Getting Started with 7th Grade Homeschool

7th Grade Homeschooling Overview

As they are working their way through middle school, your 7th grader should be able to tackle more in-depth assignments and manage a busier academic schedule. 7th graders are commonly expected to be able to read complex texts, write papers, and even give oral reports. Although there is technically no “homework” in homeschool, (it’s all HOMEwork after all!) your student should still be able to complete a large portion of their assignments independently by now.

This extra academic load, however, means that your 7th grade homeschool student will definitely need an outlet for their physical energy. Even if they’ve never tried a sport before, you may want to encourage your child to at least visit and watch a sport they are curious about. There are a multitude of community sports leagues, private classes, and even homeschool-specific athletic leagues that offer opportunities for home educated students to experience what it’s like to practice and compete with other kids their age.

A typical course of study for seventh grade homeschoolers includes language arts (including literature), math, social studies, and science. In addition, many students homeschooling in 7th grade will incorporate some kind of physical fitness program and possibly other fine arts studies as well.

Ten Tips for Homeschooling 7th Grade

  1. Don’t get so focused on the academic goals of your homeschool year that you forget to enjoy just learning together.
  2. Homeschooling middle school doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of the books and resources needed to homeschool a 7th grader are available for free or at minimal cost online, at your local library, via used bookstores, or by trading off with other homeschool families.
  3. 7th grade homeschoolers may benefit from being part of a homeschool “cooperative.” These local and regional learning groups are made of families who want to give their homeschoolers access to multi-child learning and a wider variety of expertise in specific subjects.
  4. Any student who spends time on the internet on either a computer or mobile device should be taught the basic principles of internet safety — understanding how their activity on the web affects their personal safety and privacy and can open the information on their computer to security risks.
  5. 7th graders haven’t outgrown the need for frequent breaks during the homeschool day. In addition to general downtime between homeschool sessions, it can be helpful to vary the type of study activity too. Moving from a reading assignment to a hands-on project to a session on the computer will add variety and interest to your child’s day.
  6. If your student has a learning difference or disability, you may qualify for special education benefits through your local school system — even as a homeschooler. Check your state homeschooling laws and your local school system guidelines to find out.
  7. Your seventh grader is likely smack dab in the middle of puberty, so be careful not to attribute all emotional upheaval as related to homeschooling. This is an age where students are going through tremendous mental and physical changes, and it’s common for them to be moody — no matter their schooling situation.
  8. Depending on your child’s dominant learning style, they may be attracted to a specific type of curriculum. For example, auditory learners may retain material more easily when presented in podcast form. And hands-on learners can make sense of math instruction that includes manipulatives.
  9. Your state’s department of education website can be an invaluable resource for what a typical course of study for your child’s grade level includes. This should only serve as a comparative tool, however, since ultimately, a homeschool student’s coursework is determined by the student and parent.
  10. Individuals tend to have a “best” time of day for learning and skill-building. Your seventh grader will likely perform at their peak if the majority of their homeschool studies are carried out during this period of the day — even if that means late at night!

7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Time4Learning’s online interactive curriculum engages and challenges 7th grade homeschoolers, letting them work at their own pace in an environment that brings concepts to life and makes learning fun!

Time4Learning combines 1000+ multimedia lessons, printable worksheets, graded activities and plenty of practice for middle school students. Language arts and math correlate to all state standards. Science, social studies and art are also provided in most grades to middle schoolers as an added bonus. View the grade by grade curriculum overview to see what’s available.

Homeschool in 7th grade at Time4Learning includes multiple benefits for parents and students:

  • Detailed lesson content so that parents can explore lessons in advance
  • A secure, ad-free online learning environment
  • The ability for students to access their lessons on a computer or a mobile device (via the Puffin Academy app)
  • An automated system that grades lessons and keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage
  • The option for parents to set grade levels independently for each subject
  • Flexibility to use the curriculum as the core of their homeschool or as a supplement to other programs

Have other questions about homeschooling 7th grade? Visit our 7th grade homeschool information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.

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