Curriculum

On this page, you will find some of my favorite curriculum for the middle school years.


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Language Arts Skills

820070: All-In-One English Series Master Book All-In-One English Series Master Book by S. Harold Collins / Garlic Press
Everything you need to teach basic English grammar---all in one place! Use the beginning assessment test to evaluate your student's starting skills. Then progress through each topic---capitalization, punctuation, and all eight parts of speech. Review practice is given in each category. Apply the final assessment test to measure what's been learned. Thorough, complete, and easy-to-use! 142 reproducible pages, from Garlic Press.

981055: Daily Grams Junior/Senior High Daily Grams Junior/Senior High by Isha Enterprises
Help ensure mastery of grammar concepts with the review series Daily Grams. Recommended to accompany the Easy Grammar Texts, they may still be used with any other course. 180 "grams" are included with one review per teaching day; each will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Concepts are reviewed within 25-30 days, helping students to retain and consistently remember 'older' concepts. Daily Grams format follows the same pattern of capitalization, punctuation, general concepts andsentence combining along with a dictionary review. This Jr. High/Sr. High book covers parts of speech, sentence combining, commas, brand names, religions, and more. Answers are included in the back; softcover; pages are reproducible for student use only.

Italic Handwriting: Book G by Barbara Getty
Italic is a modern handwriting system based on enduring letterforms that are highly suited to rapid and legible writing. Italic conforms to natural, rhythmic hand movements. Italic builds on previously learned concepts and the letter shapes remain the same from basic to cursive, eliminating the abrupt leap from "ball and stick" to looped cursive. Self-assessment is an integral part of the program. This is the seventh book of a seven-part series. A comprehensive self-instruction program in basic and cursive italic, the writing content follows a central theme: the history of our alphabet. It is suitable for older students and is illustrated in black and white.

437332: Typing Instructor Platinum on CD-ROM Typing Instructor Platinum on CD-ROM
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced typist, this award-winning resource will help you improve your speed and accuracy! With more than 300 lesson plans, 30 challenging family-friendly games, and instant test results to track your progress, you'll stay motivated to accomplish your goals. Learn in English or Spanish! Ages 8 and up. 

242699: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Version 20 for Schools CD-ROMs Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Version 20 for Schools CD-ROMs
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Help your students type better, e-mail faster, and work smarter!"Personal typing coach" Mavis Beacon provides dynamic one-on-one keyboarding intruction * 16 skill-building games develop speed, accuracy, rhythm, and endurance * Teacher's Resource CD-ROM * Extensive tracking and progress-report tools * English or Spanish instruction * Customizable for various skill levels 


Math

Saxon Math 76 Home Study Kit Fourth Edition by Saxon Publishing
Math 7/6 introduces the concepts, procedures, and vocabulary your student needs to be successful in upper-level algebra and geometry courses. Covers compound interest; functions and coordinate graphing; integers; exponential expressions; divisibility concepts; prime factorization; ratios and proportions; radius, circumference and pi; statistics and probability; and complementary and supplementary angles. Kit includes 744-page softcover student text, work sheets book, and solutions manual.

Proven results, including higher test scores, have made Saxon Math &#153 the hands-down favorite for homeschoolers. That's because only Saxon helps you teach the way your child learns best - step by step. We call it incremental development with continual practice and review. Each new skill builds on those already taught; daily review of earlier material increases understanding; and frequent, cumulative assessments ensure that your child masters each skill as new ones are added.

Algebra 1/2, Revised Home Kit by Saxon Publishing
Algebra 1/2 Home Study Kit includes the hardcover student text, softcover answer key and softcover test booklet. Containing 123 lessons, this text is the culmination of prealgebra mathematics, a full pre-algebra course and an introduction to geometry and discrete mathematics. Some topics covered include Prime and Composite numbers; fractions & decimals; order of operations, coordinates, exponents, square roots, ratios, algebraic phrases, probability, the Pythagorean Theorem and more. Utilizing an incremental approach to math, your students will learn in small doses at their own pace, increasing retention of knowledge and satisfaction!

Science


93712: Archimedes and the Door of Science Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick / Bethlehem Books
Imagine a biography, a study of mathematical and scientific concepts, and an overview of the culture of ancient Greece---all rolled into one! Students will love reading this personal account of Archimedes---one of the greatest minds of the ancient world. They'll discover, like Archimedes, the excitement of ideas and learning! Simple illustrations enhance the accessible text. Ages 10 and up. 142 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.

238409: Exploring Creation with General Science, 2 Volumes: Second Edition Exploring Creation with General Science, 2 Volumes: Second Edition
by Dr. Jay L. Wile / Apologia Educational Ministries
Designed to be a student's first systematic introduction to the sciences, Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Ed. explores topics such as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, geology, archaeology, biology, anatomy and other disciplines, providing a wide range of scientific exposure. Hands-on experiments are included throughout, giving students practical experience as they discover the principles behind the science! Looking at the world from a creationist position, topics are all presented with an eye towards God's role in everyday life. This kit contains both the student textbook and answer key.

Exploring Creation with General Science, Multimedia Companion CD-ROM
by Apologia Educational Ministries
This CD is designed to be used with the textbook Exploring Creation With General Science. It contains many multimedia features that cannot be included in a print textbook. They include: Videos which illustrate important concepts in the course; Animations of certain figures; Pronunciations of the words with which the student is unfamiliar.

Exploring Creation with Physical Science, Second Edition--2 Volumes by Dr. Jay L. Wile / Apologia Educational Ministries
In this study of Physical Science, you'll be introduced to the stunning world you live in, as well as the universe around it. From the composition of air to icebergs to astrophysics, you will recieve thorough lessons in each element of the physical world. Sixteen modules are included, that are designed to be completed in a total of 32 weeks time, though the course can be adjusted to your own needs. "On your own" questions throughout the text are designed to help cement concepts, while "Study Guide" questions prepare for tests. All information that must be memorized is centered and in bold text, and all definitions and important terms are also bolded. Experiments using only household equipment, graphics, illustrations, charts and other visual representation of various concepts are also included for maximum clarity.
This second edition is newly updated, with more color illustrations and higher-quality drawings. Fuller responses to student questions; easy-to-perform (and more engaging!) experiments; in-text graphics for online resources; additional material for advanced learners; and an extra test booklet (sold separately) are also new improvements. Topics include the atmosphere; hydrosphere; weather; structure of Earth; environmentalism; physics of motion; Newton's laws; gravity; and astrophysics. 510 pages, hardcover.

The next four books are in the Wonders of Creation series.

The Geology Book   -     
        By: John D. Morris
    
The Geology Book by John D. Morris / New Leaf Publishing Group
Colorful photos, detailed sidebars and clear text helps shine a light on the mysteries of geology. Creationist author Dr. John Morris takes the reader on a tour of the earth's crust, pointing out the evidences for creation and the natural beauty of God's creation. Covering volcanos, rocks, erosion, rivers, radiocarbon dating, the Flood, geological process and more, the reader sees the many different elements that go into interpreting the history of the earth. 80 indexed pages, hardcover. 11" x 8.75".

The Astronomy Book by Jonathan Henry / New Leaf Publishing Group
The Astronomy Book soars through the solar system targeting middle-school through junior-high levels. The reader will acquire a wealth of knowledge on subjects such as supernovas, red shift, facts about planets, and much more. Enhanced with dozens of color photos and illustrations (including NASA shots), this book gives educators and students a Christian-based look at the awesomeness of the heavens.

The Weather Book by Michael Oard / Master Books
This illustrated handbook helps you understand the weather and explains how God created the Earth to be a unique dwelling place for us. This Bible-based resource shows how tornadoes form, how to build your own weather station, how Noah's flood impacted the planet, how you can take care of the environment, and more. 80 pages, hardcover from Master Books.

The Ocean Book by Frank Sherwin / Master Books
What lies beneath the surface of the world's oceans? What mysteries lurk in the darkness thousands of feet below? Join the adventure as the depths of the ocean are explored in this fascinating new book that brings the wonders of the ocean to light.  As the fourth entry in the Wonders of Creation series, this book answers all of these questions and more, with full-color photos, charts, graphs, and illustrations that bring the murky, mysterious depths of the ocean to life. This superb book is a fantastic supplement to any homeschool curriculum, and contains many scripture references where God speaks about the oceans in His Word. It can be used as a reference book, and also makes a wonderful leisurely read. All ages from a middleschool level and up will enjoy this informative and fascinating book.

History


You can find free study guides for all of the literature titles on this blog.

137195: The Bronze Bow, Paperback
The Bronze Bow, Paperback by Elizabeth George Speare 
After witnessing his father's crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by a single passion: to avenge his father's death by driving the Roman legions form the land of Israel. Consumed by hatred, Daniel joins the brutal raids of an outlaw band living in the hills outside his village. Though his grandmother's death slows his plans by forcing him to move home to care for his sister, he continues his dangerous life by leading a group of boy guerrillas in spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge.  In nearby Capernaum, a rabbi is teaching a different lesson. Time and again Daniel is drawn to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, only to turn away, disappointed and confused by Jesus' lack of action in opposing the Romans. Devoid of tenderness and forgiveness, headstrong Daniel is also heedless of the loyalty of his friend Joel; the love of Joel's sister, Malthace; and the needs of his own disturbed sister, Leah, dragging them down his destructive path toward disaster.
Elisabeth George Speare won the 1962 Newbery Medal for this magnificent novel of Daniel's tormented journey from a blind, confining hatred to his acceptance and understanding of love. Booklist called it "a dramatic, deeply felt narrative whose characters and message will be long remembered." Recommended for ages 9 and up. The 1962 Newbery Medal winner.

102416: Across Five Aprils
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt 
This is the unforgettable story of young Jethro Creighton who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. A 1965 Newbery Honor book.

067669: Johnny Tremain: Illustrated by Lynd Ward
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes 
The year is 1773; the scene is Boston. Johnny Tremain is fourteen and apprenticed to a silversmith. He is gifted and knows it. He is clever and lords it over the other apprentices until the tragic day when a crucible of molten silver breaks and Johnny's right hand is so burned as to be useless. After a period of despair and humiliation, Johnny becomes a dispatch rider for the Committee of Public Safety, a job that brings him in touch with Otis Hancock, John and Samuel Adams, and other Boston patriots, and with all the exciting currents and undercurrents that were to lead to the Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. There, on the battlefield, he learns from Dr. Warren that his maimed hand can be cured so that he can use a musket and someday return to his trade. To read Johnny Tremain is to live through two dramatic years of our country's history, and to see these great events from a new angle through the shrewd eyes of an observant boy. Recommended for ages 10 and up. The 1944 Newbery Medal Winner.

786111: What Really Happened During the Middle Ages:  A Collection of Historical BiographiesWhat Really Happened During the Middle Ages: A Collection of Historical Biographies  Compiled by Terri Johnson, illustrated by Darla Dixon / Knowledge Quest
Enlighten your students about the Middle Ages! This reader-friendly text shines a spotlight on the lives of eight ordinary people---from St. Patrick to Joan of Arc---who accomplished extraordinary things. In these well-written and historically accurate accounts, they'll encounter people of noble character and unbending determination. Also features maps, illustrated portraits, glossary, and timeline. Ages 8 to 14. 222 pages, softcover from Bramley.

953771: Famous Men of GreeceFamous Men of Greece by John H. Haaren & Addison B. Poland / Memoria Press
Learning about history or geographical locations has often consisted purely of facts--who did what where and when. While obviously important, it's unfortunatly not easy to recall such information. Howver, when presented in narrative form, the student places himself in the hero's shoes, and see everything in its historically proper place, becuase the story has given it a correct historical context. The authors here have presented us with fascinating and age appropriate renditions of classicGrecian myth. History is finally being taught and told through the lives of its own people. Each lesson is approximately 3 pages long with an illustration to match. 138 pages, softcover.

953828: Famous Men of RomeFamous Men of Rome  by John H. Haaren & Addison B. Poland / Memoria Press
Meet the men responsible for Rome's rise---and fall! Black-and-white illustrations and intriguing profiles of Cincinnatus, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero, Trajan, Marcus Aurelius, Constantine, and other larger-than-life figures richly detail the history of the empire through the trials and tribulations of its champions and opponents. Includes maps and a glossary of people and places. 140 pages, softcover.

953747: Famous Men of the Middle AgesFamous Men of the Middle Ages by Haaren, Poland & Lowe / Memoria Press
Jump into the middle ages with this classic history text. The story of the Middle Ages is told through the lives of Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Edward the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc among others. This book guides students through the turbulent 'dark age' of history and illuminates how the world transitioned from the end of ancient times to the birth of the modern era. Softcover, 139 pages.

Christian Worldview & and Character-Building

4971: Case for Faith, Case for Christ, & Case for the Creator, Student edition, 3 volsCase for Faith, Case for Christ, & Case for the Creator, Student edition, 3 vols
by Lee Strobel with Jane Vogel / Zondervan
Your teens are on the frontlines of faith every day. Equip them with the answers they need to solidify their own beliefs and defend Christianity in a cynical world! Softcovers.

Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz The author of Boyhood and Beyond now brings us Created for Work, a collection of tales that give us examples of the work that needs to be done, whether boy or man. All the stories are taken from real life and showcase a different trait (postitive or negative!) such as confidence, plodding, and keeping your word, among many other lessons. Each chapter has study questions at the end, making it perfect for a father-son or group discussion. 181 pages, softcover.
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