Learn what seventh graders are expected to learn and what 7th grade curriculum will help them most to succeed this year and prepare them for more advanced learning later.
You are homeschooling your child because you want more control over what they learn, how they learn, and how much they enjoy the process of learning. If you have been homeschooling since earlier grades, you will see your seventh grader be challenged to a greater degree this year. If you are just now starting to homeschool, you may need to do some special bridge work to make sure they easily adjust from what they were learning in public school to what you will be giving them in your homeschool.
Every state has guidelines regarding the objectives for seventh graders to learn, but that is just a starting point when designing your curriculum. Regardless of the resources you are using or what your theories on homeschooling may be, the following lists will help you see what seventh graders should be learning.
Reading/Language Arts Objectives:
- Work with more advanced vocabulary
- Continue to learn grammar skills and rules of punctuation
- Write on a daily basis and explore the expression of feelings on paper
- Work on comprehension of more difficult texts
- Summarize, analyze and critique texts
Seventh Grade Mathematics Objectives:
- Continue using math in the everyday world to solve problems
- Solidify understanding of algebra concepts
- Introduce basic geometry concepts, or solidify the knowledge if already introduced
- Advance skills in graphing
- Understand exponents and scientific notation
- Apply problem solving and critical thinking to mathematical problems
- Continue working with word problems with all mathematical operations
- Create experiments to learn about the natural environment, weather, etc.
- Learn to grow simple seeds and sprouts
- Learn about life spans of animals
Social Studies Objectives:
- Continue U.S. history from sixth grade objectives
- Continue to explore history and culture of other people around the globe
- Learn about history of special populations (women’s history, African American history, etc.)
Basic Tips for Teaching Seventh Grade:
- Seventh graders should focus on building their vocabulary and working to comprehend complex texts, rather than focusing on the mechanics of reading. Give your child vocabulary words that will really challenge them, regardless of their reading level. Take advantage of your ability to individualize your lesson plans.
- Rather than choosing multiple choice answers to prove comprehension during reading, seventh graders should be able to vocalize what they have read. Have your child work on summarizing and discussing what they are reading to ensure they are getting everything they should out of the text.
- Your children will now have a lot of interests outside of their academic lessons. Try to be creative when planning lessons. Pull those outside interests into their schooling, so they are more interested in what they are learning.
- Encourage your seventh grader to relate their social studies and science lessons to their own lives. Have discussions about how things have changed since particular periods of time.
- Seventh graders should have access to basic equipment for experiments, including microscopes. There may be ways to share this equipment with local organizations if you cannot purchase it for your home school.
Highest-Rated Complete 7th Grade Curriculum Options:
|Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse — Seventh graders can be very independent using this program that also teaches them to manage their work using the built-in lesson and assignment planner.|
|Alpha Omega Life Pacs –-This comprehensive mastery learning program can easily be used as an independent curriculum as middle schoolers learn to manage their own time effectively.|
|Sonlight — Sonlight’s core options for 7th graders integrate history, English and language arts into one great program.|
|Apologia Science — Middle school programs through Apologia are a great way to prepare your student for more difficult high-school science.|
Top Math Choices:
|Saxon Math 87 — A great math program to teach middle school math concepts. (The second number in Saxon Math 87 indicated for what grade level that the book is recommended.)|
|Teaching Textbooks — For the child who is less enthusiastic about math, this is a great option. We would suggest the package that includes both the CD-Rom AND the worksheets for best results.|