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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.


MATH

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.

SPELLING

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.

ENGLISH

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,


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