First Day of Homeschooling 6th Grade!

9.28.20 First Day of Homeschooling!!!

Needs: binder w/ paper & pen/pencil, Kindle (charged), laptop (charged) 

8:30 – 9:20: English & writing 

  • Lots of reading! Mostly fiction, also poetry, essays/memoir (personal, persuasive), maybe a play. We’ll discuss and you’ll write about the books you read.
  • Vocabulary—some every week.
  • Grammar—some every week.
  • Writing: creative, personal, analytical and persuasive essays.
  • Fiction: starting with 3 books on the theme Coming-Of-Age. An Old-Fashioned Girl (Louisa May Alcott, 1869), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith, 1943), The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie, 2007)
    • What does “Coming of Age” mean? Transition from youth to adulthood. 
    • What books have you read that fit this description? 
    • What do you think they’d be about? Struggles/Challenges? 
    • Will do some writing about these, short responses, summaries, reactions, etc.
    • If time, can start reading An Old Fashioned Girl—Kindle excerpt (have requested hard copy from library)

9:25 – 10:15: Math

  • Materials: 
    • McDougal Littell’s Math Course 1 (6th grade); 
    • either McDougal Littell’s Math Course 2 (7th grade) or Singapore Math 7th grade
    • Khan Academy 6th & 7th
    • IXL (go on & bookmark)
  • IXL–try out their diagnostic assessment for 6th grade math
  • Start p. 202 unit 4.2 in textbook. 
    • Mom teaches concept of the unit and models problems on chart paper
    • Solve a couple of problems on chart paper
    • Do independent work 
      • P.204-206, #3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 31, 35, 36
      • If time, IXE Math Y.1
      • Khan, Variables & Expressions (videos)
      • HW 10 Qs: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 37, 38, 39

10:20 – 11:10: History & writing

  • Ancient Civilizations & Religions: Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome & Mesopotamia. Also 5 major religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. Plus the presidential election! 
    • What do you know about these civilizations or religions? Any questions? 
  • Materials: World History Ancient Civilizations textbook, Comparative Religion book, Time for Kids, Newsela articles. 
  • Mom previews intro to Ancient Civ textbook. Vocab p. H5 & p. 4. 
  • Read p. 6 – 11–highlight, take notes.

11:10 – 11:40: Art and/or Music

  • Overview of what we’ll study this year
    • Painting class
    • Crafting or photography? 
    • Learn about the life and main works of 10 great composers: Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Vivaldi, Stravinski, Prokofiev, Gershwin
    • Voice and/or piano lessons? 
    • Learn about the life and main works of 10 great artists: Monet, Van Gough, da Vinci, Picasso, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Renoir, Warhol, Dorathea Lange, Ansel Adams
  • Preview the MET and the MOMA; choose one & make reservations for the 20th. Then we’ll choose a painter we’re going to see there on our birthday visit.

11:40 – 12:20: lunch

  • 12:00-12:15: Mom work call

12:20 – 1:10: Science

  • 12:20-12:50: we discuss what the field of science studies. Physical Science: Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Astronomy/Space; Life Science: Biology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology. 
  • Focus on Life Science, what it means. What a scientist does. Preview 1.1—terms, concepts.
  • 12:50-1:10: K reads 1.1 & does related questions.

1-1:45pm Mom work call

1:10 – 2:00: Language

  • 1:10-1:45: Watch/Skip through Videos & take notes:

Why study French? What countries speak French?

Why study Spanish? What countries speak French? How many or what percent of people in the US speak Spanish?

Why study Latin?

1:45-2:00: Talk what we’re going to study: Spanish, French, Latin?  

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