Our homeschool curriculum has evolved over the past few years. The first year we had homeschool after we moved, we used an online K-12 program. We quickly realized that although the program was good, it wasn’t a good fit for our entire family. While my son did fine and completed his schooling, my daughter was not a fan.
After some trial and error, I feel like we’ve finally found a good mix for our family. I prefer a relaxed homeschool approach. A boxed curriculum wouldn’t work for us.
We are also utilizing a homeschool co-op this year that meets once a week. I like the idea of a homeschool co-op for several reasons. My daughter is a social introvert. She likes being around her friends but doesn’t do well in large settings. Luckily, we found a wonderful and smaller co-op that uses a christian homeschool curriculum. We’ll be utilizing the co-op for Language Arts, Science, Theatre, Keyboarding & Coding and Piano.
We’re only partially using it for a few core classes for a few reasons. I really want her to be able to enjoy her time at the homeschool co-op so we chose a few of the more fun classes. We have great math and history/geography classes that we do at home and love as well. It’s a good mix and I think it will be her best homeschool year so far.
Our Homeschooling Curriculum Choices
Math We have tried a few different math programs. After a few different tries, we finally found our favorite homeschool math curriculum. We use Study Time Math. It’s my favorite math curriculum to say the least! I sing it’s praises a lot. It uses real world examples for the math problems so you don’t frequently hear the “why do I need to learn this” question. You’re never going to hear “where am I ever going to use this” question. The word problems show them why they need to learn it. My daughter really likes this homeschool math curriculum too. Win, win!
History/Geography History is one of our favorite subjects. My husband is a huge history nerd and we’ll watch documentaries frequently. I wanted a great history curriculum. We chose A Gentle Feast. It’s a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum. The curriculum is inspired by living books! One of my favorite things about A Gentle Feast is that it’s family centered. You can teach all the littles no matter what grade they’re in. It’s also a looping curriculum. You go through all 4 years of courses and then start back over at the beginning. Yes, the kids will hear it more than once but it makes a big difference in how much info they retain.
Art This is currently my daughter’s favorite thing in life! She has SO MANY sketchbooks, pens, markers (her current favorites!). She’s also creating a mural in her bedroom. I’m also planning several trips to museums and ar shows throughout the school year. Luckily, in Charleston, we have quite a few amazing places to pick from!
Books Another great thing is my kid loves to read. We utilize our local library quite often. We’re buying books from Amazon on a pretty frequent basis too. She prefers to own her books rather than borrow them from the library. Our most recent haul included:
The Little House On The Prairie – 9 volume set. An absolute classic. I think this is a great series for our Charlotte Mason list.
Anne of Green Gables – 8 book box set. Again, another one for Charlotte Mason curriculum. I loved these books and movies as a child. It’s one of my daughter’s favorites because she’s also a red head. We’d borrowed this from the library but she quickly connected with Anne so we took the library book back and just bought the series.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream It’s a great story and introduction into Shakespeare. It was one of my required books for Honors English in school so I thought it would be a good one for her to begin with.
I’m sure we’ll be adding more books from the library as we go along this year. When she gets in the groove to sit down and read, she can blow through several books in just a few days. I’m glad she’s an avid reader!
So, do you homeschool? Did I miss any great suggestions for 7th grade? Please let me know, I want to foster her love for reading good books!