STAR Cycle 2 Forms 4 & 5 (7th-12th grade) Book List

I have already posted about the books that STAR families can choose to add to their Custom Family Guide. Now, it’s time to take a look at what the 7th through 12th graders will be reading.

Why are middle school students and high school students reading the same material, you might ask?

For a couple of reasons:

  • I am setting up STAR as a community model that can be replicated. I have found, with STAR Homeschool Community in Lynchburg, that it is easier to get young students enrolled than it is to find middle and high school students to join. That’s okay, though! 7th through 12th grade students can be combined into one class at STAR if there are five or less students per class.
  • One of my big goals is to have families learning together, as much as possible. Every student in STAR Homeschool Community will be on the same history cycle and the same science topics, no matter their grade (this is different from Classical Conversations or any other co-op I have ever experienced). I want siblings to build closer relationships through tackling the same subjects at the same time. Families with more than one student in 7th through 12th grade will be able to encourage their students to work together. What a novel concept! This would have helped us tremendously when we had three boys in Challenge! (Two were in the same class, one was in a lower level–but it would have been great to have them learning the same materials!).
  • I have designed STAR to rotate on a 5 year cycle. There are so many great books that I want middle and high school students to definitely touch on before they graduate. If I rotated 7th & 8th grade or even 7th-9th grade on a 5 year cycle, by nature, students would miss two or three years of wonderfully scheduled books! With a 5 year cycle, beginning in 7th grade, a student will go through all 5 cycles and read all of the wonderful books. Then, senior year, they will touch on one of the cycles again. At this point, the student might read the Honors books to make the year a little more challenging.

There are SO many great books!

I majored in English literature in college, and I love books. It was so hard to determine which books I wouldn’t include on this list. After much deliberation, I think this is a pretty fabulous list!

Why are math and science optional?

I want STAR to be a program where students of all abilities can join together over Bible and good stories and history and life-concepts. Math and science are often the classes that students have issues with or are behind in (or advanced in). Because of that, at STAR Homeschool Community, our core classes are in the morning, and high school science is an optional course in the afternoon. Also, math tutoring is an optional class in the afternoon, so that we can meet students where they are at.

THE DOCUMENT

I’ve made a document that includes every title (and optional title) that students in Forms 4 and 5 (7th through 12th grade) will read at STAR Homeschool Community this year.

You can see a printable version of this list here. Everything below this point on this post is the same information you will find on the document:

A NOTE ABOUT THE STAR GUIDE FOR FORMS 4 & 5

While the Family Guide is customizable and only contains the resources that you choose, the guide for forms 4 and 5 contains assigned readings. This will provide an opportunity for meaningful discussions on community days.

There is some flexibility, as there is an option of adding “Honors” reading material for students who are capable of reading more. Also, at STAR, we recognize a students’ mom/dad as the primary teacher. You know your student better than anyone, and if the Form 4 & 5 material is too much for your student, please speak to the tutor about it.

A NOTE ABOUT USING THE GUIDE FOR FORMS 4 & 5 AND USING THE FAMILY GUIDE

The Form 4 & 5 Guide includes all of your student’s independent study. The Family Guide includes the subjects you will read together. If your student has learning challenges and cannot do the Form 4 & 5 work without assistance, make the Form 4 & 5 Guide your focus when you work together. If you have younger children to teach and cannot complete all of the Form 4 & 5 Guide assignments with your student, that is okay! Talk to the tutor about it. I want STAR Homeschool Community to be a place where your student(s) will thrive! 

A NOTE ABOUT WHERE TO PURCHASE ITEMS

I have listed multiple places to purchase most of the items on these lists. My preference is to support small businesses first, the publishing company second and Amazon last. When possible, you may also get materials from the library (though this is difficult if it is a book you will use regularly throughout our 28 week school year). I have also provided a link for free copies, when available, on Project Gutenberg and the audio version on LibraVox. One of the book stores mentioned is a super cool homeschool bookstore in Oregon, where my family used to live. They have a great online presence and shipping is reasonable. You can also find some pretty great used book deals on the site!

Some of these links are affiliate links. That means that I will make a small percentage off of your sale if you purchase the book, but it will not increase the price for you.

APOLOGETICS

The following books are scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide.

HISTORY

The following books are scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide.

GEOGRAPHY

The following book is scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide.

SPEECH & PERSONAL FINANCE

The following book is scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide.

HYMN STUDY

The following book is scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide. This can be read independently or with the family.

LIFE READING

The following books are scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide.

LANGUAGE ARTS 

The following books are scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide.

LITERATURE

The following books are scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide.

HONORS HISTORY

The following books are scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide.

HONORS LITERATURE

The following books are scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide.

SCIENCE & NATURE

The following books are scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide for students taking the afternoon Form 4 & 5 science class.

  • Sabbath Mood F3-4 Biology, 1 lesson per week, 28 weeks, experiments done on community days. Sabbath Mood pdf $15.00 Amazon printed book $25.00
  • Sabbath Mood F3-4 Astronomy, 2-3 lessons per week, 14 weeks, experiments done on community days. Sabbath Mood pdf $15.00, Amazon printed book $25.00
  • Sabbath Mood Earth Science: Geology, 2-3 lessons per week, 14 weeks, experiments done on community days. Sabbath Mood pdf $15.00 Amazon printed book $25.00
  • Men, Microscopes and Living Things by Katherine B. Shippen, To be read with Sabbath Mood F3-4 Biology
  • The Planets by Dava Sobel, To be read with Sabbath Mood F3-4 Astronomy
  • Aerial Geology, Mary Caperton Morton To be read with Sabbath Mood Geology
  • Rural Hours by Susan Fenimore Cooper 10-12 pages per week, 28 weeks

HONORS SCIENCE

The following books are scheduled in the Form 4 & 5 Guide.

MATH & OTHER LANGUAGE ARTS & FOREIGN LANGUAGE

You get to choose the very best programs for your student. If you would like me to, I am happy to schedule these in your student’s guide. Or, I can leave blank lines for you to write in these assignments.

THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO LEARN!

Don’t you wish you had been taught this way? I do! I went to public school, and I did not experience this kind of education. Students at STAR Homeschool Community will be reading living books with ideas and concepts that they can take with them for the rest of their life. This is a beautiful way to learn. If you are considering enrolling your 7th through 12th grade student(s) in STAR, I encourage you to apply today!

About Author

Brenda has been a homeschool mama for many years! Three out of five of her kids have graduated and she has seen the pros and cons of many types of homeschool communities. Brenda has a B.A. from the University of Washington in Culture, Literature and the Arts. STAR Homeschool Community is birthed out of years of experience and a love of homeschooling.

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