Our 2018-2019 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

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Our 2018-2019 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Teaching basic subjects is important in your 7th grade homeschool curriculum, but allowing room for your student to explore their own interests can be very beneficial. A mix of the two makes for a rich home education.

Some of this post is going to be a little repetitive of the Our 2018-2019 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum post. For that, I apologize. This has been a very busy year and I wanted my older sons to be able to work on some subjects together.

 

English/Grammar

Both of my older boys are using Accelerated Christian Academy PACEs for their English curriculum. These workbooks travel well and can be grabbed easily on the way out the door, if need be.

I like that I can purchase these workbooks individually or a few at a time. The teacher’s key is sold separately. You can also purchase complete ACE Curriculums. We buy ours from Christianbook.com.

This curriculum also requires Bible verse memorization, which is a wonderful thing. I want my children to not only remember Bible stories but to take verses to heart and be able to recite them from memory when they’re having a hard time doing life.

The workbooks are set back in the 1950s or 1960s, which isn’t all bad. My kids bring me the books to look at some of the pictures sometimes and ask questions.

The lessons challenge, yet are easy to understand. There are enough exercises given to make sure concepts are mastered. Some of the exercises may be excessive where your child is concerned, but they could easily be skipped over if a concept has been mastered.

Science

When I began having trouble understanding our science curriculum, I decided it was time for a change. We chose ACE PACEs for science also.

The 7th grade curriculum integrates a microscope to examine the world around you that isn’t visible to the naked eye. This is right up my older son’s alley! He gets so excited to get to look at different specimens under the microscope. Everyone else gets in on this fun and it’s definitely fascinating for all of us.

Math

Math, in general, has been exhausting for my older son and me. It isn’t usually one of his favorite subjects. This year, I did find a free homeschool math curriculum that has made it much easier for both of us.

Master Math has video lessons, worksheets for practice with a parent key, and quizzes to test mastery of the lesson.  This program begins with sixth-grade and progresses to Algebra 1.

As of this writing, my son has done a total 360° turnaround. He has decided that he loves math! Praise the Lord! And it’s all because of this curriculum!

History

For our history, we’re using The History of US, by Joy Hakim.

I’ve written more about this in Our 2018-2019 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum, but my likes about this curriculum are that it’s written in story form and the pictures. There really are some great pictures to go along with the lessons.

You can find worksheets to go with each book at Mister Dan’s website.

Reading

Our reading curriculum is not something I get overly strict about. My children are generally readers. So, I let them choose some of their own books and I choose some I think they’ll enjoy. My ultimate goal is for them to read something every day.

Geography / State Study

This year, my boys are attempting to study every state in the United States. Our plan is to carry this over into next school year should we not finish before the end of our school year.

One of the resources helping us to do this is NotebookingPages.com. Our Lifetime Membership to Notebooking Pages has gained us access to the USA State Study Pages.

Each of the state packets contains 49 pages. You decide how many pages you’d like your child to complete. They certainly don’t need to complete them all. The information on the pages cover a variety of grade levels and topics. My boys work well together on these and seem to enjoy learning about the states.

Computer Courses

My older son takes some online computer classes. He loves to play video games and so, I decided to try and work that into our homeschool in a way that could be beneficial to his overall education.

We talked about how computer coding is part of video game development. I found a coding class online that was fairly inexpensive. I asked him if he’d be interested and he said he would.

The class is easy for him to follow and he can work at his own pace. This is also a good way for him to find out if game developing is really something he’s interested in. If he doesn’t like coding, he probably won’t like game design.

This year, I decided to transition my older boys into doing more independent learning. With a seventh grader that needs a little supervision, my fourth grader, two kindergarteners, a toddler running around, running three businesses from home, and a ministry, some of these kiddos are going to have to learn to do a few things on their own and be more responsible for their own learning. And I’ve recently decided there’s nothing wrong with that.

 

Teaching multiple grades from the same curriculum has been a lifesaver for our homeschool and my sanity. Read Homeschooling Multiple Ages for more information on how I juggle four different grade levels.

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