It’s that time of year again where we’re all picking out our homeschool curriculum. I’m going to share our homeschool curriculum choices 5th and 7th grade. (I’m saving my bookends: 11th + Kinder for another post.) I’ve tried not to be super boring, but after 10 years, I feel like I’ve found the things that work really well and have decided to stick with those tried and trues.
Since these two kids are so close in grades, I use a lot of the same curriculum with them. I also try to teach them both at once. It helps keep me sane!
So, here’s our homeschool curriculum choices 5th and 7th grade.
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Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices 5th + 7th Grade
I get so many questions from concerned moms that they are not doing enough. We are doing enough. If anything, I think a lot of us overload our kids with too many subjects. I’ve been guilty of this too. But at this point, I just want to do a few things really well with my kids. There’s no way we’ll ever do all the things well, but a few things? Yes, we can totally kick butt at a few things.
And guess what?
Last year, my fourth grader scored an almost perfect score on the science portion of her standardized test. The 99th percentile!
I’m just sharing all that because to many, my curriculum list may seem short. We won’t do all of these things perfectly, but we will do them all well. Because by not overloading my kids, I’ve created the space to do the things we are doing really well.
Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices 5th + 7th Grade: Language Arts
A few years ago, our read alouds began to lead our language arts. This has been a brilliant way to make language arts and writing make sense to my kids!
Family Read Aloud Plan
I always like to make a list of the books I want to read with my kids aloud. We aim for one per month, but with the other books we read for history and just for fun, we don’t normally get to all of them. I’m fine with that though because I at least have a plan so if we finish a book for the month and are looking for another, it’s easy to decide on the next one.
The other thing I like to do is choose a book according to the season or the month we’re in. Sometimes I’ll choose a mystery for the month of October or something about the outdoors for May.
Here’s our list of read alouds for the year. We’ll read these as a family, usually right after breakfast or before bed, depending on the day.
- September: Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman + Buffalo Bill…these two books will help fill in the history gap we’ll have…see “history” section for details.
- October: The Westing Game–Classic mystery for the win!
- November: Where the Broken Heart Still Beats–I like to tie in some Native American studies during November. This book as been on our shelves for a while. It’s about time we read it!
- December: A Little House Christmas–We have read through the LIW series so many times, but I can’t quit them! This will be a great alternative to reading the whole series.
- January: Wonder–I hope we like this one!
- February: The Hiding Place–this classic is one of my all time favorites. We may listen to it via Focus on the Family’s Reader’s Theater CD
- March: By the Great Horn Spoon–this one looks fun! We’ll need a little humor sandwiched between two heavy books!
- April: Hitler’s Daughter (this one really piqued my interest…I found the title in Give Your Child the World)
- May: The Secret Garden–-the FIRST read aloud I EVER read to my boys when they were 5 and 3. This will be so fun to read again.
Writing resources we use:
- Nitty Gritty Grammar and MORE Nitty Gritty Grammar
- Blank Books. My kids can create stories in these and they are so fun to look through later.
- This year, I’d like to have my kids work on some family newsletters…maybe one per quarter or so; fall, winter (a Christmas one would be fun!), and spring. I’ve wanted to do this for several years. Maybe this is the year!?
Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices 5th + 7th Grade: Math
Math was a really easy decision this year. We’ve found a groove with Nicole the Math Lady and Saxon math.
Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices 5th + 7th Grade: History + More
Choosing what we were going to study in history this year was trickier that choosing the tools to study it with! We’ve gone away from the path of sequential history every year because things were feeling a little dry. We took a break in 2016 from our regular cycle to study American government more closely, which seemed to naturally lead into early 1900’s, the Industrial Revolution, and immigration in the spring of 2017.
Last year, we backed up a bit and studied colonial times and the American Revolution.
So this year, since we studied early 1900’s just in 2017, we’re going to skip a little up to the 1920’s and into WWI, the Great Depression, and WWII. We’ll use Story of the World for September to read the text from the Revolution to the 1920’s, just to fill in that gap of time. Then we’ll dive fully into a WWI study using Time Travelers: Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression. (We’ll just skim the parts of the study that we’ve done before.)
(We also studied the Industrial Revolution five years ago, and it was so fun!)
After Christmas, we’ll be heading into WWII time period and using Time Travelers: World War II. I just love these studies because they are thorough! They include a daily text, hands-on projects, recipes, writing projects, and more!
You can read about how I set up these studies HERE.
- Art has always been a big part of our homeschool, and this year won’t be different. We love using lessons from our Deep Space Sparkle membership.
- Jack and Sophia will also participate in homeschool band again. I’m so thankful for this option that we have!
- Nature classes at our local nature center are also on our schedule for the fall.
- Morning Meeting is also a big part of our school day. During this time we go over our plan for the day, read a poem or an idiom, practice a mind bender and do some map work, depending on the day. You can read more about our Morning Meetings HERE and below are some of the books we use.
OTHER RESOURCES WE LOVE THAT WE’LL BE USING:
- Chalk Pastel lessons and Membership Club
- Curiosity Stream (BEST $3 I spend every month!)
- Around the World Stories…great for geography and world cultures!
- Beautiful Feet Books Around the World Study with Picture Books…such a gorgeous set of books!!
- BFB Character Study…we started this last year and didn’t finish all the titles. We’re excited to keep reading this year!
- Logic resources and games
If you want to read more about our curriculum choices:
- Learning Well Community Curriculum Directory...all the things we’ve used from day one!
- Homeschool Curriculum Choices based on your Enneagram Number (super fun post!)
- Our Current TOP TEN Homeschool Curricula