and grammar, but she’s catching up.  She’s currently half way through Sonlight’s Language Arts 3 writing program..



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For history this year, we’re using Sonlight’s Level D: Intro to American History, Year 1 of 2.   I’ve already been through this level once before with Bookworm, and I just love it.  There are so many great books for this level!  We’re also enjoying listening to audios of some of the books rather than having me read them all.  Cuddle Bug loves audio books.


Cuddle Bug doesn’t like to follow a specific art program.  She creates art regularly, but she likes to do it herself, without guidance.  However, she’s working on a paint-by-number we bought her back in July.  When she’s done, we’ll look for something more.



Our 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum 2020-2021

We were using a different book, Science in the Age of Reason, but thanks to coronavirus, we couldn’t find all of the supplies regularly.  We switched instead to Sonlight’s Science D: Biology, Taxonomy, and Human Anatomy.


This year, we are continuing to reading biographies of various saints and The Church Rocks! A History of the Catholic Church for Kids and Their Parents and Teachers.

Since she enjoys the YWAM Christian Heroes books, we’re also reading those.  We just finished Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer, and she loved it.


Cuddle Bug is very good at math, but it’s not her favorite subject.  For years, we were using Math Mammoth, but the 5th grade level was too challenging for her, so we switched to Math-U-See’s Epsilon.  We’re starting that this week.

Extra Curricular Activities

Last year, Cuddle Bug enjoyed horseback riding lessons, gymnastics classes, and going to co-op once a week.  Sadly, none of those places requires masks, so we’ve had to find new activities we can do from home.

She’s been taking Zoom-based piano lessons for about a month now.  She’s also enjoying meeting up with her cousins via Zoom.

I’ll be glad, though, when she can go back to her old activities, but for now, she’s found other interests to pursue.

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