Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Grade Five Plans 2

Glencoe has resources for grammar and composition

These are PDF workbooks:
 Glencoe Vocabulary Power 6
Glencoe Grammar Practice 6
Grammar and Language 6
Glencoe Spelling Power 6
Glencoe Composition 6

Open Court Readers Grade 6
Glencoe Literature Library

Glencoe Map Skills
Glencoe Outline Maps

Critical THinking Across the Curriculum
Study Skills Workbook

Grade 5 Plans 1

I'm going to start planning here for the next school year.   

First my 5th grader:

Kolbe Academy

  1. Religion
  2. Reading
  3.  Phonics
  4.  Grammar
  5.  Vocabulary and Spelling
  6. History
  7. Geography
  8. Math
  9.  Science
  10. Latin
Memoria Press Grade 4

  •  Latin
  • Literature
  • Biography
  • Christian Studies
  • Composition
  • Geography
  • United States
  • Nature Study
  • Math
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
Resources of Interest

Ray's Arithemetic (free online)
Directions:  Start with Intellectual and move through for review and drill purposes
Harcourt Science Grade 5 (used by Kolbe)

Life of Fred
Definitely not free.  But basically, math readers that pack in a lot of content and cleverness.

Memoria Press uses Rod and Staff for spelling and math. 


The Young Catholic's Illustrated Speller
phonetic approach
Wheeler's Elementary Speller
I like this one because it includes some poems to memorize
Christian Brother Graded Speller for Grades 4-6
This is not phonetic, but arranged by topic.  Dictation exercises included.
Wheeler's Graded Study of Great Authors
contains copywork from excellent literature, arranged by phonetic rule.

Friday, May 3, 2013

School Time

A School Day for Grade School
210 completes a year
Total Time:  150 minutes a day (2.5 hours)

English 60 minutes
Math 30 minutes
History /Science/ Art/ Other 30 minutes
Free Reading 15 minutes
PE 20 minutes

A School Day for High School

Total:  3 hours

English  35 minutes
Math  35 minutes
Science  18 minutes per day (or 85 minutes per 5-day week)
History  24 minutes per day (or 2 hours per 5-day week)
Foreign Language 24 minutes per day (or 2 hours per 5 day week).
PE  17 minutes per day (or 85 minutes per 5-day week)
Art  10 minutes a day or 43 minutes per week.
 If done in 2 years then it is 18 minutes a day.
Elective  10 minutes a day or 43 minutes per week.
 If done in 2 years then it is 18  minutes a day.

Homeschool Number Crunching

California requires either private school enrollment, or 3 hours of instruction for 175 days a year by a trained teacher.


  • This works out to 31,500 minutes a year
  • If I break this into 150 minutes a day (2.5 hours) then there are 210 days of attendance needed.
  • A year without weekends adds up to 260 days. If I subtract 10 weeks (1 week for every 2-month term = 6 + 4 floating weeks for Christmas and summer) then I end up with 210 days.
This site recommends hours devoted to subjects.


If I divide the teacher-instruction required minutes (31500) by the school time recommended instructional minutes (54000) then I get a ratio of .583 which I will round off to 60%. So we should spend 60% of the time recommended on each subject.
  • Language Arts – 120 minutes per day --> 72 minutes
  • Math -- 50-60 min / day --> 30-35 min
  • PE -- 200 min/ 10 day -- >20 min per day average (can do some on weekends)
The other classes don’t have recommended times. History, Science, and Fine Arts are listed.
  • If I spend 75 min/day on LA and 30 min/day on math then that totals 105 minutes or 1 hr 45 minutes. 
  • That leaves 45 minutes for other subjects if we do PE separately, 25 minutes if we don’t. 
  • That 30 minutes + are for religion, history, science and art.   Obviously some features of those subjects can be fit into LA (reading, writing, discussing).  
Let's say I allow 15 minutes of time for silent reading.  That leaves 1 hour for formal LA instruction. 

This would be for Paddy and Aidan (grade school through middle school).

High School

For high school, credits depend on Carnegie or Credit Units.
Each 120 hours of instructional time gives you a credit.
Kieron could get a credit based on 1/2 hour of work per day for 240 days.

Here are the graduation requirements for California.  

How it breaks down:

  • 3 courses in English = 120 x 3 
  • 2 courses of Math including algebra = 120 x 2
  • 2 courses of Science including biology and physical science = 120 x 2
  • 3 courses in social studies, including United States history and geography; world history, culture, and geography; a one-semester course in American government and civics, and a one-semester course in economics = 3 x 120
  • 1 course in visual or performing arts, or  foreign language (including ASL) or career technical education. = 120 x 1
  • 2  courses in physical education = 120 x 2
Total 120 X 13 / 4 = average of 3.25 courses a year.
This would be an average of 390 hours per year
 At 390 hrs/210 days you get 1.9 or basically 2 hours a day.  

 For college prep

  • 1 more course of English
  • 1-2 more courses of Math
  • 2-3 courses in the same foreign language
  • 1 course of Art
  • 1  elective
Total  120 x 21 /4 = average of 5.25 courses a year

  • This would be an average of 630 hours of study per year.  
  • Divided by 210 this is exactly 3 hours per day.

More Implications

  • 120 X 60 = 7200 instructional minutes for a credit
  •  7200 / 210 days in the year =  35 minutes per day.  

Hourly Breakdowns
for college prep -- based on daily X 4 years

  • English =  35 minutes per day 210  days per year
  • Math = 35 minutes per day 210  days per year
  • Science  = 17 minutes per day (or 85 minutes per 5-day week) (or 42 minutes per week each on biology/physical)
  • History* =  24 minutes per day (or 2 hours per 5-day week)
  •  Foreign Language = 24 minutes per day (or 2 hours per 5 day week).   To catch up Kieron has to work 360 hours into 1.5 years which is 240 hrs per year which is 75 minutes per day.  
  • PE = 17 minutes per day (or 85 minutes per 5-day week)
  • Art =  10 minutes a day or 43 minutes per week. If done in one year then it is 35 minutes a day.
  • Elective =  10 minutes a day or 43 minutes per week.  If done in one year then it is 35 minutes a day. 
* History Breakdown

  • 120 hours United States history and geography
  • 120 hours world history, culture, and geography
  • 60 hours in American government and civics
  • 60 hours in economics

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Minimus Latin resources

Over here there are various support sheets to do with Minimus Latin Book 1, which I am using with Paddy as a starter resource for Latin. 

  • Resource 34 is a set of lesson plans for teachers.
  • Resource 40 is by the author and tells "how to get started with Minimus".

If you go to the Home Page you can see various other resources including games for children.

Quizlet has some Minimus study sets

The WTM board has had various discussions through the years

You can see a general comparative discussion of Latin resources at Paula's Archives