This post contains affiliate links. PB & J Girl is now in middle school, so we’ve upped her academics a bit. 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 6th grade homeschool curriculum 2020-2021, and she loves most of it. PB & J Girl is a hands-on, visual learner, so we try to play to those strengths.
Our 6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum 2020-2021
She is now on Level 7 of the Barton Spelling and Reading Program and. I taught her myself through the end of Level 5, but then I handed it over to a professional. She’s been taking lessons twice a week with a Barton tutor. There are 10 levels total in this program, so I’m hoping she’s able to finish in the next 18 months or so.
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 4 writing program. She’s on a mission to get caught up, so she’s been completing two weeks every week. Once she finishes this level, she’ll move on to Language Arts D.
When PB & J Girl was a toddler, she ripped up books or ate them. She, out of all of our three kids, liked being read to the least. So it shocks and happily surprises me that she loves Sonlight the most. 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!
PB & J Girl loves art the most in our family, but this year we haven’t settled on a specific art program. Instead, she’s working on a paint-by-number we bought her back in July. When she’s done, we’ll look for something more.
We’ve used Apologia for years for her curriculum, but this year, she decided to switch things up and use Sonlight’s Science F: Health, Medicine, and Human Anatomy. (I told you this kid has fallen in love with Sonlight!)
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’ll also work on memorizing the things she does not know on this list of What Every Confirmed Catholic Should Know.
We’re currently using Teaching Textbooks 7. We tried to use different curriculum for her through the years, but we just keep coming back to Teaching Textbooks. (Math is her least favorite subject.)
Extra Curricular Activities
Last year, PB & J Girl 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 also has joined an online book club that she enjoys.
I’ll be glad, though, when she can go back to her old activities, but for now, she’s found other interests to pursue.