Year 7 youth usually prefer to read on their own. However for some things, concert reading is still desirable. We continue to have read aloud literature this year (The Harvester.) First, it is important to hear the language of real literature, which will provide consistently accurate and complicated aural language patterns and build vocabulary. Equally as important is for Mother to spend some enjoyable one on one time with each of her children. There is no better way than for Mother to read aloud to each one privately, possibly at bedtime. However, if this is not possible, have the youth listen to an audio book.

This can be considered the first year of high school. Yes, the government school system looks at year 7 as jr. high school, but most youth are ready for the challenge even learning challenged youth. Although some youngsters do not plan to go on to college, those that do may wish to consider working with North Atlantic Regional High School for an accredited diploma. We have found the diploma useful in some circumstances especially college admissions. If you choose this direction, you will find a listing of possible credits below for this year's book list/schedule. Also, young people must narrate each book extensively and save every paper. Using the planner below (compliments of Higher Up and Further In), the student can easily plan subjects and track time spent. Because youth should learn how to schedule their time and activities at this age, we do not offer schedules at this point.

Since scouting is a big part of a boy's participation at church, you will notice several MB (merit badge) suggestions throughout this year's book list. It is a rare boy, who can accomplish Eagle Scout on his own. But if it is seen as a family school project, it is almost easy to accomplish. Mother must see that it gets done. In our homeschool, it was required as part of school. The only difficult part of this is coordinating with MB counselors. For some, Mother or Father may need to become a MB counselor. Many of the merit badges and rank advancements are suitable projects for girls, as well.

Every youth may not want or need to use all the recommended resources, which is perfectly acceptable. However, the list does support a rich, well-rounded educational approach. Working diligently, a youngster can usually accomplish all of the following in about 20 hours per week. Some may need to work an hour or two in the afternoon. Cooking, music practice, P.E., art, additional reading, and merit badges are done outside of sit down school time. We worked 4 days per week from 8-3 and rarely did anything except reading aloud, cooking, and adventurous projects outside these hours plus Wild Day once per week. If you are working on a NARHS diploma, keep track of these hours. If your homeschool is anything like ours, every waking moment can be counted in some way as school for these records.

In the past, we outlined and encouraged a bachelor’s degree through Excelsior College and college level testing: ECE, CLEP, and DANTES. Unfortunately, EC has changed, making this a less desirable option. BYU online allows anyone to work through classes toward 75% of a degree completely from home. There are no age requirements. One of my sons took this route and enjoyed his studies.

From ages 12-18, he took BYU online classes and matched them with with classic books from our lists. Because he is the youngest and had little contact with other youth, he invited other home schoolers on his at home college journey. He started out with an upper level English course using Lord of the Rings as its core along with BYU core classes. Later he branched out into English, Foreign Language, Logic, Government, Math, Science, Religion, and History courses that met the requirements of his desired degree, which he found on BYU’s website for his degree. Another option is BYUI, which for some students is a better choice and some just a bit too quickly paced. Since BYUI classes are scheduled, procrastination cannot occur as with BYU courses. However, they may move a bit too fast for students that haven’t seen the material yet.

Since we begin high school in Year 7, youngsters use Years 11 and 12 to finish these courses and pursue personal interest studies. Then at 18 the youngster can attend any college for the 'experience' at the senior level bypassing most of the liberal agenda of the entry level subjects.

Scripture Study:

Much of this can be done during the slow hours of the Sabbath. However, Building Faith in Christ Should be used for you daily personal devotional.

Building Faith in Christ with the Book of Mormon by G. Bankhead

Memorize 1 Hymn every term (sing and play)

*The Greatest Thing in the World

**In His Steps

***The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

New Era Magazine read from cover to cover each month on Sundays

For the Strength of Youth write an essay on each point, good Sunday project. This might work as a value or duty project. Check with your leader.

Personal Progress (YW) work on one goal each Sunday

Duty to God (Deacon) work on one goal each Sunday


Peter Pan Ponderings should not be missed and is found on the top bar.

Family Shakespeare Rotation (how to here)

Family Plutarch Rotation (how to here)

MB-Citizenship in the Community

Grammar/Memorization/Copywork (penmanship)/Dictation (spelling)//Public Speaking

Painless Grammar (Only if you are new to Milestones or have had little grammar.)

IEW Continuation Level C

Traditional English Sentence Style

A certain group of youth who worked with me for several years, could not grasp compound vs run-on sentences or punctuation. Sometime during years 7-10, fit in Rex Barks. According to one of my tutoring students, ‘It’s kind of fun to diagram sentences.’

Learn to spell homonyms. There are 706 sets of homonyms on this list. Each week learn 5 or 10 new sets until they are all learned. Depending on ability and attitude this can be accomplished during &ear 7 or drawn out until the end of Year 10.

Write 5-7 paragraph essays. In addition to regular weekly narrations, each literature selection should be explored with one of the following essay types: expository, persuasive, informal, research, literary, expository, argumentative. Each type of essay should be used at least once each year. Use the checklists to include elements of style and structure in each essay.

When is a good time to stop copywork/dictation? When the youngster has beautiful handwriting and excellent spelling, they are ready to stop but not before. Because beautiful penmanship is a necessary and useful skill, it is almost criminal neglect this portion of our child’s education. At this point we have a nation of adults who write like children. Use selections from Prose and Poetry for Appreciation by Elizabeth Ansorge for copywork, dictation, and poetry memorization. Use the questions following the book’s selections as narration prompts and learn the definitions and spellings of any listed vocabulary. Look up, define, and learn to spell any other unfamiliar words. Some editions of this book are written for the young Catholic audience. No worries; substitute the word LDS-Christian or Mormon. All Bible-believing peoples share the same moral views even if from slightly different angles. This book, the others in the series, and English Literature for Boys and Girls will set the stage for a wonderful journey through literature.

Memorize scripture mastery, 1 Corinthians 13, and The Living Christ.

If remedial penmanship practice is needed, here are some free resources: Click Here, Click Here, Click Here, Click Here.


For some youngsters who read at a slower pace, selections may need to be enjoyed as audio books.

*Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty

*Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch

*Shadow Hawk by Andre Norton

**The Spartan by Caroline Snedeker

**For the Temple by G. A. Henty

**Young Carthaginian by G. A. Henty

***Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff

***Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

***Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff

***Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff (optional)


Additional (Optional) Reading Selections:

Our Young Folks' Josephus (Excellent! Don't miss it.)

Hostage to Alexander by Mary Andres

The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Keeper of Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter (don't miss this one)

The Trial and Death of Socrates by Plato

The Iliad

The Odyssey

Any Henty Book

Any Suttcliff or Snedecker Book

Read Aloud Literature:

The Harvester by Gene Stratton-Porter

World History:

The History of the Ancient World by S. Bauer Because some youth don’t like Bauer’s books, another more text-booky approach is Spielvogel’s Western Civilization Volume 1 with Study Guide. It’s not as good a book, but the world view is acceptable and the approach isn’t bad at all.

The Mainspring of Human Progress by Henry Grady Weaver

The Roots of American Order by Russell Kirk (Used over 4 years. Read through page 176.)


*Economics: A Free Market Reader by Jane A Williams

**The Money Mystery by Richard Maybury

**The Clippership Strategy by Richard Maybury


*The Freedom Factor by Gerald N. Lund

**The Proper Role of Government

***The 5,000 Year Leap


The Fallacy Detective

How To Read a Book by Mortimer Adler Part 1 this year (Used over 4 years)


Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels: Occident & Orient

Draw maps for geography and history studies.

Natural History and Science:

Keep a Nature Notebook: If you are a little bored of your nature notebook, look at The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. Yes, young men, it says lady. However, if you get past the title, you can see it isn’t a feminine journal at all. Many men of the same time period kept similar nature journals. Your challenge is to keep a journal you would be proud to pass on someday and learn the art of watercolor. Of course you can just begin, but the DVD, Beginning Watercolor Journaling will inspire you and get you going before you can blink. Additionally,The Complete Watercolorist’s Essential Notebook by Gordon MacKenzie will give you some additional instruction in watercolor. You have to do something, while you are out on Wild Day. Exploring a hobby that could become a lifelong passion. You never know!

* **Lay of the Land by Dallas Lore Sharp

** ***The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin

MB-Animal Science

MB-Mammal Study

Apologia Exploring Creation With Biology by Wile any edition. Don't forget to buy the test and solutions booklet, too. Finish one chapter including it's exam each 2 weeks. Don't buy these new; I've seen them as low as $4.95 for the book and $.99 for the test and solutions booklet.

*Darwin's Black Box

** ***The Origin of Species

Life Science-Based Writing Lessons-1 lesson per week-Print out your completed and proof-read assignments each week and add to your notebook.

You will need this knowledge along with some chemistry and physics for your Natural Sciences test next year. Yes, this is a textbook, but it is a living classic, which we loved in our homeschool. It is possible to learn the material without the experiments if you are pressed for time (Plus, you won't have to shell out big bucks for a microscope.) Classic in this sense refers to a living book that speaks to the soul instead of a book that has endured the test of time. It's relatively new. The computer version is outstanding, but the book is better.

Buy a Mead Five Star 5-Subject Notebook, Eight Pockets, College Rule, 200 Sheet notebook. Print out the year's schedule divided by days found at Donna Young's website and attach to the front and back covers of your. Check off each day as you finish it, which will take about 30 to 40 minutes daily. The writing assignment is not included in the estimated time. Label the sections of the notebook as follows:


On Your Own

Study Guides

Experiments/Drawings/Writing Assignments


Vocabulary-Write down the new vocabulary and definitions listed in the book in bold as you find them in your readings throughout each week. Memorize the definitions. Learning the vocabulary is important in the sciences in order to understand concepts.

On Your Own-Find these questions, as you read, through the chapter and answer them. They make you think through the concepts. In this section divide each page in half vertically with a pen. Write answers down on the left side in blue or black pen. At the end of each reading, make corrections on the right side of the page in red pen.

Study Guide-This is sort of an open book pretest right before the test to help you prepare for the real thing. The open book idea clarifies any fuzzy concepts. Divide pages in half vertically for this as in the On Your Own section, writing corrections on the right side of the page in red.

Experiments/Drawings/Writing Assignments-You may do the experiments or not as you wish. Drawings are a must, as they help cement vocabulary terms. Color with watercolor or colored pencil if you wish. Do the significant drawings in each chapter, labeling the parts with correct spelling. If you choose to do experiments, write down all experiments in an orderly format just as a scientist would to acquaint yourself with the scientific method. See examples at the donnayoung site above. Print out your completed and proof-read writing assignments each week and staple into your notebook.

Tests- At the end of a two-week module take the test (usually every other friday). Correct every mistake before going on to a new module.

Lastly, on Fridays, show your notebook to your mom. She should check to make sure you are keeping up, being neat, correcting your answers, etc. Step up your organization skills in the area of science and learn to follow instructions precisely. If you follow these instructions, you will learn a lot more about biology and be proud of your work. The set-up of this notebook is not my idea, but comes from an internet blog from years ago. It's wonderful a learning tool. Use this same notetaking method with all Apologia courses.


Video Text Algebra or Video Text Geometry/Trigonometry

Life of Fred Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry (At this stage, some will move ahead quickly, while others will take a slower pace. These are both acceptable as long as math isn’t procrastinated.)

Foreign Language:


How to Here

Go to a lower level if a beginner.

The Book of Mormon in Many Languages

Book of Mormon

La isla de los delfines azules by Scott O'Dell

Mi Rincon en la Montana by Jean Craighead George

Youth reads literature.

Transcribe (translate and write) favorite passages into English and narrate them in Spanish.

Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish by Margarita Madrigal

Book of Mormon copywork once a week in Spanish

Memorize 3 Book of Mormon Spanish verses per term

1 hymn per term in Spanish


How to Here

Go to a lower level if necessary.

Children narrate orally from tales in Chinese and English.

Copywork once a week from same story

Practical Chinese by Wendy Lin

(You might do three levels this year.)


Latin for Children


Latin Alive


Wheelock's Latin (10 chapters this year)

English Grammar for Students of Latin

Readings From Wheelock's Latin

Workbook for Wheelock's Latin

38 Latin Stories Designed to Accompany Fre...

Music Appreciation:

* **Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers by Patrick Kavanaugh

*** Opera: Puccini's Madam Butterfly or Aida (set an ancient Egypt)

Artistic Expression & Appreciation:

The Story of Art (Use for 4 years according to years studied in history.)

Imitate a great work of art from your reading once a week, more as desired.


Musical Expression & Appreciation:

Suzuki Violin, Voice, and Piano

Find times for your youth to perform, such as church, rest homes, FHE, recitals, and at your homeschool presentation evening.

Our Latter Day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages

Memorize 1 hymn vocally and instrumentally per month, and write a paragraph on its story and message. If you haven’t yet learned an instrument, read this.


You can combine all hours (40=.5, 80=1) for a credit in home economics. If you do significantly more work than this, possible credits include cooking, home maintenance, sewing, sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, and/or horticulture. Typing and the computers merit badge would be computer education.

Help in house and garden.

Both young men and young women should learn how to do organize a home and keep the home for at least one month, care for family laundry for one week, and plan menus, shop, and cook all meals for one week within family budget and health considerations. It does not count if Mother must continually cajole you. Now that you are a youth, you should plan for your future which may include the need to care for your own budget, home, clothing, and cooking. Practicing in this manner assures that you will be healthy and hygienic not broke, hungry, dirty, smelly, and sick.

*Under Mother's supervision

**totally independent

***totally independent


Optional Adventurous Projects: Although my wish for all young adults is to complete all the books and projects and merit badges assigned every year, schedules and aptitudes differ. Adventurous Projects are optional, however, don’t miss them if you can figure out a way. They will expand your horizons.

Adventurous Project Choice 1:

Years ago an LDS family built their own house. The wise father included his children in every step. The children especially liked learning to make stone fireplaces. After the house was complete, the youngsters began a business building stone fireplaces. Not only did this prevent the usual teen apathy, indolence, boredom, rebellion, and mischief in their family, the earnings paid for college and missions for all of them. That is one purpose of these adventurous projects.

Another purpose is to help youngsters that don’t have the desire or aptitude for the college path. I’ve worked with a large number of 12-13 year old boys (and some girls) that have convinced themselves that they aren’t college material. While this is true in some cases, mostly it isn’t. Adventurous projects like the off-grid cottage in Year 8, can help these youngsters discover their intelligence. If they are truly not college bound, the projects can help them find another niche. Finally, not all college educated adults want to enter the rat race or walk a conveyor belt; these projects can help entrepreneurial minded people explore some interesting possibilities.

Using these plans build (or buy and assemble) and maintain an indoor shelf garden. Grow compact varieties of cherry tomatoes, miniature bell and hot peppers, bush beans, snap or snow peas, bok choi, lacinato kale, spinach, purple cabbage, napa cabbage, or other vegetables to enhance your family’s diet. This system is designed to teach self-reliance and sustainable agriculture on a small scale.  Micro greens, sprouts, baby greens, teen greens, and other organic vegetables can be grown to sell to restaurants, health food stores, and other specialty stores. (and) OR If space is extremely limited, learn to grow simple sprouts to supplement the family diet. After years of experimenting, these lids on quart jars (big families try 1/2 gallon and double the seeds) are the most cost effective and fool-proof way to grow sprouts. Day 1 soak 4 t seeds (my mix=1.5 t alfalfa, 1.5 t clover, 1/4 t each kale, broccoli, pac choi, and fenugreek) in 1 T peroxide and 1 c water all day. Thereafter rinse and drain sprouts twice a day. Keep jars tilted on an angle on a towel or other surface. On the sixth day, put the jars in indirect sunlight. The seventh day, rinse in colander over a bowl of running water to remove excess seed coats. Eat or store in fridge for up to 2 days. Keep a record including pictures, veggie production records, entrepreneurial activities, and a time log of this project either in a notebook or on a blog. Find sprouting seeds here.

Adventurous Project 2: Spanish Club-The best way to learn something solidly is to teach it. Advertise to other homeschool families that you know for a new beginning Spanish class/club for young children. OR teach your younger siblings or a combination of the two. Teach according to these ideas. Not only will you solidify your Spanish, you will have a chance to learn to teach children. Young men and young women alike must learn to interact and teach children with patience, gentleness, humor, and charity. Doing so during these beginning young adult years, you increase your ability to be a good parent in the future. It’s closer than you imagine. Of course your best example is your mother. However, the church manual, Teaching No Greater Call and web resources for teaching children have many ideas for teaching as the Savior taught with charity, patience, gentleness, and humor. (If Spanish isn’t your thing, try Chess Club or Shakespeare Club or Sewing Club or Art Club or Glee Club or Science Club or whatever. Charge a modest fee to each family so they will take it seriously.)


Sewing is a dying art, because it’s much cheaper to buy outsourced, poorly made garments from developing nations. D&C 42: 40   And again, thou shalt not be proud in thy heart; let all thy garments be plain, and their beauty the beauty of the work of thine own hands. During year seven, make one or two items of clothing for yourself or a family member with thine own hands. Keep a log of your work with pictures and time spent. You need at least 40 hours.

Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by Wendy Mullin

Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide... by Amy Karol

Shirtmaking by David Page Coffin (Sewing for Guys or Girls)

Touch Typing Typing Instructor Deluxe 17 - CD-ROM (build up to at least 6o WPM)

BSA –Boy Scouts Book/Youth work on rank advancement.



MB-Emergency Preparedness

Physical Education:

Healthy Body Habit

Physical Fitness Award Program

MB- Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling

MB-First Aid

Possible Credits:

1 credit-Religion

1 credit-English 9 (Shakespeare, Plutarch, and Literature)

1 credit-English 10 (Milestones or Grammar)

1 credit-Ancient World History

1 credit-Geography

1 credit-Economics

1 credit-Government

1 credit-Logic

1 credit-Natural History

1 credit-Biology

1 credit-Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, or Trigonometry

1 credit-Spanish

.5 credit-Chinese

.5 credit-Latin

1 credit-Music Appreciation

.5 credit-Artistic Expression and Appreciation

1 credit-Musical Performance

1 credit-Home Economics

1 credit-Skills in Homesteading

.5 credit-Computers (key boarding)

1 credit-P.E.

To use the planner, write the name of the subject in caps. Next to the subject, write the name or abbreviation of the book and the number of pages you have scheduled for that day. Notice that there are twelve boxes. This means that you use this checklist for 12 weeks. Instead of checking off each box as you finish, write the number of minutes that you spent reading or doing that task.

How do you arrive at the right number of pages? If the book is scheduled to be read over 12 weeks, divide the number of pages in the book by 12. If it is to be read over 4 weeks divide the number of pages by 4. You might further divide the number of pages per week by the amount of days you plan to read that week. For instance, if you have 60 pages of something to read in one week and don't desire to read 60 pages in succession, you could divide it by 3 or 4. This would give you 15 or 20 pages 4 or 3 times per week.

Looking Ahead

Not everyone can go to college for whatever reason. Not everyone wants to go to college. While the building of character, training of logical thought processes, and developing a lifelong hunger for learning are the priority goals of education, we must be realistic in the fact that our young men and some young women will need to support themselves and a family at some point. That's where the secondary goal of 'getting a job' comes into play. Work is a good thing--really. Milestones Academy offers tools to prepare for a career without college such as Universal Accounting, Master Herbalist Certification, NAMC Preschool Teacher Certification, or Nand2Tetris as well as a complete college preparatory course with accelerated entry. After completing Year 10, which is the last year of high school for Milestones Students, youngsters begin a course in great books, finish up college testing, and possibly begin the following careers. They can help a youth pay their way through missions and college and/or get on with the business of life.

Academic Tutor

Bee Keeper

Book Keeper



Computer Programmer


Greenhouse Operator

Grower of cut flowers

Handyman (or woman)


Homeschool Teacher

Private PreSchool Owner/Operator



Master Herbalist


Preschool Teacher

Private Music Teacher


Sales Person

Sewing Instructor/Clothing Designer


Truck Farmer

Look into the handiwork sections of Years 7-10 for more ideas. Young people are capable of so much more than many give their generation credit.

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Milestones Academy Year 7 Booklist and Scheduling Helps