Age 9 to 11

Age 9-11 Videos

Learn more about the Age 9-11 level, see what makes it unique, and look at many of the projects you will finish over the year.
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Unboxing Age 9-11
See everything that is included in the Age 9-11 Full Year Package.
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What Will Your 10-Year-Old Do This Year?

Will he read...

  • eight novels, two books of tall tales, three biographies, and three books of poetry;
  • eight books about United States history and geography;
  • seven books that investigate ecosystems, the human body, space, inventions, oceans, and energy; and
  • four books that explore place value, decimals, and fraction multiplication and division?

Will he write...

  • personal letters and journal entries,
  • reports and newspaper articles,
  • descriptive paragraphs,
  • a five-paragraph narrative essay,
  • a five-paragraph persuasive essay,
  • a variety of poems,
  • a tall tale or legend,
  • a science fiction short story, and
  • an independent study research essay?

Will he explore...

  • food chains and food webs,
  • the planets of our solar system,
  • experiments with light and electricity,
  • the creation of his own invention,
  • assembling a model of the human body,
  • demonstrations with simple machines,
  • desert and wetlands simulations,
  • his state’s history, geography, and government, and
  • ecosystems in his region?

Will he make...

  • a story quilt,
  • a dream catcher,
  • a Westward Expansion game,
  • his own Rube Goldberg invention design,
  • a water cycle model in a jar,
  • pioneer crafts,
  • an ocean pie,
  • a resource map of his state,
  • a volume town of cubes and rectangular prisms, and
  • a geometry ABC book?

He will do all this and more if she uses the Age 9-11 level this year.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fifth grade


  • Understands place value to 1,000,000 and to .001
  • Able to mulitply multi-digit numbers (526 × 62)
  • Can complete long division with remainders (6213 <span style="font-family:serif;">÷</span> 4)
  • Can add, subtract, multiply, and simplify fractions

What's New and Different for Age 9-11

Beginning at this level, we want students to begin taking more responsibility for formulating their own ideas and directing their day. For this reason, our 9-11 units are all student directed. The primary lesson plans are written for your child to read and follow. As a parent, you will still be actively involved. We provide parent overviews of each lesson that include descriptions of the activities and answer keys for you. There are still many activities and opportunities for you to work with your child.

Like previous levels of Moving Beyond the Page, the Age 9-11 curriculum covers the standards in science, social studies, and language arts. In language arts, this takes the form of literature units. This enables your child to learn all of his language arts content in an engaging format that centers around interesting stories and characters. We continue to tie in science and social studies, but instead of doing this within each lesson, we do it thematically. When children study the ocean in science, they will be reading a book about a man and a boy that get lost at sea. When they are studying immigration, they will read a story about a girl that immigrates to the United States from Germany.

The list below shows how each of the science and social studies units line up with the language arts units.

Science and Social Studies
Language Arts
Concept 1: Relationships
Unit 1. The Fifty States
Unit 1. Poetry
Unit 2. Energy
Unit 2. The View from Saturday
Unit 3. Your State
Unit 3. American Tall Tales and Legends
Concept 2: Diversity and Interdependence
Unit 1. The Living Seas
Unit 1. The Cay
Unit 2. Immigration
Unit 2. A House of Tailors
Unit 3. Biomes
Unit 3. My Side of the Mountain
Concept 3: Discovery and Survival
Unit 1. Colonization and Revolution
Unit 1. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Unit 2. Technology and Invention
Unit 2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Unit 3. Westward Expansion
Unit 3. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Concept 4: Systems
Unit 1. Space
Unit 1. A Wrinkle in Time
Unit 2. State Government and Economics
Unit 2. Lincoln
Unit 3. The Human Body
Unit 3. Independent Study
Math Units
Unit 1. Place Value: Million to Thousandths
Unit 2. Four Operations
Unit 3. Measurement
Unit 4. Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Unit 5. Multiplying Fractions
Unit 6. Geometry
Unit 7. Dividing Fractions
Unit 8. Volume
Unit 9. Skills Review

In the Age 9-11 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.

Beyond Standards

Because all lessons are based on state and national standards, your child will learn all of the necessary skills for his age. Your 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 9-11 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.

Age 9-11 Common Core Alignment

Our curriculum has excellent coverage of the Common Core standards for ELA and Math.

  • English Language Arts
    Review our alignment with the Common Core Standards for Language Arts.
  • Math
    Review our alignment with the Common Core Standards for Math.

Science Kits and Manipulatives

The Age 9-11 curriculum provides a number of hands-on science kits and manipulatives. These kits will provide your child with a hands-on experience that is unparalleled in any homeschool curriculum. If you have a hands-on learner, you have found a curriculum designed with them in mind.

9-11 - American History Timeline

Students use this timeline to record important events covered in the Age 9-11 units.

9-11 - Math - Materials Kit

  • 3-hole drilled card stock,
  • fine point dry-erase markers,
  • half sheets of card stock,
  • index cards,
  • laminated decimal grid,
  • laminated decimal place value chart,
  • number cards,
  • ruler,
  • laminated decimal operations sheet,
  • laminated grid,
  • construction paper, and
  • 8 more items...
Age 9-11 - Semester 1: Science Kit

This kit contains materials that are used in the Age 9-11 first semester science units for Energy, The Living Seas, and Biomes.

  • 12" dowel rods,
  • 3" x 3" cardboard,
  • alligator clips,
  • battery,
  • buzzer,
  • cardboard,
  • citric acid,
  • clay,
  • clear cups,
  • coal,
  • color wheel, and
  • 62 more items...
Age 9-11 - Semester 2: Science Kit

This kit contains materials that are used in the Age 9-11 second-semester science units for Space, The Human Body, and Technology and Invention.

  • Inventions booklet,
  • 2 pieces of wood,
  • 2 wire hangers,
  • 6-volt light bulb,
  • 9-volt battery,
  • bamboo skewer,
  • brads,
  • brass fasteners,
  • buttons,
  • clothespin,
  • connecting wires, and
  • 44 more items...
Air Dry Clay -- Terra Cotta, 2.2 lb

Easy-to-use clay to make durable forms with no need for baking in an oven or firing in a kiln.

Dream Catcher Craft Kit

This kit contains the materials needed for students to make their own dream catcher. The dream catcher craft is an activity in the American Tall Tales and Legends unit.

Smart Lab: Squishy Human Body

With this hands-on kit and tour guide, kids enter the twisted world of the human body! Complete with removable squishy vital organs as well as representative skeletal, vascular and muscular systems, kids explore the complex inner workings of the human body and literally see how they all go together!

The Scrambled States of America Card Game

Quick! Find a state that ends with the letter A. Now find one that borders Tennessee. Have fun learning about the United States in this madcap game of observation and quick reflexes. Collect cards by matching states to a Scramble card. Whoever scrambles to match and collect the most state cards wins. Players learn the names, capitals, nicknames, shapes and positions of the states through a myriad of visual teasers, language riddles and geography challenges. After playing, you'll see that there's more to the 50 States than meets the eye!

What Else Do I Need?

If your child is not yet writing in cursive, you will probably want to supplement with a cursive handwriting program.

The Age 9-11 Full Year Curriculum Package covers science, social studies, and language arts. When purchased with a math curriculum, you will have a comprehensive curriculum for your child.


Moving Beyond the Page is easy to use without a formal schedule. Just finish one lesson each day from each of the subject areas, and you will finish in about the same time as a traditional school year.

If you prefer to plan your year out more explicitly, you can choose from one of the following schedules. Any of these schedules can also be used for a year-round schedule.

Age 9-11 Curriculum Samples

Our sample center now includes the first two weeks of lessons, for every subject, in every age level. All of the required literature and our incredible manipulative kits are included in our full year packages.