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- 1 Homeschooling 7th Grade: Our Curriculum Resources, Schedule, and Lesson Plans
- 2 Recap of 7th Grade Curriculum
- 3 Scheduling
- 4 Lesson Plans
- 5 Homeschooling 7th Grade: Our Curriculum Resources, Schedule, and Lesson Plans
Homeschooling 7th Grade: Our Curriculum Resources, Schedule, and Lesson Plans
Need some help putting together your 7th grade homeschool year? Below you will find our 7th grade homeschool curriculum picks and our weekly schedule.
You will also find a copy of our lesson plans in our free resource library. Simply fill out the form at the end of this post to get access.
As a teacher, I love homeschooling but honestly, I don’t have all day to devote to it. And with the boys entering 7th grade, it was time they started taking more responsibility in their education. I figured 7th grade is the perfect grade for teaching accountability and allow them a little more independence in the classroom.
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Recap of 7th Grade Curriculum
First, let’s go over some of the curricula we will be taking this year. If you are planning on using the same resources, then you will find our lesson plans especially useful.
For English, we use BJU Press’ English 7th workbooks. We do not do the writing assignments given in the book. Instead, we do one research paper a month on a historical event or person.
For world history and world geography, we will use Story of the World, Volume 4, The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer.
For science, we use Dr. Nebel’s Elementary Science. While I love his approach to teaching science, I will warn you that this curriculum is not a traditional textbook/workbook format. Rather it is a guide for parents to use in order to put together a science curriculum.
For our classical literature studies, we will be reading:
- A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens
- Two Shakespeare plays: Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Merchant of Venice
- Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Poem: The Mask of Anarchy
- The Last of the Mohicans by Cooper
- And Some Short Stories by Poe and Shirley Jackson
- And for end-of-year fun, some Aesop’s fables
Our lesson plans divide the readings by chapters and pages of the books we will be using. If you decide to read these same works, be aware that the page numbers will probably not coincide with your book. Rely on the chapters given and divide the pages as you see fit for your child’s level of reading.
The following are electives I chose for this year.
For Spanish, we picked BJU Press’ Spanish 1 text and workbook. This curriculum did not come with lesson plans although it stated that it did. So, it took me a while to come up with a doable lesson plan but I was able to break it down into manageable daily assignments.
For our periodic table study, we just pick an element to focus on every Friday and write a little about it. This is not meant to be a graded or intense study. We use productive homeschooling’s notebooking pages for this activity.
For computer science elective, I chose Compuscholar’s Game Programming with Visual Basic. Unfortunately, we did not complete this curriculum as it became harder and support from the company was very limited. However, I kept the scheduled lessons in the plans for anyone who did purchase this resource.
For independent reading, the boys stuck with and completed the Harry Potter series:
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Want to teach your kids about finances? Click here and check out our → Money 101 for Kids lapbook activity.
This year I decided to move our homeschool start time to 10:00 am because I believe the boys need more sleep. They are entering their teens and need those extra hours.
This does not mean that they get up or start their independent work at 10:00 am. This is just the time we start instructions. The boys get up earlier than this and start their independent work when they are done with breakfast.
And although I would rather start early, recent studies have shown that kids at this age are not getting enough sleep. In turn, this can affect their learning. ← (and we don’t need that!) Here is an article by the National Sleep Foundation about teens and sleep if you would like more information.
Below is the schedule that we will try to closely stick to Monday through Friday.
Our Schedule Broken Down
Above you will notice that I have different times listed for Friday. This is because I like to lighten our load for that day as a treat. (However, if we become backed up during the week, then I will carry it over to Friday.)
For physical education, we will alternate with swimming and bike riding, weather permitting. Our bad weather go-to will consist of an episode of Daily Burn’s DB365 program.
Electives not covered in our lesson plans consist of hands-on activities we receive through a monthly membership. These include Tinker Crate and Groovy Lab in a Box. As these come in, I will schedule these activities in the 2:10 pm slot, Monday to Thursday.
This year I created a finance class that includes lapbook activities. You will note that I scheduled this activity into the lesson plans in the month of October to be done in our 2:10 pm slot.
If you’re interested in teaching your kids about finances this year, click here → to learn more about our Money 101 for Kids lapbook activity curriculum and see if it is a great fit for your homeschool.
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How to Use Our Lesson Plans
First, if you don’t have the same resources we are using but still need help with coming up with lesson plans, then, by all means, use our lesson plans as a guide.
And if you have some or all of the same curriculum as us, then yes, use our lesson plans so you don’t have to figure it all out.
You will find that I usually follow the recommended lesson plans provided by the maker of a particular curriculum but as I said earlier, not all of them come with these.
Planning Out Your Lessons
If you do want to use our lessons or closely stick to them, know that each page represents one whole week. This means that our 38-page lesson plan covers 38 weeks. Keep in mind that the last two weeks are pretty light.
Also, note that you will find a couple of weeks missing. This is due to holiday vacations. And while we take off a whole week for Thanksgiving, we make up for it with holidays that we don’t take off like Labor Day.
Finally, you will find an extra column in our lesson plans. This is where I put notes and links to resources that go with that week’s lessons.
In the first week’s notes’ column, I have provided all the resources we will use throughout the year. This is only provided on the first page.
Recap on Scheduling your 7th Grade Homeschool for your Middle Schooler
Before you start creating your lesson plans for this grade:
- Decide on your curriculum and resources
- Create a reasonable and flexible classroom schedule
- Check your resources for already-done-for-you lesson plans
- Set aside time to go over the curriculum and see if you can piece a lesson plan together (if they are none)
- If you are still having trouble and need some guidance or you are using the same resources we are, then fill out the form below and get free access to our lesson plans in our resource library
- Still have questions? please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can (usually in a couple of hours but no more than 24 hours.)
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