Ages 9-11 (Grades 4-6)

A. Additional parent helps specific to the age range 9-11 years old: Many of the titles recommended in the Parent Must-Reads Section and the section on Parent helps recommended for the age range of 6-8 years old are also appropriate for this age range.

The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos. Originally published in 1935, this beloved Bible storybook is still a favorite with today’s children, parents, and teachers (including Ruth Bell Graham). More than 200 stories from the Old and New Testaments are retold in simple language appropriate for 4- to 12-year-olds, while remaining faithful to Scripture. Colorful illustrations enhance the text.

The Home Schooler’s Journal is an inexpensive way to keep track of what you have done or to plan your the week’s work for your child. Not as necessary as for high school years, but this Journal was helpful to show my children what was expected during the week (unless, of course, something more important came up!)

Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt has gone through several editions. Hunt offers many suggestions for making reading more rewarding and includes a large section of annotated book recommendations of the best in children’s literature organized by subject and age.

B. Language Arts and Literature specific to the age range 9-11 years old:

Creating Books With Children.Here is one mother’s review: “I have used this book and shared it with many. It has encouraged my family to create several books. As a result, we have displayed our books in local libraries twice. I recommend this book highly for those who want to create family heirlooms!”

The WIN Program: Writing In Narrative. Book B. The Seven Sentence Story (The WIN Pogram). If your child is ready to write stories, this is the place to begin. Every story has 4 parts and a complete story can be written in as few as 7 sentences. However, most children don’t know where to begin or where to go next. This little-known (and difficult to find), gem takes the child through each of the 4 story parts as he is led to move from one part of his story to the next until he brings his story to completion. Can be used with any age child who is ready to write.

Writing in Narrative: A Comprehensive Story Writing Program for Grades 3 through 12. Whereas the small booklet, WIN B, The Seven Sentence Story (above) is the introduction to story writing, this is the Complete Creating Writing Program in one volume. We like for a child to begin the writing process with Creative Writing before progressing on to Essay Writing (see offerings under Ages 14+) which is the writing most required in college.

Listen My Children, and You Shall Hear, Third Edition. One of the more interesting exercises you can do with your child is to steadily increase his ability to listen and comprehend. Although research continues to emphasize the importance of good listening comprehension skills as the foundation for strong oral and written language, listening remains one of the most neglected areas of instruction. Listening is a critical skill needed for success in any arena. Listen My Children, and You Shall Hear, Third Edition addresses this significant issue. This revision of a classic collection of stories and exercises helps children develop listening skills, auditory memory, vocabulary, and imagination.

A Spelling Dictionary for Beginning Writers Book 1: A Resource for Independent Writing

Spelling Power, Fourth Edition. This “big orange book” has been used by hundreds of homeschoolers through the years. It contains a diagnostic to determine at what level to begin with your child. This award-winning spelling program by Beverly L. Adams-Gordon just got better. Spelling Power features 21st century technology yet still teaches solid back-to-basic spelling skills. Your students will use research proven steps to master the 5,000 most frequently used words. Each level of Spelling Power is organized by phonetic principles and spelling rules. Spelling Power’s six levels of built-in review guarantees your students will master every word. Everything you need to teach all of your students spelling skills to the college level is contained in this one curriculum package. You ll even find everything you need to teach them proofreading and dictionary skills. Spelling Power now comes with a Teacher s Resource CD-ROM, providing a wealth of printable resources. Canadian/British spellings are still included in both the Flow-Word Lists and the Searchable Word List to make it easier for non-American spellers to use. This allows individual teachers to decide which spelling convention to teach. Even if you are new to teaching, you ll find that Spelling Power’s all new, easy-to-understand, step-by-step manual and the included Quick Start DVD Seminar will help you give your students Spelling Power in just 15 minutes per day!

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe – 25th Anniversary Edition SB. Do not neglect to have your children learn to type correctly! One of the most important skills needed today in this digital world in which we live.

The Italic Handwriting Series teaches the child beautiful penmanship:

Build your library of great literature. “The one constant that can be found among the best students is the number of good books in the home.” (see other age groupings for more great literature recommendations):

C. Science specific to the age range 9-11 years old:

Important Field Guides to have immediately at hand:

Brock Magiscope Basic Microscope, 20X Magnification. This is the best microscope for homeschoolers. Rugged! Basically unbreakable. Can be taken outdoors and used to magnify many objects including those microscopic. Ever stronger lenses can be added for ever greater magnification. A great science tool for homeschoolers!

Pets in a Jar: Collecting and Caring for Small Wild Animals (Puffin Science Books). Our favorite little science book for collecting critters, keeping them alive, and watching them live in your jar!

Developing Critical Thinking Through Science/Book 2 Grade 4-6 (#8703) is filled with great physical science experiments kids can do in the kitchen with readily available resources. Each experiment is designed to ask the question, “If I did this…what do you think will happen?” We reversed the roles of student and teacher so our boys could ask us the question and then challenge us to see if we were thinking “critically”. What fun!

The Everyday Science Sourcebook, Revised 2nd Edition: Ideas for Teaching in Elementary and Middle School – PB320X. This sourcebook was created because science should be memorable, not memorizable. from the Introduction to The Everyday Science Sourcebook, Revised 2nd Edition Think of this unique reference book as Inspiration Central for elementary and middle school science teachers. Fully updated with content selected to build on the AAAS and National Science Education Standards, this new edition is full of hundreds of entries that can spark your thinking the next time you need to fill in a gap in your curriculum, add a fresh element to your textbook lessons, or extend and enrich hands-on activities. The Everyday Science Sourcebook is structured like an easy-to-use thesaurus. Just look up a topic in the Index, note the reference number, and then use that number to find a wealth of related activities in the Entry section. For example, looking up meteorology can lead you to notes on the Earth s temperature. From there, you ll see entries on how students can make a liquid thermometer, graph air temperatures, and measure the conversion of solar energy to heat energy. Six broad content categories provide the framework for the main body of this book, the Entry section: Inorganic matter Organic matter Energy Inference models Technology Instructional apparatus, materials, and systems The Everyday Science Sourcebook deserves a prominent spot on your bookshelf. Refer to it daily as a springboard for ideas that make science memorable.

The Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia: The Natural World (Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedias). Another of those colorful science books in which children loose themselves in the wonder of the world around them.

Mysteries & Marvels of Nature. One of our kid’s favorite Usborne books. Just what the title says!

Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation, The Explorer’s Guide to the Awesome Works of God, Second Edition. Called “The explorer’s guide to the awesome works of God’s creation.”

Science in the Creation Week: Content & “Hands-On” Science Skills Curriculum Grades 2-5. As the creation account unfolds, the author gives clear and easy-to-understand presentations of the physics of light, the chemistry of the basic elements, and an introduction to astronomy and the fundamentals of plant and animal biology.

The Weather Wizard’s Cloud Book: A Unique Way to Predict the Weather Accurately and Easily by Reading the Clouds. This is one of those amazing little books that homeschoolers discover and tell others about! Can your child predict the next days’ weather simply by how the clouds look today? Yes, he can. Colorful pictures of clouds and what they mean for the weather to come. Wonderful!

Vocabulary Vine: A Spiral Study of Latin and Greek Roots. Students often have difficulty with science subjects because the subject has an exclusive vocabulary that is not used anywhere else. This little booklet provides the student with the root words to science terminology that helps him get “inside” what the science words mean.

D. Thinking Skills and Logic specific to the age range 9-11 years old:

E. History and Geography specific to the age range 9-11 years old:

One historian has commented that history is driven by evil men imposing their wills on those who simply want to be left alone to live their lives in peace.

Others have said the study of history tends to follow one of 4 approaches:

What happened?: Facts and dates of historical events

Who made it happen?: Men and women who caused the events

Why did it happen?: Local and worldwide environment that caused the events

What were they thinking?: Worldview of individuals and societies that caused the events

Beautiful Feet Books offers a comprehensive history curriculum inspired by the Charlotte Mason (Living Books) Approach to learning. For 30 years, families have learned their history reading famous historical novels and historical fiction all while following BF Books’ study guides. All grades are covered. Topics include Ancient, Medieval, Early American, Modern US and World, Science, and Classical History. Learn History Through Literature.

TruthQuest History covers both World and American history with levels appropriate for each age. The program is written to look at history—not as a mere litany of human deeds—but as a way to help students probe for the beliefs which drove kings, artists, thinkers, warriors, scientists, and everyday citizens to behave in ways that affected the world and changed the future. Since God is the truth, spiritual principles should be placed at the center of every action, and history should be the study of how God is the central Figure as Initiator, Creator, and Establisher of the singular truths which alone bring security, strength, opportunity, and blessing.  People may or may not believe in this Truth; however, one thing is certain: how individuals and societies respond to Truth always affects their impact on history. Thus, in TruthQuest History, we see the kings and commoners, wars and paintings, buildings and books, scientific discoveries and social issues, all in their rightful context: as indicators of the great issues at the core of life…which not only shaped the historical past, but are shaping our present and future! GO HERE to view this company’s many offerings.

There are many remarkable things about The Narrated Bible in Chronological Order (NIV)This is the complete text of the NIV Bible but arranged historically/chronologically so it reads like a history book! The historical narrative is combined together and the prophets are interspersed into the text where they actually lived and wrote which causes their prophecies to make greater historical & spiritual sense. The gospels are combined and the New Testament letters are interwoven into the Book of Acts historically. Historical notes accompany each section to help the reader better understand the times in which each section was authored by the Bible writers. The paperback version is titled The Daily Bible but we think its font is too small making this hardcover version worth the small extra cost.

Great children’s literature for history study:

Illustrated history books for children by Holling C. Holling:

Illustrated history books for children by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire:

F. Math specific to the age range 9-11 years old:

Article by Alexa Mason Carter: Math Around You. Helping Young Children Learn to Think Mathematically.

Math it. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s also the best math drill facts “game” we’ve ever used. Go in with others to purchase it if necessary. Especially useful for the “hands-on” child or the child with ADHD. Your child can’t fail to learn his math facts using Math It.

Mathematical Reasoning Through Verbal Analysis Book 2(Mathematical Reasoning Grades 5 – 8) by the same publishers of the Building Thinking Skills series, these books are wonderful and out boys loved them! We consider the Teacher’s Manual (see next) necessary for book 2 (not for Book 1).

Mathematical Reasoning Through Verbal Analysis: Book 2 Teacher’s Manual (Critical Thinking Books & Software)

Math Word Problems: Decimals & Percentages (Level B) is by the publishers of the Building Thinking Skills series.

Family Math (Equals Series) has been popular for many years and is a classic math book for grades K-8.

Muggins & Knock-Out Wooden Math Games. What could be more delightful than a wooden game board, several sets of colored marbles and dice? Our kids’ favorite math game.

Life of Fred: Why do we have to learn math from a book? Here is a radical thought: Why can’t math (and any other information for that matter) be learned in Context? By context I mean, learn something because you have a practical need to know that information.

For instance, we learned the Pythagorean Theorem by fencing in part of our backyard. Voila, an actual reason to know a math concept!

My next favorite way to learn a math concept (if you are stumped with creating a context) is to find a math game that will at least make learning the math concept fun.

My next favorite way to learn a concept is this: create a series of stories around a fictional character and put that character in situations where he must use math to make it through life.

Well, guess what? A fellow homeschooling family from Michigan just introduced me to Life of Fred. Fred is the brainchild of math professor, Stanley Schmidt, PhD who presents math concepts through the mind of a 5-year-old math genius and professor at a make-believe college. Fred is faced with all sorts of crazy situations in which he must use math to solve the problems faced by a typical (?) 5-year-old.  This course begins with the most basic concepts of number recognition and ends with advanced Calculus. Filled with wonderful Fred adventures, one mother wrote that her child wanted his Fred books read to him at bedtime!

The books are large, hard-bound, and, compared to other hard-bound math books, cheap. The most expensive in the entire series (at over 500 pages) is Life of Fred, Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition: As Serious as It Needs to Be ($39.00).

The author recommends the titles listed below for this age/grade range.

G. Computer Programming specific to the age range 9-11 years old*:

Computer programming skills have become essential in today’s modern age. A love of computers starts early and many computer programmers write their first programs in middle school.  A homeschooling couple with computer science and electrical engineering backgrounds (as well as years of software experience) founded Homeschool Programming so homeschooled students can have access to the basics of programming at their appropriate age level. This course has already won many awards. Two levels are offered: The KidCoder level is appropriate for this age range *if the student is a good reader. Otherwise, wait until your student is around 11+. A 2nd level is appropriate for high school age students. Click on KidCoder (in bold, below), to be taken to the publisher’s website to view details about this program:

KidCoder for ages 9-11 (if your student is a good reader). This self-study computer science course teaches students how to create their very own websites, computer programs, video games, and apps! No programming experience necessary. Free tech support provided. Purchase the Textbook Kit (comes with student textbook & accompanying CD or DVD). Everything your student needs to begin programming is included in the kit.

H. Music and Art specific to the age range 9-11 years old:

Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too. This perennial best-seller is the definitive guide for parents and teachers on how to encourage drawing. Mona Brookes’ easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages and beginning adults. Her unique drawing program has created a revolution in the field of education and a sense of delight and pride among the thousands of students who have learned to draw through her “Monart Method.”

Keyboard Capers: Music Theory for Children. What an amazing idea: teach music theory through games! We introduced this book to homeschoolers years ago. It is now used by music teachers and parents who desire that their children learn the basics of theory while learning an instrument. Amazingly helpful.

Music Masters Full Set – 18 CDs. What is so amazing about these 18 CD’s is that each classical composer’s music is interspersed with fascinating stories about his life. You will listen to them over and over and they will keep your kids enthralled even while on trips. Everyone loves these.

Top 100 Classical Music 1685-1928 1-10. What is so great about this set is that it is not only the 100 greatest classical compositions ever composed, they are arranged in historical order! You and your child can listen to great music while hearing how music changed throughout the ages. 10 high quality discs of 10 compositions each.

I. Entrepreneurship and Life Skills specific to the age range 9-11 years old:

Rich Dad Cashflow 101 board game

Life Skills for Kids: Equipping Your Child for the Real World

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