Hey guys! I’m back today with another What’s in the Workbox? video for you all! Today we’re taking a look into my 7th grader’s daily homeschool workboxes.
It’s crazy to think that I have a 7th grader, but here we are in Jr. High already! I’ve been homeschooling her for 8 years an that just seems crazy to me!
Anyhoo…let’s take a closer look to see what her day looks like, and how she goes about her daily assignments. She is mostly independent in her work now. I still help teach her English as well as our group subjects. But otherwise she’s doing well working on her own. And she likes to get a head start in the morning so that she can finish early and be done with school for the day.
Click here to see our 7th grade daily homeschool workload video!
For those of you who prefer photos and links feel free to keep reading!
In her first drawer we keep her expandable drawer organizer which holds her basic school supplies, as well as her daily assignment notebook (more info on this in the video) and her Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion.
She also has homework from our weekly options program, so we’ve included that in her assignment list as well so she doesn’t forget.
This is her math drawer, she’s currently working on Math U See Pre-Algebra. I usually pull out worksheets A-D, plus her chapter test so she can just pull the next worksheet out easily.
This drawer has her BJU English 7 workbook in it. Instead of pulling out her worksheets each day she just uses a sticky tab to keep track of where she is. This unit is a little different than grades 1-6. I think they might not have updated this version yet as the cover looks different than the previous levels. There isn’t much in the way of lessons in the teacher’s manual. So it’s designed for her to read her own lesson, and then do the work included for each one.
She also has her Vocabulary Workshop (Level B, Grade 7) and like I mention in the video, I’m not in love with it this year. Some of the questions are really awkward and they include words that aren’t actually in her word list for that week, or prior weeks. So we’re doing a lot of looking up words, and trying to figure out what they’re asking for. Not my favorite at this point.
This drawer has her spelling in it. She still had a few lists from last year to get through, so she’s finishing up her BJU Spelling 6 book, and then working on the Spelling You See Level E booklet. Most spelling stops around grade 7, so I like that SYS has a level for her to continue working on.
This last drawer keeps all of our group subjects along with her reading. She has her Book Shark reading books in this drawer along with her Expedition Earth Geography/Science Curriculum binder, her The Renaissance & Reformation binder, and her Institute for Excellence in Writing Group A Continuation binder. Check out the video linked above if you’d like to see inside these binders!
And that’s all that is in her daily workbox drawers. Here are a few of the things we do that aren’t stored in the workboxes:
- Art: Combo of World’s Greatest Artists 2 (Yes, we’re SLOWLY working through this!), Home Art Studio, and See the Light Art DVDs
- Keepers of the Faith (We meet once a month for various activities.)
- Music: World’s Greatest Composers Vol 1 (Continued from last year, we’re slowing working through this one composer at a time!)
- Literature: Classical Literature Units (We’ll do read-a-louds using books from my Vol. 1 list)
- Piano: Teach Yourself Piano
- Typing: Typing Web
- P.E. : Swim Team & Co-op (D.I. Instant Challenges hasn’t started yet, but will shortly!)
- Options: This is a once a week co-op that we go to through our school district. Strawberry Shortcake takes Literacy in film, geography, speech & debate, and Home Economics.
A note to you…
Keep in mind all homeschools are a little bit different. What we’re using might not work for your family or your students. So just go with what works best for you and your kiddos! But if you have questions specifically regarding what we are using, there are links in this post to help you out! Feel free to email me if you have questions that I didn’t address!
And make sure to check out my Homeschooling 101 book if you’re just getting started and need help finding curriculum, creating lesson plans, scheduling your day, organizing your home, and more!
Our School Room…
For anyone with questions on our school room or workbox drawers, you can check out our school room setup here. Links to all of furniture and supplies are there to help you out.
–> I also get a lot of questions on our desk setup. You can read all about it in our Ikea School Desks post!
You can also see a check out this video I did a while back on our workboxes! We’ve stuck with the Ikea drawer units since they fit better in our room right now. And I even have some small spaces workbox ideas that might suit your needs as well!
Need workbox printables? I have a ton of freebies that you’re welcome to download and use in your homeschool!
- My Schedule Strip and Plain Numbers
- Workbox Subject Cards
- Workbox Scheduling Template (Editable excel file)
- Workbox Preschool Template (Editable excel file)
- Blank Workbox Numbers (with space for you to add your own images)
- I Spy Card
- Spanish Card
- JumpStart Card
- Time 4 Learning Card
Did you finish the All About Spelling series? If not, what made you switch to Spelling You See? Thanks!!
I’m using AAS for my younger two now, but not my 7th grader 🙂 The older spelling series wasn’t working quite as well for her anymore, and she really enjoyed SYS so she’s using that this year.
Thanks so much for doing these – I have loved watching your daily work load videos. As a homeschool mom who is out there a little bit on her own sometimes it’s fun to see what other people are doing in their home. And I would love it if you wrote some 6/7th grade literature units as we are running into the same problems. I have picked up some memoria and progeny press literature units and they’re okay. Question about writing. I know a lot of people who just drop whatever English curriculum they’re doing when they pick up IEW. Like you I have been a BJU English person and I notice that you have kept it going. Any thoughts on that? We have also really enjoyed the newer Worldly Wise for vocabulary 🙂
I do the same thing, I use BJU English for the Grammar only, but we skip the writing chapters because I prefer how IEW does writing. It’s really easy to just skip over the BJU chapters so it’s not a big deal. But I don’t really love the BJU writing unfortunately, so this mix works for us.
Also enjoying these posts and videos!! 🙂 I’m wondering if you’ll share more in depth sometime how you use homeschool tracker, and in particular how you make your kids’ lesson plan books?
I’m also contemplating using the BJU English for seventh grade next year, and noticed the format is a bit different than what we’ve used up to this point (grade 6). I’d love to hear more of your thoughts on that if you have time.
Thanks and blessings!!
Yes, BJU English 7 is definitely different than the previous levels. Honestly it looks to me like they’ve updated everything else, but not the higher grades LOL! I could be wrong. But the cover is old looking. Anyway, there isn’t much in the way of teacher’s lessons, so mostly the student reads the assignments, then does the work. So far we’re doing okay with it, but it’s a change from what we’re used to. We’re going to stick it out for the year though and see how it goes.
Is it as easy as the younger grades for separating grammar and writing? I also only use it for grammar, and was curious for next year!
The Word of life devotional you are using is it specifically for 7th graders? I have a 7th grader myself but I didn’t see anything on their site for that grade. Have you been using WOL for a while? I’d like to know a little more about it because I’m looking for a way to keep my 12 year old in the word. 😀 love your blog! Thanks!
Id love a review of the word of life devos too!