Grade 7

New Plan 6/25/14

August: Setting Sail – Cartography and Navigation

September: Explorers – Ancient China/Marco Polo/The Silk Road/Buddha

October: The Human Body and Nutrition

November: Explorers – Ancient Africa/Prince Henry the Navigator/Vasco DaGama/Caravels



  • *** Tentative Block Schedule ***
  • Aug: Physics 2 – Color This won’t be too intense, just a look at the play of light and dark in how color is formed. This will be in conjunction with Jude’s first block on rainbows/fiber dyeing. We will all work with the color wheel, natural vs synthetic dyes on cotton, silk and wool. Also form drawing for both boys (review of mirror forms and then crossing the midline).
  • Sept: Anatomy using Galen and the Gateway to Medicine as our spine. Also focusing on drawing the human form. Lots of full body movement too!!
  • Oct: History / The Renaissance
  • Nov: Astronomy
  • Dec: Clocks (both boys) Time and making different kinds of clocks. Ongoing timeline for project for Vincent up through the Renaissance.
  • Jan: Geometric Drawing 3 (we have loved Melisa Nielsen’s book on this subject. Loved!) Finish String, Straightedge and Shadow from last year. Pythagorus, Fibonacci.
  • Feb: Letting Vincent choose the block for this month.
  • Mar: History / Age of Exploration I have the idea of doing this via maps and cartography, ships and navigation and review of astronomy too, in addition to biography.
  • April: History / Colonial US History up to the Revolution This is a lot of history back to back. I will probably break it up with something – most likely a math block.
  • May: Wish, Wonder, Surprise (Creative Writing)
  • June: Wrap up and testing and timeline project up though 1776.
Other things/thoughts: We are going to focus on algebra in the first semester and geometry in the second semester. Finish up the final Key to books in percents and decimals. (Actually we might have finished percents this year. I’ll have to check LOL.) I am also going to use MMM by Jamie York to fill in other gaps.
Our big overall focus will be writing, as in composition. I have Writing for 100 Days. Any other suggestions? Continuing with cursive as well.
I also want to focus on complex book binding for handwork throughout the entire year – maybe a new kind of binding every other month. I think he will really enjoy this, as he has loved origami and simple bookmaking. I will need to brush up my skills, but it is something I like and would enjoy getting better. Handwork has fallen flat (although he will occasionally get on a knitting kick) so I am trying to be creative in this area.
I have decided to let Vincent pursue geography independently, as this is something he loves. I want to look for a curriculum that he can follow, augmented with cooking and biography. Again, any suggestions? Also I am thinking this will dovetail nicely with his current obsession (obsession!!) with coins and coin collecting.
*** Resources ***


  • Using the Brave Writer program; also chose the titles below from their reading program called “The Arrow”
  • Check out Homeschool Buyers Coop – I got both products for 50% off!
  • Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
    Blood and Guts by Linda Allison
    Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
    Galen and the Gateway to Medicine, Jeanne Bendick
    Redwall by Brian Jacques
    Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
    The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
    The Sign of the Beaver
    The Hobbit By J. R. R. Tolkien


  • Around the World in a Hundred Years by Jean Fritz
  • Explorers Who Got Lost by Diane Dreher
  • Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad
  • Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

Physics (Color/Light specifically)

China/Marco Polo/The Silk Road:

  • Dragons, Gods and Spirits from Chinese Mythology by Tao Tao Liu Sanders

Africa/Prince Henry the Navigator:

The Renaissance:

  • Leonardo DaVinci by Diane Stanley (good read aloud or independent read)
  • Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley
  • Fine Print: A Story about Johann Gutenberg  by Joann Johansen Burch
  • Michelangelo’s World by Piero Ventura
  • Leonard, Beautiful Dreamer by Robert Byrd



American/Colonial History up to the Revolution:

12 thoughts on “Grade 7

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  2. Wow. These are wonderful ideas!

    Also, A trip to Philadelphia to see the US Mint and other Historic places might be cool!

  3. Sheila, I have had my eye on the Ellen McHenry mapping book for years. I look forward to seeing the results of using it. And a book that combines geography, biography and cooking? Sounds like a fabulous idea – if you don’t find one, perhaps that could be your next e-book???

    I hope you have a great 7th grade year together! Cathy

    • LOL about the next ebook, since I don’t have a first yet!

      Glad to know you have seen the McHenry book before. It came up in a google search and looks fantastic.

      Also looking at Brave Writer for grade 7. Vincent is a reluctant writer and this program looks like it could break the ice with him.

      Hope your year is going well.

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  5. Hello – I was wondering what you thought of Writing for 100 Days. Did you find it helpful? I’m trying to figure out something for our Wish Wonder Surprise block.

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