Age 7 to 9


Recognize differences in pitch and tone by creating your own instruments. Explore how technology has changed the world – from pyramids to skyscrapers. Write a creative story about a quadrilateral. Watch a caterpillar move through each stage of its lifecycle – becoming a beautiful butterfly. Write a story about two friends learning to celebrate their differences. Play fraction bingo with family and friends.

The Age 7-9 level uses these and many more activities to provide one year of academic instruction in science, social studies, language arts, and math.


Language Arts

  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in second or third grade


  • Can add and subtract three-digit numbers
  • Able to interpret pictographs, bar graphs, and line plots
  • Understands place value to 1000
  • Usually used by children in the third grade

What's New and Different for Age 7-9

If you have used Moving Beyond the Page in the younger age levels, you will notice that we have changed the format of our curriculum at the Age 7-9 level and higher. In the lower age levels, the science, social studies, and language arts curricula were fully integrated into a single lesson. Now that children are able to read chapter books, the language arts lessons are provided separately in the form of literature units. This enables your child to learn all of his language arts content in an engaging format that centers around interesting stories and characters. We do continue to tie the subjects together thematically, however. When children study weather in science, they will be reading a book that shows the impact of weather on a family. When they are studying sound, they will read a biography of Helen Keller, learning what life is like without sound. As in the lower levels, the math content is not integrated thematically with the other units, but it is still presented in a project-based format that integrates interesting and creative books throughout the curriculum.

All literature units contain the following:

  • activities related to the book,
  • vocabulary,
  • writing practice,
  • grammar activities, and
  • suggested spelling words to use each semester.

The outline for each concept is listed below and shows how each literature unit ties in with the primary concept of each unit.

Science and Social Studies Unit Literature Unit
Concept 1: Environment
Unit 1: Amazing Weather Tornado
Enjoy a story about the special friendship between a boy and his dog. Experience the effects of weather on farm life.
Unit 2: The Land Sarah, Plain and Tall
Experience life on the Great Plains in the late 19th century. Learn how one family comes to appreciate the uniqueness of others and the environment.
Unit 3: Sound Who Was Helen Keller?
What would it be like to live in an environment with no sound or light? Learn how one girl struggles to overcome physical disabilities to improve her life and the lives of others.
Concept 2: Change
Unit 1: Environments Change Morning Girl
Experience life through the eyes of a brother and sister in the pre-Columbian Caribbean. Life on their island is dramatically changed when a hurricane blows through, but the biggest change is yet to come. . .
Unit 2: Communities Change Over Time Communities and Cultures
Follow the adventures of the Blinkerton kids as they travel back in time and learn what life was really like in Ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages.
Unit 3: People Change the World American Heroes
Read biographical sketches about the amazing people who have shaped our nation. Be inspired to make the world a better place.
Concept 3: Cycles
Unit 1: Life Cycles Poppy
Follow the adventures of a courageous field mouse as she stands up to the great horned owl – Mr. Ocax. See how she struggles to overcome the cycle of power that has gripped her family for generations.
Unit 2: The Water Cycle Charlotte's Web
Appreciate the bond of friendship between a humble pig and an ingenious spider. Journey through the seasons on a farm and discover the different lifecycles of various farm animals.
Unit 3: Economic Cycles The Family Under the Bridge
Experience the hardships that befall a family at the bottom of the economic cycle. See how the kindness of strangers makes a real difference in the lives of three children.
Concept 4: Relationships
Unit 1: The Rain Forest One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest
Journey through the rain forest with Tepui on the most important day of his life as he searches for a butterfly that no one has ever seen. Learn how to outline plots, write and dramatize scripts, and how to be persuasive in writing and speech.
Unit 2: Government and the People The Whipping Boy
Follow the adventures of Jemmy and Prince Brat, two boys with absolutely nothing in common and no reason to like each other, as they find themselves taken hostage and learn what it means to be a true friend. Learn to use idioms, similes, and hyperbole to make writing more engaging and interesting.
Unit 3: Connected Cultures Iggie's House
Experience the struggles and conflict that Winnie goes through as she learns the difference between being a good neighbor and a good friend with the first black family that moves onto Grove Street. Practice writing with proper verb-tense agreement, subject-verb agreement, and contractions. Learn to analyze the personalities and motives of characters in a story.

In the Age 7-9 curriculum, your child will explore all subject areas using a hands-on and investigative approach. Oftentimes, homeschoolers are only taught reading, writing, and math during the early years, but a truly comprehensive curriculum will expose them to science and social studies as well. These subjects can be the most engaging and exciting for a young child. The curriculum is also filled with quality literature to enjoy with your child.

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 7-9 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.

What Else Do I Need?

With Moving Beyond the Page you will have everything you need for a full year of homeschooling that will engage and challenge your child in science, social studies, language arts, and math.

Schedule Worksheets

Age 7-9 Curriculum Samples

Concept 1: Environment

Unit 1 - Tornado [LA]

Unit 2 - Sarah, Plain and Tall [LA]

Lesson 6 - Life on the Prairie

Unit 2 - The Land [S]

Lesson 8 - My Environment

Unit 3 - Who Was Helen Keller? [LA]

Lesson 3 - Helen's Challenges

Concept 2: Change

Unit 1 - Environments Change [SS]

Lesson 1 - Heat Causes Change

Unit 2 - Communities Change Over Time [SS]

Lesson 3 - What Is A Civilization?

Concept 3: Cycles

Unit 1 - Life Cycles [S]

Lesson 4 - Insect Life Cycles

Unit 3 - The Family Under the Bridge [LA]

Lesson 7 - Among Friends


Unit 1 - Multiplication and Division I

Lesson 1 - Getting Ready to Multiply

Unit 4 - Multiplication and Division II

Lesson 6 - The Distributive Property of Multiplication

Unit 6 - Fractions

Lesson 2 - Naming Fractions

Unit 8 - Graphing Data

Lesson 2 - Pictographs

Age 7-9 Curriculum Samples


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