Muslim middle school homeschool curriculum

Homeschool Middle School Curriculum

by Iram Shaukat

Being able to homeschool the middle school years is a blessing, Praise God. Homeschooling allow us the time to focus on the needs of each child.

Today’s world offers ample opportunities for homeschoolers!

AlheWhat a wonderful time we live in, to have the internet at our fingertips. You can look up anything online, can’t you?

Let’s first chat about researching homeschooling resources for your middle school child.

Homeschool Middle School Curriculum and Resources

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Iram Shaukat shares her homeschool middle school curriculum and resources.

When I first started homeschooling middle school, I began researching various resources and became overwhelmed, even though there weren’t as many options back then as there are now!

Trying to decide what middle school resources and curriculum to use was like being a kid in a candy store.

Imagine a young child walking into that candy store and staring at all of the different options. In no time, they’re jumping up and down, whining about how they want every single variety!

You can’t buy it all, but you don’t want to leave the shop empty handed. This is akin to the plethora of homeschooling resources at our fingertips today.

Shopping for middle school homeschooling resources is like being a kid in a candy store
Searching for homeschool curriculum and resources is like being a kid in a candy shop

Tip 1 – Plan before you buy

No matter how delicious the candy display looks, you can only buy a few items.

Homeschooling resources, just like candy in a candy store, are endless. To know what to buy, you need to first understand the needs of your child.

Tip 2 – Observe your middle school child

Every child is different, even if they come from the same mother. 🙂 Prior to your middle schooler starting formal lessons, you must observe them and try your best to understand who they are.

This is part of the deschooling process that you must go through, especially if your child has been to traditional (public, private) school prior to this.

Deschooling may take anywhere between a few weeks to a few months. Be patient!

I homeschool high school, middle school, and third grade.

All three have different personalities, learning styles, and interests, but I wasn’t able to understand this until after I’ve spent time observing them as a mother.

Tip 3 – Do your research

Muslim homeschooling parents should read up on tips to homeschooling middle school.
Read up, mama!

Read up on homeschooling middle school, especially if you’re new to homeschooling, to gain a general understanding.

Read all of my tips to homeschooling middle school here.

What is middle school?

The definition of middle school is as follows –

In the United States, a middle school is a school between elementary school (grades 1-5, 1-7, 1-6, 1-4 or 1-8) and high school (grades 9-12 or 10-12). Depending on location, middle school contains grades 6-8, 7-8, or 7-9. Middle school is also sometimes called an intermediate school, junior high school or just junior high.

What is curriculum?

Now that we understand what middle school is, let’s make sure that we understand what curriculum means. –

The subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college.


Most people view curriculum as the items purchased for homeschool.

Typically, a ‘boxed curriculum’ contains schedules and formal lessons where the child is sitting down for a period of time and the parent instructs them on their work.

The better definition of curriculum is the one given by Sarah Mackenzie, from the read-aloud revival. –

Curriculum is life. It can’t be contained within the pages of a book.   Singapore Math isn’t the curriculum.  It is the book we use to teach the curriculum, which is math.

For the purpose of this post, I’m going to use curriculum interchangeably.

Regardless of what curriculum you choose, just make sure it aligns with your family values and goals.

English Language Arts

What does English Language Arts mean?

English language arts is the study and improvement of the arts of the English language. 



There are many benefits to learning with literature for middle school children.
Yes, your middle school child still needs to read!

Your middle school child, and every child, will continue to benefit from learning through literature.

My eldest was always interested in reading, while my middle child has always been hesitant to pick up a book and still requires gentle reminders to finish her reading goals.

Tip 4 – Read in front of your child

Muslim homeschooling parents should read in front of their homechooled middle school children to motivate them to read.
Let them see you read!

Here’s a trick that works wonders with children of all ages –

When we go to the library, I checkout books along with my children.

I intentionally read around them, without demanding they do the same. Next thing you know, they crack open their books and start reading as well!

They end up snuggling around me and we enjoy the peaceful moments of reading.

Tip 5 – Make the reading experience comfortable and fun

Read together as a Muslim homeschooling family.
Books + Chai = a perfect match!

Reading shouldn’t be thought of as a punishment, where the child is scolded and told, “You better read or else!” Reading is life.

Reading should be viewed as delightful.

Read-aloud time doesn’t necessarily have to include pretty tea cups and formal tea to be fun! Ask your middle schooler to set up drinks and snacks and watch everyone’s mood change.

Silent reading

Homeschooled middle school children prefer to read silently.

Middle schooled children prefer silent reading. What’s great about that is they can pick up their book at any time and start reading from where they left off at; traveling to a far-away land in your own living room.

Tip 6 – Continue to read aloud!

Muslim homeschooling parents should continue read-aloud time with their middle school child.
Continue to read-aloud to your middle school child!

Your middle school child will still benefit from read-aloud time for many reasons!

Read more about how reading aloud benefits your middle schooler, in Jim Trelease’s Read Aloud handbook.

There is no concept of boredom when books accompany your child everywhere in their purse or backpack!

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

Anna Quindlen

Literature options for middle school children

Here are some popular options for your middle school children –

  • Trade books
  • Scientific information; reading of charts, graphs
  • Trilogies and book series
  • Fiction with themes tying in to current events

We try to find quality literature for our middle school children. Literature is still the best way to help children, even older children, learn new vocabulary and improve writing skills.

Little Worlds : A Collection of Short Stories for the Middle School by Peter Guthrie

Little Worlds is an example of a book geared for middle schoolers that contains various literature all in one –

Learn more about Little Worlds.

Use caution with Young Adult literature

Muslim homeschooling parents should use caution with YA literature.
Use caution with YA Literature

For more than a century, there have been vocal parents, teachers, and librarians who have spoken against books written specifically for teenagers. This is due to many reasons, but mainly:

  • They aren’t the Classics
  • They are full of bad that corrupts the young

Many of these books can have a negative affect on our teenage readers.

English Language Arts Curriculum and Resources

We’re eclectic homeschoolers, which means we mix multiple styles of homeschooling and use various resources. The following are multiple ways that I use to teach English language arts –

  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks
  • Magazines
  • Printouts
  • Online programs
Muslim homeschoolers can choose various English language arts middle school curriculum and resources.
A few of our language arts resources


Textbooks can be expensive, especially if you order the teacher’s edition and Answer Key Books to go along with it. Consider buying used books from Amazon or elsewhere when possible.

One awesome thing is that curriculum suppliers have recently added a section in textbooks for Home Educators. This hasn’t always been the case!

Below is our textbook choice for literature this year.

Literature Textbook – Glencoe Literature © 2002 Course 2, Grade 7 : The Reader’s Choice

Traditional homeschool families use textbooks to teach subjects.
Literature textbook

You can purchase the Glencoe Literature Textbook here.

Writing Composition

Muslim homeschooled middle school children work on writing composition.
Black History Month – Writing about Harriet Tubman

Writing may be a simple task for a young person who is imaginative and loves expressing her thoughts and ideas through words, however it might be a challenge for other middle school children who have visual or auditory learning styles.

Writing Composition Resources

Below are a few examples of various textbooks, workbooks, magazines, and extras that we’re using this year.

Grammar Practice Book by Scott Foresman

Muslim homeschool parents can use grammar textbooks to teach grammar to their middle school child.

You can purchase the Grammar Practice Book.

McGraw-Hill Education Vocabulary Grades 6-8, Second Edition by Gary Muschla

You can purchase the McGraw-Hill Education Vocabulary book here.

100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know by the editors of The American Heritage Dictionaries

This book is great for teaching vocabulary to Muslim homeschooled middle school children.

You can purchase 100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know here.

300 Writing Prompts by Piccadilly

You can purchase 300 Writing Prompts here or by clicking on the image below.

Gwynne’s Grammar: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English  by N.M. Gwynne

You can purchase Gwynne’s Grammar here.

ELA Online Resources

Below are a few of the ELA online resources that we use.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Sometimes I’ll print various worksheets from Teachers Pay Teachers for my middle schooler to work on.

Institute for Excellence in Writing

I’ve used IEW’s books in the past and their site offers tips and videos about writing. They offer a membership with forever Livestreaming and workbooks.

You can purchase their middle school curriculum books here.

Brave Writer

Brave Writer, created by Julie Bogart, has helped me understand the writing process. She offers a complete program on her site.

Julie Bogart has also published a book called The Brave Learner, which has been immensely helpful to me, alhemdulilah.

You can purchase The Brave Learner here.


Muslim homeschooling parents can teach their middle school child about decimals, fractions, and percents.

For math in the middle school grades, you’re going to want to review all operations with special emphasis on conversion of decimals, fractions, and percents.

Here are a few other concepts in math that middle school children will focus on:

  • Mathematics set-making and attribute mapping
  • The study of number patterns and sequences (i.e. Fibonacci, Binary, Geometric, etc.)
  • Extensive and sophisticated use of geometric tools (compass and straight edge) to construct and organize space
  • Development of a 30-word geometric vocabulary
  • Mathematical conversations about the concept of zero and negative numbers

An eclectic approach to math

I like to use a mix of technology and formal lessons for math with my middle school child. An eclectic style of learning allows me to switch things up according to my middle school child’s needs.

Math Textbooks and Workbooks

Iram Shaukat's homeschool math curriculum choices for her Muslim middle school child.

Because we sometimes use the traditional method of homeschooling, my middle school child has two math textbooks.

Harcourt Math

Muslim homeschoolers can use Harcourt Math textbooks to homeschool their middle school child.

You can purchase Harcourt Math Textbooks used or by clicking here.

Kumon Pre-Algebra

Muslim homeschoolers can use Kumon Pre-Algebra textbooks to homeschool their middle school child.

You can purchase Kumon Pre-Algebra Grades 6-8 here.

Math Online Resources

We use various math online resources for enrichment.

Below are a few that we use this year –

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is an excellent resource to learn new math concept and complete various tasks online.


IXL has answered over 60 billion math related questions and offers a membership.

Math in Literature

Yes, your child can learn math from books! While it isn’t the only thing you should do for math, literature with math concepts are a necessary addition to your home library.

If you’re looking for a math book list that will enrich and enliven math for your kids, check out Sarah Mackenzie’s Math Book List! Sarah Mackenzie also has a podcast episode talking about delighting and learning math together through great read-alouds.

Read below about a few of our favorites –

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

You can purchase A Wrinkle in Time here.

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

You can purchase Math Curse here.

The Wright 3 by Blue Baliett

You can purchase The Wright 3 here.

Math Tutoring

It’s advisable to outsource math if has become a difficult part of your homeschool journey, or if it isn’t a strong suit of yours (just like me :)). You can hire an online or in-person math tutor for this.

I highly recommend hiring a math tutor to teach lessons to your middle schooler in person.

You can try a tutoring center, however they may not be as effective as a personal tutor.

If you have no other option, hiring a math tutor online is a possibility for your child.

Tip 7 – Create a flyer to find a personal tutor for math

Bear in mind that most tutors don’t ‘teach’ lessons and are typically used to just helping public school children with their homework. Therefore, it’s best to find someone who is willing to teach the lessons and be prepared to pay more for this type of tutoring.

To find the right tutor you will most likely need to create a personalized flyer and post it online and at public places around your neighborhood.

Be prepared to interview the person and see if they’ll be a great match for your child. You can test this out during one lesson to see if it’ll be a good match.


Muslim homeschooling parents can teach their middle school child about finance.

Homeschooling allows us to teach our middle school child more than just the basics. It allows us the freedom to focus on life skills as well.

There is no denying that teaching our young adults financial literacy and responsibility is a lifelong skill that needs to be incorporated in their lives.

Here are some examples of topics that we touch base on this year –  

  • Personal finance
  • Good/bad investments
  • Budgeting
  • Saving

Finance Online Resources

Below are some excellent resources that offer complete courses in a simplified manner for middle schoolers –

In Charge

In Charge is an online resource that offers personal finance workshops and workbooks.

National Education Association

National Education Association offers lessons for teaching financial literacy.


Muslim homeschooling parents can help their middle school child learn science without a textbook.
Studying PH Balance

Science for middle school focuses on introducing biology, physics, and chemistry.

Science Topics

Below is an example of how I like to organize middle school science topics –

Earth and Space Science

The topics include, but aren’t limited to –

  • Geological processes
  • Weather
  • Earth
  • Oceans
  • Tectonic plates
  • Phases of the moon
  • Tides
  • Climate
  • Stars and solar system

Life Science

Example topics –

  • Cells
  • Organisms
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Classification
  • Health

Physical Science

 The topics include, but aren’t limited to –

  • Physical and chemical changes
  • Atoms
  • Matter
  • Force
  • Motion
  • Machines
  • Heat
  • Light

Science is everywhere

Muslim homeschool parents should understand that science is in our own backyard, not just in textbooks.
Science is in your own backyard!

There is an abundance of homeschool science resources and curriculum in store and online, however don’t forget that science is all around us!

You can experience science just by stepping outside your front door! Leave it up to children to teach you how to explore soil and rocks; insects, snakes, and other animals; flowers and grasses; the weather; and the stars!

Although there’s nothing wrong with science textbooks and workbooks (we use them), science should be taught in multiple ways and environments.

Science Field Trips and Classes

Muslim homeschooling parents can take their middle school homeschool child to museums to learn science.
Science class at a local museum

My children and I love science field trips, such as classes at museums. Check out what your local museums have to offer and do some research to see if there are $5 days or free days for homeschooling families.

Kitchen Science

Parents can teach science to middle school children by doing kitchen science.

You don’t even have to leave your house for science!

There are tons of kitchen science projects for kids, and you only need simple household ingredients, that you already have on hand, to start off with!

Here are a few simple, quick kitchen science projects from Babble Dabble Do

  • Color mixing: Food Coloring + Water
  • Volcanoes: Baking Soda + Vinegar
  • Wizard’s Brew: Baking Soda + Vinegar + Dish Soap + Food Coloring + Water
  • Ice Sculptures: Water + Food Coloring + Salt
  • Bubbles: Water + Dish Soap (Dawn or Joy) + Corn Syrup
The lab in a homeschooling parent's kitchen trumps any fancy science lab that their middle school would've had at traditional school.
The lab in your kitchen trumps a fancy science lab any day!

Your kitchen trumps any fancy science lab out there!

Below are some examples of our iodine diffusion experiments.

Muslim homeschooling parents can set up science experiments at home for their middle school Muslim child.
Muslim homeschooled children are doing a science experiment.

Science Online Resources

We do a lot of interactive learning through different online websites that offer videos, workshops, and courses.


Here is the description from the website

The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and …

PBS Design Squad

Description from the website –

PBS Design Squad empowers middle school kids to solve real-world problems and understand the impact of engineering in a global context. Refreshed weekly with challenges, videos, and activities, the website is one of the only places on the web where kids can share their engineering ideas with other kids

Pocket Labs App

Pocket labs is a science sensor app that pairs with our device and gathers data to analyze for inquiry-based learning. It has playground physics that helps older children discover and explore the physics in their everyday lives and their own movements.

Science Textbooks, Workbooks, and Magazines

Muslim homeschooling parents can teach their middle school child science with textbooks.

Sometimes we’ll use textbooks and workbooks for reference.

Here are a few that we use this year-

Everything you need to ace science in one big fat notebook by Workman Publishing

Muslim homeschooling parents can use science books to teach their middle school child about science.

Purchase Everything you need to ace science in one big fat notebook here.

101 Great Science Experiments by Neil Ardley

It’s a great idea to own a few science project books because kids will naturally want to read them and conduct the science experiment on their own. This is awesome for us, mama!

Muslim homeschooling parents can purchase science experiment books that their middle school Muslim child can work on .

You can purchase 101 Great Science Experiments here.

Social Studies

Muslim homeschooling parents should take care about what social studies resources they use with their middle school child.
Reading books for Black History Month

Social Studies is defined as –

various aspects or branches of the study of human society, considered as an educational discipline.


To practically apply social studies, it’s primary purpose should be to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of this culturally diverse world.

Social Studies Themes

  • People, religion, and culture around the world (past and present)
  • Environment
  • Global connections
  • Civics (Government and Authority)
  • Geography

The themes help the child understand the relationships between people and societies. They shed light on time, continuity and change in our world.

Geography Through Worldschooling

Worldschooling is a great option for Muslim homeschooling families.

We teach geography through worldschooling and road-schooling. Read here to learn more about worldschooling, plus tips.

Tip 8 – Seek Real Historical Truth

Not all history in today’s books is real !

The sad truth is that many of today’s history books are pure lies. Be careful about the history books you choose for your homeschool.

After all, we’re teaching our children not to blindly follow people and textbooks, aren’t we?

Tip 9 – Use history books written by scholars

It’s best to use history books written by scholars.

You may use other resources to teach about culture, religion, and the way a government should work.

Extra Enrichment

Enrichment activities are an essential part of our homeschool because we want to focus on the whole child. We strive to ensure that all of our children have equal opportunities and access to engage in positive youth development, inshAllah.

Educational Games

Homeschooling parents can play traditional games with their Muslim middle school child.
Ludo Squad

Learning through educational games is a good alternative for visual learners. It is also a low stress method of testing your child to understand how well can they apply new skills.

There are many options out there that help develop abstract skills, thus promoting logical thinking and execution.

Try out some traditional games that you played as a child. You’ll find yourself chatting about childhood memories and your child will get to know you better.

Here are a few games that I’ve played in my childhood-

  • Ludo
  • Uno
  • Monopoly

You can purchase Monopoly here.

You can purchase UNO here.

Audio and Visual Resources

Audio and video are great forms of learning engagement for auditory learners. We use educational audio options while doing chores, running errands, and during travel.

Documentaries or educational videos are also suitable at times when your middle school child needs to relax and take a break from mental work.

We are living at a time where there is a plethora of choices.

Here are a few resources that we use –


Audible is a membership that provides a huge selection of audio books that you can listen to anywhere, anytime with the free Audible app.

Although it isn’t recommended that you use audio books heavily with young children, Audible is a good option for older children that are on the go, keeping in mind that you shouldn’t get rid of printed books!

If you have Amazon Prime, check to see if you have any free books available.

You can check out more information about Audible here.


TEDEd offers video lessons organized by subject.

i-Tunes – Apple


iTunes is a piece of software that lets you add to, organize and play your digital media collection on your computer, as well as sync it to a portable device. It’s a jukebox player along the lines of Songbird and Windows Media Player, and you can use it on a Mac or Windows machine. The most significant difference between iTunes and some other media players is the built-in iTunes Store

Virtual School

Cyber school, or virtual school, is an educational process that allows children to take all, or most of, the required courses for a degree, diploma, or certificate online.

Cyber schooling is a great option for this age group because it’s very common that they like to be taught by other people at this point and don’t want to take too much from their parents. 😊

If you’re in the U.S., the simplest way to sign up for cyber school is through your state.  Every state is different, however, most states offer everything for free.  They will even send a computer and materials that you need, to your home.

In the U.S. there are two formats to choose from –

  1. Cyber schooling that allows your child to see the teacher in the video while she teaches. Your child will be able to interact with the teacher and the other students in real time.
  2. Cyber schooling that allows the child to watch the pre-recorded video of a lesson at their own time.

If you’re looking into other options, there are a few that homeschooling families use, such as Time for Learning. We have used Time For Learning in the past. That story is for another post, however it’s important to note that I don’t recommend it for younger children.

Keep in mind that the internet is an extremely suggestive medium and using it with responsibility is an absolute must. I wouldn’t suggest cyber schooling for an unattended middle school child.


Do art with your Muslim homeschooled middle school child.

My 7th grade middle schooler has a knack for art.

Art has been proven to be therapeutic and can help lower the “stress hormone” in the body, cortisol. Not to mention, it works very well as a distraction form everyday life.

In the elementary years we used to hold Friday Art Days. The children were free to paint and create using different materials; whatever satisfied their inner artist.

We would take our inspiration from nature and sometimes YouTube videos that taught simple ways to make impressive art pieces.

We have carried on this practice out into our middle school years and thoroughly enjoy it.

We don’t use a particular curriculum for art in our homeschool. My middle schooler knows that she can access all of the art materials whenever she’d like.

Tip 10 – Use caution with art resources and classes

We can appreciate most forms of art, however we shouldn’t’ be quick to sign up our middle school child (and all children!) for art classes without looking into what they’re offering. For example, some require art with nude images.


Muslim homeschooling parents should allow time for physical education in their homeschool.

Our PE days are dependent on the weather and our mood. 🙂

Here are some of the activities that my middle school child enjoys –

  • Hiking
  • Various sports
  • Biking
  • Nature Walks

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the required classes for middle school?

First check with the laws of your country/state. Otherwise, what is required is what you require and what your child desires. 🙂

Can you start homeschooling in middle school?

Absolutely! First check with the laws of your country/state, otherwise it shouldn’t be a problem. You will need to de-school, which may take anywhere between a few weeks to a few months.

What should a middle schooler’s homeschool schedule look like?

This will depend on your family and the needs of your child.

Here is an example of what has worked for us –

  • Morning and afternoon hours are reserved for formal studies
  • Keep a ‘time-slot’ in your day just for formal lessons
  • Being flexible
  • Plan field trips on weekdays or weekends if you want their father to be involved
  • Reserve evening hours for family time, chores, and read-aloud time
  • Keep in mind that you will need to change your schedule according to classes outside of the home

Should I grade my middle schooler?

First check with your country/state laws.

If you’re in the U.S., some states may require it. I live in New York, where they require us to submit quarterly reports. And at the end of the year we must enroll in –

  1. P.A.S.S. – personalized achievement summary system for grades 3 to 8
  2. C.A.T. – California Achievement Test

Helpful Links

The last thing you need to know about homeschool middle school curriculum

  • Choose the curriculum that is best for your child.
  • It’s not always easy, but it is a big blessing to be able to homeschool the middle school years.
  • Outsource when necessary. Homeschooling doesn’t mean we stay at home. If you can afford it, get a tutor for any subject.

4 thoughts on “Homeschool Middle School Curriculum”


      Asalaamualaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Baraktuhu Sister Rehbaz. What are you referring to exactly?

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  1. Assalam u alikum
    I really appreciate you for this article.
    You have enlightened alot of things in a very gooe mannar.
    May Allah increase barakah in your life ,health,time and eman.
    And bless you with the best rewards.
    Jazakillah u khairan kaseeran for sharing these resources and thoughts.


      Wa alaykum wa salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.
      Dear Sistr Khansa,
      Jazakilah khair for visiting our community blog, reading the articles, and commenting. It means a lot to us and we greatly appreciate YOU. Alhemdulilah, all Praise and Thanks is to Allah Alone, the Bringer of all good.
      Allahuma Ameen, and you as well, and all of the Muslims. Ameen.

      Sister Iram

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