If you’re not a regular reader here at Many Little Blessings, you’re probably just thinking, “Okay – she’s got a couple of older kids, let’s see this middle school curriculum.” (Oh, and hopefully you’re also thinking, I’d really love to subscribe via RSS feed reader or by email – either one for each new post or just a weekly newsletter that also includes posts from The Homeschool Classroom.) Alright, maybe you’re not thinking that. But, maybe so.
Now, if you’re a regular reader here at Many Little Blessings, you might be thinking, “Wait! Only two grades? You have three kids.”
As I’ve been gently touching on the last few weeks, we had one child this summer who asked to go to school this school year. We thought on it and prayed on it, but since we’ve always been pretty open to what the kids have wanted to do in regards to their education, we agreed that Molly could give school a whirl this year.
Since she’s the only one of the kids that never went to school, she has often wondered what it would be like. If she gives it a try and isn’t crazy about it though, I had purchased (or already owned) almost everything for her curriculum this year. So, we can easily just add her back into the mix at any point.
So, at least for right now, our official plan is just for a 7th and 8th grader.
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Our 7th and 8th Grade Eclectic Homeschool Curriculum
Starting with this huge category because it always has the most things listed for us. So many things go into the language arts heading!
Spelling: My Catholic Speller
Typing: Mavis Beacon Typing (6th/7th Graders)
Grammar: Language of God
Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 (book 7)
Plus a variety of activities this year possibly including, but not limited to:
- Papers or presentations about topics we are studying
- Short stories
- 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
We’ll be reading six to ten novels this year with help from these study and activity guides and these other study guides. I’m still trying to decide which books to choose, but have settled on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (free for the Kindle!) as our first one.
We may also work on finishing:
Story of the World – finish Volume 2 (the Middle Ages)
Behold and See 6 (and supplement, as needed, since this is the current highest level of the Behold and See series)
Faith and Life series
Piano Lessons (and Daily Practice)
An art class at a twice a month small group that we will be attending
A variety of activities from the following sources:
French flash cards and computer games
A life skills class at a twice a month small group that we will be attending
We are again using Days of Faith Student Planners for the kids. (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
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