The master theme of the Sixth Grade is to round out the concepts learned in the middle grades, completing the mastery of these fundamental skills while directing the child to applying, as opposed to simply learning and comprehending, those concepts and skills. To prepare the student for tackling the more difficult course content of the 7th and 8th Grades, more strenuous assignments, including questions requiring higher level thinking, will be introduced this year, particularly in Reading and Science. Additionally, now that students are expected to be able to think on a more abstract and theoretical plane, they will accordingly be required to apply the tenets of their Holy Faith in that realm, and throughout their studies.
Religion: A combination of doctrine, saints' lives, and Catholic traditions, this year's course will see the completion of the Baltimore Catechism 3. The students will develop the good habit of daily reading of the Lives of the Saints, in which there are approximately 435 accounts of special feast days and saints lives. A special treat will be the reading of Treasury of Catechism Stories, an anthology of some of the most delightful stories of our Faith that we have found. Each day, the students should say the rosary with the help of The Rosary Novena Booklet, and on Fridays, the Stations of the Cross, using The Way of the Cross Booklet.
Arithmetic: This year the students will be using Saxon 76. Concepts incrementally practiced in the text include: fractions, decimals, percents and ratios; perimeter, circumference, area and volume; exponents, scientific notation and signed numbers. Students continually practice problem-solving techniques through word problems, and reinforce concepts taught in previous lessons. The text is straightforward and easy to read. The three-book set Saxon 76 Set includes: Saxon 76 Textbook; Saxon 76 Tests & Worksheets Booklet; Saxon 76 Solutions Manual.
Reading: All of our students are encouraged to do a great deal of personal reading. We want youngsters to read for enjoyment, as well as for edifying their Faith. We have tried to find a good mix of both in the books we have chosen for this year's required reading. The main reader will again be the Catholic National Reader 5, the second part of which will be completed this year. The students will also read Art-Lit Reader Book Three, which will give them a brief exposure to some art, poetry and prose by some of the world's most highly respected artists and writers. Other books used: CNR 5 Answer Key, Children of Fatima, Boy Knight of Reims, The Little Duke, Where Valor Lies.
Grammar and Spelling: This year's grammar study will be a further extension of what was studied in the Fifth Grade. Additionally, students will have creative grammar activities centered on such topics as: Speaking in Class; Writing a Paragraph; Writing Letters; Books and Dramatizations; and the World of Inventions. In both the activities and grammar sections of the text, the topics appear to be a review of what was covered last year. In fact, while many of the same topics and parts of speech are emphasized, the level of the discussion in the text, and consequently the course material itself, is much more in depth. In Spelling, the students will learn to spell hundreds of new words, including Catholic terms, with their meanings. Books used: Lepanto Grammar/Voyages 6 Text; Lepanto Grammar/Voyages 6 Teacher Manual; Lepanto Grammar/Exercises 6 Workbook; Lepanto Grammar/Exercises 6 Teacher Key; Traditional Catholic Speller & Workbook 6, Traditional Catholic Speller 6 Answer Key.
Science: In this year's science course, the students will study the universe (specifically, the stars, our sun, our solar system, the planets, the moon, man in space, origin of the universe, etc.); basic chemistry (measurements, matter, elements, atoms, energy and chemical laws, molecules, etc.); and basic physics (machines, energy, sound waves, light, aerodynamics, etc.) While many of these topics have been covered in previous years, the students (and parents) will find that the levels of difficulty and complexity increase with each succeeding year, with specific concepts being explored more in depth. Books used: Science & Living in God's World 6 Text; Science & Living in Godís World 6 Answer Key; Science & Living in Godís World 6 Quiz Booklet.
History: The student will be studying Our Old World Background Text, an older (1955) Catholic school World History textbook written by Monsignor Goebel and Father Quigley, both of whom were professional life-long Catholic educators. The study will start with the early civilizations, travel through the Greek and Roman Empires, through the years of early exploration, ending in the Protestant Rebellion of the sixteenth century. The students will learn about some of the glories of the Catholic Church, its heartaches and setbacks, and its glorious martyrs and faithful defenders of the Faith. Other books used: Our Old World Background Test Book; Our Old World Background Text/Tests AK.
Handwriting: Students will continue to practice and perfect their penmanship so that it is very neat and legible in Writing in Cursive Hand 6.