HOMESCHOOL COURSES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Our homeschool science courses for middle schoolers are designed to keep your child fully engaged. From ages 11 to 14, young people are in a place of transition. Suddenly, the things they previously accepted as fact demand to be explored and examined. Whereas younger children are content to talk about sea creatures one moment and why balloons float the next, middle schoolers need predictability and consistency in their learning.
One common mistake of teachers and parents alike is to assume that because middle schoolers have the capacity to think abstractly, they should forge ahead into the invisible forces at work in our world. What students need, during this transition phase, is to gain confidence—to have a bridge from childhood to early adulthood. A bridge between the hands-on (practical) and the theoretical (abstract).
In this critical middle school transition period, we successfully bridge the world of done-for-you and completely independent as your student grows in maturity and responsibility.
In our Level B/middle school courses, it’s critical that:
We keep concepts accessible to students. Yes, they’re starting to get skeptical, with a radar that highlights inconsistency and falsehood. That’s why we must demonstrate the practical applications of what they’re learning. “Why do I need to learn this?” is a question our curriculum won’t shy away from!
Learning must be connected and interdisciplinary. They’re ready for ideas that cross multiple disciplines (like history, writing, science, culture, tradition) and fit into a bigger view of the world. Our curriculum crosses the lines of individual subjects and reveals how interconnected many of the things they’re studying already are!
Our curriculum encourages a natural growing independence from their parents, students are beginning to exercise. As part of this process, students learn skills like planning and organization, with the safety net of guidance (from the structure of our curriculum). We hold students’ hands through the process of planning and completing assignments, so our middle school courses are much more independent than elementary.