Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2016-2017 Homeschool Plan, 7th Grade...

I can't believe RileyAnn will turn 13 years old soon!  She is officially entering middle school this year.  As mentioned in the past, Riley has asked for more independence so I'm splitting her and Ruben this year in pretty much every subject.  I'm sad for me and excited for her all at the same time. This is my second go around with 7th grade and it looks considerably different this time.  I've learned a great deal over the years in this homeschool venture. Overall, I think it's going to be a good year.  Without further ado, today, I am finally able to share her 7th grade plan...

Bible - Ambleside Online Year 6 Old Testament of "Through the Bible" plan.  Since we read New Testament and church history last year, I'm only going to assign her the Old Testament portion this year.  The plan is laid out as follows:

Term 1: Genesis; Psalm 1-20; Proverbs 1-6
Term 2: Job and Exodus 1-24; Psalm 21-37; Proverbs 7-11
Term 3: Exodus 25-40 and Leviticus; Psalm 38-55; Proverbs 12-16

In addition, Riley will copy the Psalms as she reads them into Do You Journible? Psalms 1-72, The 17:18 Series.  I actually bought this for myself, but after seeing it, decided it would work well for Riley.  I will be ordering another copy for myself so I can copy the book of Psalms along with her.

Missionary Study

Jungle Pilot: The Life and Witness of Nate Saint by Russell T. Hitt
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew
Teresa of Calcutta by D. Jeanene Watson

Citizenship - I'm still thinking about Plutarch and will most likely add something later in the year.

History - Beautiful Feet Ancient History; in addition, Riley will read the following books as part of her history study:

Genesis: Finding Our Roots by Ruth Beechick (AO 6)
Adam and His Kin by Ruth Beechick
The Story of the Greeks by H.A. Guerber (AO 6)
The Story of the Romans by H.A. Guerber (AO 6)
The Boys' and Girls' Herodotus by John S. White

Book of Centuries - Riley will begin keeping a BOC this year.

Geography - Riley will be mapping the world this year based on a the Classical Conversations Challenge A Debate model. We saw it put into play last spring when we observed a CC Challenge A class.  She and I were both very intrigued by it.

Math - Lial's Basic College Mathematics, We are trying something totally different this year for math.  I began hearing rave reviews of Lial's math years ago on the Living Math Yahoo Group.  This spring, I happened across a copy at a used book sale.  After a bit of online networking, I found out about My Homeschool Math Class, where Mrs. Perkins teaches online classes using Lial's.  Riley is signed up for the online math class.  This will be our first experience with online courses.  I'm looking forward to trying something new.

Science - Apologia's Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology and Exploring the History of Medicine by John Hudson Tiner

Natural Science - Keeping a Nature Journal by Clare Walker Leslie; Secrets of the Woods and School of the Woods by William J. Long (AO 3 & 6)

Nature Study - Riley will venture out on a weekly nature study.  A while back I bought Journaling a Year in Nature from Simply Charlotte Mason to guide her in her study.  I have been on again off again with nature study, but Riley has been fairly consistent.  I'm interested to see what she does with this journal.

Literature - I'm in the process of planning another book club for Riley and Ruben this year and will post more about that in the future as it comes to fruition.  The following literature will be assigned to Riley by term.  In addition, she has a "Free Reading" list to choose from, which is a conglomeration of AO Free Reads from various years.

The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum (Sonlight)
Black Ships Before Troy and The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Ides of April by Mary Ray (Sonlight)

Poetry and Fairy Tales

Gilgamesh by David Ferry
The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Composition - Riley will continue with oral and written narration.  I also purchased The Lost Tools of Writing from the CiRCE Institute, but am trying to figure out whether or not to incorporate it this year.  I'm going to see how it goes, I just may wait until next year.

Grammar - Jensen's Grammar by Frode Jensen (AO 7)

Latin - Latin for Children (Classical Academic Press)

Spelling - We are going to try IEW Phonetic Zoo this year for spelling.  Riley and I both love All About Spelling, however, if something was going to fall by the wayside, it was this.  At the end of last year, Riley asked if there was a spelling program she could work through independently...I guess she was sick of waiting on me :(  After a bit of research, I found IEW's program and we've decided to give it a try.  We always have AAS to fall back on.

Shakespeare - I'm hoping to lead a group in the study of Julius Caesar toward spring.  Shakespeare will be a new adventure for me.  Although Riley is familiar since reading Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare a couple of years ago.

Logic/Rhetoric - Riley's been working through Building Thinking Skills for the past couple of years and will finish it up this year.  She will also be reading It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence O. Richards, which is a Sonlight, Ambleside Online, and Classical Conversations recommendation, in addition to The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn (AO 7).

Handicrafts - Riley is interested in learning to crochet.  Since I have Handicrafts Made Simple by Simply Charlotte Mason, she will most likely use it to learn.  I'm also thinking about having her chose a couple projects from Nature Smart by Gwen Diehn.  Riley enjoys the outdoors and is very crafty so I think this will be a good fit for her.

Art - Riley will participate in our local homeschool art class.

Music - Riley will participate in our local homeschool choir.

Well, there you have it!  In looking back, Riley's plan looks a bit lofty.  However, when divided over three twelve week terms, I believe it's manageable.  Of course, I'll adjust accordingly and post reviews throughout. 

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