Year 7 Homeschool Curriculum Summary
Stage 4 NSW Syllabus
Here are some of the highlights of our Year 7 Homeschool Curriculum. There is plenty to love.
Students will often work independently but may need help setting up a work schedule. Parents will still need to aid students in their oral presentations, reading some texts together, doing dictations, checking written work and participating in discussions as needed.
In English, your teen will be learning how to give an oral presentation and the art of public speaking. Cursive handwriting, grammar, punctuation, and spelling concepts continue to be reinforced with our weekly dictation and copywork.
Exploring Stories (Semester 1) uses ancient and contemporary stories to teach creative writing. The Art of Language (Semester 2) explores writing as an art form to teach your student to write beautifully for themselves.
Shakespeare, a novel study, a few historical fiction novels, and plenty of other book suggestions are enjoyable inclusions.
My Homeschool understands that families want to choose the right maths program for their teen. Instead of a “one size fits all” (that doesn’t fit), we give a thoughtful shortlist of the best maths programs for homeschoolers. Choose the one that suits your needs.
We also include Alboe, a bonus revision resource which includes ‘a little bit of everything’ from the Australian Curriculum’s Year Six Mathematics syllabus.
We also include discounts to some Maths programs to help with the costs involved.
A deeper dive into scientific discoveries within the discipline of astronomy and understanding basic Chemistry ideas like molecules, chemical bonding and the periodic table are included in Semester 1.
Semester 2 focuses on foundational Biology concepts like cells, taxonomy, classification, food webs and using microscopes. We learn about objects in motion for Physics and our Ecology and Sustainability resource covers aspects of Science, Technology and Geography.
For Nature Study we offer an Australian and New Zealand literature option that covers the whole year.
Semester 1 History covers ancient civilizations’ origins and archaeology. Ancient China, Greek, and Roman history are studied in Semester 2. Writing activities, videos, and Book of Centuries dates follow the reading portion of a lesson.
Captivating novels and biographies are also included as part of this interesting period.
Semester 1 Geography focuses on Water in the Landscape with field trips, geopolitics, complementary videos and literature that makes this subject come alive. Semester 2 includes settlement patterns, housing, and urban development. They’ll also learn how to read graphs, charts and maps plus draw and take photos for fieldwork.
Economics & Civics
Semester 1 Economics and Business is literature-based. It teaches your teen money management and investing. Semester 2’s Civics resource analyses the student’s place in Australian society.
There are also opportunities for plenty more, including more reading suggestions, Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, and caring for your child’s physical education and health.
End of term exams are provided at the end of each team. These are optional and very helpful as a revision and assessment tool.
I Gave Up On A Year 7 Homeschool Curriculum
When my first child began high school, I didn’t know where to go for Year 7 homeschool curriculum. I was constantly tweaking, skipping lessons and generally unhappy with my curriculum options. I was feeling stressed that I wasn’t teaching my son properly. My knowledge of what he needed to know had gone beyond what I could remember from school.
I understood the principles of a literature-based education, which we all loved. However, some subjects didn’t have a resource that worked in Australia. I gave up and sent my first child to school for a few years.
When the second child got to Year 7, I continued my quest to find Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum. Not much had changed. Finding good Australian content was not easy!
By the third and fourth child, I was a research machine. I’d plotted out each subject and worked out where everything fitted. The trouble was I had about 40 books where only one or two chapters were relevant. I’d finally worked out ways to make my homeschool fit in with the Australian curriculum but explaining my plan for registration was tricky.
All my homeschool friends had the same curriculum compliance problem, we all needed to meet our state homeschool requirements to stay registered (or get an exemption). We all had a different way of meeting the requirements for registration.
When I created My Homeschool, I wanted to solve these two problems.
To do that, we set up a structured program with a weekly schedule that meant your child could work independently on some of their lessons and you could keep track of their learning. Secondly, we made sure that the system we used met Australian state requirements.
Since 2017 My Homeschool has helped thousands of families give their kids a Charlotte Mason inspired education without having to worry about the stress of: ‘Is my child doing enough?’ and “Will I get approved?’
I hope we can help you too!
Story by Michelle Morrow (Founder of My Homeschool)
We are an Australian family and have been living in Israel for the past 22 years, working for an Anglican mission. We have 3 children and have homeschooled since the beginning…Our youngest daughter is 12 and about to start Year 7 using your curriculum.
When we started homeschooling it was almost unheard-of in Israel. Finding resources in English was a challenge. We started with Sonlight Curriculum and My Father's World, but they quickly became too American for us ? So we started to piece together our own curriculum using some from the USA, some from the UK and some from Australia... Homeschooling Downunder. So our oldest two kids gave had a very mixed and often disjointed education. It is just the way it turned out for them in our current situation.
At the end of last year I discovered that you had developed and expanded your resources to become My Homeschool. I had become very disappointed with some of the American curriculum choices and was looking for something more like us ? Even though we have lived in Israel for many years, we still identify as Australians, and were looking for a curriculum that would fill the gaps in our Australian education. I am hoping that we will find what we need at My Homeschool.
As an international family using an Australian curriculum it would be nice to see a blend of World History and Australian history studied each year, rather than a whole year of Australian history without any World history and vis versa. This would give opportunity to swap out the Australian history for another country without disrupting the whole year of World History studies. Does that make sense? 🙂 But I also realise to keep aligned to the Australian Curriculum you need to study certain things in certain years.
I am curious to see how the Astronomy course will be for us in the Northern hemisphere. But many general topics apply to both hemispheres so I think it will be good too.
On the whole, I’m excited to use your curriculum and I don’t think we will need to tweak much to make it work well for us.
I have now purchased year seven semester one and plan to get year two in the next few days. I have one child nearly at the end of her homeschooling journey with three more currently all school aged. I have been receiving your bulletins for over ten years and have purchased many resources from you over that time. I have also recommended My Homeschool to many new homeschoolers I've supported. And now finally ... After running on my own steam all this time, I've decided to take the plunge and make life easier for myself! I've watched what you've been doing from afar since you started and I know I can buy this resource with confidence.
I know I could keep designing my own homeschool, but you wonderful ladies have put so much thought into the content and design of this program. So I just wanted to encourage you and say thank you.
Thank you for putting together this wonderful course. Over the last 4 years I have taken 2 of my children through Years 7 and 8 using a distance ed programme but this year my daughter and I have found this course to be a much less stressful transition to high school.
I love knowing that we are still fulfilling the requirements for the Australian Curriculum but I have also been able to give my daughter the rich classical literature-based education that I was looking for. I have been interested in the Charlotte Mason style of education for a few years but until now I was frustrated that everything I came across was based on American history/geography/seasons. Thank you for putting in the time to track down and integrate appropriate Australian resources into the curriculum.
This was my first year registering with the Qld Home Education unit myself so I also found the information that you included regarding registering very helpful.
I have also used the Year 5 and Prep courses this year and found them to be wonderful as well. Thank you again.