This is the fourth child that I have prepared a Year 7 homeschool curriculum for. Each time I’ve done it a little differently. For 2014 I had to consider the new Australian National Curriculum.
Year 7 is considered to be Stage 4 in the NSW Board of Studies Syllabus.
This is a list of resources that I used and my book list. I’ve put it here to give you ideas. It’s not perfect and it doesn’t include everything. It’s tailored to suit the strengths, weaknesses and interests of my particular child. Some resources I started but ditched after using them for a while. They didn’t work for us.
I hope that you will find some inspiration from this as you prepare your Year 7 homeschool curriculum.
What Helped My Year Seven Homeschool Curriculum
I encourage my children to work alone as much as possible. I hardly ever read aloud their books with them. My kids use workboxes for their school work. I am the Year Seven Homeschool Curriculum coach these days. I see my role as a motivator and advisor. I still help out when trouble arises but I still aim for independence.
Independent learning didn’t happen all of a sudden; it has taken a few years of training. I reaped the rewards of this independence as I was ill for most of term 4 and was unable to participate in most of their homeschooling during this time. They soldiered on without me—homeschooling when you’re sick is not an ideal situation but at least things don’t come to a grinding halt if you can teach them to work alone.
Living Books and Textbooks
I still have a Charlotte Mason twist to my homeschool with lots of living books, short lessons, narrations, notebooking and nature study but I use a few more textbooks in high school than I did in the primary years. I find the structure of textbooks relieves me of a great deal of lesson preparation and gives me a goal to work towards. I’m not necessarily using graded textbooks but rather looking for the content that I want to cover in my Year 7 homeschool curriculum.
Year 7 Homeschool Curriculum Resource List 2014
- Bible Reading daily
- Youth Group personal development study.
- Life of Fred Fractions (Term 1)
- Math Online Year 7 – get the homeschool discount
- Learning Language Arts Through Literature Tan (ditched at lesson 21)
- Phontastic Spelling (completed Term 1 carried over from Year 6)
- Wordsmith Apprentice
- Themed historical writing lessons and narrations (see reading schedule)
- Lessons in writing in different types of genres in other subjects
- Poetry Anthologies
- Novel Study – Little Black Princess – Read Aloud (Term 3)
- IEW Writing Intensive Course B – Co op Study ( Term 4)
- Spelling Wisdom Book 3
- Play : Merchant of Venice – Shakespeare Film Festival Glouster
- Play: Henry V- Bell Shakespeare Performance Opera House
Science and Nature Study
- Science notebook using – The Big Book of Inventions (Term 1)
- Apologia Astronomy (Term 3-4 )
- A Bush Calendar by Amy Mack and My Bush Calendar Logbook (Term 1 – 4)
History & Geography
Including: Living books, Book of Centuries, map work, narrations, information DVD, culture and art. The rest of the outcomes will be covered in Year 8.
- See Year Seven Homeschool Curriculum Book list 2014 for titles used.
Following the ANC Stage 4 History Outcomes the following in-depth studies were done:
- Investigating Ancient History
- The Asian World – India and China
- Asia Pacific World – Japan
Civics and Citizenship
- Art classes with qualified art teacher (co-op).
- Art Appreciation Fine Art Pages
- Hair and Nail Art – including preparing a presentation portfolio for her clients/friends.
- Piano Lessons
- Girl’s Choir
Physical Education and Personal Development
- Continue teaching as needed personal development skills.
- History readings also part of personal development and philosophy.
- Dance Classes
- Homeschool swimming and sports carnival
My Year Seven Homeschool Curriculum Booklist 2014
There are many more books I could have selected for my children using my Asian book lists but these are the ones we chose.
Reading through this book list was achieved by my daughter at a comfortable pace.
- The Bronze Bow
- The Emperor’s Silent Army by Jane O’Conner
- The Silk Road by John Major
- The Great Wall of China
- A Bush Calendar Monthly Readings Jan to March
- The Big Book of Inventions 1 to 105
- The Enchanted Island – A pound of flesh Ian Serraillier (Merchant of Venice)
- Tails and Tarradiddles up to page 93
- The Word Snoop by Ursula Dubosarsky (also called The Word Spy)
- Waking the Sleeping Giant by Nuri Mass OOP
- The Royal Diaries: Lady of the Ch’iao – Warrior of the South by Laurence Yep (China 531AD)
- The Big Book of Inventions 1 to 105
- A Bush Calendar Monthly Readings May to June
- Tails and Tarradiddles completed
- The Enchanted Island by Ian Serraillier (Henry V)
- Exploration into Japan by Richard Tames
- The Royal Diaries: Kazunomiya – Prisoner of Heaven (Japan, 1858)
- Big Wave by Pearl Buck
- The Little Black Princess by J Gunn (novel study)
- A Bush Calendar Monthly Readings July to Sept
- Exploration into India by Anita Ganeri
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- A Bush Calendar Monthly Readings Oct to Dec
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See our list of living books for preparing your own book list.