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I can’t wrap my head around the fact that Hannah is starting 7th grade this year. Why does it have to go by so fast? How is it possible that I am already planning her 7th grade curriculum?
I guess what they say is true. Time flies when you are having fun.
7th Grade Curriculum Choices
This 7th grade curriculum was hand picked for my daughter. One of the amazing benefits of homeschooling is that we can provide our children with a custom education. That means that I can push Hannah in the subjects that come naturally to her while also giving her additional time in subjects that are a little harder. I can also take Hannah’s learning style into account when choosing curricula and lesson planning.
7th Grade Curriculum: Language Arts
Every year I put together my own reading list for my kids and this year is no different. Hannah is quite the book worm. At times she has even read a book while walking down the aisles of the grocery store! Her love of reading means that she reads above a 7th grade level. It can be tough to find material that is challenging, but not too mature. Designing a custom reading list for her means that I can choose titles that challenge her, but are also age appropriate topics.
In the past I have given Hannah a reading timeline to follow, but I think this year I’m going to give her a bit more independence and let her pace herself.
Last year Hannah took a very thorough Shurley Grammar class at our local co-op. It was incredibly rigorous. In theory, she has now learned all of the principles of grammar all the way through a high school level. I don’t want her to forget anything though, so she will be reviewing a little every day.
Daily Grams, Junior High/Senior High level, should do a good job of steadily reviewing grammar principles. Each day has it’s own page with 5 review questions covering capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence combining. This is a great way to dipstick and see if there are any concepts I need to reteach. I also like that it requires zero prep work from me.
Spelling is the one area of language arts that does not come naturally to Hannah. We spent a few years floundering, but finally found an amazing spelling curriculum. I would even go so far as to call it the best homeschool spelling curriculum. Hannah will continue working her way through All About Spelling. Last year she made it through 2.5 levels so I expect about the same amount of progress this year.
Last year we started at level 1 and it was definitely the right decision. The spelling rules are making sense to her now and she is picking it up, and more importantly, retaining the information.
We are trying out a new to us incremental writing program this year. WriteShop provides students with guidance and a strong writing foundation while also helping parents teach writing. The lessons build upon each other and will help her fine tune her writing.
WriteShop I sounds perfect for 7th grade. We will take two years working through level I before moving on to level II. That means that this one teacher manual will last 4 years!
I struggle with correcting writing so the parent correction rubric will really help me.
In the past we used Brave Writer, and while I love it, we are ready for a change. It is a very fun program, but I think Hannah will benefit from a bit more structured writing instruction. We will be keeping the tea with poetry though. I just can’t give that up.
A Harry Potter language arts class? Yep! Hannah has been waiting to take this class ever since we joined our co-op last fall. This class involves a lot of reading and writing, in addition to her reading and writing curriculums, but that shouldn’t be a problem for Hannah.
She has read every Harry Potter book multiple times so she will be able to easily reread the books and craft essays about the various themes. She is extremely excited about this class and I’m excited for her. She has even picked out her outfit for the first day of class…which is still two months away.
7th Grade Curriculum: Math
Hannah will be taking a math class at our local co-op again this year. I absolutely adore the teacher. She uses hands-on examples in every single lesson. This method really helps Hannah understand the concepts.
7th Grade Curriculum: History
We have worked our way to Story of the World volume 4. This volume has lots of big meaty topics so we are going to take our time and stretch this volume over two years.
Some of the topics we are studying this year include western expansion, the Civil War, and WWI. See? We can not possibly cover all of that in just a few months.
One of the things I love about Story of the World is that it is easy to add in hands on activities. The Story of the World Activity book is full of great ideas, but it is also pretty easy to find additional resources. I have been starting to collect books and activities now that I know exactly what we are studying. I have a few History Pocket books that look like they will be fun. I even found a few Civil War coloring books with facts on each page.
7th Grade Curriculum: Science
I suspect that this will be my last year team teaching science to both of my children so I’m going to enjoy it while I can. We are using NOEO Physics 2 this year. This physics curriculum is intended for 9-12 year olds which is perfect since I currently have a 9 and 12 year old.
Some of the topics covered this year include:
NOEO science curriculums include the supplies for many of the science experiments. That is so helpful for busy parents! I have started looking through the science experiments and books included in our box and I think we are going to have a great year.
7th Grade Curriculum: Geography
I love teaching geography and I always feel like my kids are so fortunate to be taught about our world. I do not remember learning any geography other than state capitals when I was in school.
We rotate between world geography and United States geography. Last year the kids studied world geography at co-op, so USA it is this year.
I tend to create my own geography curriculum, pieced together with whatever resources look interesting. So far this year I have found an Eat Your Way Through the USA cookbook and a United States coloring book. We will also be using The USA Activity Bundle to add in an opportunity for a little light research.
Each week we will study a state, read a few books, do a few activities, and cook a few dishes. It should be a lot of fun. Maybe we can even add in an out of state field trip or two.
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