7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year-End Review–Round 2!

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The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I have shared many of these posts, you can see them all here. This is my second child to homeschool 7th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 2!”

First up, 7th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 7th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!


Science ~ LIFEPAC 7th Grade

My older son used Apologia science for all of middle school and I knew the layout just wouldn’t be a good fit for my middle son. I decided to give LIFEPAC a try and it is a good fit for him! The mini-book style works well, breaking down the huge book into smaller sections is less overwhelming. The breakup of the reading with questions is better for him too. We will be using LIFEPAC for science in 8th grade too.

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Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra

Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! He completed Pre Algebra and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 for 8th grade. Wondering if TT math is a good college prep math program?

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History/Geography ~ LIFEPAC 7th Grade

This was a great fit for us! It isn’t his favorite subject, but he liked the layout of the LIFEPAC booklets. We mostly did the lessons together, on my bed or a couch, with help from Baxter.

We will be switching to a different publisher for next year – not because I didn’t like LIFEPAC but simply because I need to combine my kids to save time instead of having two completely different history programs. Next year we will use Notgrass From Adam to Us for 5th and 8th grade.

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See more about LIFEPAC History/Geography here in our full review!


Reading ~ 7th grade reading list.

Books read :

  • Refugee – FAVORITE!
  • Chains
  • The Hiding Place
  • Run Away Home
  • Beyond the Bright Sea

He dislikes reading alone {enjoys reading together} and he did not read as much as I would have liked. 8th grade is going to be a game changer for him, as it was for my older son. He simply MUST read more books.


Grammar ~ Fix It Grammar

We began the year with LIFEPAC Language Arts and ended up making a switch mid-year. We decided to try IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a great fit! We started with their first book and I taught my kids together {4th/7th}. Since we started later in the year, we just got as far as we could and will begin where we left off when we start back to school in August.

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Writing ~ IEW

We started the year with IEW Ancient History Based Writing and paused in the middle to do SWI B  {I combined my younger kids for this 4th/7th} and that was a great idea! We will finish up SWI B in the fall {we have 3 lessons left – which purposely saved because I wanted to spend time on them and not rush at the end of the year} and then complete Ancient History. IEW is a great fit for us and after we complete what we have I will probably buy another theme based unit for him to do.

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Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 4th grade and 11th grade. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade & 5th grade.



Mid-Year Homeschool Curriculum Changes and Additions

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At times a mid-year change in homeschool curriculum is needed {or desired}. I try not to change things mid-year too often, but I am not scared to ditch something and go for something new if it is needed. Below you can read more about some changes we made with our 4th and 7th grader!

4th Grade

From Carson Dellosa Skill Builders Reading Comprehension to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Comprehension

Homeschool Curriculum Changes

This was for my daughter who is in 4th grade. She used the Houghton Mifflin book{on the right} for 2nd and 3rd grade and on a whim I ordered her a different brand for 4th grade. She does NOT like the new one, so we switched back. Ironically, the old one {now the current one – her choice} has MUCH more work to do. She is my reader and likes the layout better. I accidentally ordered 5th grade instead of 4th, but we decided to use it anyway!

Finished Growing with Grammar, switched to Fix It Grammar

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Also for my 4th grader – she finished Growing with Grammar 3 {which we didn’t finish last year} and I planned on moving on to GWG 4. However, IEW offered Fix It Grammar for FREE during their 12 Days of Giving so I decided to give it a try!! I do love Growing with Grammar and so far love Fix It Grammar. TOTALLY different ways to teach grammar. I have no idea which one I will choose for next year!

Finished IEW Bible Heroes, added IEW SWI B

My 4th grader finished up IEW’s Bible Heroes and I had planned to move on to IEW’s All Things Fun and Fascinating with her. After much thought over Christmas break I changed my plan and decided to use IEW SWI level B with BOTH of my kids this semester! So far so good and we are 4 weeks in, take a peek at them working here on Instagram!

 

7th Grade

From LIFEPAC Language Arts to IEW Fix It Grammar and SWI B

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This change was for my 7th grade son. We gave LIFEPAC Language Arts a shot and neither of us prefer it. It isn’t a bad curriculum at all and if he had been using it for many years perhaps it would have worked. It was too random for him, he likes the structure of former language arts programs better {Growing with Grammar, Spectrum Vocabulary, etc}.

Knowing we needed a change, I decided to go to all IEW for him. Since we got Fix It Grammar for free, I am using that with him and so far he LOVES it. As I mentioned above, I am using IEW SWI B for him. Level B is the perfect level for him, it is a bit challenging for her, but we make it work.

In addition to grammar and writing/vocabulary we are focusing on our reading together more. There is one unit from the LIFEPAC Language Arts I do plan to use as it is a literature guide to go along with the book The Hiding Place. We just aren’t planning to finish the rest of the booklets.


See our original 4th and 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum posts by clicking below! See all of our grade levels here!

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Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

7th Grace Homeschool Curriculum Choices K

My middle son is 12 and going into 7th grade this year. Below are the 7th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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7th Grade Subjects

The Visual Version

TT Prealgebra IEW Ancient History Theme Based

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You can see our 4th Grade Choices here.

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7th Grade Reading List

7th Grade Reading List

Yesterday I shared my daughter’s 4th grade reading list and today I am sharing my son’s 7th grade reading list. He is much less of a bookworm, so the visual choice list helps him a LOT. Thankfully he glanced at the list and already saw several books he wants to start with!

7th Grade Reading Book List (1 of 1)

I used many sources to find books I thought he might enjoy and that I wanted him to try. I have not read all of these, but looked at reviews and am comfortable with giving these a try. After deciding on many book choices for him, I created a page with each cover so he can browse and choose his next book easily. We do not own all of these so I have him choose and I put the book on hold at the library!

Some of the books carried over since he didn’t choose them last year. I removed most of what he didn’t choose but left a few I am hoping he will pick this year!

7th Grade Book Checklist

Below you can see Amazon links to all of the books on this list {click over to the blog if you are reading in email}.

Downloads…

I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for him. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy!  Just grab the book cover images online somewhere {I used Amazon} and then copy them into a document and resize how you want!  I use PowerPoint to create my documents, I like their positioning tools the best.

Here is a blank reading record like his. I just have her write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on her opinion.

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Here’s another reading log we have used.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.

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See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

Booklist Video…

I recently did a Facebook Live video sharing about these visual booklists, and why we love them! You can watch that here!

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More Book Lists

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