Intro to 7GRD
This is a general subject-by-subject overview.
ART: This year is all observation. It’s every game you ever played with the MIR cards from previous years. The Art Memo game is super out of print. It’s playing “Memory” with famous art. The last week or two is the Drawing People books. We never even got to those. Also, somewhere in the year, there are two weeks of reading about an artist of your choice. If you don’t plan ahead for these, there will be six weeks of holes in your art (like ours had).
EDITING: I chose Editor in Chief. We like the software MUCH better than the books. If you use the books instead, it’s basically two assignments a week. The most important rule is “the caption is always right.” Have your child read it FIRST. I was told to keep the copy work day to 5 minutes. That’s another round of “close observation.” I found that my kid really needed practice on this. He would “correct” the paragraph above and then re-copy it with new and different mistakes. The one struggle we had with scheduling was that the “correct with your teacher” and the “copy the selection” days needed to be reversed for us. I want to correct it BEFORE he copies the mistakes again.
ENGLISH: We used BLP this year. It was almost entirely oral. Very mom intensive, but we loved it. Next year, we’re using Easy Grammar since I don’t have the time for all that one-on-one.
HISTORY: This year is Ancient Greece and Rome! My kids love this time period. There is a timeline to build at the beginning of the year that you add to in odd sporadic times. Apart from lots of reading, there’s half a year in mapping Ancient Greece and half the year in mapping the Ancient Rome. There are quite a few text book assignments. Don’t skip them! Like the science assignments, these have major Language Arts goals woven in. I heard a talk where Laura said that people who skip the OWAA assignments almost always have trouble with the volume of writing in ninth. And like last year, the term papers are NOT research papers. They’re “tell me what you know” papers. An extended written narration is a better description. I’m going to read the choices to my kids ahead this year so they know what to listen for in their reading.
LATIN: Latin is wherever you are in the cycle.
MATH: Saxon 8/7 is like the rest. I had to do math right with them for a while. Modelling the speed and orally noting how repetitive it all was, was the only cure. Saxon problems take only about two minutes each. More than that and you’re in a rabbit hole. Another help was Saxon Math Adaptations worksheets but there’s really not enough space to work out problems on the page.
MUSIC: This year is a continuation of music worksheets. If you can’t read music already, this year can be a challenge. We all liked the music selections this year, but it’s disorienting. What time period are we in? We use a clothes pin timeline to figure out where we are. Also, there’s a page in DYOCC that gives you the vocabulary and time period descriptions.
POETRY: The poetry this year is all Shakespeare. Read Shakespeare, watch Shakespeare, memorize Shakespeare. We liked it. The memory work was never solid, but we did our best. Where all the music performances were last year, the Shakespeare movies are this year.
READING: Assuming your child isn’t struggling with reading, the history selections are separate from this. However, some of the history selections are so advanced that he might need both periods to get through the history assignments. For the free-ish reading time, we often used selections from the 3GRD booklists. Redwall was the favorite.
RELIGION: The first half of the year is Acts! Second half is Story of the Church. The first half of the year doesn’t really line up with the history, but the second half does.
SCIENCE: Back to Concepts and Challenges! My kids like these and really absorb the material. And again, this is more language arts than science. Don’t skip it.
SPELLING: All of the Wordly Wise assignments ask you to use Spalding marking system, “if you know it.” But, regardless, it’s nice to do workbook pages instead of dictations!