6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Do you find ancient history dull? History is a story — the story of real people, real families, real adventures, real triumphs and defeats, and real cultures. There's no reason a good story — especially a story well told — should ever be boring! Sonlight’s 6th Grade curriculum is all about fostering students' ability to think critically and make connections. This year, you several options for History: American history; the Far East; or Ancient History, creation through the 1600s. Allow the story of history to capture your imagination.

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6th Grade Homeschool Overview

Options from an array of eras

During your 6th grade year, you have the choice to study three very different times and places in the world: American History, our focused look at the Eastern Hemisphere, or, loop through Ancient history again from creation to the 1600s. There is no wrong choice for you and your 6th grader, it is an opportunity to connect and learn from very different perspectives. It has all the makings of a great year.

6th Grade History

Sonlight's grades are built on the foundation of history.

If you choose American History, you'll be introduced to the "go-getters" that expanded our country, brought people together and created a country that was unlike anything seen before in the "old world" of Europe.

If you choose our study of the Eastern Hemisphere, you'll explore Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the South Pacific. You'll see where a huge percentage of the world's population, and ninety percent of all unevangelized people, call home.

And, if you choose to study Ancient History, you'll see the connected flow of human history, from creation through the 1600s. You'll find answers to questions such as: How did ancient Egypt, Israel and Assyria interact? Where did the Greeks come from? Why did Greek civilization give way to the Romans? Why did the Roman Empire fall? How did Asian culture develop during that same time? How did Western history progress during the so-called Dark Ages? How did those centuries give rise to the Renaissance, and how did the Renaissance, in turn, pave the way for the Protestant Reformation?

Sonlight's 6th grade will help your children develop and understand the world today by seeing how we got to where we are. It will help them understand their own and other's cultures by seeing the connections between civilizations around the world and throughout time.


6th Grade Lesson Plans

Your Sonlight Instructor's Guide (IG) provides your daily, book-by-book, and subject-by-subject 6th Grade schedule. This is much more than a calendar: it's everything you need to be able to confidently teach your children. Behind each week's scheduled lesson plan you will find notes, maps, activity sheets, and teaching tips to bring depth and insight into your studies. Your Instructor's Guide takes the stack of books and materials in each subject and makes it a curriculum. IGs are included with your History / Bible / Literature or All-Subjects Package, as well as Sonlight's Science and Language Arts programs.

Use them for record keeping, a daily schedule, notes, or any combination of the three. Using our Instructor's Guides you'll see just how easy it is to teach your children.


6th Grade Language Arts

This year in 6th grade, your children will have many opportunities to practice and refine their writing abilities. They'll continue to imitate excellent writers, explore the ins-and-outs of literary analysis, practice proper grammar, and establish good mechanics. By writing mysteries, fairy tales, and other creative writing assignments, your children will practice a litany of different tactics and hone their writing, and editing skills.

All of your children's Language Arts instruction and assignments are linked to the History / Bible / Literature program at this level, which means that every assignment reinforces what your children are learning about as they read.

All of your sixth grade Language Arts assignments are laid out in our Language Arts Instructor's Guide. Each lesson is scripted and includes rubrics (a simple scale so you can easily see where your child is falling on each assignment) in an easy to use format. Mechanics are explained in simple terms, and you can see realistic examples of the type of writing your children should be doing.

If your children would benefit from another level, check out all of Sonlight's Language Arts options here.


6th Grade Spelling & Vocabulary

Please note: Spelling and Vocabulary is already built in to your lesson plans at this level. We do offer additional resources if you would like to further your children's spelling and vocabulary capabilities.


6th Grade Science

In Science G, the matching Science level included in the 6th grade All-Subjects Package your children will make connections and delve deeper into chemistry, physics, and biology. Your children will take time to explore earth science, evolution and intelligent design, and chemistry. Included experiments cover practical chemistry and deepen the experience for your children.

In the Icons of Evolution DVD, you will go on a fast-paced journey into emerging scientific debate over Darwin's theory. The DVD presents both sides of the discussion, but emphasizes the faulty foundation of Darwin's examples from nature. An engaging book with amazing visuals by Dr. Carl Werner introduces students to a discussion on the philosophy of science -- particularly as it relates to the ongoing debate between evolutionists and creationists.

While it's easy to just match your level of science to what history program you are doing, you also have choices here. You are free to match a range of children up and do one level together, or go back to study something you might have missed.

Choose the matching 6th Grade Science level or browse other available Science programs and see what you could discover.


6th Grade Math

Math-U-See's Zeta is included in our 6th Grade All-Subject package. Zeta will help your children's concepts of place value to the right of the decimal point while showing the connection between fractions and decimals. Your children will continue to learn more about place values, including decimals and how to add, subtract, multiply and divide multiple digit decimals.

Additionally, your children will learn about exponents, negative numbers, using properties of operations to simplify algebraic expressions, graphing variables, plane geometry and geometric symbols and more.

While Math-U-See is included in Sonlight's All-Subjects Package, if you are interested in another program, you can easily swap out the math and still receive our best 20% discount. Learn more about your other 6th Grade Math options here.



Ways to Buy

Two ways to choose your 6th Grade curriculum

Put together a customized program OR select the recommended everything-you-need package. Compare your choices and pick the path you want. Either way, a wonderful adventure in learning awaits you and your family.

Start with History

Choose one of the options below.

Select the program that covers the history focus you'd like to use this year. Because you'll teach with real books, each Sonlight program works with a range of ages and allows you to teach multiple children together. View the full curriculum scope & sequence for additional information.

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History / Bible / Literature D+E DECP

History / Bible / Literature D+E

Five hundred years of United States history, covered in 36 weeks
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  • Title: One Year Intro to American History
  • Age Range: 9-12
  • Grade Range: 4-7
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History / Bible / Literature E EC5

History / Bible / Literature E

From the Civil War to the present, United States history unfolds
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  • Title: Intro to American History Part 2
  • Age Range: 9-12
  • Grade Range: 4-7
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History / Bible / Literature F FC5

History / Bible / Literature F

A cultural study of important, but often overlooked, countries
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  • Title: Eastern Hemisphere
  • Age Range: 10-13
  • Grade Range: 5-8
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History / Bible / Literature G GC5

History / Bible / Literature G

An in-depth look at the world, from creation to the 1600s
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Retail: $551.22
$496.10
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  • Title: World History Part 1
  • Age Range: 11-13
  • Grade Range: 6-8
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6th Grade Curriculum 6MSP

6th Grade Curriculum
All-Subjects Package G

An in-depth look at the world, from creation to the 1600s
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  • Title: World History Part 1
  • Age Range: 11-13
  • Grade Range: 6
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