How to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: Grade 4-5
Today I want to share this free 35+ page Resource Guide for Creating Your Own Homeschool Curriculum. It has been created to help answer some basic questions: What subjects should I teach my 4th or 5th grader? Where do I start? How do I know what to teach my kids?
We are eclectic homeschoolers, which means that we use a wide variety of curriculum, books, resources and materials. We’ve also created a lot of our own packets, worksheets, and games to go along with our studies.
We tend to really love hands-on activities and experiments. We watch a lot of documentaries and movies (when they fit in with a unit). We read a lot of books aloud together (including some of the textbooks we’ve used). And, we play a lot of games in our homeschool as well (even my oldest still loves those). Don’t worry if our style doesn’t suit you, that’s definitely not a bad thing. Just take what sounds interesting or useful and disregard the rest!
We have three kids in our family. We often do science and history together. That means that we don’t have a set plan for each grade. But, as our blog has grown and as the number of resources we have available has increased, I have gotten more and more emails from people asking where to start.
This series is my humble attempt to try to address some of the emails I’ve gotten
- I’m overwhelmed, I don’t even know where to start.
- How do I know what to teach my kids?
- What should I teach my child in Grade ___?
- My daughter (or son) is X years old, what should they be learning for science?
Creating your homeschool curriculum is easier than you might think. Decide on the basic subjects you’ll want to cover – and then choose the topics you want to start with. Sounds easy, right? But when there is SO much you can cover, it’s hard to know where to start.
I wanted to pull together some of the topics we covered and resources we used as my kids moved through 4th and 5th grades.
My hope is that this helps new homeschoolers to see some of the possibilities. But you’ll want to listen to your own kids and follow your strengths and instincts as an educator. It is quite possible you’ll look at some of the things we covered and reject it all. That’s helpful too, right?!!
Every homeschool is very different… just as each family is unique, each homeschooling family will wind up following their own enriching, exciting educational journey.
I’m worried that this resource is a bit rough around the edges… Life has been very busy and I feel like it could use some editing and polishing. (I spent 5 hours on it one day and 8 hours on it today… just gotta say “done” for now!) Maybe I’ll get to that at some point, but I wanted to publish and share it because a number of readers have been asking for it.
So, for what it is worth, here is the next in the series. I really hope it is helpful.
This was updated July 2020 to include some environmental studies units we did when my youngest was in 4th and 5th grades.
You might find these resources helpful if you have been homeschooling for a while. These are the topics and units I hope to cover from K to 8:
You might want to check out these other free guides:
and here is the second free Resource Guide in this series: Creating a Homeschool Curriculum: Grades 2-3
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