What to Expect: Sixth Grade

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We have chapel each school day. Chapel includes scripture memory, geographical prayer focus, and hymns.  We recite in chapel once each semester.

Special classes are P.E., Music, Art, and Latin.  We have P.E. and Latin daily.  We have music first semester and sing in the fall program.  We have art second semester culminating with the End of School Art Show.  Students are placed in a Latin class based on their prior Latin instruction.

Our Bible readings come from:

  • Exodus
  • Nehemiah
  • Esther
  • 1 Peter
  • Luke
  • Acts
  • The Case for Christ
  • Psalms

Memory work includes:

  • If by Rudyard Kipling
  • My God is There Controlling

Our science instruction is from Real Science 4 Kids: Chemistry and Real Science 4 Kids Physics.

Students keep an interactive science journal and participate in group lab activities related to each field of study.

Teacher chapter book read alouds may include: The Brown Faerie Book, Swiss Family Robinson and Anne of Green Gables

Students also may read the following Literature Circle books together at school: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Golden Key and Johannes Kepler.

The poets that we study in sixth grade are: Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling.

We read these stories from Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear.

Parents of first through sixth graders read a variety of quality children’s literature selections as family read alouds each year.  We celebrate the completion of each book with a book party.  This year’s selections are Mountain Born, Detectives in Togas and The Triumph of Flavius.

Language arts skills are learned through Shurley Grammar, Book 7 and Bible-based Writing Lessons (IEW)

We teach new vocabulary in every subject, but supplement vocabulary instruction with Vocabulary from Classical Roots, Gr. 6.  We review and practice spelling from our vocabulary list as well as the most commonly misspelled words. We use cursive in our written work in the sixth grade.

In Math we use Saxon 8/7.  We introduce new math skills, while constantly reviewing past concepts taught.  We also emphasize  math vocabulary and solidifying math facts.

Sixth graders study the same historical time period as the rest of the school.  Our history curriculum uses Story of the  World as a key text along with children’s literature and historical articles found online. Learning activities, memory work, and geography study based on the weekly history topic are part of our weekly routine. Each year we rotate through one of the four time periods: Ancients, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.

Each sixth grade student is invited to bring his own healthy snack every day.

Some of our special events may include:

  • Kepler Project
  • Temple Daily Telegram Spelling Bee
  • Olympics
  • Bell County History Museum

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