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Help! My preteen thinks history is boring. I need help finding a homeschool history curriculum my middle schooler will enjoy and engage. The families of Teach Them Diligently have been there and thankfully they are sharing their middle school curriculum favorites with us! This list is all about middle school level history, social studies, and geography.

These curriculum options cover the range of homeschooling styles. Beginning with a traditional detailed textbook based style that many of us parents learned from ourselves. To our #1 pick Notgrass History more unit based with a strong dash of textbook style. Then we have a chronological world history option that has lots of opportunities to add hands on projects for your kinetic learner or even add in the younger ones with their big siblings lesson.

History doesn’t have to be boring!

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as a Middle School History/ Social Studies/ Geography curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .

TOP 10 choices for Middle School History, Social Studies, Geography Curriculum

  1. Notgrass History  from the website- Textbooks generally provide context and comprehensiveness. Unit studies generally provide depth and richness. In our courses, we attempt to bridge the gap between these two approaches by giving you tools that help you teach the heart, soul, and mind of your student. Our curriculum is easy for parents, requiring little planning or preparation. Our curriculum is rewarding for students, helping them learn to analyze the present by understanding the past.
  2. The Mystery of History  from the website- The Mystery of History is chronological, Christian, and complete world history curriculum that is easy-to-use, historically accurate, Christ-centered series
  3. Story of the World  (by Well-Trained Mind) from the website- The Story of the World is an award-winning resource for families looking for a history curriculum they can fall in love with. Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, this four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas — find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This read-aloud series is designed for parents and teachers to share with elementary school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations.

Ever wonder how these curricula want us to teach our children? Here is a video about our #2 The Mystery of History and how you could use their history program in your home.

  1. Masterbooks History
  2. Beautiful Feet Books
  3. Exploring the World through Cartography ( by Classical Conversations)

History is not all that is in this lovely list. There is Social Studies that your middle schooler can understand and discuss at a much higher level of critical thinking. This can be folded into field trips and even current events finding similarities to the past. The compare and contrast of what has happened and what might happen now is often very intriguing and engaging for preteens.

  1. Abeka History
  2. Heart of Dakota
  3. Simply Charlotte Mason History
  4. Veritas Press History

Before we leave this great list lets talk about why would a child well versed for years in geography need to continue in middle school? If your preteen knows their world geography then move on to Biblical geography and historical geography. Now that your preteen is old enough to understand the maps of WW2 Europe it can compliment history and deepen their understanding. Add maps to your Biblical learning so your preteen knows how God used the land itself to help Gideon.

Weave these subjects into your day to day learning to make for a more balanced, better educated preteen. Look through these top 10 curriculum choices to find which ones best match your families home educating style. Try free lessons that many of these companies have available. Watch videos by the creators and see what they have to offer. These top 10 curriculum choices in Middle School history, social studies, and geography will help your Middle School preteen.

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Top 10 Homeschool Middle School Math Curriculum Choices

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Homeschooling parents often find themselves surprised and even scared when facing the increasingly intense middle school years. The subject of math only makes these feelings more intense. How do I go from the good old days of addition, carrying, and memorizing the multiplication facts to 8th grade Algebra so advanced it can be on my teen’s high school transcript?

Time for another surprise only this time, it’s a pleasant one. Many families have successful navigated these curriculum waters before and they want to help!

Here are the top 10 choices for Middle School Math Curriculum

Our community of families at Teach Them Diligently have been asked “what do you recommend as a Middle School Math curriculum choice.” We took all these suggestions for Middle School math and 39 other subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorites Guide.

  1. Teaching Textbooks
  2. Saxon Math
  3. Math-U-See

You can see in the broad range of styles and approaches in our top 10 that you can continue to homeschool your preteen as per your chosen homeschooling style.

There are many options in our list that span the spectrum of homeschooling styles from a very structured traditional homeschooling option such as the #2 on the list Saxon math, to interactive software/online like our #1 winner Teaching Textbooks, to a more open language based option (great for gifted preteens) #4 Life of Fred.

4. Life of Fred

5. Principles of Math (a Master Books curriculum product)

6. Abeka Math

7. CTC Math

Be aware as you move through the middle school years it is time to start thinking ahead to college. Not to begin pressuring your preteen but to know what prerequisites are required at their top college choices. This can help guide your informed  curriculum choices to build a foundation that your teen can have as many options available to them as possible.

8. Singapore Math

9. Horizons Math  (an Alpha Omega curriculum product)

10. Bob Jones University Press Math

Middle school is a time of transition and change for your preteen and you. No need to be anxious about curriculum as well. Let your fellow homeschooling families help your through these important curriculum choices. The preteen years will be a thing of joy and growth for the whole family.

This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.

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Also check out “The Change Ahead for Middle School” an article here on the TTD blog by Stef Layton.

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Homeschoolers teach children themselves for a variety of reasons.  One thing we all have in common is that parents can be the best educators for their own children. No other teacher loves your children as much and knows your children’s unique learning needs. So we teach our own children…sometimes at home, in the car, at the library, at the museum. We homeschool at home, but that doesn’t mean we have to homeschool alone.  Community is the secret sauce.  A Parent Practicum can show you the way.

Two people are better than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. —Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT)

Parent Practicum is a FREE, 3-Day Parent Conference on Classical, Christian Homeschooling. You’ll find a community of local families, eager to explore the classical model of education and tools that make learning all subjects with all their children satisfying. At Practicum you will practice the skills of learning and get your hands dirty becoming students. Student Camps are available for students of all ages at a nominal fee. For both adults and students, advance online registration is required. Hundreds of Parent Practicums are offered around the globe from May to early August. Find a Practicum near you!

Students and parents learn best together in community

After summer Practicum, families gather together during the school year in communities, meeting once a week and creating a safe place for practicing speaking skills, encouraging one another and discussing big ideas. Trained parent-tutors model skills and facilitate. Young children enjoy learning in a group setting. They get to play games with the memory work and cooperate on science projects. A CC community provides parents and students with encouragement, fellowship and accountability.  Practicum trains Parents, Tutors and Directors.  Everyone grows through encouragement, leadership, and training. Hear from Sean about why he loves community.

Community helps teens build strong, positive friendships

Our Challenge program for teens is designed for students to build lasting relationships with their peers. They go through mock trial, debates, presentations, and other challenging activities together, sharpening their presentation and debate skills against each other—something they just can’t do on their own.

Visit Classical Conversations to begin the journey and find a Practicum near youGet expert advice and resources from our knowledgeable Product Sales Specialists at Practicum.  Listen to parents talk about their why for going to Practicum here.

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With the end of the school year around the corner for many homeschoolers, the folks at Alpha Omega Publications put together an end-of-year checklist to help you navigate this busy season. Work through this checklist to make sure your school year wraps up smoothly, and you can pick up again in the fall with ease.

 

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Finalize record keeping.

Depending on where you live, you will have different legal requirements for record keeping. No matter what your state requires, we recommend keeping documentation of the following: attendance records, details of the curriculum your child used (publisher, grade level, etc), samples of your child’s work, any correspondence with school officials, portfolios, and test scores.

 

Before wrapping up your school year, be sure all your record keeping is up to date and filed away for safe keeping. Whether you’ve chosen to organize in a three-ringed binder, file folders, or computer files, make sure things are clearly labeled by school year and your child’s name.

 

Give yourself a year-end review.

This is especially important if you’re taking a summer break. Review what you did this year, including what you liked, what you didn’t, what worked especially well for each child, and what has room for improvement. By writing your future self notes about how things went this year, you ensure that you won’t accidentally repeat things that didn’t work next year. Come August or September, your year-end review will be a leg up when you jump back into your homeschool routine.

 

Handout final grades (or your equivalent).

Once your children have completed their last assignment, give them a report card, progress report, or other form of yearly assessment. Even if you don’t use traditional grades in your homeschool, it’s important for young learners to be able to track their progress.

 

Celebrate progress!

At the end of the year, be intentional to take time to celebrate! Celebrate what you accomplished by staying true to your call to homeschool and celebrate what each of your children accomplished. Show your children you noticed what they did and acknowledge the hard work it required, perhaps with an end-of-year certificate of achievement. Another year accomplished is absolutely worth celebrating!

 

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Enjoy this roundup of selected stories from God’s World News—the unique Christian current events program for kids. Help your children learn to read age-appropriate news stories critically, to sift for the truth, and to relate knowledge and biblical wisdom to daily life.  

Open: Shipwreck!

An ancient shipwreck near the Greek island of Alonissos is open for exploring. The Peristera shipwreck will now become the first ancient shipwreck accessible to the public in Greece. Even folks who dive just for fun can swim up and take a peek. Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/4006

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 7, 2019, divers visit a 5th Century B.C. shipwreck, the first ancient shipwreck to be opened to the public in Greece, including to recreational divers who will be able to visit the wreck itself, near the coast of Peristera, Greece. Greece’s rich underwater heritage has long been hidden from view, off-limits to all but a select few, mainly archaeologists. Scuba diving was banned throughout the country except in a few specific locations until 2005, for fear that divers might loot the countless antiquities that still lie scattered on the country’s seabed. Now that seems to be gradually changing, with a new project to create underwater museums. (AP Photo/Elena Becatoros)

 

Fresh Food for Fido

U.S. pet owners are feeding more and more fresh food to their dogs and cats. Kibbles for Fido? Nope. These days, he’s getting diced chicken with sweet potatoes and spinach!  Is this a good idea? Or is it taking pet care a little too far? Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/4000

In this March 15, 2019, photo Dr. Lindsey Bullen pets Benko, a golden retriever with weight issues, during a visit at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary, N.C. Bullen says she gets several questions a day from clients interested in fresh and homemade pet food. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

 

Will Experts Endorse Low-Carb?

Fans of low-carb eating are hoping for changes in the new U.S. dietary guidelines. They say low-carb’s inclusion could influence what nutrition advice doctors give—and shape government food programs like school lunches. But does low-carb work for everyone? Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5236

   

 

Colleges Say Failure Is Normal

On many college campuses, instances of stress, depression, and other mental health problems are rising. Experts say today’s students are facing very different challenges from what their parents did. Now a growing number of U.S. colleges have begun teaching an important life skill: how to fail. Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5237

In this March 5, 2019 photo, panel members, from left, Angela Giordano, Natalie Baucum, Mike Duggan, Fred Ledley and school counselor Peter Forkner participate in an event at Bentley University, in Waltham, Mass., where professors and alumni shared some of their worst setbacks to illustrate that even successful people sometimes fail. A growing number of U.S. colleges are trying to “normalize” failure for a generation of students who increasingly struggle with stress, anxiety and the ability to bounce back from adversity. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Spike in Dolphin Deaths

A Greek marine conservation group is reporting a “very unusual” spike in dolphin deaths in the Aegean Sea. The deaths coincide with military drills in the area. Researchers want to know whether nearby countries are following international rules about sonar and other undersea noise-makers. Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5240

In this photo provided by Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation members of Archipelagos institute carry a dead dolphin at a beach of Samos island, Aegean sea, Greece, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. A Greek marine conservation group says a “very unusual” increase in Aegean Sea dolphin deaths over recent weeks may be linked with recent Turkish naval exercises in the area. A total 15 dead dolphins have washed up on the eastern island of Samos and other parts of Greece’s Aegean coastline since late February, according to the Archipelagos Institute.(Bre-Anne Smith /Archipelagos via AP)

 

 

 

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Enjoy this week’s roundup of selected stories from God’s World News—the unique Christian current events program for kids. Help your children learn to read age-appropriate news stories critically, to sift for the truth, and to relate knowledge and biblical wisdom to daily life.

 

New Gerber Baby

One-year-old Kairi Yang from North Carolina is Gerber’s 2019 spokesbaby. This year’s contest had the most entries ever—544,000. Contest officials said the winner has “the look of wonder in her eyes.” Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/3966

This undated photo provided by Gerber shows Kairi Yang from Hickory, N.C. Kairi was chosen by Gerber as the winner of its ninth annual photo search. In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show,” Kairi’s parents said they are Hmong, and their family had immigrated to North Carolina from southeast Asia. (Courtesy of the Yang Family/Gerber via AP)

 

Race Against Bugs

Loggers are cutting down ash trees in a race against a fast-spreading beetle called the emerald ash borer. The non-native bug is chewing its way through trees from Maine to Colorado. Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/39638

FILE – In this file photo dated Saturday Aug. 23, 2003, Seagulls mill around in search of food as a whale is hauled onto a fishing boat after it was killed in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Iceland. Iceland’s whaling industry will be allowed to hunt up to 2,130 whales over the next five years, it is revealed Saturday Feb. 23, 2019, under a new rule issued by the Nordic nation’s government. (AP Photo/Adam Butler,FILE)

 

Goodbye, Mr. Merryman

Jerry Merryman was one of three men who invented the handheld calculator. He designed the circuits for the new invention in just three days while working for Texas Instruments. Mr. Merryman, 86, passed away February 27.  Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/3972

CORRECTS AGE TO 86 INSTEAD OF 68 – This 1997 photo taken by Phyllis Merryman shows Jack Kilby and Jerry Merryman, right, at the American Computer Museum in Bozeman, Montana. Kilby, Merryman and James Van Tassel are credited with having invented the handheld calculator while working at Dallas-based Texas Instruments. Merryman died Feb. 27, 2019, at the age of 86. (Phyllis Merryman via AP)

 

Sinking Sand in Iran

The area around Tehran, Iran, is literally sinking. Stressed by a 30-year drought and hollowed out by excessive water pumping, the parched landscape near Iran’s capital has begun to open in massive sinkholes. Read more: http://teen.wng.org/node/5204

This frame grab from an Aug. 8, 2018 video provided by Iranian Students’ News Agency, ISNA, shows an aerial view of a massive hole caused by drought and excessive water pumping in Kabudarahang, in Hamadan province, in western Iran. Some sinkholes formed in western Iran are as deep as 60 meters (196 feet). (ISNA via AP)

 

Granny Jela’s Cooking Show

An unlikely celebrity is cooking up traditional Serbian food on YouTube. Granny Jela (69-year-old Jelena Petrovic) has put her life-long experience to good use by launching an online cooking tutorial from her home kitchen. Fans are eating it up. Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5206

Jelena Petrovic places the tray with food into the oven in her home in Jagodina, Serbia, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Serbs looking for ideas are increasingly turning to the Balkan country’s hit chef Granny Jela, an elderly lady who has put her life-long experience to good use and launched an online cooking tutorial. Jelena Petrovic’s YouTube channel and blog dubbed Granny’s Kitchen have had over 50 million of views and nearly 150,000 subscribers who check in daily for a new recipe of home-made food. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

 

Coyote Fur in Demand

Coyote fur is high fashion, and demand for pelts continues to grow.  The animals’ pelts provide lush trim on the hoods of stylish winter parkas. Read more: http://teen.wng.org/node/5202

In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo, a woman in New York wears a Canada Goose coat with a hood fur trimmed with coyote fur. Coyote pelts are in big demand to provide the lush, tawny-tinged arc of fur on the hoods on Canada Goose coats and their many global imitators. Canada Goose parkas are credited with the uptick in demand for coyote fur. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

 

 

 

 

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A New Outlook On Art

My 15 year old daughter spends part of most evenings drawing in her journal– looking for ideas online to create a personalized book chronicling her thoughts, activities, and more. Often she calls me in to show me her new idea or drawing and to see if I like what she’s working on. (I always do!) 

 

This love of art wasn’t always characteristic of her, though. For years, she claimed she had no artistic ability and would hardly draw a thing, being more afraid of failing than excited to create something new.

 

That all changed, though, when she and her sister joined some of their closest friends to walk through the Creating a Masterpiece course together. Each week, they got to hang out with  their besties and create something amazing! I had no idea what that small investment at a Teach Them Diligently event that year would do for her in the days to come.

 

I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the time spent and the money invested in Creating a Masterpiece all those years ago. It proved to be life changing for my daughter as it unlocked a creativity in her she didn’t even realize she had. I hope you’ll read on to learn more about this incredible resource for your homeschool and why adding it into your normal routine would be a great thing for your children. I also hope you’ll pick up your own copy to use with your children. I promise you’ll be glad you did– and that thankfulness will only grow as your children do and you realize even more how profoundly impacted they were by taking the course. 

 

Creating a MasterpieceProud Students

Students work on a piece of artwork that eventually becomes a “masterpiece”! Even first graders know that they usually leave Hidden Acres Art School (Sharon’s studio name) with a project they are very proud of. It may take many weeks of work, but they know their projects will grace the walls of their home. Students are often proclaiming, “I didn’t know I could do this!”

Sharon pushes her students to work on projects that bring a sense of pride and purpose, so they are not easily discouraged. “Every project needs to build up the student! My goal in teaching is to see each child gain a confidence they never had before. This confidence will translate to every other area of life,” Sharon states.Creating a Masterpiece

Well Rounded Artists

Students are treated as young artists to learn confidence and skill, and gain everything possible to succeed. At first everyone in class is taught the same project.  After learning to imitate the art media Sharon does, they are then turned loose to create their own paintings. Children are encouraged to try all types of art media. and become well rounded artists.

 

There are many life lessons learned through art:

– Students learn how to solve problems.
– Students learn how to follow instructions.
– Students gain a longer attention span.
– They learn to “never give up”!
– Through art they grow intellectually.Creating a Masterpiece– Students learn how to make wise decisions.
– They learn the importance of committing to a task and following through to the end.
– Students learn to be creative.
– Students learn how to express themselves through art.
– They learn how to create strategies.
– Students learn to receive constructive feedback.
– They learn the importance of dedication.
– They learn the importance of accountability.
– Students learn how art is a way to worship and praise our creator.
– They learn how to shape our culture by expressing their worldviews through the arts.

Look for Creating a Masterpiece at the “Teach Them Diligently” events across the country!

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Sharon Hofer, the lady behind “Creating a Masterpiece” teaches 180 homeschool students weekly. Her studio is filled to maximum capacity and her waiting list has several hundred students. But you can welcome her right into your home through this video course.

 

 

 

 

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Do your children ever get bored during their homeschool day? Do you feel like you need to liven up their school days with activities that keep their attention?

Here are 20 ideas from our education advisors to bring more fun into your homeschool classroom.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Edible Counting: Use cereal, raisins, or chocolate chips to teach your child how to count. Have him count aloud each time he takes a bite. Continue to add more treats as he learns to count higher. Counting will be fun—and yummy—as he eats his way through the numbers.

Walk the Line: Take a roll of paper towels and spread it on the floor, leaving the paper towels all connected. Then write alphabet letters or numbers in order on each square. Let your child walk on the line to learn the order, then split the paper towels up and let her put them in order.

Play with Magnets: Ask your child to place specific magnetic alphabet letters or numbers on the refrigerator to aid recognition.

Connect-the-dots: Use dot-to-dot pictures to help children count as they connect the dots.

Tell Me a Story: Have your child tell you a story that you can write down. Then ask him to draw pictures to illustrate the story.

Grades 1–3

Hands-on Math Skills: Let children practice addition and subtraction skills while playing. They can count Legos as they build or subtract candy from a bowl during snack time. Their limitless imaginations can provide hours of addition and subtraction fun.

Tower of Words: Use magnetic words or word cards to create fun poetry and silly sentences that help increase your child’s ability to construct sentences on her own.

Creating Classmates: Let your child bring a doll or two to reading class. Then ask her to read to this new “classmate.” Visualize It: As you read a story aloud, have your child draw a picture of what is happening in the story.

Finding the Order: Ask your children to do a simple task, such as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, with step-by-step directions. Then take pictures of them doing each step and print the pictures. Ask your children to paste the photos in order and write directions that go with each step. This shows your child how a process is needed to accomplish a task.

Grade 4–6

Coupon Counting: Let your children clip a coupon and figure out how much money they would save if the coupon were used. Couponing teaches math skills and how to budget money at the same time. You can even let them use a coupon at the grocery store to buy a snack or special treat.

Storyboard Fun: Ask your child to choose a favorite topic that he enjoys. Then give him a stack of 3×5″ cards to use for creating storyboards or word clusters. In no time, he will learn to brainstorm and organize thoughts for his writing.

Be a Reporter: Let your child create her own newspaper. She can interview family members or friends for stories. After writing the stories, she can glue pictures next to each article.

Nature Scrapbook: Help your child scrapbook the natural habitat in your area. Include leaves, twigs, flowers, nuts, seeds, and bird feathers found on nature walks. After pasting each piece on a page of a notebook, let your child research and write about what he finds.

Dress Up Fun: Pick a day of the week and have children dress up like a person from history. That day’s lesson can be focused on a specific time period and how people lived during that era.

Grades 7–9

Time for the News: Record your children pretending to be anchors for the evening news. They can find stories their history or science books for the newscast. Make it even more fun by showing the newscast to the entire family!

Baking with Math: Let your children choose a recipe from a cookbook. Then tell them to double or half the recipe. They have to figure out how to adjust the recipe to the correct measurements. You can also give them 1 or 2 measuring cups (½ and ¼ work well) and tell them to measure everything with those cups to improve their understanding of fractions.

Taste of Culture: Choose a foreign country to study and let students make a dish from that country. As they share the dish with the family, they can share facts about the country. This helps them learn the culture of the country through the food.

Build a Diorama: As part of a book report assignment, ask your student to create a diorama of his favorite scene in the book. Use shoeboxes, cereal boxes, play dough, and other small pieces to create the scene.

The Play’s the Thing: Help children stage a play, based on a book they’ve read, for family members and friends.

 

 

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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