After six years as a faithful Saxon math student, Kaylee made the switch to Math-U-See (Epsilon level) this year. I’m pleased that she is finally understanding fractions well. Even better? She recently told me that she actually likes math now!
Kaylee is using Daily Grams 7 for grammar this year. She has been using the Easy Grammar and Daily Grams texts for three or four years now, and I believe they have helped her develop strong grammar, usage, and mechanics skills.
This year Kaylee is using Winning with Writing to develop writing skills. I personally like the format of this text, particularly the way that each part of the writing process is emphasized. However, Kaylee prefers a more free-style approach to writing, so we’ll be using a different text next year.
This year Kaylee used School of Tomorrow Literature 7 PACEs. The study booklets include basic comprehension questions, but they do not contain literary analysis or in-depth study of any kind. They have, however, been easy for her to use independently.
Kaylee used Working with Words 7 for vocabulary practice this year. She commented several times about how much she enjoyed this inexpensive workbook.
This year Kaylee is covering Pennsylvania history. She is using Keystones 2 Pennsylvania History, a literature-based study. This approach seems to be more interesting than the typical textbook coverage of our state’s history.
Kaylee is using School of Tomorrow Science PACEs this year. She is a motivated independent learner, so the PACEs have been a good fit for her. She has asked to continue with PACEs again next year.
Kaylee completed the School of Tomorrow Health Elective PACEs this year. This course is designed as a high school health course. Even though Kaylee is an excellent student, this course was very challenging for her. In retrospect, I would have delayed this course until ninth grade.
Kaylee pursues physical fitness by participating in both group and individual activities. As a family, we try to promote individual exercise as a life-long habit.
What materials have you used and loved (or not) for seventh grade?