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Seventh Grade Splendor: Curriculum Choices & Beyond

I wanted to share what curriculum we have chosen for this year...that's almost over?...for our seventh grader, as well as some resources that we use.


Rod & Staff: Mastering Mathematics
For EJ, this math is a little over her head. We are using the book, but we are taking it slow and practicing on the same lesson for a week before we move on to the next one.

Thankfully, if there is something that I am having a hard time explaining to her understanding, I can usually find a video on YouTube of someone explaining it better. That has been a big help! Just type in the kind of lesson you are working on in the search engine and several things will pop up.


Rod & Staff: Spelling by Sound and Structure
This is a phenomenal spelling book that teaches the Latin roots of the words as well as vocabulary.
EJ can read these words and comprehend them, but spelling is another story. We worked in this book for several weeks, but she wasn't doing well in it and was really just getting frustrated and overwhelmed. It was at that point that I had to regroup and look for other things for her to do for spelling.

So, we have been using the Big IQ Kids website for their free online spelling lists and vocabulary. They offer several different exercises to teach the spelling words and meanings, and then offer a test whenever the student is ready for it.


Rod & Staff: Building Securely
I really like the way this book teaches sentence parts, however, I don't ever remember diagramming sentences in a way that is so complicated. HAHA! This has been a struggle as well, so we've been taking it slowly. There are video tutorials available on YouTube to demonstrate these sentence structures to help those of us that don't remember how to do it.

This is something that I want to express to people that are on the fence about homeschooling: If you don't think you will be a good teacher; the saying "Where there is a will, there is a way" is true in the case of homeschooling. There are so many resources out there to help if you can't remember how to do something or if you don't know how to teach a subject in the way that your child will learn it. Don't let that thought keep you from this blessing! 

You have been teaching your child their whole life. They've learned to talk, walk, feed themselves, tie their shoe. You did that! You apply that same love and care to other things and you are on your way.

For Science, Bible, History, Reading and all the other subjects, we take the approach that their interests will lead them to what to study. Sometimes we have something we want to teach them, and sometimes we take their lead. I really REALLY like it that way. Both of my children are inquisitive so we never have a shortage of things to learn.

Right now, EJ is learning about Biology. We are getting ready to learn more about the female reproductive system.

In History, both of the kids just started a series on the Presidents that their father and I are putting together. We are watching the Ultimate Guide To The Presidents on Netflix, learning the Presidents song,

Found Here
and putting together a lapbook-- all for free with the resources that we have found online. When we have learned about all of the presidents, the kiddos will chose a president and do a more in depth study on them and present a report on him.

In art, we are doing seasonal crafts.We just did this cute little project to remember the 10 inches of snow we had last week that I found on Pinterest. You can grab the template here.

Crafty Morning
Oh my, if you aren't on Pinterest, you NEED to be. I have found so many resources that we use everyday in our homeschool and beyond!

Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool Curriculum is FREE!! For every grade, every subject, and it's easy to use. I use it as a supplement to our subjects. It's awesome. It could be used as a stand alone curriculum, but I want my kids to work in a way that I can see how they are doing and I have more involvement in their education. If you are a work-at-home parent, this would be great for your family since each day is laid out with all of their assignments and instruction. My son is using their Zoology program and EJ is using the English to learn about poetry.

Netflix, Roku, and Youtube!!! It's not just entertaining, but educational. Whatever your subject, you can almost bet there is a video for it.

Social media is another wealth of info. There are many Facebook pages dedicated to help homeschooling parents. I have found about a lot of neat ideas in those groups from movies, books, organizing, and hacks.  

Blogs! Blogs! And more Blogs! I absolutely love the blogging community. There are so many parents that have been homeschooling for eons and they have put a lot of information out there for newbies like me, and some of them have also created and produced their own curriculum and worksheets for us! A lot of times they offer them for free, and sometimes they make their living by offering their homeschool helps for a small price. One of my favorites is Confessions of a Homeschooler. Check out her website and see if there is anything there that you can use.

I know there are more, but that's all I can think of at the moment.

Hope this helps someone out there,


Strong Arms {Proverbs 31:17}

I'm pretty protective of spiritual things and tend to be very skeptical when I see such things tied into fitness. People sometimes use God and scripture to make their actions appear of spiritual value, when in fact it's just about them physically and nothing to do with their spiritual wellness.

In a nutshell, I don't like it when things of God are used as a gimmick.
I don't want what I have to say to come across like that at all. 

I'm sure that you can already guess that when I saw the shirt pictured below, I paused and grimaced, but you maybe surprised to learn that it also sparked a new thought and awakened a new motivation that is both physical and spiritual. It was something that I had never really thought of before and it brought tears to my eyes. First-- the shirt.

"She Works Hard & Makes Her Arms Strong Proverbs 31:17"
My thought:

The King James Version of this verse says:

Proverbs 31:17 She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. 

She makes her arms strong.

It never occurred to me until I saw this shirt- God knows what it takes for mamas to run their households. I'm sure this is a no-brainier for all of you, but this was an epiphany for me!

Sister, God has called you to a greater purpose. Whether you are called to be a mom, wife, servant, care giver, WHATEVER, He knows our needs and what it takes for us to fulfill our callings. He knows that our energy, health and fitness need to be in optimal condition whatever our task may be.

As you read about the Proverbs 31 Woman, you see that she is a workhorse. She is not lazy. She makes sure that all of her loved ones are taken care of. Her candle doesn't go out at night and she gets up while it's still dark.

Y'all-- I don't have that kind of energy! My body is not yet in that kind of condition that I can serve my family in that kind of astounding capacity.

My point is that God left this in His word for us. Taking care of ourselves to be about His business in the mission field that he has called us to (wives, motherhood, hospitality, benevolence, etc) requires so much of ourselves that without being in good health and fitness, we cannot be the best stewards of the blessings He has given us.

This confirms for me that this eye opening experience that I've been having over the last several weeks about my health and fitness is God helping me see that health/weight is more about serving HIM than it is about vanity-- it's all about using what He has given us to serve Him!

Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Now, I just need to order that shirt. ;)

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