Homeschooling a junior higher

July 15, 2009 Categories: Curriculum , Homeschooling | 4 Comments  

Natalie is entering 7th grade in August. (Why does just typing those words make my hands shake?) This year will be the first year in a long time that our homeschooling plans are significantly different. I have always taught science and history as group subjects with all of the kids together. Now that she’s in middle school, I’m going to require more of her in those subject areas, and she will be working on her own.

Here are the programs we will be using for Natalie this upcoming year.

All American History, Volume 2

Science Explorer: Animals; From Bacteria to Plants; Human Biology and Health; Motions, Forces, and Energy; and Sound and Light

Realms of Gold, Volume 2 – This is an anthology of all the short stories, essays, poems, speeches, and autobiographical selections that the Core Knowledge series recommends for 7th grade. She’ll also be reading Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

I’m also going to be using two other study guides with her: Introduction to Poetry: Forms and Elements Study Guide and Literary Genres.

Shurley English 7 – This is a grammar and composition program.

Saxon Math 8/7 with Pre-Algebra

Spelling Workout Level G

Latina Christiana 1 – Natalie, Noah, and I will all be doing this.


  1. Debi

    What a treat your blog is…I’m so glad I found it! (Through your comment on twitter.) I love hearing about what other people are doing with their homeschooling! In fact, you’ve made me want to start posting on our homeschooling blog again, which I haven’t done in ages. Looks like your daughter is going to have a great year. We’ve used some of the Science Explorer books and we really enjoyed them. Hope you will, too.
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  2. carrie

    Debi – thanks for stopping by! I’m a little nervous about the upcoming year, just because it will be the first year in a while I’m using something different. I’m excited, too, though.

  3. Mother Mayhem

    Emily will be in the 7th too! :o )

    We are using the same history as you, Easy Grammar Plus, Jump In for Reluctant and Eager Writers, Further Up and Further In (The Chronicles of Narnia – which neither one of us has read), and a mixture of different math resources. I really hope that Emily will finally be able to distinguish money, but, so far, nada.

    We’ll have to hold each other up in prayer. 7th grade. GULP.
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  4. carrie

    Lisa – I know! For some reason this year has me a bit anxious – haven’t felt like that for a while. Definitely could use some prayers, hugs, and moral support!