This is a work in progress, but I’ll update as I find things. I copy/pasted some things that we will continue using this year from the grade 5 page, and will be adding resources we’re using this year as I find them.
Letter of intent to homeschool template in Ontario, you’re required to send this to your school board every year if your child was previously enrolled in school and you are homeschooling.
General and multi-subject
Ontario Elementary School Curriculum Checklists (Grades 1-8)
This is where we started. We printed the curriculum for grade 5 and then went through each thing with Steven to see if he was familiar with it and see what we still needed to cover.
Educational videos on a variety of subjects, with free lesson plans.
Ways to use Lego in the classroom
If your kid is like mine, there’s a huge tub of lego somewhere in your house. These are some great ideas for using it to teach a bunch of different subjects.
Teaching Students How to Study
Free printable with study strategies. Steven put them in his binder, but they could be coloured and put up on a wall somewhere too as a reminder.
Teachers Pay Teachers
You’ll find a lot of the links below are to various specific resources on this site. Lots of high quality paid and free resources. You do need to make an account to download.
Dungeons and Dragons
Probably best for older kids (Steven’s been playing since he was 8 or so). This link will take you to the basic rules for the role playing game. There are so many resources available online now, it’s possible to play without much of an investment, but I highly recommend getting the books if this is something you intend to play frequently. It’s great for teaching Language Arts and Math and other subjects, I’m sure, but it’s also a great way to stay connected with friends during this time. Set up your phone/tablet/laptop and facetime or skype each other to play.
This is my favourite tabletop roleplaying system for kids. It’s fun for all ages, but simple enough for younger kids, and comes with fun cartoon game pieces that can be printed and coloured. As with Dungeons and Dragons, there are a lot of pre-made adventures, but you can also easily write your own. There is a small cost (they deserve it for all the hard work that’s been put into this).
Classic French Tales
This book is available for free until August 15, 2020. It’s an audiobook and a pdf (you can use it with the app or not) of some classic fairy tales. The audio is nice and slow and well enunciated. The text is in both French and English. We’ve been going paragraph by paragraph, following with the French, then reading the English, then re-reading the French on our own and then picking out a few words to ensure comprehension between the two.
French Board Game Template – Snails and Ladders (Snakes and Ladders)
Free game board. There are french cards you can buy from the same shop, or you can create your own.
Mon dictionnaire francais
Blank pages to fill in with your own vocabulary. I printed 2 to a page, back to back, so that it could be folded into a little book.
French Hear the Sound worksheets ($2.50)
- French Word Wall
Something we’re using to start music theory until we order a keyboard. If you create an account, you can learn to play some popular songs in a way similar to rockband.
Music Fundamentals Workbook
It’s been a long time since I did any music theory, but this seems like a good workbook to get Steven started and let me review. I don’t expect us to get through it this year, but I hope he’ll keep going with piano or another instrument.
Free Sheet Music
From the same site I got the workbook from. The “Selected Tunes for Young Learners” looks like a good place to start.
Composition worksheets for recorder
We won’t be learning recorder, but these look like good sheets to practice writing sheet music anyways.
Homeschool Math (Grades 1-7)
I mostly use this site for the randomly generated math worksheets. It’s great if you just need a page or 20 of long division with an answer key. But there are lots of great math lessons too.
Prodigy (Grades 1-8)
Math learning in the form of an RPG on your tablet. Their website also has some useful teaching resources.
Math Rules Cheat Sheet
Order of operations; divisibility rules; comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals and fractions
There’s a couple free ones, and the others only cost a few dollars. Answer the math problems to find the answer to the joke!
Free art history resources
You might need to sign up for the newsletter to get access, I’m not sure. Lots of kid friendly art history printouts and projects. They also have a shop where you can buy more.
Suggested Reading List
This is the list I put together to add to Steven’s grade 6 reading duo-tang. It’s designed to be printed on both sides of the page. It does have some text pertaining specifically to our learning plan, but still has lots of good book ideas.
I use this all the time myself, I can’t believe I didn’t think of using it for homeschool last year. It’s amazing. They’ve taken over 60,000 books, mostly ones with expired copyrights, and digitized them for everyone to download and read for free. There are some books that are so old and rare that I wouldn’t even know they existed, never mind having the chance to read them, if it wasn’t for Project Gutenberg!
Visual Reading Log (with different genres)
This is the one we’re using this year, Steven and I both like the layout.
Reading Tracker (also with different genres)
This looks more like what you normally get at schoool.
Books I’ve Read This Year
This is a worksheet to quickly rate each book read throughout the year, which I’ll be adding to Steven’s reading book behind his reading log. It also has a worksheet to reflect on the year of reading, which I plan to give him at the end of the year.
Book Report Student Choice Board
Some creative ideas for book reports.
Reading Response Choice Board
Lots more ideas than the previous one.
Book Report Package
This is a good intro to traditional book reports, breaking down the information that should be included. It also has lots of space for drawing.
Book Review Posters
These are meant to be shared in a classroom to encourage others to read, but they’re still a fun activity for at home.
Amazon Listing Book Review
A worksheet to make an Amazon listing for the book and review it.
Character Analysis Brochure
A worksheet to create a brochure about a character from a book.
Reading Strategies Mystery Picture Worksheets
These are maybe a bit too easy for grade 6, but will serve as a good review at the beginning of the year at least.
Learning to write a summary
Meant more for older grades I think, but I plan on using it.
Solar System Reading Comprehension Activities ($32 bundle)
I’m going to be using this to start on Science this year, but it’s technically a Language activity. There are a couple freebies (Fun Facts, Mars/Neptune/Uranus) that you can download without buying the bundle, but I think the bundle is worth it.
Online Safety Reading Comprehension
This freebie is a great way to remind kids about online safety and/or start a conversation about it, while working on reading comprehension.
This site is a great resource for kids and parents. It has some easy to understand explanations of the body and its systems, some mental health stuff and some cute animated videos too.
Electricity Circuits Series of worksheets ($6.99, freebie here)
This is another one that looks well worth the price. But the freebie has some good info and an experiment to get you started. The powerpoint has good information but the visuals are a little wonky. The info is all repeated in the worksheets, which are really well done.
The Yoga Collective ($30/year)
Not specifically made for kids, but I already had a subscription so I just went back to the beginner lessons and had Steven do them with me. For younger kids, you might want to look for something made for kids.