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    Hello
    I homeschool my 2 daughters grade 4 and grade 2. Some of my friend has asked me to homeschool her daughter going into grade 6th. I am using math mammoth for maths and I just do interest based learning with my 4th grader we pick her favorite novels, topics and do studies in english, social studies, science etc.
    But I believe for middle school solid curriculum is needed. Please guide me what to do for her? how can I make it work for me easily?
    My 4th grader is advance in reading and we are doing novel study at grade 5,6 level and we do go in depth in different topics for all subjects.

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    Have you checked your homeschool laws on whether or not you can legally homeschool your friend's child? Some places would require you to have a teaching license to teach other people's children, even in a homeschool setting. If she is wanting you to do the teaching and not just part time tutoring or co-op type classes, I would make sure that you are covered legally in case there is a falling out or someone gets nosy.

    If you have all your ducks in a row legally and still want to homeschool your friend's daughter along with your own, I don't see why you can't continue to do what you are doing with your own daughter. Your friend obviously likes the results you are getting teaching your own children your way so if your friend is leaving curriculum decisions to you, then I would just include her daughter with your own. It sounds like they are close enough in skill level to work together which means less planning and work for you. If you use Math Mammoth then give her daughter the placement test and find out what level of Math Mammoth she needs. Your unit study/novel study approach is fine for 6th grade. Making it a project based learning/book club type experience would be awesome! Have them keep a journal or notebook about what they are doing. I would be less concerned about it with my own kids because it would just be for my personal records but if I were to homeschool someone else's child (which I'm not sure I could do because there are just too many things that can go horribly wrong in my mind) I would definitely want some concrete evidence of what I had them doing and learning.

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    I agree with MapleHillAcademy. If the 6th grader's interests are different than your daughter's interests, you could allow the 6th grader to follow those. It would necessitate some extra work on your part.

    In general, though, other than math and English/grammar skills, a "solid" curriculum isn't needed for middle school. Heck, my kids studied WWII all three years of middle school, because we went off on all kinds of tangents, and so much is involved. My son dove into geology during that time as well, while my daughter wrote ALL THE TIME. These are approaches most standard curriculum providers don't take.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Thanks for your replies it's just like tutoring in co-op type setting, rest they will handle.
    So I will do math mammoth after placement testing, thinking of doing easy grammar with her then I will check her level on reading else will join them together. For spellings I do copy work and then meanings and dictation of words from the readers. Science, social studies, etc. we will do together.
    Anything particular about middle school that I am missing on?

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    I assume you do writing assignments across the curriculum and just work on the writing skills as needed? That's really the only thing I see not mentioned. I would expect a 4th grader to be working on writing a good paragraph at the beginning of the year and multi paragraph compositions by the end of the year and a 6th grader to be transitioning from multi paragraph compositions at the beginning of 6th grade to essays by the end of 6th grade. So they are both in the same general area of writing good paragraphs and expanding to multiple paragraphs so there is no reason you can't have them working the same assignments with just a little bit higher expectations for the 6th grader.

    Many schools allow middle schoolers to pick electives for the first time. It's certainly not required but something fun and interesting for the girls to study together could be fun. It could be home ec. type lessons or music or art or a foreign language or even something like programming or photography, or astronomy or wood shop! It certainly isn't absolutely necessary but it could make for some fun memories of their time together.

    Other than that, I think your plan looks fine. :-)

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    Thanks I just forgot to mention the writing assignments. I will be making them do together with different expectations from both of them. Thanks for suggesting some elective, I will definitely look into it.

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