My son, Michael, was a 7th grader for the 2019-2020 school year and used a variety of homeschool curricula. I wanted to share this information with you, as well as document it for myself!
Math – Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra. We’ve used this for many, many years and love Teaching Textbooks! I am truly enjoying the online option and can’t wait to try out their 4.0 online version when it gets released later in 2020.
History – I had Michael read through A History of US *affiliate link* by Joy Hakim. For a while, I had him doing some questions and papers, but toward the last half of the year, I required a simple paper about what he learned as he finished each volume. He devours history, so I absolutely know he was learning SO much through this series and he watched tons of documentaries to follow up on some of the more interesting things. He really liked the format of these books and never complained about history assignments!
Language Arts – IEW’s Fix-It Grammar, Jump In Homeschool Composition Course for Middle School, and Hewitt Homeschooling Grade 7 Lightning Lit. We did not complete Jump In or Lightning Lit this year, but we got about 2/3 through both. It’s a lot of work, but I wanted him to have a good foundation. We’re switching things up for next school year, but I am happy with this combination that we used for 7th grade.
Science – Beginnings Publishing Rainbow Science, Year 1. Michael really LOVES science. This curriculum implements labs/experiments every 3rd day. He would do a lesson, another lesson, and a lab. We like this so much that we’re doing Year 2 for the 2020-2021 school year. In fact, the kit just came in the mail this week and he put it up tonight with a huge grin on his face. It’s perfect for a hands-on, no frills scientist.
Overall, we had a good year. It was a little weird when our co-op got cancelled for the second half of the second semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he’s been a great sport about it. We ended our semester toward the end of May when my grandmother died. We all decided that we could just be done, and I’m happy with what everyone completed.
I can’t believe that this time next year, I’ll be finalizing his high school courses!