Homeschool Curriculum and How to Use it

Updated: Jul 1, 2020


All units in this curriculum are differentiated and teach the same content in a way that fits grade levels Kindergarten through 8th grade. This way a homeschool educator can run units and activities with children at different grade levels and skill levels simultaneously.


This differentiated, standards-based curriculum can also be helpful to teachers teaching multiple skill levels (especially English Language Development or SPED) and teachers who teach multiple grade levels.


My curriculum can be purchased in a few major bundles. Once each bundle is purchased an educator has all the resources needed to teach every reading, writing, math, or science/social studies standards for grades kindergarten through sixth grade (some literacy resources included up to 12th grade, while resources like the math units end in 6th grade).




The subjects included are(click link to read more information about that curriculum):



This article is a brief overview of ALL the curriculum that is differentiated and created for homeschool classes (or the differentiated classroom). This brief overview is meant to serve as a scope to show how the different units for sale fit together and can be used throughout the year.

When purchased together these resources will be able to be used every year for all grade levels Kindergarten through 6th grade. That means that this is ALL the curriculum you would need to purchase for all of elementary school and junior high if you are homeschooling. Read below to see all the curriculum, and click on the subject title to get more information about that specific subject.


Math:

1. Math Facts: Leveled program with practice problems for students to memorize facts; first counting and cardinality, then addition and subtraction, and finally multiplication and division. 2. Spiral Reviews: Three different levels that go with each Unit and help remind students of past skills and provide continued practice. 3. Units organized by the following concepts: Place Value Addition/Subtraction Multiplication/Division Algebraic Thinking Parts of a whole (Fractions and Decimals) Measurement Geometry

Each Unit Includes the following resources in order to teach the concept: Anchor Charts Vocabulary Slides, activities, and cards Diagnostic Test Lessons Practice Sheets Lesson objectives and Standards Guideline Teacher Calendar Spiral Reviews (at 3 different Levels) Skills Checklist by grade (not only by topic) End of Unit Grade Level Tests

Reading:

1. Phonics and Fluency Practice Daily Resource Practice Picture books and activities to teach each letter of the alphabet 40 Days of Phonics-rules and skills Sight Word practice sheets Own the book Fluency Sheets

2. Reading Reflections Bundle Reading Logs Reading Reflection Journals Vocabulary in Context Partner Talk Comprehension Activities Poetry Reflection Sheets Reading Review and Chart

3. Reading Comprehension Standards for Every Grade Slides to teach each standard at 3 different levels A worksheet with directions, objective and practice for each reading comprehension standard (fiction and nonfiction) that can be paired with the Genre/Novel Study units (fiction standards) or the Science/Social Studies Thematic Units (nonfictional standards)

4. Genre/Novel Studies: Genre Anchor charts Booklists, Activities and Essential Questions for each genre Mentor Text template Worksheets



5. Reading Goals/Reading Trackers: One of the most important parts of growing and learning is practice. These two programs are engaging and motivating ways to encourage practice.

Reading Around the World Challenge

Reading Around the US Challenge



Writing:



1. Holiday Writing-writing activities and prompts for every holiday (as well as art projects that go along with holiday read aloud)


2. Creative Writing: Creative writing project where students get to practice narrative writing, as well as technical writing (recipes, user’s manuals, wildlife guide books) in a creative way. They even get practice reading and creating maps!


3. Daily Writing, Spelling, and Grammar Practice: This includes a few resources that can be done weekly or daily to help teach grammar, spelling (using any word list), and writing.




Thematic Units (Science/Social Studies):

These units are used to teach a science or social studies concept while also teaching All writing standards for every grade AND nonfiction comprehension standards for every grade (when paired with the Reading Comprehension Standards). Each Unit includes: Lists of Focus Topics within Weather

Book Lists (for ages 1st through 8th) Website Lists Video Lists Career Lists and information related to Unit 20 Narrative Writing Prompts (with small space and large space lines) Informative Writing Packet (3 different levels; to write a few sentences, a paragraph, and an essay)...includes research note page, brainstorm, outline, rough draft, editing, and final draft List Persuasive Writing Prompts (with lists of different writing forms) At least 3 STEM activity ideas and descriptions At least 3 Art activity ideas and descriptions One Unit Calendar to show how to use resources over a 10-week time span


1. The 10 Themes for the Science Units are:

Physical Science/Earth Science:

Weather Unit: Types of weather, the water cycle, types of clouds, weathering and erosion Space/Solar System: Motion in space, solar systems, planets, constellations and mythology behind them. Composition of Earth/Rock Formations: How erosion effects earth, types of rocks, layers of the earth Matter/Energy: Particles of matter, laws of matter, the law of motion Light and Sound Waves: How waves work, what we see and hear Life Science:

Anatomy: Body functions, genetics, cells Animals: Habitats, food chains, life cycles, adaptations/evolution Plants: photosynthesis, plant life cycles, farming practices/agriculture Dinosaurs: the science of discovery and the life of dinosaurs Nutrition: Basics on how the body breaks down food and what is actually IN what we are eating!


2. The 10 Themes for the Social Studies Units are:


The Job of a Citizen: Civic Responsibility, Occupations, Schooling/preparing Governments and Politics: Around the world and in the US Cultures around the World: World religions, traditions, geography and culture Economics/Sociology: Basic Economics, beginning sociology and psychology City Planning: How city systems work and how to read maps

History:

Civil Rights: The fight throughout the world and within the US for civil rights. War Throughout Time: Learn the history of wars throughout civilization. What causes wars and is it ever okay? Ancient Civilizations: The history of the ancient world and how it influenced culture around the world today. European History: Medieval times, influential art and literature from Europe, how Europe has changed throughout history US History: Journey to freedom, wars, immigration/westward expansion, Decades Project for the 1900s BONUS: Biography Character Traits Unit There are also two extra parts to the science and social studies curriculum that can be done weekly or daily:

3. Current Events Minute and Reflection Journal: teaches students how to find reliable news and determine bias, as well as reflect on things that are going on in the world today. 4. Science WONDERINGS Journal: Encourages students to become lifelong learners. To make observations about what they see and research new questions.

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