Choosing Middle School Homeschool Curriculum

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!!
Middle School Planning from @CurriculumChoice

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!

Our Reviews

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.

Project-based learning and more for middle school @Cindy West (Our Journey Westward)

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.

artist page Harmony Fine Arts

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.

Science with Multiple Ages at HodgepodgeAnswers 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.

101TopPicks

Annie Kate:

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!

HopscotchwithiHNSummer2We 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

Answers in Genesis loves homeschoolers!  We are always excited to see families who are so dedicated to teaching Biblical Truth to their children that they would teach their children at home.  We want to make sure you have our full support to do this.  Not just in our wonderful resources in our store but through community in our all new Social Media outlets – FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+ and yes even Instagram!  We have covered them all so that we can be there to support you – homeschool families.  Join us!

AiG History RevealedNow for the giveaway!

Win a History Revealed full curriculum pack – winner’s choice ($99 value)! A fabulous way to teach your children History from a Biblical Worldview.  Literally beginning with God creating the Earth your children will see our true history revealed right before their eyes.  By adding the Activity Book you can easily encourage your younger children to follow along as well.

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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.

Cindy (84 Posts)

The biggest reason Cindy chose to homeschool was because she loves experiencing life with her children and watching them grow inside and out. She's sure that’s why the Charlotte Mason method first caught her attention. It allows her to be creative in scheduling, rigorous in learning, yet opens the door for plenty of close-knit time, opportunities for her children to explore their interests and offers enough free time for them to be children. She implements many of Charlotte Mason's methods with an eclectic twist of things that work for her family! Besides writing on her blog, Our Journey Westward, you can find her NaturExplorers studies and other creative curricula at Shining Dawn Books.


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  • Brooke June 12, 2013, 6:50 am

    loving all the posts this week…super helpful! thanks.

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  • candace June 12, 2013, 6:54 am

    I like to connect with other homeschoolers through facebook.

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  • Christine June 12, 2013, 6:55 am

    This is exactly where I need help!

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  • Cheryl N. June 12, 2013, 6:57 am

    Really enjoyed this post with the reviews. Can’t wait to look up some of these.

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  • Jodi June 12, 2013, 7:00 am

    sounds like a great giveaway.

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  • Eryn June 12, 2013, 7:01 am

    Thanks for the info!

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  • Jodi June 12, 2013, 7:02 am

    I most connect with other homeschoolers on facebook.

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  • Heidi June 12, 2013, 7:03 am

    Facebook is the easiest way to connect online.

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    • Stacey E. June 12, 2013, 7:23 am

      Heidi we both said the same thing LOL

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  • jen s June 12, 2013, 7:11 am

    AiG has wonderful resources for homeschooling! We have used some of the Science and would love to try out the History!

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  • Amy Lee June 12, 2013, 7:14 am

    I am really enjoying these age level posts! Such wonderful information!

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  • Stacey E. June 12, 2013, 7:22 am

    Facebook is the easiest way for me to connect online with other homeschool Moms! Thanks for another great blog post today.

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  • Kimberly Foster June 12, 2013, 7:25 am

    On Facebook

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  • Rana June 12, 2013, 7:36 am

    I like to connect with other homeschoolers through facebook.

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  • Amber June 12, 2013, 7:39 am

    I connect with other homeschoolers through Facebook.

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  • Wendi S June 12, 2013, 7:41 am

    I connect with other homeschoolers online through discussion boards/forums and on facebook.

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  • Kimberly R June 12, 2013, 7:51 am

    I connect on Facebook :)

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  • Heather June 12, 2013, 7:53 am

    I mostly love to talk to other homeschoolers on Facebook!! Would love to win this, history is stumping me!

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  • Carol June 12, 2013, 8:23 am

    I connect with other homeschoolers most on facebook. :) And I really want to win this History Revealed giveaway!! Love Diana Waring.

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  • Marsha Nixon June 12, 2013, 8:25 am

    Looks great! Thanks for the opportunity. :o)

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  • Jenna DeMaria June 12, 2013, 8:27 am

    I enjoy FB for connecting.

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  • Ann June 12, 2013, 8:50 am

    My daughter is entering 5th grade. Be nice to have something ready for her when she goes in 6th grade.

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  • Holly June 12, 2013, 8:52 am

    I like connecting with other moms on Facebook.

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  • trisha kilpatrick June 12, 2013, 9:23 am

    Mostly facebook, but I also like pinning great ideas on Pinterest.

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  • Angie B June 12, 2013, 10:28 am

    Online, I like to connect with other homeschoolers on Facebook or Twitter.

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  • Sabrina Lester June 12, 2013, 10:42 am

    I like to connect with other homeschoolers through facebook.

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  • Beth Snave June 12, 2013, 10:55 am

    I’m loving all these great ideas!

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  • WendyLou June 12, 2013, 11:04 am

    My preference is hanging out in person, but online I like our support group’s private website.

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  • Angie Wright June 12, 2013, 11:12 am

    I enjoy the open community of FB. One may ask a question of any homeschooler, vendor, writer, and be a part of a conversation. I love it!
    Angie Wright´s last blog post ..Geography I by Memoria Press, A Review

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  • Beth June 12, 2013, 11:30 am

    I love reading other homeschoolers’ blogs.

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  • julie June 12, 2013, 11:41 am

    We are using Modern Empires this year for all our students elementary to high school. I have been posting daily lessons, resources, activities for the younger group. I can’t WAIT for school to start! AIG has wonderful curriculum. http://freehomeschoollessons.weebly.com/history.html

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  • Kimberly Collins June 12, 2013, 12:14 pm

    I love hearing about all the curriculum out there. THX!

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  • Cora June 12, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Facebook

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  • Kim June 12, 2013, 12:37 pm

    I connect via blogs I follow – love, love this one – one of my favs! Thanks for all the resources!
    Kim´s last blog post ..Why We’ve Decided to Homeschool

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  • Marianne June 12, 2013, 12:42 pm

    I like to read homeschooling blogs and follow active FB pages.

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  • MrsC. Munroe June 12, 2013, 3:07 pm

    I connect with my homeschool friends online through Facebook and the SCMforum.

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  • Mary Ann June 12, 2013, 4:06 pm

    What a wonderful post! I love all the resources mentioned! And the give away for Answers in Genesis is FUN! Thank you!

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  • Julie June 12, 2013, 4:36 pm

    I use Facebook to keep up with most things homeschool, but prefer talking with other homeschool families to anything else.

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  • Christy June 12, 2013, 4:37 pm

    Love a yahoo group for a unit study I teach. Lots of great ideas and inspiration!

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  • Kathleen P. June 12, 2013, 4:54 pm

    Facebook and blogs

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  • Alicia Charmbury June 12, 2013, 4:55 pm

    Facebook!

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  • Sheila C June 12, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Facebook!

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  • Kristina Best June 12, 2013, 8:03 pm

    Facebook & Blogs.

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  • Teresa M. June 12, 2013, 8:06 pm

    I love to connect through facebook.

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  • Renée Gotcher June 12, 2013, 8:08 pm

    Like many above, Facebook is my easiest place to connect with other homeschooling mamas – love the blogs too, but I rely on their FB page to keep me in the loop! :)
    Renée at NextGen Homeschool
    Renée Gotcher´s last blog post ..Teach Them Diligently Take-Away: Battle’s On!

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  • Tammie Bairen June 12, 2013, 8:14 pm

    I appreciate all of the research that went into this blog. You have provided some great ideas for middle school. I’ll definitely be checking out a few of these with my middle schoolers.

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  • Kyla Davis June 12, 2013, 8:16 pm

    Facebook is where I connect most with other homeschoolers. This giveaway looks great!

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  • Kelsey June 12, 2013, 8:35 pm

    I connect with my homeschool community through facebook.

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  • Rhonda June 12, 2013, 8:36 pm

    AIG looks like what we’ve been looking for!

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  • Lisa H. June 12, 2013, 8:46 pm

    Facebook is the most convenient way for me to connect online.

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  • megan June 12, 2013, 8:53 pm

    I already use AiG science and I would be thrilled to try their history too. I have 5 kids, so they would be well used!

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  • Christy S. June 12, 2013, 9:00 pm

    I find that Facebook is the most convenient way for me to connect with other homeschoolers online. Sometimes a couple of forums, but mostly Facebook.

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  • Steph @ MomKaboodle June 12, 2013, 9:38 pm

    I find Facebook the easiest way to connect & follow blog posts, etc.
    Steph @ MomKaboodle´s last blog post ..An Easy Trick to Help Your Kiddos Take Their Medicine

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  • Courtney R. June 12, 2013, 10:28 pm

    I like to connect with other homeschoolers through Google+; but after reading all the other posts I guess I should use Facebook more.

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  • Tina June 12, 2013, 10:28 pm

    This is our first year homeschooling middle school. I am enjoying all the posts.

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  • Anna June 12, 2013, 10:32 pm

    I connect with other homeschoolers on The Homeschool Lounge and on Facebook.

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  • sandy June 12, 2013, 10:46 pm

    I actually purchased the first set and we r so excited to start in August . I would love to win them and know we con continue to learn about God and history whenever we are ready.

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  • Amy June 12, 2013, 11:03 pm

    I connect on FB, but my favorite way is going to the park and meeting with other homeschool moms while our kids hang out.

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  • Gayle Porter June 12, 2013, 11:12 pm

    I am so excited to find this! I am just beginning to homeschool a 10th grader and I am lost!

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  • Gina Arkell June 12, 2013, 11:16 pm

    Facebook!

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  • Melissa Pallex June 13, 2013, 12:31 am

    Facebook!

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  • Rebecca June 13, 2013, 3:00 am

    Blogs and forums are great for getting information on products and ideas.

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  • Jennifer June 13, 2013, 6:51 am

    Love using pinterest and Facebook for homeschool ideas.

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  • Aimee June 13, 2013, 8:07 am

    This has been really great! Looking forward to taking some time to read it all over again a little more slowly!

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  • tiffany June 13, 2013, 8:42 am

    Thank you. This is my 3rd year homeschooling. The grades. Range from pre-k to high school. Info helpful.

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  • Michele June 13, 2013, 4:40 pm

    Thank you for all the great info!

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  • Jennifer Cantner June 14, 2013, 7:32 am

    Facebook is an amazing tool for connecting with homeschool moms. I don’t even have to leave the house!

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  • Jimmie June 14, 2013, 9:11 am

    Where do you most like to connect with other homeschoolers online?
    On Twitter during weekly chats.
    Jimmie´s last blog post ..Three Things to Do Before You Set Up an Affiliate Program

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  • mrs dani June 14, 2013, 10:12 am

    I love anything Answers in Genesis

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  • Amanda June 14, 2013, 11:04 am

    Facebook and co-op.

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  • Beth June 14, 2013, 11:13 am

    I would so like to win this! We have multiple ages and this looks great!

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  • Beth June 14, 2013, 11:15 am

    I like to connect to other homeschoolers through facebook pages dedicated to homeschooling.

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  • Marcie June 14, 2013, 1:26 pm

    I prefer to connect with other homeschoolers via Facebook. I can connect with homeschoolers in my area, my province, my country, around the world, to share support and resources.

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  • Amylynn H June 14, 2013, 10:50 pm

    I love connecting through my facebook homeschool groups!

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  • Elisa June 16, 2013, 3:54 am

    I connect of facebook, email and pintrest

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  • Lise B. June 16, 2013, 1:05 pm

    On Facebook

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  • Katie F June 16, 2013, 4:03 pm

    Thanks for the post and info. Brand new homeschooling family here…

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  • Patty R. June 16, 2013, 10:21 pm

    I like to connect via facebook

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  • Peggy June 16, 2013, 10:23 pm

    Love this!

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  • Susan W March 8, 2014, 10:06 am

    Awesome list!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Finishing Strong Link-up!

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