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.

*******If your youngster plans to take any ECE, CLEP, or DANTES tests this year, add study guides for those tests. Contact the ECE, CLEP, or DANTES websites for testing availability and information. The list of tests that students will be prepared for during Years 7-10 of MA can be found at the bottom of this page. For instance, at the end of Year 8, most young people will be well prepared for Western Civ. I and a few others. Just match up the tests with the material they are studying with the curriculum as a final exam. Before taking each test get test prep study guides for each subject. ECE, CLEP, and DSST are better tests to take than AP for the simple fact that you don't have to deal with weird public school policies when taking tests at testing centers or community colleges. The tests may seem expensive, but the cumulative expense is not much more than the cost of a single semester at BYU. Have the results sent to Excelsior college in New Jersey for a BA in History. If you don't like a history degree, check out this site for a BS in Business. Of course the preparation would be the same (if you go this route make sure you study things like psychology, ethics, and philosophy WITH your young adults. These can confuse those in the questioning years of late adolescence.) After a youngster knows how to study, they can learn most of what they need for testing from the study guides. However, the goal isn't so much testing out as it is to gain an education without exposure to testimony busting liberal socialist college professors. We begin high school in grade 7, leaving grades 11 and 12 free to finish testing and pursue personal interest studies. Then at 18 if the youngster still wants to attend college for the 'experience,' they can do so at the Master's level bypassing most of the liberal agenda of the entry level subjects. Or they can get a second BA or BS in another subject without having to take those entry level general subjects from said instructors.

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

Rex Barks-A certain group or youth who worked with me for several years, could not grasp compound vs run-on sentences nor 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.’

IEW Continuation Level C

Traditional English Sentence Style

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 Year 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 Biology

*Darwin's Black Box

** ***The Origin of Species

Apologia texts are living classics. 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. At the accelerated rate, experiments are done on a selective basis if at all.

Buy two Mead Five Star 5-Subject, College Rule, 200 Sheet notebooks. Using the scheduling tools you learned in PPP as a guide, design a schedule to attach to the front and back covers of your notebooks. Check off each day as you finish it, which will take about 40 minutes daily. Label the sections of the notebook as follows:


On Your Own

Study Guides



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-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 desired. 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 as you were instructed last year.

Tests- At the end of a module take the test (usually every friday). Correct every mistake before going on to the next 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. The set-up of this notebook is not my idea, but comes from an internet blog years ago. It's wonderful a learning tool.


Video Text Algebra or Video Text Geometry/Trigonometry

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


Adventurous Project Choice 1:

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, and other organic vegetables can be grown to sell to restaurants, health food stores, and other specialty stores. If you really want to get into growing your own greens and/or working your business, another great tool is the EasyGreen Automatic Sprouter. 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.


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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Information contained in this series should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon as the sole source of information relating to its content. Additional sources of information may be listed herein. No warranty, either express or implied, is made with respect to the information contained herein. The author is not responsible for any loss, inconvenience, damage (whether special or consequential) or claims arising out of the use of the information contained in this series.

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Western Civilization I CLEP - 3 LL Credits

Western Civilization II CLEP - 3 LL Credits

History of the United States I CLEP - 3 LL Credits

History of the United States II CLEP - 3 LL Credits

The Civil War and Reconstruction DSST - 3 UL Credits

American Government CLEP - 3 LL Credits

Social Sciences and History CLEP - 6 LL Credits *

Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union DSST - 3 UL Credits

Introduction to the Modern Middle East DSST - 3 LL Credits

A History of the Vietnam War DSST - 3 LL Credits

Western Europe Since 1945 DSST - 3 LL Credits


Freshman English- 6 LL Credits

Intro to Philosophy-3 LL Credits


Analyzing and Interpreting Literature - 6 LL Credits

College Mathematics - 6 LL Credits

Social Sciences and History - 6 LL Credits

Humanities - 6 LL Credits

Natural Sciences - 6 LL Credits


Introduction to World Religions - 3 UL Credits


American Literature - 6 LL Credits

English Literature - 6 LL Credits

Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 LL Credits

Principles of Microeconomics - 3 LL Credits

American Government - 3 LL Credits


Personal Finance - 3 LL Credits

Business Ethics and Society - 3 UL Credits

Ethic in America-3 LL Credits

Introduction to the Modern Middle East - 3 LL Credits

A History of the Vietnam War - 3 LL Credits

Western Europe Since 1945 - 3 LL Credits

The Civil War and Reconstruction - 3 UL Credits

Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union - 3 UL Credits

Business Law II - 3 UL Credits

Money and Banking - 3 UL Credits

Organizational Behavior-3 LL Credits


Ethics: Theory and Practice-3 UL Credits

Bioethics: Philosophical Issues-3 UL Credits

American Dream- 6 UL Credits

Organizational Behavior-3 UL Credits

World Conflicts Since 1900- 3 UL Credits


Milestones Academy Year 7 Booklist and Scheduling Helps