Looking for curriculum and resources to add to your 7th grade homeschool curriculum? Here are our picks for this 2017-2018 homeschool year starting with those curriculums and resources we have come to rely on year after year.
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Across Most Subjects
For most of our homeschool subjects, we use NotebookingPages.com lifetime membership program. We have been with Notebooking Pages going on 4 years now and it has been the best investment we’ve ever made. They have hundreds of topics and thousands of notebooking pages. And with a lifetime membership, you get access to all current and future products. This resource is very versatile and covers so many subjects for all grades pre-K all the way through high school.
If you are not sure if it’s a fit for you, try their free sample below.
7th Grade Math
- negative numbers, using basic operations
- roots and radicals
- Pythagorean Theorem
- surface area and volume of solids
- converting between Celsius and Fahrenheit
- absolute value
- ratio and proportion
- irrational numbers
If you decide to use Math-U-See in your homeschool, be sure to check out my post, How to Use Math-U-See in Your Homeschool.
Along with the boys’ math studies, I’ve added a history component. We will discuss various mathematicians who have made contributions to those topics we will be covering. First, we will read up on a mathematician. Then using Notebooking Pages, will write a small summary of what we learned. Some mathematicians we will cover include Euclid, Archimedes, Pythagoras, Thales, Fibonacci, and Pascal.
Learning about Finances
This year, I have added a learning component to our curriculum dealing with finances. Using Walter Andal’s Finance 101 for Kids book, I created a whole lapbook activity pack to go along with our reading. Click here to learn more about our lapbook pack. Or click here to get yours from our shop.
7th Grade Language Arts
For Language Arts, we will be using BJU Press’ Writing & Grammar 7 curriculum. We have been using BJU for this curriculum for the past 3 years and the boys seem to be doing very well with it.
As for the writing component of this book, we will go over those skills and strategies mentioned in the book. However, instead of completing the assigned writing in the book, the boys will be expected to complete a research paper on a historical person or event. The boys prefer doing these as opposed to those assigned in the book. And they get to practice their typing skills.
7th Grade World History/Geography
This year we will complete the Story of the World Curriculum with Volume 4: The Modern Age. We will also watch the following DVD’s. The boys love seeing their history come alive and the History Channel did a great job with these programs.
Along with this curriculum, we will continue using our Record of Time (from Homeschool in the Woods) to place figures and events on our timelines. If you would like to see my reviews on these resources click here at: 6 Resources for a Complete 5th Grade History and Geography Homeschool.
7th Grade Science
Last year we used Bernard J. Nebel’s Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding book to create our science curriculum and it worked well for us. I had to put in a little more work into creating lesson plans but I loved all the guidance the book gives. So for this year we will be using his second book, Elementary Science Education. If you would like to read my review of last year’s book, click here: Mid-Year Homeschool Curriculum Review for 6th Grade.
This year we will continue to learn about the different elements of the periodic table. Using NotebookingPages, we discuss a different element every week and fill out a fact sheet about that element. Stay tuned for our periodic table wall in a future post.
We will also do a couple of lap book activities (available at ConfessionsofaHomeschooler.com) covering Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers. We purchased these a couple of years ago and are finishing them up this year.
We are also going to try Groovy Lab in a Box Subscription for some hands-on fun. I will provide a review with photos in a future post.
7th Grade Computer Science
This year we are going to do some game programming with Homeschool Programming Inc. Last year, the boys took their Digital Savvy course and that went really well. But the boys are itching to do some serious game programming. There are two different kinds of game programming courses: Visual Basic and Unity. Unity will become available later in the fall as they are currently still working on putting the course together.
I haven’t decided which course to pick but if Unity doesn’t become available in September, then we will go ahead with Visual Basic. I’ll make sure to update this when I make my choice.
7th Grade Classical Literature
This year we will be reading the following books if I can get them all in:
And of course, some Shakespeare:
We are blessed to own these books and plays but you can find many of them for free on Amazon kindle. I have provided links to these works searching for the free kindle versions first. If I couldn’t find them for free I linked to the most economical version. We will also use NotebookingPages’s Literary Study and Famous Poets Pages along with our readings.Let others learn about these awesome resources for their 7th grade homeschooler by clicking here to tweet.Click To Tweet
7th Grade Spanish
This year I decided to give BJU’s Spanish 1 Curriculum a chance. I find it expensive but it does come with a lot in one kit. There are two student workbooks: one that is the course workbook and the other an activities manual. They also provide teacher’s manuals for both these workbooks as well as tests with answer keys and a case filled with 12 CD’s.
The only beef I am having with this curriculum is that there are no lesson plans or some sort of schedule recommendation (despite the book’s notification that lesson plans are available online–they are not.) This leaves me with having to go through the curriculum to try and piece together a decent lesson plan. As soon as I have a lesson plan put together, I will send you an update so you can upload it. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss that.
This year, I am considering the subscription box company, Tinker Crate. I have seen their demos on Facebook and the boys think it is pretty cool. If and when I order this box, I will provide a review with photos in a future post.
I don’t usually have a particular curriculum for this. Basically, the boys ride their bikes or go for a swim, weather permitting. They will continue to do this again this year however, I have written to Daily Burn, a service I use for fitness. I’m going to see if they can possibly create a fitness program for kids. I’m hoping they will see this as a great opportunity to get kids moving at an early age. I will let you know their response if they get back to me.
Update (7-5-17): Daily Burn did contact me and they have forwarded my suggestion to their product team for review. I’ll keep you posted.
Well, that is it folks. I hope to put out a schedule very soon as well as provide lesson plans for some of those subjects that do not have much guidance in this department. I am also planning on creating a video of how I put together the boys’ lesson plans for a whole year using Microsoft Word and Google Docs. So look out for that as well.
Again, these are our picks for this year coming and a mid-year review will be posted some time early in 2018. But you can also get updates by simply subscribing to our newsletter below. If a curriculum doesn’t work out, I’ll let you know before that mid-year review so that you can decide if it will be a fit for your family. Also, if you have a curriculum suggestion for 7th grade, please feel free to comment below. I love to try out different stuff and see what sticks.
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