Homeschooling Middle School

Homeschooling Middle School Years

My daughter’s middle school years are over, and although there were not as many cutesy lapbooks or hands-on projects as in the elementary school years, we still achieved a lot of ground both in terms of academics, practical life skills, and character.

I went into the middle grades with clear goals. I actually wrote them down. You can read them in my middle school goal setting post. I think setting goals is a very important task for every homeschool year but especially as you enter a pivotal time such as sixth grade.

When I say pivotal, I do not mean what most people mean — that you need to start getting scared about preparing for high school, buckling down with intense academic rigor, and ruthlessly deleting the extras that make learning fun.

Middle school is pivotal because of the emotional and physical changes going on in your child. How you handle homeschool and parenting for these few years will set the stage for your relationship with your child throughout adolescence and adulthood. But don’t get scared! These years are really fun.

Your child is growing in abstract thought, developing a sense of justice, and trying out new hobbies that may one day become a career. As a parent, you get to slowly begin that transformation of your child becoming a friend.

Middle School Mindset

Encouraging independence

Using humor to diffuse a bad attitude

Middle School Books and Curriculum

Eighth grade curriculum plans

Computer programming for middle school homeschool

Advertising unit for middle school

Logical fallacies for middle school homeschool

Career explorations with the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Ancient Egypt revisited in middle school

Live, online classes for middle school

Picture books for middle school

Dr. Seuss for literary analysis 

Middle School Skills

Peer editing to hone writing and editing skills

Note taking skills

Resources that We Used in Middle School

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Eddie - The Usual Mayhem May 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I am finding the middle school years a combination of frustration (when the drama hormones rear their head) and kind of awe-inspiring (like when I discovered that she can and did completely redesign her blog all by herself, because she thought it was interesting)!

I think that taking their own interests and goals into account are pivotal in order to keep them engaged and participating in their learning process. It’s a great collaboration!

Thanks for all the links.


Rana May 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm

My kiddos are only 10 and we are still in the elementary years, but I appreciate all the effort and great post you and other homeschool mom’s like you do for us up and coming mom’s of young adults. This will help immensely in my future planning for middle and high school.


Esmeralda June 24, 2013 at 12:05 am

I’m having my 12 year old homeschooled next fall, I had no idea about the subject until I started doing some research. Thanks for this one,,,, helped me a lot! My son has struggled in school for a few years now, and this year he asked to be homeschooled ( wow) I guess that’s how bad the pressure is in school for some kids, or most of them.
So, thanks for this post , it really helped me . If u have ideas or suggestions , please, let me know, I still feel I have a long road ahead of me to learn . THANKS ,
ESMERALDA peinos peinos /Facebook /Pinterest .


Ramona February 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Hi Jimmie! I’m a single mom and my 3 children and I will be in China this fall. My son will be entering 7th grade and he is the one I’m most concerned about. You have provided a wealth of information. However, I’m curious about something. Why do you have to have your own curriculum. Don’t most homeschools provide curriculum? Don’t you have to be registered with some type of homeschooling program for the year of school to count? I know I may sound strange but I don’t know much about homeschooling so this is new to me.


Jimmie Lanley February 1, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Ramona, every state differs. But homeschool is your school. You are the homeschool. So there is no entity that hands down a curriculum to you. You are that entity. It’s your choice. Your state may require you to be registered with an umbrella school (as it is in TN), but for the most part the decisions are your own.
However, if you are living in China, you can totally do what you want. No one in China will care. As a foreigner, you are off the radar in terms of education.


rebecca April 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

What do you mean registered with an umbrella school? I’m wanting to homeschool my 4 kids this fall and I have been researching as much as I can. I live in TN and would love to find out what else I might not know yet. Thanks


Jimmie Lanley April 13, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Please take a look at TN government guidelines.


Holli May 12, 2015 at 3:41 am

I live in TN and we do no belong to an umbrella school. The umbrella school is just for parents who do not want their children to take the standardized testing.

Sherrie June 4, 2015 at 11:51 am is the umbrella school we used for years while living in Tennessee. Loved it.


Debbie May 26, 2016 at 6:43 am

I think you are confusing public school at home programs with homeschooling. You can register for school at home in a lot of states, but you are not actually homeschooling. That is public school at home. Homeschooling is parent-provided & directed education. HSLDA’s website can help you with understanding the differences.


Mary March 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

A lot of good points. Regarding the hormones, I’ve learned to give my daughter space when she needs and she usually comes around. I have a blog, that would be perfect for middle schoolers:


Julie April 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

SO thankful for this site. I haven’t even started but reading up on what I may expect so I am not so blindsided. My daughter is in 6th and we are homeschooling her for the 1st time next year. Middle school hormones are the main reason we are pulling her out of public school.


Cari May 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Thanks for this post. I love homeschooling my teenage boys. It’s amazing to see their minds change, as well as their bodies. We have to teach them differently now, don’t we. Here’s to the AMAZING teenage years, not the horrible teenage years! Thanks again, I will be following your journey!


Leslie October 17, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Wow, what a great resource! We’re only one year from starting middle school. It’s all so exciting!
Thanks for putting this all together. 🙂


Rebecca May 12, 2015 at 9:03 am

Got one starting middle school ( home school) this year. WOW, I hope she keeps it together. The stories I been hearing are disastrous!! We are a great team so I pray that will make the difference.


Pat Fenner August 20, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Hi Jimmie!
Found you on Pinterest (<3)! I'd like to invite you over to share some of your content at Coffee & Conversation on Wednesday mornings! It's a link party we host at Mom's Morning, and I think our readers would love some of your posts!
Happy Homeschooling, from 2 other homeschoolin' mamas!


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