Moving Beyond the Page
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Homeschool Curriculum for Creative, Hands-On, and Gifted Learners

Age 11 to 13

Overview

By the time your homeschooler finishes our two levels of middle school, he will be prepared to excel in high school science, social studies, and English. He will receive one semester of Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. In social studies he will have an appreciation for the course of human civilization for every corner of the globe as well as an understanding of American History and Government. The language arts program is a great precursor to high school English as students will do in-depth literature studies and rigorous writing assignments while continuing to improve grammar knowledege and application. When your homeschooler finishes our middle school curriculum, he will be well prepared for whatever high school program you choose.

The Age 11-13 level of curriculum is the first year of middle school homeschool curriculum. In this level students take responsibility for formulating their own ideas and directing their day. All units are student directed. The primary lesson plans are written for your child to read and follow. As a parent, you will still be actively involved. We provide parent overviews of each lesson that include descriptions of the activities and answer keys for you. There are still many activities and opportunities for you to work with your child.

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the sixth, seventh, or eigth grade

Using the 11-13 Curriculum

The Age 11-13 level has a flexible design that allows you to tailor a program to meet your needs. You can use the curriculum in each of the following ways:

  • Comprehensive Curriculum
    With Moving Beyond the Page science, social studies, and language arts, and Life of Fred math, you will have everything you need for a full year of homeschooling that will engage and challenge your gifted child.
  • Complete Language Arts Curriculum
    Purchase all 10 literature units and teach your child vocabulary, grammar, writing, spelling, story elements, and figurative language while developing a love of literature.
  • Complete Science Curriculum
    Purchase all 10 science units for a year-long science curriculum.
  • Complete Social Studies Curriculum
    Purchase all 10 social studies units for a year-long social studies curriculum.
  • Supplement Any Existing Curriculum
    Pick a science or social studies topic that piques your child's interest or a book that she will enjoy reading and supplement your current homeschool curriculum. Everything in our program is available to purchase individually.

What's New and Different for Age 11-13

The Age 11-13 level will still cover science, social studies, and language arts. The structure of this level will be modified, however, since this level will represent the first year of middle school for many students. The primary difference between this level and those that preceded it is that we are giving equal weight to science, social studies, and language arts instead of weighting language arts more heavily as was done in the earlier years.

Each day, students will do three lessons - one in science, one in social studies, and one in language arts. In earlier levels of Moving Beyond the Page, students only did two lessons each day - one in science or social studies and one in language arts. The topic of the language arts unit will tie into either the science or the social studies unit, so children will still be receiving interdisciplinary instruction in the middle school years. This is a hallmark of Moving Beyond the Page that we want to continue through the middle school levels.

The full-year curriculum package contains 10 literature units, 10 science units, and 10 social studies units. All units are broken down into daily lesson plans. Students will move through the units together. When they start unit 1 in language arts, they will also begin unit 1 of science and unit 1 of social studies. The knowledge gained in the science and social studies units are reinforced through the corresponding literature unit.

The list below shows how the science, social studies, and language arts units line up. This list is subject to change as development on this level proceeds during the year.

Science Social Studies Language Arts
Semester 1
The Hydrosphere Egypt and Mesopotamia The Pearl
The Atmosphere Africa Today A Girl Named Disaster
The Lithosphere Australia and Oceania (Past and Present) The Hobbit
Earth Cycles and Systems Ancient Cultures in Asia A Single Shard
Ecosystems and Ecology Asia Today Independent Study / Research Project
Semester 2
Force and Motion Greece and Rome Greek Myths
Light and the Eye Middle Ages Good Masters, Sweet Ladies
The Solar System Age of Discovery The Little Prince
Technological Design Elizabethan Europe Newton at the Center
Energy Modern Europe British Poetry

All lessons are based on state and national standards. Your child will learn all of the necessary skills for his age. Your child will continue to be challenged to read and write at a higher level.

Summary of Skills

The links below will take you to the Summary of Skills for each of the concepts that make up the Age 11-13 of curriculum. The Summary of Skills is a list of the state and national standards that are covered within Moving Beyond the Page. This list can be useful for your own planning purposes, but it is also quite helpful when submitting required documentation to fulfill state and local reporting requirements.

Science Kits and Manipulatives

The Age 11-13 curriculum provides a number of hands-on science kits and manipulatives. These kits will provide your child with a hands-on experience that is unparalleled in any homeschool curriculum. If you have a hands-on learner, you have found a curriculum designed with them in mind.

We are also including many of the common materials for our hands-on activities in the science kits. Our goal is to help you provide quality science instruction for your child without the hassle of gathering lots of materials.

What Else Do I Need?

Moving Beyond the Page encourages character development - kindness, honesty, and respect for authority. Even though we are not a religious curriculum, our curriculum is conducive to supplementing with religious stories and lessons. For example, when studying communities, you can talk about how God wants you to show kindness to everyone in your community. While many parents add their own religious studies, others choose to supplement with a separate religious curriculum.

The Age 11-13 Full Year Curriculum Package covers science, social studies, and language arts. When purchased with Life of Fred math, you will have a comprehensive curriculum for your child.

Age 11-13 Curriculum Samples

Concept 1 - Semester 1

Unit 1 - Egypt and Mesopotamia [SS]

Lesson 2 - Early Mesopotamia

Unit 1 - The Pearl [LA]

Lesson 3 - The Pearl

Unit 4 - Ancient Asia [SS]

Lesson 5 - The Geography, Social System, and Economy of Ancient Japan

Unit 4 - A Single Shard [LA]

Lesson 9 - Words of Wisdom

Unit 5 - Earth Cycles and Systems [S]

Lesson 7 - Oxygen Production and Life

Concept 2 - Semester 2

Unit 1 - Greece and Rome [SS]

Lesson 3 - Classical Greece

Unit 1 - Greek Myths [LA]

Lesson 3 - The Stories

Age 11 13 Curriculum Samples