Some Great Books and What to Do When You Need to Homeschool for a Short Time

What do you do if suddenly, you need to homeschool briefly and need a short term plan. Here is what I recommend for grades 3-6.

Daily:
30 minutes of math
30 minutes of writing
10-20 minutes of grammar
unlimited time to read from the reading list (see below) and draw, pursue hobbies of the child’s interests

For the first three subjects, you can use these workbooks at the grade level your child needs. Once the child goes back to brick-and-mortar school, these workbooks can be finished as summer enrichment.

There aren’t lesson plans to go with these books, but just sit with your child and do a few sample problems together (for math) or read the instructions together and start an assignment together, then set the timer and have the child continue for the allotted time.

The reading list includes historical fiction and narrative science books. We have read every title on this list. I have starred the ones our family has especially loved. Have your child choose one from each category and narrate (tell back) to you after each chapter. If you want, these narrations can be written down.

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Classic Books

*Charlotte’s Web
Trumpet of the Swan
A Cricket in Times Square
*The Chronicles of Narnia
*A Little Princess
The Wind in the Willows
*The Green Ember (and other books in the series)
The Tale of Despereaux (and really, just any book by Kate diCamillo – this one is one of my favorites)
*The Saturdays (this book has 3 other books to go with it: The Four Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, Spiderweb for Two)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (and Through the Looking Glass)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
The Vanderbeekers
any Marguerite Henry book
Heidi
*Swallows and Amazons
*Understood Betsy
Ballet Shoes (and other Noel Streatfield books)
*The Princess and the Goblin
*All-of-a-Kind Family

Nature Lore

(books that are important for compelling kids to go outdoors and observe nature)

*The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (there is a sequel as well)
My Side of the Mountain
Rascal
Mountain Born
*Owls in the Family
*Kildee House
The Tarantula in my Purse
Bambi
The Call of the Wild or this one.

Historical Fiction

Sarah, Plain, and Tall
Strawberry Girl
Houseboat Girl
The Little House Books
*The Wheel on the School
Calico Captive
Indian Captive
Children of the Longhouse
Johnny Tremain
Soft Rain
Benjamin West and his Cat Grimalkin
Bound for Oregon
*Caddie Woodlawn

Add to this poems read aloud from this poetry anthology. (Check out this post on Poetry Teatime!)

I hope this helps you on your journey if life puts homeschooling in your lap for a while. Feel free to drop questions in the comments.

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