Looking for help to homeschool middle school? We have gathered more than 100 tips, resources, words of encouragement, curriculum ideas, and more, to help you figure out how to homeschool middle school for your family.
When you are homeschooling your kids, the days, weeks, and years fly by VERY quickly. It seems like one day you are teaching your children to read and make Play dough sculptures and the next you are trying to figure out how to teach algebra and chemistry to teenagers!
Homeschooling an older child is different from the younger years. Yes, it can be challenging and sometimes lonely, but it’s not impossible. As homeschool parents of middle school students ourselves, we have been collecting helpful materials and resources for years. We are happy to share some of our favorite tips, resources, words of encouragement, curriculum, and more, to help you figure out how to homeschool middle school with your children.
We hope you will book mark this Ultimate Guide to How to Homeschool Middle School for your own future use, and please be sure to share it with your friends too!
FREE Resources (Because Free is always a great place to start)
50 Free Spring Activities – Middle School Homeschool Science
FREE American Pioneer Notebooking Unit for Middle School – 20 page American Pioneer Notebooking Unit
Ancient Civilization to Modern Day History – Free lap books
Art Around the Ancient World – Hands-on lessons for Sumerians, Egyptians, Assyrians, and more.
Art Curator for Kids – Art projects, art history lesson plans, and art appreciation ideas all from a former museum educator and art teacher.
Art Lessons by Artist – Multiple creative lessons for O’Keefe, Seurat, Rockwell, and da Vinci.
Curriculum Freebies from Harrington Harmonies – Insect Notebooking pages, The American Revolution Copywork Quotes, Jamestown Unit Study, and more.
Wonderful Wizard of Oz – 10 activities for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Words of Encouragement
10 Things Moms Want You to Know About Homeschooling Middle School – With the help of our friends we have gathered some short, insightful tips from experienced homeschool moms.
103 Insights Every Homeschool Mom Needs to Know – 55 moms share their expertise on 103 topics – helpful information for homeschooling ALL ages!
A Middle Schooler’s View of Hands-on Homeschooling – What would your middle schooler have to say about homeschooling?
I Can’t Homeschool Because My Kids Are In Middle School – There are many reasons why parents decide to stop schooling their children at home once they start middle school.
Join us! An Community for Moms Who Are Homeschooling Middle School – Feel free to ask questions of other moms who are currently homeschooling the middle school years.
Learning with Other Families – Friends can work together, each sharing unique interests and skills.
Organizing the Unorganized Learner – Most of these tips are specific to middle and high school students, but there are a few goodies for younger kiddos, too.
Lessons, Learning Activities, & Teaching Aids
6 Study Tips for Middle & High School Students – It is important for independent learners to build effective study skills.
10 Living Books for Middle School Math – List of math-related literature perfect for the middle school years
77 More Teen Writing Prompts – Try some of these to get your kids writing.
100+ Lessons for Living Books – Ideas for seasons, literature, history, and more.
Brainstorming Tips & Tools for Middle School Students – Brainstorming is all about generating ideas. Students can use brainstorming as a pre-writing activity, to think of topics for a project or presentation, and as a tool for problem solving.
Field Trip Ideas for Middle & High School Students – Field trips don’t have to stop as students get older! Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers shares creative field tip ideas for older students.
Guitar Lessons With or Without a Teacher – Middle & high school student-led learning ideas from Our Journey Westward.
Hands-on Learning Activities for Middle School from Education Possible – We think kids learn best when they use all of their senses in the learning process, find dozens of lesson ideas for these middle school subjects:
Homeschooling Middle School with Pinterest – I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. I time by finding activities on Pinterest, then I will have more time to teach or to just spend time with my kids.
How & Why to Add Hands-on Learning Activities to Middle School Lessons – Hands-on learning activities shouldn’t stop when kids move into middle school!
How I Juggle the Needs of My Introvert and Extravert Learners – What do you do when your children learn in very different ways?
How to Make an Edible Map – Kids will enjoy geography mapping activities even more when they realize they can EAT their project when it is complete!
Printables for Older Kids at EHM Members Only Site – Find over 450 unique products available to members.
Resources for teaching STEM subjects – Amazing selection of hands-on projects for science and math.
Science Milestones – Unschool-style learning guides & unit studies to learn about famous lives.
STEM Club – How to coordinate a STEM Club as well as a variety of hands-on, inquiry based science activities to use in your middle school science classroom.
Ultimate Guide to Hands-on Learning Activities for Middle School – More than 100 hands-on learning activities for middle school students in the areas of Art, Field Trips, History & Geography, Language Arts, Life Skills, Math, and Science.
Using Picture Books to Teach Literary Techniques in Middle & High School – You can use these picture books to teach literary techniques, even to older students!
What Weird Al Yankovic Can Teach Us About Grammar – Learn how to avoid some of the most common grammar mistakes from Weird Al and Nitty-Gritty English.
American History Middle School Book & Resources Compilation Part I & Part II – List of resources to study Native Americans through the 1850′s (Part I) and 1850s and on (Part II).
Choosing Middle School Homeschool Curriculum – By the authors of The Curriculum Choice
Homeschooling Middle School – Lots of curriculum and lesson ideas as well as tools for teaching middle school.
Homeschooling Middle & High School Math – Strategies and curriculum ideas for upper grade math studies.
Homeschooling Middle & High School Science – Strategies and resources for homeschooling middle & high school science.
How to Be An Amazing Homeschool Geography Teacher – All of the curriculum and activities needed to teach middle & high school geography.
Middle School Homeschool Curriculum Choices – For a kinesthetic learner who loves crafts!
Nature Notebooking Pages – Sealife, Birds, Wildflowers, and more from Harrington Harmonies.
Strategies for Teaching Middle & High School Homeschool Language Arts – Strategies and curriculum ideas from Blog, She Wrote.
The Unschooled Version of a Seventh-Grade-ish Curriculum Plan – No textbooks or workbooks here, but a LOT of real books to choose from.
The Unschooled Version of an Eighth-Grade-ish Curriculum Plan – GREAT ideas for the “not-exactly-planning, not-exactly-at-a-grade-level, not-exactly-textbook people” because we know you’re out there!
Tools for Homeschooling Middle School – Find ideas for curriculum, books, activities, and online resources for:
- Teaching Life Skills
- Teaching Geography
- Teaching Art
- Teaching Writing (Reluctant Writers)
- Teaching Language Arts & Literature
- Teaching History
- Teaching Science
Stay Connected: Awesome Websites & Social Media
Finishing Strong: Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years – Weekly link-up of curriculum ideas, unique learning approaches, encouragement, and more.
Helpful Specialized Pinterest Boards:
Follow Education Possible’s board Homeschooling Middle School on Pinterest.
Follow Heather Woodie’s board Project-based Homeschooling on Pinterest.
Follow Jimmie Lanley’s board Edible Homeschool on Pinterest.
Follow Our Journey Westward’s board HS: Middle School on Pinterest.
Follow Stephanie Parker’s board Middle School Math on Pinterest.
Follow Tricia Hodges’s board You CAN Be An Artist! on Pinterest.
Bloggers With a Focus on Middle School
- Eva Varga at Eva Varga
- Heidi Ciravola at Starts at Eight
- Heather Woodie at Blog She Wrote
- Kyle McVay at Aspired Living
- Megan Zechman & Susan Williams at Education Possible
- Kris at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
- Tricia at Hodgepodge
- Kim at Write Shop
- Marci at The Homeschool Scientist
- Our Life’s Adventures
- Cindy at Our Journey Westward
- Tonia at The Sunny Patch
- Claire at Angelic Scalliwags
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