(Last Updated on November 24, 2020)
What. A. Year.
And we’re not even three-quarters of the way through it yet!
Even though I can’t seem to keep track of what day it is right now, I’m at least aware that it’s August. And August in our homeschool means it’s time to finalize and share our curriculum plans for the year ahead.
If you’re curious about what we’ve used in the past, check out this post which has links to all the previous years.
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Year 7 Snapshot
At this point in this exasperating year, we’ll be excited to get back to ANY semblance of a routine when our school year starts. I’m hoping that jumping back into some familiar curricula will bring my kids comfort.
My sons, entering 6th and 3rd grades, are able to do more independent work now. This (in theory) will leave me more time to work directly with my four year old. We’ll also be trying more subjects together which could be awesome… or disastrous. Time will tell.
Thankfully, I was able to get about 85% of our curricula planned and ready over the summer. And the last of my curriculum orders arrived this week. So I can confidently say I’m almost, mostly, sorta, kinda ready.
Here’s what we’re using for our 7th year of homeschooling:
Sixth Grade Curricula for Year 7
- Bible & Character: AWANA Bible Study, RightNow Media videos, the “God, I Need to Talk to You” series plus Devotional Dippers
- Math: CTC Math
- Reading: Silent reading (30+ min./day) plus family read-alouds and audiobooks
- Spelling: All About Spelling Level 6
- Grammar: IEW FixIt! Grammar Book 2
- Writing: SchoolhouseTeachers.com creative writing courses (Exploring Creative Writing, Sparking the Noggin’, Crafting Fiction, and Discovering Poetic Elements)
- Vocabulary: Word Build Online (Elements 1) & Vocabulary Cartoons I: SAT Word Power
- Science: Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding (BFSU) Volume 2
- History & Geography: Story of the World (SotW) Vol. 4: The Modern Age (with SotW Activity Book and Audiobook)
- Health, Safety & Career: Informal Unit Studies
- Logic: Logic Liftoff
Third Grade Curricula for Year 7
As usual we’ll be doing several subjects together including Bible, read-alouds, science, history/geography and health. This year I’m also having my boys do the same creative writing units, each at their own level. Besides the things we study together, my third grader will be working on:
- Math: CTC Math
- Reading: Silent reading (25+ min./day) plus family read-alouds and audiobooks
- Spelling: All About Spelling Level 3
- Logic: Logic Countdown
PreK (age 4) Curricula for Year 7
My youngest is always excited to do whatever her brothers are doing. So I’m going to try and run with that this year and include her in as much as possible. She’ll be in on Bible and read-alouds plus as much science, history/geography and health as she overhears and wants to join in on. I also got her a writing journal so she can participate, in a four-year-old way, in our writing units. Besides that, she’ll be doing:
- Math: Math-U-See Primer plus supplements and math-related games
- Reading: Teacher Created Resources Phonics Book 1, sight word games plus reading books to mom
- Logic: Lollipop Logic Book 1
Other Fun Stuff
A lot of our “other fun stuff” will look different this year.
Our local co-op disbanded due to COVID restrictions which was very sad news for us. We’ve been with the same group for six years and will miss them this year! My boys will be trying gym, art, choir, theater and Spanish classes at a new co-op this year. My youngest will attend a half-day preschool there once a week.
AWANA, another school-year tradition for us, was also cancelled at our church. We had trouble finding another option near us, so we’ll be using the AWANA Trek, T&T and Cubbies books as Bible studies at home this year.
We’re still continuing, slowly but surely, through the Bastien Piano Basics series at home. I’m also hopeful that our homeschool band will continue this fall. My oldest wants to stick with percussion and my middle son is excited to join, likely on the French horn.
Park District classes are few and far between right now, but my 3rd grader will be trying soccer this fall. We’ll have to play the rest of our extracurricular activities by ear this school year (which is way too stressful for a planner like myself)!
Check back in the future to see Our Curriculum Choices – Year 8!
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