Year Seven for my 12 year old daughter.


(Toronto, Canada)

Jackson Pollock style

Jackson Pollock style

I spend a lot of time researching various curriculum and have chosen curriculum that fits my daughter's learning style and that I think she would enjoy. It's often a trial and error process until I find a program that is effective for us.

Math - My daughter is using Math-U-See Pre-Algebra. This seems to be working well for her and she seems to enjoy it. She also completes the Honors section for extra practice.

Literature - We started 'Teaching the Classics' this year and love it! She watches the videos with me and once the basic seminar is complete, I have the Socratic Discussion dvds for Huckleberry Finn, The Wind in the Willows, and The Yearling ready to go. We also have the Prentice-Hall literature books (Bronze level for Grade 7) but honestly, have been so happy with 'Teaching the Classics', that we haven't used the Prentice-Hall books very much.

Geography - We are using the National Geographic World Cultures and Geography book, along with MyNGConnect to view the related videos, etc. I'm also using Map Trek for mapping activities as well as Old Style World Maps. We do notebooking pages occasionally.

Writing - We have used IEW up to this point but this year, I thought we would try something different. IEW has been very effective but I find it a little rigid and wanted a change just for this year before moving into the next level. We're using Cover Story (she enjoys the videos!) and Writing With Skill, both of which seem to be very enjoyable for her.

Art/Art History - We use Art in Focus, do a fair amount of chronological notebooking as we come across each artist, use the Charlotte Mason picture portfolios, and attempt to do a piece of artwork in the style of each artist we are studying. We also have Artistic Pursuits for Junior High but frankly, I haven't had the time to start it. Too many great programs out there and too little time. : )

Music History - A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers, musician studies/notebooking pages in chronological order, The Story of Classical Music.

French - Rosetta Stone

Latin - Getting Started with Latin

Vocabulary - Vocabulary from Classical Roots A

Poetry - The Grammar of Poetry, study of poets with notebooking

Reading - I printed out a list from the Great Books website and we are slowly going through and reading books off that list. She is a reader and is always happy to sit down for hours and read. We mostly do the classic books together as read-alouds.

World History - We use Story of the World as a very basic outline for our history studies, but add a lot of reading and notebooking along the way.

Grammar - Rod and Staff, Editor-in-Chief

Science - Apologia General Science with notebook.

Typing - Type to Learn 4

Critical Thinking/Logic - Building Thinking Skills Verbal and Figural (Grade 7-12), Analogy Challenges, Critical Thinking Book 1, Arguments e-book, Smarty Pants Puzzles.

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Great homeschool curriculum list
by: Marianne

What a great list of homeschool curriculum ideas.
I really like your selection and can see that you've added a great deal of thought into what you're doing.
Thank you for your ideas.

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