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7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum: Our Top Picks for 2020-2021
Are you looking for 7th grade homeschool curriculum? We researched all of the highly recommended curriculum for middle school and decided on our top choices!
Middle school can be a tough few years to navigate as a homeschool family. Our children are growing more independent, and are in the fragile stage of in-between being a child and becoming a teenager.
Keeping them engaged in their education is a must to keep them on track for high school.
Our 7th grade homeschool curriculum choices
7th grade math homeschool curriculum
This year, we tried a new math program that was highly recommended by other parents. Teaching Textbooks. For 7th grade, my son is taking Pre-Algebra.
My son is thriving with this math curriculum. I wish we used it last year. He does math on his own, and I just help him if he doesn’t understand something.
The program is all done online through watching videos and then completing a set of practice problems before moving on to completing a set of 20 or so problems based on what he has learned for the day.
If he gets an answer wrong, they explain how to do the problem step by step through their online program. My son has been doing very well with this math program and I highly recommend it for middle school and beyond.
With it being based online completely, there are also no books which makes the program budget friendly. It’s only about $67 for each course.
7th grade language arts homeschool curriculum
This year we decided to try a new program. We are using Michael Clay Thompson Level 5. These books are excellent for preparing children for the SAT/ACT exams.
The only issue I found with this program is figuring out how to use it. I decided not to purchase the complete curriculum package because we weren’t going to use the writing portion of it.
However, we still have a set of 7 other student books for the program. I didn’t realize that MCT only sends out an outline of how to work through the books if you get the complete package.
And I couldn’t figure it out by just reading the books either. It was very confusing at first and I almost switched to something else. But because I had spent so much money on them, I did some digging online.
Luckily, I found some kind homeschool moms on an online Facebook group that shared a spreadsheet of how to use the books each day. You start by using only two of them, then slowly start incorporating the rest of the books.
If I never found this spreadsheet, I would’ve likely ended up switching the curriculum. I had no idea how to teach it and what type of schedule to create considering there are multiple books.
I wish they would include the schedule with every purchase. However, I do find the curriculum to be strong and my son is doing well with it. MCT is geared towards gifted students.
Daily Grams is part of the Easy Grammar book series. We had used those books for Grammar for the majority of our homeschool years.
Daily Grams is an one page review each day of different Grammar concepts. Although he’s learning Grammar with MCT, we also continue to use this book as a quick review for the day.
Miscellaneous language arts for 7th grade homeschool
On top of these things, I also periodically incorporate other things for my son to work on. I will have him write papers on things that interest him such as Fortnite or Japan, etc.
These papers will be persuasive or informative papers that are five paragraphs long. He will complete a graphic organizer, rough draft, and final copy which must be typed on the computer.
7th grade history homeschool curriculum
To keep up with Florida public school standards, this year we are learning about Civics. I have never found a specific program that I have stuck with in the past when it comes to history and tend to change it from year to year.
This year we are using the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Civics book. I purchased it because it was on sale through the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op and seemed to have good reviews.
I love this book. It comes with a teacher edition and student edition. I also have access to online resources for the book.
The online resources include things such as graphic organizers and guided workbook worksheets. These worksheets are additional practice to the section reviews for each chapter.
I also have access to their special virtual field trips that align with different areas of study from the book.
I highly recommend using this book if you are studying Civics. My son is doing well in the class so far, can work independently, and I find it very straight forward to grade and use.
I will probably continue to use their history curriculum in the future.
7th grade science homeschool curriculum
This year I had originally purchased the Ultimate Science bundle that was featured on Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op. It promised to teach science through fun hands-on activities. It was also pretty expensive.
Unfortunately, we didn’t use it very long because although the experiments were great, they required many more items to purchase and the curriculum wasn’t what I had thought it would be.
It basically gives you two experiments to do per week. I felt my son should be learning in more depth by 7th grade, plus the number of items I needed to purchase for every experiment was getting expensive. Especially after the price I paid for the full curriculum.
By November, we switched programs to Apologia Physical Science. We take off the last six weeks of the year so didn’t begin using it until January. We most likely will have to continue science all the way up to August to complete it because of our late start.
We have used Apologia Science in the past and I knew it was a good program. I chose to purchase the physical science book because I could continue to use some of the experiments from Ultimate Science along with it.
Apologia is a Christian curriculum. Their student book also includes a student workbook. My son has a daily checklist of everything he needs to complete for the day and works completely independently.
I help him when there is a science experiment to complete or a test to take. So far, he is doing well with the book and I appreciate that it’s very straight forward and easy for him to do on his own.
If you don’t mind using a Christian-based curriculum, I highly recommend Apologia for science. We have used it during elementary school as well.
7th grade homeschool curriculum – Electives/Extracurricular
These are the extra things we are doing this year in addition to the main four courses.
7th grade homeschool PE at home
Everyday, we spend 20-30 minutes doing a family workout. This will either be a Yoga class or a cardio work out.
I typically search for beginner Yoga workouts on YouTube that are 30 minutes long. For cardio, we love to use PE with Joe from YouTube.
I highly recommend his workouts. Sometimes he will wear funny costumes as he works out which my five year old loves. The workouts are just enough to get us working hard without being too intense.
7th grade homeschool health curriculum
My son used Easy Peasy health curriculum this past Fall. It typically runs one day a week, but he did it daily and got through it pretty quickly.
I would say it may not have been enough for the middle school level, but he did learn some important stuff from completing it.
7th grade Spanish homeschool curriculum
My son does a day of Duo Lingo everyday that takes about 15 minutes. He also takes Spanish classes on Outschool and Kids’ Club Spanish School.
We are using The Good and the Beautiful Handwriting Level 7. I use The Good and the Beautiful for my five year old and can’t say enough great things about it.
However, with my 7th grader, we just use the handwriting book. He typically does a page a day, which just helps him review his cursive handwriting.
Although he learned cursive back in second grade at home, I have him doing this book more as a review because he never writes in cursive. It only takes him a few minutes.
We were using a typing program every year, and we stopped doing that this year. For typing practice, I just have make sure to type out his school papers and assignments as frequently as possible to improve his typing skills and practice the proper hand movements.
I use The Good and the Beautiful Arts and Crafts curriculum for a family-based art program for both of my kids. My 7th grader doesn’t always join in if the art project isn’t for his age group.
I also find random art projects for middle school through Pinterest, other blogs, and Teachers Pay Teachers.
7th grade homeschool curriculum miscellaneous
These are things that he does occasionally:
Watching Ted Ed and Ted Talks based on his interests. Watching episodes of What If on YouTube.
He also reads from one of these books every morning before school starts:
Pick Me Up by Adam J. Kurtz
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
He also takes classes on Outschool and Varsity Tutors from time to time.
If you haven’t tried an Outschool class, you can earn a $20 credit towards your first class using my affiliate link for Outschool. When you check out for your first class, the credit can be applied.
7th grade homeschool schedule and daily routine
While the schedule isn’t always strict, my son more or less follows the following outline on Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays, we might do a field trip, science experiment, art project, etc. in addition to the below and take a break from math.
If he has an Outschool or Varsity Tutors class, then he works around those.
8:00-9:00 My son wakes up, eats breakfast, completes his chores, and gets ready for the day.
10:45-12:00 Language Arts and Handwriting
12:00-1:00 Lunch break
3:00-3:30 Afternoon chores
It typically takes my son about five hours to complete his school work for the day. Then he completes his afternoon chores, and is free to relax.
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