2014-2015 Curriculum Choices for 7th, 5th, and 1st grades

curriculum choices for 7th grade 5th grade 1st gradeWe have now embarked on our 8th year of homeschooling.   I take a wide and deep eclectic approach to education which works very well for my gifted learners.  Our homeschool is globally-focused so we spend a chunk of time learning about the world, different cultures, and study some of the major languages of the world.

7th Grade

My 7th grader is a diligent learner who enjoys the process of learning.  He is strong on the language arts front and has a high interest in science.  He currently has plans for a future in a STEM field.

Math: Finish Art of Problem Solving Pre-Algebra, Start Art of Problem Solving Introduction to AlgebraZome Advanced Math Creator 4 with Zome Geometry

Science:  Miller Levine Biology Macaw iPad edition with labs, independent biology research with an accompanying science research paper and possible entry into a local science fair and Hewitt Conceptual Physics course,  Engineering Everywhere units with brother.

History: Documentary-focused early modern world history study with McDougal Little Modern World History book and the People’s History of the United States

Geography:  Africa (countries and culture) unit studyMaterial World, apps to learn the locations of all countries, capitals, US states and Canadian provinces (with their capitals), bodies of water, major rivers and landforms around the globe

Current Events: Democracy Now broadcasts, Aljazerra English for reading the news

Language Arts: Finish Classical Writing Aesop-Homer for Older Beginners, speech, Vocabulary Energizers, Abraham Lincoln’s Introduction to Handwriting and Calligraphy, Classical Writing Poetry for Older BeginnersRod and Staff English 7 (grammar only), Classical Writing Diogenes MaximMovies as LiteratureExcellence in Literature as a literature guide only.

Reading: Autobiography by Ben Franklin, Poor Richard, Julius Caesar by Shakespeare and Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare, short stories, Robinson Crusoe, Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Around the World in 80 Days, Prince and the Pauper, Little Women, Last of the Mohicans, Call of the Wild, Great Expectations, Pilgrims Progress, The Man in the Iron Mask

Arabic:  Arabic for LifeArabian Sinbad DVDs, Mango app

Mandarin: Basic Spoken Chinese, Basic Spoken Chinese Practice EssentialsBasic Written ChineseBasic Written Chinese Practice Essentials, Mango app

Ancient Greek: Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek Book I, Koine Greek Mango app

French: Contacts by Valette, Mango app

PE:  Running, Swimming, Nutrition and Fitness study

Fine Arts: Hoffman Academy video piano lessonsMusic Ace DeluxeThe Phonics of Drawing

Bible:  Read through Bible (1/2 way this year), Evidence for Christianity StudyThe Holy Spirit and His GiftsOT types and shadows study

Logic:  The Examined Life: Advanced Philosophy for KidsPerplexorsTraditional Logic I, Plato’s Republic

Computer:   Beginning Java

5th Grade

My 5th grader is a visual-spatial learner who shines when encountering creative problem solving.  He has dreams of a future in a STEM field.  As a result, I’ve incorporated lots of creative problem solving into his science studies and I’m using a strong math curriculum.

Math: Art of Problem Solving PrealgebraZome Advanced Math Creator 4 with Zome GeometryLife of Fred Fractions, Murderous Maths

Science:  Microbiology Unit Study,  Engineering Everywhere units – Ice Cream, Urban Landscapes, Insulated Homes (with older brother), Engineering Adventures units – Flying Technologies, Rockets and Rovers, Bubble Wands, Aid Drop Packages, Earthquakes, Recycled Racers, Invasive Species (with younger sister)

Computer:  Typing Web– until 40 words a minute, Blender

History: Documentary-focused early modern world history with McDougal Little Modern World History book and the A People’s History of American Empire by Zinn. Independent Minecraft projects.

Geography:  Africa (countries and culture) unit study.

Language Arts:  Finish Classical Writing Aesop AClassical Writing Aesop B, Finish Rod and Staff English 4, Start Rod and Staff English 6 (grammar only), Movies as Literature, Megawords 1-2, Evan-Moore Daily Handwriting Practice Modern Manuscript, Evan-Moore Daily Handwriting Practice Modern Cursive, Mindsnaps Vocab app

Reading with an emphasis on visualization:  Trumpet of the Swan, Old Yeller, Phantom Tollbooth, Tuck Everlasting, Anne of Green Gables, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Cheaper by the Dozen, Wizard of Oz, I Am David

Arabic:  More practice reading Arabic and then start  Arabic for LifeArabian Sinbad DVDs, Mango app

Japanese:  Human Japanese app with me, Mirai Japanese app independently, Mango app

Greek: Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek Book I, Koine Greek Mango app

FrenchResources to learn how to read and pronounce French

PE:  Running, Swimming,  Nutrition and Fitness study

Fine Arts: Hoffman Academy video piano lessonsMusic Ace DeluxeThe Phonics of Drawing

Bible:  Evidence for Christianity Study, The Holy Spirit and His GiftsOT types and shadows study

Logic: Finish Logic LiftoffOrbiting with LogicMindWare Grid Perplexors: Level CPhilosophy for Kids, Finish Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural

1st Grade

My 1st grader is a highly-creative learner who loves learning.  She will often take longer to accomplish a task because she takes creative detours that makes the task more interesting to her.  Right now, she loves science and has really enjoyed her recent history studies.  I’m excited to see where this year takes her.

Math:  Singapore 1B and 2AZome Advanced Math Creator 4 play, living books and videos

Science: Engineering Adventures units with brother, Magic School Bus unit study

Geography: World poverty unit study, Africa (countries and cultures) unit study

History:  Story of the World 1 audio with activity book with video additions (first 17 chapters only)

Language Arts:  Finish Steck-Vaughn Phonics ASteck-Vaughn Phonics B,  Finish Write About MeWrite About My World, maybe start Just Write 1, Handwriting with StartWrite Handwriting SoftwareMad Libs, Finish All About Spelling Level 1Rod and Staff Spelling 2, Reading

Read Alouds – Paddington Abroad, Winnie the Pooh, Pippi Longstocking, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Farm, Hello Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Capyboppy,  Trumpet of the Swan, Stuart Little, Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, James Harriot’s Treasury for Children, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Peter Pan, The Reluctant Dragon, American Tall Tales, Now we are Six, Heidi, Runny Babbit, James and the Giant Peach, Just So Stories, The Jungle Book, Lassie Come Home (This list should last us more than a year).

Greek:   Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level One (finish) and Song School Greek

Arabic: Arabian Sinbad, Arabic Arabiah app and start Alif Baa

Mandarin: My First Chinese Words and My First Chinese Reader and DVDs

Bible: NT audio Bible going to sleep at night, God’s Love for You Bible Story Book (read aloud), The Beginner’s Bible (reader), Participate in Evidence for Christianity StudyThe Holy Spirit and His GiftsOT types and shadows study with brothers

Logic:  Dot to dot and maze books

PE:  Swimming,  Nutrition and Fitness study

Fine Arts: Hoffman Academy video piano lessonsMusic Ace DeluxeThe Phonics of Drawing



  1. Wow! What an amazing resource you’ve created! I’m curious as to what your 2015-16 curriculum choices are.

  2. Very impressive and giving me lots of ideas for 7th grade next year. Can you tell me if Arabic for life is classical Arabic (fusha) or modern Arabic? Thank you
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  3. Wow! You guys learn a lot of languages! My 6th grader recently began learning German with a combination of Mango Languages(free through our library) and Duolingo. She really enjoys Duolingo especially Duo the owl.

  4. great list of 1st grade read alouds, thanks!!

  5. Great plan, Amy! How have you like Classical Writing? We’re starting that this year.
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      I like what my kids are learning with Classical Writing. It has been good for both of my kids. It does have a bit of a learning curve and it is time-consuming, but it is worth it, imho.

  6. I like the look of those Engineering Everywhere units and videos attached to the physics course. I am homeschooling three kids also in grade 7, 5 and K/grade 1 out west in BC. My oldest has been learning Mandarin since grade 5.
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