My Homeschool Year Six Course
Are you looking for something special for your child’s homeschool program? Well, we have planned an absolutely delightful Year Six Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum.
We want your child’s homeschool education to be a joyful experience for you and your child.
To make it easier, we’ve done the planning so you can be confident you are giving your child a well-rounded education and that you comply with Australia’s homeschool registration requirements.
To encourage a passion and motivation for learning, we’ve adopted a literature rich philosophy which has avoided worksheets and textbooks whenever possible. Our family learning schedule includes: thoughtful conversations, classic read alouds, narrations, poetry, picture study, science and nature journaling, notebooking and art lessons. Independent work includes English, math, copywork and age appropriate readers.
These resources can be downloaded or accessed online. You can print off these documents or keep them in your virtual cupboard.
- Detailed Scope and Sequence and Yearly Plan Year 6: Use for registration application, includes Australian Curriculum codes and NESA outcomes.
- Introduction to Teaching Year 6: A home educator’s guide that shows you how to teaching this grade.
- 36 Weeks of Lesson Plans: An online and a printable PDF version of each week’s activities, reading schedules and lesson notes.
- Primary Language Lessons Year 6: An English resource combining literature lessons with copywork, spelling, dictation, narrations, picture study, observations, poetry, writing and grammar.
- Downunder Dictation: uses Australian and New Zealand classic literature
- Latin Copywork Cursive: Encourages your child to practise their technique while exposing them to another language. Text: Genesis Chapter 1.
- Discover Downunder: Written more like a travel brochure than a textbook, this compact geography book will bring Australia to life – region by region and place by place.
- Australian Geography Notebook – A narration notebook with mapping exercises
- Science in the Age of Reason trial – The first 3 weeks lessons in PDF format.
- PM notebook and Politics Quiz – a narration tool.
- Book of Centuries Instructions.
- Healthy Conversations Year 5 to Year 6
- Art Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
- Music Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
- And a few other bits and bobs including video links and suggested enrichement activlites
What Isn’t Provided
We don’t provide a math program but we’ve got some suggestions, so you can pick a resource that suits your child’s style and ability. Foreign language lessons are also at your own discretion but we’ll give you some tips.
Download Course Outline
We’ve put a comprehensive outline and weekly lesson sample guide for you to download and read.
Year Six Details
Our aim was to find a good balance between Charlotte Mason’s ideas and the registration requirements of a modern day Australian curriculum.
Efficient planning means that we’ve streamlined lessons to give your child a rich learning experience without making you feel guilty or overloaded. This means you’ll still have time to go on delight directed learning adventures.
36 Week Cycle
Our Year Two programs is set out in a 4 term/36 week cycle that can be spread over 4 days (12 – 16 hours per week). To give you some breathing space, we’ve allocated the last week of each term to: special projects, catch-up lessons and assessments.
But you as the homeschooling parent you can pace your child’s learning according to their abilities and needs.
Keeping track of your progress is also easy with our weekly schedules available in an online or printable format.
Registration is made simple with our Yearly Planning Template and detailed Scope and Sequence.
We also provide certificates and portfolio prompts that will make documentation and continued registration a cinch.
At the end of each term there is a downloadable report of work achieved over the term. Parents add comments and assessments of their child’s progress in each area of learning.
Online Learning Platform
One of the most exciting features of My Homeschool is the online learning platform we are using. You can access your course from your PC, Mac, Tablet or even your phone.
Moodle is an Australian designed software that is used by many school, universities, colleges and educational institutions around the world. My Homeschool has been built on this platform. You can download an app for your smart phone or iPhone and that means your whole course is at your fingertips. This is great for getting organsied and learning on the go.
Since this is a literature rich course we need you to buy or borrow some living books.
Some books will also be found at a local library.
These items are not provided but are needed for the course. It is estimated these will cost less than $200 in total.
Additional Books and Resources
- Own choice math curriculum
- Australia Map
- Prime Ministers of Australia by Jill Bruce
- Story of the World Volume 4: Modern Age (audio or print version)
- The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (or another poetry anthology for children) (Uses Y4 – Y6)
- Animal Farm by George Orwell (Free online version available)
- The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
- Sallly’s Story: My Place for younger readers.
- The Happiest Refugee by Ahn Do
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry or The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
- Breaking Starlin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin
- Journey to Jo’burg by Beverly Naidoo (Apartheid)
- The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (Tailban 1990s)
- Stationary Supplies
Choose your science from:
- Berean Buliders: Science in the Industrial Age (first 3 weeks provided as a PDF sample)
- Apologia: Exploring Creation with Chemistry & Physics
- Apologia: Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy
Initial Course Price
$380 plus $15 per month membership subscription
Course membership is activated once you purchase your first course; the initial course price includes your monthly membership subscription fee. Membership remains active as long as you stay subscribed. It gives you access to the My Homeschool Learning Platform the curriculum course you purchased and our enrichment courses. The membership can only be used for the family subscribed. The membership may not be used for non-family members.
You only need to purchase one course at this price.
After you become a member you are entitled to purchase additional courses at a discounted membership only price. Links to these discounted course are only accessed from within the My Homeschool Learning Platform. A purchase link to specific curriculum courses is provided on the relevant course module found in the available courses section. Discounted course links can be accessed from the home page after logging in.
Membership Course Price Discount: $380
This is a once of price that gives you access to the course for as long as your subscription remains current.
Family Time, Oral Narrations and Read Alouds
Own Choice scripture and family devotional
Novel: Animal Farm Chapter 1
History Narration: Story of the World: Volume 4 Chapter 1 – 2
Science Textbook Schedule Readings
On Your Own Subjects
Watch the following videos this week.
Own Choice Math Curriculum
Map Work and Notebooking Activities
Science Notebooking Page
Australian Geography Note Book – Australian Geography Overview
Book of Century Dates (end of week)
Classic Read Aloud
Free Reading /library visit
Music Lesson Practice
Listen to term composer
Foreign Language Study
Novel: Number the Stars or The Silver Sword: Have your child write a narration/summary about the book. Use this Book Analysis Notebooking Page for a further challenge.
Now that you have read The Happiest Refugee have some fun watching Anh Do on Dancing with the Stars .
Science in the Industrial Age Test – choose a test to administer from the Helps and Hints booklet.
Assessment and Review
Collect samples of work for portfolio. (For Queensland students follow the HEU guidelines. I suggest a writing example from Primary Language Lessons 6 (or your book reports), a math sample with fully worked out problem. A sample from one of their notebooking activities (PM Notebook, Science Notebook or Australian Geography Note Book)
Look through Healthy Conversations Checklist to see if you can check off any topics.
Catch up on any unfinished work.
Print off Term 2 Report. Look over child’s work and write an assessment of their progress—refer to each subject and record any extra curricula activities that you did this term. Place term report in portfolio.
Record child’s own reading in book log.
Check you have all the books needed for next term.
You may also wish to read the Sparks Notes on the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Select a few books for child’s own reading Term Three.
It’s Not School At Home
Family learning time is the heart of our Year Six program. This is not just a convenience, it is a rich time when the family gather to share in their learning journey together. It’s a bonding time. It may be just one child or you may have a few children you teach at the same time. This program has been written by experienced home educators and we understand what it’s like to teach a few children at the same time! Find out more about us.
Children of the ages 11 and 12 are in their last year of primary school and can be expected to work on their own for many of their lessons, but we still have some group lessons because they still love to be working with you.
A Literature Rich Curriculum Full Of Ideas
An idea is a living thing of the mind. It strikes, seizes and catches hold of us. Ideas form the basis of our inspiration. An idea can possess us. Without ideas education is dull. For that reason, we aren’t keen on worksheets, textbooks or comprehension tests. We’d rather you take your child on a learning journey. At My Homeschool we want to use living literature, nature study, music and art as an instrument for nourshing your child’s mind. We don’t just care about following the Australian Curriculum (or a state syllabus), we also care about giving your child a rich education full of vitality and noble thoughts.
The mind “is nourished on ideas and absorbs facts only as they hang connected with the living ideas upon which they hang. Children educated upon some such lines as these respond in a surprising way, developing capacity, character, countenance, initiative and a sense of responsibility…The mind feeds on ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.” Charlotte Mason
A Classical, Charlotte Mason inspired approach to learning is the philosophy behind our program. We also help you tick the curriculum box while you give your child a living education. Your day will usually include consistent lesson time in the mornings (4 days per week), leaving afternoons free for natural learning and play. You can also get some of your jobs done or go visiting!
Your Year Six Little Scholars Will:
- Investigate Australia’s political heritage through our prime ministers and historical fiction.
- Read about modern history and other political ideologies of aparthied, communism, nazism through historical fiction and historical text.
- Discover Australia with a geographical trip around Australia’s landmarks, resources and unique features.
- Examine the lives of two special families through biographical stories of a refugee and an aboriginal woman.
- Learn about great artists and musicians.
- Practice cursive handwriting and begin learning a language using Latin copywork.
- Increase their spelling skills with more dictation.
- Famaliarise themselves with many classic poems.
- Continue learning simple narration, grammar and writing skills.
- Have a choice of science resources. We have schedules that will work for independent learners and when teaching as a family group.
- Watch a collection of science video clips
- Be introduced to a few term examinations
A Focus on Australia in the Modern World
Refugees, wars, and ideologies all form part of our history studies of Australia and its place in the world.
“We know that young people are enormously interested in the subject [of history] and give concentrated attention if we give them the right books… so we confine ourselves to affording two things – the knowledge, and keen interest roused by that knowledge…by way of oral and written essays.” Charlotte Mason
This is the My Homeschool cycle for history studies:
- Ancient History—Year 2
- Ancient to Early Middle Ages—Year 3
- Late Middle Ages/Early Australian History—Year 4
- Australian History Overview—Year 5
- Modern Australian and World History —Year 6
If you are teaching multiple primary children then it is often best to just follow one grade’s history schedule for all your children.
Frequently Asked Questions
I love that I have a place to start with organising a personalised curriculum. I love the access to the Primary Language Lessons, copy work, and geography resources.
To have a grade by grade list of resources suggested and available for the various subjects is great!!
Although I haven’t as yet made proper use of the community hub, I plan to and it is reassuring to have that available!Suzie from QLD
Appreciate all the work that has gone into creating each grade level work.
As a teacher & homeschooling parent, I have an appreciation for all the time that has been put into developing the content appropriate to each grade.
Thank you.Louise from ACT