I began homeschooling my oldest daughter in the fall of 2014. Since that time, our family has grown to a total of four kids. My oldest two have so far finished preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. My son will finish second grade this fall. My oldest has also finished third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade. She will finish her sixth grade work by the end of the year. I already have my seventh grade materials purchased and organized. If you are interested in any of the materials, easily find copies on Amazon via my affiliate links.
Originally published on August 18, 2020. Updated on July 23, 2022.
I introduced the Language of Literature series from McDougal Littell during sixth grade. I will continue using the Language of Literature series for seventh grade reading: Language of Literature (Grade 7).
After using The Writing Prompts Workbook, Grades 5-6 in fifth and sixth grade, I plan to use the series in seventh grade. To inspire my children to write, I included The Writing Prompts Workbook, Grades 7-8 for grade 7 writing. The Writing Prompts series is available for first grade through twelfth grade.
I also plan to continue using the Spectrum Writing Grade 7 workbook. The Spectrum series is available for kindergarten through eighth grade.
For junior high grammar, I wrote A Form-Function Description of the Grammar of the Modern English Language: Book 1 (Level 7) that covers the introduction and chapters 1 to 11. Book 2 (Level 8) covers chapters 12 to 18 and the conclusion. The included workbook contains questions and answers for each chapter in the textbook including the introduction. The glossary in Book 2 provides an alphabetical list of the definitions of the bold terms throughout the textbook. The appendices in Book 2 offer quick references on English forms and functions, strong verbs, adjective phrase complements, prepositional verbs, catenative verbs, and phrasal verbs.
Written for students between the ages of 12 and 14 in seventh and eighth grade of junior high, this grammar begins by describing the grammatical forms possible in English. The word classes in English are nouns, pronouns, adjectives, determiners, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, postpositions, p-words, conjunctions, adverbializers, relativizers, complementizers, and interjections. The phrases in English are noun phrases, adjective phrases, determiner phrases, verb phrases, adverb phrases, prepositional phrases, and postpositional phrases. The clauses in English are independent clauses, adjective clauses, noun clauses, and adverb clauses. This grammar also describes the grammatical functions that words, phrases, and clauses can perform.
The included workbook contains questions and answers for each chapter in the textbook including the introduction. The glossary in Book 2 provides an alphabetical list of the definitions of the bold terms throughout the textbook. The appendices in Book 2 offer quick references on English forms and functions, strong verbs, adjective phrase complements, prepositional verbs, catenative verbs, and phrasal verbs.
I plan to use The Vocabulary Builder Workbook: Simple Lessons and Activities to Teach Yourself Over 1,400 Must-Know Words for seventh and eighth grade vocabulary. The book contains 200 lessons. Seventh grade will cover the first 100 lessons.
My children and I continued doing word study using Structured Word Inquiry. Each week she and I chose a base word or two to study. I am also using the InSight Words (Volume 1, Volume 2, Supplement, and Inflections) from Linguist-Educator Exchange. We also studied other words that arose in day-to-day life.
For seventh grade math, I plan to use the Kumon Pre-Algebra, Kumon Algebra, Kumon Intro to Geometry, Kumon Geometry, and Kumon Word Problems workbooks. Each workbook introduces mathematical concepts gradually and builds on previous knowledge.
I also plan to use the McGraw-Hill Education Math Grade 7 workbook. The book includes a guide that outlines national standards for seventh grade.
I will also use the Spectrum Critical Thinking for Math Workbook Grade 7 to improve problem-solving skills with math reasoning questions, tests, and word problems.
I will also use Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook, which covers math topics including multiplication and division of fractions and decimals; ratios, proportions, and percentages; geometry; statistics and probability; expressions and equations; and the coordinate plane and functions. The lessons include practice problems and answer pages.
I also plan for my children to continue using Khan Academy for extra math lessons.
Beginning in seventh grade, I plan to use the Prentice Hall Science Explorer series, which consists of the following titles:
- From Bacteria to Plants
- Cells and Heredity
- Human Biology and Health
- Environmental Science
- Inside Earth
- Earth’s Changing Surface
- Earth’s Water
- Weather and Climate
- Chemical Building Blocks
- Chemical Interactions
- Motion, Force, and Energy
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Sound and Light
- The Nature of Science and Technology
I expect my children will finish over half the textbooks in seventh grade and the remaining in eighth grade.
After studying world geography, I plan to move on to world history followed by American history by using Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook and Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook.
For seventh grade art, I plan to use The Short Story of Art. The 224-page book explores 50 key works and then links each work to art movements, themes, and techniques.
My children continued using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish.
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