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7th grade curriculum

Last time I homeschooled I had all summer to research books and choose our curriculum. This time I’ve had about two weeks. I pulled out all our old materials, of which I actually kept a lot because I’m ridiculously nostalgic. Going through it I was surprised to find so many unused A&O units. Then I remembered that they were great for my 2nd grader, but a terrible match for my 7th grader.

She is now in 7th grade.

So… pushed those to the side and pulled out the Apologia science. That book was AWESOME. Johnny used it in 8th grade and has great reading comprehension, so it will be a bit of a challenge for Eden. I’m ready to see what she can do though. If she is really struggling with reading the text it will only be an indicator that she needs help in that area. Next I found our Ultimate Grammar set. That was a life saver after the A&O language arts unit. I liked it a lot. I looked online at the 7th grade unit and realized that she is NOT ready for that.

What have they been teaching her in school???? I don’t think there has been any grammar going on at all.

Had to order her the 6th grade unit. She wasn’t too pleased to see ‘6th grade’ on one of her books till I pointed out that the work would be easier.

Didn’t even consider anything else for math besides Teaching Textbooks. That program was a life-saver for both my son AND myself. He did the pre-algebra in 7th grade so I gave her the placement test and she isn’t ready for it. I ordered 7th grade and then I’ll already have pre-algebra here at home for her next year.

I think spelling is essential and she hasn’t had regular spelling lessons since 2nd grade I think. I could be wrong because I’m so pessimistic right now. I found Spelling Workout and it looks like a good way for her to work on her own.

I want to use Focus on US History but let her choose the time period. I’ve read some really great reviews on this. We used another history book for Johnny in 7th/8th grade but it was a looooooooooot of reading and memorization of names. She is just not that kind of kid.

So, the breakdown…

Reading – lots of free reading. She came up with a goal of reading 3 books by the end of the school year. I crossed it out and wrote ‘6’. After a lengthy stare down we compromised at 5.

Spelling Spelling Workout grade 7

Math Teaching Textbooks grade 7

Science Aplogia Exploring Creation With General Science

History/Geography Focus on US History: The Era of Exploration and Discovery

Civics – This is actually kind of the Mr. and I. I want to read Dave Ramsey & Rachael Cruze’s Smart Money, Smart Kids and make some more concentrated efforts on teaching all the kids about finances.

Literature – Eh. We’ll just keep reading for this year I think. She wants to read The Hobbit and do a study guide like her brother did, but I’m not in a hurry.

Writing – We did these really fun writing prompts from the Unjournaling book last time every morning. She wants to do that again. I just want her to write SOMETHING everyday. I actually still have the book.

Grammar Easy Grammar grade 6 and the corresponding Daily Grams.

Can’t wait for everything to get here! (she can)

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2011-2012 Curriculum

Last year I used Alpha Omega  for both the kids for science, history/geography and language arts. I used Saxon math for both of them. Here’s what happened: AO worked GREAT for Eden. She used the 3rd grade level and it was totally perfect. The Saxon math was also great, but the lessons took longer than I had anticipated and I only finished 1/2 the book. I regret that greatly. AO was terrible for Johnny. Just wretched. I can’t figure out why there is such a vast difference between the 3rd and 7th grade levels within the same curriculum, but his packets were confusing and awkward. I couple units into each subject I totally ditched them and started piecing my own lesson plans together using various web and book resources. We plugged through the Saxon math, but it was difficult too. It probably would’ve been a better fit for him had he started in the earlier grades. I insisted on sticking it out because it seemed like every  homeschooling parent I knew raved about it. I wish I wouldn’t have done that. I should have switched him after we gave it a good try because I’m not sure he was able to learn or retain very much.

So, this year…

Eden: I’m sticking with AO for her again. We’re going to finish-up the units we didn’t get to last year and then purchase enough units in the next level to complete the year. I am also going to continue the Saxon math, work hard at finishing the 3rd grade unit and try to do as much catch up as I can. She is quite behind. One of the failures I pledged to share. Note to new homeschooling parents: When all else fails during the day, DO YOUR MATH.

Johnny: I am planning a complete overhaul for him. Lots of research went into his plan. LOTS.