Grade 5 Homeschooling Curriculum

Select a subject to preview inside each book, and see sample lesson plans.

Art       English       Handwriting       History       Math       Music       Reading       Religion       Science       Spelling       Vocabulary

In Art 5 for Young Catholics: The Rosary in Art, children learn the Catholic principles that went into the techniques of religious art.

The theme of the book is the “Mysteries of the Rosary,” as beautifully depicted by the world’s greatest artists. Description of technique, scene, and color accompanies each picture, with a special emphasis on religious symbolism.

English 5 for Young Catholics challenges the student’s knowledge of parts of speech, types of sentences, punctuation, and sentence diagramming.

Practice in written expression centers on paragraph writing. Students are introduced to the study of poetry. Catholic values are present throughout the book in exercises and in topics for writing assignments.

Handwriting 5 for Young Catholics continues training for proficiency in cursive writing.

Children continue daily practice and learn to write faster and smaller while improving neatness and legibility. With practice material on the United States and their capitals, American history is reinforced as well.

In America’s Catholic Heritage, children learn the inspiring story of the men and women who built these great United States. They learn the story of the people, events, and the Catholic influence that made the dream come true.

Students have lessons blending reading and writing skills with content area instruction, involving advanced thinking skills such as drawing conclusions and using maps. In Map Skills for Today: Grade 5, they study topics including relief maps, analyzing map data, and contour lines.

In Mathematics 5 for Young Catholics, children attain proficiency in operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages. They receive instruction in basic geometry and measurement, as well as basic concepts related to number theory and order of operations.

In We Sing and Blend children learn a collection of over 120 songs including music for every liturgical season.

The fifth grade reading course continues with Faith and Freedom readers, These Are Our People, and A Book of Gratitude. Students continue to build comprehension and thinking skills using the Reading 5 for Young Catholics: Comprehension and Reading 5 for Young Catholics: Thinking Skills workbooks, and they continue with quarterly book reports. Students are expected to comprehend what they read and think about what the author is trying to convey to the reader.

Quarterly book reports expand to a five-paragraph format. For the first two book reports, topic sentences are provided in the lesson plans. 

Book Report Options


  • If All the Swords in England
  • Red Hugh Prince of Donegal
  • Madeline Takes Command
  • Heidi (ebook available on MySeton)
  • Number the Stars
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


  • Saint Rose of Lima
  • Saint Martin de Porres
  • King David and His Songs
  • Blessed Marie of New France
  • Saint Catherine Labouré
  • Saint John Bosco
  • Saint Pius X
  • Saint Elizabeth’s Three Crowns
  • Father Damien & the Bells

Religion 5 for Young Catholics increases the student’s understanding of the fundamentals of the Faith, especially Prayer, Sacraments, and the Commandments.

Bible History 5 for Young Catholics provides a study of the Acts of the Apostles and the Early Church. Students once again study the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #1 to strengthen understanding of the teachings of the Church.

Science 5 for Young Catholics expands on our continuing theme of appreciation for God as the Creator of His amazing world and the incredible enormity of His intellect which is beyond anything we could ever imagine.

Within the pages of our new fifth grade science book, Seton offers the student and family an understanding of the human body by showing how God in His infinite wisdom designed not only several intricate systems, but also designed the human body to be able to heal itself.

Additionally, the last four chapters explore God’s marvelous design in mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Scriptural and Catholic theology references throughout reinforce these concepts.

Alternate Course: Apologia Zoology 1

This alternate science program is based on Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day, which is studied for the first three quarters of the year. This course gives elementary school students an introduction to the incredible world of flying animals. Topics covered include: Process of Classifying Animals, The World of Birds, The World of Bats, Prehistoric Flying Reptiles, and Insect Characteristics and Lifestyles.

The Health 5 for Young Catholics text, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter, should help your student appreciate the miracles of the human body, so generously given by God as part of our nature and assumed by the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity at the Incarnation.

(Textbook not included with standard tuition.)

Spelling 5 for Young Catholics provides a full review of basic phonics and spelling rules with teaching suggestions and a recommended weekly spelling plan.

Students learn their spelling words in 36 lessons by completing various exercises and then read their words in paragraphs covering the lives of the saints.

Vocabulary 5 for Young Catholics begins each lesson with a fun and entertaining story. Each story introduces 15 new vocabulary words which become the basis for the week’s lesson.

Students are more apt to learn new words when they see them in the context of an entertaining story.

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