Seventh Grade Do-Aheads
- Gather supplies. I have them all listed on this 7GRD supplies pdf (or excel) every notecard, map, and worksheet.
- Construct a realistic schedule. For a realistic estimate on actual reading time required for history, see THIS POST. It’s really uneven. You need to know what’s coming. We never even got to the Sutcliff books at the end of the year.
- History: The assignments are REALLY uneven; see THIS POST. We never even got to the Sutcliff books at the end of the year.
- Poetry: The performances are HOURS long, so schedule accordingly on those weeks.
English (Basic Language Principles)
- Read over the text book. Make yourself notes where you need to brush up before the lesson. My 6GRDer found it really difficult last year to be patient while I was re-learning “predicate nominatives” during his lesson.
- Get ready to make note cards. There are a lot, but at least the book is printable so there’s no need for notebook paper.
- Look over the history/religion assignments, overviews, and the books themselves. Look them over next to the pacing in the assignments and have some thoughts. One would think read aloud should be through at this age, but it’s not. You will need to read Herodotus aloud, not just because it’s difficult, but because the child genuinely won’t follow without support. Get map and talk him through it as you read. THIS POST again will help you plan how long it’s going to take. We also found that Acts and Story of a Church to need more parent read-along involvement.
- Make a plan for history discussion. Read the books! If you can’t read them all, fine, but shoot for over 50%. For the ones you can’t get to, there’s is a guide in the Enrollment Book for “literary analysis.” The whole curriculum is aimed at Thomas Aquinas College which uses a discussion-based method of formation. There are no “comprehension” questions in the curriculum to see if they read it. Preparing for a discussion assumes comprehension. Which means YOU have to comprehend it too. Also, in Teaching Tips, near page 126, is an example of how to fruitfully discuss a book you have never read.
- Print out my timeline assignments. Or make plans of your own. It’s not a simple task and it will catch you both off-guard if you haven’t already got it laid out.
- Get your maps and keys ready. Or Print mine.
- Check the paper assignments. Really, if you haven’t heard the STAGE talks by Laura, this paper seems like a much bigger deal than it is. The Writing Manual and Language Arts Overview will tell you how to gently guide the child through revisions. Plan for revisions in your schedule.
- Get your cards ready and filed according to Lesson #. If you don’t buy them, you or EACH child will need to make his own set! You will need both LCI and LCII sets. I use the plastic walmart index card boxes and alphabet dividers; I number them with a sharpie marker. You will need 20+ rubber bands. There’s lots of “Review your Lesson X cards, separate into difficult and easy.” The rubber band goes around the “known” stack in each lesson. I’m guessing all of LCII will require 4-5 recipe boxes, but I don’t know yet.
- If you are the teacher, read ahead and make notes. LCII is not NEAR as novice-friendly as the previous volumes. You might need to study up. Find out now before you get surprised!
Latin (Beginning Latin II)
- Get your cards ready according to Lesson #. I use Memrise.com for mine.
- If you are the teacher, read ahead and make notes. Beginning Latin takes some getting used to. It’s not difficult, but you need to stare at it a while.
- Bookmark my youtube playlist for 7GRD grade music.
- For real, copy that music worksheet stack so you don’t get behind later.
- Bookmark my youtube playlist for 7GRD grade St. Crispin’s Day speech.
- Get the Henry V on DVD or rental. We like the Brannaugh version, but the Olivier one might be free on Prime. We also enjoyed watching the Tempest on Prime before he read it. Julius Caesar with Brando as Antony is on Prime for $2 or something. My consultant gave us some amazing advice. Watch the Shakespeare movies with your child and talk him through it. (She used Cliff’s Notes. I used Shmoops. It’s sassy and had naughty words, but for MY comprehension, it was great. I didn’t read it to him word for word. HA!) By the middle of the movies, you need to say less and less. Their ears get tuned.
- Print out 5 or more of THIS FORM for daily oral report notetaking.
- Buy THIS book for Acts if you don’t have a Bible that can fit in the backpack. Also when you go to discuss it, that version has notes that help parent understanding.
- Consider getting THIS BOOK if you aren’t going to be reading aloud scripture. (You may recognize the author from the knee-hugger grade syllabi) I had him read it first, then read the Bible to help his comprehension.
- Look over Story of the Church AND the assignments. The format of the book/assignments really threw my kid. Me too for a sec. It kind of reminds me of how P&P didn’t put it’s chapter numbers at the beginning so it was hard to figure out where you were from the assignments. Try reading through the syllabus assignments with the book nearby so at least one of you understands the organization.
- Print my Spalding Marking Key for Wordly Wise 4. I can’t promise it’s perfect, but it’s the best I could do.
- Bookmark my youtube playlist for 7GRD grade music.