What Course Program Should I Choose & When Can I Start?
Full Year Option
Our full program is 32 weeks of work split into 4 terms. It can be started at any time.
If you wish to begin mid-term or mid-year you can still pick up the course from Term One – Week One or another term. However, starting the course at a different week other than week one, will mean your reading schedule may need to be adjusted initially.
Lite Start Option
The Lite Start program is 6 months of work. It can be started at any time. We generally recommend our Lite Start courses for:
- students starting mid-year, or for families who only want half a year of work.
- DIY families preparing their own curriculum who want additional teaching material to supplement work at a grade level.
- students who are repeating a grade.
Unlike the Full Year Option, our Lite Start Courses only meet part of the Australian Curriculum & NSW syllabus requirements for the corresponding grade.
- Upgrade to full version available at an additional cost of $330.
Year 5 Homeschool Curriculum Summary
Stage 3 NSW Syllabus
In English Year Five, students continue to work on developing their literacy skills. They enjoy poetry, and historical fiction. Using copywork, they continue practising their cursive writing. Regular dictation of World literature supports spelling and vocabulary development. Our content rich curriculum gives students additional comprehension and writing opportunities.
Earth Science includes lessons and living books on Astronomy. Chemistry and Physics topics are covered using science videos and notebooking. For Biology we read a delightful book about the ecosystem of gardens and then make some local discoveries. A one-year nature calendar is completed as part of our Nature Study for Year 5, along with an exquisite complementary nature reader and the study of many birds found in Australia.
Humanities and Social Science focuses on Australian history and levels of government. Using our exclusive Our Sunburnt Country we read an overview from before European settlement to the events this century and make an Australian History Notebook. Our geography covers extreme weather events using living books and multimedia resources. Economics is introduced into the curriculum for the first time, and we include a simple resource looking at needs and wants.
If you are looking for an overview of history from another country alternatives are suggested, and New Zealand families have an exclusive My Homeschool history book alternative.
We also include Art and Music Appreciation courses for group study. Your child can also create artworks with indigenous themes on the family.
Online workout classes and other resources support the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education of your child.
While we do not include a Maths program, we do provide guidance on the best ones to select and offer exclusive discounts on recommended Mathematics products.
Global Goodies and Extension Resources are also provided with our Full Year Programs. These include a range of additional resources that can be used for families wishing to substitute some of our Australia specific content or looking for an extension of our curriculum. Please Note: Global Goodies are not included in the Lite Start Courses.
There is a one term study of Australia’s First Nations peoples’ languages through stories, videos, and activities. You will need to purchase additional resources if you wish to focus on teaching a specific language. We give guidance and recommendations on this. Please Note: Languages are not included in the Lite Start Courses.
Finding Living Books Liberated My Year 5 Homeschool Curriculum
The first time I taught a Year 5 homeschool curriculum, it was a DIY version I put together from book lists and recommendations. I was experimenting with living books as a resource for teaching English, history, geography, nature and science. It was liberating to give up the textbooks.
However, as I documented my plan, I discovered that living books didn’t fit neatly with the registration syllabus requirements. That meant we had lots of gaps in our content. So I began searching for more books to fill the gaps and my book lists were becoming quite bloated.
Most of the living books I wanted were out of print and I spent a lot of time sourcing books and sometimes I couldn’t find a book that had the content I needed. When I was asked to help others put together a Year 5 homeschool curriculum it was always tricky because many of the books I used were hard to come by.
I also had another problem to solve! How could I show others how living books could meet the registration syllabus requirements?
All my homeschool friends had the same curriculum compliance problem, we all needed to meet our state homeschool requirements to stay registered (or get an exemption). We all had a different way of meeting the requirements for registration.
What did we do?
Some homeschool friends gave up their educational philosophy and went back to worksheets, textbooks, and online tick the box products, some went unregistered and hoped they wouldn’t get caught, some sent their kids back to school and some just lied about what they taught in order to pass registration. One friend even moved states just to avoid registering in NSW. None of those are good options!
But I found a solution.
In 2007, I began helping families get their homeschool registration and put a curriculum together. Ten years later, my team and I launched My Homeschool – a complete and coordinated Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum from Foundation to Year 10. We’ve now helped thousands of families give their kids an inspiring education without having to worry about the stress of: ‘Am I doing enough?’ and “Will I get registered?’ I hope we can help you too!
Story by Michelle Morrow (Founder of My Homeschool)
What a relief and blessing for homeschool families to have all the nitty gritty details of daily homeschool and homeschool registration designed for us. It is wonderful to see how simple registration can be.
Michelle you have created a method for recording that oozes simplicity and that is what we all want. Michelle and Jo you are a very present listening ear and help on the My Homeschool forum and your advice is all about making homeschool work for each one. I have absolute freedom in how I use this resource.
I have not followed the schedule as is but have felt encouragement from you to make it work for my busy family lifestyle, quirks and passions. Year 5 is helping our ten year old to move into written narrations and I have found Our Sunburnt Country broken into small chunks with a notebook page for each reading, is so simple and achievable. My daughter's confidence in writing has grown in the first term of using My Homeschool following this very natural method.
Thank you Michelle and Jo, for your commitment to making homeschool simple. What a blessing you are. Kindest Blessings Renelle x
I enjoy the links to the weeks for ease and love the free content about music. I had to create my own schedule to fit with our family, but have used Michelle's suggestion as a starting point. I love the Amy Mack stories and my kids are enjoying the texts this term.
Seven Little Australians is quite wonderful and opens up conversations with their grandparents.
I like that the codes for the AP are all there and we just tick them off.
Thank you for putting together this wonderful course. Over the last 4 years I have taken 2 of my children through Years 7 and 8 using a distance ed programme but this year my daughter and I have found this course to be a much less stressful transition to high school.
I love knowing that we are still fulfilling the requirements for the Australian Curriculum but I have also been able to give my daughter the rich classical literature-based education that I was looking for. I have been interested in the Charlotte Mason style of education for a few years but until now I was frustrated that everything I came across was based on American history/geography/seasons. Thank you for putting in the time to track down and integrate appropriate Australian resources into the curriculum.
This was my first year registering with the Qld Home Education unit myself so I also found the information that you included regarding registering very helpful.
I have also used the Year 5 and Prep courses this year and found them to be wonderful as well. Thank you again.