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 6 Homeschool Curriculum Summary
Stage 3 NSW Syllabus
In English Year Six, students continue to work on developing their literacy skills. They enjoy poetry, and historical fiction. Using copywork, they continue practising their cursive writing. This year they are also offered an optional Latin calligraphy copywork resource. Regular dictation of Australian and New Zealand literature supports spelling and vocabulary development. Our content rich curriculum gives students additional comprehension and writing opportunities.
We also include a number of novels and provide a novel study guide to use on one of the novels. Our novels include themes of world government and population geography.
Earth Science includes lessons and living books on the Geology and the prevention of natural disasters. Chemistry and Physics topics are covered using science videos and notebooking. For Biology children watch a series of videos on soil, biodynamic farming, yeasts, fungus, and First Nations peoples’ perspectives on biodiversity. Nature Study for Year 6 includes looking at local landforms.
Humanities and Social Science focuses on modern history, prime ministers, presidents and World leaders. Our geography is an overview of Australian geography and landforms. While examining key industries in Australia we look at the Economics of consumerism and production.
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.
Latin is introduced through copywork. 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.
Our Year Six Homeschool Curriculum Lacked Structure
In the early years of homeschooling, I got away with a loose structure. However, it wasn’t till my third child hit sixth grade that I discovered (or reluctantly accepted) structure is as important as a good curriculum.
We used an inspired Charlotte Mason curriculum, but I had unrealistic expectations of what I could achieve in a year. I over purchased books because everything sounded so good. This meant I had too many books to read, and I didn’t know how to schedule it all. It was a planning headache.
I set the pace and controlled the schedule, so my children became dependent on me dishing out all the lesson content and waited for me to tell them what was next. If I stopped, they stopped. I needed to expect more independent learning from my children at this age, but it took a while for me to figure out a system that worked.
Finally, I did but then I had another problem.
Living books didn’t fit neatly into subject areas and so explaining my plan for registration was tricky.
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.
When I created My Homeschool, I wanted to solve these two problems.
To do that, we set up a structured program with a weekly schedule that meant your child could work independently on some of their lessons and you could keep track of their learning. Secondly, we made sure that the system we used met Australian state requirements.
Since 2017 My Homeschool has helped thousands of families give their kids a Charlotte Mason inspired education without having to worry about the stress of: ‘Is my child doing enough?’ and “Will I get approved?’
I hope we can help you too!
Story by Michelle Morrow (Founder of My Homeschool)
Although we only used your My Homeschool curriculum for a few short weeks in Taiwan, and then again during our quarantine, we feel it was beneficial in helping Isaac adjust to the education requirements and subject knowledge required for students in Australia ... in particular - beyond the basics of English, Maths, Science etc. - the Civics curriculum and the introduction to Australian PMs. Thank you also for your efforts in developing a curriculum that allows for the secular subjects whilst also giving room for Christian families like ours. On that note, your science (geology) textbook, with its focus on the God of Creation, is most excellent.
I love that I have a place to start with organising a personalised curriculum. I love the access to the Primary Language Lessons, copy work, and geography resources.
To have a grade by grade list of resources suggested and available for the various subjects is great!!
Although I haven't as yet made proper use of the community hub, I plan to and it is reassuring to have that available!
We combine our Year 4 and Year 6 children together.
Appreciate all the work that has gone into creating each grade level work.
As a teacher & homeschooling parent, I have an appreciation for all the time that has been put into developing the content appropriate to each grade.