CURRICULUM

Age 12-14

Overview

The Age 12-14 level of Moving Beyond the Page is the second and final level in our middle school homeschool curriculum. When your child finishes this level, he will prepared to excel in high school science, social studies, and English. Over the two years of middle school he will receive one semester of instruction in each of the following subjects — 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 high school.

The Age 12-14 level of curriculum is the second 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 an 8th or 9th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Can write a five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh or eighth grade

Using the 12-14 Curriculum

The Age 12-14 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 12-14

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.

Social Studies
Science
Language Arts
Semester 1
Unit 1. Revolution
Unit 1. Atoms
Unit 1. Abigail Adams
Unit 2. Civics
Unit 2. Chemical Reactions
Unit 2. Animal Farm
Unit 3. The Antebellum West
Unit 3. Energy and Matter
Unit 3. Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Unit 4. Antebellum America
Unit 4. Biochemistry
Unit 4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Unit 5. Civil War
Unit 5. Microbiology and Cell Theory
Unit 5. Elijah of Buxton
Semester 2
Unit 1. History of Your State
Unit 1. Genetics and DNA
Unit 1. The House of the Scorpion
Unit 2. Industrialization, Urbanization, and Immigration
Unit 2. Living Organisms
Unit 2. Watership Down
Unit 3. The Great Depression and World War II
Unit 3. A Dynamic Planet
Unit 3. The Book Thief
Unit 4. Global Conflict and Civil Rights
Unit 4. Human Body Systems
Unit 4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Unit 5. Technology Explosion
Unit 5. Health and Nutrition
Unit 5. Great American Poets

Beyond Standards

Because 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 12-14 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 12-14 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. With Moving Beyond the Page, hands-on learning is not an afterthought. Not only do we design our curriculum for hands-on learners, we also provide materials to take the hassle out of gathering materials.

12-14 American History Timeline

12-14 Timeline of American History Timeline Cards

Age 12-14 - Semester 1 - Science Kit (Box 1)

This is one half of the first semester's science kit. It must be purchased in conjunction with Box 2.

  • 2 cups,
  • 3 plastic cups,
  • 4 test tubes,
  • aluminum foil,
  • candle wax,
  • compass,
  • construction paper,
  • funnel,
  • measuring cup,
  • metric measuring cup,
  • Newton scale, and
  • 94 more items...
Age 12-14 - Semester 1: Science Kit (Box 2)

This is one half of the first semester's science kit. It must be purchased in conjunction with Box 1.

Age 12-14 - Semester 2: Science Kit

  • 16 pipe cleaners - same color,
  • 2 plastic forks,
  • 2 plastic knives,
  • 2 plastic spoons,
  • 3 small cups,
  • 50 black beans,
  • 50 red beans,
  • 50 white beans,
  • 8 black beads,
  • 8 blue beads,
  • 8 red beads, and
  • 53 more items...
America The Story of US

A riveting adventure of how America was invented, America the Story of Us focuses on the people, ideas, and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of American history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by the HISTORY Channel. From the rigors of linking the continent by wagon trail to the transcontinental railway, the engineering of steel-structured buildings to landing on the moon, this epic 12-part series is a grand cinematic vision of how this country was built. America the Story of Us brings this story to life firsthand through patriots, frontiersmen, slaves, abolitionists, Native Americans, pioneers, immigrants, entrepreneurs, and inventors. From the Revolutionary War that birthed the nation to the Civil War that divided it, and to the making of the modern world, America the Story of Us in an epic, dramatic, heartbreaking, and triumphant journey that reminds us that American history truly belongs to we, the people.

Assembly Line Pony Bead Bracelets

Butcher Paper (10 ft)

10 feet of butcher paper perfect for crafting.

Clear Ornament

1 plastic, fillable ball ornament.

Microbiology and Cell Theory Coloring Book

Periodic Table of Elements

What Else Do I Need?

The Age 12-14 Full Year Curriculum Package covers science, social studies, and language arts. When purchased with a separate math curriculum, you will have a comprehensive curriculum for your child.

Schedule Worksheets



Age 12-14 Curriculum Samples

Semester 1

Unit 1 - Revolution [SS]

Lesson 2 - Southern Colonies
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Unit 1 - Atoms [S]

Lesson 5 - Properties of Matter II
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Unit 2 - Animal Farm [LA]

Lesson 4 - Work on the Farm
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