Moving Beyond the Page
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Homeschool Curriculum for Creative, Hands-On, and Gifted Learners

Age 6 to 8

Overview

Get your hands dirty investigating solids and liquids. Create your own animal and describe how its design aids in its survival. Develop an appreciation for cultures by reading "Cinderella" stories from around the world. Dress like a pirate and go on a "Measure Hunt". Practice math skills at a "Home Carnival".

The Age 6-8 curriculum constitutes one year of academic instruction.

In the 6-8 year-old curriculum, your child will explore all subject areas using a hands-on and investigative approach. Oftentimes, homeschoolers are only taught reading, writing, and math during the early years, but a truly comprehensive curriculum will expose them to science and social studies as well. These subjects can be the most engaging and exciting for a young child. The curriculum is also filled with quality literature to enjoy with your child.

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend simple picture books
  • Able to write simple sentences independently
  • Recognize, understand, and write numbers 1-100
  • Usually used by children in first or second grade

Beyond Standards

Because all lessons are based on state and national standards, your child will learn all of the necessary skills for his age. Age 6-8 curriculum assumes that your child is able to read simple texts. Each child will continue to be challenged to read and write at a higher level.

Summary of Skills

The links below will take you to the Summary of Skills for each of the concepts that make up the Age 6-8 of curriculum. The Summary of Skills is a list of the state and national standards that are covered within Moving Beyond the Page. This list can be useful for your own planning purposes, but it is also quite helpful when submitting required documentation to fulfill state and local reporting requirements.

What Else Do I Need?

While there are many phonics and whole language experiences built into each unit, Moving Beyond the Page does not teach the mechanics of reading. You can decide on a program or supplement with texts at your child's reading level.

At the Age 6-8 level Moving Beyond the Page includes many applied math activities. These activities help children to see math as it can be applied in real-life situations, but they do not take the place of a structured math curriculum. We recommend RightStart Math as a program very complementary to Moving Beyond the Page.

Moving Beyond the Page encourages character development - kindness, honesty, and respect for authority. Even though we are not a religious curriculum, it would be easy to supplement each unit with religious stories and lessons. For example, when studying communities, you can talk about how God wants you to show kindness to everyone in your community.

Purchased together, these four concepts form a comprehensive year long curriculum. Individually they can supplement any existing curriculum.



Age 6-8 Curriculum Samples

Concept 1 - Community

Unit 1 - Communities Around the World [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 3 - Goods and Services

Unit 2 - Citizenship [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 7 - Inventors

Unit 3 - Plants and Animals [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 2 - Animal Structure

Concept 2 - Measurement

Unit 1 - Measuring Amounts [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 5 - A Day at the Fair

Unit 2 - Data and Probability [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 5 - Possible or Impossible

Unit 3 - Measurement In Your World [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 5 - Measuring Length

Concept 3 - Culture

Unit 1 - Geography [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 2 - Cardinal Directions

Unit 2 - People Around the World [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 2 - Traditions

Unit 3 - Stories Around the World [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 6 - Cinderella Stories Around the World

Concept 4 - Matter and Movement

Unit 1 - States of Matter [S] [SS] [LA]

Unit 2 - Earth [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 6 - Water, Water Everywhere

Unit 3 - Balance and Motion [S] [SS] [LA]

Lesson 1 - What Is Balance?

Age 6 8 Curriculum Samples