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.
Our Eclectic Homeschool Curriculum for 2nd Grade, 6th Grade, and 7th Grade
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:
- National Novel Writing Month’s Youth Program (including the workbooks for preparing for novel writing)
- Book Reports (based on other subjects we’re studying) – some sources for forms for this will include How to Report on Books and How to Write a Research Report
- Letter writing
- Working on blog posts
- Making their own zines
- Poetry writing
- Lessons from Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students
- Whatever fun writing projects we can find (this is an area my older kids struggle in, so we’re making it a priority this year)
Silent Reading Each Day
Hooked on Phonics Master Reader Program (for Molly)
Chapter Books for All
Lots of Books Related to Other Subjects (novels and picture books)
Teaching Textbooks – Math 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
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)
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
100+ Reproducible Activities in French
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)
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.)
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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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!
Looks great! I remember using Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing when I was a kid.
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!
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!
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!
IT looks like you all have a great plan. I love seeing what everyone is doing.
I just checked out your French recommendations. Thanks, I was looking for some stuff to add to our French lessons.
Thanks for sharing about your year’s plans and about the First Communion Printables!
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Hello I’m new to Homeschool this will be my first year I’m nervous but excited. I have 5 children 2 are already H.S grads and the others are 12, 9, and 4. Thank you for all the info it’s help me a lot.