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2016-2017 (6th grade, 11 years old)

MATH
- Life of Fred: Fractions, Decimals & Pre-Algebra 
- Beast Academy 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D
- Math for the Gifted Student: Grades 5 & 6 

LANGUAGE ARTS
Wordly Wise, book 6
Reading Detective
Don't Forget to Write
Caught Ya: Grammar With a Giggle 
- Writing & Rhetoric, books 1-4
- self-selected reading 

SCIENCE
The Story of Science: Aristotle & Newton
How to Teach Nutrition to Kids 
- Science Olympiad (events: Food Science, Dynamic Planet, Optics, and Experimental Design)

HISTORY
- creating our own timeline for early modern & modern times
- supplementary readings, including Shakespeare 

GEOGRAPHY
Around the World in 180 Days 

PE
- Karate (twice a week throughout the year)
Karate demo team (1-2 practices/week plus roughly monthly performances) 
- swimming laps (once a week) 

ELECTIVES
Signing Online program to learn ASL
- US government (unit study) icivics.org
- cursive 

OPTIONS (one day a week enrichment program)
- PE
- Art: Meet the Masters
- Iron Chef
- Oceanography
- STEM
- Kids on Stage

 

2015-2016 (5th grade, 10 years old)

MATH
Dimensions Math 8
Beast Academy 3D thru 4D (review)

READING
- self-selected reading

SPELLING
All About Spelling, reviewing all 7 levels

GRAMMAR
Sentence Composing for Middle School

WRITING
Write Like This
Middle School Writing Toolkit

HISTORY
- creating our own timeline for ancient & medieval times
- supplementary readings

SCIENCE
CPO Middle School Science (earth, physical and life science)
Tinker Crate

GEOGRAPHY
- reviewing both world and US geography

KOREAN
Korean From Zero
flash cards 

PE
- Karate (twice a week throughout the year)
Karate demo team (1-2 practices/week plus roughly monthly performances) 
JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) tournament team (1-2 practices/week) 

ART
Drawing in 3-D
Doodle Crate 

OPTIONS (one day a week enrichment program)
- PE
- Lego StoryStarter
- Animation
- Robotics 2
- Arts & Technology
- Iron Chef

 

 

2014-2015 (4th grade, 9 years old)

MATH
Dimensions Math 7
Key to Algebra

READING
- self-selected reading

SPELLING
All About Spelling, level 7

GRAMMAR
Cover Story
Jr. Analytical Grammar Mechanics

 VOCABULARY
All About Homophones
Word Roots, A2

HISTORY
Story of the World, Volume 4
The Story of US, books 7-10
- supplementary readings

SCIENCE
- miscellaneous units, including materials from Real Science 4 Kids (astronomy), Maker (lockpicking), Ellen McHenry (physics labs) and Tinker Crate

GEOGRAPHY
Mapping the World With Art
50 States and Where to Find Them

PE
- Karate (twice a week throughout the year)
Karate demo team (1-2 practices/week plus roughly monthly performances) 
- JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) tournament team (1-2 practices/week) 
- Gymnastics (once a week) 

ART
You Can Draw in 30 Days

OPTIONS (one day a week enrichment program)
- Cooking
- Lego Storystarter
- PE
- World Restaurant Tour
- Art: Meet the Masters
- Robotics 

 

2013-2014 (3rd grade, 8 years old)

MATH
Discovering Mathematics, 7A-7B
- Beast Academy, 3B-4B

READING
- assigned monthly reading

SPELLING
All About Spelling, levels 6-7 

WRITING
- Writing With Skill, level 1

VOCABULARY
All About Homophones
Word Roots, A1

WORLD HISTORY
Story of the World, Volume 3 

US HISTORY
Story of US, books 4-7
Critical Thinking in US History, New Republic to Civil War 

SCIENCE
Human Body Detectives, Circulatory & Nutrition units 
Ellen McHenry, The Elements
- Ellen McHenry, Carbon Chemistry 

GEOGRAPHY
US State Abbreviations 
How The States Got Their Shapes  

MUSIC 
- Piano (once a week at Options, see below)

PE
- Karate (twice a week throughout the year)
- Archery (JOAD tournament team) (1-2 practices/week, plus monthly tournaments Oct-Apr)

ART
Art is Fundamental

ECONOMICS
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and study guide 

WORLD VIEW
Sacred Stories & supplemental materials 

TYPING
Type Fu online program 

OPTIONS (one day a week enrichment program)
- Piano
- World Cultures
- PE
- Spanish
- Science Lab
- World Restaurant Tour

 

 

2012-2013 (2nd grade, 7 years old)

MATH
Teaching Textbooks, Math 6
- Beast Academy, Level 3

READING
- assigned monthly reading 

SPELLING
All About Spelling, Levels 5-6 

GRAMMAR
Michael Clay Thompson, Level 2
Growing With Grammar, Level 3 

WRITING
Winning With Writing, Level 3
Writing Magic 

WORLD HISTORY
Story of the World, Volume 2 

US HISTORY
Story of US, books 1-3
Critical Thinking in US History, Colonies to Constitution 

SCIENCE
Elemental Science, Earth Science & Astronomy, Intermediate Level 

GEOGRAPHY
Expedition Earth 
US State Abbreviations  

MUSIC 
- Recorder/chimes & choir (once a week classes at LEAP)

PE
- Karate (twice a week)
- Archery (JOAD tournament team) (1-2 practices/week, plus monthly tournaments Oct-Apr)

LEAP (one day a week enrichment program)
- PE
- Recorder/chimes
- Art
- Cooking
- Spanish
- Choir