Our Homeschool Curriculum: 2012 – 2013 (2nd, 6th, & 7th Grade)

It’s that time of year again.  We’ll be starting formal studies this week, so it’s time to share what we’re planning to use for our curriculum this year.  We remain eclectic in our approach and curriculum, but this year finds us with a 2nd grader, 6th grader, and 7th grader.

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Our Eclectic Homeschool Curriculum for 2nd Grade, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade

Language Arts

This heading, of course, covers a whole lot of areas.  These items are mostly done as individual work, though some are worked on at the same time.

Spelling: A Reason for Spelling (all children, but at different levels)

Typing: Mavis Beacon Typing (6th/7th Graders)

Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears (older kids – finish this), D’Nealian Handwriting (finish book 2, start book 3), Homemade Handwriting sheets working on name, Bible verses, quotes from things read

Grammar: Language of God (all children, but at different levels)

Phonics: Explode the Code, Horizons Phonics (both for Molly)

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 (book 6) – for 6th/7th Graders

Composition: A variety of activities this year including, but not limited to:


Silent Reading Each Day

Hooked on Phonics Master Reader Program (for Molly)

Chapter Books for All

Poetry Study

Aesop’s Fables for Children

Lots of Books Related to Other Subjects (novels and picture books)


Teaching TextbooksMath 3, Math 6, and Math 7


Story of the World – finish Volume 1 (Ancient World) and begin Volume 2 (the Middle Ages), plus extra activities (Story of the World Activity Book 1, Story of the World Activity Book 2)


Real Science 4 Kids – Astronomy (Reading and Lab Books – two different levels, although we’ll work together)

To Supplement: Book Reports, Extra Reading, Outside Activities


Bible Reading

First Communion Preparation and Printables eBook (This is with our second grader in mind, but will be great review of the 6th and 7th graders.  Also, there is a section of 30 family activities to do in preparation, so we’re excited to try to tackle as many things on the list as possible.)

Faith and Life series

Weekly Religious Education Classes

Saints for Young Readers for Every Day Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

St. Joseph Catechism


Piano Lessons (and Daily Practice) for 6th and 7th Grader

Possible Cello Lessons (and Daily Practice) for 2nd Grader

Composer Studies using Meet the Great Composers (Book and CD)


Artistic Pursuits

Other Art Books for Inspiration – Art Works for Kids and How to Teach Art to Children


A variety of activities from the following sources:

French in 10 Minutes a Day (book and audio CDs)

French flash cards and computer games

First Thousand Words in French

Play and Learn in French

100+ Reproducible Activities in French

Home Economics

Training Your Children in Home Economics eBook (Yes, I wrote it so we could do it; Training Your Children in Home Economics is also available for the Kindle)

Student Planners

This year, we are using Days of Faith Student Planners for all three children.  (We are using the Intermediate level for all of them, just because it is laid out best for the way we school.)

Past Years

Interested in what we have used in years past?

Our Curriculum in 2009 / Grades: PreK, 3rd Grade, and 4th Grade

Our Curriculum 2010 / Grades: Kindergarten, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade

Our Curriculum 2011 / Grades: 1st Grade, 5th Grade, and 6th Grade

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Angie Kauffman
Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.


  1. says

    Two of my kids love explode the code….and Aesops! Can’t wait to see how the year works out for you! Looks like a GREAT line up!

  2. says

    Lots of good stuff here! Our daughter, Sarah, is 12 and doing seventh grade (for the most part) this year, so I especially liked seeing what you were incorporating at that level!

  3. says

    As a former Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher I have to say love the Home Ec. book you wrote. There have sadly NOT been books out there for homeschoolers on Home Ec. What ages is it for? Do you have a sample to look at? Looks like you have a wonderful year planned. Good Luck!

  4. Tristan says

    Looks like a great year ahead for your crew! We’ve done NaNo in years past – it’s fun. Hectic too.
    Have a lovely year!

  5. says

    I just checked out your French recommendations. Thanks, I was looking for some stuff to add to our French lessons.