Seventh Grade Plans: Revised

After reading through many of the resources I have for seventh grade, then pondering and planning and pondering and planning again, I have revised our schedule for the upcoming year. These changes feel great and will give Teal’s seventh grade better flow. It may seem odd to have several short blocks on the Renaissance, but I really like the idea of intertwining the biographies and the sciences throughout the year.

  • Perspective Drawing & Math Review (2 wks) I am using Perspective Drawing by Hermann von Baravalle.
  • History: Brief Review & Joan of Arc (2 wks) I am planning to use Mark Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. I haven’t read it, yet, so I’ll let you know how it is when I do!
  • African Geography & Henry the Navigator (2 wks) (Yes, Carrie! I have been persuaded by you!) The spine of my history blocks are the appropriate chapters in The Age of Discovery by Kovacs. They provide a good general overview and are easily added to with library books or information found online.
  • Intro to Algebra (3 wks) I will follow the outline in Making Math Meaningful: A Middle School Math Curriculum by Jamie York
  • Explorers & South American Geography (3 wks) – This will include a review of the Vikings finding “Vinland,” then Columbus, Vespucci, Pizzaro and Magellan
  • Physics (3 wks)
  • Renaissance Astronomers (2 wks) – Copernicus, Tycho de Brahe, Kepler, Galileo (others?)

Christmas Break

  • Astronomy (3 wks)
  • Renaissance Artists (2 wks) – Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo (others?)
  • Physiology & Reproduction (4 wks)
  • The Reformation (2 wks) – Wycliffe, Gutenberg, Tyndale, Martin Luther, Calvin, and Knox (others?)
  • Geometry (3 wks)
  • Chemistry (3 wks)
  • History from Henry the VIII to America (2 wks)

We will be doing our creative writing exercises (Wish, Wonder, Surprise) throughout the year. I am thinking about doing an assignment every other Friday right now.

What a year! Thank you for visiting!

Culture Night and Quail

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In the church I belong to, there are youth groups for youth ages 12-18. I am working with the young women ages 12-13 right now (Teal’s group). This means we meet for about an hour every Sunday for religious lessons and we meet one week night per week for about an hour and a half for service projects, lessons, games, or anything else spiritually uplifting! Last week we had a wonderful “Culture Night” for all youth in which three members of our church community who moved to the U.S. from different countries came and taught us a little about their former countries. They were also kind enough to bring in samples of food! We heard about China, Ghana & Argentina. It was such a great night, and I made a mental note to remember to seek out people from other countries when we do geography blocks from now on. Most people are happy to talk about the country they come from and it’s so enlivening!


A few days ago, we found nine baby quail in our back yard. Our dogs had scared the mother quail away and the babies were running about all willy-nilly. Once the dogs were put back in the house, the mama flew back into the yard and started running around and calling for her babies. It was magical to hear them peeping loudly, calling for mama, and hear her call them back into the shrubs with a three note call that sounded like, “Come over here! Come over here!”

Thank you for visiting!