Age 7 to 9
Age 7-9 Videos
Learn more about the Age 7-9 level, see what makes it unique, and look at many of the projects you will finish over the year.
What Will Your 8-Year-Old Do This Year?
Will he read...
- nine fictional chapter books and two graphic novels;
nine books related to government, economics, communities and cultures, and the environment;
eight books that investigate the water cycle, maps, weather, life cycles, and tropical rainforests;
and six books that explore fractions, place value, division, perimeter, and area?
Will he write...
- personal letters,
- journal entries,
- persuasive speeches,
- descriptive paragraphs,
- creative stories,
- a variety of poems, and
- a monologue?
Will he explore...
- the properties of water,
- weather topics like wind and temperature,
- the basic principles of economics,
- how heat transfer works,
- the life cycle of a butterfly,
- how the ear perceives sound,
- how to use different punctuation marks,
- the parts of the water cycle, and
- how instruments work?
Will he make...
- his own instrument,
- a place model board game,
- a wildflower guidebook,
- a model of the eardrum,
- a map of an imaginary island,
- a video demonstrating liquid volume,
- a movie in a box,
- a time capsule, and
- a design for a new kind of animal?
He will do all this and more if he uses the Age 7-9 level this year.
- 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 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, science, and social studies lessons are provided separately. In language arts, this takes 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 continue to tie in science and social studies, but instead of doing this within each lesson, we do it thematically. 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.
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
Concept 1: Environment
Unit 2. Sarah, Plain and Tall
Unit 3. Who Was Helen Keller?
Concept 2: Change
Unit 1. Environments Change
Unit 2. Communities Change Over Time
Unit 2. Communities and Culture
Unit 3. People Change the World
Concept 3: Cycles
Unit 3. The Family Under the Bridge
Concept 4: Relationships
Unit 1. One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest
Unit 2. Government and the People
Unit 3. Connected Cultures
Unit 1. Multiplication and Division I
Unit 4. Multiplication and Division II
Unit 5. Area and Perimeter
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.
Age 7-9 Common Core Alignment
Our curriculum has excellent coverage of the Common Core standards for ELA and Math.
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.
Moving Beyond the Page is easy to use without a formal schedule. Just finish one lesson each day from each of the subject areas, and you will finish in about the same time as a traditional school year.
If you prefer to plan your year out more explicitly, you can choose from one of the following schedules. Any of these schedules can also be used for a year-round schedule.
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]
Unit 1 - Multiplication and Division I
Lesson 1 - Getting Ready to Multiply
Unit 4 - Multiplication and Division II
Lesson 6 - Distributive Property of Multiplication
Unit 6 - Fractions
Lesson 2 - Naming Fractions
Unit 8 - Graphing Data