Welcome back to Five Days of Choosing Curriculum! Every day this week we will be helping you with curriculum choices for specific age levels. Today is all about middle school homeschool resources. Don’t miss our schedule at the end of the post. We invite you to stop by every day this week!
Today’s post is sponsored by Answers in Genesis Homeschool, a ministry we love! Please see our disclosure policy for full details. Plus, don’t miss the giveaway of a History Revealed curriculum pack (winner’s choice) at the end!!
Can You Homeschool Middle School? Yes, You Can!
The authors at the Curriculum Choice have many, many years of experience teaching middle school between them. They’ve joined together to help you feel confident teaching middle school, too!
Below are some of the many middle school reviews our Curriculum Choice authors have written. You’ll enjoy learning more about the plethora of resources available to you as you teach 6th-8th graders!
More Encouragement from Our Authors
Most of the Curriculum Choice authors have active blogs where they share all kinds of homeschooling advice and experiences. Below, you’ll find links to helpful middle school posts from a couple of our veteran homeschooling authors.
Cindy West from Our Journey Westward loves teaching middle school! Sixth-eighth graders are ready to dive deeper academically, but still enjoy lessons that allow them to get dirty and have fun. Here are some of her “outside the box” curriculum ideas for middle school.
Apologia and Nature Study – How to integrate nature study and a popular science textbook in the upper grades.
Logic and Critical Thinking – Middle school children are the perfect age to dive deep into logic studies that will prepare them for so much in the future!
Project-Based Learning Series – Many kids want (or need) to learn on their own terms – whether delight directed, hands-on, gifted, struggling, etc. – project-based learning can be a great answer.
Dr. Seuss in Middle School – This fun character-building lesson uses a children’s book for some deep thinking.
Tricia from Hodgepodge shares some of her favorite middle school resources, too!
Harmony Fine Arts Plans for Art and Music Appreciation – (we use this together as a family – for all ages! But we’ve mostly enjoyed the middle school plans) Are you like me? Do you long to enrich your homeschool with studies of composers and artists? Do you wish that someone would just do it all for you? You know, invest the time in research, find the online links, point you to the resources you need? It’s done. Yes, really. It’s all done for you. Barb-Harmony Art Mom has created just what you need. She, too, was like us.
Lynda.com Online Training Library – Our eldest son is using the Lynda.com library to learn computer programming. The courses are engaging, and the lecturers really know their topics. One of the best things about Lynda.com is that 10% of the training catalog is available free. You can truly “try before you buy”.
GloBible App - They have created an engaging Bible study tool that will (and has) fascinated and captivated our Bible students. My 13-year-old son says “I love the Glo Bible”.
New Millennium Creative Writing for Tween Girls -Crafty. Creative. Busy. Reader. Writer. Tween. Do you have one of those too? Yes, I have a tween girl who thrives on creative projects. So when we had a chance to review the New Millenium Girls Creative Writing Bundle by Jan May, I knew it was for us.
Answers in Genesis: God’s Design for Science – For our middle schoolers too! Gone are the days of buying separate science curriculum for various levels. Focusing on different topics in multiple grades. For me, as homeschool parent, I no longer have to set aside time to “do science” with each child. Everyone is learning together. A unit study approach for the whole family. Four years worth of units for grades 1-8. Each with 3 units. Even more on Answers in Genesis God’s Design for Science in Homeschool Science for Multiple Ages.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the most important resource when choosing curriculum is Cathy Duffy’s guide, 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, which helps you determine what curriculum suits your family. I recommend it to all new homeschooling families and use it regularly myself even after 17 years of homeschooling and 4 years of reviewing curriculum. The older version, 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, is still useful, but does not mention some of the great new curricula available.
Even More Homeschool Resources!
- Be sure to also check out The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Homeschool Curriculum.
- Our Curriculum Choice review team features a topic monthly. You can see all that our authors have shared on electives, math, curriculum choices and more under Review Team Features.
- Our Curriculum Choice Pinterest boards! reviews of all kinds from our archives and more.
We are joining up with our iHomeschool Network friends in a summer hopscotch! Be sure to stop by the rest of the week for more on Choosing Curriculum. Tomorrow we will feature high school curriculum! Pin each post for future reference! (Each link below will be live on that day).
Five Days of Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
- Monday – Choosing Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum
- Tuesday – Choosing Elementary Homeschool Curriculum
- Wednesday – Choosing Middle School Curriculum
- Thursday – Choosing High School Curriculum
- Friday – Choosing Homeschool Curriculum for Multiple Ages
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~Hosted by Cindy West, an eclectically Charlotte Mason mom of three from KY. She homeschools elementary, middle and high school students. You can find her writing about homeschooling at Our Journey Westward and learn about her creative homeschool curriculum at Shining Dawn Books.