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It’s hard to believe that his will be our 5th year homeschooling and even harder to believe the kids are in 3rd and 7th grades! Even though we have a few years under our belts, our curriculum choices are way different from any other year. I’m excited and nervous at the same time.
7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
This year will be totally different for my daughter and I. Up until now, we’ve been pretty much doing the homeschool thing one-on-one. For the upcoming school year, I am actually only teaching 2 of her courses full time. I’m looking forward to possibly a bit more freedom in my schedule, but still anxious turning over the reigns and giving her some freedom, as well.
Last year, we reluctantly tried a local co-op. Mostly, so my daughter could be with friends. It actually turned out great. This year, she’ll be going there once a week again for three classes – art, science and constitution.
This past spring, my daughter took part in the CurrClick.com science fair. She loved the online environment and her instructor. This fall, she’ll be joining that same instructor for a CurrClick Live online British literature course.
Over the summer, my daughter took a video Latin course, Visual Latin 1 from Compass Classroom, and loved it. She’ll be taking Virtual Latin 2 this fall. That just leaves math and website design to be done totally with me!
Here are the 7th grade curriculum details:
- Apologia General Science
- Constitution using The Story of the Constitution, 2nd Edition
- Art (co-op)
- British Literature – CurrClick Live
- Singapore Math 6B
- Visual Latin 2 from Compass Classroom (video curriculum)
- Website design – designing and building a website/blog
3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum
With my daughter, we have always used an eclectic mix of homeschool curriculum. We have a goal in mind of what we want to learn, but we kind of fly by the seat of our pants to get there, following lots of interest-led trails.
My son, on the other hand, likes structure and lists. He likes to follow exactly what the plan is and no more. Last year, the subject he liked the most and did with less drama was Nancy Larson Science. He liked the subject matter, but most of all, he liked the structure and scripted nature. Totally different from my daughter.
Because of what we learned last year about his learning style, I sought out a scripted, structured curriculum. My friends Kris (Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers) and Stef steered me toward Geography Matters’ Trail Guides For Learning. This unit study curriculum covers pretty much every subject except for math. I’m excited to get started with it!
Our math from last year worked out well and since we love Nancy Larson Science soooo much, we will fit that in, as well. This is the Homeschool Scientist, you know.
Here’s how the 3rd grade homeschool curriculum breaks down for this year:
- Trail Guide For Learning (Check out the back to school sales all month long at Geography Matters)
- Singapore Math 3B
- Nancy Larson Science
To keep it all straight, I love the simplicity of the printable Weekly Homeschool Planner. I’ve used it the past 2 years and have been very happy with it.
How about you? Are you trying any new curriculum or teaching methods this year? I’d love to hear about them.
Want to see the curriculum other homeschool families are using this school year? Check out the first week of the Not Back To School Blog Hop at iHomeschool Network.