My Homeschool Year Seven Course

Are you looking for something special for your child’s first year of homeschool high school?

We have put together a literature rich Year Seven homeschool curriculum inspired by Charlotte Mason’s philosophy on educating your child.  We have also introduced a range of eclectic teaching ideas and resources that reflect a modern approach to the Australian Curriculum.

This Year Seven Homeschool Curriculum:

  • Uses living books and classic literature across the curriculum.
  • Complies with all the Australian states and territories’ registration requirements.
  • Provides weekly lesson plans and online checklists.
  • Runs on a 4-day week calendar with the 5th day available for outings and enrichment activities.
  • Trains your high schooler towards independent learning.
  • Provides documentation to be used for registration.
  • Uses Moodle, an online learning platform, to help organise and deliver lessons.

Year Seven Homeschool Curriculum Structure

We have divided our Year Seven Homeschool Curriculum into two separate semesters:

  • Semester One includes Term One and Two. Enrolments open December 1st 2018.
  • Semester Two includes Term Three and Four. Enrolments open March 1st 2019

There is no time limit on completion of a semester. You can begin our course at any time in the year.

Non Member’s Price $300 per semester plus $15 per month membership subscription.
Membership Price: $300 per semester once off payment. Members purchase directly from the My Homeschool Learning Platform to receive their subscription free price.

Enrolments open for Semester One – December 1st, 2018

Resources Provided Semester One

These resources can be downloaded or accessed online. You can print off these documents or keep them in your virtual cupboard.

  • Detailed Scope and Sequence and Yearly Plan Year 7: Use for registration application, includes Australian Curriculum codes and NESA outcomes.
  • Introduction to Teaching Year 7: A home educator’s guide that shows you how to teaching this grade.
  • 36 Weeks of Lesson Plans: An online and a printable PDF version of each week’s activities, reading schedules and lesson notes.

English

  • The Art of Recitation – is a short twice weekly enrichment activity that incorporates elocution and the art of reading aloud. Oral presentation skills are taught using classic literature of various genres. (All year)
  • Shakespeare Copywork – is a weekly handwriting resource using some of Shakespeare’s best known and profound quotes. (All year)
  • Parsing Dictation – A collection of short weekly activities to practise the skill of dictation and the analysis of the parts of a sentence. This resource uses a diverse range of great texts to model excellent writing to the student. (All year)
  • Exploring Stories – An English literature resource to enjoy and analyse great writing and help develop creative writing skills. Featuring tales from the great Greek and Nordic myths, it connects the classics alongside contemporary stories to teach students to become better writers. (Term One)
  • The Art of Language – A resource to train students to write well and refine the technical aspects of writing, including grammar and punctuation. It uses examples from the great artists to review the mechanics of language, explore the roots of words from Latin and Greek and gain a fuller understanding of the English language. Analysis and critical thinking along with persuasive and descriptive writing are included. (Term Two)

History & Economics

  • Exploring the Ancient Past – is a history resource examining the origins and archaeological evidence of the civilisation of Mesopotamia, Africa and Australia. It includes historical stories, maps and artefacts from the Sumerians, Hebrews, Egyptians, Greeks and Australia’s first people. Notebooking exercises, video suggestions and Book of Centuries dates are included. (Term 1 & 2)
  • Richest Man in Babylon and Study Guide – includes a list of discussion questions relating to personal money management, entrepreneurship, financial institutions and the global economy. Children are encouraged to examine their own financial beliefs and plan some budgeting ideas as they read through the book with their parent. (Term 1)

Science & Geography

  • Simply Chemistry – incorporates the study of atoms, molecules, the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, compounds, mixtures, and solutions. It also includes a design and technology unit looking at industrial applications of chemistry in lead recycling, honey harvesting, blood donations and Australian wool production. Science related videos are included as illustrations, and demonstrations, of chemistry concepts and experiments. Notebooking pages included. (Term 1)
  • Looking Up: Starting Astronomy – is an introduction to astronomy in the Southern Hemisphere. Covering earth science, physics and science skills, it also includes tips on how to observe the night sky south of the Equator. Science related videos and note booking activities are provided. (Term 1)
  • Water in Our Landscape – is an inter-disciplinary approach that explores the important role of water in our world.  It includes physical geography and geology topics, social justice issues, sustainability challenges, and hands-on geography skills. Notebooking ideas, mapping exercises and options for fieldwork projects are also included. (Term 1 & 2)

Electives and Enrichment

  • Healthy Conversations 7 & 8 – is a personal growth resource that encourages parents to have conversations with their children about issues related to adolescence including: identity, drug usage, emotional health, risk behaviours, bullying and sexuality. It also includes prompts to encourage healthy eating and exercise. (All year)
  • Art Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
  • Music Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
  • And a few other bits and bobs including video links and suggested enrichment activities.

What Isn’t Provided

We don’t provide a math program but we’ve got some suggestions, so you can pick a resource that suits your child’s style and ability. Foreign language lessons are also at your own discretion but we’ll give you some tips.

Download Course Outline

We’ve put a comprehensive outline and weekly lesson sample guide for you to download and read.

Year Seven Course Outline. PDF Download

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQ for more general questions.

Enrolments open for Semester Two – March 1st, 2019

Teaching Resources

To encourage a passion and motivation for learning, we’ve adopted a literature rich philosophy which has avoided worksheets and textbooks whenever possible. Our family learning schedule includes: thoughtful conversations, classic read alouds, narrations, poetry, picture study, science and nature journaling, notebooking and art lessons. Independent work includes English, math, copywork and age appropriate readers.

Resources Provided Semester Two

These resources can be downloaded or accessed online. You can print off these documents or keep them in your virtual cupboard.

  • Detailed Scope and Sequence and Yearly Plan Year 7: Use for registration application, includes Australian Curriculum codes and NESA outcomes.
  • Introduction to Teaching Year 7: A home educator’s guide that shows you how to teaching this grade.
  • 36 Weeks of Lesson Plans: An online and a printable PDF version of each week’s activities, reading schedules and lesson notes.

English

  • The Art of Recitation – is a short twice weekly enrichment activity that incorporates elocution and the art of reading aloud. Oral presentation skills are taught using classic literature of various genres. (All year)
  • Shakespeare Copywork – is a weekly handwriting resource using some of Shakespeare’s best known and profound quotes. (All year)
  • Parsing Dictation – A collection of short weekly activities to practise the skill of dictation and the analysis of the parts of a sentence. This resource uses a diverse range of great texts to model excellent writing to the student. (All year)
  • Year of the Tiger and Study Guide – is a historical novel and novel study guide that examines key ideas in story writing (plot, theme, settings, characters and literary devices). The guide includes a range of optional writing exercises that dovetail with Ancient China history studies for Term Three.
  • Appreciating Poetry – A resource providing an introduction to reading and analysing poetry as well as the grammar of poetry. It includes Australian and classical poems that will appeal to high schoolers. (Term Four)
  • Shakespeare Study Guide – A resource providing tips for studying the Shakespeare play of your choice.

History & Civics

  • China’s Ancient Past – is an in-depth study of Ancient China that begins with the Xia Dynasty and ends at the Han Dynasty. It includes: stories of origin, geographical features, the culture, literature and focuses on the life of Confucius. Notebooking exercises, video suggestions and Book of Centuries dates are included. (Term 3).
  • Rewriting Ancient History – This in-depth study begins with an overview of the Greek history and its impact on Roman culture and society. It continues with biographical accounts of the lives of different Romans who played significant roles in the history of the Roman Empire. Notebooking exercises, video suggestions and Book of Centuries dates are included. (Term 3 & 4)
  • A Civil Society – looks at Australia’s governance, laws, culture and society. It encourages a thoughtful appraisal of the student’s identity as part of a cohesive society in Australia. (Term 3).

Science and Geography

  • Biology: An Introduction – is an entry point to cell biology, the classification of plant and animal species, food webs and food chains. It includes science skills and examines the lives and works of biologists and their contributions, including contemporary Australian examples. It also addresses the use of equipment in scientific research and how this can be explored at home. (Term 3)
  • Ecology & Sustainability – provides an overview of natural resources and their use, biodiversity, ecosystems, conservation and the issues being addressed in this field of science.  It explores: Australian and overseas examples, profiles on scientists in this field, and includes a fieldwork project. It incorporates the cross-curriculum priorities of science, geography, sustainability, and design and technology (marine aquaculture). (Term 4)
  • Places and Liveability – Engages students to explore the importance of place, including where people live and issues around housing choice.  It includes Australian case studies, geography mapping and data analysis skills, and suggestions for fieldwork exercises. (Term 3)

Electives and Enrichment

  • Healthy Conversations 7 & 8 – is a personal growth resource that encourages parents to have conversations with their children about issues related to adolescence including: identity, drug usage, emotional health, risk behaviours, bullying and sexuality. It also includes prompts to encourage healthy eating and exercise. (All year)
  • Book of Centuries Instructions.
  • Healthy Conversations Year 5 to Year 6
  • Art Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
  • Music Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
  • And a few other bits and bobs including video links and suggested enrichment activities.

What Isn’t Provided

We don’t provide a math program but we’ve got some suggestions, so you can pick a resource that suits your child’s style and ability. Foreign language lessons are also at your own discretion but we’ll give you some tips.

Download Course Outline

We’ve put a comprehensive outline and weekly lesson sample guide for you to download and read.

Year Seven Course Outline. PDF Download

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQ for more general questions.

Additional Books

Since this is a literature rich course we need you to buy or borrow some living books.These items are not provided but are needed for the course.

Additional Books and Resources

All Year

  • Own Choice Math Curriculum* This resource will be used for the whole year. We suggest/like Math Online but additional resource suggestions are given in the guide. Make sure you get a resource appropriate for your child’s skill level. Prices vary depending on resource chosen.
  • Optional Language Study – This is a compulsory subject in Victoria and WA. All other states it’s optional. Suggestions are given in the Course Introduction provided at purchase.
  • Briefest English Grammar Ever – Ruth Colman *– If you don’t have a grammar guide, this covers the basics and is good as a reference.

Semester One

  • The Archaeology Book by David Down
  • Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise McGraw  or The Golden Goblet by Eloise McGraw
  • Water Sky by Jean Craighead George or A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.
  • Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson or Tirzah by Lucille Travis
  • Monopoly® or the Game of Life® . If you don’t have one of these games there is a free online Monopoly.(can be played any time over Semester)
  • The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlanskey

Semester Two

  • Marvels of the Orient by Richard Halliburton
  • Carry on Mr Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  • Cleopatra by Diane Stanley
  • Year of the Tiger by Alison Lloyd
  • Beric the Briton by George Alfred Henty
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare OR Twice Freed by Patricia St John