I can’t believe my son is turning 13 this week!
This summer I purposed to sit down and make some tough decisions about moving forward with homeschool. With homeschooling 8th grade year upon us and realizing that he already has a couple of high school credits under his educational belt, (math), I know that decisions made now will be foundational to where he is in 2 or 3 years and whether he will be ready to tackle some tougher college leveled credits.
So with that, I’ve struggled to make decisions about his curriculum. But, I’ve finally settled on this list and I feel pretty good about it.
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Homeschooling 8th Grade Curriculum
Bible Study Guide for All Ages: From the Divided Kingdom to Restoration. We’ve used this for years and I have found nothing that so comprehensively teaches an overview of the Bible within our doctrinal belief as this does.
I don’t follow the plan as it’s laid out by the company. Instead, I follow this chronological guide that my friend Chelli at The Planted Trees put together.
I also know that some would consider these pages to be too simple for 8th grade, however, we still use them as a springboard for deeper learning, and the graphics work almost as a notebooking type journal prompting memory in my son.
Bible Copy Work
American Civics & Government
Notgrass Uncle Sam & You with Literature Companion Set
A card game which explores the different forms of government. It’s geared for ages 10+, and is played similar to the game Uno.
Language Arts 8th Grade Curriculum
I’m designing our own language arts curriculum and pulling materials from a variety of resources. He’s always been a good reader, and he has a good understanding of grammar. His perfectionists tendencies make writing composition difficult for him. So we are going to do a year of reading intensive. The goal is that when you read good literature you learn the syntax and structure of writing.
- Notgrass Uncle Sam & You Literature Companion Set
- Language Arts The Pursuit of Justice – Kendall Hunt Publishing
I’m thrilled to have discovered this language arts curriculum for gifted students. It is a literature based curriculum that helps a student to explore all areas of language arts. It’s based upon the American justice system and encourages children to explore what justice is for themselves. Since we will be doing the Notgrass’ Uncle Sam & You Civics & Government this serves as a great companion.
- Note Taking by Deborah White Broadwater
- Khan Academy: Algebra II
It works for my son. In fact, he’s asked me to stop giving him other math curriculum because Khan just simply works for him.
- Foreign Language
- Koine Greek – Mango Languages We’re using our library resources to login for FREE. I really like that they have a Google Play app he can do his lessons on the go when need be. It’s also available at iTunes.
- Piano Lessons – We’ve found a local teacher so he’ll be continuing his piano lessons.
- Music History Study – Throughout the year I’m going to pull from various composers studies using these Music in Homeschool Resources.
I’ll be using FREE Notebooking Pages for Art & Music from Notebooking Pages.
I’m still waiting on confirmation, but at this time our plan is to begin fencing lessons at a local fencing club.
- This year he’ll continue to learn coding on Khan Academy, and Code.org.
- First LEGO League and with that he’ll learn programming and robotics, but also includes a research project which I’m thankful for because I’m hoping the team work there will boost his writing skills.
- He’ll be studying CAD this year using Tinkercad.com
- I’m adding keyboarding back in as well, because I’ve noticed he’s picked up some bad typing habits.
One thing is clear to me. It’s time to tackle the struggle we’ve had in getting composition under control. As we move forward I know that reports will become more necessary. I know that term papers will be requirements and research will be a part of his near future education. So this is they year where, like it or not, we are just going to dive full-on into composition work.
I’m actually looking forward to this year. I’m fully aware of how quickly he’s growing up and while I’m thrilled that he has become a very good independent learner, I am looking forward to coming beside him once again and working with him to figure out writing composition.
So how about you? What are your choices for the coming year? How many kids are you teaching and what grades. I’d love to hear what you’re doing this year.
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